Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Social Media Marketing

I muddle my way through the web, research trends, read and comment on blogs, share information on twitter, Instagram, follow and pin on Pinterest and this my friends, I do for me to build my business.  So, this week, no one was more shocked than me to receive a call from a mentor in reference to my social media marketing.  "I want you to do for me, what you do for you."  "What do you charge for that?"

What do I charge?  Well, I researched costs and fees of social media marketing.  I couldn't believe it - $1,000-$20,000 per month depending on the number of social media outlets, number of posts, content -vs- photos, information -vs- inspiration and the list goes on.  Once I added all that up - "what I do for me" - I could never even begin to ask someone to pay for that and charge - "what I can do for you."  I can't even afford myself - lol.

I shared this story with a friend who said, "why not try to make some money at what you enjoy doing?"  So, I put on my thinking cap and came up with a pretty neat idea.  It will be something "I could do for others, like I do for me."  An affordable social media marketing option.  

First, I need to work out some of the details, but I think I came up with a new project for 2o17.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wool Projects

I have been working on a few felted wool projects.  Some will be for gifts and others for sale.  

I officially brought in the "tin o thread" - it's getting serious around here!  Yes, this is a vintage metal picnic tin - full of embroidery floss...sometimes I hoard useful items.  (smile)

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Vintage Christmas Memories

My business, Town Hall Trinkets, LLC, is a resale business.  I specialize in estate "buy outs" - that is where a majority of my inventory comes from.  After 25 years of doing this, you can imagine I have come across some pretty neat items.  

As I was digging for some Christmas resale in my storage pole building (54' x 45'), I came across a box full of cool items.  I must have packed all the Christmas I "liked" in one box over the years, because I really like all of it.  After looking at the items, I was thinking about all the different decades of Christmas decorations.  

I remember all the shiny brite ornaments, silver "tinsel," spay cans of flocking snow, felt cardinals (my mom made), these and other handmade ones on our tree.  As I sifted through the box, I was thinking how many Christmas trees did these ornaments adorn?  What memories were made by their just hanging there?  This is part of  my hoarding problem, I tend to personalize items that weren't even mine.  

So, this had me thinking, what was your favorite childhood ornament or memory of a tree?  Please leave a comment and let me know.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Welcome Viewers

It never ceases to amaze me, when my blog stats shows a page view from Turkey, Brazil or some other far away place that I would love to visit.   I'm not sure where or how they found my page, but it amazes me.  Blogger has a list of traffic sources, referring sites and key word search lists that help  me figure out where some of it is coming from.   I enjoy checking my stats to see who and where my views are from.

Blogger contacted me:  "due to the increase in international viewership", they needed to add a security code.  I'm not sure what all that means, however the change hasn't interfered as my page is currently at an all time record high.  So, I know some of you are new and welcome.  

I write all of this for me - my virtual diary - however, you are more than welcome to follow along.  In fact, on the right hand column there is a followers area where you can join as a member to my blog - it's fun.

I can't guarantee my post will be free of spelling errors and run on sentences.  However, I can guarantee it will always be uplifting and helpful - even if the post was meant to do that just for me (smile).  

In the past 6 years I have posted and shared many things about my life.  I just went back and read my first post:

From that introduction to our daughter's cancer story, caring for my parents, the loss of them, other friends and loved ones, helpful hints, furniture projects, craft ideas, parenting, 4H, showing animals, fair projects, cookies, recipes, gardening, Motivational Monday's and travel - this blog sure has been a journey for me.  I've enjoyed every post.  

If you look to the right there is a blog achieve that shows how many post I wrote for a particular year.  You can always click on a year and go back and read something I wrote.   Also, if you scroll way, way, way, down to the bottom of the cover page, there is a search button.  You can type in key words like:  cookie, faith, repurposed, any word you can think of and type it in, press search and any post about that subject will come up.  

I look forward to sharing more of my adventures with you.  Thanks for looking and as always...Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

We Interrupt The Regularly Scheduled Blog Post to Give You a Message

You know, as a #onewomanshop #solopreneur, I need stay on top of my schedule and work when it is available and so I have been.  

My intentions were to sequentially post about my trip to Scotland and Ireland.  So sorry, I left you at the colored doors in Dublin.  I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I did.  I will get back to sharing about Ireland soon.  

We in the United States will be celebrating our Thanksgiving this week.  This is my holiday to host and I love doing it.  So, I wanted to share with you some of the many things I'm thankful for this year.

1.  Turning 50 - only He knows the number of our days, and He truly has blessed all of mine.  Even the ones that held trials.

2.  A helpful husband.  Al and I work so well together!  We truly are a team.  He helps me every day in many ways.

3.  Friendships with my children.  As a very hands on mother, I dreaded the empty nest stage.  However, I rather enjoy the relationship and friendship I have with my daughters and their husbands.  We respect and love each other - even with our quirks (mostly mine...).  

4.  Church.  My brother is my pastor.  We are a small congregation of like minded individuals that make a family.

5.  Challenges, yes, challenges.  After all, even the tiny seed has to fight it's way to daylight.  It seems everything I have ever done I had to scratch my way to do it.  I wouldn't change that - it has made me a strong person.  

I could go on and on - I have so much to be thankful for.  I hope you take time this week to reflect on those things you are thankful for and thank Him and those that deserve it.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Justine Christal Photography (&More) Blog - Scotland & Ireland

Our daughter, Justine, also writes a blog where she shares her amazing photos.  While on our trip, the noise her camera was making, sure brought her a lot of attention.  Her camera takes panoramic view shots.  So, as she stood at the edge of cliff - "chchchchchchchchchcchch" (camera noise-lol) heads would turn.  I am excited to share her blog post with you and the amazing pictures.  The link is here:

When Justine was in junior high, we switched schools.  We live in the country with no young neighbors.  Her new teacher was trying to set up a friendship with Justine and another "country" girl.  This girl said, "Justine is nice, but she is such a homebody."  Well, we did provide all her needs, she had a menagerie of pets, what did she need to leave home for?  Anyway, that statement cannot be said of her now.  She loves to travel and is planning her next trip.  

So, Justine, keep exploring, sharing and learning more about this wonderful world the Lord has created!  We enjoy seeing your view from your camera! 

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Friday, November 4, 2016

Views of Dublin, Ireland

Our hotel and the above sea side views were across the street.

The pictures above are from The Giant's Garden.  The garden was built based on Oscar Wilde's story, Selfish Giant.  I honestly, had never heard of it.  I added the youtube link for an animated version of it.  It's so good, how had I not heard of this?  

We also had a tour of Trinity College.  The Book of Kells is on display there.  No pictures were allowed, however, the beautiful script and illustrations are amazing.  I'm not going to pretend to understand fully how, where, what and the everything about the Book of Kells.  What I understand is that Monks protected these manuscripts from all kinds of danger through centuries.  These are the first 4 gospels of the Bible.  

The library at Trinity College, called the long room - wow, beautiful.  It houses over 200,000 of the oldest known books.  The library receives thousands of books a week.  

Did you know that the harp is the national symbol of Ireland.  This harp is in the library and is 1 of the 3 oldest Gaelic harps known in existence.  This harp is called the O'Neil Harp.  It is said that the harp was the only instrument allowed to be played during the crusades.  Many harpists held high status during that time.  

You know the song "Molly Malone" the link Sinead O'Connors version:

Dublin is a city full and rich with history.  A setting of cobblestones, painted doors and new industry.  A progressive city which honors it's past.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.