Monday, September 29, 2008
What is Union Eight?
Maybe it's best to start with what it's not.
1. It's not a train station. Kinda sounds like it, right? Nope. We think you should get on board with Union Eight, but we're not paying for gas; it's too darn expensive right now. Ask again in a year, and we'll see what we can do for you.
2. It's not a work union. Sure, we work hard for you, but last I checked you weren't offering health insurance. What's that about?
3. We're not a dance club. Someone told me that Union Eight sounded like the name of a super cool place to hang out. While we think we're awesome (and hope you do too), and we even like to take frequent boogie breaks, I'm afraid this isn't it either. So please get off my desk with the go-go boots. You're leaving marks.
So now we know what Union Eight is not. So what the heck is it? I'll tell you as long as you swear not to tell millions of friends or send us tons of business. It's a big secret. Really.
Ok, you've twisted my arm. That really hurts, by the way. Didn't anyone tell you that those arm burns are really painful?
Union Eight is the absolute best source for fun and cool gifts. You can find super sassy baby onesie bodysuits and t-shirts like this one:
or find neat gifts for grandparents, cool customized shoes, music t-shirts, funny tees, and so much more. All developed by a group of friends who happen to be business partners.
Welcome to the world of Union Eight! You'll like it here, I promise. We'll even bake you cookies. Or bring you a veggie platter if you're on a diet. It's up to you. Just show up, you'll be glad you did.
So y’all are probably wondering how this Union Eight thingy got started, right? (This is where y’all shake your head in the affirmative whether ya' want to or not.) A couple of years ago (things move slow in the south), I was sittin’ in my rockin’ chair on the front porch, sipping sweet tea and shootin’ flies with my B-B-gun ... and I got ta' thinkin' bout how ta' peddle my wares on the internet better.
Everbody kept sayin' that ta' be successful, ya' need to strut your stuff around the net like a proud rooster, write press releases, post to blogs, write articles, design products and so on and so forth. Well I'm here ta' tell ya' that there tain't a warm body out there that kin do all dat stuff and keep the mash flowing in the still. It jest tain't possible.
I rocked away sippin' my sweet tea en' suddenly the ole' noogin' started ta' perk grey water. Lordy be, I wuz as surprised as anybody when the solution ta' my problem jest popped right into my noogin' faster than greased lightin'! Eye knew instantly dat my idea was purdier than a speckled pup under a porch swing and kud wurk right nice, once it was put into place. Soon as I could find a clean grocery sack, I sharpened my pencil with my pig sticker and put together my grand plan to take over the world ... one t-shirt at a time.
It was a purdy plan en' I got so excited when some fellers from Zazzle flew all the way from Calliefornie ta' Hot-lanta jest ta' talk wif me bout it. I talked dem city slickers ears off and then got down and whispered in their earholes bout my grand plan. When I wuz done wif them fellers dey looked a bit dazed, but I reckon city slickers need a bit more time to get their own noogins to start perking. Least ways, dat's what I've been told.
Ta' make a long story short, eight mighty fine shopkeepers got together en' launched Union Eight wif Zazzle.com supportin' us all the way. Dat right thar, is how Union Eight wuz born and she sure is a purdy thing too. Eye cud git into all the particulars bout how et works, but den I'd hafta shoot ya'. Jest kiddin'. Y'all kin stay tuned to this station fer more on Union Eight as we cut a new path into the future for shopkeepers.
And, if you want the best ... forget all the rest! Shop Union Eight! (Sorry, I had ta' say dat cuz it's true!)
I'm one-eighth of the Union Eight team, and although we don't want to bore you to death, we thought you might like to know a little about each one of us. I drew the short straw, so I'm first...lol.
My working past is a little varied. I worked mostly in the graphics art field, but took a few years off to join the show business community, and traveled the country as one-half of a two-girl singing/comedy team, playing almost all of the 50 states. In 1971, toured the Far East, entertaining the troops during the Viet Nam war, an experience I'll
never forget. That was probably one of the most fulfilling times of my life...being allowed to bring a "little bit of home" to our troops. Most of the guys were just kids, far away from home, scared, and very homesick.
They were so appreciative and ecstatic to see someone from home so they could forget, just for an hour, that they were involved in a life and death battle, and might not make it home again. I'm vey honored that
I was allowed to be there with them, if only for a short time.
Once I got back to the States, I went back into the graphic arts field, mainly because I was tired of traveling, and wanted to stay in one place for a while. I worked at a parade float company, designing and building floats for the Kentucky Derby parade, worked for a convention and trade show company, designing and building floor displays
for trade shows, and eventually became a sign painter. Three years ago, I discovered,
quite by accident, an on-line print-on-demand t-shirt company that allowed me to work out of my home and still stay in the graphic arts field. I jumped at the chance, and started designing my own t-shirts and other
gift items, and fell in love with the industry. I found that designing for t-shirts wasn't that different than sign painting or any of the other jobs I'd had in the past, so it was right up my alley.
A couple of months ago, I was invited to join the Union Eight team by several of my friends, and although I could say the rest is history, Union Eight is just beginning its adventure into the retail marketing field.
I'm so happy and honored to be included in this exciting new adventure we're all embarking upon, and the best part is...we're all friends. The other seven members of Union Eight are very talented designers, all of whom you'll meet
in the days to come, so stay tuned.
Here's one of my gardening designs I happen to like a lot.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Cute Shoes! has great Kids Shoes available online.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
buy unique gifts at Zazzle