Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What's Hot and What's Not Hot Wednessday

Here's what's hot and what's not hot this week. :-)

A white in Texas! We spent Christmas with my husband's family up in Fort Worth. Christmas Eve it started snowing, and snowed all day. That alone is rare in Texas, but the next day the snow was still there, and drifted up to almost a foot deep in places. The snow stayed all through Christmas, and there was still patches yesterday when fresh snow started to fall. For those of you from places where white Christmases are the norm...well, that's extraordinary here. The boys made snowmen and had snowball's been wonderful!

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Relaxing over the holidays while totally ignoring my shop and blog...and still getting a couple after Christmas sales all the same.

Not much. Yeah...I made diddly in my CafePress and Printfection shops this December. That's expected at Printfection, where I've yet to make my first sale, though somewhat dissapointing at CafePress, where I started and used to make the most sales. But my Zazzle Shop had more sales than I've ever had there, so I still feel like I did well. I'll just have to re-think where I focus my efforts.

I found the "Hot and Not Hot" meme over at Loobylu's. She puts up a Mr. Linky every Wednessday for participants to list their posts. It's fun and easy if you want to join in!

Monday, December 28, 2009

After Christmas Sale Today

It's been a great Christmas! Texas had snow...real snow, that stayed on the ground from Christmas Eve through now (though most of it's melted, there's still a little left). I have been blissfully ignorant of anything having to do with my shop, and just ventured on today to see how things went. Discovered that Zazzle was having an after-Christmas sale, ending tonight. Most of these are not quite as good as the pre-Christmas sales...but the 75% off cards is the best I've seen, so I thought I'd pass this along...

75% OFF Cards, Photo Cards and Invites
50% OFF Ties
40% OFF Posters
25% OFF Mousepads
25% OFF Business Cards
20% OFF Tote Bags
20% OFF Aprons
15% OFF T-Shirts
10% OFF Mugs

Through Dec 28, 2009 at my Zazzle Shop

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


It's time for what HOT OR NOT Wednessday!


Yesterday was the last day to get gifts by Christmas with standard or economy shipping and my shops, but...

You can get 2-Day shipping for the price of standard at My Printfection Shops through Dec 18 - there's no coupon, you just enter 2-Day shipping at checkout and get the reduced price automatically. And, there's one day left for ground shipping at My Zazzle Shop (and you can get free shipping on ground through tomorrow with coupon code ZAZZLEGROUND when you order over $50).

Taking a break from working on the shop and decorating for Christmas. I love decorating the Christmas tree with the boys!

Seasonal colds...STILL!

My husband messing around with the computer so now I can't access stuff. He's asleep now after a late-nighter last night and I so want to wake him up and growl at him. But I won't.

A fairly almost clean house.

Want to join this meme? Head over to Loobylu's Mr. Linky and join in!

Monday, December 14, 2009

8 Deals Ending Today!

Zazzle brought back all their 12 deals of Christmas. 8 of them were for items I carry in my shop, and if you missed them before you can still get them at my shop today!

* $5 off T-Shirts
* $10 off Ties
* 50% off 10+ Greeting Cards, Photo Cards, and Invitations
* 60% off Posters
* 30% off Stickers, Mousepads, Key Chains, Buttons, and Magnets
* 30% off Bags
* Buy 1 Binder, Get 1 Free
* Buy 1 Mug, Get 1 Free
Coupon Code: 12DEALZAZZLE
Expires: December 14, 2009 at 11:59pm PT

Shop Here!

We don't get any advance warnings about most sales (the shop is mine, the designs are mine, but the storefront and printing is Zazzle's, so they control coupons and disounts). I'm guessing we might get another day's extension on these and maybe some upgraded shipping deals, but because ground shipping by Christmas ends on most items ends Dec 17th...I think this is the last of the really good deals for the season. I'm actually breathing a sigh of relief. Time to stop promoting and spend some serious time on my own Christmas. Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Get 30% Off Bags or Get $5 Off Shirts and 60% Off Posters!

Use coupon code EMAIL12BRAND for 30% Off BAGS through December 13 at my Zazzle Shop! Get bags like the one below for only $6.97!

You can also still get $5 Off SHIRTS and DOGGIE SHIRTS and 60% Off POSTERS with coupon code EMAIL12PRINT (THRU December 11 - coupons can't be combined).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What's Hot and What's Not Hot Wednesday

It's time again for What's Hot, What's Not Hot Wednesday! Short but sweet this time!

A mid-day snow flurry in Texas, in December! (Almost never happens).


Seasonal colds and fussy babies.

Seasonal sales! Right now I have coupons for 60% Off Posters, $5 Off Shirts, FREE Shipping Sales for US and International Shoppers, Postage Sales, and 30% off Mouspads, Magnets, Buttons, and Keychains!

Yesterday was the last day for Christmas orders of dark apparel, dark bags, and postage stamps through my by economy or standard shipping through my Zazzle shop. But no can still order dark shirts through my CafePress shop by economy through Dec 13 or at my Zazzle Shop by ground through Dec 17 (which doesn't cost that much more). Other deadlines are fast approaching to, so check for shipping deadlines here.

My fuzzy brain not realizing yesterday was Tuesday, not Wednessday.

Want to join this meme? Head over to Loobylu's Mr. Linky and join in!

Coupon for 60% Off Posters!

You can get 60% off posters and/or $5 off T-Shirts at my Zazzle Shop with coupon code EMAIL12PRINT (good through Dec 11, 2009).

make custom gifts at Zazzle

Monday, December 7, 2009


Here are some upcoming deadlines to get your package by December 24.

Dec 17
At My Zazzle Shop - Last day for Ground or Priority shipping on most items (dark apparel and bags, binders and stamps take longer), and 2-Day shipping on Binders.

Dec 18
Printfection - Last day for 2-Day Shipping (which you can get for the price of ground through Dec 18 - make sure to select 2-Day shipping during checkout).
At My Zazzle Shop - Last day for 2-Day Shipping on dark apparel, dark bags, and stamps, and last day for Epress shipping on Binders.

Dec 20
At My Zazzle Shop - Last day for 2-Day Shipping on most items, and last day for Express Shipping on dark apparel, dark bags, stamps (binders take longer).
Printfection - Last day for 1-Day Shipping
CafePress - Last Day for Premium Shipping

Dec 21
CafePress - Last Day for Express Shipping

Dec 22
At My Zazzle Shop - Last day for Express Shipping on most items.

It Is Already Too Late For...
Economy or Standard Shipping on all Zazzle items, and ground and priority shipping on Zazzle dark apparel, dark bags, stamps and binders, Standard and Economy Shipping at my CafePress Shop, and economy and standard shipping at my Printfection shop (though you can get 2-day for the price of standard through Dec 18th there! Just choose 2-Day shipping at checkout).

Save on Shirts, Mousepads, Keychains, Buttons, Magnets, Stickers, and Postage Stamps

Use Coupon Code EMAIL12SHIRT For the Following Discounts at My Zazzle Shop though December 10th.

Speaking of magnets, here's a new one I made. Your picture replaces the picture of me and my husband (an old picture taken many Thanksgivings ago before we had our three little ones.)

There are also still some 50% Off Coupons, Free Shipping Deals, and Discounts for International Shoppers going on. Only one discount coupon can be used on each order.

Friday, December 4, 2009

FREE Shipping Coupon at Printfection!

At My Printfection Shops
Get free super saver shipping on orders of $35 or more with coupon code SHIP12 (Through Dec 15)

Deadline for free Xmas delivery is Tuesday, Dec 15th 4:00pm

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's Hot & What's Not Wednesday

It's time again for What's Hot/What's Not Hot Wednesday! I missed last week's Hot/Not post so this covers the last two weeks.

My son's 1st grade school play, Little Red's Thanksgiving. Loved watching my lil' leprechaun do the "Sham-Rock." My son's favorite part (and mine too...other than the parts he was in) was when the big bad wolf tried to eat little red, and she threw off her cape and revealed her secret identity as "Wonder Red" -- go girl power!

Here's the Leprechaun taking a bow...

All the new products that have come out! I love getting to add new stuff to my shops! Love it, love it! And during November I got to add new cheaper mugs to my Printection Shops and added aprons, beach bags, and gym bags to my CafePress Shops.

Yeah...had to post that again. Those are only $15.49 too!

It is NOT HOT that the warning sign images on the mugs look so wonky.

I assure you that's just Printfection's attempt to make the image look curved on the online overlay, and it won't look like that when you get your mug.

Zazzle brought back it's coupon for free shipping, so you can still get free US shipping today on any order from my shops with coupon code HOLIDAYSHIPS. :-)

Finding out there's some holiday deals out there for our friends too.

My friend's new Etsy shop. She sells some yummy soaps! Check out her lavender soap below...

A cool review of one of my mugs at Yvonne's Tea Time

People mis-using the Bible and putting it on an aweful T-shirt so others can do it too. I don't care if you want to diss Obama, but doing it like that is just not cool.

Zazzle and CafePress for taking it out of their marketplace. Both of these shops don't like to interfere with or censor shopkeepers designs in most cases, but I agree with their decision to do so here.

('cause it's not)
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, even here in Texas!

If you would like to take part in What's Hot and What's Not Wednesday, head over to Loobylu's Mr. Linky and join in!

FREE Shipping TODAY at my Zazzle Shop

Well, it looks like Zazzle did well with their free shipping offer cause' they brought it back! Yeah! You can get free shipping on all orders from my Zazzle shop with coupon code HOLIDAYSHIPS! Shop Here!

The free shipping offer is for ground shipping to U.S. addresses only.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Gym Bags, Beach Bags, and Aprons!

I've got some great new products at my CafePress shops! Gym Bags, Beach Bags, and Aprons!

The coolest of these I think are the Gym Bags. Check out how my Sleep Deprived Parent, Body by Baby and All Boy designs came out on these. Cool huh?

...CafePress also added Beach Bags.

beach bag

Honestly, I'm not quite as excited about those since I already offer similar bags through Zazzle, and Printfection, and because the print area is somewhat hard to work with. There is only a square area in the center of the front you can print on (not a rectangle as would be expected), and though the print area on the back is larger, people usually like to walk with the pocket out, so I'm not sure if using that area is the answer (I can use both, but that raises the price). I'd love your feedback on that.

Finally, my CafePress shops have new upgraded aprons. They are now longer (32" long), thicker (100% heavy cotton twill), and come in 4 colors (white, khaki, yellow and navy).


I'm excited about these even though I already sell similar aprons at Zazzle, mainly because of the new color, navy, which is not available there.

Shop My CafePress Products HERE

Monday, November 30, 2009

International Shoppers Guide

Shopping abroad?  You can browse my shop in your native language and make payments in your local currency!   Click on you country's flag above to shop, and visit this page any time to find coupons good at my international storefronts.

50% Off Business cards 
with coupon code HALFPRICEBIZ (Ends 1/14)

Sales above will not work in US storefront, and can't be combined with other offers.  Other sales and coupons listed on my blog may not apply to international storefronts, and some may only apply in certain countries.   Click here to see more international sales.

International Storefronts














Swiss/Schwei/Suisse*?lang=de (Deutsch)*?lang=fr (Français)

Belgium/Belgique/België*?lang=fr (Français)*?lang=nl (Nederlandse)



New Zealand*


South Korea/대한민국*

NOTE:  Sales listed on this page may not work in my US storefronts.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

FREE SHIPPING When You Buy 25 + Cards or Invitations

FREE Shipping when you order 25 or more greeting cards, note cards, postcards, invitations, or photo cards from my Zazzle Shop with coupon code FREECARDSHIP through December 31!

Green Christmas Trees Photo Card photocardBridal Shower Invitation I Drank the Water card

This offer is limited for ground shipping to US addresses only. Shipping charges will apply to oversized orders and orders being shipped on an expedited basis or outside the U.S.

Yvonne's Tea Cafe - Review

I recently discovered a fun tea shop called Yvonne's Tea Cafe. Yvonne and I did some bartering -- she traded a sampling of various teas and flavored honey sticks for one of my Sleep Deprived Parent/Tantrum Zone Mugs. I haven't gotten a chance to try everything she sent yet yet, but here's what I've tasted so far...

Herbal Teas (Caffeine Free)

Cinnamon Apple Chamomile Herbal Tea
This was like drinking a slice of apple pie! Seriously yummy! If you wanted to introduce your kids to tea, this would be a good one to start with. And since it's Caffeine Free it won't give them the bouncy bouncies.

Mango Passionfruit Herbal
Had a nice pleasing aroma, but the tea itself was not as fruity as I expected, and I didn't care for the undertaste of licorice (but if you like licorice that wouldn't bother you).

Flavored Black Teas

Chocolate Mint
LOVED the chocolate mint tea. It had a mellow mint flavor with a smooth taste, more subdued than some of the pungent mint teas I've tried in the past. The chocolate flavor was subtle but noticeable, and the flavor blended well with taste of the black tea. I also liked the aroma of this I could just sit over and smell for ages.

Peach Apricot
This tea had a nice rich smooth taste. I liked how the fruity flavor blended with the taste of the black tea.

In 7th grade our English class hosted an English tea party (connected to some book which I've now forgotten), and my mom went out and got some strawberry tea for me to bring to class. I loved its strong fruity taste, and that started my love of tea. So, this tea probably didn't stand a chance against the tea of my memory. The strawberry taste of Yvonne's tea was lighter, and overshadowed by the taste of black tea.

These were all bagged tea. She also sells loose tea and tea accessories. I'll be sharing a review of the honey sticks and the other teas she sent once I've tried them.

I liked that you can order samples of any individual tea you want to try, which makes it easy to try lots of different teas from her shop. And, don't worry, the "tagless" bag samples come in little labeled baggies so you can tell what they are.

And guess what! On her blog this month she giving away a mug and peppermint tea to one of her followers. There's only a couple days left and not many followers yet, so you have a good chance of winning if you it's worthwhile to follow anyways because she often posts freebies and sales there.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Mugs at My Printfection Shop

I don't talk about my Printfection shop much because printfection rarely has sales or new products. But now they have just come out with mugs, sports bottles, and can coolers you can get through my Printfection shop -- and the prices are cheaper than my other shops.

Here's a sampling of what's new...

fire leaf mugfiery lady frosted stein

All Boy travel mugcan coolers

And here's a price comparison between my shops...

Plain White Mugs$11.99$12.99$13.95
Large Plain White Mugs$13.99$13.99$15.95
Frosted Mugs--$18.75
Frosted Steins$17.99-$22.10
Solid Steins--$20.95
(2 styles)
Mugs With Colored Accents--$15.95
Large Mug With Colored accents--$17.95
Morph Mugs (changes color when hot)--$19.95
Travel Mugs (Aluminum)$16.99-$20.50
(2 styles)
Travel Mugs (Ceramic)-$18.99-
Sports Bottles (.06L - Aluminum)$19.99$24.99
(Sigg Brand)
Sports Bottles (1.0L - Aluminum)-$27.99
(Sigg Brand)
Can Coolers$5.99--

If your wondering why I don't keep the same products the same price at all my shops, its because the base price (the price I pay) is different. To make them all the same I'd have to make them all the highest price.

You can shop my printfection store for humorous gifts here and artistic gifts here. While you're there make sure to check out the cutting boards, and all the great colors of shirts not available at my other shops (like purple, dark colored long sleaved kids shirts, and more.)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sale on Shirts, Mugs, Mousepads, and Buttons (With Coupon)

Now through November 26, 2009 at 11:59pm PT at my Zazzle Shop use coupon code SALEJUSTFORU for...

10% off mugs
Tantrum Zone/Sleep Deprived Parent Mug mugHearts Mug mugFiery mug

10% off Mousepads

Red Tree mousepadTribal Toes Mousepad mousepadHis Wounds mousepad

10% off buttons

Custom Scribbleprint Heart Border ... - Customized buttonI Drank The Water buttonSleep Deprived Parent Button button

$5 off any order of 2 or more t-shirts
(Though on the planned Black Friday sale starting at 3:00 pm PT thanksgiving you can get $4 off EACH shirt - so I might wait on the shirts unless you needed them urgently)

Tantrum Zone Shirt shirt Modern Christmas Tree shirt House vs. Homepage shirt

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What's Hot - What's Not Wednesday

Its time again for What's Hot/What's Not Hot Wednesday! Here's what's HOT and NOT this week.


Plans for a laid back Thanksgiving with my mom.

Realizing that I've grown to be such a cold wimp. Used to wear shorts and sorrels in the snow, and now I'm feeling frrrrozen at 68 degrees!

The tea I traded one of my mugs for from Yvonne's Tea Cafe--and getting it just in time for the colder weather. We're going to be reviewing each other products so I'll be sharing more about the teas I got here soon.

Finding a new favorite cereal--Kashi U with Black Currents and Walnuts. It has nearly the same amount of vitimins as the bran cereal I had been eating, but so much tastier. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMMMMMMY

New products at CafePress, including colored aprons and GYM BAGS! Still adding them to my shops, so I'll be posting more about these soon...

My sales at CafePress--nutten' sold since September!


Growing sales at my Zazzle Shop! Woo hoo!

Getting $15 free at Kodak Gallery but not getting to spend it because their photo uploader doesn't seem to work with my version of Mozilla (or maybe just our Linux operating system). DOH!

The mess in my home, still.

That my son's creepy meal worm that resembled a large maggot (a science project brought home from school) has now turned into a nice not so creepy brown beetle. Whew. He's named Oatmealy.

Surpize Box Giveway Winner Chosen

Congrats to Kitty of Liquid Ambar Studio who won the Etsy Surprise Goodie Box Giveaway at Monkey's Mamma which I took part in. I can now tell you what I contributed--several of the notecards I had printed at Winkflash earlier this year.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What's Hot - What's Not Wednesday (ur...Thursday)

Decided to join in on a meme I stumbled on: What's Hot/What's Not Hot Wednesdays Though technically it's not Wednessday anymore.


A trip to Austin with no kids...first trip we've taken without any children since our oldest was born.


My husband, who came up with the idea at the spur of the moment early last week, arranged for his parents to take the kids, etc. etc...


My in-laws for taking the kids. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It's GORGEOUS! Check out the picture my husband took below.


Stumbling on the same little Mexican restaurant we had eaten at but forgotten the name of during our last trip to Austin (Curras Grill), and feasting on unique food the kids would have turned their nose up at.


The parking at Curras. They really need more parking...though I suppose it does keep the place from getting overcrowded.


Google maps on I-phone. Saved us from much mis-direction, traffic jams, and other frustration.


The weather! It's been wonderfully NOT HOT and NOT COLD! It's been gorgeous!


My living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc. They're a disaster. No, you can not see pictures.


Spending too much time promoting my site and not enough time creating.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I Finished It!

If you follow my blog you may recall that when the Zazzle Stationery came out I talked about a scribbleprint border I had drawn which I was going to have my husband scan for the stationery. Well, he wasn't able to scan right away, and once it was scanned other stuff came up (Halloween, my child's birthday, and other miscellaneous stuff) and I wasn't able to clean it up and get it ready. Well, I had some time this morning, and here it is...

This is on the speckled paper. The also have basic, felt, linen and recycled.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gift Ideas and Free Shipping Coupon at My CafePress Shops

With the coupon code NEW270 you can get free shipping on orders of $50 or through November 6th, 2009 at my CafePress shops. Now, I haven't shown off my products at CafePress much here, but I have some great items there I don't offer anywhere else. Here's a few of those...


Arrow Tree OrnamentPatriot Twins OrnamentInner Child Ornament

Flip Mino Cameras...
These have recently been reduced by $30...see more styles and colors here.

Raspberry Waves Flip Mino Camera

Maternity Shirts...

I Drank the Water Maternity ShirtBody by Baby Maternity ShirtTribal Toes Maternity Shirt

Boxer Shorts...

Sleep Deprived Parent Boxers

Framed Tiles, Tile Coasters, and Keepsake Boxes...

Scribbleprint Christmas TreeFire Leaf Tile CoasterTribal Toes Baby Feet Keepsake Box

My CafePress shop is also the only place you can find my designs on clocks, pillows, bibs, doggy bowls, Sigg Bottles, teddy bears, and notepads!