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One of the products I made today on my store at Zazzle from a skateboard extreme design made several years ago. Love it as a tie.
It is difficult to write now – more than ever. Today, I finished glazing a sculpture at the ArtLab which is the last clay class until Winter session starts.
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These porcelain plates I designed are available on Zazzle so that you can customize them with your family name, this year or another year of special commemoration and use them to hang on the wall as collectibles and family commemoration plates. Simply use the template field to change my family name and this year, to whatever you want with your family name. Wonderfully pretty.
America USA July 4th Patriotic Family CricketDiane Dinner Plate by CricketDiane
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Today, I have been making tshirts for Dad on my Zazzle store. They are being thought up and designed almost simultaneously, although to be honest, I brainstormed a lot of ideas first – most of which I wouldn’t use without a bit of revision on them. These tshirts are funny and geeky – hopefully perfect for Dad to get on Father’s Day, for a birthday or as a special Christmas gift later this year.
The first one needed something – so I changed the text font on the word, Leader and put it in red to make this one – the back has the same design. It also says, Fix It team which changes in the next couple shirts.
Dad Shirt Funny CricketDiane House Run-a-Muck Fun by CricketDiane
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It needed a coffee mug to go with it so I decided to make a commuter mug thinking that would be a great gift for Dad – well, for my Dad. And, maybe other people will like it too.
Dad Commuter Cup Leader Fixer Team CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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Then, I decided to change the words to Fixer Team and redo the font on House Run-a-Muck Fixer Team and separate it some from the word, Leader while making it larger too.
Daughter and fellow business partner came in and said it would be funnier if the word Leader was on the back with the other part about House Run-a-Muck on the front which yielded this tshirt for Dad. The back says, Team Leader in bold red letters.
Funny Dad House Run-a-Muck Fun Shirts CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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So, from my brainstorming a number of ideas for words to go on Dad tshirts for Father’s Day to say #1 Dad without using those words – this one started as Mad Techno Geek which my daughter changed to read, Mad Techno Geek God and she decided on this computer tech look font. This allover print tshirt is black sleeved with black on the back that are solid and non-design surfaces – the front black background looks more grey but the words are great. So, I made another one of it after this.
Funny Tech Shirt STEM CricketDiane Techno Geek Dad by CricketDiane
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The same tshirt above showing both front and back – the front doesn’t look as grey here and I chose the black background print color from the Zazzle editor instead of adding my own plain color black background art that I have on file. I suspect it will be a dark grey more like the above closeup of the shirt though.
Funny Tech Shirt STEM CricketDiane Techno Geek Dad by CricketDiane
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This is the next version of the Mad Techno Geek God which I did while daughter walked up to the store – I like it.
Dad Tech Tshirts CricketDiane Funny Geeky Shirts by CricketDiane
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Then, putting together two brainstorm ideas from my list, one of which was modified by my daughter to say batteries not required – yielded this tshirt for Dad – The Dad-O-Matic that requires no AA batteries. Very nifty.
So Funny Fun Dad Tshirts Dad-O-Matic CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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About then, I made a note to make another of these tshirts that I designed a few years ago – into a new version for Father’s Day with my saying on it, Nerd by Nature – Geek by Choice. Here it is made with geeky Dads in mind because Father’s Day is soon, but this shirt is perfect for just about anyone who is geeky and should be proud of it (women included and a selection can be made from Zazzle to simply put it on any style of women’s shirt too). I like it – one of my favorites.
Then, I got to thinking about who actually buys gifts for Dad on Father’s Day, realized that kids need something nifty to give Dad too – and made this shirt on the fly right out of the top of my head. Wasn’t brainstormed first – just happened. I like it a lot. The back of the shirt says, Dad of the Best Kids. And the front says it all, Dad of the Best Kids in the World and below that slightly smaller in a different color of grey, it says (they bought me this shirt). Very nifty and funny. Daughter actually laughed when she saw this one in spite of herself – being young and so sophisticated as she is.
Funny Dad Shirts from Best Kids CricketDiane Fun by CricketDiane
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This was from the combination of two ideas also – and there ended up being two versions of it. On this one, the design is only on the front because I couldn’t think of what to do with the back and the second repeats the design on both sides because I liked the design better. But on this one, anyone buying it can customize the back with an added message, which is also pretty cool.
Funny Tshirts Dad Gifts Model Number CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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I do like this one better. Took the colon out that appeared after the word Dad, and that re-sized the text to look a lot better or rather, re-situated it visually. And then, I added – updates automatically in grey and smaller text size below it – which is funny and really fun and makes me laugh every time I see it. Love this one. Perfect for Dad too.
Funny Tshirts Dad Geeky Gift Wireless CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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Well, on my list of brainstorming ideas, I had the word wireless – which is a perfect word for a tshirt and in a few minutes I’m going to make one with it. But, daughter said it could be misread – so I put Wireless and User-Friendly on this shirt, both sides. Not sure if I like the font style. Will probably change that too. The shirt is funny and it is a little bit of innuendo apparently. Maybe not risque though. I almost bet a guy would buy this shirt for himself to wear. It would be a great shirt for some occasions.
Wireless User Friendly Funny Geek Dad CricketDiane T-shirt by CricketDiane
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Last night, aside from a diversity tshirt that says, Diversity is Strength that I’m not including in this post, that I made – I also made these fun party sunglasses for the Fourth of July which would be a great Dad gift too. They are aviator style, but the Zazzle store allows for another style and a kid’s version too, along with various other colors for the frames. I liked the white with this Star Spangled Banner Red White And Blue USA gun-ho look. The flag design has a different look to it than simply a flat American flag which I really like about it. These are just so fun.
Patriotic USA American Flag Glasses CricketDiane Aviator Sunglasses by CricketDiane
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Also made last night by me on Zazzle – were two American flag ties. This one has a flat navy blue background and the other below it, has a navy blue starfield background. Love them both and they would make great gifts for Dad, or to wear for Fourth of July and other patriotic holidays – and to celebrate returning personnel from engagements. And, for Armed Forces Day too.They would be a great Dad gift.
The first version of the American flag tie design for this year that I did was made on a navy blue starfield background which is repeated on the front and back of the tie. It is the first of the two made last night, the second one is shown above. This tie could be worn to work as well as to holiday celebrations, election celebrations and Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, Armed Forces Day, Armistice Day and Flag Day celebrations. And, Labor Day, but I don’t see many people interested in wearing a tie on Labor Day unless it goes with swim trunks, running shorts, or with a tshirt, running shorts and sneakers. Hey, that could be a great look!
Fourth of July USA Ties CricketDiane America 4th by CricketDiane
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Another possible Dad gift for Father’s Day that I made last night with an iPhone case to match it on down a little ways in this post –
Dad Grey Checkerboard Retro Tie CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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From a couple days ago, and there is one more version yet to be posted, this perfect reality test for spooks and people old enough to know better than to trust things to be as they seem – makes a great funny gift for Dad (and so true!)
Duck CricketDiane Wildlife Nature Dad Funny Gifts Barely There iPhone 6 Plus Case by CricketDiane
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Just had to take this moment to show off my two new versions of a Lucky Fishing Shirt for the Geeky Dad with its ray gun and the words, Lucky Fishing Shirt. The second version done yesterday or the day before – is below this one. Like this one the best, but they are both great fun and funny for the tech focused fisherman, any geek, and anyone who has thought a ray gun would’ve done better than the worm and hook that the fish are laughing at just below the surface of the water while watching you “fish”.
Lucky Fishing Shirt Geeky Dad CricketDiane Funny by CricketDiane
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These two Lucky Fishing Shirts were made originally, last year or earlier this year by me, but the text was smaller. There was another few designs along the same theme that I did, but haven’t remade them yet. Will probably do that sometime today or tomorrow – I’m making a note about it now. One had a fishing thing that wasn’t a ray gun – I’ll have to go find it. I like the ray gun, but I’m a bit on the geeky side and find it really, really funny. You haven’t been fishing with me or you’d think it was really, really funny too.
Lucky Fishing Shirt Ray Gun Geeky Dad CricketDiane by CricketDiane
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This is the iPhone case that inspired the Dad’s tie above. It just looks so cool with that retro modern thing going on and I didn’t put NYC on the tie, but it sure would look good on it too. Love this particular checkerboard pattern I recently made with its very, very light yellow tint squares contrasting the steel grey squares. I just love it. And, it is so perfect on the tie and this case – what a great look! Love em.
NYC iPhone Case CricketDiane Retro Yellow Grey by CricketDiane
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I’m going to go make some more goodies for Dad and for gifts Dad might enjoy getting for Father’s Day. Even though there are thousands of nifty gadgets to get for Dad, when it is time to get something really special that he might wear – well, there can’t be enough to choose from as far as I’m concerned and more would be lots better. That way, something may be just perfect. And make the best rolling laughter that serves as part of the very best gift of all – good feelings and knowing you are loved.
- cricketdiane, 05-19-16
CricketDiane iPad Case Pink Rose Shabby Chic by CricketDiane
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This is a design for an iPad cover that I made tonight and it turned out so pretty. I like it.
Just had to mention that I was walking up to the store and got to see the 1963 Studebaker and a 1988 25th Anniversary Edition Avanti – all amazing.
I also saw one with a bullet nose – all restored beautifully – all wonderful American innovations from another time. Tucker.
And, apparently these cars live in Georgia with their owners from the North Georgia Studebaker Drivers Club. Had the chance to meet and talk with them for a little while because they had their cars a couple blocks from where I live. It was wonderful. To get to see those cars up close and personal with their owners who had restored them was a very special gift and I’m glad I saw it when I did on the way walking to the grocery.
The negative part of this experience is that I only lived a couple blocks from where these Studebakers were sitting and a.) didn’t know about it, b.) didn’t have my cameras or phone with me, and c.) I’m not only too ugly to look at, but it is apparently uncommon for a woman to be interested in cars. Something is way wrong in America.
I could have run back home and gotten my cameras, but then I would not have gotten to see the cars at all. One couple who live up near my parents’ house were so busy backing away that I didn’t have a chance to tell them that my blog has enough people reading along to actually tell about their club and its activities. Or maybe I did tell them that and they just didn’t want anything to do with it. That’s possible.
It so happened that I had just made a 3×5 card with all my sites on it and YouTube channels, blogs, America The Beautiful Show project, and websites for cricketdiane – including the zazzle stuff – but no, I didn’t give them that even though I had it with me. I did think to offer a business card for the America the Beautiful Show and it must be the worst business card design in history – because people shun them, don’t want to take them, give them back to me, throw them away, don’t look at them and don’t want them generally. I don’t get it – or maybe its just me. I can tell when people are backing away from me and although these Studebaker owners were friendly, those folks definitely kept backing away from me. I must smell bad or look worse than they expect or talk funny or I don’t even know what. If it had been my car club and I did have someone there who lived nearby and wanted to put it on a blog (for free) to tell others about it – I’d have taken them over to get their damn cameras. Or at least said to go get the cameras and waited for them to get back to take pictures, filled their notes with all kinds of nifty details including where the next spit and polish show would be held and told about how the club was formed, about the cars in the process of restoration and all kinds of other nifty stuff. But, no.
I don’t know what it is. I”m just ugly I guess.
And, on a happier note –
The store at zazzle has made it possible to see how a lot of artworks that I’ve been sitting with for a long time – having created them and then set them aside, actually look on products from beach bags, to shoes, to men’s ties and iPad covers. Very nifty actually. I like the skateboard deck designs best – even though they don’t look like the ones everybody else is creating for skateboards. Seems like the same designs I’m offering would be great on surfboards, snowboards and on skates and roller blades, skis and boats like SeaDoos.
And, I’ve put a couple new designs on since coming home from the store and seeing the Studebakers on display. I have to say that one lady and her husband were so nice and she answered a lot of my questions about the car, although she noted that they have another one just starting the restoration process which is a 1951 Studebaker – maybe with four doors. The one they restored that was there had been from Indiana where there is a lot of salt on the roadways and hence it had a lot of rust. It was a 1963 Gran Turismo and was absolutely beautiful in midnight blue with the Studebaker emblems and everything – the interior had been completely redone in silvery blue original vinyl from the plant where someone bought out the last of it when the plant closed.
They had someone in Knoxville do the interior upholstery. The dash had the walnut hand-polished burled and elegant, the steering wheel gear shift stick has what looks like the original ivory nobs on it as did the turn signal indicator stick. There was a tiny ashtray in between the front seats and the backseat had the original style ivory pinhole vinyl on the sidestruts by the windows. On the back of the trunk, the owners, Bill and Charlotte, had made the aluminum Studebaker placard polished – which was a rare feature for cars at that time (to incorporate aluminum design elements into the outside features.) Its very beautiful and they’ve done stunning work on it.
But, Charlotte also designed the t-shirts for the N.Ga Studebaker Drivers’ Club and seeing them made me really wish she had designed my business cards. Very fun – and the design even had a Studebaker in it along with some of the places where the club can be found.
Well, aside from not knowing who I’m with – to be able to answer that question when asked by someone at a situation like I experienced today with the Studebakers owners’ club, and only essentially being with myself as cricketdiane – which really doesn’t lend itself to be a good answer, apparently – I had lots of fun looking at the cars and admiring the work that has been put into them. The American innovations displayed in the Studebakers is absolutely worth seeing and if anyone ever gets a chance to see them or get up close to them, they should. And, don’t let them put down the hood before seeing inside that amazing engine block – truly stunning.
And, I want to say it was disappointing to hear that the next time these cars will be nearby where I can walk up to see them – will be next year and several times that I asked who I would need to talk into bringing them back sooner – it was made clear that it isn’t really a possibility. So, I’m going to say it right now – if you have a car club in Georgia or just about any other nifty thing like that – motorcycles, horses, antique goodies – or just a club you want people to know about – come up the street from where I live and I will take pictures, put it online and tell people about it.
And, don’t expect me to look wonderful and pretty and professional and all that – cause I don’t. And, I don’t dress well either . . .
Just ignore that part and I’ll ignore it when you act stuck up about me not looking just right or dressing just right or smelling just right or talking about the right things the right way to be an American woman . . .
Aw – go to hell – it wasn’t the folks from Calhoun that were stuck up – it was the ones who live around here – figures.
And, worse than that – I think I know them.
At least I didn’t speak to them in Russian. I checked on the way home thinking through what I said to make sure none of my words or expressions included the “f” word. But, no – that wasn’t it. And maybe people don’t know this –
and before somebody says – I don’t get it – what is that?
The above is a photograph of a “painting” that I did after scrubbing around in weeds to take a picture of it along with several others out in West Georgia. I have also done pencil drawings, pastel chalk “paintings,” pen and ink drawings, oil paintings and acrylic paintings of Rolls Royces and did the above painting twice for two different buyers and of Alfa Romeos – like this one – (intended for a calendar set to raise money for the owners’ club which they never even had a chance to see) –
And that is a watercolor and ink of an Alfa Romeo – there are a couple pencil drawings of it I’ve done, too.
My Note –
You just have to see this – I changed the way CricketDiane new site looks. Now, if I can get more of the information in it from this blog’s 2000 plus posts and from my computers and external drive, flash drives and backup cds – I’ll have it.
I don’t know if anyone know this but there is a new blog I started for the America the Beautiful Show project – also on wordpress.
Maybe – it would be fun to add some more to the galleries on the CricketDiane site – there are 15 separate galleries right now with images of art that I’ve done.
It isn’t obvious yet on the website that no one can actually buy the original artworks. I have to fix that. Only the rights to use the images are available for people to put on stuff like 50,000 dishtowels to resell.
We’ll see. There has to be a better way to convey that.
If you ever want to say something to me, although I’m usually asleep during the day and work at night – it is easiest to find me in real time on twitter at the America the Beautiful Show account.
The user id for it is
The listy page from CricketDiane Studios –
Sort of standing in for a partial inventory – there is a more comprehensive list or two sitting around here somewhere in a file folder. And, of course – there’s more . . .
Gotta have a real sense of humor to deal with trying to get this into the public marketplace and whatever opportunities may exist there.
It is a little daunting and a lot perplexing to say the least.
And, computer frustrationus maximus.
That is a new term. I just made it up.
I bet somebody already had occasion to consider it and use it with a string of cuss words which it seriously needs . . .
It is sad to turn off the internet, the cable and close the stores. I’m going to keep the America the Beautiful Sites running for the month of April but then, either I find the money to keep them going or I will have to close them down, too.
Anyway, as a consequence of shutting down the internet tomorrow and the cable which I’ve been using for the news, for research and the various blogs, twitters, stores and America the Beautiful Show project, I won’t be writing here or on the twitter – probably most of the rest of the year, except occasionally when I can go find an internet opportunity.
It irks me that I’ve failed to make any money with it and it irks me even more to know that I have failed generally to make it work, despite my best efforts. In each month, I have been taking about half of the money available to me from my disability check to pay for it and doing without other things. I thought it would be a way to make my living from it someway instead of living on charity. But, it didn’t work that way. Apparently, I’m a moron in every sense of the word and I just have to accept that me and making money simply does not go together. It never has worked and after I don’t know how long – of trying in every way I know how, it just has to stop so I can pay my bills.
In fact, it is honest to say – I could’ve just stayed drunk the entire last three or four years rather than doing this and been better off for it. I wouldn’t have spent near as much money or worked anywhere near what I have to end up with the same things out of it – which is to be broke, poor, desolate, alone and without success at making money.
Earlier today, I had read three articles from the Harvard Business School blog about turning failures into success and for about three hours, I worked on that idea again when suddenly I realized that if it was going to work – it would have worked a long time ago. And, it simply doesn’t. What I offer has no value in my family nor from my hands and mind when I come into the marketplace with it. And, that is my fault. I just don’t get it. The products and knowledge I have created, designed, invented or researched and put together are not going to get me one dime of the $421 a month that I’m spending each and every month just to be online and host a couple stores and a couple sites for the America the Beautiful Show. It doesn’t cover its own costs and now I have got to cover my own – or end up homeless.
So, I’ve closed the stores a few minutes ago and in the morning after the sun comes up – I’m calling to suspend the internet and cable before they charge me again and I already owe them about $400 as it is. They can come get their equipment. Apparently I don’t need it to continue doing what isn’t working and has never worked. There has not been one job to come from it, not one sale, not one opportunity for writing for anyone or investor for anything I’m doing – and unfortunately, not one advertiser or sponsor either. Even the America the Beautiful Show sites have no sponsors, neither do the NYC walkabout blogs – the stores and auctions didn’t sell anything and I paid handsomely for those listings to be made and the things I interacted with people on craigslist about – were a complete waste of time. If I had paid someone $20 to come take them off my hands, they might have considered coming to my apartment or meeting me somewhere for the nintendo stuff I have – and I wouldn’t pay them and they didn’t want to pay me – so it is still here. It has not been a fruitful exercise.
Oh well. Neither have the other businesses I’ve started over the years. It seems like I know a lot about it and can’t do anything right with it. But, it hasn’t been for a lack of trying and stickto-itiveness. But, it never has come close to breaking even and I know damn good and well that there will not be the opportunities to get some business loan or investors for it anyway. The few times I’ve interacted with that in the last few years, have been a disaster and produced not one single dime. Just like trying to get sponsors for the America the Beautiful Show websites – not one single yes out of three hundred emails sent out and multiple online applications to large corporations. I doubt they ever even saw any of it. I didn’t get past the little screening companies they are using.
I hate to say that I’ve failed. But, there you go.
Thanks for reading. The information will be here on the blog until whenever they start charging for it. And, I guess at some point, I’ll find an internet wifi spot or something and post a note on the blog again, but I won’t be able to do the research and news stuff I’ve been doing with it or the brain zaps. I hate that. It will remind me that I am lonely again.
I really liked participating in a greater world and bringing solutions and research to the table. I hated that more people didn’t ever see any of it and never even considered using my solutions for paying off the national debt and fixing the budget without having to cut all these programs that are already in place. There are millions of dollars given to other things and other people who haven’t offered one solution that works – but I suppose they are more entertaining and stir people up more or something. Maybe they just understand people better than I do or had more sense about making the arrangements to get paid which I can’t seem to do. I don’t know. It is a wonder.