Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5 Creative Tech Ensembles to Personalize A Workspace

Does your workspace decor evolve with time? Have you tried to give your cubicle some of your personality? 

Probably the most visible items one can view in work area are photographs. Family, friends, and of course the best of the selfies. Framed, pinned to a cork board, or a cut-out print slapped on a metal cabinet with a magnet.

I'm going to offer you some ideas for office ensembles that can give your space a shot of color, pizzazz, and a glimpse of personality.


Since the keyboards are the biggest of the ensemble, here's some information on them. The USB dongle plug and play wireless keyboards are PC and Mac friendly. They measure at 17.5"x 6.75"x .75". The keyboards have a low battery LED indication with low profile keys. Keyboards runs on two AAA batteries which are included.

These colorful festive confetti toss designed tech items are found with other items in the colorful design category.

Colorful Festive Confetti Toss

Mouse Pad

The next smaller item in reference to size is the high quality, full-color printed mouse pad. It will protect your moue and desktop from scratches and debris. the mouse pad measures 9.25" x 7.75" with a non-slip backing. The printed cloth cover is dust and stain resistant. Since I've ordered several I know mouse pads, I know you will get a distinct scent upon opening the package. the scent is from the pad or the ink but after a short time out of the package, you won't smell it. 

The unique green metal weld grunge product below are among many in my store category. These can make a unique design for a shop office, garage, or man cave.

 Green Metal Weld Grunge

Wireless Mouse

The smallest and last item you might consider for a three-piece ensemble is the wireless mouse. the mouse is an easy plug-and-play installation using a USB dongle that is Mac and PC friendly. It uses two AAA batteries that are included. It has a low battery LED indicator and an auto sleep function for maximum battery life. The mouse is 2.25" x 4" x 0.9".

The golden floral grunge design below was a fractal that looked like a flower so I did some editing and added vines and leaves to give it something to cling to. I like the contrast with the black background.

 golden floral yellow grunge

The three products below feature my Digital Art Curls design. You can find these three products among many featuring this design. You'll also find this design in five additional colors ~ red, yellow, blue, green, and orange. 

 Digital Art Curls

The last collection offers you my colorful espresso cup and saucer design on the keyboard, a word cloud espresso design is embedded in the mouse pad and there are three background designs on the tiled image over black, teal, and white. 

 colorful espresso cup and saucer

What give's your workspace personality? 

Leave me a comment and let me know your decor ideas and thoughts on the post. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Easy Way to Preserve Fun Family Memories

A lot of families STILL spend time together working on jigsaw puzzles. If you put away all the tech gear and sit around working on a community style project you might learn a few things. You might even find a new way to enjoy each other.

Puzzles come in quite a variety of shapes, sizes, and piece counts. For me the more pieces the more fun. I remember trying to finish up one while on a business trip and staying at vacation rental style accommodations. It's addicting when you know your time is limited.

But what do you do with them once they are finished? Some go back in the box but you may have some that you might like to keep. You can save those memories as I discussed in a previous post on the blog.

Let me pique your interest since Zazzle offers thousands of jigsaw puzzles by thousands of independent artists and photographers. I collected a few from Zazzle designers that I'm familiar with from online groups to share with you here.

This interesting geometric Fractal Squared 20", 676 piece square puzzle is designed by Jaclyn (Jackie) Hughes. She manages The Gift Of Sass Zazzle shop where you can find many more uniquely designed puzzles.

Fractal Squared Jigsaw Puzzle

You'll also find this fractal design titled Glowing Beauty 14" x 11", 252 piece puzzle in Jackie's store too. 

Glowing Beauty Jigsaw Puzzle

Artist Sally Lanier manages Painted Dreams Designs store on Zazzle. I found this beautiful Buckskin Tobiano Paint Horses 14" x11", 252 piece puzzle in her store.

Buckskin Tobiano Paint Horses Jigsaw Puzzle

Donna Cervelli is an artist and designer who offers wonderful original work in her Zazzle store HeART and Soul Artwork. I remember seeing her post this beautiful Summer Sunset piece on a different product and thought it would make a great puzzle. Now you get to see it as an 11" x 14", 252 piece puzzle.

Summer Sunset Jigsaw Puzzle

This Autumn Garden puzzle of Donna's is another I like since autumn is such a colorful season in some locales.

Autumn Garden Jigsaw Puzzle

Lucy Williams manages several product-specific stores on Zazzle. You'll find her English Rose Macro 8" x 10", 110 piece puzzle in her Urban_Lights store. 

English Rose Macro Floral flower Close Up Petals Jigsaw Puzzle

Now that I've got you checking out cool puzzles, I'm also sharing another method to preserve a puzzle that I found on the blog Between Naps on the Porch titled How to Save or Frame A Jigsaw Puzzle.

You can find the Blue Eyed Kitten Under Blanket at the top of the post in my store. 

Leave a comment to share your favorite puzzle story or your thoughts on this post.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What If We Used A Trending Social Media Topic For Marketing?

If you spend time on Twitter marketing you might like this idea.

I learned about using Trending Topics a while ago but had it reinforced recently in a Twitter chat. As often as I can, I join in on the #DigiBlogChat each Tuesday at 10 p.m. pacific time because it's pretty much a fact that I'll learn something new plus meet interesting entertaining, and wise people. The chat is run by Carol Stephen and Larry Mount.

Carol's blog post How To Use Trending Topics For Your Business: Twitter Success from a week prior to the Twitter chat reminded me of the Trending Topics option. Carol's blog post got me looking at how to wisely market using trending hashtags for Twitter topics.

The day I participated in the #DigiBlogChat about Trending Topics it just so happened to be #NationalFoodDay and it was trending on Twitter.

I decided to promote a couple of food-related products that day using the National Food Day hashtag. I didn't have a great response with these two product tweets but it's tough to get people to interact since so many people aren't interactive because they schedule tweets or "tweet and run".  The chat has given me ideas on how to wisely use trending topics, especially on Twitter, for marketing.

After looking at the tweet for the coffee bean cover notebook that day, I did the ole "eye roll". That one might have done better if I hadn't misspelled the trending topic as #NationalGoodDay. Oops!

Roasted Coffee Beans With Silver Scoop Photograph Notebook

I got several likes and retweets from folks I'd not seen in my twitter feed before with this raspberries and almonds watercolor design below. I made sure to thank them too. I've been marketing on a few interesting trending topics since that day.

If you are wondering about the two notebooks, let me give you some additional information. These 8.5" square notebooks offer a choice of six binding colors including the black and red you see on the ones here. You can also select from eight unique page designs including the recipe layout here. The other inside page designs include a variety of ruled lines including one for writing practice, graph, and blank for sketching.

The images you see on these two are featured on the laminated front and back. covers. The notebooks come with 60 sheets for 120 pages inside.

Would you consider participating in a Twitter chat to market your products? What chats do you currently participate in?

Leave a comment. I'd love to read your thoughts about the post.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Do You Develop Family Memories With Time On Puzzles?

Puzzles are a great way of getting families and friends together to make new memories. In this age of technology, working on jigsaw puzzles is a way of breaking away from electronics, working together in a shared venture and talking face to face.

Working on puzzles is fun on vacations, weekend get-aways, shut-ins during storms and on cold weather days when going outside isn't a great option. I enjoy using my photographs to make puzzles right on Zazzle. It's even better now that we can design for puzzles up to 30" x 20" with 1014 pieces. When you have a large (small piece) puzzle the fun can last for several get-togethers, nights or weekends.

Zazzle now has seven puzzle sizes available. I recently added this photograph of horses in a pasture behind a split rail fence to the 30" x 20", 1014 piece size. This particular photograph is also available in all seven sizes which include 14" x 11", with 30 oversized pieces and 20" x 16", with 56 oversized pieces for children.

The view of one 16" x 20" with 56 oversized pieces
There's a bit of sadness when the last piece pops in finishing the masterpiece and it's pulled apart to get stored in a box again. How about making it a part of your decor or a gift to someone who helped finish it to relive the memories by preserving it as wall art?

I searched for ways to preserve a puzzle and liked what I saw in this video. This individual has a system for gluing jigsaw puzzles in order to preserve them because he has glue sealed many. He shows his style for completing the gluing. I did giggle at seeing what he uses to spread the glue.

I'm adding this additional video which shows a similar way of gluing the pieces but also shows how to frame it using a sectional frame.

I viewed a number of videos on how to frame puzzles. After seeing such a variety, I would also suggest you check with a business that frames puzzles for advice even before gluing yours. The business might offer some other recommendations for the gluing and framing.

I have not tried sealing or framing any of my completed puzzles so I would love to read the experiences any of you have had doing this.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Popular Brand Name Products On Zazzle To Customize

Did you know that you can find popular brand stores on Zazzle? You read that correctly.

If you are a fan of popular brands or looking for products featuring Disney, Marvel or a number of other brands you should check Zazzle because you may be able to personalize a product for yourself or for a very special gift.

I'm a huge fan of Hallmark's Maxine cartoons. I even have the Maxine store listed in the Special Zazzle Store collection in the right column of this blog. Since she's a fav, I'll show you what you can do to personalize some of the products in these brand stores by using the blue  Customize  button on the product page.

I found a mug that will make a great personalized gift. The post is to show you how easy it is for you to make a custom gift with it.

Maxine Status Update Coffee Mug

When you click that Customize button a new window opens. This is where you will see what is part of the design and what might be additional text.  Here you see that this design is placed on both sides of the mug. 

You can add text by clicking the blue  Add Text  button along the top. I added "Maxine Rocks!" in black Yellowtail typeface under each image. You might consider adding a name or something appropriate to you or to the giftee. You can make the comment go along the top or bottom by simply moving the text block when it appears in the center of the design. Below the design element, you can change the typeface, size, and color.

I decided that I wanted to add additional color to the background on the white ceramic mug. You can see in the image below how you can click on the color slider to select a color you might not see on the block of colors. I did some sliding of the color picker to get a color as close to the design background as possible. 

When I finished all that and liked it, I clicked the blue  Done  button. Be sure to select your preference from the two sizes and the seven mug style options offered in the right column. Once you've done that you can add your personalized design to the Shopping Cart.

Before checking out be sure to check the top of the page to see if there are any coupon codes to add for a discount at checkout. 

I hope that was helpful. Leave me your feedback on the post. I love to read comments.