It is starting to look very wintery here in Burlington. We’re thinking about Christmas, and that means gifts.
As you probably know, there are several male Inklingoists, but lately there has been a little uptick in the number of orders from Rick/Bob/John and they are clearly meant for someone other than Rick, Bob, and John. That should be pretty nice for some of you on Christmas morning. Monkey and I are very pleased when anyone chooses Inklingo as a special gift.
Did you know that there are Gift Certificates available on the site? It works well for everyone. You can set any amount for the gift and the recipient can choose anything she wants from the site and use the certificate towards the purchase.
If you know a friend is hankering for more Inklingo, you can give her a little treat, even if there is a Secret Pal limit on spending, like $5 or $10.
Even without a Gift Certificate, Monkey and I think you can give a nice present to a friend just by telling her about the free shape collection. Aren’t you glad someone told you about Inklingo? You can do the same favor for someone else, by giving her the link to the Quick Start page.
I haven’t done any decorating yet, other than this happy little snowman on my desk, because I have been hard at work on the web site, trying to make it more useful for everyone. Some of the changes are:
• updated Index of Shapes (including 10 new collections since October 1)
• new, expanded Info PDF for the free shape collection (at the bottom of the product page)
• new page for a “Quick Start” (A great intro for Inklingo newbies)
• new menu arrangement (How did you ever find anything before?)
There are more changes coming, but I am especially pleased with the new info file for the free collection because it includes instructions for sewing and pressing LeMoyne Stars. Even if you have the instructions in The Inklingo Handbook, you might want pages 4 and 5.
Side note: I wanted to replace the free shape collection with an expanded version in September (the one-year anniversary of the downloads), but a server upgrade is required. When it is ready, you will be able to open the existing collection and use it, but you will have the option of downloading the new version. As it is, if a collection is updated, you would be forced to stop to download the new version even if you had only opened Inklingo to print a few more triangles. I would be annoyed if that happened to me. That is the reason for waiting for the upgrade to the server, and for updating the Info PDF instead.
I am embarrassed by how messy the web site became. I just kept dumping new collections on it every few weeks this year, and Monkey says it is a miracle that you managed to find what you wanted! A web site is never finished but inklingo.com is in better shape now than it has been for a long time, so I hope you will have a look. (Monkey: Some of the best stuff is hidden under Support, where no one looks.) If you have any suggestions, let me know, okay?
<drum roll> Yes, Dresden Plate is next because it is the most requested, by far. I am excited about this one. It took all my self discipline to leave it alone this week while I worked on the site.
As you know, I don’t normally announce in advance, but if possible, Dresden Plate and Winding Ways will both be ready for you by January 1.
A few hints about the Dresden Plate collection: 9 inch (quarter block is 4.5 inch); several different blades and centers; Basic and Deluxe (like Orange Peel); Deluxe includes some unusual, special designs for 12 and 15 inch blocks. Monkey says that might be enough detail for you to ask Joe/Mike/Dave/Fred for an Inklingo Gift Certificate, in anticipation!
Please give me your feedback about the web site—good and bad. I hope you are enjoying the season wherever you are, and still finding time to spend with fabric. Thank you for visiting.
Linda & Monkey