Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BUSINESS: Making A Successful Business

Small Business Revolution Main Street's 4th Season starts October 19. The winning town is Searcy, AR. The creators started out by producing 100 photo and video stories on various small businesses In the US. They were so impressed by the spirit and success of these American entrepreneurs that they created an acclaimed documentary about the power of small business.

The producers say about the show, We created the Small Business Revolution – Main Street to help those small businesses, and in turn, those small towns, reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back. Each season, we search for one lucky town – and six of its small businesses – to win a $500,000 boost from Deluxe, and document the transformations in an original series. Season 1 featured Wabash, Indiana; Season 2 – Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania; Season 3 – Alton, Illinois; and Season 4 – Searcy, Arkansas. 

The show is shown online at the website.

Friday, March 8, 2019

EVENTS: Happy International Women's Day

Honoring the accomplishments of women.
Happy International Women's Day
The Creative Seller
Artsy Craftery Studio

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

CRAFTING: Is It Upcycled, Refashoned, Altered Couture?

Is It Really Altered Couture?

Refashioned, upcycled, reconstructed, embellished, transformed, recycled, re-purposed, wearable art, altered wearables, altered couture.  With any technique there can be many descriptions, names and definitions.

Old Ivy Cottage
The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines alter(ed) as to make or become different in some respect; change; modify.  There can be a little or a lot of change, but I think there can be a significant difference between embellished and altered couture.  Just as with vintage, some listing sites can have strict guidelines on what can be listed as altered couture.

Margot Silk Kidder Shimmery Sandals
At the community forum of a handmade listing site, a member asks just how much does an item need to be upcycled, reconstructed or otherwise changed, in order to be considered altered couture.  She also asks if a newly purchased item, to which one element has been added, can be sold at her venue.  While her questions are site specific, we can learn a lot through the 26 responses to her post.  Etsy Site Help post:

Darcy Fowkes Recycled Silk Shirt Hat
As with the snazzy hat above, altered couture is not only apparel and shoes.  The definition often includes many types of accessories.

Custom belts $135 to $160. — in Los Altos, CA.
Wearable art can be simply practical to elaborately impractical.  How about Caleb Calabro for spectacular and unimaginable wearable art creations?

Caleb Calabro Wearable Art
For many, the ultimate in altered couture is the wedding ensemble.  See how Brenda Abdoyan creates Christine's wedding dress, altered bridal purse and jewelry.  It may be a little ostentatious for some, but imaginative and unique it is.

See Michelle Nance's Clothes-Altered Couture at Pinterest.  Her interesting gallery features:

  • a bleach-pen peacock
  • re-purposing dad's shirt into a little girl's dress
  • a pom-pom scarf
  • old t-shirts into baby clothes
  • a fabulous orange scarf-necklace with silver embellishments
  • cut it, slice it, pull it scarf
  • dollar store knitted stocking hat refashion
  • revamped cardigan
  • little girl's scrap tutu
At her blog, The Brass Paperclip Project, Cindi shares the most beautiful men's necktie recycled items that I've ever seen.  Check out the gallery, at which you'll also find images of bracelets, purses, cell phone cases and others.

Altered Art Images
Ever had questions about using images in your altered creations?  This article,

Altered Art Images ~ How to LEGALLY Use Other People’s Images

helps you navigate important considerations such as:
  1. Altered definition
  2. Rule of thumb for copyright considerations 
  3. Public domain image links
  4. Info about Creative Commons images
  5. Using stock photos in altered work.
LunaGirl-How To: Altered Art Charms

Want more inspiration on designing your own upcycled, refashioned altered couture?  Jill at Jembellish is running a blog hop that features:

Altered couture creations run the gamut from shabby chic  and scrap embellishments on everyday clothing and accessories, to re-tailoring of designer duds.  I prefer wearable crafts, as shared by Linda Jackson Graham at her Pinterest board, Wearable Crafts.  Whatever is your definition and level of altered couture designing, embrace what you do.  Share it with others with enthusiasm and love.
Amanda at Fun Family Crafts


Caleb Calabro Wearable Artwork
Wearable Art Blog interviews Caleb Calabro
Altered Couture on Facebook
Artistry In Fashion
Sassy Feet
Diva of Vintage at Pinterest

ART: Using Water Brushes To Make Watercolor Art

Have you always wanted to know how to use water brushes, the brush-tipped pens with the hollow barrel in which to put water? Here is a quick vid from Arteza on using water brushes. It is mainly to promote their water pens, but you can see how they are best used.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

CRAFT EVENTS: AnnaRita Visits The Tarpon Springs Craft Fair

Embellished starfish by crafter Designs By G

Get excited about the spring craft fairs and artist markets with this report on a crafter's visit to a fair this past fall. AnnaRita said she had a fun time at this annual November craft fair. Read what she had to say about her exciting experience. 
The fair was in Tarpon Springs, a nice little town known for fishing, and sponge docks and real loofah sponges from under the sea. It was small but nice. A lot of hand made jewelry, and home decor, but some mass produced items that were from other countries.  

The first booth that we stopped in was Designs By G!"

G made beautiful wire wrapped jewelry. Wood craved crosses that were wire wrapped with colored wire, jewels, and beads. Starfish that were also designed by her too.
Wire-wrapped crosses by Designs By G

The second booth was very different, but interesting. Steampunk creations, jewelry, pendants and very cool top hats with visors and decorations.
Steampunk Creations By Mystical Star Designs

Took these pictures that were on and near buildings next to the fair.
Mother Meres mosaic on building in Tarpon Springs
Garden Fairies Mosaic Sign In Tarpon Springs, FL
Seems like AnnaRita had a pleasant, inspiring trip to this local creative event.  So get prepared to make your own jaunt to your local craft fairs and artist markets. Get inspiration and Buy Handmade First, always!

Here's the Facebook page for this past year's event:

This is the St Pete/Clearwater page for the event:

See my Jealous Mealous blog feature on AnnaRita's crafts here:

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Colorful Memory Wire Bracelet by AnnaRita

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Glass Prism And Crystal Suncatcher by AR Handmade Creations

Shop for AnnaRita's crafty products at her Etsy shop:

Do What You Love Wood Slice Sign by AnnaRita

Friday, February 22, 2019

NEW PRODUCTS: Printable Scripture Pocket Cards

I have a variety of little cards like these around the house and they are very handy. One good use they have is in helping me remember my fav scriptures and motivational confirmations.

I designed these pocket cards, which can be used also as mini bookmarks and memory flash cards, with scripture encouragement to not live in fear.
Flowers are always encouraging and uplifting, but I will eventually design a set with a non-floral design. I like to design products that men would like, with darker, muted colors and less-feminine motifs, because the majority of merchandise seem to be geared towards women.

Printables and digitals are passive income streams. They are also becoming more popular as buyers look for more ways to enhance their lives and save money. Maybe you should consider building your skills and designing and selling printables.

Fear Not Printable Pocket Cards at Printaphoria

Saturday, February 16, 2019

NEWS: How Useful Are Zibbet Sales Channels?

The new Zibbet Sales Channel Hub is interesting, but not sure I want to pay an extra $5 per month to list at Etsy. The Hub will work as a central base of operations, but I will still have to visit the particular venue to see stats, interact at the forums, edit my shop, etc., I assume. Maybe this assumption is incorrect.

Unless I'm not understanding the value of the service, it seems that I'd be paying to export, basically. Would it be frugal to pay to do that when mostly everything that I would need to do would have to be done off-Zibbet-site at the other site? I do think that this is a valuable feature, as described by Zibbet, and the basis for the usefulness of the channels:

Make product changes onceList your products directly from Zibbet and publish it everywhere you sell at the same time. Any product changes, such as a new photo, title etc, only need to be made once and it’s updated everywhere.

I'm always interested in what the Australia-based Zibbet is doing. I used to be a member there and made a few sales. I enjoyed my time listing at Zibbet, because it was a very exciting period in the selling venue's history. I only left because free shops were pushed aside for subscription-based enhancement and promotion. There is still a token free shop feature, but it is marketed as a trial to evaluate purchasing a subscription. Jonathan assured me that I could return at any time and I think about it often.

Zibbet says "The new Zibbet is pre-launch, but you can sign up today to request early access." I'll have to see what other Zibbet Sales Channels value points will be shared. Each channel is $5 per month with a minimum of 2 channels required and that does not negate fees charged at the other venues. Current channels available are Zibbet, Etsy and Stitch. What do you think?

Friday, February 15, 2019

NEWS: Cette Petite Maison Features My Colorful Love Printable

Carol-Ann featured my  Colorful Love printable wall/tabletop art at her new blog shop. It's a wonderful honor and I really appreciate it!

Visit Cette Petite Maison for a bit of Carol-Ann's French countryside life, shared in the form of posts and product listings. The handcrafted products are her's and some of her neighbours and their produce.

Cette Petite Maison - Products with Provenance: Love Spring: ©Printaphoria It may only be mid Febraury but the days are certainly getting longer and dare I say it.........warming up a little too....

NEWS: Celebration Sale For Branding Printables & Others

I reopened my 2nd Etsy shop, which had been on indefinite vacation, and changed the name from A Printable Life Studio to Printaphoria! It is also reopened far ahead of schedule, because I had no idea when I'd be able to relaunch it. To celebrate my unexpected reopening, I am running a sale.

Shop my 25% off Valentine's Celebration Sale today through Saturday for printables and digitals. You'll find handmades business brandables like my Melony Design Printable Business Cards:
Melony Design Printable Business Cards by Artsy Craftery Design Studio
 Collage sheets like my Roses Roses design:
Roses Roses Collage Sheet at Printaphoria
 Colorful quote graphics like I Am Positive-Minded:
Health, Wealth & Love Colorful Quote Graphic by Artsy Craftery Design Studio
 Faith-based Christian graphics like Don't Forget Pocket Cards:
Don't Forget Christian Faith Pocket Cards
And black and white quote graphics like When Life Gives Me A Lemon...:
When Life Gives Me A Lemon I Make Pineapple Juice at Printaphoria

As an Etsy seller I create designs every day and have many more to list, especially business brandables printable collateral that can help you to market your handmades shop and other businesses.

Most all of my quote, word and other graphics are customizable, so just ask! For those that do not have the customization feature within, I will create a reserved listing for you. A small service fee will be added to your reserved order.

All files are in jpeg format and pdfs are available via email, upon request. Pdfs are prepared at no extra charge. Just ask!

Thanks for visiting! If you're an Etsy seller let's trade shop favs!

Graphics To Beautify, Organize & Simplify!

Printaphoria is printables euphoria! 


Wednesday, January 23, 2019


SVG files are scalable vector graphics and the ideal file format for images that may need to have various size incarnations. See this easy-to-understand detailed explanation of this essential image type. It's the best one that I've found.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NEWS: Zibbet Launches New Selling Hub Early 2019

Diana at Three Cats Graphics gave me the heads up that Zibbet is changing to a new marketing model. Sellers will be able to manage various shops from other venues right from a Zibbet selling hub.

The interesting thing that Jonathan said is that a seller will be able to sign on to this "New Zibbet" and not even sell in a Zibbet shop "if he/she does not see value in it," but use the hub to manage shops at other selected venues. The blog post is here: The facebook page is here:

I was at Zibbet in 2013, made some sales and was featured in a shop profile interview for the blog. I did not buy the lifetime membership and left when changes came and free shops were all but eliminated. Jonathan told me that I could always return at any time. I've thought about it over the years. One thing I would really miss today is the forums that he had at Good luck to Zibbet, always!

Monday, January 21, 2019

OPINION: Civil Rights Is For Everyone

Civil rights is for everyone.

Make this world a better place, while we can. This is a statement that I make often when sharing caring images and videos at Facebook. These are shares that show people reaching out to each other in various ways, without reservation or discrimination. It is in this spirit that I acknowledge that today is a holiday to celebrate not only a man, but what he believed, that we all are entitled to human rights.

Today, I remind us all that civil rights is for everyone who is a person, no matter what the race, sex, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic heritage, national origin, etc.

I love this artwork from KWSnet 
Something similar would be nice made from a wood block print or collage.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

RESOURCES: Inspiration From The Etsy Newsletter

I love the Etsy newsletter that is sent to my email each week. It is easy to review and has a clean, neat and non-cluttered design. I look forward to scanning it each week. I don't have much free time, but I make time to quickly overview this journal.

I don't always follow the links, but doing so is how I was able to get free promotion and packing supplies from American Express. This was for the Shop Small, Small Biz Saturday, Backed By Amex event during the holidays. I was also able to watch the Making It mini TV series competition (which was not crafty/handmade enough for me) by seeing the announcement in this lively online periodical.

I've been weeding out and pruning my email alerts, but the Etsy news blog is not going anywhere, except into my mind as I continue to squeeze out time to read it. It's exciting, it's fresh, it's fun! The overall design lends itself to thrilling anticipation!

Check out the Etsy News Blog!

I wanted to add an Etsy logo to this post, and was happy to find a Brand Assets download on the Press page. If you want it to use at your blog, see the download link at the bottom of this page. I'm going to unzip mine now to see what goodies await!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Artsy Customized Sweets For Valentine's, Events And Occasions

Customized Brownies for Valentine's Day

Time for some sweetness, because Zazzle makes it easy to put my graphic designs on sweet treats.
Tell that person this, "I Love You More Than Anything", and watch love flourish! Sweet words on sweet products for your sweetie!

I Love You Design By Artsy Craftery Design Studio On White Chocolate Dipped Oreos
This is a quote that I created when my mind was soaring about how expansive love can be.

It is a simple design in flowing script and warm peach (light orange), with 5 silvery gold hearts and lines of simulated sparkling confetti at the top and bottom.
Love Words Design By Artsy Craftery Design Studio On Cake Pops
All of these sweetly created confections are made, customized and individually-wrapped for Zazzle by Veronica's Treats in Middleboro, MA.
Romantic Message By Artsy Craftery Design Studio On Sugar Cookies
They all are perfect for goodie bags at weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, or as a gift during holidays and other events and occasions. 
I Love You More Than Anything Design By Artsy Craftery Design Studio On Dipped Oreo Pops
Give them just because, just because you want to. Surprise someone and make them happy!
Celebrate your occasion! Simple words and attractive design from Artsy Craftery Design Studio says it all!
Customized Valentine's Sweets By Artsy Craftery Design Studio On Milk Chocolate Dipped Oreos

You will find these artsy sugar cookies, brownies, cake pops, dipped milk chocolate and white chocolate Oreos, and sprinkles-covered dipped Oreo pops under my Romance & Love category at my Zazzle shop, Artsy Craftery Design Studio: 💚💏💚

Thanks For Visiting!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

NEWS: Webshots 20 Yrs Old & Selling Subscriptions

Webshots is 20 years old today and sent me an offer, which arrived in my junk folder, to buy a yearly subscription to the website for $19.99. The link sent me to a payment landing page with no branding on it whatsoever. I would think they would direct potential buyers to an info page at the website, where I could read about Webshots today.

I will not purchase, but it would have been more conducive to me buying had they done that. I haven't used Webshots since about 2006 and they changed owners, I think, after that. I also shy away from unbranded payment pages, though a branded page can easily be falsified. Must be always vigilant! We are advised to not make payments at page links that arrived into our email boxes, but to go directly to the websites instead. That's what I would do, contact the website and ask for the promotion. I would explain that I was leery of the junk mail and unbranded landing page.
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