Tip back a pint to celebrate the New Year!

I suppose you *could* drink champagne from a pint glass. I wouldn’t judge you. I’m not fancy.

Have you seen the artist-designed pint glasses at the Walker Shop yet? Some of you know that my design was one of six chosen as part of the mnartists.marketplace competition earlier this summer. My Babe the Blue Ox illustration, one of my Minnesota Icons, was (I’m told) unanimously picked to grace the side of pint glasses sold in the shop, which made me all kinds of excited. They hit shelves in mid November.

I’ve sold cards in the Walker Shop for about two years, but to now be part of this is just extra special to me.

Babe the Blue Ox illustration by redshoes26 design

Babe the Blue Ox illustration by redshoes26 design

The sets are currently available in the shop for $50, and they’re high-quality pint glasses. I’m really impressed with how thick and substantial they are. I love using them.

Here’s an extra-added bonus: The six-glass sets come with a coupon for two free beers at Gather, the Walker’s bar/restaurant!

So this Saturday, when you ring in the New Year, maybe you will fill your Babe the Blue Ox glass with beer. Or maybe champagne. Or root beer. Whatever you fill it with, have a Happy New Year from your favorite place to go for Minneapolis graphic design, redshoes26 design!


What do you CRAVE?

I mentioned a few times a while back that redshoes26 design was going to be appearing in the CRAVE Minneapolis/St. Paul guide, and how excited I was about that (I still am–woo!). I got a copy of the book on Nov. 17 and so far there’s been great buzz about it!

If you’d like a copy or two, let me know and I’ll get ’em in your  hands. It would make a great holiday gift for the shopping diva in your life, or anyone who loves to support local businesses, especially those run by women.

In the meantime, check out this smiling face on page 186.

redshoes26 design in crave book

Thanks again to Kathy Hanson, Sewell Photography, Just Bloomed, and Allison AuBuchon for their help with my spread. Muah!

Have a great holiday, everyone!

CRAVE Minneapolis website: http://thecravecompany.com/minneapolis

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CRAVEminneapolis

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CRAVEmsp


Do you send holiday cards?

I usually create a new holiday card every year, and this year was no different. However, they don’t sell that well anymore. Not that they ever did sell like gangbusters.

Holiday Card with trees

Holiday Card with trees by redshoes26 design

I want to continue coming up with ideas for holiday cards every year, but it seems they don’t sell well at my art shows. And only one of my stores (out of six) chose to carry them this year. In the past, three stores have carried them.

So I’m wondering: Is it worth my time to create holiday cards? I sell a few packs each year, and a few gift tags, too (I make those, too…but haven’t made new designs for about two years).

Do you make holiday cards? Do they sell well for you?

Do you send holiday cards? If so, what kind? I feel like most people send those photo cards now. Is that why my holiday card sales are down? Or do people in general just not send them anymore? I get a few from friends and family each year, which makes me think people DO still send them. But yes, the majority are the photo cards. I don’t want to get into designing the photo cards.

Let’s discuss….