The most recent one being that we have finally and successfully implemented the new and improved PatternBee website! With our fingers crossed, it went live over the weekend and so far so good. I am really happy with it and proud to say, that it was entirely created from scratch and customized for me by my daughter, Grace (a year in the making), and I think she did a fantastic job. It is already making my life a whole lot easier. I created the graphics and she designed the software. No sir, no more html for me. We have moved on with the times.
I should mention that we decided not to add tracking cookies to the site. This feature was built into the (now outdated) yahoo site-builder program. However we have never collected and shared data, emails or any other personal information and don't intend to. So what this ultimately means for the site is that the shopping cart will no longer remember your selections. The good news is . . . we have a better shopping cart!
And a better search engine--all you need enter is the original pattern number and a selection of choices will pop up. To search specifics, the Pattern Directory organizes everything by maker and number. I love how this is database thing works. You also now have the option of viewing entire categories on one page or can scroll through and view them page by page as before. I hope you will visit the site and send us your feedback.
Other lovely little things--more vintage pattern finds! Some have been sent to me, others I've scrounged around for. I keep adding them to the site as time allows. It's a work in progress. As you know. And work I love doing. So it's all good. This month I added six new patterns. You can view them here. I can't promise six new ones each month, but I will try and get to as many of them as possible. If there is an older pattern that you are searching for please inquire--I may have it around here somewhere and am happy to move it to the front of the "production line" whenever possible.
My camera is gathering dust at the moment, so I will leave you with this cute picture (from my husband's cell-phone he shared from the barn).
Have a great day!