Halloween, New Products, Uncategorized

A Week Spent “Fixing” Things

Well I thought the last week was going to be a week of EXCITING!!!! and NEW!!!!

But the reality of deadlines, and my own endless desire to “fix” things made it a week of “REVISE!  REJIGGER”  and “FUTZ!!!!!” (coincidentally, Revise, Rejigger and Futz is  also the name of the law firm I’m starting geared specifically toward deadline challenged creatives)

I love designing things but I always  underestimate just how long it takes me to put a graphic together.

I sit down and suddenly it’s 5 hours later; I haven’t moved away from the computer and I’ve only produced one minor design.

This week I wanted to work on my Victorian Gothic Coaster Set

So, years ago, sitting at my corporate job desk,  Geralyn and I, via emails, came up with a bunch of silly, funny Halloween coasters.

They’ve been quite successful (nothing makes me happier than when people pick them up and laugh) and each year I try to add to the collection.

This year produced bandages from The Mummy

And Bloody Mary Mix from Dracula’s ancestor

These go along with some of my stalwarts: here’s the whole current collection:

I need to narrow it down a bit but can’t decide…….

And I turned my attention to my Horror Novel Halloween Coasters as well.

The designs are my own (to avoid copyright infringement) and I’d liked them but was never totally satisfied.


The Frankenstein design in particular seemed very “one of these things is not like the others.”

Not bad but not quite right.

An easy change of color made, I think, the Sleepy Hollow more on-target.

And a total makeover of Frankenstein made me much happier

Here’s the revised set

The change isn’t overwhelming but I think it’s for the better.

And I took a moment to redo the package photograph as well.

And now, with about three days to go it’s time for all the NEW!!!!

Maybe not……

I’ll keep you posted.

 

8 thoughts on “A Week Spent “Fixing” Things”

  1. not to bloviate, but :“Perfection is the enemy of the good.” – Voltaire. In spite of which, I love the redo!

  2. Those would make significantly better covers than what’s on the books now! It is totally legal to publish something that’s in the public domain, but I know that’s not the business you’re in. Still, you may want to find out which publisher is currently putting out those books and see if they’d be interested in your covers.

  3. To echo other comments, I’m so so glad you didn’t change Jekyll & Hyde–that is by far my favorite coaster! I actually like both of your designs for Frankenstein, too. The castle looks menacing and evocative, while the figures are tangible and action-oriented. Either works, IMO. And the Cleopatra quote for the mummy coaster made me laugh out loud!

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