Sunday, April 26, 2015

Monday Twitter Tree© #CCfrnds 4/27/15

Monday Twitter Tree©  April 27, 2015

Three days a week, we come together to promote each other. You are invited to join us, as long as you promote all others who share their items and tweets here. This is a great traffic generator which leads to the opportunity for sales.
The Twitter Tree© 

will be hosted by a different blog M-W-F.

My Monday tweets:

Look! Colors Everywhere! #CCfrnds @christiecottage #CAPSteam 

Give #Mom a Heart Pendant, Jasper on silver plate Chain via @sharethis @christiecottage #CCfrnds 


Sunday Spiritual - Weathering


A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. 
He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. 
I told him right off he was crazy. 
He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. 
He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale 
I told him he had a funny idea of beauty. 

Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there's been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind
The summer sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's gone, and the wood has turned silver gray.. 
Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired 
Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.
That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country homehe's building down the road. 
He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. 

Only years of standing in the weather,
 bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood. 
It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. 
Only it's on the inside that the beauty grows with us. 

Sure we turn silver gray too...

and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap.. 
But the Good Lord knows what He's doing. 

And as the years pass He's busy using the hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce.
And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy! 

They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man's house. 
And I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch.

And I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been through here... 
and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house. 

May there be peace within you today.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. 


I do sincerely Thank God for my wonderful friends and family who care about me even though I show signs of weathering.



I know I have shared this before, but the the beautiful barns are different and it is well worth revisiting.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Fun - Old Geezer

Finding your smile!

An old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said:Dr. Geezer's clinic. "Get your treatment for $500, if not cured get back $1,000."

Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.

So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic.

This is what transpired.

Dr. Young: --- "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth." can you please help me ??
Dr. Geezer:  ---  "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."

Dr. Young: --- Aaagh !! -- "This is Gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."

Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Doctor Young:  "Oh no you don't,  --  that is Gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak  ---  I can hardly see !!!!

Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so --  " Here's your $1000 back."

Dr. Young: "But this is only $500..."

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."

Moral of story  --  Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old "Geezer " !!!!


 Here's the Twitter Tree link for today

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday Thoughts - Promoting #CCfrnds

Sharing some thoughts on promoting:

First let's just say that the world wide web is a "big" place. Just because you open a shop doesn't mean everyone is going to see your items. You have to promote your shop and items and do it with enthusiasm, continuously!

There are so many ways to promote. 

Teams, Team threads, treasuries, collections, blogs, twitter, facebook, instagram, Pinterest...

Since I started the Twitter Tree© (so long ago now) all who participate see a huge increase in the number of views. The Twitter Tree© gets you backlinks. The more times your item is tweeted, the higher it appears in google searches. It takes time to participate and and those who do their part see the benefit. It does not guarantee benefits, but your item(s) will be seen.

Remember your shop is your responsibility.

Here is a great thread started by a marketing partner:

I am not getting any Sales....

Ok I do not normally go this route, but I have heard a few people in my marketing group are complaining that the group is not getting them sales......
I have to say this, Before you blame others for your lack of sales step back and look at your personal efforts. Unless you are paying someone to advertise for you (and I am talking hard cash), then they are not responsible for bringing people into see your products.

You are responsible for getting your own sales. Collaborative marketing is one means, but if you are depending on that alone, then you are letting yourself down. Collaborative marketing is great for increasing name recognition, but beyond that....
If you do not have the sales you want, ask yourself why.
Is it your store look? (Is it co-cohesive or wild?)
Your message? (Are you always looking down on your work, if so others will too!)
Your photos? (Are the crisp and clean, or dark and dingy)
Your prices? (Do your prices reflect the perceived value of your work?)
Are you marketing to the right people? (If everyone who is breathing is your market, you may want to re-examine that)

If all that is ok in your eyes, are you only using one form of marketing?
Or have you established several systems that link back to your store?
Have you started blogging (yes I struggle with this as well btw)

Have you reached out to other bloggers to get your worked featured?
Have you strolled onto instagram, pinterest, facebook, Reddit? 

How are YOU getting yourself noticed online?

If I stumble on your work (and I am looking for something in that vein) I am more likely to buy from a name I recognize, than from someone I have no idea about. Name recognition and back links to your store and products are REALLY big things.

But the bottom line is, You are responsible for your sales. Not anyone else.

Stepping off my box now. Thanks for listening

Here is the link for the thread so you can read all posts.

Here are more links that are worth sharing:

I hope these links help you understand that to be successful, you have to put forth effort.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Red Fern Festival - Tahlequah, OK

Courtyard sale Wednesday afternoon - Saturday

Also the location for the Silent Action for  
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Stop by and bid!

Check out the Vivid Boutiques new shoes


Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, during the Red Fern Festival

New arrivals

Many other great shops to checkout when you are Downtown!

Southern Bling

Has fashions and accessories for Women and Girls. 
If it sparkles and shines, you can find it here!

Junie's Closet

Is having a sale on sunglasses and Fedoras

If you have a man in your life, you have got to check out this shop! Awesome clothing from dress to casual and some pretty cool knick knacks!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday - Twitter Tree© 4.20.15

Monday - Twitter Tree© 
Three days a week, we come together to promote each other. You are invited to join us, as long as you promote all others who share their items and tweets here. This is a great traffic generator which leads to the opportunity for sales.

The Twitter Tree© 

will be hosted by a different blog M-W-F.

My Monday tweets:
 Craft Show Bags Jewelry Bags Handmade & Painted @ChristieCottage #CCfrnds #Supplies
God Box, Give your worries to God, Christian Gift #MothersDay via @sharethis @ChristieCottage #CCfrnds
I started posting this on Sunday afternoons because it causes less stress on me on Monday mornings. 

Please join us of you are willing to promote others.

Sunday Spiritual - The World is Mine

      THE WORLD IS MINE - Author Unknown

      Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman
      and wished I were as beautiful.
      When suddenly she rose to leave,
      I saw her hobble down the aisle.
      She had one leg and used a crutch.
      But as she passed, she passed a smile.
      Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
      I have two legs; the world is mine.

      I stopped to buy some candy.
      The lad who sold it had such charm.
      I talked with him, he seemed so glad.
      If I were late, it'd do no harm.
      And as I left, he said to me,
      "I thank you, you've been so kind.
      It's nice to talk with folks like you.
      You see," he said, "I'm blind."
      Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
      I have two eyes; the world is mine.

      Later while walking down the street,
      I saw a child I knew.
      He stood and watched the others play,
      but he did not know what to do.
      I stopped a moment and then I said,
      Why don't you join them dear?"
      He looked ahead without a word.
      I forgot, he couldn't hear.
      Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
      I have two ears; the world is mine.

      With feet to take me where I'd go..
      With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
      With ears to hear what I'd know.
      Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
      I've been blessed indeed, the world is mine.

If this poem makes you feel thankful, 
just share it with your friends.
      After all, it's just a simple reminder that 
we have so much to be thankful for!
      Give the gift of love. It never comes back empty!

      I have been truly blessed with AWESOME FRIENDS

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When I started blogging I didn't know what I would blog about each day.

Once I set myself a schedule, it has become easy!

Mostly Business - Monday Business, promoting, tools, goals and achievements.

Two for Tuesday Featuring 2 items from 2 shops.

Win It - Wednesday A new giveaway begins Wednesday and a winner is chosen.

Thursday Thoughts Just random posts of whatever seems to be on my mind.

Friday Fun Generally a cartoon or a funny story, to make you SMILE

Saturday Not always a post on Saturday's.

Sunday Spiritual posts honoring God.