25 November 2017

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life46. The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life by Meir H. Kryger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


It contains a lot of good information, but the presentation bummed me out*, so my rating averages out to a three.

I'd recommend reading it out of order. Use the contents and index to find what matters to you and then skip to chapters 18-20 for some helpful info.


*In which case I mean how often he repeats that women are affected more by sleep disorders than men, are more likely to be misdiagnosed, and often suffer the consequences more when a male sleep partner is actually the one with the disorder.

There's nothing inaccurate in that assessment, but I didn't leave the book feeling more optimistic than before I started it.

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24 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #406 Black Friday

It has been a busy week as I try to prepare for Black Friday.

Looking for sale info? Stop by Zazzle's Black Friday page* to see current sales and the countdown to Black Friday sales.

I shifted gears from reorganization to adding new products, creating collections, and revising tags on Metal Prints and Acrylic Wall Art after doing some research. Many things on my to do lists remain unfinished, but I made some decent headway.

I created several new Women's Plus Size Shirts with protest designs:

Added designs to and created a new collection of Cool OtterBox iPhone X Cases:

Also started adding designs to new faux fur Sherpa blankets. See the Cozy Classic Sherpa Blankets collection:

Finally, I started adding designs and photographs to new Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus cases. I love these because they fit all the iPhone Plus models between iPhone 8 Plus to 6 Plus: 8/7s/7/6s/6 Plus. See the Cool Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus Cases collection:

Stop by Zazzle's Black Friday page* to see sale info when it goes live!


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17 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #405 The Overhaul Continues

Less is more? Probably. Something I should keep in mind as I reorganize Rocklawn Arts from grouped by design to grouped by product. That is, I probably shouldn't move everything for all product categories as I've been doing thus far.

May be time for a pause in this venture in any case since there is a lag between moving products and them being visible to the public in their new locations. You can take a look to see how my shop is evolving.

All of the mobile device cases, laptop & tablet sleeves, flash drives, and electronic accessories are now in the Cases category.

The Home category is shaping up with subsections for pillows, plates, and fleece blankets so far.

I created an iPhone X wood case with a Black and White Gingham Pattern:

Moved Ornaments to a subsection of Holiday Designs.

Created some new folder images for the new categories. In some cases, it was more time consuming than it should have been. Photoshop's continued revamps of their selection tools are most irksome! Very frustrating when you know something should be dead simple and yet it is not.

How was your week?


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10 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #404 Overhaul

This week may not look like much, but I made a critical mental shift wherein I've started changing my approach including a major overhaul of my store's layout. Rocklawn Arts still contains all the products it did before though there are less categories visible on the home page.

On the Products Page, you can see all the product types under the Department drop down menu and all the categories under the Category drop down menu. When you choose a Department, new subdivisions will appear in the drop down menu.

Basically I'm transitioning from categories grouped by design established over years with thousands of products to categories grouped by product type. It will be an ongoing process. Right now I'm working out what my top level categories should be.

Last week this seemed utterly daunting, but this week I began with smaller steps. I rearranged the categories some, made all but 6 invisible to improve the appearance on mobile devices.

I added subcategories to the Calendars folder and used product images for the category images.

Also redid the Fabrics folder some, reorganizing and adding a few invisible subcategories available in the drop down menu.

Made several subcategories in Winter Photos invisible though their products still appear.

Moved red & green designs to Holiday Designs category. It's still subdivided by design rather than products for now.

Created an iPhone X case with a Prussian Blue Watercolor Scale Pattern:

Made Striking Case-Mate iPhone X Cases collection:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Striking Case-Mate iPhone X Cases collection.

Spent some time soaking in some business education and doing a bit of research.

Also made monthly backups.

How was your week? Have you backed up lately?


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