Sunday, June 3, 2012

Margaret Katherine Dempsey Some things just get inside you, and give you such intense satisfaction

-Bio artist: Margaret Katherine Dempsey
I'm Maggie!
After living on both coasts of this country and lots of cities and towns in between, I've settled down and currently live on Martha's Vineyard with my boyfriend of three years and two amazingly cute ginger kitties named Charlie and Butters.
I'm obsessed with crafting, videogames and Harry Potter... No, really! :) I love to craft and make things with my hands.
Apart from running my shop on Etsy, I'm an amateur nature photographer, I love taking photos of all the flowers and wildlife here on this island. I'm also an award-winning baker who's happiest spending an afternoon in the kitchen with a cup of tea, a friend, some good tunes and a great recipe or crochet project in front of me.

Your Shop Name

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-Where are you originally from?
I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio but I've lived all over the country. I've lived in Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, you name it.

-How did you choose the lovely name for your Shop?

Photo_on_2012_04_15_at_16Beach plums, or Prunus maritima, are a native plant to the island. Their signature blossoms line the toe paths to our beaches and shores. Native Americans and locals have been gathering beach plums for centuries. I love the scenic, rustic splendor of the island - and the simple, fragrant, floral beach plum was my inspiration for this shop.

Do you sell your products in many places ? tell us some of them ?

Etsy is my first shop ever! I would like to find some boutiques who like my items and sell there.

-How did you find the site who you sell and who it this (name) ? How long have you been selling on this site ?

I heard about this via the On Fire for Handmade Team on Etsy! They are wonderful, motivated, talented Etsy artisans, I love their work and when they suggested that I submit my shop here, I jumped at the chance!

-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?

My style is very soft, whimsical, feminine and floral. I draw inspiration from the beautiful place where I live - Martha's Vineyard.

- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?

I've always been an artist at heart. I was a natural musician and by the age of 15, I was able to play 8 different instruments. I loved theatre, live music and the arts. I was very much a typical geeky art kid in high school.

-How long have you been creating?

I've been learning and experimenting my whole life. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl, and I never put that away. I started to make hemp and bamboo beaded jewelry when I was in junior high, and loved that too.
While I had to put some of these things away while I was in college and working my first few jobs, now that I have lots of free time and the peace and quiet of the island, I find its just a natural flow of creativity. It's ceaseless.

-What is it that you love so much?

Some things just get inside you, and give you such intense satisfaction upon completion that you never want to stop. With each new piece of jewelry or new headband I create, I feel such joy in thinking of who might put this to use, or who might truly love it. The act of creation, and sharing it with others is really wonderful.

-What are your main sources of inspiration?

This place is so quiet and full of life. Deer roam across the meadow in my yard each evening, and the birds sing me awake each morning. There are so many flowers, trees and plants, so many colors in the sky and sea, in the sand and in the surf, I can't help but feel moved to create.
Whether it is a sunset over the ocean, or spring flowers coming up in the fields, there is always some gorgeous, natural feat to be amazed and inspired by.

-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?

My grandma and the internet have a lot to do with my success. I had a hard time learning from books, but between some real life tutelage from my loving grandmother, and seeing videos of people ACTUALLY doing beadweaving and crochet - rather than attempting to interperet it from diagrams in dusty old pattern books, it just clicked for me. Thanks, YouTube! Thanks, Grandma Emma! :)

-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?

Holidays and cold weather are my best selling times. People love to buy scarves and headbands and hats for themselves and for others especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?

The pure joy and love that I put into each stroke. I never make something just to sell - everything I do is inspired and made with care.
Because this isn't my "job" - it is my hobby and my labor of love - I don't feel as though it is work. Therefore everything I create is fun, new and exciting. Some of the things I make I end up very tempted to keep for myself, because I like it so much! Sometimes I do, but most often I leave it up in my shop, so I can share this joy with others.

Have some tips and advices for new artisians ?

Patience and practice!
Make sure you are practicing the correct way, too! Practice does not make perfect - practice makes PERMANENT. Make sure you always doing your best.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Somehow, Someday, your turn will come - T Dean interview

-Bio artist: T Dean
I have a beautiful 18 year old daughter graduating from High School this June. (where does all the time go???) She will be attending college in the fall.I am a huge fan of the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "The Vampire Diaries" and "Doctor Who"
Roses are my favorite flower and of course Purple is my favorite color.

-Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Raleigh, NC

-How did you choose the lovely name for your Shop?

Very Simple really. My last name is "Dean"

Do you sell your products in many places ? tell us some of them ?

DeanDesignsAvatarI have my Etsy shop and have just recently opened a "Zibbet" Shop. I have also had my designs at a few of the local shops. I plan on doing a few craft shows this fall if my inventory is large enough.

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Dean Designs

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-How did you find the site who you sell and who it this (name) ? How long have you been selling on this site ?

-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?

My style is an eclectic mix of anything I can get my hands on. My favorite pieces are my beaded and charm bracelets.

- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?

Everything started 4 years ago when I wanted a charm for my cell phone. I looked around and saw all kinds of designs, yet they were mostly child like and not at all what I had in mind.
I decided to try making my own. I went to one of the local bead supply stores and fell in love with all the gemstones, beads, and thousands of charms they had.
I believe I spent too much that day, but I made one amazing cell phone charm.
From there, I wanted to add something on my purse. I had seen a simple zipper purse pull and decided why not make it a little larger and add a little "Bling". This is how my Purskey Line was created.

-How long have you been creating?

-What is it that you love so much?

I love making an original design people will love. I strive to create quality pieces each with their own personality.
I am one of those designers that the piece I am working on has to "speak to me"!

-What are your main sources of inspiration?

I find all sorts of inspiration through the many talented Artists I have become acquainted with over the years.
Sometimes, just seeing a pretty flower will help, and anything PURPLE of course.

-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?

I am self taught for the most part however I have asked other artists how they wrap this, where they buy that, what is the best quality wire, etc....
I also love finding tutorials and classes where I can learn new techniques I can then incorporate into my designs.

-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?

I really can not answer that question. I have not sold enough to find a pattern at this time.

-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?

When I am stuck on a design or how to implement what I see in my head, I go to You Tube and watch "Doctor Who" video clips......hahaha

-Do you have a favorite item you have made?

I have several. I really loved my "Hummingbird Garden" Charm Bracelet, and my "Theater Night" Charm Bracelet.
You can see a picture of them in my Album on Facebook

-What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?

"Absolutely Stunning"!! I will never forget that beautiful statement from one of my Customers.


-Your message for all of us?

Don't give up. Even when you are ready to throw in the towel and call it quits, keep going. Somehow, Someday, your turn will come.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Get a Stronger Immune System

Immune SystemOne of the prerequisites of a healthy body is a strong immune system. Having a weak resistance to diseases is not very good. Getting ill regularly can make you miss a lot of important things especially if you are a working individual or are still going to school. Thankfully, there are many ways for one to strengthen his immune system. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Physical Activity

You need to move around a lot if you want your immune system to be strengthened. Regular exercise helps a lot of our bodily functions especially circulation. With cleaner and more blood in our veins, our immune system becomes stronger than ever. If you can afford, by all means, consult a trainer or dietician to help aid you in your endeavor.

Eat right

Nutrients, vitamins and minerals are very important if one wants to strengthen his immune system. These things can be easily obtain from supplements but it is better to get them from fresh food too. Some of these include fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products and whole grains. Green leafy vegetables, in particular, serve to increase the alkaline pH of our body and also contain important minerals like calcium and magnesium. It is also advised to take in raw foods because they contain anti-oxidants that also aid the immune system.

Don’t get stressed

Stress is a key factor in tearing apart a person’s health. One of its effects is the production of toxins in the body. Toxins are harmful substances which reside and are produced in the body. Although our body has mechanisms in place to combat toxins, it is better to not produce these at all.

If you are easily stressed, it helps to take time for deep breathing. This helps relax the mind as well as the heart. Whenever possible, try to bring along something that will distract you from your stress. You can always play on your phone, chat with a friend or go shopping to take your mind of things.

Drink enough liquids

The heading mentions liquids because water is fine and all but there are also other liquids that can help. A good example is juice. Juice is processed quickly by the body and contains Vitamin C which helps strengthen the immune system. Whatever liquid you choose, it is important to drink enough of it daily so that the digestive tract is cleaned regularly. This helps flush out any toxins that may reside in our body.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

It is no use fortifying the immune system if we are just going to tear it up with our vices. Smoking and drinking are the top two problems plaguing citizens these days.

Smoking is the bigger problem among these two. It hurts us way quicker than drinking. It kills a lot of antibodies which are the first line of defense we have. It also kills our lungs which decreases the efficiency of our respiration. This can have a lasting effect on the body due to lesser amounts of clean air being taken in.

Article written by Andrew Ellis from online fitness and health site and steam sauna and shower retailers

5 Things to Take into Account When Buying a Heater for Your House

When buying something for the first time or buying a replacement, there are things that need to be considered. No one wants to end up with something that they can't use, or something that breaks down too soon. When buying a heater, there are different things to consider. It is essential that proper research and homework is done prior shopping. The most important thing to consider is exactly where is the heater required? Is it for one or two rooms or a whole central heating unit is required?

Once this is decided, the five things to consider are:


Electric or Gas Heater

Once it has been decided where the heater is needed, it is time to decide if an electric heater will be better or a gas heater. When buying a large space heater, it is best to buy an electric space heater. This is the only heater that can be operated inside a room without a vent. Gas heaters are more convenient as a central heating unit and more economical.

Heater Type

The next thing to consider is the type of heater. When buying a gas heater, it is important to consider the type of fuel that is to be used. The choices are limited between liquid propane and natural gas. Liquid propane is more useful when there is not natural gas line present. For electric heaters, there are again different types;

Space heaters

Radiative heaters or Convection heaters. Convection heaters pump hot air in the room and are grouped under Space heaters. Radiative heaters warm the objects near by and are best suited for small spaces.

Heating Capacity

Once it has been decided on what type of a heater is required, it is important to check the heating capacity of the heater. There is no general rule of thumb to decide which heater would be best suited for a room. This depends on the size of the room and the environment one lives in (below freezing or not).

Energy Efficiency

Using heaters excessively and continuously can increase electric or gas bills. To avoid a substantial increase in the bill during winters, it is best to check the efficiency and do a cost to consumption analysis. This can help determine how much heat can be used without having to pay a large bill.

Safety Features

Monitoring heaters and giving them proper maintenance is very important. Without these, the heater can start a fire. When buying a heater, make sure that it has a cool to touch surface. This will reduce the chances of burns that can be caused by heated surfaces. Besides, it will be safe if children accidently go near it. Like most electrical appliances, electric heaters also produce noise.

Try buying a non-fan based heaters for bedrooms and offices to minimize noise. Allan has been reviewing and blogging about home appliances including washine machine, electric heaters and air conditioner. Allan has published blog posts in several shopping sites.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Why Google Puts Scientific Research Tools in the Hands of Journalists?

Are you proficient at creating graphs with hand using a set of information? Or do you know how to design and develop a survey? People who have studied statistics know about information classification and several methodologies used to derive a ballpark figure. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to utilize those skills practically. Most of us cannot process the scientific information and this is the blatant truth.

However, thanks to science that has widened and simplified its toolbox so everybody can use it. Cloud computing and plenty of public information gives scholars and journalists the benefit of undertaking computer generated reporting. This not only makes information processing easier for journalists, but also for other people associated with the task. For more information on internet providers click here, and if you wish to take a story to even better heights, then you must use these tools:

1. Google Public Data

Today, student at journalism schools are taught frequently about the improvements and developments in the field of technology. They are instructed to carry out research on the rise in cell phone connections and broadband internet in developing economies and remote locations. This lets them know the investigative aspect of journalism and activates in them the urge to make the maximum use of internet technology. You can get better results for anything by entering the keyword into the advanced search option in Google. However, until now Google cannot search into databases that store exact public data. So, the questions remain that how to search for a database that would offer these numbers.

Usually, when researching on the aforementioned topic, one would come up with statistical figures collected by the United Nations Development Project and the World Bank. By searching even more into these organizations’ websites, one would come up with their spreadsheets that reveal the actual numbers you have been looking for. But, now you have an even challenging task on how to process the information to make it readable, yet comprehensible for the readers.

You should not always resort to adding tables and figures as a final solution. The best solution is to make a graph. Microsoft Excel gives excellent results with numerous possibilities. By adding your information to maps, you can make your content stronger. However, you should be familiar with software for Geographical Information Systems to add numbers to your digital map. For beginners, it can be an extremely tiring and hard-working task.

But, with the invention of Google’s latest toolset, this task is no more a laborious one. Recently, Google also launched its Public Data Analysis. It is now very simple and easy to find growth statistics for cell phone connections and broadband connections to compare with any information. You will only have to select data of the World Bank, find the cell phone subscriptions and tag all the countries.

It is also not at all a difficult task to incorporate data and maps. You have developed the graph based on the information provided by the World Bank, so just download the spreadsheet. Now, you can import the spreadsheet to the Google documents. And from here; you can incorporate data onto the Google map using tables. At last, now you will only have to import your spreadsheet in tables and select visualize options.

2. Google Forms

It is usually very easy for the journalists to write stories on different subjects; however, one needs to have real data to include as backup data. Incorporating a small-scaled survey will add a lot of substance to your story and make it more credible. Previously, this task was extremely time-consuming; however, with Google Forms, you can easily create questionnaires on the fly. In order to do this, go to Google documents, select New and instantly develop a personalized questionnaire using Google Forms. It does not take a lot of your time and you can add as much content as you want to. 

You can now mail the questionnaire and post it on your website or blog. Your results will be safe in the spreadsheet. Study the outcomes as graphs and then show the summary of all responses. All this is not at a difficult task and you only need a Gmail account to begin the task. For more information on internet providers click here.

Electronics Devices Continue to Grow, is there any Risk Inherent?

We all like convenience and quick options when it comes to business and personal life. This is one of the main reasons why technology has advanced so far, and it is still advancing. Our continuous lust for advancement has led us to a point where we cannot survive without personal electronic devices. Cable internet providers all over the world have seen a drastic rise in internet users over the past five years.
However, with such advancements there are inherent risks we tend to ignore.

What is a Personal Electronic Device?

The first few gadgets that come to mind when personal electronic devices are mentioned are mobile phones, iPhones and laptops.
These electronics have become the basic need of modern life. Without them you can’t succeed in any walk of life. Not just adults, but even children nowadays live a life dependent on electronics. They need it for homework and projects at school. They want to keep in touch with their friends throughout the day or during vacations. In fact, without access to the internet through these devices they can cause parents and guardians to go insane with their tantrums.
Adults mostly need personal electronics for business and social media. Today, even businesses rely on social media for success. Every adult walks around staying connected to the internet 24/7 for several reasons. This means that you want to have the most reliable cable internet providers to subscribe with. However, with all the access to internet, you are subjecting your kids and yourself to the following hazards:
· Monitor Position: We neglect the importance of positioning the monitor correctly. Sometimes it is either too high or too low. This affects the user’s neck and back posture. In children this leads to permanent bad posture. Besides, it must be at a particular distance from the eyes to prevent harmful electromagnetic rays from affecting vision. If the monitor is tilted or has dual screens, it can also affect the eye sight.
· Monitor Type: There are some monitors that flicker at the edges. This can weaken the muscles of the eyes because the eye keeps adjusting to the flicker.
· Keyboard and Mouse Position: If these are placed too high, too low, too far or too close, it affects the spine and back of the user. People end up experiencing backache and shoulder pain too frequently if the position is not right. Especially if your job description entails long hours of work on the computer.
· Keyboard and Mouse Type: Although we all want to look stylish with the gadgets we use, sometimes this is a bad idea. If the shape and size of the mouse is not good enough, then we work with inconvenience. This affects the posture of the arms and can also affect our fingers. For instance, if the keypad or mouse of the iPhone is too small, you will have to work with inconvenience.
· Less Physical Movement: It is known as a fact that in recent times, we move way less than people used to a hundred years ago. Now we have access to the whole world through computers and internet. We don’t even have to attend social gatherings anymore because we have virtual social gatherings online. We can place an order and receive ready-made food without going grocery shopping or cooking. This impacts general health and leads to severe health problems in kids and adults alike.
· Less Awareness with Surrounding: Personal electronic devices come with headphones. These cause reduced awareness of one’s surrounding. We often see it happen, people cross roads with plugged ears or drive while in a call. This leads to accidents and sudden deaths. The ratio of deaths due to electronic devices has also increased over the past decade.
· More Stress and Fatigue: In recent times the number of stress and fatigue cases reporting at hospitals has increased. This is because people spend endless hours in one position. They are constantly exerting their brain and body through online activities.
· Fraud and Hacking: Through personal electronic devices, crimes like identity theft, theft of sensitive business data, credit card theft and hacking have become too rampant.
Therefore, while personal electronic devices and cable internet providers have several benefits, these risks warrant their limited use.
About the Author:
The above article is written by BD, who is a freelance writer from broadband expert group. She writes articles related to technology and applications for various sites and communities. Her latest work can be checked here: the satellite TV page on Broadband Expert

Kerri Leigh O'Connor and Micheangelo, Botticelli inspiring her

Kerri Leigh O'Connor:
Kerri has been a jewelry artist in Cleveland for several years.
-Where are you originally from?
I was born near Baltimore, MD. but grew up in Northeast Ohio.
-How did you choose the lovely name for your Shop?
I wanted a shop name that was creative, fun, short and simple to make it easy to remember. So I tweaked a word that most closely represented the unique style of my art to give birth to "Diviniteez!".
Do you sell your products in many places ? tell us some of them ?
I have three on-line shops on Etsy -
*, featuring natural gemstone jewelry and stones;
*, an on-line jewelry boutique;
*, a supply shop.
You can also find my work at art shows local to Cleveland, Ohio such as Wooltex and the Last Minute Markets by the Cleveland Handmade Group, the Avant-Garde Art Shows in Westlake, Ohio.
-How did you find the site who you sell and who it this (name) ? How long have you been selling on this site ?
I found through a jewelry supply vendor originally (Vintaj Natural Brass). I opened up my first shop in May 2009 and two more shops last year.
-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
I have a moon in Gemini so "one style" is not natural for me... hence more than one jewelry shop. Yet the consistent theme across everything I do is energy work. At Diviniteez! you will find handcrafted, luxurious designs that are "energized" with positive qualities of consciousness making each design a true "Diviniteez!". I have been an energy worker for almost 30 years. So the creative process for me is about being divine, about being conscious with my intention for each creation. Each piece is unique either as a one-of-a-kind (OOAK) design and/or in the energy that I draw during the creative process. My grandmother (and my creative sisters) influenced me most as a young girl.
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I started quite young designing Christian Dior suits, etc. for my Barbie Dolls! I wore my own handmade clothes. I was a seamstress for a while, then a porcelain doll maker, and now a jewelry artist. I will start making dolls again when I have more time at home.
-How long have you been creating?
Since I was a child.
-What is it that you love so much?
I love color, textures, mixing metals, fibers; the glint of a gemstone, the lustrous glow of silver or polished brass; watching the effects of a torch on metals and surfaces and then finally seeing a piece come together. Mostly I love the energy of spirit that I feel when I am "into my work".
-What are your main sources of inspiration?
Nature, magazines, historic or ancient architecture, antiques, the works of the masters - Micheangelo, Botticelli to name a few, Italian and Chinese silks, an inspiring book or touching story; meditation and reflection.
-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?
Kieu Pham Gray of Bead Q! in Chagrin Falls, Ohio has been an incredible mentor in both skill building as well as running a jewelry business. I've also received excellent training and mentoring from Sands Company Jewelers in Richmond Heights, Ohio.
-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?
Generally around the holiday season starting in October.
-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?
The energy work I used to draw positive thought into a design.
Have some tips and advices for new artisians ?
Write at least a visualization for what your business will look like when it is fully running. This draws energy for your business.
-How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
I grew up with creative people ... art has also proven to be therapeutic for me when I am going through a stressful period in my life. I create based on my experience and then through creating I have more experience to create from.
-Do you have a favorite item you have made?
Several but my Mookaite Celebrating Change necklace is one of my favorites... both challenging and the stones were so beautiful.
-What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
I had a rush order from a customer to ship to her sister as a gift. I took a lot of extra time with the packaging because it was a gift. Her feedback to me was that this was the best online purchasing experience she ever had. Those kinds of comments let you know that you have really reached a customer which is a little trickier over the internet.
Something else who you want to tell us about you ?
-Your message for all of us?
Be happy, spread it like wildfire to everyone around you and watch it come back to you tenfold!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is Link-Swapping Obsolete? Algorithms and search engines

Link swapping was once an important aspect of search engine optimization, as search engines based their search results, in part, on how often other pages linked to a website. Over time people found ways to game the system, swapping links with any website willing to do so. Search engines adapted by altering how their algorithms judge incoming links, leading some pundits to suggest that link-building is an obsolete practice.
Actually, link-building still improves your search engine ranking, but the process has become more complicated. Reputable Google SEO services still utilize link-building, but they don't take the "more is better" view that once dominated the industry. Instead, the emphasis is on targeted, relevant links.
One-Way Links Beat Link Swapping
In traditional link-swapping, each site embeds a link to the other site somewhere on their website. Your incoming link could wind up on the other site's homepage, on a secondary page with content that might be relevant to your site, or as part of a link page listing forty or fifty other links.
Search engines prefer one-way links over multiple-page links. In other words, they don’t like to see an incoming link from a site that contains dozens of other links. Nor do search engines like incoming links from pages with no relevant content. If your website focuses on heavy-duty mechanics, swapping links with a crochet website won't improve either site's search results.
Choosing Sites
First and foremost, only swap links with a site that has content that adds value to your existing site, but doesn’t compete directly with your site or duplicate your content. Ideally, both websites show up when users search using the same keywords, or at least similar words.
Sites you link-swap with should also be well-designed. Linking to a poorly-written site with a broken navigation system will only harm your own website in the long run, both in terms of search engine optimization and user reputation. At all costs avoid suspicious sites that may contain malware or viruses.
Swap Content, Not Links
One of the most effective methods of link-swapping, and a strategy used by many Google SEO Services, is to swap unique articles and content with another website. You write a unique article — don’t just copy or rewrite your existing content — and include a link back to your page. Your link-swapping partner does the same.
It's hard to find a downside to this strategy. You get to craft the content, so your content is highly relevant to your website. You only include one link (perhaps two if you link to different parts of your site), and search engines value one-link pages much heavier than a link from a page with multiple links. And for added value, you get a page of content from your link partner that should be relevant to your website's focus. Blogs are excellent for this kind of link-building and guest bloggers are always in demand.
Now that you have become educated on link-swapping, you might find the need to learn more about Google SEO Services. This guest post was written by James.

3 Best Ways To Grow Your Audience Using Social Networks

The Internet offers many businesses and organizations an amazing opportunity to connect and grow their audience. Social media has absolutely revolutionized the way that we do business both online and off. By utilizing certain social networks, both small and large businesses can grow their audience and increase sales through more loyal customer base.

This article will talk about three of the best ways to grow your audience using social networks. After reading this article you will be able to increase the size and loyalty of your consumer base and increase the visibility of your business online.

The Shotgun Approach

The "shotgun approach" is really the first step that a business needs to take if they want to increase their audience online. Many small and large businesses rely too much on the few mainstream social media and networks that exist today.

For example, some businesses are only using Twitter or Facebook. Though Twitter and Facebook have a lot to offer, these businesses are missing out on the thousands of other social networks that offer increased visibility.

The "shotgun approach" simply states that a business should create profiles on as many social networks as possible. Real Connection the "real connection" approach, also known as engaging with users, is when a business acts less like a business and more like a person with their interaction with others on social networks.

For example, instead of talking only about your business within your profile, it may be a good idea to try and learn more about other users that interact with your business.

Some social networks make this easier than others. For example at you are much more likely to connect with real people and interact on a more engaged level then you may otherwise on Facebook.

Social Sharing

The most power in social media comes from its ability to share content with others. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and others allow businesses and non-businesses to find content, create content and share it with others.

If you remember back from your early elementary school days, the best way to make friends was to share your toys. This is the basic idea behind sharing content. If you find something need, or create something that is memorable or fun, sharing this with other people on the Internet allows you to build relationships.

This does not necessarily mean that you have to always be creating funny, hilarious or bizarre Internet memes. It could mean that you produce a professional paper, or share interesting news related to the industry in which you work. You could also create a group of people that simply discuss interesting topics related to your work.

The point is to share. Just like your elementary school days, the more you share the more friends you have.

By following these three simple ways to increasing your audience using social networks, you can increase the size of your consumer base and increase the business that you do both online and off.

Remember that social media is all about being social. Look for social chat site like that actually promotes being social and you will be well on your way to business success.

Ludwing Hernandez is a search and social geek who loves tools and blogging on them. Follow @Mezeeme

Monday, May 28, 2012

A girl should be classy and fabulous - Tricia Bertrand interview

Tricia Bertrand:
I have a full time job as a 1st grade teacher and love making unique handcrafted jewelry! Creating beautiful jewels is my passion and a way for me to unwind after a hard day. I love brightening others' lives with beautiful jewelry handmade from the heart. I find that the beads "speak" to me and I love collecting them and discovering new creations as I twist and wrap them into a piece suitable for everyday wear or for that special evening out.My obsession began when my husband bought me a ridiculously expensive necklace and a dear friend said, "You know, you can make that yourself?" So I began fooling around and it turned into a creative outlet I absolutely adore!!
-Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan although I have lived in my current state for many, many, many years!
-How did you choose the lovely name for your Shop?
I wanted my shop name to include something personal so I included my nick name. I also think of my jewelry as precious jewels so viola! Jewels by Trish was named!
Do you sell your products in many places ? tell us some of them ?
My primary studio is on I do occasionally sell my jewels at craft markets or special artisan events.
-How did you find the site who you sell and who it this (name) ? How long have you been selling on this site ?
I find from a friend.
-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
My jewelry is classy, simple, elegant. My style is all my own. I create what I love to see!
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I have always loved working with my hands. I used to watch my grandmother make beaded ornaments and my mother was always cross stitching. I find it hard to sit still. Even when watching a movie or relaxing on the couch, I love to keep my hands busy creating things.
-How long have you been creating?
I have been creating items in some shape or form for as long as I can remember. I have been specifically creating jewelry for about 3 years.
-What is it that you love so much?
I love the entire process! I love purchasing beads, I love sitting down and playing with them until a design forms, and I love stringing or wrapping it all together to make a beautiful jewel.
-What are your main sources of inspiration?
I gain inspiration everywhere. It may be a jewelry magazine, it may be the design on a dress, or may be as simple as the colors in nature.
-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?
I am self taught.
-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?
I find that people feel the need to search for beauty all times of the year.
-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?
I don't think that most people realize that artists sometimes get stuck creatively. When this happens, I don't get frustrated. I wait it out as I know inspiration and creativity will eventually begin to flow again.
Also, music is a big help when creating! I love to sing loud and off key while creating!
Have some tips and advices for new artisians ?
Do what you love! If you love it, it will not feel like work. Focus on something that brings you happiness and inner peace while you are creating!
-How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
Art has affected my life in the joy I see on a customer's face or the great feedback I receive when they purchase one of my pieces. My art makes me feel happy and when others find happiness in it as well, that is very rewarding.
-Do you have a favorite item you have made?
Oh, that's a hard question! I tend to love everything I make! I did have a hard time offering the below piece for sale. I wanted it for myself! I rarely, rarely duplicate any of my pieces so it was hard to offer it.
-What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
"I love, love my "Jewels by Trish" jewelry!! I have already worn them many, many days in a row!"
Something else who you want to tell us about you ?
I love, love animals! One day, I would love to have a huge farm with horses, pigs, cows, dogs, etc. etc.
-Your message for all of us?
"A girl should be two things:classy and fabulous!" -Coco Chanel

Sunday, May 27, 2012

5 Jobs Hiring for the Summer where you can find ?

If you’re looking for work this summer, there are plenty of positions that need a little extra help between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Certain industries see a huge increase in demand during the summer months thanks to the warm weather and children being out of school. So whatever your skill sets or future career goals, chances are you can find a position this summer.

Here are five jobs to consider this summer:
  1. Construction - In most places throughout the country, summer is prime time for construction work, and construction companies are usually looking for several able bodies to help them keep up with demand. If you can stand a little bit of heat, long hours, and laborious work, then this might be the perfect summer job for you.
  2. Landscaping - As the weather gets better and people start mulling about outside, many homeowners start to focus more on how their property looks. Anyone who has summer barbecues, pool parties, or bonfires typically wants their yards to look nice and clean for their guests, but they usually don’t want to do the work - that’s where landscaping companies come in. Performing every duty from mowing grass and trimming trees to planting flowers and arranging stone steps, you can work for a landscaping company this summer to help people clean up their property.
  3. Amusement parks - Going to an amusement park is a favorite pastime for many families and summer is the perfect time to take a little family vacation. Amusement parks hire hundreds of people throughout the summer to keep up with demand, and they need everything from food cart workers and bartenders to ride operators and show performers. So whatever your talents are, chances are you could find a job that suits you at an amusement park.
  4. Tanning salons - This one is kind of a mystery, as you would think that people would just sit outside during the summer in order to get tan, but many people like to visit a tanning salon before they hit the beach so they look tan upon arrival and can avoid any harmful UV rays coming directly from the sun. If you’re looking for a more comfortable summer job, you can help out in an air-conditioned tanning salon, running the cash register and teaching people how to use the tanning beds or get their first spray tans.
  5. Local government - Most local governments provide a number of summer programs for children and adults alike so everyone can stay occupied for a few months. You might be able to find a job at the public pool, for the children’s theater, in the public library, or for a senior citizen’s activities committee.
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Six Lines Guaranteed to Ruin a First Date

So you’re going on a first date with a new guy. Do you potentially want to have a second? If you do, don’t say any of these six things, or he’ll probably never call you again.
couplelove “My ex is totally crazy. He will not stop calling me.”
Never bring up your ex on a first date. It’s a major turn-off, and it makes it seem as though you’re not over him yet (and you’re probably not if you’re still talking about him). Besides that, who wants to get involved with someone who has unfinished business with their ex? No matter how much a guy likes you, he’s not going to want a second date if one day he might have to deal with a crazy ex.
“I hope to be married five years from now.”

This will scare away any guy quickly – even guys who also want to get married sometime in the not-too-distant future. This statement is putting pressure on him already to be “marriage material.” It also seems as though finding your soul mate is a task with a rigid deadline, not a fun process like it should be.
“I’m not sure that hairstyle is right for you.”
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Did he ask you his opinion of his looks? No. So why do you feel so compelled to give your critique? Even if he asked you, this is still just a first date. Be nice, and save the no-holds-barred answers for when you’re a couple. Commenting on his looks in any way that’s not positive will make him uncomfortable and hurt his feelings. You would be offended if he said something like that to you, so don’t do it to him.
“I always vote Democrat. What about you?”

Topics like politics and religion are very hefty, personal subjects. They can raise a lot of emotions, and they’re just not things you should be discussing on a first date. Your date’s political leaning shouldn’t matter so much to you, and you don’t want to risk getting into a heated debate when you barely know each other. Stick to lighter topics, and worry about stuff like this later.
“What do you think about me so far?”
This question is like the kiss of death for a first date. Maybe he liked you a lot before you asked him, but now he thinks maybe you’re a little too insecure. Don’t put him on the spot. It’s a first date, so you can’t expect him to have a well-developed opinion of you yet. He’s still getting to know you. And what if he thinks you’re boring or obnoxious? Wait and let whether or not he calls you for a second date tell you how he feels.
“I’m so broke right now.”
Don’t discuss your financial situation on a first date, especially if it’s grim. He doesn’t want to hear about your money problems. If he thinks you’re bad at managing your money, he might think you’re not responsible or mature enough for a relationship.
Michelle Leigh is a self described 'relationship expert' and freelance writer who enjoys blogging about a variety of topics from men to cosmetics brushes. She is an experienced dater and knows exactly what not to say if you want to keep things going!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I love the zen-like focus it takes to create a handbag - Glenda Ganis

Glenda Ganis :
I have been a Screenwriter and Production Designer most of my adult life. Designing handbags felt like a natural extension of who I was creatively.
I've had no formal training but that has never stopped me from pursuing a vision, whether it's the creation of a handbag or a film set. I love using my intuitive skills and appreciate the intricacies of design in all forms.
I use high quality leather, design my own patterns and hand whip-stitch or saddle stitch the finished product.
The collection is one-of-a-kind. It can take anywhere from 4 to 24 hours to make one style. It requires a Zen-like focus and is labor intensive.
My goal is to create designs that are chic, functional and classic with a modern twist. All handbags are signed and made in my Los Angeles studio.
Shop Name
Cosmic Hippo Designs
-Where are you originally from?
New York City
-How did you choose the lovely name for your Shop?
The name Cosmic Hippo came out of the blue, put a smile on my face and seemed like a cool visual. The visual has evolved from my first logo.
Do you sell your products in many places ? tell us some of them ?
I sell online on Etsy and have listings on ArtFire, OnFire for Handmade and Zibbet. I also sell privately. Recently, I was invited to sell my handbags, wallets, cases and boxes at Verona Accessories in Studio City, CA.
-How did you find the site who you sell and who it this (name) ? How long have you been selling on this site ?
I've been a seller on since 2009.
-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
Classic with a modern twist. I'm particularly fascinated by the architecture of handbags and how a simple skin of leather can be transformed into a functional and beautiful accessory.
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I've been creating art since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I can not remember a time when I wasn't creating something, whether it was writing or making dolls clothing or creating food out of clay, creativity has been an integral part of my life.
-How long have you been creating?
My entire life.
-What is it that you love so much?
I love the zen-like focus it takes to create a handbag. The hours pass so quickly I barely notice the time. I feel as though I'm compelled to create by some magical force greater than me.
-What are your main sources of inspiration?
Sometimes music, other times the shape of an object or the smooth feel of a piece of leather. Occasionally, I'll create a handbag in a dream state and attempt to sketch it when I awaken. My sketches are pathetic. I'm much more a doer from scratch.
-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?
Self taught. I admire Henry Beguelin's hand crafted handbags and shoes.
-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?
It varies, and never when I expect the sales to happen.
-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?
The amount of time that goes into crafting a handbag from pattern to finish is incalculable. If I were to charge for the actual time I expend the cost would be seriously high.
Have some tips and advices for new artisians ?
Trust your gut instincts and don't be afraid to fail. I learn more from my failures than I do from my successes.
-How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
They are inseparable. If I'm in the mood to write, then I'm not in the mood to make a handbag and vice versa. I never want to be doing one when I'm doing the other. I think that would be very frustrating.
-Do you have a favorite item you have made?
I fall in love with most of my designs. Fortunately, I rarely sell my first samples so I use them to determine how well they wear and if the pattern needs to be adjusted.
-What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
I've received emails with loving praise. Those emails mean a lot to me because I've shared my joy and at the same time made someone very happy.
Something else who you want to tell us about you ?
I enjoy cooking.
-Your message for all of us?
Be creative in all that you do.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Heat and How It Helps Your Health Benefits

Heat and How It Helps Your HealthIt is extremely possible to have a steam room inside of your very own home. Compact versions of usual steam rooms and saunas which are normally found in fitness establishments and spas can now be used inside the bathroom. A new system known as the infared sauna is replacing traditional hot stove saunas. The process uses carbon boards instead of hot stones and penetrates deeper into the skin than regular saunas.
You may be wondering if infrared is safe for the skin, and it is. This type of sauna has been reviewed by medical professionals and proven to help with certain health problems. Infrared saunas have been deemed safe by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Infrared heat does not impact the body negatively.  It seeps into your skin to permeate deep tissues and muscles, relaxing and increasing blood circulation.
Infrared is found in a number of different places. It is what lies between microwaves and visible lights, used by plants for photosynthesis, and used in incubators for premature babies. Infrared should not be confused with harmful ultraviolet rays, which are used in tanning beds. Infrared is even used daily by those that turn their television off and on with a remote control.  You may use infrared on a daily basis without even realizing it.
Researchers have proven that infrared saunas can help with a number of diseases and illnesses. Those with chronic heart failure who used saunas on a regular basis had an increase in cardiac function. The treatment has been deemed both safe and promising. In fact, the treatments proved to show that cardiac function increased after treatment in an infrared sauna.  Similarly, those suffering from arthritis that went under the sauna treatment received a lot of healing benefits. Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in an infrared sauna, did not provoke the disease in any way either.  Infrared saunas have been deemed a useful way to treat certain diseases as well as being an effective means of expelling toxins from the body.
Research is continually being conducted, but so far results are quite promising. Saunas both traditional and steam saunas have been proven to be healthy by increasing circulation and helping in the functioning of vital organs. Research has shown that infrared saunas are safe for humans and can have great benefits for health if used regularly.  While the body can benefit from steam when healing vital organs, it also benefits from the excretion of toxins.  The overall blood circulation increases and helps the liver and kidneys both function on a better level and excrete toxic waste better.
Infrared saunas are also being considered for use as an alternative to medication.  Research is still being done to prove the positive effects of the infrared sauna.  The effects that have already been discovered are more than promising.  Steam has been a positive treatment for all kinds of ailments and infrared saunas are becoming more and more popular.  They are considered to be safe for humans and are a positive health advantage for those that use them regularly.
Article written by Andrew Ellis from experts in home saunas and heat therapy

Activites That Will Make Your Adrenaline Jump Into High Gear

When your adrenaline jumps into high gear it is often called an adrenaline rush. Your heart beats harder and your blood pressure rises. It causes a burst of energy which gives you an extremely intense feeling. During an adrenaline rush all of your senses are heightened.

Your Adrenaline Jump

Some love that feeling, and there are many situations that can cause the feeling, some of which are sports, also known as extreme sports, and some hobbies.

Bungee jumping is one activity that will surely get your adrenaline jumping, especially if you have a fear of heights. Standing on the edge of a very high structure, while attached to a large elastic cord and looking down at what's below, in itself, is enough to make your adrenaline run high. Then the leap from the object, the fast-moving free fall, and the recoiling up and down really brings the adrenaline flow to a top level.

Sometimes known as the death slide, ziplining is something that is certain to cause your adrenaline to rise. While holding onto a free moving pulley that is attached to an inclined, suspended cable, you speed from the top to the bottom, with the help of gravity. Whether ziplining indoors or outdoors, you will still experience the sensation of openly flying through the air, and the extreme rush of adrenaline.

Ice climbing is similar to mountain climbing, only it is done on a slipperier, colder, and more treacherous surface. Ice climbing entails ascending inclined ice formations such as frozen waterfalls, and cliffs that are covered with ice. The thrill and danger of this exhilarating sport is one that will cause an abundance of adrenaline.

White water rafting is a heart-pounding experience that will have your adrenaline flowing as fast as the rough water that is moving and bobbing your raft down the river. There is danger and excitement around every rock, rapid and bend.


Full of jumps, tricks, stunts, flips, and high-adrenaline is freestyle motocross. Freestyle motocross riders are sometimes called daredevils. They perform high-air, death-defying stunts. The sensational jumps performed on dirt bikes in mid-air cause suspense, danger, entertainment, and quite a bit of adrenaline, even for the audience that may be watching.

A sport that may seem more subtle than the other activities mentioned above, that can also cause your adrenaline to jump, is horse racing. Horse racing is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Excitement is experienced by the jockeys, horse owners, as well as the spectators. This excitement causes adrenaline to increase, especially if you have chosen a horse that you would like to win the race, as this will cause even more excitement, along with suspense and anticipation. The rush of adrenaline will increase even more as the end of the race draws closer, and you are rooting for the horse that you chose to get out in front of the pack, and make you a winner.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I can't imagine a life without art - Anna M. Blair interview

Anna M. Blair :
I'm a retired High School art teacher (and also taught at T.C.U. a few summers). I have several online shops, where I sell my fused glass jewelry and other items.
I enjoy all phases of art, but since I retired I enjoy doing glass work. I had a kiln for years that sat unused in the garage, and now it (and me) are fired up most of the time! :-)
I live in Fort Worth, Texas "Where the West Begins." We are just West of Dallas about 30 miles, but Fort Worth still has it's western flavor. There is an older area, original to the late 1800's, that offers ongoing rodeos, cattle drives, museums, and a feeling of the old West that Dallas doesn't have.
My two children are grown, and I live with my husband Noel, and our cat, a host of outside animals (raccoons,possums, an occasional deer) that I feed.
Your Shop Name Pendant Place

-Where are you originally from?
I was born in the U.S. (Pennsylvania), but moved to Texas as a child.
-How did you choose the lovely name for your Etsy Shop?
I chose "Pendant Place" because I thought it would be easy for people to remember.
-How did you find Etsy? How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I ran across Etsy when I was surfing the net. I've been selling there for at least two years.
-How would you describe your style? Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
me_optI like representational art over abstract, so that is largely what I do. All artists influence my style. I look at all the art I can and adapt whatever would work for me into my jewelry.
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
When I won First Place for art in Kindergarten! It's been a long journey and fun all the way.
-How long have you been creating?
Over sixty years!
-What is it that you love so much?
Everything about it. I love watercolors, making pottery, using oils, making jewelry...just all of it.
-What are your main sources of inspiration?
An artist has to create. That's who they are and what they do. I give all the credit to God.
-Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?
I have a degree in Art so I can't really say I'm self taught. I like to explore on my own.
-Do you sell more at one time of year than others?
In the Fall, as people get ready for Christmas.
-What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?
It's a lot of work! I had cut each piece, layer it with stained glass and dichroic glass, fire it to 1600 degrees, anneal it, check it for imperfections, fine tune it with my grinder, refire it to 1600 degrees, set it in the setting using jewelers glue, polish it with a rock tumbler...take photos, and finally post it on the website.
-How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
I can't imagine a life without art. It's part of the fiber of being.
-Do you have a favorite item you have made?
No, it's like trying to pick out which child you like best. They are all important at the time they are created.
-What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
A personal phone call from a lovely lady who was raising her special needs great-grand daughter! She had asked me to make ten pendant necklaces to give each of the teachers who had worked with her mentally impaired great grand daughter, Lily. I made each a deep blue fused glass cross pendant with a lily on each one, and sterling chains. She cried when she received them and said they were so beautiful!
Something else who you want to tell us about you ?
I just enjoy what I do and love to share it with others.
-Your message for all of us?
Do what you enjoy. Embrace life and art, and share your experiences.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What information need to gather before selling your real estate

Making the decision to sell a piece of real estate is easy for some, and it is more difficult for others. Some may be selling a home they have lived in for years and are emotionally attached to. Others may be selling a rental property that has only served as an investment for them.
Whether you are emotionally attached to your property or not, selling property can be stressful. You are concerned about staging the home and presenting it in the best way for a new buyer. If you live in the home, you may have to pack up some of your items for storage in order to prepare your home to be listed. It is far more convenient to gather together necessary documents that will be required when you sell your home before you get too far along in the sales process.
Some items will be required for the sales process, and others may simply be preferred or helpful. Some of the required items include:
-the deed to the property
-a previous survey
-a previous title insurance policy
-a property tax statement
-your mortgage information, including account numbers, contact information and outstanding balance of all liens
-details on any property liens that have been filed on the property
-for rental properties, leases on the property
-a Certificate of Occupancy, if you have made structural changes to the property since you purchased it
You may have most of this information filed in the original paperwork from the time you purchased the property. Some information, like the property tax statement and mortgage statement, may be included in your current bills and paperwork. You may be able to obtain any missing documentation by contacting the previous title company, local or county departments or your own mortgage company if you do not have the paperwork in your own files.
In addition to these required items, other information is often helpful for the sales process. In some cases, a potential buyer may request or require you to provide extra information. Some of the other items that may be requested include:
-your current property insurance policy
-warranties or guarantees for home appliances, air conditioning and heating units and more
-recent utility bills, including gas, electricity and water bills
-a recent termite inspection
You should keep in mind that while some of these items are simply preferred by a seller, others may be required by the buyer's mortgage lender, by the title company or another entity as a condition to close. This means that you may not be able to close on the sale of your property if you do not have this documentation in order.
Whether you are selling an apartment that you lease out as an investment or are trying to relocate to a new primary residence, you certainly have a lot of preparations to make. You may be trying to get your property ready to list, and you may be trying to decide which real estate agent to use for this process. There are many decisions and preparations to make, but one of the things you should do right now is gather together the required and preferred paperwork. Having these items on hand and ready to give to the parties requesting them can help you to reduce your stress during this process and save time trying to hunt the paperwork down at the last minute when many of your items are packed away.
Brenda is a web contain writer for Saltwater apartments. In her free time she loves to blog about sport, fashion and home decoration.