Friday, November 30, 2012

Ebay's Global Shipping Program - Bad for Sellers and Keeps International Buyers from your listings!

Have you heard of Ebay's Global Shipping Program?

I wrote this original post 6 years ago. I think ebay has improved the GSP program and hopefully doesn't charge outrageous prices anymore. I must say that a year ago I rejoined the program. Here's why:
I have always shipped internationally. I didn't get very many international buyers but I was a very part time seller. I did however have a few packages that I couldn't print postage at home for because of the specific country. It is a pain to ship from the post office, especially in the holiday season. I also had an $90 sale not show up at the buyers home. I had sent it international first class and the tracking ends when it leaves the US so I had no way to verify whether the item did arrive or not. Had I sent it priority, I would have been covered. The calculator doesn't always charge enough to cover the actual shipping so I gave up.

With GSP, you ship your item to Kentucky. Ebay takes over and is responsible from there.
I do however still ship to Canada with calculated shipping. It saves Canadian buyers a lot and I can still print the postage at home.

I have to admit that I haven't checked to see if the international buyers are still charged prices similar to the one below but I will leave this old post up in case it helps others.


 If you are a seller on ebay you probably have received an e-mail from ebay urging you to join this program. You should join this program only if you never want to sell to an international buyer again.

Friday, November 23, 2012

How to make Paper Rose Flowers

How to make Paper Rose Flowers

You will need paper, whether it is old book pages like I used here or scrapbook paper or sheet music. These rosettes are perfect for so many projects. I hot glued them to ball globe to make a topiary, used them with little birds under a glass cloche and taped them to a gift as the bow.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Birds under a Cloche Home Decor w/ Book Page Flowers

I love these little bird home decor items!

The pic below is of a little 5 inch bread plate found in a thrift shop. The Cloche is actually a candle holder. I keep seeing these in thrift stores, usually in the candle holder area. They slip into a black iron round circle holder but flipped over they are perfect as a cloche. 

I found the little blue birds in a specialty kitchen shop, they are actually salt and pepper shakers. 

The 'nest' they sit on is made from book pages that I shredded with a paper trimmer and crumpled up.
The book page flowers can be found in a tutorial soon to come.

 I think I like the set with this off white and silver bread plate.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Moist and Delicious! That is what you get when you combine pumpkin with chocolate chips. No one can resist the cakey goodness of them!

Friday, November 2, 2012

5 Minute Prep Artisan No Knead Bread! Add Sliced Garlic for Wonderful Flavor!!

I'm not usually a bread maker but when I saw a pin from simplysogood's blog on pinterest I had to try it. It really is as easy as it sounds. You stir up the 4 ingredents at night and bake the bread the next day.

3 Cups Bread Flour, but use Unbleached All Purpose if that is what you have.
1 3/4 Tsp of Salt
1/2 Tsp Dry Active Yeast
1 1/2 Cups cool to warm water.

Update 01/01/13: The most wonderful variation is to add 4 sliced garlic cloves to the dough and get Artisan Roast Garlic Bread! I made this and the pesto cheese torta (found here) and took it to a winery last Friday night, they have wine and cheese tasting and live music, you bring your own food. I baked it right before we left, wrapped it in Aluminum Foil and put it in an insulated bag. It was warm and wonderful when we spread the pesto on it and drank it with our new bottle of Pinot Gris.

Update 11/26: I made this bread and added Sharp Cheddar and Minced Garlic, these are the two extra ingredients in the photo. And I doubled the recipe to get two loaves.