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Monday, December 29, 2014

Members Of The Pacific Postcards Team - Series 78

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 the Palm Springs area.  I live in a lovely 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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TheLoyalBunnyGallery

https://www.etsy.com/listing/98482854/

"#FREESHIPPING with #coupon code 1WORLD - U.S. only. Happy shopping!

Welcome to The Loyal Bunny Gallery, signed limited edition fine art prints of the hilarious and sublime. Want a caption? Convo me. I'll write one or more for you to consider..." ~The Loyal Bunny Gallery

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CarlaRaeVintage

https://www.etsy.com/listing/201954001
"I LOVE everything old. Rusty, weathered, vintage, flea market & thrift store. It's all wonderful. Anything I remember from my childhood at my Gran's house in rural Kentucky. I love using these things in old ways and in new recycled ways, as long as they aren't thrown away. I am a Jesus loving Kentucky country woman, living rural & loving it. I search for & save old things & make new things, so here you will see both vintage & handmade items, & I hope you will smile, laugh and say "I remember that".
Visit me also at
https://www.facebook.com/CarlaRaeVintage
https://twitter.com/#!/CarlaRaeVintage
http://pinterest.com/carlaraevintage/
http://www.carlaraevintage.blogspot.com/" ~Carla Rae

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PrintsFromScottie

https://www.etsy.com/listing/215754598/

Welcome to the Pacific Postcards Team!



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FabriArts

https://www.etsy.com/listing/201115914

"A love of stitching has been inherited from my mother and grandmother. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have at least a couple of stitching projects underway. Whether it’s by hand or machine, there are always new projects I’d like to try or fibres I’d like to experiment with…and a few projects waiting to be finished!" ~Judith Messenger

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EphemeraUniversalis

https://www.etsy.com/listing/198594558/
"Antique ephemera, german and french postcards, photos, victorian trade cards, cigar bands, die cuts, old coins and banknotes. Excess shipping always refunded. All ephemera are original. No cheap copies! New additions almost every day, so check back often. If you're looking for something you can't find, feel free to contact me.  You can always ask me to reserve one or more items for you." ~EphemeraUniversalis

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Reflection; Bittersweet Holidays


The holiday season can be so bittersweet Heavenly Father; the beautiful lights, songs about the birth of Your son, happy children with bright rosy cheeks, but the memories of happy Christmases past can make me so melancholy.  I remember those Christmases when my grandparents were alive and how they seemed to bring the family together.  I remember the childhood excitement and the excitement I felt when I planned my own children's Christmas magic and now all those precious moments are in the past.

Heavenly Father I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ.  Help me to enjoy my memories of Your blessings from the past and keep all in perspective so I can enjoy the blessings You give me here in the present and those to come in the future.  Make me strong and able to resist the human temptation to cling to those beautiful rose colored yesterdays.  Thank You for giving me a wonderful day today, for blessing me and my family and giving us an exciting new year filled with Your love and blessings. ~ Amen

"Remember you not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."  Isaiah 43:18-19

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Free to Promote Your Shop, Social Sites, or Blog; on Networking Saturday 39

InLinkz Networking ButtonAt the end of this post you will find a button where you will be able to link all of your social networking, shops, and blogs.  Please scroll all the way down for this great opportunity.  It looks like this>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Something more Sentimental today rather than networking :)

I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas.  I met my beautiful little grandson for the first time.  It was like finally opening that long awaited Christmas gift;  I can't express the joy I felt.  We enjoyed a scenic drive from Palm Springs through some of the canyon's of Arizona, the beautiful lights of Vegas and into the snow covered mountains of Salt Lake City Utah (sounds like an upcoming post ;) What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of a beautiful year.




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Rule Free Networking:

Post any of your family friendly sites (blogs, shops, FB, etc.)  What ever sites you would like to share. (multiple sites are OK)  No obligation here.

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




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Click and Follow Networking:

Add your shop below only if you plan to come back throughout the week and click on the new links.  Follow everyone that is new to you, including me and this blog. Every click increases our ranking so make sure you open up each link and let it fully load.  Keep it open for minimum of 5 seconds.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Collecting Memories; Whispers from the past

While collecting many beautiful postcards over the years I have fall in love with the many messages from the heart.  Nothing is more intriguing to me than getting to "know" the sender.  Whether it is a simple greeting or a lengthy love note these whispers from the past are worth collecting.

As we are thinking about creating our own collection of memories this Christmas here are few from years past.
Whispers from the past

 Whispers from the past

Whispers from the past

Whispers from the past

For more Lovely messages check out my shops at 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Reflection; Peace


Heavenly Father how silly you must think I am.  Often I find myself frightened and fighting with the unknown and what if's in my life.  What if I mess up at work and get fired?  What would my family do?  What if my loved one is hurt and I am to far away to help? I am not sure if I have enough money to cover my bills if my car fails.  I don't know what I will do when I am suppose to retire...  

It is so silly for me to worry and fret over things that may never happen.  Worse I start little battles in my mind to handle the what if's.  Who am I fight?  What am I going to achieve by fighting something that doesn't even exist?  

Over all of the loud clatter in my mind I hear my Father say, "Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10 and my mind clears, I have peace once again.  

It is only through you Heavenly Father that I can have real peace.  Thank you for blessing me with such simple and deep peace.  Amen

Luke 21:14 
But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Free to Promote Your Shop, Social Sites, or Blog; on Networking Saturday 38

InLinkz Networking ButtonAt the end of this post you will find a button where you will be able to link all of your social networking, shops, and blogs.  Please scroll all the way down for this great opportunity.  It looks like this>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The topic today is Customer Service.
While some of us seem to be naturals at it, most of us are not.  But Good Customer Service is the most important key to creating a successful online shop.

I have worked in the world of customer service for over 29 years now and I think that it has only been over the last 15 years I have really grasped what it means.  My world has been a little different over those years because it has been working in a health care setting which has helped this become more clearer.  One of the keys to giving Good Customer Service is empathy.   Being in health care and seeing people at their most vulnerable moments makes empathy much easier for me.  But I have found that this applies 100% to my online shop too.
Being able to put yourself into the other persons shoes and understand why they may be buying your product in the first place, who they're buying for, why they are dissatisfied, what they experienced etc. will help you figure out how to fix the issue they are having and make it right.   It also makes it easier to swallow your pride even if you feel you are right.

Everything is relative in the world.  What seems clear as day to you and just business may be the worse shopping experience someone has had and may impact birthdays, anniversaries or other special moments in that person's life.  So empathy can make it easier for you to do what is right for your customers.

While Empathy is key to getting through customer service disasters there are several cardinal rules that you need to follow.  To me some of these are such no brainers that it shouldn't have to be written but I have seen it in other's shop reviews.  Here are my top ten.

#1 the customer is always right (it doesn't mean that they really are right.  It means that no matter if what they are saying defies the laws of nature they are right.  Your responsibility as a business owner is to make it right.)  With all that being said there are a number of literal crooks out there so in those cases you have to use your judgement and research to discern those who are real scammers and those who are not. Unfortunately that is a part of business in this day and age.
#2 Have written, sound and legal policies on shipping, returns, etc.  Make sure the customer knows what to expect when buying from you.
#3 Have complete and accurate product description and pictures.  Again it is important that your customer knows what to expect.
#4 Never use bad language or swear!!! never... never... never!!!
#5 Be professional.  Think of Walt Disney and imagine him writing or saying what you are about to say.  If you shiver at the thought then don't say it.



#6 Always respond; Ignoring emails, phone calls, etc.  will just make the problem worse
#7 Get the entire story of why they are not satisfied.  Not every customer service issue needs to be resolved with a refund.  In fact some customer's find this to be very dissatisfying too.
#8 Act quickly
#9 Apologize
#10 be genuine or at least fake it well.

Over the years I have really become much better at faking sincerity.  In the healthcare field there are some times when people are awful and just down right mean.  But I know that they just found out they are chronically ill, their loved one is going to have surgery, or worse they could be dying!  Faking sincerity gets me through the moments when my human nature is telling me to say "you are out of your mind."  Often I will find that once the initial shock of whatever they are going through is over, they are apologetic and very grateful that I was not reactive to their pain. Most people over all are good they are just having a moment.  This is really important to remember when dealing with anyone.  We all have our moments and I hope when I have my little tantrum that someone will be so kind to fake sincerity with me ;)

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Rule Free Networking:

Post any of your family friendly sites (blogs, shops, FB, etc.)  What ever sites you would like to share. (multiple sites are OK)  No obligation here.

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




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Click and Follow Networking:

Add your shop below only if you plan to come back throughout the week and click on the new links.  Follow everyone that is new to you, including me and this blog. Every click increases our ranking so make sure you open up each link and let it fully load.  Keep it open for minimum of 5 seconds.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Twitter Tree

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

Did you Forget your Christmas Gift Tags? No Worries Just Print Them & Cut http://etsy.me/11v68FU @ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS #Victorian


A Beautiful Airbrushed Pink Rose on this Antique Postcard A happy Birthday http://etsy.me/1ppe4Pb @ButterflysAttic #EtsyBot2 #CCFRNDS

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Sorry But the InLinkz Site is down right now so no link up today


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flashback Thursday; Christmas In The 1980's

Continuing our flashback to the 1980's I am wandering back through my childhood and Christmas.  In the 80's I was an older child; I was ten when good ole President Carter was in office so I wasn't receiving many toys any more.  It was a time to grow up and enjoy watching my younger sister open up her gifts.  While I totally understood what that meant and that she was the baby (about 5 years old at that time) I secretly wanted what she got.  So here is my secret list to Santa... shhhhh don't tell anyone I would be so embarrassed! LOL

From Etsy Shop: RetroClassics
From Etsy Shop: seasidecollectibles
From Etsy Shop:  BrownEyedRoseVintage

From Etsy Shop:  Daysgonebytreasures
From Etsy Shop:  parkie2
From Etsy Shop:   JennsHiddenJems
From Etsy Shop:  GodSaveStrawberryJam
From Etsy Shop:  gifthorsevintage
From Etsy Shop: VintageVangieRose

Flashback Thursday: Christmas In The 1980's

For the full post on Flashback Thursday go to www.ButterflyInTheAttic.blogspot.com
Vintage Fisher Price Nursery Little Riders Riding Toy from 1980's Little People Horse Airplane Wagon
$9.99
Get Along Gang Doll-1980s Vintage with Original Box  (Holiday Birthday Sale)
$65.00
Smurfs Quack beer headstand doctor tongue out 1980s 80s 70s toys
$15.00
Poochie Dog Lacing Cards 1980s Toy Unopened cute animal pictures
$14.99
1980s vintage "Fraggle Rock" Gobo figurine toy
$3.00
1980's Mcdonalds Toys
$18.99
Vintage Cabbage Patch Doll
$26.58
Set of 6!  Retro Smurfs Toys, Smurf Figurines, Vintage Smurfs, 1980s Smurfs, Original Smurf Toys, Set of Smurf Toys, 1980s Toys, 80s Toys
$11.97
Living Room Rug for Strawberry Shortcake Vintage Berry Happy Home Dollhouse, Red with White Flowers
$13.00
Vintage PENNY POPPLE plush stuffed Animal BANK 1980s toys
$34.00
3 Vintage 1980s Rubik's Cubes Ideal Toy Mind Game Puzzles Pocket Game
$25.00
Vintage 1980's Retro Plastic Yellow Care Bear Toy Figure
£5.00
Vintage 1980's Pogo Ball Pogo Bal Lolo Hasbro Classic Toy bouncy ball pogo stick pogoball Hopper ball
$27.95
Strawberry Shortcake Vintage 1980s frame tray puzzle kid toy children game play collectible nostalgia cool cartoon
$12.95
Rainbow Brite Blue Champ Brite / Vintage 1980s Mattel Unisex Doll Toy
$40.00
Teddy Ruxpins best friend Grubby animated from Worlds Of Wonder 1980s toy
$40.00

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