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Offer of Free Miniature Ocean Waves Painting / Trading Card / ACEO / original miniature painting created by Cricket Diane C Phillips (with $2.00 shipping and handling)
In order to market test the style of art painting that I am considering putting in stores – I am offering a free hand-painted miniature ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with boat that are an original art one-of-a-kind collectible trading card.
Each original unique ocean waves artwork is an individually painted miniature ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with a boat, sailboat or ship added. I am sending this original ocean waves miniature painting to you for free with a small charge for postage and handling of $2.00.
These paintings of the sea are acrylic paintings in miniature done on a variety of surfaces including mat board, canvas, watercolor paper, bristol board and canvas paper. Each miniature sea painting is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches – about the size of a playing card, collectible trading card and slightly larger than a credit card.
Paintings of the ocean waves in this miniature size as I have painted them, are filled with emotion and color – and is a real painting that you can hold in your hand. You can feel the actual strokes of the paint in the surface of each unique sea painting. To cover postage and handling, there is a $2.00 charge, which can be sent by mail or through PayPal.
These are original ocean and sea waves paintings – original works of art in miniature designed and painted exclusively by a single artist, Cricket Diane C Phillips, made in the USA. Total size of each card is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.). They have been individually painted, signed and titled on the back with scenes of ocean waves and sky in each original miniature ocean painting.
The subject matter available will be ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with boat. They are in an emotional painting style to capture the feeling of the ocean waves in a moment of time.
The examples you see here are ones I have painted which have already been sold and are now only available in prints. These examples of ocean waves miniature trading card paintings are not going to be identical to those offered. Each miniature sea painting is different and one-of-a-kind.
If you would like an ocean waves trading card painting that I have painted – order today – send $2.00 for postage and handling in the USA or $3.50 for International (Outside the USA), plus your name, address, city, state and country with postal code (zipcode).
And, do you want an ocean waves miniature painting or an ocean waves / sea painting miniature with a boat in it? The boats are purely imaginary and not intended to convey reality as a mechanical drawing would do. These are paintings, not comic strips.
Some of the ocean waves paintings have the blue and aqua tones of the sea and some have sunsets of the sea, night sea, early dusk ocean waves with muted tones and some are deep at sea without any sign of coast or shore.
Some of these miniature sea paintings / ocean waves paintings in trading card size have exotic color combinations with a flurry of ocean waves and some are calm, serene seas with touches of colors not uncommon to the ocean at different times of the day and in certain weather conditions over the sea.
Send $2.00 by mail, or use PayPal as described below to receive your own original miniature trading card sized ocean waves painting by CricketDiane. Please remember to note whether you would like an ocean waves miniature painting or an ocean waves painting with a boat miniature sea painting.
To: Cricket Diane C Phillips
1525 Terrell Mill Place, Apt. H
Marietta, GA 30067
– Or, if you have PayPal –
transmit $2.00 USA or $3.50 International to –
firstname.lastname@example.org on your PayPal account
and send me an email with your request for either ocean or ocean with boat – including your name, address, city, state, country and postal code
Note – Please take a moment when you receive your original ocean waves miniature painting / sea painting trading card to email me or post a comment. I am interested in knowing –
1. Do you like your ocean waves painting or not?
2. What do you like or dislike about your original one-of-a-kind sea painting in miniature?
3. Would you like to see these miniature ocean waves paintings and ocean waves paintings with boats available in stores as a souvenir or collectible?
That would be great and you can register your original miniature sea painting by posting your comment on my blog after you have received your ocean waves painting trading card, if you can take a moment to do that.
This offer good through June 30, 2009 – to get an ocean waves painting in trading card sized miniature of your own through this offer.
Limit – per household, individual or business, as many ocean wave miniature paintings art cards by cricketdiane as you would like but postage and handling is required for each of them.
For any business, non-profit, conservation, oceanography, or ocean / maritime / aquarium group interested in these miniature ocean waves paintings in trading card size, ocean waves with boats trading card size paintings or prints of these sea paintings to use for fund-raising or profit-making, please contact –
(or post a comment here with your request and I will email you.)
Orders will be filled in the order received.
You should receive your card in less than three weeks unless a waiting list becomes necessary, if it has been over three weeks let me know by email and I will see if I can find what happened to it.
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Getting Money When You Need It – Resourcing – II – 2008 – USA –
Resourcing – II – 2008 – USA
2008 Cricket Diane C Phillips
1. What do you do if the only resource you need is money?
Make a list of jobs / work / businesses you can do with only a cellphone – (no car – just a cellphone).
Make a list of jobs / work / businesses / sales you can make with only a computer (no car – no phone – just a computer).
Make a list of the nearest holidays, festivals, conventions, gatherings, bike races, themed events, car rallies, motorcycle runs, races, news events and fund-raisers that are already scheduled to happen.
Make a list of businesses / services you can offer that require no money to get them started (even if they require some tools you could borrow or buy).
Make a list (from the phone book and from what you know) of associations, clubs, organizations and churches in your nearby areas and what might they need, want or buy?
Make a list of needs in your community that are obvious based on time of year, holidays, activities that are happening now or in the near future, current concerns and needs you know are there.
2. If you only need the resource of money and you’ve made these lists, then what?
Find which ideas make the most money for the time put in them. Put a check mark in the left margin beside them.
Find which ideas can be done starting now with what you’ve got – put a star next to the ones of those that you like the most (even if they have a check mark beside them).
Find which ideas will make money the closest to now – the fastest to return immediate money, (give them another star in the left margin).
Take all entries from the list with a check mark, star, two stars or all of the above and write on another paper. These are worth pursuing & save the rest for another time in folder titled – business ideas.
Choose which ones from this list on a new sheet of paper that you most like or want to do. Either circle them, put a star next to them in the margin or write each on a clean piece of paper, (as a title). Then, write the steps you need to take to do them starting today and go do them. Check prices / costs and correct them, if needed, in order to make the money you need. Remember, desperate for money does not mean – give it away for nearly nothing or in the business model, it will undercut its chances of success for you.
3. You can do this any way you want – but here are some suggestions:
Rather than running out and paying out lots of money that you don’t have – network, ask, approach and be creative. Keep focused on “opportunities” and move on them as you find them.
If you want to shine shoes, paint pictures, do makeovers, mow yards, sell jewelry, sell t-shirts or whatever your service or product is – find a store or vendor that already has the permits and licenses, negotiate to use some of their space and work together.
Or, exchange some of your profits for the space in a corner of their store, their kiosk, their booth, their office or their parking lot / sidewalk. Or, create a special event with them where you can offer your services / products and help to promote their business at the same time.
Art shows and convention vendors can be found online at the website for the show – call them. Maybe they will share their booth for someone to help set-up, break down and watch their space part of the time.
This is not the same as business for a hobby or pastime. These are the “rules” for getting money as a resource in a timely manner. It is an “opportunistic” mindset used in a healthy, profitable way. If you can see how to sell drugs or sex or porn, then you can also sell just about anything legal with the same skills and mindset. The opportunities to meet the needs around you and serve those needs to make a profit is the focus to keep in mind. When these occur, grab them, move with them and price to profit immediately, fairly and positively. This is the basis of acquiring money as a resource anytime, anyplace, anywhere right now.
Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips
Cricket House Studios, 2008 (originally published May 3, 2009)
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On Codex 1 – USAX1 – 2008
2008 Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips
Cricket House Studios, USA1
Once upon a time, there were some quiet friends who needed to communicate with one another along some very private avenues without convergence or interruption. They took among them a list of songs that they all knew and could easily recall from memory in both melody and lyrics. With these songs lists, they could openly and freely communicate without the discernment of outsiders even in the intimate company of others.
These were complex and dangerous times when the friends decided amongst themselves and with their “commanders” to do this. It was quite a game to analyze the song content by registration keys for a message or messages to be read. The messages didn’t exist in the songs. The songs were used like passages in a book to encode and decode pertinent data, if found, the information would be meaningless to those who had received no access to the keys. At best, they would simply be guessing at the meaning.
Then, something happened to the key sets in use up until that time. With a change of administrative personnel critical to the unit’s survival, a choice was made quite incidental to any of the operating policies of those involved. This administrative person made an administrative change altering the original coding key sets that were based upon specific song titles within those sets.
This clerk did not change the order of the songs within the key. He did change and quasi-permanently altered the actual song titles to be used within the key. This administrative choice was made from the original song titles in the code keys to more up-to-date songs that he could readily fit into the codex (songs lists key sets.)
He then instructed the new song sets to be used on all incoming messages. These were song titles recognized by him and therefore, he believed they would be easier for everyone to use. He only told a few other administrative people in passing about these altered “code key” and “playbook” entries so that it appears to have been fairly insignificant and of little consequence to him, until now.
In this story, there has been no happy ending although it is being sorted out now and the field personnel, the quiet friends and the command group generals have the harms done on their own conscience to bear. Realizing the error and now with the corrected songs on the code keys, old messages are being released to the proper and appropriate channels of the group and to those interested parties currently worthy of note. The messages and data contained therein are a reminder of important lessons learned at prices and costs too high to dismiss. Of lives lost, damages done, days and wars and untold violence, in every way direct and infinite, a product and parcel of one person’s ego unhindered by the common sense of thinking skills applied to real-life, real world decisions.
I can say that in this once upon a time land, today does reside with real events, real people, real places and very tangible, real lives lost “because” . . . just, because of insignificance and no consequence. To see, to hear, to speak, to know, to be a thinking, sorting, and reasoning being carries with the knowledge and freedom a totality incongruous to the actions of this administrative clerk in my story.
Not even a shoelace is insignificant if it is the cause of a lost foot in a bicycle race or the loss of a leg on a motorcycle. The decision of what amounts to much or not cannot be left to those who do not know nor to those who cannot possibly understand what difference it makes in real lives, real situations, real events and in the scope of complex and timely operations, / projects, and real life risks.
Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 05-22-08
Stories of War –
Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips
Cricket House Studios, 2008
Kim, (my sister)
& me ( & sometimes, the kid from around the corner that helped us build a fort)
played war when I was in first grade (6 years old) at Smyrna, Georgia house on Mohawk Place.
(The time period when this experience took place was 1964 – 1965 and maybe 1966 also, US)
We came up with the codes using songs so that we could do recon without the other team knowing what we were saying – especially when one of us had found a huge stockpile of pinecones or dried dirt-clods to use.
Our teams were a changing square-off between us – of 3 against 3, so each engagement had to be a new command decision meeting of codes, strategies and sharing new and previous resourced information (especially that gained from working on the other team last time.)
This was like, which side of the house worked best for cover and escape, new songs to use for today’s code, what passwords and secret password checks would allow us to know each other coming around the corner of the house. (And, whether we had shifted alliances, been captured & forced to play for the other team, or told to quit throwing dirt clods at each other by any of our parents.) It was fun.
I learned rather quickly that my neighborhood friends and my sister who was slightly younger than me, couldn’t use the fun number games and codes I liked to play with (as a hobby) whenever I could. The best we could do was to work with some songs that we all knew and could agree upon.
Kim and I sang in the car with Mom on long trips, so we knew a lot of songs and all the words for them along with the melodies. Our friends had a little more trouble with that, but we all knew some of the same ones from Church, Sunday School and nursery rhyme songs. We used Hickory-Dickory Dock a lot until I was sick of that song from using it so much and sighed everytime it was offered as the best choice after awhile.
It got to where we could just about guess the three songs (sometimes, 2) the other team was using. I always seemed to get charged with doing that (figuring out what songs the other team was using), regardless of who got command on our team for that particular engagement. Some of our “engagements” lasted for days till one team or the other won the flag, or completed the operations we agreed on for winning.
Some of the operations were created by us at the moment (for winning / goals to achieve) with fairly elaborate stories. The boys always seemed to want “the prize” to be some uniquely awesome weapon, weapons system, treasure or high-tech secret. The girls mostly voted on military advantage – take the hill kind of stuff; find the secret, the treasure, the secret plans; find and capture all the members of the other team; rescue the victims of some evil, obscene plot; or restore something to its rightful owner.
It’s a wonder we didn’t get hurt because we sure didn’t play nice. We kept the rules of no hits with (a. pinecones, b. dried dirt clods, c. any other projectiles we created or used) above the shoulders / no targeting faces, necks, heads or hands. Beyond that, it was open season. We didn’t use sticks except as launch mechanisms & as the supports stuck in the ground for launch mechanisms.
But, what we launched – could and would definitely sting if we got hit, so we learned defensive and protective strategies real quick. It wasn’t like in cartoons where hiding behind a tree would get it, unless we didn’t stay there for long. Partly because the “enemy” kept moving, was always in motion and if you could see two, there was somewhere a third one coming up behind you to nail you with a dirt clod.
We didn’t have trees we could climb much in our yard so that didn’t provide a tactical advantage, but we had a cut-away hill beside the driveway on one side of the yard and a big wooded backyard. There were two massive oak trees in the front yard and a drainage ditch with a very slight hill between our yard and the neighbor’s on the opposite side of the house.
This little ditch was a simple foot wide trough with about an 18 inch height of graded incline into our front yard. On its backside, it was open to Lisa’s yard beside their house and ran the full length between the two properties from the street, along the side of the house and into the back yard. It provided the best vantage point and movement along the length of it and quick escape to the protection of the side of our house and the backyard for egress or retreat, if necessary.
We did a lot of regrouping, recon and sharing of “enemy” troop movements using every creative application of resources, knowledge and talents we could muster. I used all my favorite chess strategies in it although mostly to support our team, confound the “enemy” team and to plan and execute wins.
Each time we played “war” like this, we voted / decided on leadership roles and who served as commander / general / team leader and worked out who served as team “assistant, adjutant general, colonel or captain” for recon / tactical and the same titles for weapons management / coordination. It meant that everyone got to give orders to the others on some things and were basically responsible for those things / areas of need (primarily plus help with everything else – every team member was responsible for attacking the “enemy”).
I hated getting the job of finding and stockpiling our weapons of dirt clods and pinecones, although it did allow me to do more of the “spy” stuff in this job. Its amazing what can be heard while collecting weapons among the trees in the backyard while the other team thinks they have some privacy for their planning sessions. Weapons management meant I had to scream across the yard for my colleagues to throw over that pile of pinecones they were standing right next to and time it after they had finished throwing the one in their hand at some “enemy” team member. (And, then duck the incoming weapons stockpile being thrown to me across the yard.) I didn’t end up with that job too often but I did create a couple good little launchers out of some sticks and pea green pine straw laced with ribbon and two rubber bands from my hair on more than an occasion or two.
The songs key list for coding messages and information (codex) came out of this and from the multitude of ciphering / codes and numbers games books I worked with from around the age of – I don’t know but I was already familiar with them at the age of 4 as a fun way to pass the time while waiting, riding or while supposed to be “napping” in the afternoon.
(The time period when this experience took place was 1964 – 1965 and maybe 1966 also, US)
Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 2008
Cricket House Studios, 2008, USAX1
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2008 Cricket Diane C Phillips
1. What is available?
Believe it or not, I start with a broad scan of what is available before focusing on what is needed for a project or group of projects. When I’m searching across these broad areas, it includes local resources across the community and nearby cities as well as online and specialty resources pools. This also includes any and every possibility I can generate for places to look.
For instance, there are always huge bins of salvageable resources in “tear-offs,” remodeling and construction industry discards. These represent large pools of tangible resources that can be used for a multitude of project requirements. There are also independent contractors who are involved in construction projects who recycle and send into the community some of the things they happen upon during their work that can be approached to acquire certain things from electric motors to wiring, wiring harnesses and other industrial salvage. This is only one example, but there are many throughout our communities and in nearby city centers.
2. What is needed?
After taking a look at where large pools of certain resources are abundant and reviewing my goals for the project, I look at what is needed. Sometimes, the look at abundant current pools of resources does influence changes in the project, but most of the time, it does not. The next thing to do is to either get a list on paper or get a list, general or specific, in my mind. It depends on what it is – if there are over twenty items, more or less, I generally keep the list in my mind rather than on paper because that works better for me. The main idea is to be congruent, coherent and concurrent in acquisition processing. There is no sense missing the opportunity to get three things from the same place because a list is being processed one item at a time.
I always determine at this point, how important is it? This is a critical judgement at this point in the process because if I don’t know how far I’m willing to go to complete the project, I won’t have a basis of judgement or justification for climbing over the hurdles that will be part and parcel of resourcing the project.
3. What condition of assets is required? (Does it matter if they are brand new or not?)
Sometimes, a brand new item within a project group is the only thing that will work for the integrity of the finished product. If that is the case, I want to determine that as early in the process as I can. Then, resourcing that item may be limited to cash in trade or in kind trade or some other limiting method. Otherwise, how new does it need to be? Most things do not have to be brand new and occasionally, reconditioning may be required.
4. How much (in what quantity) is required?
5. Is the entire quantity required at once or at the start? (Or can it be done in stages?)
6. Besides stores and other retail outlets, where are these resources located?
7. In what quantities are the resources available at the places listed?
8. What barter, trade or cash is required to get these assets?
9. How quickly can they be acquired, delivered, rounded up?
10. Now, decisions have to be made –
A.) Yes, go ahead –
B.) No, not worth it –
C.) Probably, but need more info –
D.) Likely, but need better resource choices – or access choices –
E.) Maybe later, set on a shelf for another time and relook later.
11. Next, acquisition processes begin –
I.) Steal – (not really – permanent borrowing when approved by owner)
J.) Buy New
K.) Buy Used
L.) Buy Auctioned
M.) Buy Discounted or Clearanced
N.) Buy or Trade Salvaged
O.) Buy or Trade Online
P.) Collectors Exchange
Q.) Hobby Trade and Exchange
R.) Opportunity Exchange
S.) Barter Platform Websites Exchange and Trading
T.) Specialty Convention Trading
U.) Co-ownership – Joint ownership (for tools and large equipment)
V.) Rental or Lease
W.) Sponsorship – Get someone to sponsor acquisition
X.) Rare acquisition sources, trade – barter – buy
Y.) Pawnshop, Impound, Impound Auctions, Alternate Sources
Z.) Extreme acquisition sources, trade – barter – buy (also find a good excuse for one-time use purchase by someone or some group and buy it from them after that.)
Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 05-02-08, USA1 – USAX1 – 2008 – [CD]9
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Cricket Diane Quote of the Day –
“I’lluminatis – if you will . . .” means (=)
“I’ll Light up the World, if you will . . .
and Together we will Succeed.”
(“And God will “know us” – It will honor Him –>
Who Made The Universe And All That Is In It.”)
– Quote from Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 2008
USA1 – 042708 – Cricket House Studios [CD]9
This is an economics test that I just made up this morning – which is very basic. However, none of the answers have anything to do with confidence in any form as a term of valuation. If your answers are in any perspective based on the idea of “confidence, credibility, and / or housing” – thet need to be changed to something else for this test’s answers.
If you know anyone in the government regulating businesses, banks, financial institutions, markets, market analysis or financial investments and financial consultants, – send this test to them by email and ask them to try it out and send you the answers. It should be interesting. This would also apply to any and all that are leading businesses, marketplace activities, stock market activities, financiers and financial advisors, et al.
The test answers will be available on another site than this and the address for them (probably at MySpace or YouTube) will be published later today, 04-27-08.
BASIC SKILLS TEST FOR ECONOMICS – I – 2008 – USA1 –
Written in entirety by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips on 04-27-08
Note – (no reference materials were used for this test – but you are welcome to use any that you need.)
1. What are the seven factors that impact (ECOM) economics?
2. What are the three factors that determine the value of any and all currencies? (currency)
3. What is an ( *example ) exceptional, extreme market factor that influences, impacts, and often undermines currency value / valuation of assets?
4. What is the primary factor that influences the market value of all other things?
*** This test is simple and basic, but for those who believe and have been taught that “confidence” determines those values of market place assets and dynamics – it will be hard to shift away from that thinking. Look for the real, tangible values that profitable and true economics / economies utilize for their foundations and in their thinking about those dynamic forces.
Copyright 2008 Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips