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Patricia Spork Update – August, 18, 2016

2FrickinKoolPatricia Spork Update – August 18, 2016

Hey, hey, hey all you cool people! How ya been? Hope great!

Me? I’ve been wracking brain and consuming time with newest online store effort. Previously, I closed down a storefront I’d started elsewhere. For various reasons, just couldn’t get enthused working it.

Anyhoo, the online service I’m using now allows a free storefront for up to 20 products. They have a decent selection of store themes and a theme editor. Tried to go with an all white background, to use with one of my logos, but it caused the button colors to be white with only button text appearing. Sooo, chose a color that kind of matched a different logo banner and colored the buttons. Bright as heck, but hey, they’re sunflower colors, so goes along with the Sorrel Sunflower biz name.

I could have paid to host the domain and installed everything needed for a store, but would have taken much more time and effort. By going the free route, I’m more limited to site design, but everything else needed for store operation is handy-dandy. As for product amount, prices are reasonable, so I can pay for other services as the store grows.

Call me a dummy, but some things, like postage “bands,” I couldn’t get to work properly, and rather than going back and forth with support team, opted for different route that should work for me. So, for multiple orders and less shipping fees, I’d have to be contacted for combined shipping rate. Yes, will probably lose me some customers, but anyone truly interested in the products would take the time. Or they could pay for all shipping fees in the basket. In a circumstance like that, I’m the type of person to refund any amount I feel was overcharged. Of course, most people wouldn’t know that…to my detriment. Positive note: One product purchase is the usual for items I’ve offered online, so guess that’s why the I’m not overly concerned. Depending on my needs, I’ve done the same when shopping online.

So far, Sorrel Sunflower has four patriotic jewelry products. One product is a “bundle,” with some non-jewelry items included. The bundles can save people money, since each item would cost more if individually offered for sale by me. Another good thing about the bundle is it offers several giftables, for self and others. I think making themed bundles is going to be a lot of fun for me.

If you get time, visit Sorrel Sunflower and consider becoming one of my customers or subscribe to the up-coming monthly newsletter by providing name and e-mail at bottom of store’s homepage. Hope to have the first issue ready to send within first week of September. But, my great-granddaughter is due to be born the end of this month (Whoo-hoo!), so first issue may not be sent until mid-September.

Sometimes, you may find information about newest store products by following me here.

Dogs need to go out, so ending this post.

Take care and enjoy your family.

Patricia

Animals

Baby Zebra Baby Shower Invitation by Patricia Spork

Baby Zebra Baby Shower Invitation by Patricia Spork

Hi, Everyone!

The baby shower was a success, but I didn’t attend because of the loss of one of my dogs…dear, sweet Wesley. Anyway, now I can share my original design of the invitation with you. You can see the front and back sides further below. You’ll notice I replaced some text with plain black “X” letters for the design samples. Privacy concern’s, ya know?

Since the party theme design was a pink and black zebra pattern, I fiddled and farted with several zebra doodles before opting for a seated baby zebra, with a flower on its head and wearing a diaper with a baby pin. I scanned the red and black marker drawing into the computer, where I cleaned and colored it more to my liking. Poor thing looks like it has a mohawk-style hair-do. And facial appearance looks more like a cow. Hahahah! Hey! Worked for me. LOL!

BabyZebraFrtPSpork16BlogSampPlopped the baby zebra on a pretty pink background and mainly went with black for text, with some yellow. I used several styles of fonts and font sizes, which I enhanced in various ways. Being a flower child from late 60’s to early 70’s, I went wild with the flower, using it as a border design within image and splattered a few of the blooms around text. Because I liked the zebra so much, kind of did similar with that graphic, resizing and rotating it for my purposes. Even used the zebra graphic on address labels and envelope stickers. Too cute!

On the back side, I diddled with the opacity of the baby zebra, lightening it up so the text (background pink color) would be much more prominent. Ya like it? I do.BabyZebraBkPSpork16BlogSamp

When I started my image file, I set it up for home printing on 4”x6” paper, but once I started printing, I realized ink cost would have been too exorbitant, so chose to use an online printer service. I was too lazy to change the PSD file for the required printing specifications for the service, so I re-sized the TIFF image, which widened my thinner zebra just a bit, making her more squatty looking, which I liked even better than the original. Go figure!

Anyhoo, ordered 40 flat cards on Premium Matte paper, which included white envelopes, and paid extra for faster shipping. I should have stuck with standard shipping cost, since package arrived later than the due date. Still, received early enough in case I needed to make changes and reorder.

And…before uploading image, had to rotate it for horizontal printing, since the service didn’t do flat vertical printing. When I received the cards, the text on the back appeared upside down if twisting your hand to the right (if right-handed)…sideways, like most people do that are right-handed (my theory after testing on husband, daughter, and granddaughter, who flipped card to right or left. But if card was flipped upwards, text appeared to be the right way. My fault, since I uploaded for single-side printing, like how I would have used my printer at home, rather than uploading for a double-sided printing printer, which I should have known a mass producing service would use. Well, I’ll know better next time. That imperfection aggravated me (grrrr), yet we all agreed I didn’t need to go to anymore expense, so upside down was accepted. Majority rules! Whoo-hoo!

To say the least, I was quite pleased with the finished 5.5” x 4” cards, since I’d been concerned about color variations and flower border alignment. Colors were pretty much right on the money, but would have been more vibrant on glossy paper. Border was in alignment to all edges, probably because I’d made sure to download the service’s template for adjusting to the bleed and cropping specifications before uploading front and back card images. My family loved the cards, and from what I hear, so did everyone who received one. Supposedly, got lots of compliments. Yee-haw!

Placed one card in an envelope, adhered an address label on the front, and sealed it with a sticker on the back.  I wrote my great-granddaughter’s name on the front and stored the card away for future presentation to her. More than likely, I won’t be around when she gets it, but she’ll know I was thinking about her…even before she was born.

BabyZebra150PSpork16BlogSampIf you like the flat card design and want to use it for your baby shower invitations, pay $20.00 to license (One-Time Personal Non-Commercial Use Only) either the Front or Back “Baby Zebra” designed image, or pay $35.00 to license both (Front and Back) “Baby Zebra” designed images. I’d change the text (Front, Back or both images) for your needs and e-mail you the completed TIFF (300 dpi) image files/files, which are set-up for the online printer service I used. NOTE: I may have to relocate graphics or change font sizes to accommodate your text requirements. If requested, I can supply an image file to use for a finished 4” x 6” printing, rather than the image/images used for a finished 5.5” x 4” card. NOTE: Printing and shipping costs or applicable taxes using any professional printing service will be your responsibility. I will not be held responsible for color variations or printing/cropping/alignment/border problems that may occur if you use any professional printing service or print from your home printer.

Any license fees received will more than likely be spent on GraceLynn. LOL! I’m pretty easy to work with, so contact me to discuss details for your order and to find out about payment methods. Please use Subject Heading “Baby Shower” for my reference. Thanks!

Long-winded, I know. Hahahahh. Hope you like “Baby Zebra.”

Patricia

 

Book Reviews Videos

Texas In Her Own Words (Second Edition) by Tweed Scott (Mini-Book Review)

TIHOW-II-front-actual-RGB-96dpiTexas In Her Own Words (Second Edition) by Tweed Scott (Mini-Book Review by Patricia Spork)
Copyright ©2006, 2016 Tweed Scott
ISBN: 978-0-993721-0-6
PP: 336
Publisher: Tejas Publishing

Texas In Her Own Words, Second Edition, contains some new content, delving deeper into the Tweed Scott myth about the gene…the “T-Chromosome”… that ties all Texans together in common attitude, fortitude, perceptions and perspectives; and explores marketing and promotional campaigns fostering and exploiting the Texas image regionally, nationally, and worldwide. “Foreword” by Kinky Friedman.

Texas natives and transplants share essays and interviews with author and speaker Tweed Scott about what binds them to the “Great State”. Diverse blue and white-collar Texans expound on history and heritage. Writers, educators, musicians, politicians, researchers, church clergy, law enforcers, business owners and other proud Texans provide insight on a range of Texas topics, from ethics, customs, dialects and lifestyles to music, weather, geography and agriculture.

Also included are historical details about the Alamo, the USS Texas BB-35 (Battleship Texas) and The Texas State Cemetery. A poem, an article, song lyrics, artwork and photographs complement the book, as does Texas factoids, “Recommended Reading” and “Things to Talk About”.

I [Patricia Spork] very highly recommend Texas In Her Own Words (Second Edition) by Tweed Scott to Texas researchers and historians, and to any hopeful “wannabe” Texan or to any yee-hawin’  boastful Texan, like me (a transplanted didn’t-know-it “wannabe”).

Purchase Texas In Her Own Words (Second Edition) by Tweed Scott.

Visit Tweed’s site.

Follow Tweed Scott.

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To let you know, I was provided an “Advanced Reader Copy” (PDF) as compensation for this author requested book review. I plan on purchasing one or more of the printed books (perfect-bound, French flaps, natural paper and brown ink). Oh, yah!

Read my Tweed Scott Interview – Texas In Her Own Words [First Edition] (Excerpts 1, 2 & 3).

Read my Texas In Her Own Words Book Review [First Edition].

Watch Tweed Scott -Speaker video [2011].

Poetry

Parasitic Predator by Patricia Spork and Freya Pickard (Poem)

2FrickinKoolParasitic Predator by Patricia Spork and Freya Pickard (Poem)

What person in right mind would share a short poem inspired by someone’s cancer experience? Me! But once shared, inspiration took hold of the afflicted and “Parasitic Predator” (cancer poem) was birthed. Strange how writers can make good of something bad (or vice versa) and how writing can be a healing tool for the downhearted. Thankfully, in my opinion, artistic expression in any form is positive therapy for the artists’ soul.

PARASITIC PREDATOR

by Patricia Spork and Freya Pickard

What is Cancer?
Deprivation
Of energy.

a hole inside me
parasite feeding on me;
eradicate it

silent predator
devours in voracious stealth;
abstracted nature

alien feeding
slowly extracting my soul;
I will not die yet

perseverance pays…
treatment begets results:
rejoice! hope restored

Copyright ©2015 Patricia Spork & Freya Pickard

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*Parasitic Predator First Published 4/28/16 at Pure Haiku.

(Note: First, third and fifth verse by Patricia Spork; second and fourth verse by Freya Pickard)

Learn more about Freya Pickard.

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Book Reviews Poetry

The Book of Life by Radhey Shiam (Mini-Book Review by Patricia Spork)

 The Book of Life by Radhey Shiam (Mini-Book Review by Patricia Spork)

The book of life by Radhey Shiam
Copyright 2015 Radhey Shiam
ISBN: 978-81-8253-622-7
Publisher: Cyberwit.net

Rama Kant, son of Radhey Shiam, pays honorable tribute to his father with the posthumous poetry chapbook “The book of life”…dedicated to his mother, who passed away before Radhey. “Foreward” is written by me [Patricia Spork] and the “Publisher’s Note” is written by Dr. Santosh Kumar, Editor, Cyberwit.net.

The wise chose of the first poem “A Book of Life” introduces Rama’s father’s works, providing insight to the writer himself, as can be read in the first few lines of the first stanza:

With dark and bright word’s of one’s deed
A man scribbles a page each day,
Each page does tell a simple tale
Of one’s becoming of the day….

Poems (102) by a man who lived a “Ghandian way of life” delve into nature, emotions, meditation and religion, heightening a reader’s self-awareness in what seems a simple way, as is exemplified in four lines of the second stanza of the last poem “Your Real Self”:

Identify yourself with the world,
Ever changing and destined to decay;
The life a fickle of flame to blow out;
But with Eternal Self, ever alive….

I highly recommend “The book of life” by Radhey Shiam for anyone interested in researching Asian poetry, specifically Indian poetry, or has a love of literature in poetic form. You may purchase the softcover book here or here.

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To let you know, I purchased the book for my review, although, was offered a free review copy, of which I declined;  and I am not compensated in any way for any book purchases via links from this site or elsewhere.

Read my Radhey Shiam interview excerpts (includes book review excerpts of “Song of Life” by Radhey Shiam).

Read  “Mind” by Radhey Shiam.