Saturday, November 15, 2008

Regular Service Resumes, an Announcement, and a Giveaway

I'm back! Did you miss me?
Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my previous post wishing me a good blog break. I was away a bit longer than I had originally thought but I think I'll be back to a regular blogging schedule again now. And being away made me realize just how addicted I am to blogging and how big a part of my life the book blogging community has become. You have all been busy posting while I've been away so Google Reader is really not my friend right now. It'll take me a while to catch up but I'll try to visit soon.

As for the project I wanted to work on, work was a bit busier than usual last week so I didn't get quite as much time to spend on it as I would've liked, but I have made a good start. And what is this mystery project I keep talking about?

Well, I'd been thinking of it for a while but I finally started a gallery on Zazzle.com featuring some of my photos. If you're not familiar with Zazzle, it's one of those sites where you can add your original designs to various products that they then print up and ship as requested. A kind of print on demand service for cards, calendars, mugs, t-shirts, and the like. I've started out with calendars, and blank cards that you can customize by adding your own text inside, if you so choose.
If you're reading this in a feed reader, click through to my blog and you'll see a flash panel above this post showcasing my available products. Some of the Product Lines, which you can find on the left sidebar on my gallery homepage, have only a few items in them at the moment, but I will be adding more soon. I do hope you'll stop by and let me know what you think. I'd love to have some feedback on what you like, or don't. And if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at tanabata2000 at gmail dot com.

Also, just to let you know that Zazzle is currently offering 40% off all calendars, 25% off when purchasing 7 or more cards, or free U.S. or U.K. Shipping* on qualifying orders. These offers are of course for anything on the site, not just mine. I've listed the checkout codes on the homepage of my gallery.

*Products ordered from Zazzle.com are printed and ship from the U.S but Zazzle.co.uk has also recently launched with prices and shipping costs listed accordingly in pounds. My gallery can be accessed either via www.zazzle.com/bishaphoto* or www.zazzle.co.uk/bishaphoto*.
Of course international shipping is available from either site.

And finally, to celebrate the start of my little online shop, I'd like to offer one lucky winner the calendar of their choice from my gallery. At the moment I have three calendars available, Japan 2009, Flowers 2009, and Roses 2009, but I hope to add another one or two in the next couple of days, maybe irises and lilies.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me your most memorable moment of 2008. I'll draw a name and announce the winner next Friday, November 21st.

19 comments:

  1. Welcome back Nat.

    You know I missed you and I am sure many missed you. I will definitely become a client, I am always looking for nice cards and those are awesome and beautiful and you took the shots.
    Again, Congratulation.

    I love your new blog Header and red is nice, I always hesitated and then I saw Andy's blog and I just loved what she did with the color red. I also love it on your blog

    I will eventually make my own header but when I am done with my Dec.8th appointement.

    So nice to have you back !Missed you

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  2. We did miss you! And I think your project is a great idea! I love all the calendars, but so far I think Japan is my fave.

    For the contest: my most memorable moment of 2008 was getting Daisy. I wanted a puppy for soooo long, it was great to snuggle up to her and watch all the puppy cuteness. She came into my life on February 8th, and she'll be a year old on December 18th. :)

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  3. My most memorable moment of 2008 is when I started my blog on a whim and did not have much hope to have anyone join, but I met a blogger who inspired me to keep going, hmmm...I wish she did not live so far away and I wish her a wonderful Christmas back in Canada, where she grew up.

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  4. I suppose my most memorable moment of 2008 was having my first story published in print in an anthology about families and my daughter telling me how moved she was after reading it.

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  5. Oh Tanabata! What a great idea! I'm so glad you have found a way to turn your talent into a product. I want to enter to win a calendar, for sure!

    One of my most memorable moments of 2008 just happened last week - I was quoted in the New York Times newspaper from my posted thoughts about the book Against Medical Advice. I believe that was my 15 seconds of fame. :)

    Thanks for offering such a special gift! (I think you could guess which one I would pick.)

    Also, reading all the comments is going to be fun - great rule to enter.

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  6. I have heard of Zazzle, glad you're presenting your work to everyone, always like your photography

    no real memorable moment for me this year other than Obama for president, that stands out to me

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  7. I missed you, Nat, and am so glad you are back.

    What a neat project! And your photos are certainly worthy of printing on cards and such.

    I would love to be entered for a chance to win a calendar. My most memorable moment in 2008 . . . Can I make it my most happy memorable moment? It's been a very rough year and the bad memories are what are standing out the most for me unfortunately. My most happy memorable moment this year was seeing Anya and Parker grooming each other and cuddling with each other after a week of thinking they would never ever get along. It was the moment I knew that Anya had been welcomed completely into our family. She's been the highlight of my year. :-)

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  8. Yes, of course I missed you!!

    I've never heard of Zazzle, but it looks like an excellent site.

    Hmm, my most memorable moment is also the one I'm trying hardest to forget, so I'll tell you that the best moments have all had to do with photography. Whenever I just happen to capture something that surprises me, I feel totally blessed. I guess my favorite and most memorable was the time when a little boy showed up with a tree frog in his hands and put it on the bright blue exterior of the natatorium where our son was in a swim meet. First, how perfect was that? He brought me a bright green subject and plunked it on a bright blue background. So cool. And, the smile that little boy flashed at me after I snapped a few shots and put my camera down was absolutely priceless. I think he was thrilled to find an adult who appreciated a little frog as much as he did. LOL

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  9. Sylvie - Thank you! :)
    I missed you too, even though we emailed a couple of times. I still haven't had time to catch up but I'll stop by your blog soon.
    Glad you like the new header. I thought it would work for both autumn and Christmas. I never used to like red that much but in the last couple of years it's become a favourite colour! Go figure!
    And I'm very glad you started blogging! :)

    Andi - Thanks! Hard to believe Daisy is almost 1! Happy early birthday Daisy!! :)

    Teresa - That's definitely a wonderful moment from this year! Here's hoping for more stories published next year. :)

    Joy - That's so fun that you were quoted in the New York Times!
    LOL- yes, I'll think of you while putting together an Iris one next. :P

    lissa - Obama winning the election will be a moment for the history books, that's for sure.

    Wendy - Thanks! I missed you guys too. It's too bad that this has been such a rough year for you, hopefully next year will be a better one. Thank goodness for our animals though! Our two may be downright naughty at times but they always make me smile, and make me feel better when things aren't going well. I'm sure yours do the same for you. :)

    Nancy - Thanks! That's a wonderful moment! I'm sure you're right when you said he was probably thrilled to find someone who was as interested in the frog as he was. Very cute! :)

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  10. You were definitely missed, tanabata! It's great to have you back :) Love your new project! Your photography is gorgeous, and I like everything, really. I have no doubt your store will be a big success. But I think the Japan calendar is my favourite. I love the "Three Leaves" and "Drip Drip" cards too.

    Most memorable moment of 2008: Hmm, there were several, but climbing to Castell Dinas Bran in Wales with my boyfriend is certainly up there. We climbed down as the sun was setting, and then went to a used bookstore/cafe where I found A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle, which turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year. A perfect day :P

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  11. Welcome back to the blogosphere. :)

    My most memorable 2008 moment... That would be my one year wedding anniversary. :) The bloke took me out for a surprise breakfast where we ate breakfast on our honeymoon: Breakfast at Sweethearts

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  12. I'd love to win your Japan calendar! I think it's beautiful. All of your stuff is awesome...great job! My most memorable moment of 2008 would have to be either Voodoo Fest where I got to see Nine Inch Nails or the presidential election....Obama gave an amazing victory speech that I'll never forget!

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  13. Welcome back!

    My most memorable moment will of course, be the birth of my second son Joshua. Painful delivery but oh what a sweet little baby he is. What makes it that much greater is my oldest son has always loved him and loved sharing everything with him - his toys, his old clothes, even mommy and daddy's love and for that I'm eternally grateful. My family is complete!

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  14. Nymeth - Thank you! :)
    And that does sound like a truly perfect day! We never got to Wales when we were in England, much to my regret.

    JM - Thanks! Very sweet of your husband! I hope your 2nd anniversary is just as memorable. :)

    Chris - Thank you! I think the whole world was watching the presidential election!

    Michelle - Thanks! Of course, what a wonderful moment! Not the pain part, but you know what I mean. :)

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  15. You were definitely missed! But, wow, what a surprise you had in store for us. Congratulations on your shop - your photographs are just beautiful. I wish you tons of success!

    I've had a lot of good memorable moments this year but I think I'll go with turning 40 (gulp!). My husband took me to the Harz mountains in Germany and it was just perfect.

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  16. I'm glad you're back...missed you, your beautiful pictures and well written posts :-)

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  17. Iliana - Thank you! Sounds like a perfectly lovely way to spend your birthday. And you're only as old as you feel, at least that's what they say! ;)

    Janet - Aw, thanks! :o)

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  18. Yay! I'm glad you're back.

    Zazzle looks like a cool site. I'd love to do something similar with my photos, but I'm far too busy right now. Maybe after the holidays.

    My most memorable moment of 2008 was getting two dozen roses delivered at work from my husband on our 20th anniversary. If I had to pick a second place memorable moment, it would be watching the Presidential election returns. :) And, there were other "memorable" moments, but these were the happy ones.

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  19. Les - Thanks. That's so sweet of your husband! And I totally agree that you should focus on the happy memories of this year instead of those other ones. :)

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