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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Points of Encouragement

Well we are fast approaching Christmas and the end of December and for many folks this can be a challenging time. I’ve recently talked with several people who are not looking forward to some of their Christmas get-to-gethers and family functions as they should because of discord between relatives, unacceptable behaviours and sad events that some are dealing with. It can be a stressful and anxious time for many.  I want to take this time to wish all my blog readers joy and peace this Christmas season and I trust 2014 will be a year of blessings and fresh beginnings for all.

If you’ve been working hard on your business this past year, putting tons of time and effort into it and need a little encouragement this is for you. Or maybe you’re thinking of starting a new business or starting a blog post this year.

If you find yourself in this position here is some encouragement and a few tips to help you.

Use your creativity and follow your dreams

You can start a company at any age

Continue to do your research, it pays off in the end

Write down your ideas and explore them in detail

Find a business mentor

Read and learn from other business blogger’s

Pay attention to other business’s in the same field

Set Smart Goals

Take notes on a notepad or iPad as things inspire you

Follow others on-line that inspire and motivate you

Stay passionate, it shows in your business

Success doesn’t happen over night but it does happen!

This will likely be my last blog post until the new year, so Merry Christmas and blessings to all!  Thank you for your visits, readership and purchases from my store Designs by Shell. I appreciate it!

Snow Dusted Branches and Lights Postage Stamps
Snow Dusted Branches and Lights Postage
Choo Choo Trains Switch Plate Covers
Choo Choo Trains Switch Plate Cover
Ocean and Starfish
Ocean and Starfish Cutting Board
Birds 2014 calendars
Amazing Birds 2014 Calendar
Dog Paw Prints Pillow
Dog Paw Prints Pillow
Cartoon Owl on a Branch Flasks
Cartoon Owl on a Branch Flask

Friday, December 6, 2013

Random Seasonal Tips

December is a busy month for most people. Along with shopping, decorating and baking there are lots of Christmas events and concerts to take in. Perhaps you will be getting house guests for the Christmas season which means more preparations to be done. What ever it is that you’ll be doing it’s nice to find ways to lighten the load and make many of these preparations easier and perhaps less costly too!  So I thought I’d share some random seasonal tips that might help you out a little!

1) If you have packages to mail to family outside your city consider sending them by bus (Greyhound) in Canada. It it less expensive than by parcel post and may arrive at the destination sooner too!

2) Do you like to surprise people with a little gift, like your newspaper carrier, doctor or dentist or maybe a babysitter or neighbour. Keep a stash of generic, random gifts on hand. Ideas could be a calendar, gloves, boxed chocolates, nuts, coffees or teas. These are all useful and welcomed surprises!

3) For overnight guests keep a basket of everyday essentials in the guest room. Ideas could include shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, shower cap, body lotion, tums etc. Sounds simple right but will be appreciated when they realize they forgot one these essentials at home.

4) A simple dining table centerpiece that takes just minutes to put together. A glass cake plate, could be round or square. Place a wreath of whatever material you like on it, could be evergreen or something else. Add a focal point like a large candle or decoration in the center of the wreath. Now fill in around the candle or decoration with shiny glass or non-breakable balls. There you have a beautiful centerpiece. You probably have everything to do this in your home already, just use your imagination!

5) If you don’t like those over the door wreath hangers that often scratch up the door or move to much here’s an idea you might like. Use an upside down Command Hook on the back side of your front door and loop a bow from the wreath over the top and hook it there! So easy!

6) Need some new Christmas decor but don’t want to spend money. Take some pinecones (preferably that you can collect) some branches and a can of metallic silver or gold spray paint, spray them up and you’ll have some beautiful decor to display.  They’ll look great in a planter by your front door, just add some balls and maybe some mini lights.

Well that’s all my tips for today, got to get busy on my designs! Stop by Designs by Shell for some great gift ideas.

Birds 2014 calendars
Birds 2014 Calendar
Posing Penguin Throw Pillows
Posing Penguin Throw Pillow
Jolly Snowman Postage Stamp
Jolly Snowman Postage Stamp
Cute Tiger in a Santa Hat Gift Wrap
Cute Tiger in a Santa Hat Gift Wrap
Always a Bookworm Shirt
Always a Bookworm T-Shirt
Wish I Was Skating T Shirts
Wish I Was Skating T-Shirts