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Happy 4th July!

Posted by charmainezoe on July 4, 2010 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (0)


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Wishing all my American readers a very happy Independence Day this 4th July! I wanted something special to honor the day and found this great wallpaper HERE. I hope you all have a lovely day and that wherever you are the sun shines for you.

4th of July WEEKEND SALE on ZAZZLE.COM  -  17.76% OFF ALL ORDERS!!   Use Code: ZAZZLEUSAUSA      Ends Monday      (Offer valid on only.)

Sadly it's not shining here, despite us being in the middle of Summer! So I've been unable to do much in the garden, but that means I can spend the time at my keyboard (Yippee!), so I've been busy adding and updating my photos and art on various web based photo galleries and art sites which include Flickr, Photobucket, Webshots, Fotki, Fotolog, Poppyhill, Imagekind, FineArt America, DeviantArt, Artist Rising and of course Zazzle!

There is a selection of my latest photography art displayed as a great 'stack of cards' on my post 'My Photography on Fotki', two below this one.

So as you can see I've been very busy but enjoying it all hugely, and as I have a steady flow of sales, particurly on my Zazzle store from all over the world (now also available in Brazil & Japan would you believe!), other people like my efforts too, and I get such a buzz every time I get a notification that I've got a sale. I always rush to my Zazzle account to see where it's gone in the world!

So far I've sold loads in the USA, Canada and the UK, but also in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, but still waiting for my first Brazilian or Japanese sale!

Some Demolition Work!

Posted by charmainezoe on April 11, 2010 at 1:41 PM Comments comments (0)

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When we moved in to our present house we inherited a big old wooden greenhouse at the bottom of the garden. We've only ever used it for storage and it was prone to having it's glass panels smashed by falling fruit from a large apple tree which overhangs it. We have now trimmed the tree back so it's not quite so destructive, but over the years it has become more and more decprepit and derelict.

So this year we made the decision to demolish it completely and replace it with a new structure, preferably one we can sit in on a blustery or rainy day and still enjoy the sunshine, which this end of the garden enjoys all day round.

The following video shows the operation to demolish it. Pepsi and Max are popping in and out of the frame all the time and it finishes rather abruptly as we realise that Pepsi has disappeared through a gap we had exposed in the fence (it used to have chicken wire attached to the greenhouse to stop him!), which is when we had to drop everything temporarily and chase him across the field down to the river which backs on to the garden! Didn't do poor Hubby's blood pressure a lot of good either!

Zazzle, YouTube & Troup Stuff!

Posted by charmainezoe on January 24, 2010 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (1)

So what have I been up to this week? Well it started off well when I got an order from my Zazzle Store for 100 party invitations, and then got even better when the next day I got another bulk order, this time for 400 photo cards! It was a little while before I came down off cloud nine! Later in the week I got another order, from a guy in Texas for 2 of my ties, which was a real ego boost. I love the idea that someone is walking around on the other side of the world wearing my designs - and paying for the privilige!

With Valentines Day coming up next month I thought it would be wise to get a few more products uploaded to Zazzle and created a couple of new designs which hopefully someone will take a shine to. Apart from the obvious greeting cards they are also on magnets, mugs, keychains etc.


What else? oh yes, I've been making a lot more animated musical kaleidoscope videos for my new YouTube Channel. I have 2 new ranges called Magical Mandalas and Krazy Kaleidoscopes and now have 5 of each uploaded to YouTube, but which can also be viewed on here, just find the VIDEOS link in the sidebar on the left (7th down).


I've also been contacted by someone who's started a Group on Facebook for those with the surname Troup, it's called the Troup Team, so I've been refreshing my Troup genealogy research and brought the Troup page on the site more or less up to speed with a lot more info and which I'll continue to improve over the next few weeks. I've finally managed to find a home for all my Troup Births, Deaths, Marriage & Census lists which I've compiled over the years and which I had available on my old Geocities website. They are now linked from a post on my Family History for Beginners blog, with a link to that on my Troup Genealogy Lists page here (12 down). I will keep working away at all these plus the Troup family trees on Ancestry, in case anyone wants to ask me questions!