January 17, 2012

The new Messenger Bags by Zazzle

Plan B Urban Messenger Bag rickshawmessengerbag
One for all and all for love Messenger Bag by aportugueselove
View more courier bags.

Yesterday  I was very excited about the prospect of creating new products on Zazzle. But I discovered that my old computer can not export large files anymore. I can not create Messenger Bags or the biggest of the new Sleeves available. But I really wanted to try to make some Messenger bags. The only file I could use to do it was the Portuguese Water Dog one. But it’s quite as they say - necessity is the mother of invention. I decided to use Zazzle fonts only. Just using that and Zazzle Edit Tool I created a series of bags without using my software. These bags have all been designed very quickly. For me, it was a discovery as I never use it that way. Initially, I even made all products lettering in my software!! Later I discovered that customizable option was the way to go. But it took me some time to adapt! I really like some of the Messenger Bags I created. I might even buy one! I can say it was very fun to create all the bags. Also, I got to know all the Zazzle Fonts available and I think that will help me in creating other products... Here I leave the suggestion to you. I think it is worth exploring! 


One for all and all for love Messenger Bag rickshawmessengerbag



Plan B Urban Messenger Bag by aportugueselove
Browse Zazzle for a different messenger bag.


I have to agree with Zazzle:

The Rickshaw Zero Messenger Bag is perfect as a workday commuter, overnight attaché, or travel bag! Vibrantly printed with custom artwork or text on rugged polyester and designed with a unique accessories system, this bag is as customizable inside as it is outside. Handmade for you with a focus on environmental sustainability, this bag combines beautiful form, function, and a small ecological footprint. It’s Water resistant, extra durable (machine-washable); large main compartment and 2 front pockets; lightweight and forms to your bod; quick-adjust cam shoulder strap;velcro strips accessory system; holds a 13” laptop w/optional sleeve.

January 14, 2012

Woman that keeps 80 stray dogs needs help



Newspaper cover Correio da Manhã watch it here.

Television cover RTP1 watch it here.

People call her Mother Theresa of the Dogs but her name is Maria José. This lady is 67 years old and she is retired now. She lives at Pinhal Novo and she keeps 80 dogs and 20 cats. Some can be adopted, others do not because they are sick or too old for that. The lady and the animals are facing eviction from the house they inhabit, for nonpayment of rent. The landlord threatened to pull the gates of the land where they are and cut water and electricity to Maria José. She feared that if things come to that animals will escape and eventually die or be injured. No one wants these animals in the streets again or dead by city hall services. A group was born on Facebook to help the lady and the animals. She has already a place for herself. The group focus is on the animals she has been helping for some years now. 

How can you help?
PROMOTING this postage to your Facebook, Twitter, email friends. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
PROVIDING to Maria José´s needs:

- Send money for tools and construction materials;

- Send construction materials to build fences and shelter for dogs;
- Send food for cats and dogs (as the money is being channeled to the new site)
- Send money to pay the vet bills that are now of 3000 euros! (the money is being channeled to the new site)
- Adopt one of her dogs or cats!
- She also needs people to work at a voluntary level in the construction;

If you would like to make a money transfer, check the following:

Account name - Maria José Cautela

Bank name - Banco Montepio
NIB:0036 0027 9910 0121 5760 4
IBAN: PT50 0036 0027 9910 0121 5760 4
BIC: MPIO PTPL

If you sent any money, please scan and send proof to suzyccf@hotmail.com with Os amigos da Teti for message title so she can mention you on donations listing.

If you would like to send food for the animals, check the following:

Address:

Maria José Cautela
Apartado 11
2955-909 Pinhal Novo

If you would like to speak to her, - I don't know if she knows English - to visit her animals:

Maria José mobile phone number: 914 728 234

This information can be found on Facebook Os amigos da Teté Group

January 13, 2012

Meet Fudge, my new partner in business!



This is a "Thank you" postage! I want to thank Sue and Fudge. Fudge is a Portuguese Water Dog and Sue owns him. They live at the Missouri state. You can meet Fudge and read about his adventures at his blog called The Portuguese Water Blog. He's not alone in the house as he has more 7 companions of his breed to play. There's a great photo of them right at the blog's heather.

I've been updating some sections of my store since Zazzle launched their new tagging policy. It has been a boring task and I really don't know if there will be positive results for products searching out of it. But now it's almost done. Fortunately, I don't have a big store. Even so I had to re-tag a lot and meanwhile, I decided to update old products that I think to have some selling potential and even to create some new ones.

I wanted a Portuguese Water Dog photo so I could create some more products that buyers could customize uploading their own dog's photo in it. I live in Portugal but I don't know anyone who owns one of these dogs. And I just don't steal photos from the internet. I don't subscribe to that. So I Googled and Fudge's blog showed up. I wrote a comment there asking for help and soon after I got Fudge's photo on my email box. I think Fudge it's perfect. He's beautiful and looks curious. Fudge looks like he's preparing to bark! I'm so fond of animals and due to my current lifestyle, I can't have one. I call it lifestyle but in fact, it hasn't much style. I can't find a steady job and I just don't know where I'll be the next day. So I can't take the responsibility of raising an animal. Animals also need security. So I help animals that need help, stray cats and dogs and people that hold shelters for them. And I do pet sitting for my sister's shar-pei dog. I think that every family should have an animal in the house so children can grow up admiring and respecting animals. Most people live an entire life and the only animals they get to watch are sparrows or pigeons... In a certain way, I envy my grandmother's life. She had a tough life because she worked in the fields for many years. But she had a natural understanding of the true meaning of life and nature and need no campaigns to understand animals rights.

To know more about the Portuguese Water Dog, read this short text and follow the links.

January 8, 2012

Love Rrring - Today's Best Award at Zazzle's!

The Love Telephone necklace

Zazzle team liked this proposal of a Valentine's Day necklace. I had a telephone like this one until I went to college. It wasn't white, it was black. I spent hours talking over that phone back in the time when there was no such thing as mobile phones! The Love Telephone Necklace is a cute Valentine gift for those sweethearts who spent hours talking sweet over the phone! You can change the text, of course, with Zazzle edit tool and write your own sweet words of Love!


 (This product is not available anymore.)

January 3, 2012

Help Inter Care Medical Aid with used stamps!



That's right! My Irish friend Rosetta Jallow just posted an appeal in Facebook for Inter Care Medical Aid initiative of collecting stamps. These are then used to help African people. It was the first time I heard about the reused stamps use for this purpose. Hence most people probably got at least some Christmas and New Year's greeting cards I think it's the ideal time to promote this idea! Inter Care collects used stamps which are then sold online to stamp collectors around the world. All you need to do is to cut stamps out from envelopes you receive. Let some paper around the stamp, at least 1cm ( 0.3937 inches). Then, when you have a few, send them to the address below. It's an inexpensive way to help AFRICA. I will send some Portuguese stamps.


Go to INTER CARE MEDICAL AID to know this organization and their awesome work against poverty in Africa.
Inter Care
46 The Halfcroft
Syston
Leicester
LE7 1LD

January 2, 2012

What's your New Year Resolution?

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and have fun!

Figueira da Foz: 1000 mini fireworks Guiness Record

On New Year's Eve, some minutes before midnight 1000 mini fireworks were lit in order to achieve a Guinness World Record for Figueira da Foz. We made it!

January 1, 2012

Let's dance on the first day of 2012



Velas e navios sobre as águas  - video

I just wish you could understand the Portuguese language so you could understand and admire the beauty of the lyrics of this record. Not easy to translate, sometimes I do it for you but I don't think I can this time! But you can enjoy the great music. It's called Em busca das montanhas azuis - Searching for the blue mountains - and the name of the singer is Fausto. His inspiration has always been Portuguese history and very much one book called Pilgrimage.

This book was written by Portuguese writer and explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto. Pilgrimage is Pinto's memoir of 20 years of travel back in XVI century. He went as far as the middle and far east, Ethiopia, China, India, and Japan. He claimed to have been among the first group of Europeans to visit Japan. He wasn't an enthusiast of colonialism. He wrote that he was thirteen times made captive and seventeen times sold. It's hard to believe all he wrote! He got famous to be a bit of a liar himself or at least for a vivid imagination! So, Fausto writes and sings about Portuguese travels and discoveries and the bonds between Portuguese and local populations of those regions. Amazing musician and writer, I wish Santa gave this gift to me last Christmas! Enjoy and dance!

Quando avistaram pela primeira vez
velas e navios sobre as águas
por maravilha imaginaram
que eram brandas
asas brancas
que voavam pelas fráguas
vindas por magia
de estranhos lugares
assim levantadas
muito mais aladas
pelas entranhas das cafrarias
e nascidas de outros mares
de outros ares
e quando arreámos velas
lançámos ferro
e vendo apenas cascos de feitio
cuidaram então que fossem peixes
nunca antes tinham visto
qualquer obra de navio
vão remos ao alto
pára de vogar
e olham-nos de espanto
e nós neste quebranto
acordámos em sobressalto
se andam cafres pelo ar
a rondar
a rondar
e cobrem o ar gafanhotos
mosquitos e moscos
pavões e patolas
libelinhas
zangões
borboletas
tabões
abelhinhas
gralhas
galinholas
e no chão
abertos os gorgomilos
há bichas e crocodilos
muito abundantes
de beiça larga
e papos grandes
e cobrem o ar gafanhotos
mosquitos e moscos
pavões e patolas
libelinhas
zangões
borboletas
tabões
abelhinhas
gralhas
galinholas
e na tapada
andam leões e leopardos
entre muitos ruminantes
mirabolantes
longos focinhos de "alifantes"
também julgavam que os olhos pintados
e pintados mesmo à proa do navio
eram verdadeiros olhos
e por esses olhos
via e andava
o navio pelo rio
pairando no escuro
era aparição
estranha criatura
na negra moldura
e na aflição do esconjuro
atropelam água
céu e chão
os pagãos
os pagãos
e cobrem o ar gafanhotos
mosquitos e moscos
pavões e patolas
libelinhas
zangões
borboletas
tabões
abelhinhas
gralhas
galinholas
e no chão
abertos os gorgomilos
há bichas e crocodilos
muito abundantes
de beiça larga
e papos grandes
os pagãos
os pagãos
e cobrem o ar gafanhotos
mosquitos e moscos
pavões e patolas
libelinhas
zangões
borboletas
tabões
abelhinhas
gralhas
galinholas
e na tapada
andam leões e leopardos
entre muitos ruminantes
mirabolantes
longos focinhos de "alifantes"