New Site! Scavenger Hunt! Win $20!

on September 21 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 22 Comments

Well, with the exception of a few minor modifications, the new site is done! What do you think? When we started the process, I sent the designers an assortment of images of projects in the SMS photo pool that I loved. I wanted to give them some idea of the projects our customers and readers were doing as inspiration for the design. (I also told them that I was kind of into “Mimosa“.) My collection of favorite images had a good smattering of projects by Rashida, so I wasn’t too surprised when they used her Checkers Quilt as a jumping off point for the overall design. (The same project in different fabric was also on the cover of the August issue of Sew News!) Just to make sure, I contacted Rashida to make sure she didn’t mind and she gave it her stamp of approval. If you don’t already know and love Rashida’s work, you should check out her I Heart Linen blog. Her I Heart Patchwork book with Interweave Press is coming out soon too, which I am so excited about! I am obviously a big fan. Thank you for the inspiration, Rashida!

Structurally, we hope you’ll notice some big improvements:

  • The Home Page is a launching point with some Quick Links, recent blog posts, and a featured project. And of course we kept our infamous clothesline with the most recent collections.
  • Our overall goal was to have our three sites (shop, blog and forum), appear as one more-cohesive site. I hope we’ve achieved that with the tabs. You can navigate easily from the shop to the blog to the forum and back again.
  • Your shopping cart is always in the top left, no matter which “site” you are on.
  • The Contact link is always in the top left corner as well.
  • Our social media links are in the bottom right corner, as well as on the Connect With Us page. You’ll also find a list of all our photo pools there.
  • Our tutorials are all listed, with images, on the Tutorials page. (This page was built before Hand Sewing Month, so we have to go back in and add those. Soon!)
  • You can read all about the SMS staff on the About Us page.
  • We have advertising opportunities available on the blog. (Email me if you’d like information. [email protected])

Want to take a look around for a chance to win one of 2 $20 gift certificates to the shop? How about a little scavenger hunt? Send me your answers in an email ([email protected]) before Thursday, 9/24 and I’ll randomly select two people to win.

  1. Which SMS employee also runs a graphic design company with her husband?
  2. What is the first tutorial listed in the Kids section on the tutorial page?
  3. What is the Featured Tutorial on the Home Page?
  4. There is a News box on the front page of our Forum. It says “September is National (fill in the blank) Month…”
  5. How many photo pools do we have?

Please don’t post the answers in the comments. If you find any broken links, missing images, or other problems with the site, please let us know. Thank you!

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22 Responses to New Site! Scavenger Hunt! Win $20!

  1. Candy says:

    Ooh! What a lovely new site – so pretty! LOVE the handwriting looking font! Congrats!

  2. Magda says:

    Great new site! Love the easier navigation and the pretty layout!

  3. Jenna A. says:

    thanks for the scavenger hunt. what a great idea to get people like me actually browings categories we’ve never realized were there! I loved the tutorials section!

  4. susan says:

    Love the new site…so easy to navigate.

  5. Erica K says:

    That was fun! I didn’t know you had all those features before…the site looks great.

  6. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow! It looks great love the look.

  7. Ann Dilcher says:

    Super!
    Found the Halloween photo pool…about time to remind people of this as we begin sewing costumes.

  8. Peter Lynn says:

    Nice site! Awesome!

  9. Casey says:

    Site is GREAT! I’m a newbie here and it’s super easy to click around and find things!

  10. Vicki says:

    The site looks terrific!

  11. Marilyn says:

    Love it!

  12. Rosa in Antipodes says:

    It’s brilliant! Well done!

  13. Barbara Dahl says:

    great new site. Wow, it was fun looking around. Thanks!

  14. sonya says:

    so so pretty!
    ~

  15. Shannon says:

    Great new site! Easy to navigate and does pull all SMS on-line facets together! I’m having fun with the scavenger hunt! Thank you! :)

  16. Beth says:

    The new site looks good and the idea of a scavenger hunt was fun!!!

  17. Jody says:

    Whoo-Hoo! Great giveaway. Love the new site!

  18. Michelle says:

    Congratulations again on the new site. I’m impatiently waiting for Rashida’s book to come out, too!

  19. Cynthia I says:

    The new site looks great and is very easy to navigate.

  20. I LOVE the tutorial section and can’t wait to try out some new projects.

  21. Reesie says:

    I’ve got it. Nevermind.

  22. Mia says:

    Clicking around I’m really liking the new site, it really feels like it’s going to be easier to find what I’m looking for, and the colors are great!

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