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A spruce up for my other website, Kaleidoscope Kreations

Posted by charmainezoe on March 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM Comments comments (3)

I've felt for some time that my Kaleidoscope Kreations website at was in need of something of a spruce up. I keep this website to feature my kaleidoscope and mandala art, of which I now have a number of galleries in which I also include my animated kaleidoscope YouTube videos, as well as a section for featuring my designs on items for sale such as t-shirts, greeting cards, ties, gifts and even shoes.

I've improved the home page by changing the header graphic, tightening up the text and adding more graphics which give it a clean and tidy appearance without looking boring ( I hope!) and expanded to about 30 pages, so lots of content. Still got a few pages to complete next weekend (should have enough time, although I haven't decided whether to go in to Birmingham for the St Patrick's Day Parade & celebrations, guess it will depend on what the weathers like) and then it's finished - for the time being anyway :-)

I'm getting a lot more exposure these days as I get a lot of visitors via Google, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Zazzle, YouTube, Squidoo etc. and my kaleidoscope designs are selling well,  I recently got an order for 400 photo cards and another for 100 invitations in the same week!  I now have customers in the USA & Canada, Europe and Australia & New Zealand and I'm looking forward to getting my first Brazilian customer as my Zazzle Store just went on line there too.

In the meantime I am still adding new designs and just introduced a lovely line called Ice Crystals, in delicate blues on t-shirts, stickers, magnets etc. This is one of the 6 patterns available.



St Patricks Day fast approaches!

Posted by charmainezoe on February 27, 2010 at 8:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Will you be celebrating St Patricks Day on 17th March? As a true green Dublin born Irishwoman I certainly will! There is a huge St.Patricks Day Celebration and Parade in the City of Birmingham every year, this year on Sunday the 14th,(said to be the 3rd largest in the world after New York & Dublin!) and I'll be going. It's only 15 minutes into the City Centre on the train from here, so won't have to worry about parking - which will be a nightmare.

Pictures & reports for the Birmingham St Patricks Day Parade 2009

I've also been getting ready for the huge demand for St Patrick's Day Souvenirs, T-Shirts, gifts, cards etc by adding a St Patricks Day mini shop to my Zazzle Store. So far I've got 14 great vintage designs, many including both the ancient Irish flag of green and the American Flag. These are available on mugs, magnets, t-shirts, button pins, cards and ties.

The designs are all from old postcards which belonged to my Irish Grandmother, whose brother, as a young lad set sail for America and joined the 7th Cavalry in Texas. He was a horse shoer and when WW1 broke out was an MP at Camp Wadsworth in South Carolina before going over to Europe to fight on the battlefields around Ypres in Belgium, where he was killed, he was only 24.

But while he was in America he sent my Granny a lot of these postcards which I now have and which are no longer copyright due to their age. So I thought it would be nice to adapt them to create souvenirs, gifts & t-shirts etc to celebrate St Patricks Day. Of course they predate the adoption of the green, white and orange tricolour flag, and instead feature the ancient green flag of Ireland which dates back to the 1700's and often has an Irish harp or the words 'Erin Go Bragh' gaelic for 'Ireland Forever' on them and many also feature the American flag.


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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!