Friday, October 8, 2010


How did you pick your store(s) name(s)?
(feel free to write up each shop name if they each have a story) *

Time, patience, and bursts of inspiration at random moments. Then I settle on something imaginative and practical. Sometimes the names are obvious.

Sunbonnet Sue* - I have known sunbonnet sue quite well as I have had one particular sunbonnet sue quilt for as long as I can remember - it could be said, she grew up with me. It was time to bring this typically old-fashioned character into a modern age. Having set out to design a modern sunbonnet sue, the result was complete success. Zazzle was also partly responsible for the full name - Sunbonnet Sue* - because of the recommended use of the Zazzle star, which now symbolizes, "Sunbonnet Sue, a Star" which to me, she is.

Quiltsmith - Combining the talents of a quilt artisan with a tech savvy artist and shutterbug, results in practical and useful works of quilt art - a value which melds with Zazzle in providing practical works of art which are useful and decorative works for around the home. A quiltsmith is a person who creates works of quilted art, or in other words is an experienced quilter in both practicality and art creating useful quilts and visually pleasing or entertaining quilted wall hangings. Quiltsmith.Net expanding to Zazzle was inevitable.

The Halloween Spirit - Implying to keep the Halloween spirit, and taking it out of the hands of Grinches and Gritches as mentioned on The Halloween Spirit at Zazzle is about Halloween (which does not include violence and gore, which are not concepts synonymous with Halloween). An individual holiday celebrated in many ways by many people, Halloween without trick-or-treating door to door doesn't mean the end of Halloween. Entertaining and celebrating with decorations, costumes, or having a party are only a few ways to celebrate this fun holiday break before winter.

What forms of advertising do you use online? (check all that apply) *
  • Squidoo
  • Search engine submissions
  • Self hosted websites
  • Post in zazzles "ideas" forum
  • Other blogs
  • Other sites
  • Other web profiles
  • Other online advertising
How much do you spend monthly on advertising? (include hosting fees domain fees) *
What are your 5 favorite designs from your store(s) and why?
(include the url to the product pages)

Among my favourites and in no particular order:

Lady Sunbonnet Sue and the Unicorn Tapestry:
This design is inspired by classic unicorn tapestries of the 15th-16th centuries. It is a traditional and modern design for kids and adults alike.

Sunshine Yellow Quilted Heart:
This photographed design is beautifully simple. Through the use of light, the quilted design detail radiates the symbolism of love and friendship.

Silhouette Hill House:
This design of a haunted Halloween house in silhouette by purple lightning embodies the Halloween spirit of a dark, spooky, fun, and lighthearted Halloween, without horror or violence. This is about a happy, safe, and haunted Halloween.

Sly Pumpkin:
When the personality in the soul of a jack-o-lantern comes through, one must be pleased.

The One Not Yet Created:
Number five are the designs still uncreated in my mind. All of them in my Zazzle stores only in my minds eye, among them are some of my favourites due to originality, humour, personality, emotion.... It would be wrong to ignore them merely due to their lack of existence in the tangible world.

Do you have shops on other PODs?
Yes - but zazzle is my primary POD
What other PODs do you use now or have you used in the past?
  • Cafepress
  • Printfection
  • Other
What are your feelings on...Clipart, Stock-photos, Public domain images, or other LEGAL to use free or paid images/photos...being used in zazzle shops?
I do not use it but if it helps other people they should use it - not everyone is an artist
List your shops using the following format: - Shop Name - short description of shop * - Sunbonnet Sue - a modern sunbonnet sue interpretation for all ages. - Quiltsmith - quilt artisan creations and other stitchery inspired designs. - The Halloween Spirit - designs to recapture the spirit of Halloween.

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