I love coffee mugs. They are a bright spot in an otherwise uneventful day. I like to swap mugs out regularly, and choose the one that reflects my emotion du jour.
What always amazes me is how many different mugs I can collect on a theme. Today I was looking at coffee mugs for coffee lovers, and was just amazed at the number of awesome mugs available on Gearbubble and Zazzle print on demand companies. I am an affiliate for both, so assume if you click I may earn a few cents on your purchase. I believe it's 50 cents for a gearbubble mug, and a very small percentage on zazzle. Very small.
These are my favorites among those I was looking at this morning. Enjoy!
Unlike much of the USA, Texas is enjoying a nice warm spring with plenty of moisture. This is gardening weather, and even those of us without much land to sow can benefit from the pleasures of gardening thanks to a new twist in container gardening. The Garden Tower Project is an amazing way to grow multiple plants in only 4 Square Feet of space!
Although I have not yet tried this, I really would like to. I've already got seeds I'd like to plant. I just need to place my order. This ad below links to the order page - in case you are also interested as I am. Happy Gardening!
Whether you are in Texas, your Dad is in Texas, or either of you longs to be in Texas, Father's Day is a time to give Dad the gift that means the most - something TEXAN! While searching for things my husband would enjoy receiving for Father's Day, I came across these awesome gift ideas. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Fathers Day Gifts for Dad Dad Master of the Grill Dad Father Day Gifts Birthday Gifts for Dad Unique Gifts for Dad Big Rectangle Bamboo Cutting BoardPitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue WisdomFathers Day Gift for Dad Best Dad Ever BBQ Grill Multi Tool Barbecue Spatula Grilling AccessoriesNCAA Texas Longhorns Steel BBQ Tool Set (2 Piece)Men's Texas BBQ Barbecue Father's Day T-Shirt XL BrownA Cowboy in the Kitchen: Recipes from Reata and Texas West of the PecosNCAA Texas Longhorns Leather Tri-Fold WalletMen's SuperDADs Are From Texas Father's Day T-Shirt Flag XL NavyMens Texan Dad is Much Cooler Father's Day T-Shirt Flag XL AsphaltTaste of Texas Gift Basket in Texas State Shaped BasketWorlds Greatest Farter Father Mug, Funny Gift for Dad, 15ozDad, Personalized Long Distance State Mug Gift with Father Quote, All States, Countries and Provinces 11oz or 15ozFathers Day Gift From Kids, Worlds Greatest Farter T Shirt, Mens 3XL Gray ShirtFATHER An Essential Element - Science periodic table Father's Day Gift - T-shirt - Texas OrangePapa's The Man The Myth The Legend Shirt, Papa's T-shirt, Mens Gray Lg ShirtMen's Best Dad Ever Father's Day T-Shirt Texas Flag Medium NavyBest DADDY Ever - Father's Day Gift T-shirt - Texas OrangeMens Proud Texas Dad Shirt for Fathers Day Gift tshirt 3XL AsphaltReal Men Change Diapers - Father's Day Gift T-shirt - Texas OrangeWorld's Okayest DAD T Shirt - Distressed Funny Father's Day Gift - Texas Orange
I had never heard the term "storm chaser" until I came to Texas and discovered how important it is to keeping people out of harm's way when tornadoes or funnel clouds pop up. The brave people who do this professionally are one of the reasons the tornado warning system in Texas is as advanced as it is. Sorry to say, it's not perfect and sometimes the tornado pops up unexpectedly and creates a disaster.
However, as I have discovered, there are many hobby storm chasers in Texas, too. Catching a funnel cloud on camera could lead you to your proverbial 15 minutes of fame if a news agency broadcasts your image capture. I am not a chaser of storms, but I can totally understand the allure of the chase. What I really like the most, though, is how creative people are when it comes to putting their somewhat unique hobby onto their bodies, usually on a tee shirt. These shirts are some fine examples of that and are currently available on Amazon.
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The Texas Flag is Red, White, and Blue, and while the rest of the nation dons these colors in celebration of Independence Day, Texans tend to celebrate the Lone Star State in daily wear. I doubt there's a single article of clothing that can't be used to show your Texas Pride.
This is just a small sample of things to wear that celebrate being in or from Texas. I"m sure there are a lot more!
Roper Men's S/S Pieced Texas Flag ShirtBig Texas Flag Long Sleeve Mens T-Shirt TeeMen's Texas Flag Fishing Shirt Short SleeveSocksmith Womens Novelty Crew SocksSocksmith Mens Crew SocksTexas Pride Long Horn Skull Belt BuckleTexas Longhorn Distressed Baseball Cap/Hat 100% CottonStrange Cargo Tees Texas Flag Cap Black and Grey Baseball Snap Back HatTexas State Flag Seamless UPF 30 High Performance Moisture Wicking Bandana Made of 100% Polyester Microfiber by Hoo-ragDon't Mess With Texas T-ShirtHome Tees: Texas Is My Home T-ShirtDistressed Texas Map Men's T-shirt TeeLGBT Liberty Guns Beer Texas Trump T-shirt Funny ParodyI Survived the Blue Bell Famine of 2015 Brenham Texas T-ShirtMixtbrand Women's No Place Like Home Texas Racerback Tank TopYou May All Go To Hell And I Will Go To Texas T-Shirt Davy Crockett Quote ShirtY'all Southern State Funny Super Soft T-ShirtThe Official TexasDistressed Texas Flag Map Children 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Baseball Tee Shirt 2-6 Toddler
Texas is honestly like no other place on Earth, so it is any wonder that Texans absolutely adore anything that features their state? I'm beginning to think there is nothing that can't be made Texan with the right imagery. Take these baby outfits for example - babies are cute as they are, but Texas Babies are just ... well, snuggle muffins. Here are some of the cutest Texas Themed baby shirts and rompers I could find today. Click on any image to find current prices and availability. These are from both Zazzle (a print on demand company) and Amazon.
Texas State Symbols Baby T-ShirtCute Little Armadillo from Texas - Glaze Baby BodysuitTexas Armadillo - TX State Design Baby BodysuitTexas Baby Bodysuit Fayebeline Boutique QualityGig Em Aggies Texas A&M Thumb Onesie (2 Pack) - New BornSomeone in Texas loves me- bodysuit/onesie (6 month)Hook Em Horns Texas Longhorns Austin Texas Onesie (2 Pack) - New BornGenuine Stuff Infant Texas Tech Red Raiders 3 Pack Creeper Body SetHomeland Tees Texas Home Baby Bodysuit 6 Months GreyI'm A Big Deal In Texas Infant Boys Girls Gift Baby Bodysuits Onesies
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How does an entire year go by without a single post here? Well ... shift happens and life tosses curve balls. But, I'm happy to note that our eBay store is thriving - click the red letter link below to see what's listed - as of this writing, Bob has 880 items listed. (Link will open in a new window, by the way.)
Recently, Bob has put a LOT of things on sale, trying to do some inventory reduction. Here are some of my favorites:
So many things have changed in our lives, so we've adapted. The two biggest changes are (or will soon be) my taking on an outside the home job, and Bob taking over our eBay store. He's doing a wonderful job and I'm very proud of him.
It's a huge undertaking to tackle all of the inventory we've acquired while being enraptured by the fellowship of fellow eBay Thrifters, but he's doing a masterful job of it and I am so relieved it's hard to express my newfound feelings of contentment.
Right livelihood is a lot more than just having an ethical way to make a living, which eBay certainly is, but it's also got to be a good fit for your personality. What we've discovered over time is that I'm not good at running an eBay store, and Bob is. Not only that, he's actually enjoying the work, which I found to be soul suckingly sad.
Yes, I had some issues letting go and letting him find his own pace and style ... but we muddled through and I'm now able to focus on getting some of my projects going again. Like blogging ... and with a little luck, I'll be able to sew, knit, and crochet again one of these days.
Who knows? We might even start recording some short videos about things we've learned over the past few years messing around with this eBay opportunity. Stranger things have certainly happened.
We enjoy using the eBay App which you can actually get from Amazon.com of all places. I laughed when I saw that.
If you're new to eBay, there are a lot of good books on Amazon - as a matter of fact, that search I've linked there had at the time of this writing, over 1.5 MILLION results for "eBay".
There are also a lot of places online to hang out, many are Facebook groups. I'm not going there right now - it's way too easy to get excited and want to rush out and buy, buy, buy ... but the real "secret" to eBay success is to "LIST, LIST, LIST!".
Finding my sweet spot in the big blue sea of online opportunity is probably one of the most difficult things I've ever attempted, next to raising a special needs child, that is.
What you probably don't know is that I've been online tinkering, learning, and observing since the early 1990's. Talk about a blast from the past, I earned my first online affiliate check from selling Cory Rudl's manual on internet marketing way back when he first compiled it. (Cory passed away some years ago, and I don't know who owns his website now.) Yeah, I've been around that long.
So, bearing that in mind, I wanted to share today a post that I saw in a Facebook group this morning. I was so impressed with not only the content, but the fact that this person shares with me a disgust of marketers who prey upon those who are vulnerable. Offered up as advice to help creators of hand made items who are learning how to sell their items online, this just resonated with me on so many levels I asked if I could share it here, and was given permission.
Thank You So Much, Kateland!
SEO Service Rant
I want to put something out there for everyone.
First of all, this is a fantastic group, and I am really excited to be a part of it. For those of you who do not know me, I am a professional writer and a big advocate for teaching others how to write well with SEO in mind. I've recently had an experience with a client that had a very bad experience with a different SEO service and this got me thinking.
If you are considering hiring a writing service that offers search engine optimization assistance I would like to implore you to follow these general guidelines:
1. Try to do it on your own first!
There are tons of free resources available to you on the web. This forum is a great example. Go to Etsy Help. Read everything you can. Ask questions from established experts who do offer complimentary advice (we exist!). Tweak your listings and if you truly struggle to the point where it is taking up too much of your time, then consider a service. Do NOT go to a service first; you can do this!
2. Ask for references!
Do not just blindly jump on an ad and pay someone to write your SEO for you. It is so easy to throw a website together and say, "I am an expert!" Question the service! Ask for references that are independent.
3. Talk to former clients.
Are they happy? Many of us who are also shop owners hesitate to put up public feedback if they have had a negative experience. Instead, talk to a former client privately for the full scoop.
4. Look for red flags!
Red flags include improperly structured sentences on THEIR websites. If a person is trying to sell you a SEO or writing service and they cannot implement these techniques for themselves, they will not do you justice.
5. Look for professionalism!
Do they respond to you quickly? Do they answer your questions without attaching strings to everything? Are they well known in their communities? Do they help build others up, or do they publicly bash their clients?
I know this may seem counterintuitive coming from me, but I really hate to see people scammed and I really want to encourage everyone to be educated consumers of digital services.
This is a cross posted rant. Thank you for listening.
I hope you found Kateland's advice to be as useful as I did. I also hope you will take a moment to visit her on Facebook and on Etsy.
Here are some of the books I'm thinking of for myself:
Which one do you think I should read first?
Starting Over ... Again
Seems to me that no matter what plans I make, life has a way of using me for a hockey puck. So I've decided to just do what I feel like doing and to hell with planning. When I feel like writing, I'll write ... and when life prevents me from writing, I won't. It's that simple.
Today I'm testing Easy Product Displays and thinking about everything I've learned about online marketing over the years. So essentially, this is a sort of test and a way to get my feet back into the water slowly and without much stress.
Today's topic is Big Bang Theory and Minions - specifically tee shirts. This was fun!
Tee Shirts are the ultimate gag gift, especially when they are of a theme that you know your recipient loves. In my case, I adore both the minions and the Big Bang Theory TV Show. Even if a person doesn't wear tee shirts, they are awesome for upcycling into pillows, wall hangings, and even shopping bags. I loved these tee shirts - which one is your favorite?
Man Big Bang Theory Custom Regular White T-Shirts By MjensenZYA6W Women Big Bang Minion Theory Minion 100% Cotton Swag T Shirt Black MBig Bang Theory: Wesley Crushers T-ShirtStaBe Men Bing Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper Flash Logo T-Shirt 100% Cotton Swag M RedBazinga T-Shirt Sheldon Big Bang Theory Shirt-Red-MediumBig Bang Theory Shel-Bot Tee Shirt Men-largeMini ONS - Whaaat?!
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