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LDA Creations http://ldacreate.com/blog Our latest custom creations, new gift developments. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:41:43 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Atlanta Gift Market http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=85 http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=85#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:41:43 +0000 Kelli http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=85 We took our new designs to the The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in July and they were all well-received. If you missed us this time, look for us next time:

LDA Creations, Inc.
Building #3, floor 2, Booth #1912.
Friday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 and
Friday, July 16 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010.
Our booth is a temporary exhibit listed as LDA Creations, Inc.

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Christmas in July http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=78 http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=78#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 18:22:10 +0000 Joanna http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=78 We haven’t donned our elf hats yet here at LDA Creations but the holiday season has already started. This week I’ve been working on a number of custom porcelain ornaments. We have quite a few customers who come to us every year for their annual collectible holiday ornaments. These custom porcelain ornaments generally commemorate a well loved town landmark, historical buildings or annual holiday celebrations. We do collectible porcelain ornaments for churches, historical societies, schools, museums and organizations. It’s always great to see what our annual customers bring us every year.

Here at LDA Creations we offer a variety of custom porcelain ornaments. This week I’ve been working on some kiln fired custom porcelain ornaments. I begin designing the ornament with artwork from the customer, usually a photo or drawing. This is an opportunity for me to use my drawing skills to create a line drawing for the custom porcelain ornament. But after that my work is all done by computer. With the magic of computers I’m able to transform a drawing on paper into a collectible custom porcelain ornament.

After the artwork for the custom porcelain ornament goes through the approval process with the customer it’s passed on to our master decal printer. The decals are printed by silkscreen and then sent to our production department to be put on the ornaments. After the custom porcelain ornaments are fired in our kilns they are put in their gift box and shipped out.

These custom porcelain ornaments become a cherished collectible in someone’s holiday decorations. And do we really wear elf hats during our holiday season? Well, that’s another story.

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New Custom Wood Ornament Designs http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=71 http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=71#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:46:20 +0000 Joanna http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=71 Our custom wood ornaments just keep getting better! One of the things I enjoy doing the most at Silver Lake Mill is designing our custom wood ornaments. Recently one of our customers came to us with a custom wood ornament design idea she wanted for her store. It involved layering the wood to show the distinctive landscape of her home town. Every so often one of our customers will bring us one of those light bulb moments that get us thinking of new products.

So we’ve been exploring ways to make our already wonderful wood ornaments dimensional. We’ve been having brainstorming sessions and then scurrying off to our computers to make our design ideas come to life. After coming up with new designs the next step is to make prototypes with our laser engraver. Whenever there is a new design being run you can find a group of us huddled around the laser engraver excitedly waiting to see the results!

We’ve come up with some great new design ideas. But our custom wood ornaments really come to life when our creative customers bring us their design concepts and ideas. Whether the artwork is to celebrate a landmark event, commemorate an historic building or one of a series of ornaments, I’m looking forward to making our new dimensional wood ornaments.

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Toile Popularity on the Rise http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=31 http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=31#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 17:55:08 +0000 Kelli http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=31
samples of our Toile-decorated Dinnerware

samples of our Toile-decorated Dinnerware

Toile patterns, which have been around for over 250 years, are currently experiencing a resurgance in popularity. We have been creating custom toile transferware (Transferware refers to a traditional method of decorating dinnerware or china) in the time-honored tradition exclusively for our clients. Some of our clients have their own toile patterns, previously used on fabric or wallpaper. In this case, we have used these existing toile patterns to create transferware. For some, we have created a new toile pattern incorporating scenes and themes that reflect the client’s goals. Generally, that has meant creating art of buildings or scenes in an appropriate style and coupling it with art that exists from that era. The results have been lovely.

Toile-decorated Porcelain Box with HingeWe’ve produced custom toile transferware in the traditional colors: various shades of blue, red and black, but we can print it any color to please the market. We can decorate any ceramic piece in our catalog with a toile pattern, so the possibilities for creating a custom collection are limitless.

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Improving our Custom Wood Ornament http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=21 http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=21#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 15:44:32 +0000 Kelli http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=21
New Custom Wood Ornament options

New Custom Wood Ornament options

We happen to think that our custom engraved wood ornaments are the most artful and beautiful we’ve seen (see our current offerings at custom wood ornaments). But we aren’t satisfied with that - we have been brainstorming to push the envelope a little further to offer our clients more options. We’re experimenting with layering the laser cut wood pieces to create more dimension, connecting two or more pieces to create movement, free-standing pieces for tabletop and some packaging variations.

New Custom Wood Ornament optionsWe will be showing off our new custom wood ornaments at the Atlanta’s AmericasMart giftshow July 10 - 14, 2009 at Building #3, floor 2, Booth #1912. Our booth is listed as LDA Creations, Inc. By then, we will be offering several new options of custom laser engraved wood ornaments in low quantities for our clients. Stop by the booth, or give us a call!

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Canvas Bookmarks http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=1 http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=1#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2009 19:42:31 +0000 Kelli http://ldacreate.com/blog/?p=1 Custom-printed Canvas Bookmarks

Our new custom canvas bookmarks are an offshoot of printing archival canvas prints. We use the same archival ink and canvas for our bookmarks then package them in an attractive poly case with printed backing board for better in-store display. Photographs as well as art and logos will reproduce beautifully on our canvas bookmarks. We have shown rectangle bookmarks here, but because we cut them with a laser other shapes are possible within the limitations of the canvas to hold the shape. More to discover!

For retailers, we have found that displaying these custom canvas bookmarks close to check-out rather than the book section creates high sales. This is a great lower price-point item.

http://www.ldacreate.com/images/blog/bookmark2.jpgSo far (in the 3 months we’ve been making custom canvas bookmarks) we have only created bookmarks for retail, but we know that our clients will have other creative uses for them: corporate or charity appreciation gifts, commemorative bookmarks, event ticket or schedule that doubles as a keepsake.

We are happy to create a custom bookmark for you at no extra charge. Minimums do apply, but they are low enough to accommodate ‘mom and pops’.

Note: This item is not in our catalog - it’s too new!

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