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Design Your Own Bumper Sticker (at Zazzle)

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I have been designing and selling bumper stickers in the Zazzle marketplace for a few years through my Prose & Pix shop and I am still learning new things. Here is what to know about how Zazzle bumper stickers are produced and how to design your own bumper sticker, either for personal use or for sale, using the free e-commerce platform:

Q: HOW ARE ZAZZLE BUMPER STICKERS CREATED?
A: Find out from Charles Ohiaeri, Vice President of Operations at Zazzle (November 2015); watch the video or read the video notes below (transcribed for educational purposes):

Maker Moment - Zazzle Bumper Stickers:
> The process begins when a customer places an order on the Zazzle website.

> Customers can choose from a pre-designed bumper sticker in the marketplace or start from a blank template to make a custom design.

> Once the order is placed on the website, the information is sent to the manufacturing division where the production process begins, at Zazzle’s state-of-the-art printing facility …

How I Removed Redbubble Stickers from a Refrigerator (With a Steamer)

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I removed three Redbubble stickers from my refrigerator that were in place for over a year, and this is what I learned in the process:

1. Redbubble’s vinyl stickers absolutely can be removed and reused again.

2. Redbubble stickers totally keep their stickiness once removed.

3. Redbubble stickers will not stick to parchment paper.

4. Redbubble stickers can be removed from a refrigerator with steam.

5. PRO TIP: Set loose stickers on parchment paper to stop them from sticking to other surfaces.

6. PRO TIP: Going slow is better than going fast when removing a Redbubble sticker.

HOW TO: 
I used my handheld steam cleaner to shoot steam on a corner of a sticker, then carefully picked at the corner until it came up and made sure not to ruin the corner from picking at it. No more steam was needed once the corner was started. Then I slowly peeled the sticker completely off the fridge and made sure not to rip or tear the die-cut edges as it came off. All three stickers were removed and relocated withou…

Learn the Art of Fitted Sheet Folding Perfection

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Learn the art of fitted sheet folding perfection with the help of YouTube.

May I present the best under-2-minute demonstration video tutorial for how to fold a fitted sheet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z5k9nWcuFc

Click the link above to learn from LivingOnADime how to fold a fitted sheet or watch it here:



LivingOnADime's video helped me so much, I wanted to share my results from folding sheets at home with a video of my own:




I followed LivingOnADime's video and referred back to it a few times in the process; it took a few attempts at the final fold, but I didn't stop until I got the result I wanted; a perfectly folded set of sheets, including the infamous fitted sheet on the bottom.

While I have worked in commercial housekeeping in the past, I perfected other arts, such as vacuuming, folding towels, and making beds; so I'm still learning and YouTube is helping me learn.

Thank you, LivingOnADime; I hope the video helps others as much as it has helped in my developmen…

The Art of Folding a Plastic Bag: Video & Photo Tutorial

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Learn the domestic art of how to fold a plastic bag; to help reduce clutter, save space, and stay tidy.















Video Presentation: The Art of Folding a Plastic Bag (in 53 seconds)
Turn on speakers for background music
Scroll below for photo presentation with Q & A




Photo Tutorial with Q & A: The Art of Folding a Plastic Bag

















Q: How do you fold a plastic bag?
A: In eleven easy steps, like this:

Step 1. Flatten bag.














Step 2. Fold Side A in one-third.














Step 3. Fold Side B in one-third.














Step 4. Fold Side B bottom corner over to Side A.














Step 5. Fold Side A bottom corner up.














Step 6. Fold Side A bottom corner over to Side B.














Step 7. Fold Side B bottom corner up.














Step 8. Fold Side B bottom corner over to Side A.














Step 9. Fold Side A bottom corner up.














Step 10. Fold Side A bottom corner over to Side B.














Step 11. Tuck exposed bag ends down into pocket.

Q & A: Designing Online for Beginners, Graphic Designers, Amateur Photographers, and Writers

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Thanks to @mastersquill on Instagram (a.k.a. David Nelson) for reaching out to me with some questions about my design work! 🎆

I wanted to share the information on my blog in case anyone else had similar curiosities; if anything is unclear, please leave questions in the comments or email them to me here. 📧

QUESTION:👨
> I am most curious about how you found vendors; 
> Do you do all the art; 
> Do you ship products or do the vendors; 
> Do you use PayPal or another collection system? 

ANSWER:💁 
> I never had to look for vendors, and I have never talked to the vendors who make the items in my stores. 👍

> A few years ago I did an online search in the hopes of figuring out what else I could do with my photographs, instead of printing them to sell since that wasn't an option and not what I really wanted to do; I can't remember the words I used in my search, but I discovered Zazzle in the process and that was where I started my first shop, Prose & Pix. 🎈

> I now …

Christmas in Washington State with Bing Crosby, Darren McGavin, Burl Ives, Stan Boreson, and Yogi Yorgesson

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Q: What do Bing Crosby, Darren McGavin, Burl Ives, Stan Boreson, and Harry Stewart (Yogi Yorgesson) have in common?

A: Washington State...and Christmas! 💁🎅🎄
Here are five famous and fondly-remembered entertainers that my holidays wouldn't be the same without (and maybe yours, too!) who are connected to my home state of Washington. 
Map created with Google Maps & information compiled via Wikipedia by Eve PenmanFollowing the order on the map above; top to bottom, left to right:
TOP STAR
> Burl Ives (1909-1995) best known at Christmastime for being the narrator Sam the Snowman in the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; an Illinois native where he was laid to rest, he passed away while living at his home in Anacortes, WA, in 1995.

Find Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for listening and watching at Amazon (see disclaimer below).



MIDDLE STAR 
> Stan Boreson (1925-2017) best known at Christmastime amongst Washingtonians and/or those of Scandinavian lineage (such as myself!)

Housekeeping ProTips: How to Vacuum Happy with Hearing and Hand Protection

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Vacuuming literally sucks, especially with my sensitive ears. 🙉

It's not that I hate the act of vacuuming, it's that I hate the sound of the vacuum; I always have. As a kid I would want to hide from the vacuum cleaner just because of the sound -- LOUD. 💢

Ever since learning about misophonia a few years ago due to my issue with the sounds of chewing, I have concluded that my over-sensitivity to vacuums might be part of it, too; along with my dislike for the sounds of blenders and food processors. 😣

While I haven't always wanted to vacuum, I have never made the sound an excuse not to vacuum. Pure laziness seemed to be a good enough excuse, but maybe my sound sensitivities were subconsciously stopping me, only I didn't know it all those years ago. 💁

It's not that the sound makes me have to cover my ears in order to function, but it is unsoothing to my ears and I do not like it, period, so it does not motivate me to clean, and that's really not good. 😞

I had never …

How to Find Divorce Forms Online

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(Disclaimer: This is not legal advice; this is information on how to conduct online research to find public documents.) 
A few things I learned as a court reporter: Divorce happens, divorce is not pretty, and divorce comes with paperwork...lots of paperwork.

So, where does one find the paperwork for filing a divorce? Where else in the 21st Century but online, of course; and it's a wonderful convenience, too.

Searching for any state's divorce forms is very easy thanks to search engines.

> Open any search engine and type the state's name with the words 'divorce forms' after it.

For example, I tested it out on Mississippi, a state I have never lived, worked, nor breathed in. 

When I typed 'Mississippi State divorce forms' the first non-ad link that came up in the search was the forms page for the Administrative Office of Courts for the State of Mississippi Judiciary.

Under the Statistical Reporting Forms section is the link Civil Case Filing Form - Complete and Pr…

By Request: Tips and Hints for First-Time Blog Writers

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Thanks to the reader who left this curious comment on my blog post Where Do Tote Bags Come From:

"Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it."

Thanks for reading and commenting! Sorry for the annoyance of the eaten comment, I know how irksome that can be.

Here is my list of tips and hints for first-time blog writers, by request and in no particular order:

> Do not spend money on a blog if you do not know what you are doing. 💸

> There are numerous free blogging platforms for a reason -- so people don't have to spend money! Learning for free is awesome in the 21st Century; take advantage of it. 📚

> The best way to learn how to blog is to sit down and actually do it once you have set up a blog…

Comments Worth Reading from Blogger Enbrethiliel

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Thank you, Enbrethiliel, for leaving your insightful comments -- for over 2 years! -- on my Marilyn Monroe/Monica Lewinsky/Bill Cosby quote-mash-up blog post!
Her first comment was left in July of 2015 and her most recent comment was left in October of 2017; while there are only four comments in two years, the fascinating thing I find is that all the comments deal with different issues that have similar social dynamics as to what I discussed in the Monroe/Lewinsky/Cosby post.

From 'Team Woman,' to Cecil the lion (remember him?), to Donald Trump, and finally Harvey Weinstein's bout in the Court of Public Opinion, Enbrethiliel does not miss a step when it comes to seeing the public repeat itself every time a new issue takes the spotlight.

You can read the full blog post here including comments, or read the comments posted below (copied/pasted/unedited).

Thank you, Enbrethiliel, for sharing your insights from your own unique perspective with me and others; they have not gone unno…