Monday, July 1, 2019

Zazzlations

Hi Guys,

Thanks one and all for your kind comments and I really do apologize for being so neglectful of this blog.

So.... since you asked, here's a link to my store on Zazzle. Honestly, I'm not even remotely happy with how my storefront looks, but I think it's going to take some time to figure out how to organize it and how to make it look good. Anyhow, don't judge me too harshly.


Anyhow, I've been very busy designing stuff... mostly what seems to sell is wedding stuff - an area where I'm a total fish out of water.


My main sellers are wedding seating charts and miniature wine/liquor bottle labels, and to be honest, I can't really believe people do that sort of thing. I mean seriously... people spend hours soaking the labels off of mini liquor bottles so they can put their own wedding label on them and give them away as wedding favors... are you kidding me?

Gold on Black Wedding Mini Liquor Bottle Thank You Liquor Bottle Label

OK... that's mean spirited of me. I really shouldn't be disparaging of my own customers, but I just honestly can't believe people would go to all that trouble.

Of course it does seem like these weddings are generally an excuse for a big party and lots of drinking. One of my other top sellers is this baby:

Groomsman Wedding Shot Glass with Black Tie

And don't EVEN get me started on the whole seating chart business. I think perhaps the reason I'm having success with this particular type of product is because most designers aren't stubborn enough to spend hours pulling their hair out lining up all of the text objects to make these hummers look good.

20 Table Autumn Floral Wedding Seating Chart

Apparently assigned seats are the norm at these sorts of events, but I just can't wrap my head around the concept of telling people where to sit. In that spirit, I've also designed a few of these...

Pastel Floral Sit Where You Choose Wedding Sign Plaque


Alas... no takers yet. But I continue to keep the faith... I mean there are type B people out there and some of them must get married, don't you think?

Well anyhow, Zazzle is currently having a Holiday contest, so I've been working my tail off designing Christmas stuff. It's a bit of a challenge because since there will obviously be no sales before the holiday season, I sorta feel like I'm designing in the dark... you know, no feedback to guide me as to what people want. But here are a few samples of what I've come up with so far...

Happy Holidays Fun Christmas Wreath Photo Frame Medium Gift Bag


Blue Snowflakes Holiday Joy Square Photo Card

Elegant Gold Brushstroke Trees and Stars on Black Small Christmas Stocking


Merry Christmas Bauble Ornament Photo Frame Holiday Card


Gold Foil Brushstroke Merry Little Christmas Gift Favor Tags


Of course, the stuff that I really enjoy designing is the snarky funny stuff... but alas, there seems to be less of a market for that sort of thing.

Love and Slobber Funny Dog Lover Wecome Mat


Cat Hair is the New Black Funny Throw Pillow

Republican Democratic Donner Party Funny Political T-Shirt

Warning: I have NO CLUE what I'm doing. Funny Adult Apron


OK, I'm going to stop now because this post is starting to look like one giant self-promoting piece of propaganda... which is really not my intent. I just wanted to show you what I've been up to.

So there you go! I'd love to hear what you think and/or any suggestions you might have (she says hoping nobody will say they hate everything.)


OK... I promise to write a real post soon. Hope you're all having a fabulous summer!

xoxoxo
-Cat


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It LIVES!!

Ok... since I've now received 2 comments in the past day or so asking if I'm OK, I figured perhaps I should write and let you know that I'm still inhabiting the land of the living.

I'm not entirely sure why I haven't been blogging - mostly I've just been crazy busy. Long story short, $15K of unexpected expenses last year (Jasper's vet bills and the plumbing disaster), sorta opened my eyes to the fact that perhaps I should really get my rear end in gear and find a way to bring in a bit more income. Soooo... after several failed starts & ideas that didn't pan out, I have a new business! I'm designing things on Zazzle. Having great fun and feeling like there just aren't enough hours in the day. It's still in it's nascent stages, but it promises to be a good source of a reasonable amount of passive income one day. On some level, I know this is really silly, because it's not like I don't have plenty of savings... it just makes me nervous to have so little coming in the door. Anyhow, I'm having fun, so I guess that's the most important part.

I'm sure there's a bunch more I should be telling you, but honestly, I'm sorta pooped. Spent the whole day out digging in the garden trying to get things planted. Such a crazy spring here with all of the late season snow, I fear I'm terribly behind.

Anyhoo… I do have much more to blather about, but it will have to wait for another day. Hopefully it won't take me 6 months to get back here again!

Hope you're all happy & well. I'd love to hear what you've all been up to!

xoxoxo,
Cat

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Remembering my Grandma on Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!


Homeowner chaos has continued here at chez Cat. It's been a whirlwind of broken appliances, idiot repair men, clogged drains, and many, MANY trips to the "home improvement" store - which I'm sort of thinking is a bit of a misnomer, at least in my case... It's more like the "home just-trying-to-get-things-back-to-where-they-were-a-month-ago" store. Seriously folks, I've had issues and problems with, literally, every single major appliance in the past month.



To be fair, the fridge issues actually would qualify as improvements, since they stemmed from the plumbers adding a new water line behind it, so I can now use the icemaker for the first time ever. It's wonderful to have ice on demand, but I did have to install a filter on the line and order a few parts to make it all work.

And I suppose the dryer problems could also sorta be considered an upgrade. That too was fallout from the plumbers since they managed to punch a hole in the duct pipe - which had apparently been installed incorrectly - so I had to spend 3 days with my head stuck in a hole in the basement ceiling trying to get that sorted out. I now know more about dryer ducts than I ever wanted to.


And the washing machine and dishwasher are both intact - I just couldn't use them for a few weeks - first because there was no incoming water, and later because the drain pipe in the floor got clogged and they couldn't drain. Still not sure if the drain clogging is somehow related to the plumbers installing new pipes, but I sorta doubt it since they only replaced the incoming pipes not the outgoing ones.


And then there's the saga of the oven. The day after the water finally got turned back on I went to cook CatMan a nice birthday dinner. I filled the oven with a lasagna, some veggies to roast, and a pie - came back half an hour later to check on it, and it was all still cold. UG! I'll spare you the details of the idiot repair people, but suffice it to say, a new range will be arriving on Thursday - along with a new freezer to replace the one that died earlier this fall.

You know, It's not that you don't expect this sort of thing as a homeowner, you just don't expect it all to happen simultaneously! Clearly, I have offended the gods.


But hey, looking on the bright side. I now have new pipes and fixtures throughout the house, a new hot water heater, a better dryer duct, a functioning ice maker in the fridge, a clear drain pipe (with improved strainers and lint catchers on the way for every drain in the house,) a filter on the bathroom sink (did I mention the water from the new pipes tasted horrible, so I had to install filters everywhere?) and a new oven/range and freezer arriving the day after tomorrow.



Whew! I won't bore you with the story of the bank freezing my business account and impounding the money because I supposedly hadn't used it enough. But if anyone out there is still using Wells Fargo, I'd move your money if I was you.

Well ANYWAY, I'm heading over to my dad's house for Christmas dinner later today, and I really hate to arrive empty handed. Since there hasn't exactly been a lot of time for shopping this season I was sitting there yesterday wondering what I could do. Normally I'd bake something, but since I don't have a functioning oven...

Then suddenly it occurred to me that somewhere in the chaos that is my basement (things are still not quite put back together after all of the repair jobs down there) I still have my grandmother's pizzelle iron. It only took a small bit of digging and, voila!


The thing is probably over 75 years old by now, but amazingly enough it still works fine. Now, THERE's an appliance that was built to last!

If you're not familiar with pizzelle, it's a traditional Italian Christmas cookie, and my grandma used to make them every year. This is my favorite photo of her.


So I spent the evening last night making pizzelle and thinking about my grandmother. She was always a calming influence in my life, and honestly, with the way things have been going lately, I could use a bit of calming! Besides, I'm sure my dad will appreciate the reminder of his mother much more than he would some store bought basket of goodies.



So I guess every cloud does indeed have a silver lining.


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!