Monday, May 22, 2017

5 Amazing Facts About Gift Cards


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We like to give them and we love to get them. They're convenient, suitable, and fit almost every gifting occasion. Here are 5 amazing facts about these little treasures:

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(1) "With the gift card industry as a whole expected to reach $160 billion by the year 2018, gift cards are only going to become even more popular."  Source

(2) 93s% of U.S. consumers purchase or receive a gift card annually. Source

(3) Restaurant cards are the most popular gifting option

(4) Over 50% of consumers spend more than the card's value



(5) Men seem to spend more on gift cards than women


There are, of course, many more amazing facts about this consumer product. But one thing is for sure...they are here to stay. 

What type of gift card do you favor giving? And what type of gift card do you like receiving the most?




Want to take your gifting to the next level? 

Check out Icky Chic Designs' newest product line 
Gift Card Presentation Holders - ON SALE THROUGH JUNE 




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blink and You Lose Shopping Event - May 21st


OUR 5th EVENT IS - Sunday, May 21st 
Join Us On Sunday Evenings for Some 
Shopping Fun! 

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHERE IS THE EVENT? At these sponsoring Etsy Shops 
Icky Chic Design 

WHEN IS THE EVENT?
Every Sunday Evening from 
6 - 6:30 PM Pacific Time Zone (US West Coast)
8 - 8:30 CST Central Standard Time
9 - 9:30 EST (US East Coast)
(Event will close on individual items sold before 8:30)

HOW THIS WORKS: 
At 8 - 8:05 PM CST all item's listed for Sunday's Shopping Event will be ridiculously lowered in price. At 8:30 PM CST the item will be returned to it's original price. You only have a window of 30 minutes to secure these awesome deals! So you see...if you BLINK, YOU REALLY WILL LOSE...  You don't need an Etsy account to purchase these items. You can use the Etsy Guest feature to purchase items on Etsy without an account.

THIS WEEK'S EVENT ITEMS: (Sunday, May 21st)

Item 



(1) (Icky Chic Designs)  Gypsy Fun Summer Tote   
Original Price$69.00 
Shipping: FREE on Sunday night's event
Event Price: $39.00
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Item (2)





(2)  (Icky Chic Designs) 
Eyeglass Case with Key Pouch Organizer
Original Price: $22.00
Shipping: FREE on Sunday night's event
Event Price: $9.90

Item (3)



(3) (Markets of Sunshine) 2nd Year Anniversary Gift For Her
Original Price: $10  
Event Price: $3





Item (4)





(4) (Markets of Sunshine) 
Cash System Bookmark, Personalized Bookmark
Original Price: $15 
Event Price: $8




Item (5)

(5) (Icky Chic Designs) Women's Sleep Mask, Travel Mask - Red Gingham, Sequins
Original Price: $12.00
Event Price: $3.75
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Item (6)

( 6) (Icky Chic Designs) Fabric Eyeglass Case with Matching Mug Mat - African Theme
Original Price: $13.50
Event Price: $3.75
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Remember: 
  • All transactions will take place through the Etsy shop featuring the item you choose to buy. 
  • Items are subject to change should they sell before the event starts.

WHO will walk away with these fantastic deals? It could be YOU!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

JW Convention Gifts - Don't Lose Touch!



Note/Gift Tags
It's that time of year again and aren't we all excited? This year's convention theme,  “Don’t Give Up," will be enlightening and faith strengtheningThe convention this year will benefit everyone because it promises to empower individuals not only to keep enduring but also to cope with challenges productively. Locations, times, and the program schedule can be viewed here.

If you're like me, you love making new friends and visiting with old friends you haven't seen in a while. Many of us also like to give small tokens of our love and appreciation to those we meet. I've received many of these over the years and I so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the giver. 

This year I've prepared some Note/Gift Tags that I'm going to be giving as convention gifts. These have a heavy card stock backing just perfect for labeling or adding a handwritten note. I like to put a label on the back of some of these that contains my contact/address information. These I give to those I've become newly acquainted with. It's a great way to insure that we can keep in touch.

Some of the Tags I will give away will have an inspirational note or label on the back. I especially like these thoughts: Keep-on-keeping-on, Don't slow down, Best life ever, and Always look up!

Have you received or given convention gifts? If so, what did you receive or give. Did you make or purchase your gift items? Do you have a recommended gifting item for those who are wanting to join in this giving activity? 






Monday, May 15, 2017

How Many Things Can You Do At Once?



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Sometimes I ask myself that question on a daily basis. It's not like I start out with the goal of overwhelming my schedule, my mind, or my space. But somehow, at the end of each day, that question wiggles its way into the back of my mind. 

I think the reason that a lot of us are guilty of multitasking to the extreme is that we are really geniuses in the area of start-ups, rebooting, do-overs, tweaking, embellishing, and thinking that we can master everything if we just keep-on-keeping-on! Doesn't it make you proud to be in the elite genius category?

What's your genius area?





Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blink and You Lose Shopping Event - Every Sunday Evening


OUR 4th EVENT IS - Sunday, May 14th 
Join Us On Sunday Evenings for Some 
Shopping Fun! 

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHERE IS THE EVENT? At these sponsoring Etsy Shops 
Icky Chic Design 

WHEN IS THE EVENT?
Every Sunday Evening from 
6 - 6:30 PM Pacific Time Zone (US West Coast)
8 - 8:30 CST Central Standard Time
9 - 9:30 EST (US East Coast)
(Event will close on individual items sold before 8:30)

HOW THIS WORKS: 
At 8 - 8:05 PM CST all item's listed for Sunday's Shopping Event will be ridiculously lowered in price. At 8:30 PM CST the item will be returned to it's original price. You only have a window of 30 minutes to secure these awesome deals! So you see...if you BLINK, YOU REALLY WILL LOSE...  You don't need an Etsy account to purchase these items. You can use the Etsy Guest feature to purchase items on Etsy without an account.

THIS WEEK'S EVENT ITEMS: (Sunday, May 14th)

Item 1


(1) (Icky Chic Designs)  Summer Tote, Elegant Handbag     
Original Price: $69.00 
Shipping: $9.99
Event Price: $24.00

Item 2






(2)  (Icky Chic Designs) 
Clutch Purse with Key Pouch Organizer
Original Price: $18.99
Shipping: Free
Event Price: $9.00

Item 3


(3) (Markets of Sunshine) 
Burlap Cash Envelope, Cash Envelope System, 6.5 x 3 Envelope
Original Price: $5 with  
Shipping: $3.52 
Event Price: $3
Item 4





(4) (Markets of Sunshine) Motivational Gifts 
Original Price: $18 
Shipping: $3.52 
Event Price: $10

Remember: 
  • Shipping charges do not change. 
  • All transactions will take place through the Etsy shop featuring the item you choose to buy. 
  • Items are subject to change should they sell before the event starts.

WHO will walk away with these fantastic deals? It could be YOU!


WANT TO ADD YOUR ETSY SHOP TO OUR SHOPPING EVENT? 

Want to stay current on our newest BLINK AND YOU LOSE event ? Why not subscribe to this blog by email. You'll find the sign-up box on the right side bar.

You can catch our weekly updates on Twitter and Instagram 
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Monday, May 8, 2017

I want to write a book. Where do I start?



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A zillion people want to write a book, but truth is, 
only a handful will actually do it!

Where to start? AT THE BEGINNING...

To take writing seriously, the writer must know what it is that he wants to accomplish. Fiction and nonfiction are worlds apart in execution. What fits your aspirations, talents, or goals? After choosing which path you want to walk, you can more easily answer subsequent questions. Whether to self-publish or traditional publish is a topic that needs researching from your perspective. Again, these approaches are worlds apart and will require different things from you as a writer. 

When I started writing seriously, I knew I wanted to write fiction. I also knew I wanted to be traditionally published through a reputable publisher. Research told me that the largest and easiest genre in fiction to break into as a new writer was the romance genre. That was a comfortable fit for me, so that's the path I chose. Being self-taught, everything took a little more time and a lot more effort, but if work doesn't scare you, it's all doable. 

To sum it up. Start at the beginning. What is it that you really, really, want to write? When you've answered that, you can then begin to map out your Writer's Journey.


Check out these helpful articles:

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Icky Chic Designs Hosts - BLINK AND YOU LOSE - Shopping Event


OUR 3RD EVENT IS - Sunday, May 7th 


Join Us On Sunday Evenings for Some 
Shopping Fun! 

SHOPPING JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT BETTER!
And what's BETTER than getting that once-in-a-lifetime deal on an item you'd love to have. 


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EVENT INFORMATION:

WHERE IS THE EVENT? At these sponsoring Etsy Shops 
Icky Chic Design 

WHEN IS THE EVENT?
Every Sunday Evening from 
6 - 6:30 PM Pacific Time Zone (US West Coast)
8 - 8:30 CST Central Standard Time
9 - 9:30 EST (US East Coast)
(Event will close on individual items sold before 8:30)

HOW THIS WORKS: 
At 8 - 8:05 PM CST all item's listed for Sunday's Shopping Event will be ridiculously lowered in price. At 8:30 PM CST the item will be returned to it's original price. You only have a window of 30 minutes to secure these awesome deals! So you see...if you BLINK, YOU REALLY WILL LOSE...  You don't need an Etsy account to purchase these items. You can use the Etsy Guest feature to purchase items on Etsy without an account.

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ITEMS: (Sunday, May 7th)

Item (0)


(0) (Icky Chic Designs) Books, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Multi-Cultural, Sheikh
Instant Digital Download - Original Price: $3.99 Event Price: $ .79
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(1)  (Icky Chic Designs) Gift Tag (4) with Potpourri, Music Theme 
Original Price: $6.40 with $2.62 Shipping. 
Event Price: $1.99
Item 2
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Item 1
(2)  (Icky Chic Designs) Envelope Clutch Purse, Gypsy Allure Handbag
Original Price: $39 with $6.99 Shipping 
Event Price: $9.75


Item 4
Item 3
(3) (Markets of Sunshine) Budget Envelope Wallet, Envelope System
Original Price: $35 with $7 Shipping 
Event Price: $17

(4) (Markets of
Sunshine) Vibrant Purple Wallet
Original Price: $10 with $3.52 Shipping 
Event Price: $5

AND THE LIST GOES ON......
  1. DIY Gift Tag Tutorial (PDF), Digital Download Original Price: $2.50 Event Price: $0.75
  2. Eyeglass Case, Mug Mat, Beverage Pouch, Gift Set Original Price: $24  Event Price: $5.75
Remember: 
  • Shipping charges do not change. 
  • All transactions will take place through the Etsy shop featuring the item you choose to buy. 
  • Items are subject to change should they sell before the event starts.

WHO will walk away with these fantastic deals? It could be YOU!


WANT TO ADD YOUR ETSY SHOP TO OUR SHOPPING EVENT? 

Want to stay current on our newest BLINK AND YOU LOSE event ? Why not subscribe to this blog by email. You'll find the sign-up box on the right side bar.

You can catch our weekly updates on Twitter and Instagram 
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