Wednesday, December 21, 2005

CafePress Post-Holiday Sale News

There will be a post-holiday blowout sale after the holidays. The sale starts December 28 and ends January 9. (Please note the update - the sale has been extended.)

The sale is:
$5 off sweatshirts, track suits, and hoodies
Coupon Code: BIG5

$4 off greeting cards and calendars
Coupon Code: BIG4

$2 off ornaments
Coupon Code: BIG2

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Christmas Section starts on the Wazzup Page

I'll be adding more and more to this Christmas Section as The Season goes on.

Again, the link is - The Wazzup Page. Check the "Table of Contents" for the link to the Christmas Section.

Be sure and check out the link to the house that flashes its lights to music. Very cool. I enjoy it a lot.

Hope all are well and enjoying this Holiday Season!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Sales News/More & More Black T-Shirts!

Advance notice - a special CafePress 48 Hour Holiday Blow-Out sale for 2 Days only!
This sale starts December 7 and ends December 8.

Coupon codes:
HOL5 $5 off $20
HOL10 $10 off $40
HOL25 $25 off $100

If you do the math, that's 25% off, not bad! Especially when the 25% discount kicks in as low as $20.

And, remember the free shippping promotion for orders over $50 until Dec. 6.

As for the black T-Shirts in the Music Stuff & More store, I've been busy slaving over a hot keyboard to bring you more and more and more. Many bass clef graphics have been added (and are selling well) to the already-present treble clef graphic black tees. Yesterday I added some musical instrument black tees - and some not-black. Now there's "Pianos Gone Wild" black tees - and a few not-black. There's a few guitar black tees. The "brass" tuba and "brass" saxophone look especially nice on black. Look for "brass" trumpet and trombone black tees soon, maybe even today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

BLACK T-Shirts now @ CafePress

At long last they've arrived!

Find the beginning of mine on the Music Stuff & More Storefront and in "Music Merchandise", plus a couple of other places in the store.

Right now find a couple dozen treble clef graphics and a handful of bass clef in a variety of colors and styles on these black tees.

Oh, and I've mentioned the promotion CafePress Free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $50, right? Coupon: FREESHIP

Promotion ends Dec 6

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Thanksgiving! @ Wazzup Page

Not only is my avatar now parked in front of a Thanksgiving home (That's a sign there on the wall that says "Happy Thanksgiving."), but note my pet turkey.

But, that's not worthy of a blog post, what's worthy is the newly-opened Thanksgiving section on this Wazzup Page.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

New Store Banner

It's clearer than this in "real life" - or rather on websites, but I'm less than great at the code that's necessary to get a precise picture size in these dang blogs. If I could get it to be the standard "468" x "60", it would look the way it's supposed to. Yes, I'll master my blog coding, one of these days. (BTW, I've had it up to here with code this week, danged website and danged FrontPage, etc., mumble,mumble. I had to spend far too much time on this code crap this week. TGIF. Anyway...)

The store banner does work. OIOW, click on it, and it'll take you there.

Okay, now some create all their store banners, etc., then start their stores. I have a store for 3+ years, then make it a banner.

Anyway, expect more banners for more stores and of various designs and sizes. Better late than never!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Spreadshirt Holiday Sale - 25% Off

Spreadshirt has a holiday sale, too. 25% off everything until November 15. Pretty good sale!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Happy Halloween

Don't miss the Halloween treats on the Wazzup Page.

Be sure to check out the Pumpkin Computer.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Weekly Wazzup & More - New Website Amusements

Weekly Wazzup

Don't miss the new funnies.

There's lot of Halloween fun, as well as other fun.

Some good new humor on the News & Views Page, as well.

And music humor - the weekly BMJOTW, and more

Thursday, October 27, 2005

New Spreadshirt Store - CHM Music Stuff

Opening this Spreadshirt store - CHM Music Stuff - enables me to offer my customers black shirts, something they've been asking about for a while.

This new store is in addition to my CafePress stores, not instead of. CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More is still very much in operation.

For still more about this new store, visit my website or my Music Stuff blog.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sodoku craze adds up to book sales

Sodoku craze adds up to book sales - Yahoo! News

See? Sudoku! I sold five Sudoku shirts to one customer yesterday. Hmm, maybe I should make some more Sudoku graphics?

Pictured at left - the standard white T-shirt with Sudoku graphic. Same graphic is on many products in my Music Stuff & More store

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Redecorated CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More

CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More

Stumbled over a CP template which matched my website better. Website:

It's a new and improved store.

Now, to get its contents better organized and tidier! I was working on that today, too. Will be working on it much more, especially with the holiday shopping season so rapidly approaching.

Friday, October 07, 2005

The Playoffs... News, etc. New CP Sale Soon

...are really distracting me from my Friday work. I even busted no less than the top border and links bar of the whole website as I try to follow both the Yanks - Angels game, plus finish my work here at the end of the day.

Good news: Busting the top border corrected that odd - and awkward! - stuck-in-September date thing.

Hey, the Music Joke of the Week is up...

The Angels have a guy on second, now can he tie up the game?

Tied up!!!!

I can tell I'm going to be useless right now... I'll wrap this up.

CafePress Store Sale coming up:

Coupon Code: Fall2
$2 off on Long Sleeve Tees, Jr Hoodies, Women’s Raglans, Baseball Jerseys, Hooded Sweatshirts, Sweatshirts
Dates: Oct 11 – 25

Stock up with this warm winter wear!

And, stick your head in "Sales & Features" @ as I'm starting to set up Holiday sections. Yes, you heard me right. It's a retail thing. You know...

Angels lead!!! (It's the top of the sixth. Yankee pitching change now...)

More news later, when I'm less distracted by the Yankee-Halos play-off game. (Sorry.) The main news is above, anyway.

Friday, September 30, 2005

What's New?

Check out what's new in CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More while you're at it, too.

There's a new spinoff of Wazzup - the new TV, Radio & Movies Page, a result of Wazzup excess length, really. There is some new content in there, however, and there will be more in the future.

Jeez, I mentioned this already! Sorry.

Hey, this is news - I'm making Google money. Also affiliate. TGIF. More news soon.

This blog is on my website's Home Page!

And, if you're reading this on my Home Page, you're going "Duh."

This is delightfully recursive, I love it. (Again, I am too easily pleased.)

It does serve two excellent purposes:

  1. Quick and easy updating
  2. Fresher material, more up-to-date

And, finally, it also is rather portable - I like that. I can use this blog in many places, in many ways.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Still More Website Work

Moved the Music Page to the website's main navigation bars.

Figured I might as well and should, since the site has so many music pages, and is so related to a Music Stuff & More store.

Adding a few tasteful Google AdSense and AdSearch thingies around the website. I will continue with the sparse and subtle in regard to this. I so hate a website filled with too many of those things, don't we all? Pollution.

Maybe in my lifetime I'll get that $50 Google check. ; )

I'll continue to tidy up the rambling site. Yes it needs it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

New Web Page! Wazzup continues its diet

Introducing the new TV, Radio & Movies Page - a spin-off from the Wazzup Page, since the Wazzup Page has been getting much too long, as you know.

There are a few new items on this new Page. Also, not surprisingly, Wazzup is now easier and more comfortable to use.

More CafePress Items Availabe for New Printing Process

(Copying and pasting directly from the words of the CafePress people to us CP storeowners... )

Set 2 of the Direct Printing roll out is now available on the following apparel line:

Women's Raglan Hoodie
Women's Tracksuit
Jr. Hoodie
Kids Baseball Jersey
Kids Sweatshirt
Kids Hoodie
Long Sleeve T-shirt

End of c'n'p.

As you may recall, the most recent CafePress sale featured the first roll-out of the directing printing process: several of the ribbed women's apparel.

Hmmm, now let's see if the next CP sale features the above listed items... If I were a gambling woman, I'd place a bet on it.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Friday Update

I'm going to be really lazy this Friday and give you a bunch of links which will tell you what's up and what's the latest: - Website Home Page - CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More - Wazzup Page! Also, don't forget to check out the Music Humor Page while you're there to catch the Invisible Klezmer Band (and more? I forget, jeez.) Lots of funny new stuff on Wazzup.

And, check it out:

CafePress Summer Blowout Sale
$2 off select Women's ribbed apparel* (featuring the new & improved Direct Printing)
Coupon Code: BREEZE2
Sale runs: Sept 14 - Sept 21
* Baby Doll Tee, Jr. Raglan, Jr. Tank Top, Women's Cap Sleeve Tee, Women's Tank

Friday, September 09, 2005

Friday Update/Katrina Graphics

If possible I'm getting even busier! Next week will be better. I'll make a point of it. Also, I'm now done with my Katrina graphics. (Done with sticking Katrina links up, etc., too.)

So, do you want to see some Katrina graphics? These are only the beginnings: two for the CafePress Katrina Charity Shop @

The graphics are about New Orleans Music. I do music and we all know how much New Orleans is about music - and what a contribution and joy New Orleans' music has been to all. It's about my gratitude, appreciation, and acknowledgement, that New Orleans music will always live no matter what. Love ya, New Orleans.

Now, for the rest of the series at

Most of it is hidden now, only one is showing tonight -

Note also the "brass & sax" graphics in the Music Instruments section -

Okay, links time:

[edited 12/26/07]

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

While I'm here...News Update

Busy with clients, but I need to sort out just what I'm doing right now for whom and when. My mind spins.

News flash: another E-Mail from Rita, she says hold off for now on the project. Well, gee, I can certainly understand why. She has no electricity yet and was E-Mailing me from a library. (I'll have to reply and remind her that she can conduct her CafePress business from any computer. She might as well keep her money coming in, right?)

Back from inserted news flash:

First, there was Rita in New Orleans, who was lost, but now is found; then, a client's client from the Gulf Coast somewhere evacuated to Huntsville, then there's a lady in NC waiting on me. NC, thank God, nothing happening there. Okay, I'll be sorting out all this.

Right now I'm working on graphics to contribute to CafePress' charity store for Katrina which is likely to open this week. All proceeds will go to Katrina charity.

The stores and CafePress are, frankly, way too busy. There have been many behind the scenes changes and improvements at CafePress which we storeowners have been busy with, but which may not be so noticeable to customers. The new affiliation program, for only one thing. This is something I need to figure out, before I even start thinking about implementing (okay, okay, I've got some affiliate links on my website, but, I just barely know what I'm doing with that, to be too honest.) There's a lot of new CafePress merchandise, which I've been telling you about as it's been coming along. All in all, stores-wise, do you have any idea how many graphics and how many products there are or could be in my CafePress group of stores? It is mind-boggling. We're talking figures like hundreds (graphics) and thousands (products).

On the upside, sales are good. : )

Don't forget to go to my website and click on those donation links for Katrina survivors. All are trustworthy links or they wouldn't be on my site, such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, etc.

Oh, heck, I'll put this here!

The American Red Cross

Rita, the New Orleans client, lives!

Good news, the NO client I mentioned in my last post is alive and apparently well. Well enough to write me E-Mail and to be out rescuing cats, which sounds pretty well to me.

: )

Now, let's keep hearing more good news from out of the Gulf Coast, right?!

Friday, September 02, 2005

What a week! Also new merch.

As is true with most of us Americans to some degree or another, I have been overwhelmed with Katrina. The fact of the disaster in itself, but, personally with the fact that a client I had been very much in the thick of working with E-mailed me Saturday night saying she was heading up with a mattress to an upstairs closet so she'd be safe from Katrina. I have no idea what's happened to her since. She's from New Orleans. Rita Bridges is her name; the store I've been helping her with is You can tell she just started building this store, in fact I still have her graphics left to finish on my machine. I sent an E-Mail to the artist who did the artwork for Rita's store, thinking she might know something about Rita. Afterwards I realized that god only knows what has happened to artist Mel, her also being in the New Orleans area.

This whole thing is troubling. I know I'm very much not alone in that feeling this week.

Furthermore, since I didn't see any point in continuing with Rita's project just now, I thought it would be good to work on my "next" client's project (a client of a client, actually). Then, I find out that this woman desiring the artwork lives on the Gulf Coast and had evacuated to Huntsville. I have still another client in line. She's in North Carolina. Good.

Well, there's still the CafePress stores. Which have new merchandise. You already know about the new kids' clothes, right? This latest batch of new goodies include caps, mini-buttons, rectangle magnets, wood-framed tiles... There's been a lot of new merchandise coming in lately. Watch for it to arrive in my stores. Watch also for the opening of the CafePress Hurricane Katrina Benefit Store (working title - the store is nameless, as I write) - I plan to contribute at least one graphic to the cause.

Lastly, but most importantly, look for the Hurricane Katrina links on the tops of my Home Page and News & Views Page. Donate to the Red Cross - you can't miss these Katrina links!

Wazzup is not quite so amusing this week, as I wasn't feeling very amused. The new BMJOTW is there, however, as it always is.

My links, of the everyday, ordinary variety:

CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More

For Women Old Enough to Know Better

Friday, August 26, 2005

Coping with the Heat & Smog

There's a new graphic available in "For Women Old Enough to Know Better" - a hot-pink retro Brushscript lettered "Breast Cancer Sucks" inspired by CafePress' push for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

(I'm aware, I'm aware! I'd like to forget! Anyway, go get your mammograms and other exams, ladies! And do it before October when you'll find it too darn busy, because so many women are going because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month...!)

See the "Breast Cancer Sucks" graphic and merchandise.

Be sure to catch the new music joke on the Music Stuff Blog. Catch "Blockview" (!), the Fed-Ex furniture, and other spiffy new additions in Wazzup. News & Views Page has been updated as well.

I've been busy with client work, even to the extent that I, more or less, had to turn down a third client because I'm too occupied for weeks. Actually, I'm itching to spend more time on my store work, too. And, because of just that, it's very possible that I may put a halt to accepting new clients until at least November.

About the "Heat & Smog" title - we are having a heat wave here in SoCal, even at the coast. The worst of it is that the air is filth (We've been having sunsets to the west and to the east, lately, for this reason. The "regular" western sunset is being reflected off the filthy sky in the east - the "Inland Empire", Riverside County - hence the west and east sunsets.) I have asthma and am without AC, so I am getting the heck out of this southwest-facing office and apartment this afternoon and getting myself into AC, probably a bus ride down the coast.

In sum, my business and my updates for the day - and week - are just about done, as I get out of here.

Keep cool. Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Cuckoo 4 Sudoku! : CHM Design Store : - NEW - Sudoku Merch

Cuckoo 4 Sudoku! : CHM Design Store :

Find in the "& More"'s "Geeks/Nerds" section - Sudoku!

(If you need to ask what Sudoku is, you are not likely to be interested in this graphic, however spiffy it is. ; )

CHM Design - Music Stuff & More : - CafePress Back Up

CHM Design - Music Stuff & More :

CafePress has been fixed. Hurray.

I'm glad it didn't take them long. In my three years at CafePress I've never seen them go down like this. Strange.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Sale Coming to CafePress (& My Stores!)

$5 off $50 or more

Coupon code: B2SALE

Starts: August 16, 2005 Ends: September 6, 2005

New Web Page!

I finally cut the too-long Wazzup Page in two, moving "News & Views" onto its very own Page.

Also put some Java script into the News & Views - From Southern California to have its blog automatically updating there.

Friday, August 05, 2005

New CafePress Merch has Arrived!

Look for it in my stores soon. I'll keep you updated here and in my other communication.

There's new kids' clothes for school and fall (sweats and hoodies and jerseys, etc.).

There's light switch covers - kinda neat, but most of my present graphics don't fit on them well. I do have a few now in my stores using the few graphics which do fit. Look in the "Bargain Basement" of the "For Women Old Enough to Know Better" store.

There's, of all things, genuine postage stamps. The music ones will be especially nice, using the music graphics already available.

Another matter, CafePress itself has been a little rocky this week, with its servers slo-o-o-o-w, etc. I apologize on their behalf. There have been a lot of changes implemented - beyond the new merch mentioned above - and the rough edges need to be - and will be - smoothed out soon.

I've been busy lately, with clients, and store changes, etc. Look for more store and website updating ASAP. The blogs are pretty fresh - easy to do, which helps!

Of course I've added some new content to Wazzup this week. Be sure to check out the Animusic and the Gap Make a Change links. And there is always the BMJOTW. (Ha! I Googled "music humor" looking for, duh, music humor for the BMJOTW, and what link did I stumble across on Page 3? The very same Page that the BMJOTW "lives" on!)

TGIF, and it's almost 9 pm. Time to cook dinner after a hey to my Yahoo Group.

Have a good weekend. More soon.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Lots of News! Lots of New Music Graphics!

Blogs and new music graphics and a new Beta Yahoo 360...

Check out the new music graphics in the Music Merchandise section of CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More:

Oboe, Circle of Fifths, Music Humor...

Find instantly updating Music Stuff Blog entries on the Music Page on the website.

Lots of new CafePress merchandise coming in August, too!

* 2006 Calendars
* Light switch covers
* Youth Hoodies
* Women's Cap Sleeve Raglans
* Youth Sweatshirt
* Youth Raglan
* Photostamps

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for Back-to-School and Fall sales, features, and new products in my stores.

(PS: My very latest store, for the very brave and open-minded:
It's about Karl Rove. I think the graphic's kinda pretty - in a strange sort of way.)

More news real soon.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Added Cello Graphics to CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More

A new musical instrument - hurray!

Been wanting to add a cello for a long time.

Visit the "Music Merchandise" section to see the cello goods of all kinds.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Latest News

Busy, but in a behind-the-scenes way. Doing client work. Gearing up for the third- and fourth-quarter retail blitz.

Find lots of neat new stuff in Wazzup.

Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend and are enjoying your summer. Keep cool.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Friday, June 17, 2005

Stores & Website Weekly Update & Happy Father's Day Weekend, All Dads!

New CafePress Sale:
The Summer LOL Sale
Get $3 off all apparel including intimates
Coupon code: LOLSAV
Sale runs June 14 - 28.

New 4th of July section within the CHM Design Store Sales & Features area. You like American eagles or stars?

Aprons added to For Women...


Slimmed down the Wazzup Page a bit, as it truly needed it, as you may have noticed. Some of the Wazzup links were moved over to the Music Humor Page, or to one of the other Humor Pages.

Additional content was added to the Music Humor Page in addition to the Bad Music Joke of the Week.

Have a good weekend, everybody!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Updated the Website. This means, of course, that Wazzup has also been updated.

And, check out the new French Horns in "Music Merchandise" and the 4th of July eagles in "Sales & Features" in CHM Design Store - Music Stuff & More

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Website Seeks to "Free Katie" - Yahoo! News

That's a CafePress shirt there...

This news story is one of the most E-Mailed stories on Yahoo as I speak. Ha! I'm amused.

Too bad I didn't think of it.... ; )

(Tomkat, eh?)

Friday, June 03, 2005

Added a French Horn to CHM Design - Music Stuff & More. It'll be viewable in a few days.

I'll stop talking about being in CafePress' 2005 Holiday Gift Guide already. ; )

As always, it's the end of the week, that must been website and Wazzup update time - and it is.

Have a good weekend, everybody.


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

About to start a 4th of July section in CHM Design Store. In fact, you can see a few of the items already.

The 4th of July section is located in "Sales & Features" (ah, there, I'm getting the hang of the linking : )

Now, to get another musical instrument uploaded, also to finish that Circle of 5ths graphic...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Froogle Search: chmdesign

Love that Froogle.

Wow. No wonder Froogle is my second biggest referral. In fact, doing a search of the CHM Design Store with Froogle may be more efficient than at CafePress itself?
Once blogs 'change everything,' fascination with them will chill - Yahoo! News

Blogging on Blogger about blogs...

Yeah, these folks are right. At the same time, blogs are a good way to keep in touch with one's customers/clients, and for them to get in touch with you.

Yet another mode of business - and other - communication.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Set up a "GRADS" section in "Sales & Features" in my CHM Design Store. "DADS" will be soon to come.

I'm itching to finish my "Circle of Fifths" for the "Music Merchandise" section. This section also needs new musical instruments.

Also want/need to get some new line artwork (clipart) out for Denise at Sweet Sensations.

Working with a potential new client as of today.

I do keep busy! Enjoy it, though.

Please visit my website, stores, and other blogs. : )

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Looks like everything's in order, and we're go for blog.

Welcome!! This is the opening of the Wazzup CHM Biz Blog - an extension to my website @

One of the beauties of a blog is that you guys can talk back to me. Please do!

Talking to myself does get old.

Welcome, Family and Friends (Old & New).

Now, let's have some fun, and let's sell some stuff. (Am I honest, or what?)

I'll be back.