All About Patterns – Harlequin Style Art

March 11, 2014 by

Harlequin is a pattern that has truly stood the test of time.  Where did this diamond-shaped checkerboard print get its start? For this little history lesson, let’s take a trip to Italy in the late 1500s.

During the Italian Commedia Dell’arte days of the 1580s, Harlequin was not a pretty pattern, but a stock character in many theatrical performances. He was typically portrayed as an astute servant who was lighthearted and jovial, and always got the girl.

In these performances, the playful Harlequin would rival against Pierrot, a sadder, stern character, for the mutual object of their affection, Colombine. Harlequin always wore clothing that was adorned with a diamond-shaped checkered pattern, symbolic of his good nature. Conversely, Pierrot’s clothes were plain and white, fitting with his more boring, somber persona.

The duds that Harlequin made famous ultimately traveled the trails of time and made their way to the 21st century. The pattern is still found in many places — especially ones that speak for the same lifestyle defined by our fabulous friend, Harlequin.

While Harlequin was a funny guy, we definitely aren’t clowning around when it comes to representing the best of Harlequin style. Step your style up a notch by incorporating some harlequin into your space.

Give your living quarters some pizzazz by adorning the walls with this classic Paul Cezanne print, the aptly named Pierrot and Harlequin, which portrays the two walking side by side. Vivid colors and that prototypical harlequin pattern make this piece of art a quintessential sample of Harlequin at his finest.

http://www.zazzle.com/pierrot_and_harlequin_1888_poster-228913488844859310

Looking for something a little more inconspicuous? Perhaps a print of Juan Gris’ gorgeous painting, Harlequin With Table, is more your speed. It has all the joys of harlequin, with a side of confusion. Is it a man? Is it a table? What does it mean? Hang this print on your living room wall and let your guests be the judge.

http://www.zazzle.com/juan_gris_harlequin_with_table_posters-228459715067320643

If you’re ready to take your harlequin love to the streets, then you can’t go wrong with these snazzy red leggings with a small display of black harlequin diamonds. They’re a clear yet subtle way to let your fun side peek through in any outfit. Pair them with low-tops and a long sweater for a casual look, or try them with a pencil skirt, blouse and ankle boots for a work-day favorite.

http://www.zazzle.com/harlequin_diamonds_legging_tights-256208873326105954

There’s so much more Harlequin love to go around. How will you make your statement?

 

 

Keep It Coordinated with Wedding Collections

March 10, 2014 by

Wedding season is about to get into full swing, and we’re here with a great tip for your Zazzle wedding designs.

One easy way to make sure a soon-to-be-married couple can find all of the great Zazzle products they’re look for is by creating a wedding collection, or wedding suite.

What do we mean by that? Easy! A wedding collection is simply a category in your store that houses different types of wedding products, all featuring the same coordinated design. By creating a wedding suite, you’ll be creating an easy one-stop shopping place for your customer to find all of the wedding accessories they need, already in their chosen theme.

For starters, try out creating a Save the Date card or wedding invitation in a trendy design. From there, you can use the same theme, colors, or design elements on other products that will fit right in with your invitation: an RSVP card, address labels, or even a postage stamp.

Invitations are just the beginning. What couple wouldn’t love a matching table card, escort card, or ceremony program?

Don’t forget – weddings aren’t just about the invitation and the Big Day. A matching wedding wrap-up Thank You note is the perfect finishing touch.

Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration to start adding designs into a new category in your store for a perfectly coordinated wedding collection.

All About Animals: Chickens in the Kitchen

March 7, 2014 by

When it comes to chickens in the kitchen, we aren’t clucking around. There’s a reason these feathered friends have been a staple in kitchen decor for over a century, and here’s why — chickens are awesome.

Whatever your style, we’ve got a chick for you. We did a little hunting and pecking and found these great farm-fresh favorites that will give your kitchen a small taste of the country life.

Check out this fantastic wall clock featuring a prominent watercolor of a Barred Plymouth Rock rooster, looking just a tad bit cocky. There’s no room for numbers in this simple showstopper, but who needs ‘em when you’ve got this gorgeous guy hanging out.

http://www.zazzle.com/chicken_barred_plymouth_rock_rooster_wallclocks-256170844996611094

Cut it out. No, really—use this vintage-inspired cutting board to slice and dice all the produce you come across. Rich hues of reds, blues, yellows and greens comprise this old-school ad for Morningside Canadian Apples featuring a rooster crowing at the morning sun.  Pay homage to America’s favorite dinner guest, the chicken, with this classic design.

http://www.zazzle.com/morningside_canadian_apples_vintage_fruit_ad-256639647725167787

How cute are these Chubby Chicken napkins? Even if dinner is a disaster, your guests will still be raving over the polka-dotted folk-art chickens and eggs that adorn these green, printed cloth napkins. They are truly egg-cellent.

http://www.zazzle.com/chubby_chicken_printed_napkin-185964101443245277

For us mere mortals, mornings are not always the high point of the day. Put a little pep in your step by doing the Funky Chicken with this funky coffee mug. Harness your inner rooster and bask in the orange, blue and pink feathers that make this bad bird a morning favorite.

http://www.zazzle.com/funky_bright_chicken_coffee_mugs-168720205796074434

No kitchen is complete without a good recipe binder. Check out this classic we found. This Vintage Chicken Recipe Binder has the quintessential country-red checkerboard pattern against a weathered backdrop and is completed with a front-and-center illustration of a pretty prestigious rooster. Best of all, this binder is totally customizable, making it a great gift for the special chef in your life or an easy way to label the recipes that are yours.

http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_chicken_recipe_binder-127053540497766427

Channel your inner farmer and represent the kitchen-classic chicken in a chic way through any one of these styles.

All About Animals: Unicorns for Kids’ Rooms

March 6, 2014 by

Unicorns weren’t always so sweet, you know. The unicorns of the Old Testament were wild, untamable mountain beasts of ferocious power. In Ancient Greece, they were described as so swift of hoof that no creature alive could catch them.

One thing is certain, though, unicorns always were and always will be magical. In Japan, unicorns dispense one-horned mystic justice, hunting down and punishing criminals. In China, gentle unicorns are omens of good fortune. In the West, unicorns dominated the legends of the Middle Ages with their uncanny abilities to manifest miraculous healing and true love. In their mystery and majesty, unicorns have come to occupy a respected place in the royal crests of kings from the UK to Hungary and beyond.

Unicorns may have faded into mere fables today, but they still have the power to bewitch the young, and young at heart everywhere. Now, the magic doesn’t have to go away. Bring home your own private unicorn to magically brighten up the room of your little princess or prince.

The Musée National du Moyen Âge in Paris is built around displaying this 700-year-old master tapestry from Flanders. There is no more iconic image of the medieval unicorn and its chosen maiden than this one, which has enchanted artists and storytellers for centuries.

http://www.zazzle.com/the_lady_and_the_unicorn_sight_canvas_print-192592441793652200

May your dreams always be unicorns and rainbows. Make it happen with these soft and colorful pillows for little girls and boys who would love a little magic in their lives. The pillows come in three different sizes, and each can be personalized with the name of the person in your life who makes everything fantastical.

http://www.zazzle.com/unicorn_personalized_pillows-189694968804469146

Your kids are probably too young to remember this, but Journey kicked off the ’80s with their power anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The people listened, and they didn’t stop. That’s what made this track the best-selling rock song in iTunes history with over five million downloads. Fly your Journey flag high and pass on the love to your kids with this fun rainbow and unicorn poster tribute to the power of believing.

http://www.zazzle.com/cute_unicorn_posters-228741151844666439

So yes, unicorns are quite awesome!

All About Animals: Elephants in Your Office

March 5, 2014 by

Majestic and inspiring images of elephants are a perfect way to promote excellence and goodwill through your everyday accessories. The grandest of land mammals, elephants are known for their high intelligence and exceptional memory. Many Asian cultures consider elephants to be symbols of wisdom, and these sage animals are rightly protected worldwide by international law. Although you may not want to occupy the desk right next to one, pondering pictures of these awesome giants reminds us to be big, bold and beautiful.

Organize your appointments and jot down your to-do lists in this handy notebook adorned with a picture of a playful young pachyderm. This compact notebook is a perfect fit for your handbag or backpack – you’ll be excited to write down all your ideas, big and small!

http://www.zazzle.com/baby_elephant_note_book-130980616016658304

Outfit your favorite space with this colorful dry-erase board. Keep important details and events in focus with big, bright writing next to the animal known never to forget. This fun addition to your decor is available in small, medium, or large sizes and can be customized with designs and photos to match your mood or project’s personality.

http://www.zazzle.com/rainbow_elephant_never_forgets_dryeraseboard-256854220134681583

Fleeting ideas, mini-thoughts and momentary wisps of inspiration can morph into groundbreaking works and innovative ideas. It’s a good thing you keep a journal handy to jot it all down while on the go, lest you forget and rob the world of your brilliance! This handmade journal with a tribal paisley elephant design is perfect for afternoons at the museum, walks in the woods and cross-country adventures.

http://www.zazzle.com.au/tribal_paisley_elephant_colorful_henna_pattern_journal-256746677043896565

Wrap your digital library of written works with this hand-sewn case made from recycled materials. As masters of memory protect your literary passions, reading will be a joy every time you gloss over this friendly cover. It’s tailored to fit your device and will get you ready for a thrilling safari, a lazy roam on the savanna, or a cleansing waterfall bath in the middle of the jungle!

http://www.zazzle.com/good_luck_circus_elephants_cute_elephant_pattern_case-222128286527327050

These elephant-inspired items will instill a sense of strength and fun in your life! Hang it up, jot it down and don’t forget to take it with you.

Battle of the epics: Harry Potter vs. The Hobbit

March 4, 2014 by

Are you a Bilbo fan, or a Hogwarts devotee? Do you revile the dragon Smaug or Lord Voldemort? Are you partial to the Shire, or the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

 

This battle of Tolkien’s hobbits versus Rowling’s wizard friends will never truly end, for as long as people are reading, they will be forever torn between these mega epics (as we are).

 

It all starts with the shirt (or the sweatshirt) on your back. Will you brave the mighty elements in the Thorin and Company Hair Shirt, boasting no fewer than fifteen styles of hobbit hair? Or will you shield yourself in the warmth and comfort of the Hogwarts Four Houses Crest Pullover, and swear never to tickle a sleeping dragon (in Latin: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus)?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/thorin_and_company_hair_shirts-235157541415267112

http://www.zazzle.com/hogwarts_four_houses_crest_pullover_sweatshirt-235752777887071546

Shifting from tees to teas: will your breakfast blend and milk steep together proudly in the Muggles mug, or will you forswear all other beverage receptacles for the Burgla-Hobbit mug?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/muggles-168762355023353692

http://www.zazzle.com/burgla_hobbit_mugs-168650663906623679

 

And when you forge your own way in the wider world, battling demons and surmounting adversity with cool perseverance, will you turn to the Harry vs. Voldemort Tri-Fold Wallet in times of pressure and tests, or will you seek aid and refuge from the Legolas Drawing Bow Wallet?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/harry_potter_7_part_2_harry_vs_voldemort-256106053591032963

http://www.zazzle.com/legolas_drawing_bow_graphic_wallet-256491940097069410


May you always find your way in your own epic journey, and may you choose your side wisely in this epic battle of books.

Tax Season Checklist and Payment Updates

March 3, 2014 by

Tax season is almost upon us, and with earnings on all of our minds we wanted to let you know of a few small improvements related to your royalty payments.

We know you like to get paid (doesn’t everyone?) so we want to be fully transparent with you about these improvements. In order to be able to respond to all of the issues that may arise in a timely manner, we’re making some changes starting now.

  1. Any designers whose profile information is incomplete or incorrect will have the payment cancelled (e.g., incomplete names, addresses or incorrect tax identification numbers). The payments will be canceled and the funds returned to the account no later than the 20th of the month they were issued and the accounts will be placed on hold pending corrections. Please contact Zazzle directly if you have any specific questions.
  2. Any checks returned as undeliverable will have the payments canceled and the funds returned to the account within 10 days of receipt and the accounts will be placed on hold pending corrections.
  3. Any claims regarding payments not received within 90 days of issuance will be researched to determine the issue. If it is confirmed that the payment was lost (i.e. the check has not been cashed) a replacement will be sent.
  4. Any claims regarding payments not received beyond 90 days of issuance will be researched to determine the issue. If it is confirmed that the payment was lost (i.e. the check has not been cashed) the payments will be canceled and the funds returned to the account. The funds will then be added into the next payment cycle based on the designer’s payment settings. No replacement payments greater than 90 days will be issued.
  5. Checks that are stale dated (beyond 180 days) will be voided on at least a quarterly basis, the payments will be canceled and the funds returned to the account and the accounts will be placed on hold pending corrections.
  6. Canceled payments will continue to show in your account, so you will be able to see what has occurred with your payment.

With these updates in mind, here is a quick checklist of important things to review under your payment settings in your account to ensure you receive your payments:

  • Payee Information: Some of the most important pieces of information for us to be able to submit payments and other important documents to you are your mailing address and full first AND last names. Please double-check that your full name and address are complete and correct, especially if you have moved recently. This information is important to have completed in every account, even for our designers who choose to receive payments via Paypal.
  • Tax ID number: Your Zazzle earnings are reportable income. To make sure that we send you the correct payments and documentation you need to complete this portion of your taxes, we must have your Tax ID number. The name entered in your payment information must exactly match your tax ID number, as well as your Social Security Number. For example, if your tax ID number is filed under the name “Jane A. Doe”, and your Social Security Number is filed under the name “Jane A. Doe”, the name listed on your payee information must be “Jane A. Doe”, not “Mr. & Mrs. Doe”, in order for us to properly submit payments to you and provide you with your tax documents.
  • Payment Preferences: If your account has been placed on hold pending corrections or updates to your payment information, please make sure to change these settings back to “Normal” after you have made these required updates to your information to ensure you receive your next payment as scheduled. Even if you do receive a payment, these settings will not update automatically, so make sure you check these settings if you encounter any of the above payment issues.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you make any updates to your payment information – such as inputting the correct name for your Tax ID number or entering a new address – after hitting “save” on your payment settings page there will a 30 day delay, from the day the update is made, on your upcoming payment to allow for these updates to fully go into effect. This delay will occur after any time you hit this “save” button on your payment settings – regardless of whether an actual change has been made.

As always, if you have specific questions about these updates or your payment information, our friendly support staff will be glad to help.

Happy tax season, and here’s to another great year of Zazzle earnings!

Featured Designer Interview with Cindy Monro

February 28, 2014 by
Today we’re chatting with Stuccoloco artist Cindy Monro about her love of the American Southwest, and how she got started with her second career as an artist.
Zazzle: Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from/where do you live?
Cindy: I grew up in Wyoming and majored in Business Management in school. With that, I eventually got the opportunity to have my own business, and I owned and operated a Mexican restaurant. I’ve always loved everything Southwest and Mexican, and I always wanted to live in Arizona. So, after 20 years at my restaurant I finally moved down to Tuscon, Arizona and I just love it here. It’s a magical place.
Zazzle: What kind of background do you have in art or design?
Cindy: Not a bit! I don’t have a formal art background, but I’m a very visual person. I’ve always collected images that I thought were especially beautiful and colorful. I actually have folders of inspirational images I’ve cut out of magazines. Art had always been an interest of mine, but I had never contemplated pursuing it as a career.
When I first moved here, I realized that I just couldn’t find what I was looking for to decorate my new home. So, I started doing some simple paintings and batik, and got hooked on it! I’ve also been trying to improve my drawing skills over the years, and I learned enough to start selling some of my art online and sharing it with friends and family. That really encouraged me to keep going – I never thought others would want to see it!
Zazzle: What is the inspiration behind your designs?
Cindy: Recently, I invested in a good camera and it has really opened up a whole new world for me. We, as well as some of our other friends, adopted dogs and I started taking pictures of all of them and making fun designs with the photos for my friends and relatives.
I’ve also been doing landscape photography, and worked with those photographs to teach myself so that I now have a pretty good working knowledge of Photoshop.
From there, I started combining the different elements and I’ve been having more fun than I could imagine! Both the environment and animals really inspire me, so I like trying to put them together and seeing what happens. It’s fun to be surprised by my own efforts.
Zazzle: How would you describe your artistic style?
Cindy: If I had to describe my art, I’d have to call it “southwest animal collage”. My main goal in making my designs is simply to amuse myself! I ask myself what I would like to send to a friend, or what I would like to receive myself. What you find funny or amusing is very personal, of course, but if someone else out there also thinks it’s cute, then that’s great! I just like to have fun with it, and I love doing it.
Zazzle: How did you get started on Zazzle?
Cindy: I found Zazzle around the time that I had been doing a lot of paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I had heard of places where you could make art into cards, so I created a couple cards on Zazzle just as options to think about for my own holiday cards. Then one day, I got an email saying I had actually sold 100 copies of one of my own cards! It was such a nice surprise, and I was so thrilled that I immediately went on to do more with it.
I really love the store layouts for Zazzle stores, so you can bring people there to show off what you’ve been doing. You can be proud to be associated with a professional company.
Zazzle: What are your favorite Zazzle products to design?
Cindy: I really love the postcards of course, but I think the coolest products are the electronic cases. They’re awesome products. I’ve bought one for myself, and bought them as gifts for others. The printing on them is beautiful – they look even better in person.
Zazzle: Are there any particular designs in your store that seem to be especially popular?
Cindy: I’ve done a lot of paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and I find that those designs are pretty good sellers. My favorite painting that I’ve done, of a “tree of life” Christmas tree, tends to sell well for the holidays. It was actually a painting I did as a commission, and I was able to get a good enough photo of it to turn it into these prints. I’m so glad to have a good camera now so that I can incorporate images like this of my real-life artworks on my Zazzle products.
I’ve found my owl and eagle designs are also rather popular, and I get requests from my family members for my Native American themed calendars.
Zazzle: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start out with their own Zazzle store?
Cindy: I would say create for yourself. What would you buy? Also, focus on quality. If it doesn’t look quite right, don’t post it! If your design doesn’t fit well or doesn’t resize properly, don’t use it on that product. Really try to make your products look the best they can, and create products that make sense for your store. Just keep doing it! You’ll be surprised, the longer you stick with it. If you’re truly loving it and having fun with it, you’ll be rewarded.

St. Patrick’s Day – Get Ready for the Parade

February 27, 2014 by

Though St. Patrick’s Day has become known as a holiday of libations, the Saint Day named for Patrick was sober business when it began. It was a day of holy obligations and quiet prayer, the exact opposite of rollicking parades and pub crawls that we use to celebrate all things Irish now.

Few people remember that blue was Saint Patrick’s original favorite color, but green and shamrocks came in and took over about 500 years ago. The legend says that Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. Today, we see the four-leaf clover more often because people wish to get as much Irish luck as they can.

As you prepare to watch or join in a St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, take a look at some of the essential gear you will need.

If you feel a little funny by just coming right out and saying “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” then this laid back t-shirt will do the trick for you. It’s a pretty safe bet that your admirers will always be after this “Lucky Charm.”

http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_st_patricks_day_lucky_charm_t_shirt-235079485267704580

Demonstrate your appreciation for the true St. Patrick’s Day spirit with this emerald spirit container from Liquid Courage. This is the perfect gift for the leprechaun in your life who searches for something more than Irish beer. At each toast, the flask displays the motto “Erin Go Bragh,” or “Éirinn go Brách” in Gaelic, which stands for “Ireland forever.”

http://www.zazzle.com/st_patricks_day_greeting_flask-256961191389365438

Everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in their own way. This fun hat is perfect for joining in the festivities without making a scene. After all, leprechauns come in all sizes and shapes. There’s no reason you can’t turn this holiday into anything you want it to be.

http://www.zazzle.com/leprechaun_worlds_tallest_hat-148391728029150302

There’s no law against being lucky in love and cards at the same time. Kiss the Blarney Stone and lay your bets with this set of poker chips custom made for St. Patrick’s Day games. The four-leaf clover replacing the “O” in “Love” sends the message that your friends will be lucky in love. As for the lucky at cards part, you can keep that for yourself.

http://www.zazzle.com/st_patricks_day_love_with_shamrock_poker_chips_set-256497462946799655

And, of course, don’t forget a friendly pinch for whoever’s not sporting green!

The Dogs of Zazzle: Barney

February 26, 2014 by

Welcome back to our third installment of our special behind the scenes look at Zazzle – from the vantage point of our four-legged employees! In case you missed them, make sure you also meet our pooch pals Snoopy and Lucien.

Hi there! I’m Barney – yep, just like Barney Stinson from my favorite show, How I Met Your Mother. I’m a special mix of Cocker Spaniel, Labrador and Dachshund. At only 16 months old, I’m the newest Zazzler around!

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On my days here at Zazzle, I help my mom help her fellow Zazzlers! We get to do fun stuff like recruiting new Zazzlers, and all things HR. Mom says that means “Human Resources”, but since I’m not a human, I think it would be better to call it Hug Resources! You can see I’m dedicated to the job by my favorite Zazzle shirt.

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Being pretty new to the world, I’m still working on being brave around new experiences. Scary things like walks, little kids, or anything moving on wheels still make me pretty nervous – but I’m working on it! A little bit of peanut butter – my favorite food – always makes me feel better.

If I’m not catching up on my beauty sleep, you can usually find me getting some exercise by chasing my tennis ball or admiring my own reflection to see just how well that beauty sleep worked. Good thing I check up on my appearance pretty frequently – the great Zazzle tie my friend Snoopy let me borrow turned out to be just a little too big:

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I might be a little shy at first, but since my mom and I met, I’m happy to make friends and share hugs with most anyone once I get to sniff- I mean get to know. See? I’m already getting over my fear of bicycles! (With the help of my treat-filled Zazzle dog bowl)

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Hope you enjoyed meeting me!

Photography by: Nancy Ahn


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