Got your camera glasses on?


It always pays to keep your camera glasses on, even when you don’t have a camera right in front of you.  While talking with the folks after our furniture finally arrived last Friday, I was taking a break from unpacking (we’re still not done!), and walking around the exterior of the property.  After nibbling on some ripe raspberries (yes, we have raspberry bushes in our backyard, along with black raspberries, golden berries, Asian pear trees, and a couple other ones I am not 100% on yet), I started to head inside when I saw this bush:

camo-2Normally, a little movement from a bush means the wind is blowing but some movement wasn’t quite right, so I glanced again, and sure enough – something appeared once I changed my angle of view:


A praying mantis!  Now these guys aren’t that rare, but it’s always intriguing to find one because there is something quite surreal about their appearance.  He was tucked pretty deep inside these wisps of the bush too, and the edges were kinda sharp.  That being the case I didn’t want to dive in and disturb him too much, but I couldn’t help myself from at least trying to get off a shot that showed those cool beady eyes and his angular body:


As always, I was just not equipped as I wanted to be to get something better, and something about respecting the environment and it’s citizens called out to me, so this was the best I could get.  Quite an amazing difference from what was there at first glance, eh?!  The teachable moment here:  always keep your camera glasses on!

They’re Here!

Canon Blogger Coffee Mug

Okay, so it’s kinda cheesy, but also kind of cool.  We all know you can take your pictures and throw them on anything these days – whether it’s postcards, t-shirts, notepads, or whatever – you can turn your photos into pretty much anything!  I’ve had a Cafe Press site up for a while but never really utilized it that much.  Once I did a t-shirt with the text “Pixels Were Born to Be Punished” as sort of a nod to Frederick Johnson of the TWIP podcast.  Sent him a shirt, he got a chuckle – all good fun and games.  Then someone told me it’s a great way to monetize and bring more brand identity recognition.  So…I decided to give it a whirl.

I took the Canon Blogger logo you all know and love – and emblazoned it on a coffee mug, a water bottle, and a golf shirt!  You can check them out online here:  Canon Blogger Cafe Press Site

But, the flip side of sites like Cafe Press is – what’s the product quality?  There’s only one way to really find out for sure and that’s to buy one.  So I did!  The coffee mug and the water bottle came in the mail the other day and my first test was running them through the dishwasher to see if the logo stayed put.  Test one succeeded!

Canon Blogger Coffee Mug

Canon Blogger Water Bottle

I think the sip test should go okay too… 🙂

So, what say ye all?  Do you have an interest in getting your logo or brand identity out there?  Is it worth the investment to get the inventory of products lined up?  Would you use Cafe Press?  I have close to no margin set on these (like 50 cents…), so for me it’s not really about making money or anything – it’s more just a sort of fun aside.  Plus, I got a cool coffee mug out of the experiment!  Unless… 😉