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What’s Her Story: Small-Town Shop Owner Uses Integrated Marketing to Tell Her Tale, Grow Her Business   Leave a comment


theimaginationmuscle:

A wonderful small business…

Originally posted on StoryCroft:

Helene Singer Cash, Crystal Couture, Lebanon, Tennessee, TN, town square, small town, boutique, internet, marketing, Facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, fashions, shoes, accessories, nashville

Helene Singer Cash

Helene Singer Cash lost her shop space in 2010 when a flood devastated much of Nashville, Tenn. She reopened 30 miles to the east, on the old town square of Lebanon, population 25,000 (slideshow below). Since then, Crystal Couture – where Singer Cash sells trendy women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories – has grown so much that she’s moving into a space more than three times the size and just a couple doors over. Singer Cash says the key to her success has been a marketing approach that mixes traditional methods, small-town hustle, the Internet and social media.

You’re a small business in a small town. Do people ever ask what you’re doing on the Internet and Facebook?

Oh, all the time. People always ask me, why are you trying to talk to people everywhere, and I say because I want to sell to people everywhere. The Internet has…

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Posted March 8, 2014 by theimaginationmuscle in my photos

Composting   5 comments


Originally posted on Return To Pioneer Gardening:

One of the lost arts of pioneer gardening….composting. Composting is an excellent way to reduce garbage going to the landfill, and fertilizes your garden better than ANY chemical product on the market. Its better for your health, the health of your garden plants, and the environment overall.

Composting involves tiny organisms and helpful naturally-occurring bacteria that break down the items in your compost pile to a soil-like substance called humus. Humus is crumbly like soil, and smells like fresh soil. All traces of the original material are gone, and all that remains is a vitamin and mineral rich substance that plants love.

Composting is an art, and there’s no one way to do it. However, anyone can compost, and if you garden or not, composting is beneficial for everyone. Composting in winter is tricky, and the process slows considerably. Composting requires heat, to quickly break down the materials in the…

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Posted February 9, 2014 by theimaginationmuscle in my photos

A Vertical Garden in Spain   Leave a comment


Posted February 9, 2014 by theimaginationmuscle in my photos

Breath   2 comments


Originally posted on okiebuddhist:

breath by breath

i focus there

beneath the abdomen,

the center of space

the rising mountain

the empty drain

and life in the center

–okiebuddhist

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Posted February 9, 2014 by theimaginationmuscle in my photos

Mix and Match   2 comments


Originally posted on yamhillvalleygrown:

For those of us who are not master gardeners, the idea that some plants grow better if placed near a compatible plant may be a new idea. This chart is a great help!what plants with what

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Posted February 9, 2014 by theimaginationmuscle in my photos

Mr. Meowgo vs. Lucky the chipmunk   5 comments


Our cat Mr. Meowgo is a hunter even as his food bowl sits full to the brim with tasty food.

He brings mice, voles, birds, lizards and sometimes cute little chipmunks to the front door for our approval.

 

A stone cold killer

A stone cold killer

 

I have tried unsuccessfully in the past to help the chipmunks escape his lethal grasp.

Today a chipmunk lives with minor injuries due to the quick action of my husband!

 

 

Lucky the chipmuck

 

The photo below shows the only injury to poor Lucky.

 

Lucky the chipmunk

 

 

Lucky the chipmunk making a run for it

I scoop Mr. Meowgo up and we go for a walk while Lucky makes plans for his retreat.

 

Bee feeding

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Delight with Eggs   17 comments


In the past few weeks the hens have provided us with over two dozen eggs and counting. I have made egg salad and even pickled some eggs.

 

I had to take a picture of our first two eggs!

 

Great chicken friends

  our first two eggs

 

Pullet eggs are great for pickling. I am going to try lots of recipes and create a few of my own.

 

My sweet feathered friends

The ladies and Big Bird watch me pull weeds from the garden for their midday salad. Big Bird demands attention with his loud crow along with the fifteen hens clucking at me.

 

Henny Penny enjoying a bit of scratch feed

 

 

The ladies are so very loving and loud when announcing the arrival of the newest egg addition. I know I am to blame for spoiling them but I care not. They feed us, amuse us, are great alarm systems, provide organic fertilizers, etc.

So for more entertaining photos…    Little B-Tips curious about the camera

 

 

Mr Meowgo likes the egg a little too much

 

Our trusted feline friend is not entirely pleased with our new feathered family. He is very curious and does watch over them.

 

 

Two hens in the box and one on her way in

 

Although there are eight different laying boxes, the hens only lay in the one box that I painted the word egg on…can they read? Or maybe it’s the classical music playing on NPR?  As you can see, two Rhode Island Reds are already in the laying box and a line is forming.

 

Room for three?

 

 

Henny Penny must be in dire straits to crowd with two other hens in the same laying nest.  Three hens sharing  I came back to find three eggs a little later in the day!

 

Love birds

 

 

Big Bird making some noise

Big Bird loves his special treats of sunflower seeds and cooked brown  rice.   Big Bird is the sweetest rooster  He loves to eat from my hand.

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF HEALING “QUOTE” OF THE DAY   2 comments


Originally posted on solokid:

Be At Peace!

“Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less.” – Darina Stoyanova

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Posted September 26, 2013 by theimaginationmuscle in my photos

Joys of Living with Chickens   19 comments


Our chicken house(wing)

 

Building a 90%  up-cycled chicken house is simple and fun.

 

 

       Another view of the chicken house

The Flock Grew We soon realized the five hens originally ordered turned into a 16 count!

 

We built an other wing for them to have the proper living space.

 

 

Peeps! @ day old chicks

 

Teaching the little chicks how to drink and eat was a breeze. We dipped their tiny beaks to the water and they drank with enthusiasm. Tapping my finger on top of their food was all it took for an eating session.

 

First night at home

 

Chick on warm brick

 

 

Chick snuggle

Brave growing chicks

 

 

Say is that a chick on you head? Our chickens are a bit indulged and it is fine.

 

 

Ladt Bird Tuck Tuck enjoys napping on my knee

 

 

Little Beak was the runt

Now Little Beak is a healthy 5 month old-young lady!

 

Chicks in June

Getting bigger

 

 

Yes they love ice water in the summer

 

 

Sleepy, night, night

 

 

Suprise we have a rooster that loves standing on frozen ice Meet Big Bird. He is our unexpected rooster with a fine character.

 

 

Fresh fruit is enjoyed by all

 

Big Bird and a few of the ladies

 

My sweet Lady Bird Tuck Tuck getting bigger

 

 

These two garden spiders has been eaten

Chickens are a lot of fun and well worth the effort!

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes Swap 2013   14 comments


The 9th annual clothes swap was a terrific success!

 

Clothes swap leftovers

The picture above is all the clothes to be washed and sorted before the Methodist Home For Children pick up date.

 

Next are some photos from the swap.  This year we had about forty or so women accompanied by a toddler and baby to coo over!

 

Let the fun begin!

 

 

The start of the shoe section

 

 

The rack is full before people arrive

 

 

Table for jeans

 

 

Jamie's on the scene!

 

 

 

Ready to find 'new' clothes

 

 

We have fun helping dress each other!

 

Heidi found a slammin’ dress!

 

Feathers are sexy!

 

 

Ladies and their clothes:)

 

 

Heather(Hostess) and I

 

 

So many clothes we have them out on the porch!

 

 

So many clothes...

 

 

Have to have food to fuel our clothing quest

 

 

Love to my granddaughter! Thanks to Debbie for all her hard work!

 

 

Two wonderful ladies!

 

 

The only fella in the group:)

 

 

Mommie and daughter team!

 

All tuckered out

 

A fun time for a great cause with fantastic people! Thanks to Sarah for volunteering to be the hostess for next year’s clothes swap!

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

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