Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Google Friend Connect Disappearing March 2012

Bad news if you have a non-blogger website or blog that you have Google Friend Connect (GFC) added to.  On March 1, 2012, the GFC will disappear from NON- Blogger sites.  Don't panic.  With the addition of Google + pages, you have until March 1st to get your followers to "+" your page.  All you need to do is create a Google + Page for your business or site.  It's not difficult to do.  They have even made a Google + Badge for you to add to your blog.  Even Blogger blogs can use this.  You will see mine to the left.

Google + I think will be around awhile as it gains momentum and users figure out how best to utilize it.  Even I am still learning.  The feature I like best is the Circles.  Segmenting is just perfect for marketing.  You can choose what Circles to share certain information with.  

If you're interested in learning more about Google +, let me know and I'll be happy to write up a post about it.  Theory, explanations, and examples of how to use it.  

Keep your eyes open and start +1 as you come across the button. 

Read about all the other gadgets Blogger will be retiring.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan: Vintage Tags for Days

This weeks Featured Artisan is Debbie LaRue - Vintage Tags for Days! I was so happy to see my pal was this week's featured artist.  Vintage Tags for Days is her newest endeavor and I think it's super! Gorgeous tags in a vintage style to give a unique look to your gifts! You can find Vintage Tags for Days on:
Debbie also has a shop called Flower and Bud Jewelry on Etsy too!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines - 2011

Wanted to share the shipping deadlines for the Holidays and spare you the trip to  

Domestic Mail Deadlines

Domestic Mail Class Deadline
EXPRESS MAIL® DEC. 22 (Check your local Post Office)

Related Holiday Dates:
  • First night of Hanukkah (Chanukah) - Dec. 20th at Sunset
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24th
  • Christmas Day - Dec. 25th
  • Kwanzaa - Dec. 26, 2011 - Jan. 1, 2012

Outbound International Mail Deadlines

International Mail Addressed To: Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)4 Express Mail International® (EMS)5 Priority Mail International™ (PMI)6 First-Class Mail International™
AFRICA DEC. 20 DEC. 10 DEC. 2 DEC. 2
CANADA DEC. 21 DEC. 16 DEC. 12 DEC. 9
MEXICO DEC. 21 DEC. 15 DEC. 9 DEC. 9
EUROPE DEC. 20 DEC. 15 DEC. 12 DEC. 9

Thursday, November 24, 2011

EtsyBloggers Featured Blogger: MagdaleneJewels

Time for November EtsyBloggers Featured Artisan and Blog Carnival.   Etsybloggers is the official Etsy team for those who love to blog about their craft, the creative process, and other Etsians. 

Magdalene Jewels is the featured blogger this month.  She has two Etsy shops, one a jewelry shop, the other a knit shop.  Magdalene uses a lot of Swarovski elements in her pieces.  All of her pieces are so different, you have to look at each page in her shop to make sure you don't miss anything.  I found this vintage Garbo inspired bracelet.

In Magdalene Knits, you'll find yourself indulging in soft billowy hand dyed and hand spun yarn creations.  They're perfect for baby.  I love this Irish Knit Sweater for Newborns Infants or Toddlers.  She'll custom make items for you too!  You can also find neck warmers, slippers, and gloves.

Magdalene also maintains two blogs in which her blog consists of stories and blogs about everyday life; her family, friends, and friends from Etsy.  She also posts Monthly Favorites, which will be found on both of her blogs.  
Magdalene Jewels and Magdalene Jewels' Blog

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan: Jardin de Lillian

This week's Featured Artisan is Kalyene Sue Bacon - Jardin de Lillian. Truly unique
jewelry designs! You can find Jardin de Lillian on:

Monday, November 21, 2011

EtsyBloggers November Blog Carnival - National Diabetes Month

EtsyBloggers November carnival is definitely a subject that hits close to home.  The question posed to members to blog about is:  November is National Diabetes Month. Do you have diabetes or has your life ever been touched by it? Please share any stories you have...

Diabetes has had a big effect on our family.  My grandfather was a brittle diabetic for nearly 40 years.  We never knew when he'd be high or low and often times, it was unpredictable making him "brittle".  My grandmother was obsessive about his care and probably the reason he lived as long as he did.  He died at 82.  He had no amputations which is a huge feat for someone with his type of condition.  The disease runs deep in his family.  Some managing it better than others.  Eventually, the disease did take his life - renal failure.  It was a long death and very hard to watch.  Thank goodness in the last year he was completely unaware of his bedridden state.  My family and I took care of him for over a year.  He was a large German man, not overweight, just a large man.  He required 2 people to assist him and amazingly enough, no facility could handle his diabetes.  We were left with no choice but to turn my mother's recently remodeled living room into a hospital room.   I grew up watching out for grandpa, making sure he wasn't glossy-eyed or not making sense when he talked.  Watching him collapse out of the blue or watching his constant finger pricks and shots, it was a disease I watched take the life away from a man I adored.

Now I'm afraid I'll be joining those in this growing epidemic.  I always said it would be the death of me if I came down with this disease, because I have a sweet tooth that is much stronger than me it seems.  Over the last couple of years, I've developed some health issues being severely iron deficient and now having pernicious anemia, which is when the body cannot absorb B-12.  My body isn't absorbing anything, nor breaking down foods properly.  This is now putting pressure on my other organs including my pancreas.  The last 2 blood draws I've had, I'm showing indications of pre-diabetes.  I only hope they get my conditions under control so that I have a fighting chance against this disease.  

I have an awareness bracelet I wear often that represents the causes that are close to me and that is diabetes, heart, and stroke.  It is grey, black, and red.   I wear it reminding me of those close to me that are affected by these diseases.  

To learn more about diabetes please visit the Diabetes Association Website.  Give a gift of hope into diabetes research. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Calling all Crafty Repurposers and Recyclers

I have some vintage accessories that I wanted to share with fellow crafters that like to create art with vintage and useful accessories.  We are cleaning out my grandmother's estate and came across some ties, scarves, and a vintage sequin corsage.  I know my crafting friends may find a use for them.  If you are interested in any of them, please let me know and I'll send you a PayPal invoice.  Prices include shipping.

Corsage $20
Men's Ties $15
Scarves $15

Friday, November 18, 2011

Complimentary Download - Guide to Online News Release Writing

I subscribe to PRWeb.  I received this email recently and it was so timely as a pal on Facebook, Hide A Heart, asked a question on Facebook to all her friends for help writing a good press release for her business.  I thought maybe I'd share some information for all that might be helpful.

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Copied portions from the PR Web email I received 11/3/2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

101 Reasons to Buy Handmade

I learned of 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade from a MadCapHeiress Stumble. Here are just a few of the 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade to get you started, then hop on over and read the rest!  What a great series to start - 101 days of Handmade.  Or even print up little cards to include in your packages to customers.  It's important to remember why we are a part of the handmade movement and why we should keep it going.  

1. To help contribute to establishing a new economic model.

2.  With the exception of postage cost - contribute to decrease in fossil fuel erosion (purchasing mass produced products generally come overseas - barging it all over, production costs etc, sweatshops, fair labour et al.)

3. This new wave of craftspeople are using recycled materials. This is CRUCIAL. There is too much ‘stuff’ in the world already.

4. Purchase from artisans/craftspeople who ENJOY creating their wares. The object holds that positive energy and it spreads.

5. Support the artisan directly. The artisan needs more support for their vocation - more than most.

6. Support and building the local community.

7. Buying from craftspeople is a conscious decision. People need to be more conscious of spending of where their hard-earned money is going, changing hands etc. This contributes to the bigger picture.

8. My favorite reason to buy handmade is just that - it’s handmade, which means quality, and a whole lot of love!

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan: Breitwerk Accessories & Gifts

This weeks Featured Artisan is Deni - Breitwerk Accessories & Gifts.
Deni has delightful creations in her shop. There is something for everyone!
You can find Breitwerk on:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Treasuries and Collections of the Week

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted some treasuries and collections I've been featured in.  Great opportunities to start some holiday shopping!


Caramel by my Twitter friends by DigitalCS 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan: I Knit Quit Sew

This week's Featured Artisan is Sandi Levy - I Knit Quilt Sew!
Sandy has delightful creations in here shop. Something for everyone!
You can find I Knit Quilt Sew on:

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