What Gives Opal its Unique Color?

Today's guest post was submitted by Joe Smith from The Bead Traders. What Gives Opal Its Unique Color? The color of an opal is a magnificent thing. Unlike any other gem, opals can display all the colors of the rainbow in an iridescent, moving pattern of red, green, blue, yellow, purple, aqua, pink, and any other color you can imagine. The pattern and arrangement of the co...
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Creating Your Online Portfolio

Cover of Junr, 2016 issue Behavioral Sightings
I've been a professional writer for many years. First as a freelancer writing articles for print publications such as magazines and yearly anthologies. Then I got into online writing, for what would now be considered content mills. Most of those first online sites I wrote for are no longer in existence but it was good experience on how to push out a rather high volume of conten...
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Published My First Kindle Book on Amazon

Herbal Breakfast Cookbook
The Creative Cottage Founder Publishes First eBook I've been writing for print and online publications since 1997. I have quite an extensive collection of recipes that I've created over the years. Every year or so I think about putting together a book proposal and sending it off to a traditional book publisher but never seem to get very far. Then I thought, hmmmm, I should s...
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Selling My Retro & Vintage Collectibles Online

Popular Online Sites to Sell Vintage and Retro Collectibles I've written a few posts about how I'm trying to downsize my personal belongings and generally declutter my life. Sell Your DVD's, CD's, and Books Online Collectible Ceramics and Art Pottery From the Creative Cottage Vintage and Collectible Glassware From the Creative Cottage eBay - http://www.ebay.com/ ...
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10 Things Color Consultants Want to Tell You

Today's guest post was written by Raphael Zamora. 10 Things Color Consultants Want to Tell You Sometimes, (a lot of times, actually), we want to tackle choosing the right colors for our house on our home. Eventually, we are overwhelmed with sample paints on the walls, trips to the local paints store and piles of color swatches. With so many colors to choose from, we g...
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Shoe Repair Extends Life of Your Shoes

Cooler repairing shoe
Guest post written by Daryl Clark of D. Clark Associates   Great Benefits of Shoe Renewal for Smart Savers   Worn out soles, broken or wobbly heels and faded color are just few of the common signs that your favorite pair of kicks is about to say goodbye. Most customers tend to throw away their old shoes once they notice any of these damages from their ...
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Quick Linen Closet Organization

A few days ago I decided to give my linen closet a quick makeover. My current living situation has me between homes, so right now I'm staying at a friends house. Since I'm not the home owner, I can't do any major changes, such as painting. But I was getting kind of fed up with living in the Bachelor's Man Cave, so I decided to start doing a few home improvement projects tha...
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What to Charge Your Freelance Clients?

Hourly vs Monthly Freelance Retainer This is a question I'm asked quite often. When working with freelance clients, how do you figure out how much to charge? If I'm working with a client on a regular basis, during normal working hours, I charge on an hourly basis. This is for regular work during the week, where my client can reach me via phone, email or Google Hangouts from ...
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The Creative Cottage Reviews Food Scale

Kitchen Gurus food scale
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I am a bit of a food nut. I love trying out new recipes and testing the latest and greatest kitchen equipment. I just had a chance to try Kitchen Guru's glass top digital food scale. The scale is available in 3 colors: black, red and silver and can be bought from Kitchen Gurus on Amazon. A kitchen scale is ...
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Why I’m Switching Back to Desktop Computer

Apple Mac Mini
I Went Mac and Never Went Back I'm in my early 50's, and for most of my life, I've been a Windows PC user. That even includes the operating system used on my very first laptop computer, a Toshiba Satellite. I was getting sick of all the malware/viruses creeping onto my Window's systems so I was thinking of switching to the MAC OS the next time I was in the market for a new...
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