Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Can't believe we're now into the 2nd half of the year....

And the countdown will soon be on to Christmas day (again!).  Down here in Australia, we of course have opposite seasons to those in the northern hemisphere.  So while we ALL don't literally do that old cliched event, the ''barbie on the beach'' (the majority of Christmas lunches/dinners are still spent within the family home or people will do the restaurant thing....) it will be summer for us, and not winter.  The funny thing is, growing up with summer Christmases, we don't find it at all strange that traditional images of Christmas are all snow-bound santas, and deer....the whole Christmas ''is a winter-themed event" thing.  It's all so ingrained in our psyche it would seem pretty strange - even to us christmas-is-in-summer people to NOT to think of Santa, his elves, the rheindeer et. al. as being in some snowbound, wintry environment full of snow-capped fir trees, icicles and frozen waterways.  Strange that..... but there you go. :)   Every now and then, you'll see some half-baked attempt at trying to ''Australianise'' santa.  You'll see him on christmas cards, sitting on a beach somewhere...complete with big wooly, red suit and full beard, the sleigh, the deer.....with a cheery, sunny day in the background.  Er...no...I don't think so!  Call me a tranditonalist, but even in the summer we spray fake snow from cans over our windows, and hang plastic icicles from the eves of our houses, because....it's Christmas, that's why! :)

Anyway, with the countdown on now, I've decided to add a Christmas Shop to my Zazzle ''portfolio"...more coming on that over the coming weeks, but in the meantime I've decided to add some new ornaments to my current store, which can be used as Christmas ornaments or not....they always look great hanging from doorhandles, four-poster beds, or anywhere you like, at any time of the year. :)

 Christmas Ornaments (or ornaments for any time of the year... :)




Monday, 29 August 2011

L'amour: a fresh, new romantic design!

Here's a sample of the latest stuff I've created over at Zazzle.  Spring is in the air (well, at least it is for us down here in Australia :)  and so, I thought, let's do romance!  :-)











Saturday, 20 August 2011

Twitter Tutorial

Did you know that you can now add pictures to Twitter?  And I don't mean a link that just takes you to an external site, say like Photobucket or Twitter's own TwitPix.  You can now place a picture right there on your Twitter page for all your potential customers/friends/fellow twitterers to see.  It will appear in the new Display Pane that runs down the right-hand side of the page.

Now, I'm still pretty new to Twitter in using it to promote my designs and my stores, however I have noticed that just by the very nature of it, it's not very image-friendly....and let's face it, if you're promoting a design on a new product you WANT people to be able to see it in as few mouse clicks as possible.  So, here's how you can do it:

1. Enter your info. into the dialogue box as you normally would, and then click on the small grey camera icon underneath....(don't worry about the other icon...it's a compass.  You click on that to let people know your location, but we won't worry about that here.)


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2. The ''Add an image" prompt pops up.  Click on the camera....


3. Browse to where your image is located on your computer, select it and click open to upload...




4.  After you've done that, this is what you'll see... it's giving you a thumbnail preview of your image, and also reminds you that in your actual Twitter feed, the image will appear as a link, however.....






5. Press the Tweet button and you'll now see your finished tweet with a new image icon over on the right:






6.  Click on the icon, or the little arrow next to it, and et voila.....



Your image is now out there in the new Display Plane for everybody to see.  Just a couple of more points to finish off: That little arrow next to the image icon (see pic. 5 above) is useful to toggle back and forth between ''tweet'' view and the display pane.  So when you want to go back to ''normal'' twitter view, it won't hog the screen.

What about acceptable image size?  Twitter says that you can upload images up to 3MB in size - don't worry if it's a REALLY big image, it will be automatically resized.  Image type?  They say they accept jpg, png and gif, but will not accept bmp or tiff's.  If you'd like to delete your image at some stage, you can always go back in and do that, simply by just deleting the tweet itself.  If you'd like more info. on this, Twitter have a help page on it, which is here:   https://support.twitter.com/articles/20156423

Happy tweeting those promo pics!!

Oh, and if you'd also like to follow me on Twitter, thanks! 
https://twitter.com/#!/GraphicAllusion

New Keyrings for Zazzle

I've just finished a big bunch of keyrings (as well as re-designing my Zazzle shop a bit) so now I actually have a keyring/keychain category full of nothing but.....yes, keychains, lol).  Here's what I've been up to:

http://www.zazzle.com/graphicallusions/keychains?st=date_created#products
 






















Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A little rant....(because I can, that's why!) ;-)

O.k. after creating this blogger account over 2 weeks ago, I now have FINALLY figured out how to follow other people...it was driving me crazy so I just kind of crawled away with my tail between my legs and gave up every time I tried.  I don't know WHY I couldn't figure it out for so long....I'm pretty computer/internet-savvy because I've been around for a long, long time online but one thing I've noticed: each year being online is getting more and more complicated.  It's no longer just a simple case of find, register with an email addy and set your page up with a couple of simple, straightforward options.  Nope, nada, nix...not anymore!

Now you have to jump through several assorted cyber hoops such as sign in with your Facebook/Twitter/Google/Schmoogle/ account, search here, search there....go through all the security options such as promising to hand over your first-born child or having to tell them the name of your great-great-grandmother's neighbour's dog.... (O.k. o.k. I know...there's no such thing as ''Schmoogle", but give it time, there will be one day!).

AND don't even get me started on those captcha things.....(o.k. I guess I started myself off here, so here goes a rant for that too!).

I HATE those things with a vengeance.  They are NEVER clear enough to see properly (o.k. I admit I have crappy eyesight because I rely on contacts/glasses all the time) however, I sometimes think those cute little bouncy letters have been written by trained monkeys who have been on the sauce for too long...either that, or somewhere in this big, wide world there's a secret warehouse full of trained, dancing spiders who create those letters especially....

Recently, I tried signing up for something (God knows what....I've signed up for so many new things lately my memory has gone into a permanent marshmallow-like state) and came across my good friend, the captcha.  The first time it didn't work...the SECOND time it didn't work...and then up popped a cute little sign that said (in plain English, thank God) "Wrong!  Would you like another challenge?!"  Well, no, I DON'T want to be challenged thanks very much, all I want to be able to do is enter a few simple letter combinations that are PLAIN to see, and be able to get on with the rest of my day instead of wasting my precious time on your fuzzy word puzzles. If I want to be challenged, I'll try something a bit easier - like jumping out of a plane over a field of cactus plants. Thank you, rant over.  ;-)

Celtic Knot Sweatshirt Celtic Knot Graphic Allusions

Yippee! I just sold this item over at CafePress:







Celtic Knot Sweatshirt Celtic Knot Graphic Allusions

Monday, 8 August 2011

New iTot 3.0 design for baby and toddler stuff.

I've just uploaded some new stuff for Cafepress for the geek of the future. :)  These iTot 3.0 t-shirts and gifts (also available with iTot 1.0 & iTot 2.0 designs) would make great presents for young children celebrating their first, second and third birthdays.  The tote bags would make great nappy/diaper bags, and there are also foodwarmers and baby blankets. Here are some samples below:

http://www.cafepress.com/GraphicAllusions/7810086






  Thanks for looking. :)