Saturday, November 17, 2018

JEALOUS MEALOUS: AR Handmade Creations

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Winter Birch Trees Painting by AnnaRita
AnnaRita is a prolific crafter and artist from Largo Fl who designs everything that she sells. She says about her eclectic creative collection, "Everything is unique. You will own a one-of-a-kind item when you purchase from me." 
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Mosaic Mermaid by AR Handmade Creations
She paints on canvas and wood, and enjoys creating nautical-themed paintings. She also likes to paint many other subjects.
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Ahoy Anchor Wood Pallet Painting by AR Handmade Creations
Do What You Love Wood Slice Sign by AnnaRita

In her shop, you will see sea glass sun-catchers made with wire, sea glass, beads, shells, charms and other elements.
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Glass Prism And Crystal Suncatcher by AR Handmade Creations
AnnaRita likes to make jewelry too. She says, "I look at making jewelry like creating a piece of art to wear." Her natural crystal jewelry and other creations are certainly lovely!
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Chandelier Crystal Earrings by AnnaRita
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Colorful Memory Wire Bracelet by AnnaRita
In addition to earrings and bracelets, she designs wire-wrapped pendants, Chakra jewelry, crystal necklaces and lockets. You will also find handmade dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, clocks made from electrical spool tops and other creative inspirations.

As I said, AnnaRita of AR Handmade Creations is truly a prolific artist and crafter. Though I enjoy painting watercolors primarily, I admire her acrylic paintings very much.

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Hand-painted Tropical Fish Christmas Ball
Shop for AnnaRita's crafty products at her Etsy shop:

Connect with her at Pinterest

Remember to
support handmade sellers
 by shopping handmade on
Small Business Saturday,
November 24!

#shopsmall #smallbizsat #backedbyamex #arhandmadecreations #supporthandmadesellers #buyhandmadefirst #jealousmealous #etsyseller #etsyshop

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NEWS: Flickr Beefs Up Pro Account

Big changes to Flickr free and Pro accounts.
Flickr making the biggest changes yet to its free and Pro accounts. Money, money, money! They're going for the increased bottom line by pushing those Pro accounts! This is understandable and expected.

Basically, free accounts are limited to 1,000 photos and Pro accounts have unlimited space. The Pro account feature is beefed up with more enticing inclusions, like ad-free browsing and advanced stats.

Eventually, we won't have to sign in with our Yahoo accounts to access the site. They are giving free account holders time to upgrade to a Pro account, or reduce the number of photos/videos to the limit. If you're a member, check your email for their overview of these changes.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans' Day Greetings

Remember Our Veterans

Happy Veterans' Day

God Bless Our Veterans

Image Credit: From Google images. Owner unknown. Please share if you know.

Friday, November 9, 2018

NEWS: Motivation Despite Others' Tragedy

It's still a Happy Friday, because life must go on, but my heart is heavy after reading about the Thousand Oaks, CA shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, where 13 died, including the shooter. They say he was an ex-marine suffering from PTSD. California bar shooting leaves 13 dead, including sheriff's sergeant and gunman

As we process another senseless taking of human lives, let us move forward with confidence in our creative pursuits, realizing that the victims, in general, would want us to. That is a cliche, but a worthy one to believe. I believe that those victims who care would want us to.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

NEWS: More Sales Opportunities For Makers This Year!

A man carrying a shopping bag walks past holiday decorations along Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
US Christmas sales predicted to surpass $1 trillion for the first time this year
Great news for makers in this recent article predicting increased holiday sales. Apparently, it is believed that because of reduced unemployment, increased incomes and more confidence within consumer psyches, end-of-the year purchasing will expand this year.

US Christmas sales predicted to surpass $1 trillion for the first time this year

Image Credit: Getty Images at

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SHIPPING: No First Class Stamp Shipping At Paypal

Someone asked in a forum if First Class stamp-type postage labels could be bought at Paypal.  She said she couldn't get it to work for that anymore.

To my knowledge, PP no longer offers First Class stamps-type shipping. I use PP exclusively, and I always have to choose First Class Mail Parcel Service as the cheapest method of shipping, usually from $2.66. Media Mail also can be chosen and others, as you know.

I was not printing PP labels when First Class stamps-type postage was being offered at this payment processing site. 

She also asked if the payment for the postage had to be done at Paypal. I am not sure what she meant by that question, but I have always paid from my PP acct. Don’t know any other way I could buy the labels there, except via my PP Wallet connections.

If you want the link to create labels without accessing an order, here it is:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

NEWS: CreateSpace Moving To KDP

Amazon self-publishing will cease on the CreateSpace platform and move to KDP soon, according to an email I received today. KDP has some features not available at CS and paperbacks can now be published there.

Here's a video to get you started if you want to make the move to the KDP platform now. You can also wait and everyone will be transferred over eventually, as stated in the email. Before you make the move, review the CS tips on what to do before you move. I didn't have to do anything, and I've already made the move.

Both instructions are on the same page, along with much more information.

Before you move your books to KDP
Our tips for preparing for the move.
How to move your books to KDP
You'll be able to move your entire catalog to KDP in a few steps.

Monday, September 24, 2018


So happy Autumn is here!
It's Autumn, that most glorious time of year!
Fall is my favorite season!
Welcoming fall with a showcase of these cheerful Autumn banners from Freepix, a website where you can get free vectors, photos and PSD downloads!
I love fall, most of all!
It seems that you have to give credit or attribution for whatever you use. I find this to be a headache, because there are many instances when it doesn't seem easy to share attribution anywhere that I am using a graphic. I usually try to find a suitable graphic at Pixabay, and sometimes Pexels, where no attribution is required. Pexels has mostly photos, but Pixabay has lots of vectors, illustrations and photos.
No other season like Autumn!

May your handmades fall season start with abundant creativity,
and continue with savvy marketing
and increased sales.

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Fall! Festive, Fabulous, Fantastic!


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