Friday, February 18, 2011

Reflections zazzle Giveaway!

(IMPORTANT ENTRY RULES UPDATE BELOW)

I mentioned this on twitter earlier today so here's the scoop:

I'm going to have a giveaway at Reflections zazzle and YOU could win!

You see, I'm about the replace the old family desk with a newer, space-saving model and set up for the family a brand new computer on the brand new desk. It occured to me today however, that they can't have a brand new computer and brand new desk without a brand new mousepad to go with it. No, the old, worn out, dirty, ugly mousepad will not have a home on the new desk.

So they need a new one, and for that matter so do I. So, where else would I shop for new mousepads than my very own store that carries nearly 300 of them? Exactly!

Here's where YOU winning comes in:

a.) scroll through the mousepads and tweet me a link (@carlarolfe) to the one you'd pick for the family (example: "I'd get this one for the family mousepad www.link.com")

b.) tweet me a link to a SECOND mousepad that you think I should get for ME (example: "Carla, you should get this mousepad www.link.com")

You now have TWO chances to win! Kev and I will choose from the links tweeted by the end of the day next Friday 2/25, and if we pick the link you tweeted, you win!

PRIZE: One mousepad of your choice from my store! (unless of course you're the lucky duck that suggested BOTH of the mousepads that we picked, then you win TWO new mousepads) Yay, a free mousepad!! If you select a personalized mousepad you'll have to give me all the juicy details so I can personalize it before I ship it off to you.

Conditions: Contest is limited to US and Canadian residents only. You MUST tweet the links to me to be considered as your entry into the contest. Two entries per person only. If I discover you tweeted more from a secondary account, I'll send a herd of hungry fleas to your house instead of a mousepad. Contest entries accepted until 6pm eastern time, Friday 2/25. Winners will be notified via twitter after the contest closes.

That's it. Oh, and while you're window shopping for us be sure to make a note of the one(s) you want when you win!

Entries will be accepted beginning... now. Go!

UPDATE:

After some deliberation (and emails from those of you who do not use twitter) I've decided to expand the entry rules for the giveaway. Yay!

You may either tweet the links of your entries, or post them on my store's FB wall, here: http://www.facebook.com/reflectionsgifts (Be sure to preface the FB comment with "For the giveaway").

So there ya go - you can either tweet your entries or post them to my FB store page. Winner(s) will be notified by either twitter or FB, depending on where the winner posted the winning link(s).

Graphic design by Carla Rolfe

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Zazzle just ROCKS

Not feeling all that great with the beginning of a cold and being woken up at 5am by fighting cats, it's been sort of a rough day. But I received a rather surprising email this afternoon that read in part:

"Your product has been hand-picked as an example of creativity at its finest. Out of the billions of designs on Zazzle, yours was chosen as one of the best. As a reward, your product will appear at the top of the page listed below in the "Featured Designs" section for approximately 2 weeks. This means you, your product, and your store will be center stage!"

Not only did I receive this email, I received 3 just like it featuring 3 different products, then I also received a Today's Best Award for a fun new Mother's Day design I just uploaded today. For a few minutes I just stared at my screen thinking "wow". I feel very honored to have had my designs chosen out of all the brilliant designers at zazzle.

Here are the products that were selected today:



She Did It shirt
She Did It by reflections06
CURRENTLY BEING FEATURED ON FUNNY KIDS T-SHIRTS




The World's Coolest Mom keychain
The World's Coolest Mom by reflections06
CHOSEN FOR A TODAY'S BEST AWARD

Thank you so much zazzle!




Graphic design by Carla Rolfe

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hearts, Cabin Fever and Assorted Piles of Junk

Okay time for another miscellanous type post:

To the average Joe, it may appear as though I've given up on blogging on a regular basis. Well, that is not entirely accurate. I've just switched gears a bit and I've been blogging here on an entirely different theme. I'd like it very much if you'd swing by over there and say hello :o)

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Today is Valentine's Day and half the folks love it, the other half hate it, and the other half couldn't care less one way or the other. Yes, that's 150%. I realize that. I tossed in an extra 50% because if most of us are honest I think we might admit we fall into at least two of those categories at the same time. For me personally, Valentine's Day is a reminder of how dreadfully romantic we can be when we're young, without really thinking things through. I was married to my first husband on Valentine's Day because we were both young, sappy, silly, goofy in love and thought it would be a fantastic idea. Well, it was for a while but after he passed away almost 16 years ago, this holiday is just a difficult, annual reminder of why we should never pick Valentine's Day for our wedding day. Today would have been our 25th wedding anniversary, but obviously the Lord had other plans for both of us.

I'll go through the day trying not to think about it much and for the most part I will be successful, but it is what it is and there isn't anything I can do to change it. However, those discounted chocolates in heart shaped boxes do tend to bring smiles to the faces of the kids, so I might have to pick some of those up.

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I really thought after the kids started going to public school that the clutter and mess around here would decrease a considerable amount. I have no idea why I thought that, because it really hasn't turned out that way at all! Just last night I sifted through a pile of papers on my side desk (mostly stuff the kids bring home from school for me to see or sign) and I couldn't believe how much junk was actually there. A pile to save, a pile to sign, a pile to trash. Most junk, some important, some sentimental stuff the kids made in class. I think if I ever suddenly disappear, the first place to look might be under a stack of papers.

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Have I mentioned recently just how much I hate winter? Oh, well in that case... I hate winter. It wasn't always this way at all. I remember as a kid hearing my grandparents lament over the coming winter and snow like it was the most vile thing in the world and I used to think "wow, how can ANYONE hate snow!?" To a kid, snow is like a super-awesome layer of white magic. The more you get, the more magic! It's only been over the last few years that I've come to understand why grown ups hate it. I really wish sometimes I could still see it through the eyes of a child but when my boots are soaked, the back door is sealed shut from wind driven drifts, the house is cold, and it takes 15 minutes to warm up the van, the magic has pretty much worn off. It's kind of sad, but that's the way it is. However... right now we're having a much welcome break in the dreadfully cold temps and last night I even opened the game room windows (just a tiny bit) to let a fresh, cool breeze drift through and let out the stale, yucky, winter air. It was incredibly refreshing, and makes me want spring/summer to get here right now!

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Have you ever stopped to consider how many people you don't know? I'm reminded of it often when I hear a "celebrity" name and have no idea who that is. A singer, actor, or maybe a sports figure who is apparently popular and I have no idea who they are. It's not like I sit in my basement with a led cap on or anything, but for whatever reason I just don't know who these people are. For that matter, I don't even care. Of course the kids think it's funny when old people don't know who these celebrities are (I used to think it was funny too, I'm sure) but there are people in my life that I do know, and I think it's way more important to get to know them better. Being a better mom, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend is more important to me than keeping up with pop culture and the celebrity of the hour. I'm entirely okay with not knowing who the pop stars are. I'm sure they couldn't care less about not knowing who I am, either.

Well, that's all I have time for this round. Have a great day!

Graphic design by Carla Rolfe

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Halls, Snow and The Rubberband Man and Weddings

Okay so here we go with some random stuff. Very random, I assure you.

Recently a friend announced his daughter's engagement and mentioned her wedding colors are black and red. I thought "whoa, black and red for a summer wedding?" The more I thought about it, the more cool it sounded. As I thought about that, I briefly thought about re-launching my wedding shop at zazzle knowing full well there are some outrageously, stupendously talented designers at zazzle already with huge wedding shops full of custom invitations, photo card announcements and everything else "wedding". Knowing full well this is a completely saturated market, I decided... yes, I'm going to do it. I have TONS of ideas for wedding goodies and just because there are already fine folks creating these items shouldn't stop me, right? Well, I went ahead and did it and the more I create the more ideas I get. I've been doing a LOT of reading on popular, trending wedding color themes and the more colors I see the more ideas I get. No wonder these wedding shops are huge, there are a bazillion possibilities! This save the date sticker shown here is one of my personal favorite color themes I just finished last night. Check out the Wedding Shop to see all the new goodies in store! (I'm loving the daisies, I could do a hundred different designs with JUST daisies!)

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Did you know, that adult Canadians eat Halls lozenges the same way American children eat Lifesavers candies? It's true.

Did you know, I wear fleece jackets around the house (I have tons, they're everywhere) and at any time I can grab one and find a package of Halls in the pocket? It's true.

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The Rubberband Man by the Spinners is one of my all time favorite songs in the whole world. I also know every word, and sing along every time I hear it on the radio.

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I love watching snowblowers do their thing. Why? No idea. I want one.

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I'm officially sick of winter, sick of snow, sick of being cold, and sick of trudging down to the basement all day/night long to feed the fire in the wood burning furnace. However, a funny thing happened to me the other day on the way to a warm house...

I went down there, knelt down and opened the furnace door as usual, when I heard a strange, fluttery-like sound. Before I even had a chance to give it half a thought, a BIRD flew out of the furnace right into my face. I screamed and fell over right on my hiney. Then I sat there on the dirty basement floor and laughed at how funny that must have looked. Poor little guy, he just wanted to get in out of the cold and warm his little feathers IN the fire, I guess. He seemed fine, flying around the basement. I opened the outside door and out he went. Prolly laughing at me for screaming and falling over. I admit, I do some pretty dumb things that even make me laugh. This was one of them.

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Do you remember when you were younger and you had a question about something and there was always that one person you could go to and ask? Granted, not everyone could call my grandpa or just stop in with a random question, but I'm sure you had someone like that in your life, that just possessed a vast amount of wisdom? Well, I got to thinking the other day how that wise person has quite literally been replaced by google (or bing, or whatever search engine you use). No one needs to go ask the really smart person anything anymore, they just google it. While cool, and handy and helpful and all those great things, there's also something very sad, rather creepy and a little disturbing about that.

Okay, that's all the random stuff I've got for now. I'm sure I'll be back soon with more of the same. Oh and hey, if you know anyone getting married any time soon, send them my way for custom wedding paper goods! :o) (unless she's a Bridezilla, then... well, nevermind)

Graphic design by Carla Rolfe