Every so often your interests change, so adjustments have to be made. What was happening here is that IAmArkain
and I had been doing web design less than we wanted due to our other jobs and personal time use. It made less and less sense to keep parading Rusted Icon as our web design front when our active clients cut in half last year rather than grew by any number. We both have passionately been involved in traditional arts and crafts and had our works scattered all over the place. It was time for a change.
Over the past couple months, we prepped for this and got affairs in order to have all our crafting under the Rusted Icon Designs name and present that refocus to everyone. Earlier this morning, I relaunched our main website displaying this shift. I hope that everyone reading would at least take a peak at the new look.
Every month, we'll be holding a raffle for some crafty creation. In January it was a set of Mario perler bead sprites where the prize lot grew with every ten entries. At the end, the total was 26 pieces and a winner was drawn early this morning. For February, we're raffling perlers of the dancing sapling Groot
, a drawing per week throughout the month. It's a rolling raffle, so the earlier you enter, the more chances you'll have to win one. It is being hosted on Tilt and I have a page set up for those that would like to enter via PayPal
."So what do you guys get out of these raffles?"
Truth be told, it helps us get out there and offer our creations to more people. The proceeds from the first raffle paid our vendor registration for a convention later this year. When a raffle does really well, that means we can see about getting to more, bigger and further distance conventions. It also helps fund the cost of materials so we can try fun and more detailed projects!
Something else that is now available with the new website is the option to subscribe to our monthly newsletter so you can get developing information first. At the moment it is only going to be sent out the first day of each month, but if there is a lot going on, there may be a second (like May where we have two conventions scheduled, so there should be more news then). It will announce the winner of the raffle along with what the next one is, any conventions we'll be attending soon and what sort of new projects we're working on. There will be some newsletter-only deals from time to time, as a thanks to those who are following our progress.