10 Years Working With Zazzle, The Ups and Downs of Making Money Online

10 Years Working With Zazzle, The Ups and Downs of Making Money Online

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My Home Office in New Hampshire

I’ve been working from home, in association with the company Zazzle, for ten years, and I’ve decided to do a little reflecting on my work-at-home career as my August anniversary is here.

The work I do at Zazzle is different from any other type of job I’ve ever had. For one thing, I had never before earned money from online work.  That was something I couldn’t even fathom ten years ago.  In 2007 I received my first Zazzle royalty earnings paycheck. It was also the year I became a work-at-home mom, or WAHM.  The ride was just beginning.

That first year I didn’t earn much. It was a learning time …. and I had a lot to learn! I found Zazzle somewhat accidentally, and wasn’t sure I would be able to figure it out. Desperation made me determined to try to earn whatever I could to supplement my measly income prospects.  (Read my Story here.)

The big surprise came when I began earning hundreds, and then thousands, of dollars in royalties every month. (more…)

Light Pink Hydrangea Wedding Theme

Light Pink Hydrangea Wedding Theme

pink hydrangea designer wedding

Big, round, light pink hydrangea flowers look lovely on all our invitations and stationery designs.  For the bride who loves the color pink, please check out the selection of cards and gifts in our Pink Hydrangea Collection.

Pretty pink hydrangea flat note cards can be used to say thank-you to any number of people. From the shower for the bride, or couple, to showing appreciation to the special people who made the wedding day so wonderful, this blank note card is versatile.  A light pink flower, with gift box ribbons, is a most elegant way to say “thank you for the gift”. The ribbons are not real, only part of the cute design. This card offers a selection of upgraded paper, and comes with white envelopes.

This new, light pink flower design looks stunning on all new items.  Little flat note cards are the modern option that brides adore.  They are sweet and inexpensive, and provide enough space for a personal message. Flat notes are the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ to bridesmaids and other members of the bridal party as well.

With all the new fun items now available at Zazzle, we offer beer can and bottle coolers, gift wrap, gift bags and tags to match, and even paper plates in the pink floral design.

New Hydrangea Seating Chart Posters

New Hydrangea Seating Chart Posters

Will you use a seating chart at your reception?  If you are not sure, please read on.  Or click the image below to see our variety of posters.

Large wedding receptions require an organized seating plan.  This will take some careful planning on the part of the bride and groom.  Escort cards, place cards, and table number cards all come into play here.  The purpose of escort cards is to do as the name implies.  Usually they are small cards that match the theme of the wedding and can be found at the entrance to the reception area.  Guests will find their name on each card, (usually the cards are set up alphabetically), with their corresponding table number.  They will enter the venue and easily find their table, because it will be displayed with a larger card in the center of the table.  Once at the table, little place cards, at each place setting, will show them where to sit.  This is the basic way to seat guests at a large, or small, function.  For small, casual occasions guests may be allowed to seat themselves.

For larger receptions, it may be easier for guests to view a poster and find their name and table number alphabetically.  Print up one large, seating chart poster which will hold all the names.  Each section on the poster lists guests by last name.  Every letter of the alphabet will probably not be used, but you get the idea.  The sections can be set up as you need.  After each name, include the number, or table name.

Our hydrangea seating chart posters measure 36 by 24 inches.  I have included many sample sections.  Simply delete any sections that won’t be needed.  Some of our posters have a pretty floral border at the top.  Others have individual flowers printed in the blank spaces.  We also offer Christian themed posters with a verse or scripture at the top.  The married surname is prominent with the names of the bride and groom and wedding date printed in smaller text.


The Basics of How to Seat Guests at the Wedding Reception

The Basics of How to Seat Guests at the Wedding Reception

For couples just beginning the adventure of wedding planning, I’d like to tell you about the basics of how to seat guests at the wedding reception.

Couples have become quite inventive when it comes to table seating, but the basics are pretty much the same. Guests will leave the ceremony and either walk, or drive, to the reception area. There may be a drink reception before the meal reception, and that is cool. It gives guests a chance to have some appetizers and mingle a bit before the Bride and Groom make their entrance.

When it comes to the part where guests find their seat, it must be organized if the plan is for a sit-down dinner.  Any small reception with close knit family and friends, means seating can be casual.  Guests can probably seat themselves.  Most receptions, however, will call for a formal seating arrangement.

First, the use of Escort Cards, in some form can be very helpful in directing guests to the correct table. For that, you will also need to include Table Number (or name) cards. Usually tables are numbered, or named in keeping with the wedding theme, and guests will find their way to their table by matching their name (on the escort cards) to the table number / table name.

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Escort Card

Escort cards are set up in some way at the entrance to the reception hall, or area with the tables. This is where couples can be creative – in the displaying of the escort cards. This may be the best chance to begin showing off your wedding theme. Beach themed weddings often stick flat cards in a tray of sand. Some couples hang escort cards from tree branches.
Sometimes cards are not used at all. Succulents, or little plants, can contain names and also serve as small favors for each guest. Leaves, rocks, or candles can contain the names. The idea is the same. Help your guests easily find their table.

fall wedding table number cards

Table Number Card – Printed on Both Sides

This fall themed wedding escort card is meant to be folded to create a standing, or tented, card. A small, flat card could also be used. The name of the guest is printed (or written) along with the number of the table where they will sit.

fall leaves tented place card

Tented Place Card, to fold after purchase

Guests will take the escort card with them to their table, where they will then search for the place card which shows them where to sit. My custom, fall leaves card design below has a text template so the names of each guest can be added one at a time. The cards can also be ordered blank. Fold them, to create a standing place card which will sit at each place setting around the table.

The other way guests can be seated is to use a Seating Chart of some kind. Below is a sample of the 36 x 24 inch seating charts available in my store. This one is also Fall themed, and we offer many themes in the Seating Chart Collection.

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Seating Chart Poster, 36×24

The seating chart is usually set up by either table numbers, or alphabetically by guests’ last names. Under the first section on this chart, enter the letter “A”. Then list guests whose surnames begin with A. Next to each name, enter the table number where they will sit. This cuts out the need for escort cards. All guests will look at the chart to find their table.

In the same style, use each table number (in place of the initial) and list guests names under that number.

Wedding planning can be all-consuming. Knowing the basics can help with the organization. I hope I have helped.

Blue Blossoms Artistic Postage

Blue Blossoms Artistic Postage

Original art in blue and white makes pretty Blue Blossoms wedding postage. A little bunch of light blue flowers over a chevron, zig zag pattern, with custom text. The names of the couple will be along the top with the wedding date at the side in a modern set up.

Our Blue Blossoms design line works well for spring or summer weddings, and we have invitations, RSVP and other stationery with this matching design.

blue blossoms wedding

Affordable Wedding Set