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Visiting Biz NESS* TODAY – Nutmeg Designs

admin : August 16, 2012 1:42 am : Uncategorized


Several weeks ago, Ranae Gable of In Touch Marketing Concepts, Ltd. and I decided to start a practice of visiting one local business of interest to explore to character and needs of smaller entrepreneurial firms, to test the needs of marketing and advertising in the current economical climate.

This exploration is gut-level and totally non-scientific, we are exploring by instinct, and plain curiosity. It has been a warm-hearted exchange of ideas and inspirations.

Our first “Official” visit was to the studio of Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs of Lansdale.  Margaret and her husband, Wayne Stratz are mosaic glass artists who create designs, that “Catch the Eye and Delight the Soul.”  

The challenges that face craft-based artists are extreme in a financial climate where the purchases of luxury items including artwork have become scarce. The cost of promotion, display, warehousing, packaging and shipping added to the rising costs of fine materials is a universal challenge faced by artists all over. 

We learned that craft shows are still the major outlet followed by online sales and word-of-mouth recommendations from admirers. There is much to be admired and marveled over, Celtic Crosses and Rainbows at Nutmeg Designs.

Margaret and Wayne can be followed at:

 *Ness – meaning essence from You, Me and Dupree

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Quid Pro Nothing

admin : August 10, 2012 9:30 pm : Uncategorized

So often youngsters in any business find this sort of offer intriguing. But the bottom line is that FREE is still FREE, and the return is generally nada.

If you are tempted, ask for the name of the previous person who took the offer….if they are still in business.

I think this post speaks volumes with humor. Bet it makes you smile!


Image thanks to Mike Walsh.


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Art From the Heart

admin : August 7, 2012 3:29 am : Uncategorized

Artwork • • • • Art Work • • • • ART work  • • • • ART  • • • • WORK

Talent may be inborn. Talent may be trained. It may be accidental, unintentional or untapped.

Once unleashed………..

The execution of that talent for the pleasure of others, or for commercial exposure, or a a career path,

comes from the heart of the creator. It can’t be dialed up and it doesn’t get delivered through the drive-thru.

It comes from a passion to create. Rebekah Joy Plett puts it very well…

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Chuck Lorre Productions Vanity Cards

admin : August 4, 2012 12:20 am : Uncategorized

If anyone has watched Two and a Half Men, or Big Bang Theory, the end of the reel has a pop-up Vanity Card with comments by the series producer, Chuck Lorre. 

The cards flash by with such speed that if you are not watching closely you will not catch the # as it flies by.

Several times I have gone looking and Lorre’s comments are always amusing, and I found this one not only entertaining and insightful, but just plain beautifully written, censored and rewritten.

Apparently, this card was censored as it was originally written – This is Vanity Card #278 (uncensored)


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He knew what he was talking about

admin : August 3, 2012 12:11 am : Uncategorized


This image just came across my desk and I had to share it.

Everyone has heard about drawing outside of the box, but I think this says it better.

This man knew exactly what he was about. What do you think?

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admin : July 15, 2012 11:02 pm : Uncategorized

I just caught a flicker on Yahoo about a fabulous car museum in the Philadelphia area.

And yes, if you are a car person you should go and see it.

I’ve had the immense pleasure of seeing many of these beautiful machines up close and working.

But why, why, why do people and the interviewer in this video treat cars like the sole domain of men?

No matter whether it is a concours, collecting or a private racing class, many of the serious enthusiasts are women.

There are so many women driving serious iron these days, that I’m surprised the editor allowed this silly chit to play the dumb card.

She’d probably do the same visiting a gun club. More on that later.

At any rate, if you can’t run right out, here is a terrific link.

The Need for Speed: A Car-Lover’s Mecca in Philadelphia


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admin : June 16, 2012 10:09 pm : Uncategorized

No matter how many times you read over copy, there are just some days when even the shortest phrase gets tricky.

But is this on purpose for the viral publicity?

YOU decide. When you stop giggling.

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admin : June 1, 2012 11:10 pm : Uncategorized

WORKING FOR CREDIT I love this video because it highlights the bane of many creative artists’ existence. The creative community in my experience is one of the most generous as a group, offering ideas, art, execution and participation, blood, sweat and tears to so many worthwhile efforts.

However, why is it that once exposed as a “giver” do people expect you to give and give and give, to profitable businesses? Have you been labeled a “push-over?”

Ranae Gabel, co-founder of In Touch Marketing Concepts, <> and I were having coffee at Starbucks the other day, and got into an amazingly entertaining discussion about CLIENTS v. FREEBIES.

To that end, we are planning to offer an INTRO into marketing….FREE.

Just as soon as we can figure out how to get paid for it.

In the meantime, please be entertained by the link below. The creator has offered it to other creators whose clients want the invoice to read

GRATIS.”  Enjoy!

Exposure Doesn’t Pay the Bills

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ATTITUDE ~ It Counts, Sometimes a Whole Lot

admin : May 29, 2012 11:47 pm : Uncategorized

Attitude is priceless when you have the right amount of it at the correct time.



“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right,
they’re in front of us, they’re behind us.
They can’t get away this time.”




Lewis had spin well before “spin” was a common skill.  
Lewis “Chesty” Puller was an uncommon man, still the most highly decorated Marine in US history.
Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
To read more about this unique character go to:
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admin : May 22, 2012 1:57 am : Uncategorized

Everyone in the ad business lives in ultimate fear of the one typo that will sink the ship. And almost every piece of literature printed has a typo, you just hope that it will be of low impact and overlooked by the majority of readers. So why did they let it off of the printers loading dock?

Imagine this one……and now it has gone viral.

University of Texas Apologizes for “_______” Commencement Typo


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