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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wait A Minute Mister Postman Postcard Party 42

Tuesday's Postcard Fun Fact
Did you know that prior to 1907 you were not allowed to write on the back side of the postcard?

The entire back space was dedicated to the address and stamp only.  This explains why people would write over the top of images on the front.  Some postcard printers would leave extra wide boarders for the sender to write a message, keeping the image visible.  Thankfully  March 1, 1907 started to allow people to write on the backside of the postcard next to the address this was the dawn of the divided back postcards, the format that continues up to date.  You will still find cards postmarked 1907, 1908 etc that are still in the UDBPC (Undivided Back Postcard) format and it wasn't really until the postcards were printed with the divided back that people started to write on the back.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/125264154
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https://www.etsy.com/listing/79626601/
https://www.etsy.com/listing/79626601/

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And now for our featured Pic from Gossamer Tea Room
https://www.etsy.com/listing/123835647/in-the-garden-digital-collage-sheet

Check out her awesome Digitals at VelvetRevived 

And Velvet Revived has a wonderful special Christmas In July Download!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/195701582/
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Now it is your turn to share your favorites: I would love to have you join my Postcard Lover's Linkup Party! Want to show off your prize postcards? Then Link up below...
There are a few rules before you link up (but not many.) Please help promote since that will make this so much more fun!

Rules:
Most important: Must be Family Friendly
1. Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin, or Network. If you are new please leave a comment so I can follow you back.

2. Grab the button and post it on your blog. Either on your blog or a specific post (if you do not have a blog you are excused from this step.)



Postcard Lover's Tuesday

3. Post from your Blog, Shop, Website, basically anywhere that you can link from.

4. Post your favorite Vintage Postcard, Handmade Postcard, Art made from old Postcards, Digital Art from Postcards, Ephemera, Antique ads... You get the picture ;)


5. Limit 3 Post per person per party


6. Have fun and enjoy the Postcards


STOP BY NEXT WEEK AND SEE WHICH GREAT PIECE OF EPHEMERA I CHOSE FROM THE LINKY COLLECTION TO BE THE FEATURED CARD OF THE WEEK. MAYBE IT WILL BE YOUR'S

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Technical Difficulty Monday

I was all set to post my Monday Meet and Greet when my computer decided otherwise.  So I will either post this Wednesday or have to wait until next Monday, so stay tuned...


We're Experiencing Technical Difficulties
Mermaid Melissa

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Laughter Is The Best Medicine 34

Happy Sunday!

 Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones

Very important first message :)
100.9 The Cat

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Free to Promote Your Shop, Social Sites, or Blog; on Networking Saturday 19

International Marketplace - How eBay is Working to Expand to Overseas MarketsGood morning my networking friends.  Today's post is a little different and I must admit self serving; I need a little advise.  I have been selling on line (almost steadily) for over 12 years; I started out on Ebay which has become far too much like a giant garage sale and far too expensive.


I was so excited when I heard about Etsy 4 years ago and started dreaming about quitting my day job and becoming a full time Postcard Lady. Unfortunately I don't live there but actual live in reality where my Etsy bills are far greater than my Etsy income.

So I moved my shop to Artfire thinking that the answer is a monthly flat fee to find that my sales are almost nothing and 12.95 adds up very quickly when you earn $0. Along with the minuscule sales from Artfire I find it's platform to be very time consuming.

I have come to the conclusion that what I need is a platform that is essentially free.  While most often those platforms invest little for their clients (naturally because it is free) so to show up on a search will be unheard of.  But I am thinking that if I can somehow created a shop front that is linked to this blog I may increase my chances (in the lines of traffic and visibility) because I have already invested 6 years in the blog and have a following.

With all of this being said, not many people use blogger as a store front so apps and information is minimal.  I have found some shopping carts but so far none of the downloads actually work (I can't even open them) and they are quite time consuming with HTML coding.

I have actually figured out a way to create a store on blogger that is relatively simple and should work very well but there is no shopping cart.  The buyer would have to purchase each item separately or convo me for a bulk listing.  Also another draw back is that shipping will need to be figured into the cost of the item;  But for the most part I often offer free shipping on my tags etc.  Foreign buyers would have to convo me for shipping costs.


So my question for my networking friends is should I just build my blogger store without a shopping cart with the mentality of simple is better and I could always change it if it looks like I need too.  Or should I invest the hours and days into finding a free shopping cart that works, set  up all the coding etc?  The problem is that there is no guarantee that I will sell anything to make it worth the set up.

Also if there is anyone out there that has set up their own stand alone shop that has some advise I would love it.  Especially if you have a inexpensive platform that has worked for you.  I tried WIX but there was absolutely no sales after 8 months, just bills, so I gave it up. Better yet if you have experience with setting up a shop on blogger I definitely would love information.


Thank you in advance
Colleen

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Post any of your family friendly sites (blogs, shops, FB, etc.)  What ever sites you would like to share. 

Please help promote this post using your social networks.  Here is an easy one:



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Friday, July 25, 2014

Twitter Tree; Plus Winner Of The Christmas In July Giveaway!

First order of business:
Congrats Julie from Blue Morning Expressions you are the winner of the Christmas In July Giveaway!
If you would like to see what she won go to: The Great Christmas In July Giveaway

The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

Instructions:

Only 2 Items per person

Each Tweet must contain the hashtag #CCFRNDS

(NOTE:  Important only use #CCFRNDS for Twitter Tree Tweets!)
Only 1 other Hashtag may be used.

Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic 


Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).


No Mature Items


Tweet Everyone’s listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not.)


Help us get more visitors to this post and tweet this post (I made it easy with the button below)

 


 Here are Mine


Set of 10 Beautiful Handmade Christmas Gift Tags Upcycled & Hand stamped #CIJ #CCFRNDS @ButterflysAttichttp://ow.ly/ziLqp 


Beautiful Antique Birthday Postcard Pink Cherry Blossoms Airbrushed http://etsy.me/17NabbF

@ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS #Etsybot2


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wait A Minute Mister Postman Postcard Party 41

As Christmas In July comes to a close (only 1 1/2 weeks left) I would like to remind everyone about our Christmas In July Giveaway.  Don't miss out! there are only 2 more days left to enter.

I feel like traveling today...
https://www.etsy.com/listing/109270467
https://www.etsy.com/listing/123033094/
https://www.etsy.com/listing/122226859


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And now for our featured Pic from Gossamer Tea Room
You absolutely have to visit her post A Mad Tea Party Adventure...
It is an amazingly creative post that is very entertaining.  Loved it!

A Mad Tea Party Adventure...

http://gossamertearoom.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-mad-tea-party-adventure.html

Check out her awesome Digitals at VelvetRevived

And Velvet Revived has a wonderful special Christmas In July Download!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/195701582/
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Now it is your turn to share your favorites: I would love to have you join my Postcard Lover's Linkup Party! Want to show off your prize postcards? Then Link up below...
There are a few rules before you link up (but not many.) Please help promote since that will make this so much more fun!

Rules:
Most important: Must be Family Friendly
1. Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin, or Network. If you are new please leave a comment so I can follow you back.

2. Grab the button and post it on your blog. Either on your blog or a specific post (if you do not have a blog you are excused from this step.)



Postcard Lover's Tuesday

3. Post from your Blog, Shop, Website, basically anywhere that you can link from.

4. Post your favorite Vintage Postcard, Handmade Postcard, Art made from old Postcards, Digital Art from Postcards, Ephemera, Antique ads... You get the picture ;)


5. Limit 3 Post per person per party


6. Have fun and enjoy the Postcards


STOP BY NEXT WEEK AND SEE WHICH GREAT PIECE OF EPHEMERA I CHOSE FROM THE LINKY COLLECTION TO BE THE FEATURED CARD OF THE WEEK. MAYBE IT WILL BE YOUR'S

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Members Of The Pacific Postcards Team - Series 63

Welcome to the Pacific Postcards Team Meet and Greet.  We have a great team that had start simply as an Etsy Team but has branched out into Artfire, G+FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.  We would love for you to join are team and help promote New Artistically designed or reproduced postcards, collecting vintage and antique postcards, creating digital art, and anything to do with ephemera and vintage imagery.

First I would like to introduce myself, Colleen (Captain) and Frances (Leader) of the team:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/postcardsintheattic

"First a brief little introduction: I grew up a Midwest farm girl from Wisconsin but through a series of moments of self discovery I have since moved to California and live the city life in Palm Springs.  I live in a beautiful contemporary home where my husband and I have designed a small but very beautiful Japanese Garden.

Unfortunately, though, the contemporary look does not blend with my passion for vintage and antique Victorian froufrou.  So I have created for myself a virtual world with my shops.  I welcome you to my attic filled with all the treasures found and creations made especially for you..." ~Colleen Cornelius

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyArtPlace
"I create mixed media, collage, folk art, religious icons, jewelry with a twist, paintings & digital art. Frida Kahlo has long been my muse and some of my art is inspired by her colorful life and paintings. I also enjoy dressing up in costume for any occasion but especially for Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos celebrations and of course as Frida.

Hunting for treasures at flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops is also a favorite past time and I often incorporate these objects into my art..." ~Frances Perea

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ArtToArt

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127957705



"I make these images because I believe that everyone is creative. 
I believe in the beauty of all types of art.
I believe that adding even a little beauty to our everyday lives is essential to our well-being.
I believe that designing these images benefits you and benefits me. It’s a win-win situation.
I believe that fair trade is good trade and that the best is not necessarily the most expensive. 

Many,many moons ago, I was born in London, England. However, Canada has been my home and native land for years now so I think of myself as Canadian. 
I love creating - ANYTHING - my mind is a cornucopia of ideas that keep buzzing around and keeping me awake at night,
I draw little people and animals - I collect public domain art that is so enchanting that I must, absolutely MUST include it in my work.
I'm addicted to making little tiny circles and squares, Everywhere I look I see circles in squares and squares in circles. If I'm not seeing circles and squares, I see vintage pictures with a hazy look. I love old I love new, I'm totally conflicted!
Not only that, but I used to be a writer, now I call myself an artist - go figure.
When I'm not making circles and squares - I like to imagine tags and labels.
I'm of an age where I've missed out on the Facebook, and Twitter community - but I'm learning - slowly but surely.
Please look at these collages and let me know if you like them - better still - if you buy something then I'm sure you like it.
I love to work with people to achieved exactly what is needed - and I think my work is reasonably price. Hope you do." ~ Phyllis


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QuietlyCrafted

https://www.etsy.com/listing/129218528

"Hello and welcome! Here you will find vintage treasures from the 1940's through the 1970's. Maybe you'll find something you loved as a child, something that inspires you to create something, the perfect gift for someone special, or something to add to your collection of things that make you smile. You may want to check back often, as I will be adding a lot more vintage goodness in the next couple of weeks" ~Sarah


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TheHummingbirdPress

https://www.etsy.com/listing/154286386


"I'm a Graphic Designer that is interested in everything. I love paper, illustrations, letterpress - it can't be contained. This is my outlet for creativity, where I can design whatever catches my interest. I hope you enjoy my listings, and please contact me if you'd like to see something specific. " ~Brandy

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Ribbonflowers

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113664807

"My inventory is purchased from around the world and includes: passementerie buttons, vintage ribbons and trims, antique metal trims, antique lace and appliqués, vintage millinery accessories, and my own designs of French ribbon flowers.

You can find additional inventory on my web site: http://vintagepassementerie.com/


I studied with the The City and Guilds of London Institute and completed a Level 3 Diploma in Design and Embroidery and a Certificate in Textile Decoration Techniques." ~ Margaret Phillips

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SongbirdsNest

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185858575

"How lovely to have you visit my shop! 

My name is Marianne, also known as Songbird on the internet. 

I am an avid lover of anything vintage and love to hunt for classic, timely pieces and craft with them.

I live in the southern tip of the Netherlands – which means I can practically see Belgium, Germany and France from my own backyard! I love to get up early in the morning and hit the myriad of flea markets and rummage sales that are so bountiful in the region.

I am always on the lookout for unique and beautiful vintage curiosities to be enjoyed as they are, or that you can use in your own creative art-work.

Here in my Etsy shop, I have the pleasure of sharing my bounty of French and other European vintage treasures with you.

Feel welcome to learn more about me by visiting my blog:
www.songbirdblog.com

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!" ~ Marianne


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BrightRaven4

https://www.etsy.com/listing/179434365
"Welcome in my shop! :)
I am a 26 years old self-taught creative. I like drawing, and painting with airbrush and brush too. My favourite themes are animals, portraits and landscapes. I want to fill my shop with various themed pictures, but if You don'f find "Your picture" feel free to write to me, i like to make ordered pictures too! :)
Have a nice day, and thanks for reading my description! :)" ~ Dominik



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PippinRunWild

https://www.etsy.com/listing/183320408

"Hello! My name is Joanna, a.k.a. Pippin. Pippin comes from the nickname my mum gave me as a child, after the blossom of an apple tree. 

I live in the south-west of England, UK, which is a very beautiful place. It's got miles and miles of wild and jagged coastline, rolling hills and winding lanes, and an everlasting supply of cream teas.

Pippin Run Wild is my little business, based on my passion for remaking the old into the new, and hunting for vintage treasures.

I find there's something fascinating and charming about vintage and second-hand items. I love to wonder about the stories and past they might have had - the hands they were made by and passed through - on their journey to where I found them, and I love playing continuing their stories. 

Find out more at my blog: pippinrunwild.wordpress.com

Find Pippin Run Wild on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PippinRunWild" ~ Joanna Corbet


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FindingMaineVintage

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171386624

"I live in the great Pine tree state of Maine in a log home where until recently we were situated among a couple of acres of 85' tall White Pine Trees. There is lots of vintage here in the state and I am discovering unique pieces daily. Stay tuned for new listings!
Thanks for checking in! 

Please go here to visit the vintage shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FindingMaineVintage
Michele
Please visit my other shop on Etsy: 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MicheleACaron

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/micheleacaron/vintage

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atelier-Framing-Inc-Michele-A-Caron-Conservator-Gilder-Frame-Maker/149888302512

Atelier Gilding Inc: http://www.micheleacarondesigns.com" ~ Michele A Caron


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mainevintagetreasure

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174026274

"I love vintage. I love auctions, flea markets and antique shops. Here are some items which I have gathered over the years. I am a proud member of the Etsy Vintage Team. The members of this team are certified after undergoing a thorough review process to ensure high standards of professionalism, integrity and customer service. 

Thank you for visting my vintage shop. Please also visit my art studio Etsy shop: Kathleen Daughan Studio athttps://www.etsy.com/shop/kathleendaughan for paintings, notecards, prints, and handmade jewelry." ~ Kathleen Daughan


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BlackkCard

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123202807

"This is a secondary shop I created to sell any vintage items that I come across, mainly postcards.

My primary shop, Ominisity, is full of beautifully handcrafted accessories, all of which are knit and crocheted.

Ominisity: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ominisity" ~ Bria