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$10 For Custom Made Gold Foil Graphic Prints

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We recently discovered the freshly launched Handmade at Amazon store —  if you are an Etsy fan, you’ll enjoy this wonderful store, packed full of unique items crafted and sold directly from artisans. Handmade products range from jewelry and furniture to artwork and bedding and are easily browsed by category (Handmade Lighting, Home Decor, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, etc.) or search by artisans’ location (like Texas!).

Our perusal uncovered a new favorite find — gorgeous, yet inexpensive gold or silver foil art prints, made by hand in a small print shop just outside of Philadelphia. Choose a standard 5 x 7 framable size for $10 or 8 x 10 for $18 — both sizes are designed to be popped into a standard frame and you can pick gold or silver foil. They will even customize a print just for you for $7 more!

Here are some of our favorite designs:

  
  

:: Pop over here to see all the wonderful designs in this shop!


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New to the Handmade at Amazon store? This wonderful store is packed full of items crafted and sold directly from artisans with categories ranging from jewelry and furniture to artwork and bedding — easily browsed by category or by artisans’ location.

The product page for each handmade item contains a location icon (like Texas) to show where the artisan is based, along with a link to their profile so that you can learn more about the creator’s work and the unique story behind the artisan and item. You’ll find products from craftsmen in all 50 U.S. states, and over 60 countries. We appreciate Amazon’s promise to check out every artisan, to ensure their products are truly handcrafted goods and not mass-produced.

:: Find shop details & a list of today’s top-selling handmade items here.


 

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FREE to Download — $149 Collection of High-End Photography Editing Tools From Google

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For our photo editing aficionados and creative dabbler friends…

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Google just announced that they are going to start giving away their Nik Collection of PC & Mac photo editing tools ~ a fantastic freebie, as a few years ago, these tools would have cost you $500! The Nik Collection is a set of plug-ins that you can use with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. The photo tools include special effect filters, color correction, color enhancement, sharpening tools, and more.

:: Pop over here to learn more or get the entire Nik suite as a free download from Google ~ for either Mac or Windows.

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Beware! City of Fort Worth Warns of Scam Callers Demanding Money For Fake Warrants

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The Fort Worth Municipal Court warns of a scam involving phone calls to residents asking for money for unsettled warrants.

The calls are not from Municipal Court officers, who do not call residents to collect payments. Anyone receiving such a bogus call should contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.

Here’s how the scam works: Phone calls are made to residents from supposed “marshals” who say that arrests will be made if money isn’t immediately sent via Western Union. The requested amounts range from $500-$2,000 per call.

Keep in mind that the Municipal Court does not call people at their residence to collect payment. Instead, letters are mailed to home addresses when a warrant demands attention.

Between 25 and 40 bogus phone calls have been reported in Fort Worth recently, many of them to elderly residents.

To check your warrant status, call the Warrants Office at 817-392-8665 or check online.

In the meantime, never send money to anyone without knowing for certain who you’re speaking to and what the payment is for.

P.S.  Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can also contact the Fort Worth Better Business Bureau or file a complaint at www.fwbbb.org. Always research with the BBB before you sign any contracts or hand over any money. 

 

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GREAT FIND — $5 to $12 Framable Art From Texas Artist, Nicole Jennings

We have a new favorite find and couldn’t wait to share…


Nicole Joelle

Need a quick and inexpensive gift idea or want to add an encouraging word to your home? Here’s a wonderful way to do just thatpop over to Texas artist, Nicole Jennings’ Etsy shop (Nicole Joelle Prints), and take a look at her lovely, inspirational, and very affordable artwork.

  • For $12 you receive a downloadable art file with a collection of 4 framable 8 x 10 prints. For only $8 more ($20 total), she will have these professionally printed on high quality, 8.5×11 paper and mailed to you (learn more here). Each print has a small white border that you can trim to fit a standard 8×10 frame if you wish.
  • For $5, receive a downloadable art file that comes ready to print as a large 36 x 24 sized wall poster (print at your favorite quick print place…someplace like Kinko’s) or print as a smaller size on your home printer if you wish. These are also sized to fit in a standard wall frame.

There are lots of choices of wonderful, framable designs  — here are just a few of our favorites (so hard to choose):

:: See all of Nicole’s lovely designs here.

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FREE “Pumpkin Spice” Printable Art

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Ready to usher in fall and spruce up your mantle or home for the season? Here’s a great (and cheap!) way to do just thatprint out this wonderful Pumpkin Spice and Everything Niceartwork from creative blogger, Yellow Bliss Road.  There are 2 versions of this framable design that can be printed on standard letter paper and then trimmed to fit a standard 8×10 or 5×7 picture frame (or use the design to make festive note cards) — perfect!

:: Download your FREE Pumpkin Spice printable here.

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$10 OFF Black & Decker Tools — Father’s Day Deal

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Get $10 OFF a $50 purchase of select Black and Decker power tools at Amazon, now through June 21st. Many of the tools are already discounted over 50% OFF (plus you’ll qualify for FREE shipping if the item is over $35), so this is a really great sale!  Go here to learn more.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra $10 discount subtracted from the selling price until you checkout and get to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page. This is the last page you’ll see after you input your payment info — right before you actually approve the order to be placed.  It will look something like this.  Also, the items need to come from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller for the deal to work.

:: Go here to get this deal.

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2015 TEXAS TAX-FREE HOLIDAY for Energy Star Appliances, Lightbulbs, Ceiling Fans & More — Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25

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Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be in the market for appliances, ceiling fans, or other Energy Star qualifying products (this can save them a bundle!)…

       

This Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25), Texas shoppers will again receive a break from paying sales tax on purchases of many energy-efficient products like fluorescent lightbulbs, ceiling fans, and energy-star home appliances — even energy-star rated college-dorm / compact-sized refrigerators qualify! This is an excellent way to get extra savings on any of the qualifying items, plus save on future energy costs too.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2015’s tax-free weekend include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Energy Star Labeled Programmable thermostats
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less

The 2015 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 23, and ends on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend).

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Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo which may appear on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label. The discount can also apply to delivery and installation fees and  there is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

:: To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

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