Tuesday, June 30, 2009

If You Are On A Budget You Can Still Add Style To Your Home!

Part 2

Take some classes on refinishing furniture or doing upholstery. That way when you find a good piece of furniture that you like but the color is wrong, you can change it to fit the decor that you have in your home. (These things can give you extra money in your pocket if you do it for others part time or full time.) (click to see videos)

When you are on a budget it is hard to find the best and you have to be flexible. You can shop at second hand stores and find really nice furniture, paintings, rugs, accessories, and more.

If you are willing to shop for used items it will surprise you some of the neat items you can find at these places that you can use. They will help to make your home look fabulous. If you have a little bit more in your budget try looking for scratch and dent items at store. They are usually a lot less in the cost and it is new.

Be creative what can you change to work better in your home Do it yourself magazine is a good place for ideas. If you want to look online for a child's room ideas (click the link).
These are some other ideas that you can get from magazines

What can you find in the photo that are used in different way than you might expect? The headboard of hankies, drum side tables, decorate the lamp shade, using two end tables (old ones) with the cushion on it for a place to sit.

What a fun way to dress up the wall. How easy it is to do yourself. What a way to show off your collections than something like this. They are light weight with some pretty paper for a background. Elegant and does not cost much.

What can you find to reclaim and use in fun ways, like this door that now is part of the book shelf. Windows are something that can be used as decoration. Use a window as the top of your coffee table, place things that you have collected under the glass window so that you can see them.

How many more things can you think of to use and do to make your home with great style and charm. Everyone will want to come in and enjoy the lovely rooms that you have put together.

Leave your comments. How would you use something different than the way that it was first intended for that object?

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Monday, June 29, 2009

This Site Will Help If You Are On A Budget !

When adding style to your home on a budget this site will help with ideas and how to information for you to use in your home. For more (click it ) DIY it is a great site.

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If You Are On A Budget You Can Still Add Style To Your Home !

There are many ways you can decorate your home when you are on a budget. You don't have to have a lot of money to make your home look nice and stylish.
(click to see the videos)
These are a few places that you can go to help your budget. You can shop at second hand store. They are great places to things for your home. Look for rugs, paintings, accessories, mirrors, dressers, tables, furniture, much, much more. If you do not want to get things like sofa and chairs from the second hand store, try scratch and dent at the furniture store. Family members might have things that they are willing to part with. If they are in good condition have them recovered and they will look new.

Yard sales are a great way to find things for your home. You can get them for less than you might at other places. Estate sales are another place to go. Moving sales. Older people that are down sizing are trying to sell some things as well. Most of these you can find in your newspaper. If you are hoping to redecorate your home but your are on a tight budget then don't worry about hiring someone to come in and help you. This is where your family and friends can come in and assist.

You can even hold a party to help you with the efforts of painting, laying tile, or anything else you have in mind. Friends and family are always willing to come and help with a decoration project and if you provide the food and drinks then they usually will never say no.

If you have children have them help with the art work. How happy would they be to have the art that they do in your living room or family room in a prominent place in the room. Change them out every so often to change the look of the room. Of course not all children are as good as this young lady, but that does not mean that they are not good art.

We would like to read your comments. Please leave a comments.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gardening videos

These are some very good videos on gardening that we thought that you would enjoy. They are by Patti Moreno " Garden Girl TV" These are but a few of them, you can see them on site that these are on. Enjoy.

* Drip irrigation for container gardens
* How to build a raised bed garden
* Vertical Gardening One
* Vertical Gardening Two

These are just a few of the ones that she has. If you like gardening and you are in the city you can still do gardening even in small spaces. Hope that you enjoy them as much as we did.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Selling Your Art, Tips For Doing That !

Part 2

Be Service Oriented:

If you really want to make a sale, then your attitude should show that you do so. Try to make time for transactions and meetings regarding your art. Also, try to make yourself available as much as possible to deliver your piece to the collector's home or office. You should also help them with hanging it, or even make suggestions on where to place it, if they ask you to.

If your buyer hasn't made a specific pick of which piece they want from your collection, you can also offer them that you will bring a number of your art to their home or office, free of charge. Do this, so that they can see how it would fit in their environment. However, you should also make it clear to them that they are not obliged to buy it if they don't want to.

Give Them A Taste Test:

If you want, you can also offer people to have a piece or two of your works for a trial period of one or two weeks, just to see how they would like the pieces. However, with this kind of deal, you should make sure that you have a written contract about your agreement, get a promissory note, deposit or whatever kind of security for your art's safety.

Please leave a comment, we love to read them.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Monday, June 22, 2009

Selling Your Art, Tips For Doing That

Other than informing your prospective buyers on the basics of your artworks, how much you are selling them for, and who are the people who have bought from you,there are still some other things you can do to make the probability of the sale hike up even higher. Here are some of them.

Show Pictures of Your Pictures!

One way to encourage your prospective buyers to buy your art is by showing them photos of how other art collectors have made use or displayed the pieces they have bought from you. Seeing your pieces in working or living environments can be great encouraging factor. If you do not have that many collectors yet, you can show them pictures of how you, yourself displayed your art in different kinds of environments.

If your prospect is someone who is not really that familiar with art, doing this tip can be very helpful and fruitful. Since they may be having some difficulty in imagining how or where they would display the piece, even if they bought it from you. It can also be also be the case that they can't really picture how the piece would look like in their home or office.

More to come tomorrow. Please leave you comment, we love reading them.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

We hope that all the father's have a very good father's day.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Sometimes The Best Things Come By Mail Order

For interesting things for the inside decor of your home this is a very good place to get things from. Collections ETC is a very good for finding things for a themes like southwestern, by the sea, animals, retro things, fruits, flowers, things for different holidays.

If you like Asian design things, native American things.

Things for Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living rooms.

This is a link for: indoor decor
This is a link for: outdoor decor
This is a link for: Holiday items

Enjoy window shopping.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Woman In Arizona To Our Nation's Leadership

This is a letter written to all our government officials in Washington DC. It speaks for many in this country that feel that the government is not doing the will of the people as it should. If you agree or disagree that is your right. It is here for you to read. It was written by a Democratic woman. See what you think. We would like your comments. This is the link to the letter:
Woman in Arizona to our nation's leadership
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Buying Art : The Basics Whether You Are A Pro Or Not !

Part 3

The rest of the questions that should be asked:

Where Has It Been?

It's also important to know where that particular piece of art has been. This is done by accumulating all incidental information about the piece. It's similar to making a biography of the piece, from it's birth, which is the artists completion of it, up until the present day.

This can b helpful since good provenance and documentation can increase an artwork's desirability, collect ability, and market value. Having a good provenance in the art world is analogous to having good pedigree in the pet world. For example, if a painting was exhibited at a notable and important art show, then it is more collectible than a similar painting that wasn't; just the same with awards and prizes.

Is The Price Fair?

For this question, it doesn't really matter what the piece's value may be in the future, since nobody can really answer that. What you should want to know is whether the piece is fairly priced today or not. This is a very important question, because just like other services or goods, art can sometimes come overpriced.

The last question is-

Do You Like The Piece And How Will It Look In Your Home?

This is the most important questions of all. YOU are the one that has to look at the piece all the time. Your the one that needs to enjoy it the most. Buy something that you will like and enjoy.

Please leave the comments, we love to read them.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Buying Art : The Basics Whether You're A Pro Or Not

Part 2

Five questions that you should ask when buying art.

If the time comes that you see a piece that you want, whether it be a sculpture, painting or a print, there are generally four questions that you should ask them and yourself to start your decision making.

Corn husking sculpture

Women in art ( paintings)

Who's The Artist?

To answer this, you have 2 reliable sources: spoken and written information. Spoken information usually comes from the artist himself, gallery exhibiting the piece or the dealer. It can also come from other collectors, friends, family, and other people that are familiar with and about the art or the artist being considered. On the other hand, written information could come in a number of forms like artist career resumes, gallery exhibits catalogues, art reference books and exhibition reviews.

How Important Is It?

This could be answered by simply looking at as many possible pieces done by the artist. Try to be familiar with the range of the artists' art and see where that particular piece falls. You can start by asking the seller to show you a number of pieces done by the artist, whether original, in print, or in photographs. Also try to see works from all periods of the artist's career; doing this can teach you a lot about the artwork and the artist at hand.

More to come tomorrow. Please leave your comments, we love to read them.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Buying Art: The Basics, Whether You're A Pro Or Not

Buying and collecting art intelligently can be done by anyone. That's right, anyone. You do not need to have experience in collecting art, previous knowledge about the art business, or even a degree in art history. The truth is, all you'll need is love for and appreciation of fine art; plus a yearning to collect; lastly, willingness to learn some simple techniques that would help you evaluate any kind of art work coming from any period of history, whomever the artist is and what his or her nationality is.

Anything Goes !

This is hard to collect, but it is fun to watch.
Although you might read some specific suggestions and recommendations describing specific works of art, you should take note that there is really no right or wrong kind of art and that there's no right or wrong method to collect or buy art.

Everyone has the freedom to collect whatever it is that they feel like collecting and buy whatever pieces they feel like buying. It doesn't really matter whenever and wherever you feel like purchasing art, for whatever reason, and for how much you feel like spending on the purchase. As a result, the following tips are not for everyone, but are typically designed for those who want to spend their money wisely on worthy pieces.

More on this tomorrow. We would like your comments today. We love reading them.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Beginners Guide To Art Collecting

Part 2
Once you spot an original or print that you like, you have the option to frame it by yourself or get someone else to do it for you. Generally, you can find frames in a vast price range, starting from cheaper metal frames to ornate and hand carved wooden frames costing your a fortune.

With regard to using mats, which is another way of framing your pictures inside its frame by the use of papers or illustration boards, you should take note that such could detract from your print. If you don't know how to frame, then you should get your piece and get it framed first. While doing so, observe how they'd offer you different mats and frame styles.

You don't have to hasten up when picking out the mat you want to use. In fact, you should take your time and deliberate on it carefully, since the mat and frame color combinations can have a great effect on how well or bad your art would look. You should also consider how the frame would fit-in in whatever place you'll put it . like your home or your office.

If you want a clean and contemporary look, it's recommended that your use a brushed metal frame, which are not only cheap but are still elegant looking as well. These usually come in different colors. Nevertheless, it's safe to go for black or bronze.

If you'll be placing them in a gallery, bronze would also do well, especially since it wouldn't cost you too much. After all, most people that buy art from galleries would have the art they bought re-framed in able for it to match their home decor.

If you are more of a wood type of a person, you can also get wooden frames that are naturally stained. Cherry and mahogany are the most preferred styles when it comes to wooden frames, since their deep and reddish color brings an elegant look to any artwork.

Please leave your comments. We love to read them.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Beginners Guide To Art Collecting

Art collecting:

Art collection is a very stimulating and inspiring hobby for all. It isn't just for the rich and famous, but even regular everyday people too. There are various forms of art that you can choose from, especially since art's definition can greatly vary from on person to another. However, it doesn't really matter whatever its form is, you're the one to make the call on which is attractive and how much are you willing to spend for such a piece.

Do You Go For The Prints Or Originals?

In the art world, some people may look down on others due to their different tastes in picking out art. For instance, there are those people who only buy original works and would never consider buying prints. However, you should take note that if you're just starting to collect art and is doing this for enjoyment then originals are not really necessary to buy, especially if they're way out of your budget.

Their is really nothing wrong with buying prints. In fact, these are one superb way to have framed art that would look lovely on your wall, just like how an original would look, but at a way lower prices. Although here, you would not be having the same texture as to the original work; since originals usually show dimension and texture, which prints won't. However, well printed artworks are no settling of course.

In fact, a lot of art collectors have art prints by different artists, which were fairly bought inexpensively from the Internet, galleries and art fairs. Amazingly, such pieces still look tasteful and classy, instead of cheap looking like what most people expect.

Art doesn't have to be on a canvas to hang on the wall. It can also be things like what is in the photo above. How many different kinds can you find in the photo? How many more can you think of that are not in the photo? If it enhances your home by it's being in your home then that is what you should have and collect.

Please leave a comment. We love it when you share your ideas.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Fence That Me And Shorty Built

We'd picked up all the fencin' tools and staples off the road,
An extra roll of bob-wire was the last thing left to load.
I drew a sleeve across my face to wipe away the dirt;
The young man that was helpin' me was tuckin' in his shirt.

I turned around to him and said, "this fence is finally done.
Five new strands of bob-wire shinin' in the sun.
The wires runnin' straight and tight with very post in line,
The kind of job you're proud of, one that stands the test of time."

Well the kid was not impressed at all, just stared off into space,
And it reminded me of years ago, another time and place
When I called myself a cowboy, I was full of buck and ball,
And I didn't think my hands would fit post augers and a maul.

But they sent me out with Shorty and the ranch fence buildin' crew.
Well I was quite insulted and before the day was through
I let him know that "I'm a cowboy, this ain't what I do.
I ain't no dad-gummed nester, I hired out to buckaroo."

He said, "We'll talk about that son when we get in tonight.
Right now, you pick them augers up; It's either that or fight."
Boy I was diggin' post holes faster than a Georgia mole
But if a rock got in my way, I simply moved the hole.

So when the cowboys set the posts, the line went in and out
Old Shorty's face to fiery red and I can hear him shout,
"Nobody but a fool would build a fence that isn't straight.
I've got no use for someone who ain't pullin' his own weight."

I thought for sure he'd hit me, glad he didn't have a gun.
I turned around to find a place where I could duck and run
But Shorty just walked up to me, as calm as he could be.
He said, "Son I need to talk to you; Let's find ourselves a tree."

Well, he rolled a Bull Durham cigarette as we set upon the ground,
Took himself a puff or two, then slowly looked around.
"Sun, I ain't much on schoolin', didn't get too far with that.
But there's a lot of learnin' hidden underneath this hat."

"And I've got'er all the hard way, every bump and bruise and fall.
Some of it was easy, but most weren't fun at all.
But one thing that I always got from every job I've done
Is do the best I can each day and try to make it fun."

"Now I know that bustin' thought them rocks ain't what you like to do
But gettin' mad, you've made it tough on me and all the crew.
Now you hired out to cowboy and you think you've got the stuff
You told him you're a good hand and the boss called your bluff."

"So how's that gonna make you look when he comes ridin' through
And he asks me who dug the holes and I say it was you.
Now we could let it go like this, take the easy route.
But doin' things the easy way ain't what its all about.'

"The boss expects a job well done from every man he's hired.
He'll let you slide by once or twice, then one day you'll get fired.
If you're not proud of what you do you won't amount to much.
You'll bounce around from job to job, just slightly out of touch."

"Come morning, let's re-dig those holes and get that fence in line,
And you and I will save two jobs, those bein' yours and mine.
And some day you'll come ridin' through and look across this land
And see a fence that's laid out straight and know you had a hand
In something that's withstood the years;
Then proud and free from guilt,
You'll smile and say, "Boys, there's the fence that me and Shorty build."

As told by Red Steagall

A job well done is the best job of all. It is best to do it right the first time around then to have to go and do it over and over because it was not done right the first time around. That goes with anything that we do in life. With our homes, gardens and work.

We love to read your comments. Please leave them.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Going Green In Style, Check This Out !

If you like the look of a very modern style in your home and you also want to go green. This is a place to start. More businesses are offering this kind of thing. The cost is not bad. When you put things like solar energy into the mix as well. The cost goes down that much more. Check it out for yourself , it is featured in Natural Home . They do a beautiful job on the photos and telling all about this interesting home.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Friday, June 5, 2009

If You Have Thought About Going Green This May Be Something To Look At

The i House is interesting. It includes things like energy star appliances, tank less water heater, solar panels and more. It is affordable, it can be expanded very easily. It is made by Clayton homes. Go to: Clayton Homes to see what they have and if it fits your lifestyle. Set up a time to see it for yourself.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Butterflies, How To Invite Them Into Your Garden?

BUTTERFLIES, they are so beautiful, with such a great number of kinds and colors. They are beautiful to watch. So how do you get them to come to your garden. Just like with birds-you provide them with what they need and they will come in the bunches.

What do they need: sunlight, shelter in bad weather, water, food plants, Nectar plants.

Sunlight: Locate your butterfly garden in a sunny area. Butterflies are cold-blooded insects, so they need
plenty of sunlight to warm your wing muscles enough to allow them to fly.

Shelter: They need shelter from wind and rain.

Water: Butterflies cannot drink from open water, so wet sand, earth, or mud are the best water sources. Sink a pail into the ground, fill it with mud, and place a few sticks on top for the butterflies to perch on.

Food plants: These are the plants that butterfly larvae eat: blood flower, elm, fennel, milkweed, passion-flower, senna, and wild cherry.

Nectar plants: Adult butterflies feed on nectar from plants. They find nectar flowers by their colors, they are attracted to colors like yellow, orange, red, and purple. These kinds of plants are good for this: azaleas, butterfly bushes, Mexican sunflowers, New England asters, verbena, and yellow cosmos. Some butterflies species will accept rotting fruit, stale beer, and sugar or honey water.

Butterflies need to perch on the flower to feed. It's easier for them to probe simple flowers, so it's best to avoid double flowers.

The season for butterflies is from spring into fall in most parts of the country, Plant different kinds of flowers that bloom at different times of the butterfly season.

Who does not enjoy the sight of butterflies about the yard and garden? Now you know what they need to visit your yard on a regular basic.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How Can You Draw Birds Into Your Garden?

If you like watching hummingbirds like we do. This is a good way to keep them coming around. Plant trees and shrubs that have red or orange berries and flowers. If you want to add a hummingbird feeder and you want to attract the hummingbird to the feeder. Hang long strands of orange polyester yarn on trees and shrubs near your hummingbird feeder. It takes a lot of food to keep one of these little guys going . It is important that if you put out a feeder make sure that you keep it full. They get use to the places that have feeders and if you are not good at keeping them full all the time. It is a waist of there energy and time to come to your feeder. If you are going to start keep going for their sake. It is a commitment to these birds.

Now for the other kind of birds. If you are going to put feeders out for them the best time to start is early October, when birds are looking for a good food supply for winter. If you start this feeder know up front that it could mean death to the birds that come to depend on the feeder for food if you do not keep food in the feeder every day. These birds like to visit a feeder that has the protection of bushes, shrubs, and trees around it. Try to keep feeders in the sun and out of the wind as much as possible. Most of the time they will come first thing in the morning to feed that is the best time to watch them .

These are some of the more common birds and what they like to eat:
* American goldfinch - millet, sunflower,thistle
* Blue jay - peanut, sunflower
* Cardinal - millet, peanut, sunflower
* Chickadee - peanut hearts, suet, sunflower, thistle, wild bird food mix
* Cowbird - millet, proso
* Evening grosbeak - sunflower
* Finch - millet, suet, sunflower, thistle
* Grackle - cracked corn, sunflower
* House finch - millet, peanut hearts, suet, sunflower, thistle
* House sparrow - cracked corn, millet, sunflower
* Junco - cracked corn, hulled oats, millet, peanuts, suet, thistle
* Morning dove - cracked corn, millet, peanut hearts, sunflower
* Purple finch - millet, sunflower, thistle, wild bird food mix
* Red-bellies woodpecker - cracked corn, suet, sunflower
* Song sparrow - millet, suet, sunflower, thistle
* Towhee - millet
* Tufted titmouse - peanut hearts, suet, sunflower, thistle
* White-breasted nuthatch - suet, sunflower
* White-crowned sparrow - cracked corn, millet, peanut hearts, sunflower, wild bird food mix
* White-throated sparrow - cracked corn, millet, peanut hearts, sunflower, wild bird food mix

We hope that you enjoy the birds that come into your garden. Enjoy the bird watching. We would like to hear your comments.

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