Archive for March, 2011

Firefox 4 is almost here and you’ve got nothing to wear!

March 21, 2011

Firefox 4 is almost here! Fans like me get excited by new open source technology software (especially because it is free and community sourced) and have been hotly awaiting the release of Firefox 4. It should be a great addition to the world of open-source/open web and a whole lot of fun to use. Learn more about the AMAZING Firefox browser from Mozilla.

Much like how Firefox is an open-source platform that is committed to the shared creation of millions of people around the world – Zazzle has empowered that on the merchandise front. That’s why it’s perfect that the Mozilla Team and Zazzle Team came together to create the Mozilla store on Zazzle. This store is powered exclusively by designs from the Mozilla Community and a testament to the power of the world’s creativity when given the chance. Check out some of my favorite designs from the Mozilla store and get your Firefox t-shirt to celebrate the release of Firefox 4.

Zazzle Now Title Sponsor of SF’s Bay to Breakers!

March 18, 2011

Zazzle’s co-founder Jeff Beaver with Bay to Breakers general manager Angela Fang at this morning’s press conference.

The world’s most creative footrace now has the world’s most creative company as a sponsor! Zazzle is proud to announce that we’re now the title sponsor of San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers! The race, in its 100th year, is a San Francisco tradition and is often hallmarked by creative costumes and a jovial attitude – we saw it is a perfect fit for Zazzle. “As an event, it’s kind of the epitome of self-expression, and that’s what our website is all about empowering,” said Zazzle co-founder Jeff Beaver. The sponsorship will include fun events (around and on race day) and unique merchandise available only in the official Bay to Breakers store on Zazzle. Check out some of my favorite shirts from the store below. Learn more about the funnest footrace in the world at Bay to Breakers. Also, I’ve posted some of my favorite costumes from last year for some Friday fun!

Foto Friday!

March 18, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Reynholm Industries Sticker


Sexy Bride Women’s Embroidered Personalized Jacket


Winning Shirt


Wall*e and Eve Pixel Heart Disney T-shirts


Peace, Love, & Beer Tshirt

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with robmolily

March 17, 2011

Molly, from the Zazzle store robmolily, answers some questions about her inspirations, her love for fantasy art and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store robmolily!

Red Fairy Dragon Card

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you’re from and when you started making art.

Molly: Creating art is my true passion.  I am always painting, drawing, or making crafty things.  It has been a part of my life as long as I can remember.  I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up on the northern California coast in a small town called Mendocino.  I have a BA in Illustration Design and I now reside in the northern California valley with my husband and two children.  I began selling my art in 2003 and now have a wonderful fan base which is steadily growing.  My work can be found in private collections worldwide.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Molly: This is tough for me because I don’t just have one style.  I would say predominantly a whimsical style with touches of realism and touches of impressionism.

Zazzle: Your art seems to be primarily fantasy illustrations, when did you start doing fantasy art? Are there other styles and mediums you enjoy as well?

Molly: Fantasy art is in my heart and soul.  I am not sure what draws me to it, but it has always been the case, since I was very small.  I use mainly watercolor and ink which can be loose and free or tight and precise. Some of my work is in acrylic.  I try to use color and atmosphere to give an overall feeling of a piece.  Some of my work is light and some is dark.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Molly: I love music as well as art and I am often playing my keyboard to relax.  I am a full time wife and mother as well, with two minor children, so my life is very full!  I love camping, walking outdoors, playing with my pets (5 cats and a dog!) and reading.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create??

Molly: I love Zazzle’s greeting cards and calendars!  They are top quality and are fun to create.

2011 Mermaid Calendar

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Molly: I don’t know that I have one single favorite feature, but I love many things about Zazzle, one is how easy it is to use.  I also like how people can customize products.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Molly: I can’t exactly remember, but I think I was looking for a way to create calendars because I didn’t have a publisher yet and I had a lot of customers requesting them.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Molly: I would say to anyone starting off at Zazzle, to create as many products as possible.  The more the merrier!    Also, make sure to create on a regular basis, and make sure your store is easy to use, organized, and visibly easy on the eyes.  Keep up with the holidays and change your featured products and top picks around accordingly. One very important thing to remember is to use appropriate key words.  I have found this to be critical.   Also link to your Zazzle store from as many places as possible to get your customers familiar with your store (i.e. Facebook, website, ect.)

Thanks Molly

Kissed by Zazzle – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day has always been a holiday near and dear to Zazzle’s heart. Maybe it’s the fun and creative St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts that are so popular or maybe it’s just the fact that my name is Patrick and I’ve been secretly putting green dye in the water cooler since 2006. Either way, we wanted to extend our Paddy love to the streets of San Francisco this year and decided to attend the 161st SF St. Pat’s Parade with “Kissed by Zazzle” stickers. A small Zazzle Team passed out these stickers to the joy of Paddy revelers around San Francisco – check out the pics below! It was a blast at the parade and I’m happy to say the spirit of the Irish is strong among San Franciscans and Zazzlers alike! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you attend a St. Patrick’s Day Parade? What Zazzle St. Patrick’s Day shirt did you wear? Share in the comments

Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Japan with Zazzle Donation T-Shirt

March 14, 2011

Distant tragedies, such as the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan last week, can often leave us feeling helpless and ineffective. What can we do? How can we help? These are questions that are hard to answer even locally and exacerbated by distance and cultural differences. Thankfully, there are many that figure out ways to help as quickly as possible – thankfully the Zazzle community is one of those places. As soon as the news began to filter into the US, artist created designs in solidarity with the Japanese people, many donating their royalties to charities. The speed and outpouring of support was an amazing effort that’s a testament to the power of the Zazzle Community.

The Zazzle Team wanted to help organize this support, so we created the store Japan Relief. In this store, artists can share their support Japan designs and customers can make donations to the Japanese Red Cross by making a purchase. Also included in this store is Zazzle’s official Japan Relief T-Shirt. $10 of each official Japan Relief T-Shirt sold will go to the Japanese Red Cross. Check out the official shirt below or go to the store to find more great content. Thanks to the Zazzle Community we no longer have to wonder what we can do to help in the face of global tragedy.

Foto Friday!

March 11, 2011

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with HahpiStuff

March 10, 2011

Shannon, from the Zazzle store HahpiStuff, answers some questions about her art, her celebrity encounters, and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store HahpiStuff!

Vampire Dog Shirt

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little something about yourself.

Shannon: I was pretty much born with a pencil in my hand, but didn’t get serious about my art as a career until late 2006/early 2007. Since then I have created several popular collections including “The Lighter Side of Dark” and “The Ghoulie Scouts”, designed logos for some really great small businesses and even doodled a custom illustration for celebrity photographer, Tiffany Rose. When I’m not drawing or spending time with my family and dogs, I’m preparing my artist representation group, The indiExhibit, for our next Hollywood awards show gift lounge.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Shannon: Inspiration comes from just about anywhere for me. If my kids do something funny, that could inspire a design. Sometimes after watching a movie I will get into a wedding or a baby design mood. It really just depends on what is going on.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Shannon: I used to be all about colored pencils and pen & ink, but have really found myself rather fond of digital art now. I still hand draw everything and ink it before scanning, but everything else is done on my computer.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Shannon: I would have to say my Mollie Mellencollie Christmas card is my all-time fave design, since it is the one that got me started in art again. I can actually remember where I was when I drew it, a conversation I had on the phone while drawing it, everything! It is very dear to me.

Zazzle: You have a lot of pictures of celebrities with your products, tell us a story about one celebrity (moment) that stands out to you.

Shannon: Hands down, the best celebrity moment was with Chaske Spencer who plays Sam, the alpha wolf, on the Twilight movies. I was sitting out in the hallway of the Sundance Film Festival gift lounge and this very familiar guy was waiting to get access to the lounge. I didn’t want him to think that I was staring (I was really trying to figure out where I knew him from) so finally I said to him that he looked very familiar to me. He and the lady he was with both laughed and then he turned and growled at me! I mean literally GROWLED at me, baring his teeth and everything! I couldn’t help but laugh. The growling hint obviously didn’t work so he told me who he was…and yes, I felt stupid since my oldest daughter adores the Twilight movies, especially the Wolfpack! We had a wonderful conversation about my group, The indiExhibit, and my artwork. He was seriously the nicest guy ever. He even posed with my Ghoulie Scouts skateboard. I couldn’t ask for a better celebrity encounter!

HahpiStuff

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create??

Shannon: That’s a toss-up between cards and skateboards! I have tons of fun creating cards for different occasions, but I LOVE the skateboards with a fierce passion–I can’t even begin to count how many that I have purchased since they were available!

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Shannon: Only about a million and a half! I have met so many wonderful people from Zazzle and made some really great friends both online and in the real world. Zazzle is a really great community not only to sell on, but to encourage friends as well. There are quite a few of us that have known each other from years ago when we first started Zazzling, and we all stop by and write on each other’s walls for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays etc.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Shannon: I was searching for a place to design my own tee as a joke for work and came across Zazzle. I thought it looked fun, and created a few joke tees for friends. Within a week I had already sold several funny text only tees and then it hit me…..if people would buy my silly inside joke one liners, maybe they would by my art.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Shannon: My best advice is to be yourself, don’t try to be someone you aren’t. If your style is more whimsical and cute, don’t make yourself go dark and gothic just because someone told you that it is popular and will sell. If you are a more serious styled person, don’t try to force yourself into doing funny designs just because everyone else is. Everyone has different tastes and there is a market for EVERYTHING. Be true to yourself. Make yourself happy with your art. Everything after that will fall into place :)

Thanks Shannon

Seller Wednesday – Seller Spotlight

March 9, 2011

This Seller Wednesday, we’re going to take a look at a spectacular seller who used the earnings from her Zazzle stores to help the Tibetan people exiled to India.  Tammy, from the Zazzle store SupportforTibet, talks about her trip to India and Nepal, and how you can get involved in helping the Tibetan people.

Five Dhyani Buddhas Poster

Zazzle: First off, tell us something about yourself:

Tammy: I was born and raised in York, PA. My childhood experience with foreign pen pals gave me a lifelong interest in travel, languages, and cultures. As a teen, I began to explore my passion for artistic expression, mainly writing and photography. These passions have been intimately entwined ever since!

I have lived in 7 US states and 3 foreign countries. At present I am traveling in and researching Tibetan exile settlements in India and Nepal, which I showcase in words and photojournalism at Everyday Exile Project.

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art, and how long have you been making art?

Tammy: I have been interested in art since childhood. My first “medium” was crayon! My mother tells me I was disqualified from a coloring contest at age six because the judges said the work was too good to have been done by a child my age!

I started painting and a variety of crafts as a teenager and sold them to my mother’s friends and co-workers.

Zazzle: What inspired your trip to Tibet? Can you elaborate on why you chose Tibet?

Tammy: Firstly, I am not in Tibet. I work in Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal. There are over 160,000 Tibetan living in exile. Tibet has been forcibly occupied by China for over 50 years. I do not support anyone traveling to Chinese-occupied Tibet.

On my first trip to India, which began in late 2009, I came to McleodGanj, capital of Tibet in Exile and home to the Dalai Lama since his escape into exile in 1959, to explore Buddhism. The place and the Tibetan people captivated me. A planned one week stay turned into a 4 month volunteer position. That experience led me to return this year for an extended trip to help bring awareness of the Tibetan situation to others.

Zazzle: What spoke to you about the plight of the Tibetan people?

Tammy: I saw the physical and emotional scars of former political prisoners who have survived unthinkable torture. I held their hands as they told their stories. Hearing my friends describe their experiences in, and their difficulties escaping from, Tibet called to me.

Tibet is one of the world’s largest human rights crises, and yet it is largely ignored by international media outlets. This gap stems both from Chinese oppression of media coverage, as well as the fact that western nations rely heavily on Chinese goods and finances.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Tammy: I joined Zazzle after some fellow users of another print-on-demand site recommended it. I loved that Zazzle allows users to add as many products as they wish to a single shop for free. Zazzle’s design features were also much easier for me to navigate.

Zazzle: How did you use Zazzle to sponsor your trip?

Tammy: I have 8 Zazzle shops. Between them, I earn enough to pay roughly a third of my living expenses while in India. Cost of living here is fairly low. But even so, I am living on an extreme budget and am unable to provide material assistance to locals. Some of my Tibetan acquaintances, mainly former political prisoners, need assistance with basic cost of living. I would also love to raise my earnings enough to be able to provide such things as textbooks to refugee students.

Zazzle: If you had to choose one, what was the most inspirational moment you had while you were in India?

Tammy: I would have to say having His Holiness the Dalai Lama stand less than 5 feet away from me at a puja to speak to some fellow Tibet supporters. The Dalai Lama is forbidden from returning to Tibet and has lived in exile since 1959. Despite that, he is the most radiant and kind human I have ever encountered.

Zazzle: Do you have any plans to return to India, or do you have any other trips like it in mind?

Tammy: I intend to make the Tibetan exile settlements of India and Nepal my home for at least half of each year. I am writing and doing photojournalism on the Tibetan human rights crisis. At some point I hope to publish at least one book on the subject.

Zazzle: Switching gears a bit… What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Tammy: I would encourage them to learn a lot about SEO and social media marketing, and to add new products to their shop(s) constantly. One of my biggest issues is that internet connection in India is sometimes not strong or stable enough to add new designs or continually promote my work.

I would also tell them to be patient. It may take up to a year to start seeing significant sales.

Zazzle: Lastly, how can other people get involved in helping the Tibetan people?

Tammy: There are dozens of ways people can get educated about and support Tibet and Tibetan refugees. First, find out what is happening. Start by reading my blog at Everyday Exile Project.

Check websites dedicated to news from Tibet and Tibet in exile (a list of such resources can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=177376918958482).

Write to your government representatives asking them what their position is on Tibet, and asking them to take action to support Tibet. Write to local/national/international media outlets asking them to cover news from Tibet.

My own work is more than two thirds funded by donations/sponsorships and online earnings from my Zazzle shops. My Tibet related Zazzle shop is Support for Tibet. I am happy to answer questions from fellow Zazzlers regarding the specifics of my work in the Tibetan community, so don’t hesitate to contact me!

You can find all of my Zazzle shop links and updates on my artistic pursuits at my Facebook fan page:

Thank you Tammy!

Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flags PosterThree Jewels T-ShirtFour Noble Truths Poster

Happy Mardi Gras! Top 10 Mardi Gras Themed Mugs

March 8, 2011

Happy Mardi Gras! For those celebrating tonight, it’ll be a fun night of conversatin’, dancing, consuming various adult beverages, and getting a sugar high from New York Super Chunk Fudge Ice Cream (it’s the best way to party, trust me). In honor of Mardi Gras I’ve complied my top 10 favorite Mardi Gras mugs below. Everyone knows you need something to store that beverage (ice cream) in….

Love Mardi Gras t-shirts, or Mardi Gras hats more than mugs? Share your favorite Mardi Gras product in the comments!


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