Archive for March, 2008

Traffic Surfs

You have probably been around on the internet enough to know about Traffic Surfing OR maybe you haven’t. I have spoken before about The Cinnamon Hollow http://www.thecinnamonhollow.biz/?r=58141 . This is a great place for crafters to get their site seen and with like any surf you have to look at other’s sites in order for yours to be seen.

 But if you are looking for an extra avenue or so; there are quite a few out there worth checking out. For instance at Traffic Bunnies the theme is all set in what else? Bunnies. The owner makes it fun by giving “gifts” at 100% (after you have looked at so many sites) and the icons to click are a top hat, carrot etc. If you are interested in at least checking it out you can go to: http://www.trafficbunnies.com/?r=68076 . It is free to join or you can pay for an account that offers more hits without as much surfing.

Then another one of my favorites is Traffic Splash-this is all done in the dolphins theme, again you can join for free and there are “prizes” for so many pages you view. But better than that-it is another avenue for your site to get looked at http://www.traffic-splash.com/?referer=houseonthehill06 . Again-you can surf for free or if you choose you can sign up as a paid member.

If the ocean isn’t for you, maybe you would enjoy a safari theme. Hits Safari is a nice place to surf and it isn’t too costly if you decide you want to become a paid member. Paula Zuehlke is the owner and she is welcoming. To check this surf place just go to http://www.hitsafari.com/newuser.php?ref=beckyw .

And for now lastly there is Traffic Wonderland. They are a newer traffic exchange but growing by leaps and bounds. You can go to http://www.trafficwonderland.com/?rid=1391 .

Just remember no one expects or thinks you can surf each place everyday-but you will be surprised how many people will be able to view your site and more people means more chances of being found.

My favorite ofcourse is The Cinnamon Hollow-especially when people are in the chat part of the surf-they are warm and friendly. If you decide to stop in to any of these places you will be glad you did.

Also-Rome wasn’t built in one day-so you can’t expect your business to be…Good luck and Happy Surfing….


 

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Where Does Time Go?

Well Easter has come and went and it came to my attention I haven’t posted since St. Patrick’s Day. Things have been busy here-we have been busily working to add more items/scents to our store. Our newest addition are a few dolls and more on the way. I haven’t had time to introduce my new “worker”. My Mom now works with me 3 days a week and recently has decided to start making primitive dolls and rag quilt runners. A few she has made are from patterns by Primfolks by Judy and another doll by Denni Doodles. Then she went off and made a doll out of her own pattern. She is enjoying finding out she has a talent in the doll making category-and I am more than pleased to add her dolls to my site. This is a family run business with my husband helping with getting my packages mailed out or lifting my heavy wax boxes when he isn’t doing his job of a Group Daycare out of our home.

My Mom, Linda is also helping me with orders-which is helping get things out in a timely manner. I still am doing the web sites, pouring the candles, votives, tarts and such-with her help of the finishing touches. It has to be obvious that I can’t do everything by myself-but with keeping it in the family I am able to spend time with my Mom, be at home with my kids when they aren’t at school and still get some things done around the house. Well most things-that is where my husband also comes in with doing most dinners, dishes and the wash. I love doing what I do-but want to make sure people know I do not do it alone. If you have time check out our “Raggedy Seams” section of our web site and look forward for more to come-there is no stopping her now.

If you are interested in generating more traffic to your web site(s) check out http://www.thecinnamonhollow.biz?r=58141 where you can sign up for a free account and get a chance to look at a great amount of quality web sites while in turn your site is being looked at. More customers never hurt anyone-at least that is what I think.

I will also be doing an interview with Crystal from The Cinnamon Hollow so stay tuned for that. There are also lowcost advertising offerings on her site as well as The Homestead Register www.thehomesteadregister.com .

Well that is all for now. I will try to be better of getting on here. Also I am currently getting a new web set for www.cntrykeepsakes.com . More because I feel it is time to have it be “me” since I have had the business now for over 1 year. So stay tuned for that also. Have a great rest of the week-

Happy St. Patricks Day

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Top of the mornin’ to you. Or at least that is what I think Irish people say. I should know as there is a part of me that is Irish. My maiden name was Ryan and quite a ways back we were once O’Ryan. I even have a child-my oldest that was born on St. Patrick’s day 17 years ago. We named him Aaron-and if he had been a girl Erin. I can’t believe it has been 17 years since I had my oldest. Where does time go? He says he doesn’t care it is his birthday-but I think somewheres deep down he does. He is a typical boy, and has never liked much attention when it came to birthdays or accomplishments. I remember when he was in Kindergarten and we did his birthday at school. I had made yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting. While we were handing them out to all of his classmates he whispered in my ear-“we are NEVER doing this again” I don’t want to wear a crown-I don’t even want everyone to wish me a Happy Birthday. Well to make a long story short, we NEVER did his birthday at school again. Every year in Elementary school the teachers would send home the note-please decide what day you want to do Aaron’s birthday, and I would write or email back-Aaron does not wish to celebrate his birthday at school-Thank you. Last year was his 16th birthday which fell on a Saturday-so on that Monday we went down and got his permit-I was very proud to share that moment with him-now 1 year later he is licensed and has done a great job with his driving.

I am starting to dislike Mondays-seems anything that could go wrong goes wrong. First my son’s truck is acting up-so that goes to the garage at 3. My husband was called to jury duty-which he might not even get picked but he is a self-employed daycare provider-and with going to get kids from school it usually takes 2 of us to do it. Then to top it off one of our parents needs him tomorrow and wednesday-seems jury duty would realize he is self-employed and just can’t take a whole week off-when there are people that can take personal time or whatever. There, that is my rant.

Well I got Aaron’s cake made-and the house is so quiet-I am not quite sure what to do with myself…I am sure there is something to do with my business that I can do to make the time go by….until school is out and the kids come home-or Rog..whichever is sooner.

I have added some new items to the web site. A new doll, some new dipped tapers…take a minute to look at them if you have a second. One can be found on the Raggedy Seams tag and the other under Grubbies.

Have a great St. Patricks Day-and I hope you don’t get pinched.

Chicken Alfredo…Easy Peasey

I came across this wonderful Chicken Alfredo recipe and made it for my husband on his last birthday….I got the recipe from www.allrecipes.com .

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ready in: 40 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

6 ounces of dry fettuccine pasta (we use angel hair)  

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves-cooked and cubed (we use left over chicken that we have baked or boiled, even grilled works)

1(8oz) Package Cream Cheese   

6 tablespoons butter  

2 cups chopped fresh broccoli (or frozen that you have run hot water over)

2 small zucchini (julienned)

1/2 cup Milk                                                                             

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder                                                    

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (or any of the peppers work)

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8-10 minutes (if using angel hair you can save this step until later-allowing enough time for the angel hair to cook (about 3 minutes cook time).

2. While pasta is cooking, melt cream cheese and butter in a skillet over low heat. Stir until smooth. Stir in milk, and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Simmer for 3 minutes, or until thickened, stirring constantly.

3. Mix in chicken, broccoli, zucchini, and red pepper. Cook 3 minutes over medium heat, then reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Serve over pasta.

Note: we have substituted with frozen green peas, yellow bell pepper,-any vegetable works as long as it holds some type of form.

ENJOY!

New Interview

I have recently interviewed Elizabeth from Craft From My Heart-You can find this interview on the Right Hand Side Under Pages. Stay tuned to more interviews of exciting shops that I have found through my travels on the web.