You know all these great giveaway's around blog-world? With each submission, you hold your breath, imagining the wonderful prize hanging on your wall or sitting on your black bench or around your neck. The perfect addition to your home. to your wardrobe. to your creative archive. And you wait. and wait until the announcement. You click knowing the winner will be posted...with great anticipation that maybe, just maybe you will open that blog up and actually see YOUR NAME spelled out??? And for that fleeting moment you hold the hope and imagination of being the great-grand-prize-winner? WELL...we have been "holding our breath" for some time now concerning a wonderful challenge John was invited to be a part of.
Back in May, John was invited to participate in Crane & Co.'s Creative Challenge. This was an awesome opportunity for some of the local "creatives" to submit their design work and ideas to Crane while also getting a grand tour at Crane & Co. and get an inside perspective of what goes on behind those incredibly produced cards and invites, etc. Well, Crane & Co. is literally down the road from our house, but I would have never guessed the incredibleness (is that a word?) of all that was going on behind those closed walls. First of all, this factory has been in working order since 1844. The company dates back to 1801 and had been "green" since day 1 as they use cotton for their papers. They also have been the providers for our country's paper money from the beginning.
All that said, John came home from his tour (which was back in May:::SEE HERE) ranting & raving about this company. So, the next step was for him to submit more design work which was exciting after getting a first hand taste of their style and atmosphere. It was fun & challenging to see what he was working on, talking through each one...tweek this, add that, love that color, don't change a thing about that one! And then......we had to let it rest. It was done. There were many creatives also competing in this challenge, many of whom have been doing this type of thing for a long, long time.
And then, the day came. The email entered into John's inbox and was going to proclaim the winner of the challenge. It would either be a "thank you for your ideas....but..." type of response, or a desired "YOU ARE THE WINNER." Now, back to my blog-post giveaway writings. I neglected to mention that I have been quite avid in submitting my name to recent giveaways...only to be most disappointed...along with all the others...other than that one lucky chosen #. And that is truly ok. The chances are always against you in something like that, right!? And I tend to believe that the person that *really* needed it most.....got it. But this would be such a boost and help at this point in our lives. And so, like I said, the email came....and what do you know? It was plain and simple, yet so very clear:
kate spade, posters of NY
This was such a timely blessing and super exciting opportunity as there are also many changes going on over at Pixel Graphics Design Studio as Doug has been offered a new web position (though still holding ownership of the business) and John will be taking charge of the print productivity aspect.