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HootFest October 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — karmacrochet @ 6:14 pm

If you haven’t popped over to the OwlTreeStudio forums yet to participate in HootFest, you are missing out! The site is hosting an event through the entire month of October that is super easy to participate in. During October, when you chat in the forums, upload photos to their gallery or participate in challenges, you earn points. At the end of the month, the people with the most points will win gift cards to go shopping for digital scrapbook goodies! Everyone who participates will win a gift card to the OTS store which is opening this month! For complete details, visit the HootFest info page.

Digital Scrapbook Store contest

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Talking Success August 19, 2010

Filed under: Let's talk — karmacrochet @ 6:44 pm

A few days ago, I was sitting at my desk in the office and the corporate trainer handles me a page with this:

Bob Parsons 16 Rules for Success

It caught my attention and it is worth reading and thinking how it applies to you. Here they are:

1.

Get and stay out of your comfort zone.

I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone.  I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.”  My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2.

Never give up.

Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted.  Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work.  It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it.  If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3.

When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.

There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true.  It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4.

With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.

Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.”  My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

5.

Focus on what you want to have happen.

Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6.

Take things a day at a time.

No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment.  You can get through anything one day at a time.

7.

Always be moving forward.

Never stop investing.  Never stop improving.  Never stop doing something new.  The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die.  Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.  Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen.  Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8.

Be quick to decide.

Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

9.

Measure everything of significance.

I swear this is true.  Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10.

Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.

If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.  I guarantee you problems will be there.

11.

Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.

When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12.

Never let anybody push you around.

In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

13.

Never expect life to be fair.

Life isn’t fair.  You make your own breaks.  You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14.

Solve your own problems.

You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge.  Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.”  There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently.  It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”

15.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Lighten up.  Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16.

There’s always a reason to smile.

Find it.  After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive.  Life is short.  More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”
 

Talking Yarn – Amazing! by Lion Brand Yarn Company August 10, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration and Transpiration,New things — karmacrochet @ 4:58 pm

Today, as I was checking my tweets on Twitter, @crochetgal said : “I just ordered some wonderful new yarns, based on the names! how crazy is that???”

I replied that that she is not alone, I had done the same thing. A while ago I decided to order Lion Brand’s Amazing yarn and it was truly Amazing!

This yarn comes in 7 colorways. I ordered 1 bag of each color that means 3 skeins for each. It goes a long way. From each color I made: 1 cowl, 6 brooches and 2 headbands. It is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

The brooches are not finished, but here you can get a preview:

You will be able to find these products for the fall/winter season  at my Etsy Shop, Urban Street Bazaar and Jingle Bash.

 

We’re having a GIVE AWAY! July 27, 2010

Filed under: Events — karmacrochet @ 9:06 pm
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You may know that I am on the design team for Owl Tree Studio, a digital scrapbook kit club. The design team has put together an incredible August lineup (while you check it out on Facebook, go ahead and like OTS so you stay up to date on all things OTS and important) and the creative team has put together some incredible quick pages, blog posts, scrap challenges and page templates for you to enjoy.
As we get closer to opening day, the Owl Tree Studio crew wants to give you an opportunity to try them out for FREE.
That’s right…F-R-E-E!
On Sunday, August 1st, 2010 Owl Tree Studio plus each of the three resident designers will be giving away free memberships to Owl Tree Studio. You can enter to win as many times as you want between now and July 31st, 2010 at 10am (EST). Everyone’s contest rules are different, so you’ll have to visit each designers’ blog to find out exactly what you have to do to enter their portion of the giveaway.
Enter to win a free membership from the official Owl Tree Studio blog by:
Following OTS on Facebook – 1 Facebook follower will win a free 1 month membership
Follow OTS on Twitter and ReTweet:
“Follow @OwlTreeStudio & RT this for a chance to win a free month of great digital scrapbooking goodies http://bit.ly/aib6cA #digiscrap”
– 1 Twitter follower will win a free 1 month membership
Join the mailing list (and get a free beach themed digi kit) – 2 mailing list subscribers will each win a free 3 month membership
Sometimes, the studio owls get a little over excited and rumor has it one commenter on the Owl Tree Studio blog contest post might win a 1 month membership as well.
Follow OTS on Facebook and Twitter AND join our mailing list for the biggest chance of winning, then visit the incredible designers’ blogs to pick up more chances to win through the designer contests!

[Fine print: Winners will be selected using Random.org. You can only win one time. If you win, you will have to sign up as a paying member to continue accessing the OTS members’ area AFTER your free membership period ends].

 

Time Warner Cable/Road Runner Nightmare – Update – The Happy ending March 18, 2010

Filed under: Misfits — karmacrochet @ 6:40 am

UPDATE – I received a call from Richard Harman, Regional  Security Manager at TWC, my connection has been restored and I should be back in business. We had a nice conversation and he will look into what went wrong with my case.

So this is a happy ending!

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Good morning!

Nothing major happened. Yesterday at 12:30 PM CST I emailed , then 2 hours later got a reply saying that they are looking into it. After that, nada.

Not a phone call from the abuse department or anything and the connection, as this morning, is still dead.

To me, it is funny how fast they are to cut off the service and how slow they are to restore it. I’m afraid this is going to be a long battle.

We’ll see.

 

Time Warner Cable/Road Runner Nightmare – Dallas, TX March 17, 2010

Filed under: 1,Misfits — karmacrochet @ 6:46 am

Good morning!

This is completely off topic for my blog but I have to tell the story and spread the word.

Yesterday, when I got home I found out that my internet connection was dead. After looking around on my browser i got this message (click on the image to be able to read it):

This informs that it was some virus crawling , very generic. In any case, I scanned the desktop and the laptop, change the password for my wireless network just incase an intrusion even when I did not have any reports of that.

Then I called the 877 number for abuse, no human answered at 4 PM CST and I recorded a message saying all of this so they can call me back

As the message said I called next the local support number. After going around in circles, I get to a human. He was nice and tried to help but he said I should contact the 877 number, I told him I already did before I called him. He asked me for my email address so they can email me back which i said,”well how do you expect me to get my emails if I have no connection here?” In any case, he could not do anything else.

After that, I had to do some another stuff around the house and I missed the call from the Abuse team (877 number), I listened to the message which treats me like a criminal saying that I connected a computer infected with a virus, that this computer has not been online for over a month and they refuse to turn the connection back on.

Well, I have no clue what computer they are talking about or anything.

I called back and of course no human, I leave another message, not very nice.

I waited and waited.. no call back

I called again the local support number, the representative told me I should call the abuse line, which I did twice. I asked for the supervisor, repeated the whole thing and he said the issue was escalated.

So here I am  still without Internet connection at home.

My expectations and comment about this are:

– Why a customer is not being contacted about disconnecting the service?

– Why is no way to get hold of a human?

– Why are they so rude , treat you as a criminal, quarantine the modem , do not give a clear explanation of the issue?

– Why the local support has also no way to contact them?

I want only one thing ” My internet connection back!”

Please spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. Any comments are welcome and if you have any similar stories, please share them

UPDATE – See comment from TWC- I emailed my account information at 12;30 PM CST

 

Top 30 reasons that you are not selling by knotworkshop February 5, 2010

Filed under: Misfits — karmacrochet @ 5:24 pm

This is from a thread on Etsy forums that I found pretty funny. Actually, it made my day!

You can find the whole thread at: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6428555&page=1

The author is  knotworkshop

How to use this list:

Print it out. Cut each number up onto its own little slip of paper. Put them in a jar. Each day when you’re wondering why you haven’t sold anything, pull a slip of paper out and get your answer.

  1. George W. Bush. Yup. Everything’s his fault.
  2. Barack Obama. Freaking socialist. Screwing up all this wonderful capitalism on Etsy.
  3. The economy. Seriously people. Look around. Nobody has a job. Nobody has money. Why do they want your stuff when you have the nerve to charge them money for it in these tough times?
  4. Relevancy- need I say more?
  5. Recency- need I say more?
  6. Resellers. Why would people buy my stuff on Etsy when they can buy Target’s products here too? I mean seriously, what do I have that can compete with stuff from Target? It’s so much easier for people to buy those things on Etsy than it is to just drive to their local Target.
  7. Undercutters. Yes undercutters. I mean you. Everyone has their own reasons for naming a price. But I haven’t seen William Shatner here so I’m pretty fricking sure this ain’t Priceline. If you want to sell something that took you 22 hours to make for $10, you and I are going to have a problem. I’ll meet you outside after school after the bell rings. Alone.
  8. The weather. If it’s hot, they don’t want your stuff. If it’s cold, they don’t want it either. So strap yourselves in because whatever the season people ain’t buyin what you’re sellin.
  9. Your prices are too high. You think folks want to pay $50 for some yarn tied in a bunch of knots? I don’t care if it looks like a hat. It’s a bunch of yarn. In knots.
  10. Your prices are too low. Hmm. That item looks like a lot of work. Why are you only charging me $5 for it? Oh, probably because you live in a crack house and have swine flu. Yeah, I don’t trust it. I’m going to go buy it from someone who will charge me $20 for the same exact thing.
  11. People are stupid.
  12. The internet is broken. Yes. The whole internet. Call Al Gore. I heard he can fix it.
  13. You’re never on the front page.
  14. You’re never in gift guides.
  15. You’re never a featured seller.
  16. You’re never in Etsy finds.
  17. No one liked you in high school.
  18. They don’t like you here either.
  19. People need to see your items in person to appreciate them. Okay, maybe not that underwear made out of cream corn, but you know what I’m saying.
  20. You have your items on a gasp, real person, in your listing photos. I mean, come on. That necklace was completely sterile and free of all bacteria until you let it touch that ugh, HUMAN! Now it’s no good. Sorry. Game over.
  21. You are not showing your items on a human. How can I tell if those panties will look good on me when the mannequin doesn’t have a spotty arse like mine? It’s false advertising.
  22. Your photos are too dark. Yes, yes, I know you’re selling a lamp that glows in the dark. But still, your photos are just way too dark dude.
  23. You need more items in your shop. Would you keep going back to Home Depot if they only had six flashlights and a pile of shingles in stock? I thought not.
  24. You have too many items in your shop. I mean really, those huge stores like Walmart with tons and tons of items in tons and tons of different categories are never going to be successful. Nobody looks past the first five aisles. Oh, uh, wait…
  25. Your items are aimed at too narrow of a market. I’m sure if there were more professional football players from Tasmania shopping on Etsy your tasmanian football helmets would be doing much, much better. Honest.
  26. You have to go find your target market. No, I’m not going to tell you who they are or how you’ll recognize them, but trust me, you have to find them. And fast.
  27. Don’t rely on Etsy to make your shop successful. I mean, I know we’re on Etsy, and we pay money to Etsy and are here because it’s well, Etsy. But yeah, don’t count on them for a thing. If anything, pretend like they’re working against you. You’ll be better off.
  28. It’s a slow time of year. Maybe not for everyone else, but for you, that’s the time of year it is.
  29. You haven’t built up enough momentum. So take all your inventory in your arms, put it in a shopping cart and send it down a hill to get some momentum going. Report back in the forums after the sales start rolling in.
  30. You’re not in the US. Just because people in your own country wouldn’t buy it, doesn’t mean that Americans are dumb enough to (hard to believe, I know).

Do you have anything to add? I will say “All of the above”

Happy Friday!