Two blogs instead of one

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You may or may not know that before I started the Tinygami.wordpress.com blog I used to blog over on Blogspot (aka Blogger).

My first blog was named “The Flirty Blog” after my bridal accessory business The Flirty Bride. I began posting there in 2006. Because I was leaving California in 2014 and intended to continue posting about travel and tourism I changed the name to I Found the Place. Instead, I didn’t post much at all then started the new blog instead. It’s taken a year for me to realize how much I really missed my old blog. It just wasn’t the same posting my lifestyle content here on the Tinygami blog since my art has become more than a hobby. Because of this I’ve made a somewhat drastic change…

I started posting in my original blog again just a few days ago. It was a first step. The next was to move the lifestyle content I’d posted here, over to I Found the Place. I decided the best way to do it was to copy the posts over there but leave the lead image in the original post here with a direct link to the post’s new location. My apologies if that’s confusing but from here on out I will post all art content directly into the Tinygami blog and all lifestyle content into I Found the Place.

I even updated the banner to include an origami crane and Michigan’s mitten and am consolidating the older wedding and California categories over on the sidebar to make more room for my new Michigan posts 🙂

There’s a subscription button to Feedburner just under my bio picture in the righthand sidebar. You can receive email updates every time a new post is added to the blog if you don’t want to have to go check each week.

Here’s hoping I found the solution to how to feel more motivated to blog again!

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My new origami website on Squarespace

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My 10 year love affair with Dreamweaver is over. After the past year of nothing but problems since switching to the Creative Cloud* version of the program I realized I’d spent too much time on the phone with Adobe support technicians who whispered sweet nothings in my ear… Meaning suggestions of things to do, not do, delete, reinstall, troubleshoot, etc. only to be told in the end there are problems and someday they may be able to fix them. I believed them at first because love will blind you that way. I probably even believed them the second time they told me the same things because I wanted to believe them. But a year later and having spent too many wasted hours, sleepless nights, and force quitting endless crashes to occasionally be able to update an existing page I finally realized: This is never going to get better. It was time to accept this truth and move on.

So, here I am with a new Tinygami.com website for the new year! Thank you to my friend Dana for telling me about Squarespace.com. I used their click and build platform and was able to move my origami site (now full of new and project descriptions) to its new home in less than 24 hours. Awesome! Even better is the site built on Squarespace converts for mobile devices. My old site didn’t do that. StacieTamaki.com is still up as my  legacy site but if things continue to go well here I’ll be moving it to Squarespace as well.

*While I have nothing but contempt for Dreamweaver CC I do like the rest of what I’ve used on CC so far. Particularly Photoshop. I still love Photoshop. Just wanted to make sure people understood I don’t have an issue with the entire platform, just one of the two programs I used the most frequently. 

Tinygami business cards from Vistaprint

First I tried blurring out my contact info in the image for this blog post. . . But that made me look more than a little paranoid or like I was posting WikiLeaks style, as if I have something to hide.

Why go through the trouble of masking my contact info? Because I don’t want to be inundated with even more SPAM than I already receive, which is way too much! Lately I’ve been receiving not only SPAM emails but more and more tele-marketer SPAM phone calls on my cell phone. So I’ve decided the only way to protect myself is to not share my contact info on the web any more than absolutely necessary.

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Screenshots of the online proofs VistaPrint creates to allow you to see your order before your place it.

Rather than design just one card I did two. One with all of my contact info, the other with just my phone and website URL. I used Adobe Photoshop to create the card files after downloading the design template from VistaPrint’s website.

I used to order my business collateral from PsPrint in Oakland because I could drive over on my way to SF and pick up my orders to avoid shipping fees. What I’ve come to realize since moving to the Midwest is VistaPrint is more economical. Their purchase price may be higher at times (than PsPrint) but their shipping is considerably less expensive so it makes them the more economical company to work with.

I used VistaPrint to print my collateral for ArtPrize and was pleased with the quality of the postcards so I used them again to print my new business cards. I also chose their economy shipping which is half the price of their standard shipping. It means my order isn’t scheduled to arrive for 8 business days but that’s ok. I’m not in a hurry.

Very happy to finally be moving forward with launching Tinygami. My three month cancer scare really threw me off track for a bit. Now that the worst is behind me I’m doing my darndest to get focused and move forward!