Friday, September 7, 2012

QR CODES...What's all the FUSS about?

I'm sure by now ev eryone has seen one of these before

If you haven't then I don't know where you've been for the past few years. These are called QR Codes and they can be a sellers best friend if they are trying to keep up with an ever evolving "on the run" society. QR stands for QUICK RESPONSE.And from my research by 2014 a whopping 65% of global users will have, and use their iPhones,iPads and practically any other mobile device to do their shopping on the run.

The QR code can deliver information to a potential shopper to place them at your website,Etsy shop, Blog or even your email address. They can also be used by the shopper to take advantage of sales, coupons and discounts available at wherever they shop. Many stores now have them set up(as you walk in) for you to use your phone to "scan" the code and get any coupons offered by that store. You can have a code foe a particular item or for your whole store.

The smart business person will have them imprinted right on their business card, or even offer items with their code imprinted on them, like tee shirts, for example.

The best news of all...there are FREE sites where you can get your own QR code for an item or your whole shop or website.So, of course there are apps you can get for your mobile device to be able to set your device up to scan these codes, when you find something of interest, save it for later recall or use at check out!

I even saw a news story the other day where a HUGE retailer is testing software based on this premise to allow you to "scan as you go" to do your grocery shopping that will keep as running tally of the items you are adding to your REAL shopping cart that will allow you to check out without standing in a long line, or ANY line for that matter.

So now that you know where can you find these QR Code creators? Simple...this is THE answer to practically everything these days)...GOOGLE IT!!

I'd like to acknowledge Mary Morgan of Guru Originals and Pearl Blay of The Beading Gem,(both sellers on Etsy)for much of the information I've shared with you today.Please give them a Shout Out for sharing such great info and go check out their handmade items!!

Now to make it easier for you, here are a few sites that Pearl mentions to get the QR Codes or apps for your mobile device. I'd start here first to see what types of codes are available and a full explanation of use:

Here are a few sites to look at for code generators: Text Only QR code: Social Media and a FREE Website:
This site seems to be the best overall. What is really neat is that you get buy their products, and one of them is a QR Code BRACELET!! You could get a phone cover also!

If I were doing a craft show and wore one think of HOW EASY it would be to share my information!! Or if I didn't have a business card handy. I can think of so many uses for this I'd be here all day listing them.

Now I'm off to go "plant" my own code and see what grows!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

pearl wedding jewelry handmade for bride or by UrbanPearlStudio

pearl wedding jewelry handmade for bride or by UrbanPearlStudio

Looking for Chic and contemporary or classic jewelry style? You MUST see the selection at this gorgeous Etsy Shop by my friend Lynn. Need a custom Order? NO PROBLEM!!! Lynn stays busy with custom orders and I'm sure she'd LOVE to design the jewelry for YOUR wedding!!!
Pearls aren't JUST for weddings although they are perfect for them and any other special occasion, you can wear them anytime you want to add a touch of class to anything...yes...even jeans!!!

Lynn has a very helpful Blog you may want to add to the one's you follow and you can find it here:

Here are just a few of her beauties and believe me it is hard to choose only a few!!! That's why you really must visit her store!!

All of these and MUCH more can be found at Lynn's studio on Etsy right here:

Urban Pearl Studio

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Wisdom of a 90 Year Old Woman

7% - Life lessons from a 90 yr. old woman

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"

01. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
02. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
03. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
04. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
05. Pay off your credit cards every month.
06. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
07. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
08. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
09. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past, so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness, but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27 Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

It's estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'. I'm in the 7%. Remember that I will always share my spoon with you! Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.