Stickers Tattoos & Wall Decals

Stickers Tattoos & Wall Decals

All things stickable can be found here. Stickers for mailing or craft work, temporary tattoos for when you lack that long-term commitment and wall decals for – hmm … walls.

Tattoos
Scared of long-term commitment? We know the feeling. But with 100% customizable temporary tattoos, now you can have your cake and eat it too. Customize your own design or choose from thousands of pre-made designs, temporary tattoos are the perfect addition to tailgating, fun runs, and special events.

Please note tattoos will arrive in a mirrored from to what you see above. When applied, it will be the right side up!
Dimensions of each sheet is: 10.5″ (height) x 8.25″ (width). You choose the size of the tattoos.
Prints in full color and non-colored areas are clear so they look real on your skin.
Comes off after a few days or wipe clean with baby oil.
To prolong life of tattoo, avoid chlorinated water.


Stickers Tattoos

Wall Decals

Brighten up any room with a custom wall decal from Zazzle and Walls 360! Printed with premium eco-solvent inks on high quality fabric paper, your images, text, and designs will pop off the wall with stunning clarity and color accuracy. Made to be moved, each wall decal can be peeled and repeeled up to one hundred times without damaging the decal or walls. No glue, no frames, no pain – make a space all your own with a customized wall decal!

Brilliant high-resolution printing on self-adhesive fabric paper.
Easy peel and restick up to 100 times. No wall damage or sticky residue.

Stickers

Stickers for every occasion! From special mailings and scrapbooking to kids’ activities and DIY projects, make your unique style stick.

20 stickers per sheet
Dimensions: 1.5″ per sticker
Printed on white acid-free paper
Vibrant full-color, full-bleed printing
Scratch-resistant front, easy peel-and-stick back
Available in a matte or glossy finish

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New product range: Art Stamps

New product range – Art Stamps:

Thanks to the wonders of print-on-demand, we can now offer a range of rubber art stamps. Use them to transform any craft project with our images, patterns, or text. We are also excited with the idea of personalising flyers and correspondence. The image depicted here could easily be used on paper based promotions for Alpaca breeders for example. We will have fun designing the range and hope that you enjoy using them. Note: We are always interested in your ideas for new stamps.

Available in six sizes
Laser engraved on foam cushion
Option of adding wooden handle
Ink pad not included and must be purchased separately

Alpaca Alpakka Alpaka Alpaga
Alpaca Alpakka Alpaka Alpaga by Youbeaut
Check out more Alpaca alpakka alpaka alpaga Wood Art Stamps at Zazzle
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Threatened Australia – The wide bleak land

Threatened Australia – The wide bleak land

Just a few years before heading to Europe to serve with the AIF in 1941, Jock Picks, a young scientist and farmer from South Australia announced in his newly published book “Australia’s Dying Heart – Soil Erosion in the Inland” that “The only aspect of erosion which has not received much attention is the political and social one. I can foresee more difficulty in disentangling the mass of conflicting interests which have their roots in the soil than in the actual physical problems.”

Jock speaks of two major problems. The first one was that the banks and big pastoral companies refused to finance farmers in a way that would allow them to rest parts of a property to enable regrowth and rejuvenation. The second problem is the “social dilemma”, where a city journalist travels in the rural areas following winter rains and writes a glowing report about a ‘rural paradise’ leading all to believe that the world has now been put right. In the meantime, erosion and failing natural landscapes failed to be noticed.

And so it still is today. Living successfully in the Australian environment is beset with “a mass of conflicting interests” and, when winter rains arrive and the parched drought ridden land turns emerald green, we all give a deep sigh of relief, forget the recent drought and fail to notice the still empty dams and reservoirs. Only the few who take a shovel to the soil know that the big dry is still there, just centimetres below that green cover.

What do we really know about our Australia?

So what do we really know about our European footprint on this primitive landscape? Recent TV programs and magazine articles have drawn attention to man’s historic roots from the time humans spread out from Africa. One important message about Australia comes through.

The first people arrived here some 50,000 years ago while the first European settlers in the form of convicts and free settlers, arrived around 200 years ago. The first group, our aboriginal population, was adapted to the Australian environment so that they could live here successfully. The second group, our mob, already adapted to a European climate and landscape, set out to modify the local environment so as to make the continent and its environment adapt to our way of life with our plants and livestock, our settlements and social systems.

Now, with a population of around twenty four million, it might look as though we have succeeded in our efforts. But we also know that Australia is facing challenging environmental problems.

What Jock Picks worried about mostly when he was writing in 1937 were things like the loss of saltbush country from overgrazing and the sinking of thousands of water bores across the outback for sheep and cattle but which also stopped kangaroos migrating to other areas in a drought year. The ‘roos along with the station livestock kept close to the bores and soon wiped out many of the plants that had made it possible to farm there, and this in turn led to desertification and the build up of sand dunes across much of the country. (Today, thousands of feral donkeys, pigs and camels persist where bores still operate.)

In much of the highly productive irrigation farmland and orchards rising salt has rendered the land unsuitable for growing crops of any kind, even pasture.

And now Australians are being told once again about the problems of the Great Barrier Reef and how chemical rich run-off from farms is impacting so disastrously on the corals of the reef. Fertilizers and pesticides in huge quantities are used on crops in Queensland. Ironically, sugar is one of the crops and one has to say ‘how stupid is that?’ Yes, we do need a little sweetener in our lives but not in the quantities we see being produced in Australia. To quote from the website of the Australian Sugar Milling Council:

The Australian sugarcane industry is one of Australia’s largest and most important rural industries with sugarcane being Queensland’s largest agricultural crop. Up to 35 million tonnes of sugarcane is grown on about 380,000 hectares annually. This sugarcane crop can produce up to 4.5 million tonnes of raw sugar, 1 million tonnes of molasses and 10 million tonnes of bagasse annually. Approximately 85% of the raw sugar produced in Queensland is exported, generating up to $2.0 billion in export earnings.

Sugar cane

What a mess! What would Jock Picks think? Just 75 years after his book was published, and while the world suffers obesity and diabetes epidemics and the soft drink companies fence off water supplies from thirsty African villagers to satisfy the need for more sugary drinks, can we really take pride in the idea of trying to adapt the country to suit us? Shipping sugar to a world that surely would be better off without it does not make sense to me.

As Jock said, “I can foresee more difficulty in disentangling the mass of conflicting interests which have their roots in the soil than in the actual physical problems.”

Big business will fight to the end to maintain its existing profitable base using every lobbyist, tame journalist and vulnerable politician in the process. The only glimmer of light in recent times has been investment moves away from cigarettes, alcohol and some fossil fuels. Perhaps there is a clue there to what could be done about sugar to the advantage of the environment and the Great Barrier Reef. But then have you ever tried taking candy away from a child?

Australia’s Dying Heart – Soil Erosion in the Inland by Jock H. Picks, Melbourne 1940 (Available electronically from the National Library of Australia: Trove

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Sydney Writers Festival: Jonathan Franzen

Sydney Writers Festival Speaker Jonathan Franzen.

Sydney Writers Festival Speaker Jonathan Franzen
As the Sydney Writers Festival comes to an end, literary folk are heading home or off to a ‘down under’ adventure. Jonathan Franzen, author and a guest speaker at the SWF is heading to Papua New Guinea on a bird watching tour.

Franzen’s last public address was on Saturday might at a packed Sydney Town Hall.

Sydney writers festival

Franzen’s most recent book titles are Freedom, The Correction and Purity.

In a recent interview, the best selling author Franzen said, “I know I’m naive. It’s a better way to be than paranoid.”

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Farmers Travel with an Alpaca Luggage

Farmers Travel with an Alpaca.

Travel with an Alpaca for farmers and other folk on the move needing to carry stuff. You can customise – add your Alpaca stud name and/or address/telephone number etc. You can also change the existing image to one of your choice. Select case shell colour from white, silver or black. Ideal to take to shows. Three sizes of case available. Have fun!

Look good, feel safe, and be unique with custom carry on luggage from UGOBAGS! Available in three base colors, you can customize all aspects of the UGOBAGS, from the color of the wheels, to the bumpers and handles, as well as the large center image. Make your next trip a beautiful one!

Dimensions: 22″ x 16″ x 8.5″ (cabin proof)
Weight: 6.2 lbs; Volume: 1.4 cubic feet
Includes TSA approved lock
MateriaL: 100% hard shell polycarbonate; super lightweight & impact resistant
360 double spinner wheels
Retractable telescopic handle is lightweight with multi-stage locking heights
High & lateral handle designed for easy maneuverability
Fully lined interior contains multiple mesh & sealed pockets for improved packing as well as a lid compartment & compression straps for securing & organizing packed items

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Stop Valve Expresso Café & Bar

Stop Valve Café & Bar:

This tiny cafe sits beneath a multilevel carpark opposite the well known Watters Gallery and beside a huge mural by street artist Heesco. The image is based on the imaginative work of Shaun Tan, best known for his childrens picture books and in particular one entitled The Lost Thing.
Excellent coffee and the cafe staff are suitably gracious and helpful.
You can find a complete review at The Sydney Broadsheet Cookbook.

Stop Valve Cafe
Stop Valve Café at 70 Riley Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Click here to visit the Stop Valve website.

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Cats, Worms & Moles

Cats, Worms & Moles

“Christ! We’ve killed the missus’s cat”, groaned my father looking across the field, past the silent frozen ponies with their steaming nostrils, to the far hedge. A black cat hangs stiff in the frost.

I’m eight years old and my father, in his post-war job, is second gardener and chauffeur for Lord and Lady Hunt which means we live in a cottage, one of three workers’ cottages on the Hunt estate. Twice a week we put out the snares and early the following morning, before work or school, we go out to collect our rabbits. Some days there are none but sometimes we’ll come home with three or four and my mother will give them to her girlfriends in the village.

The Hunts own a big foundry in the village where they manufacture and export agricultural equipment.

Fast forward nine years. I’m now a migrant kid and I’m with four Aussie lads and a small arsenal of weapons in the beetle-backed Vanguard heading to Lake Tyrrell, north of Sea Lake, to shoot ducks. The boys feel duty bound to teach me how to be an Australian and I’m a more than willing pupil. Adventure and new experiences were everything.

Someone told the ducks we were coming so we became rabbit and fox shooters instead. Mid-morning and the spread-out line of hunters get the signal to stand still. Noel lifts his rifle and takes aim at something. A shot and a shape leaps from the long grass close to a thicket of blackberries. Six or seven more shapes streak away into the thicket. “Cats!” mutters the lad along from me.

The hunting party strolls over to the body. “Nice shot”, said Paul. I move on over to the blackberries. Why are they growing here in the middle of nowhere? Rusting iron protrudes from the clump and I inspect it. A giant harrow lives here supporting the forest of blackberries, no doubt made redundant by new lighter and more modern equipment. On a wide cast iron cross bar at one end, I see raised lettering: Hunt Foundry, Earls Colne, Essex, England. Like me, it’s 12,000 miles from where it was made. I turn to face the others who are taking a break, lighting cigarettes, checking their guns, having a piss. Without thinking about it, I blurted out with a smile, “You’ve killed the missus’s cat”. Four sets of eyes stared at me. No sounds except for a low whistling of wind across the vast dry grass covered paddocks. No one understood. Then Noel looked at me with some amusement in his eyes, and said, “Stupid Pommie bastard”. Everyone laughed and we moved on.

Fast-forward fifty years. Maldon a couple of months back, before the first rains. I’m talking to a man around my age and originally from England about his new front garden in front of the renovated cottage he and his wife have restored.

“Aven’t seen a worm. Not one”, he said. “Where will I get worms then?” he continues.

Before I can fully comprehend his regional English accent, he goes on.

“The wife asked me why we don’t have moles”, and he laughs heartily. “I told her straight, if we don’t have worms then we don’t get moles”.

Suddenly, in my head and across the years, filed away in the box labelled 1957 came Noel’s voice. “Stupid Pommie bastard.” For one horrible moment I thought I’d actually said it out loud, but I hadn’t. Then I realized how Australian I was.

We love irony, but just sometimes, people from far away places manage to convince you that what they are saying is what they truly believe when in fact they are having you on. Trouble is of course, you can never be sure.

I smiled wanly and suggested a place where I had found worms. Take a bucket and garden fork to the large mulch-come-compost bays at the corner of the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, next to the gate nearest the creek. If the leaf mulch has been there for a while and is damp, there is good chance of finding worms. Find just one, and you won’t be able to stop.

Footnote: 1. The European mole has long been regarded as a garden and farm pest although this is changing as the benefits of its aeration of the soil becomes appreciated. The small animal burrows across British and Europan lawns or gardens or sports fields or race tracks, usually at night, leaving ‘mole hills’, small heaps of earth, every two to four metres. The mole was once hunted for the fur trade. A mole skin coat required many moles skins and was regarded as a luxury item. 2. European moles do not exist in Australia but we do have an unrelated burrowing mole. Our Marsupial Mole lives almost entirely under ground in semi-arid, sand dune country.

Australian Marsupial Mole

The native Australian marsupial moles spend the majority of their time underground and very rarely come to the surface.
Click here to read more about Australia’s marsupial moles.

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Secret Graffiti Monogram on Wall

Secret Graffiti Monogram on Wall.

This design was inspired by a visit to a large store in inner Sydney. Never let it be said that we would really graffiti the walls! But the idea of doing it digitally appealed and so we had to do it.

When adding your own initials you can customise to suit i.e. font style, colour, size etc. Have fun!

Available in most models in the Apple iPhone and Sumsung range. Charcoal or White.

Style: OtterBox Symmetry iPhone 6/6s Case
You like to drop it like it’s hot…except when it comes to your phone. Luckily, OtterBox cases are here to save the day! Constructed by molding two formidable materials together, Symmetry cases have the strongest protection in the slimmest style. Dual-layer defense guards against drops and tumbles. From the construction site to your toddler’s hands, it’s ok to drop it like it’s hot!

Designed for the Apple iPhone 6/6s
Dimensions: 7.6″l x 6″w x 1.6″h
Materials: Synthetic rubber and polycarbonate
Construction: 2 formidable materials are molded together for the strongest protection in the slimmest case
Shock absorbing
Screen bumper: Raised, beveled edge helps protect touchscreen
Slim profile: Sleek design slips easily into pockets and purses
Easy installation: One-piece design slips on and off in a flash
Custom-shaped for perfect fit in an effortless installation
OtterBox cases are protected by warranty for a period of 1 year from original purchase date.

Monogram on Wall OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case
Monogram on Wall OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case by Youbeaut
Check out more Monogramed Otterbox Cases at Zazzle
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Film Themed Phone Case

Film Themed iPhone and Samsung Cases

We love designing mobile phone cases even though they face enormous competition. The Otter Box is a recent brand and we rate it as smart. It comes in Charcoal or White.
We used a film celluloid image for this case. It is clean and modern yet reminds us of the recent past, pre-digital. It merges modern with retro in a smart way.
Visit our print-on-demand Zazzle store to see our full range of phone and tablet cases.

Details:

Style: OtterBox Symmetry iPhone 6/6s Case
You like to drop it like it’s hot…except when it comes to your phone. Luckily, OtterBox cases are here to save the day! Constructed by molding two formidable materials together, Symmetry cases have the strongest protection in the slimmest style. Dual-layer defense guards against drops and tumbles. From the construction site to your toddler’s hands, it’s ok to drop it like it’s hot!

Designed for the Apple iPhone 6/6s
Dimensions: 7.6″l x 6″w x 1.6″h
Materials: Synthetic rubber and polycarbonate
Construction: 2 formidable materials are molded together for the strongest protection in the slimmest case
Shock absorbing
Screen bumper: Raised, beveled edge helps protect touchscreen
Slim profile: Sleek design slips easily into pockets and purses
Easy installation: One-piece design slips on and off in a flash
Custom-shaped for perfect fit in an effortless installation
OtterBox cases are protected by warranty for a period of 1 year from original purchase date.

phone cases
Galaxy S7

Cinematics OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case
Cinematics OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case by Youbeaut
Find other Celluloid Otterbox Cases at zazzle.com

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Justice & Police Museum

Spent the morning at the said museum. Brilliant displays and historic info. Can’t praise it highly enough. Open from 10am -Saturdays and Sundays only. 

Click to visit the Justice & Police Museum website.

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See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

These sit beside the mirror where I had a haircut, a reminder that a blog should be free of all evil

No evil!

This is the first of the MiniBlogs. Most will arrive here from my iPhone. Hopefully they will entertain and/or inform. 

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Library Book Button

Library Book Button.

Buttons are not a big seller with us but there is one that outsells all others, the Book Brain button. It shows a stick figure with a large head and visible large brain, with arm outstretched and holding four heavy books.

Who buys it? Well with print-on-demand products, we only get told the User name and the town and State or County the buyer came from. The most anyone has bought at one time is 20 and we know that it was purchased by a Teresa of Lehigh Acres, FL. Was she a librarian or school teacher? One would think she might well have worked with young people, or were they folk in a retirement village? Who knows.

Customisable Library BookCustomisable Library Book

This pin-button comes in 5 size in the round and one size in square. You can customise the button to suit by adding text where required. Continue reading

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Brunswick Street Fitzroy revisited

Fitzroy Revisited.

Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street began it’s rapid rise to iconic subculture status in the late 1970’s and early ’80’s. I recently revisited it with a camera with a view to writing about the street and it’s early history.

Black Cat Cafe Fitzroy

The Black Cat cafe on the ground floor of this imposing building became a focal point for artists and musicians in Brunswick Street in the early ’70’s. Continue reading

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Collection for March 2016

Collection for March 2016.

Our Collection for March 2016 showcases six products selected from all the items purchased in March on the Youbeaut Designs online store. Selecting what to show is always fun. (When you get to the Collection you can click on any image for more information or ordering.) Continue reading

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Kangaroos as Neighbours

Kangaroos as Neighbours

A long black shadow slid across the boards of the veranda and up the wall covering the curtained bedroom window of the weatherboard cottage. Big Lennie stood and listened as he did every night when he got to number 43, but no dog or human sound came from the house. Smaller shadows appeared alongside Lennie’s then passed on as they moved across the garden.

Forget the Walking Dead and zombies and other TV window licking half-humans. Wandering home in the moonlight and becoming aware of ghostly figures standing motionless and staring at you, can be disconcerting, especially when you blink and find them gone a moment later.

All over our village and other small towns across the land – wherever the dry hand of drought has burnt away the natural ground cover and stolen all the moisture – kangaroos have become regular visitors to town parks and playing fields, camping on vacant lots or beneath trees and bushes in quiet suburban gardens, and in bush land around the perimeter of the town. Continue reading

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Designer links: Just Envelopes

Designer links: Just Envelopes.

We still use and need envelopes despite the ‘sharing’ hype that dominates personal communications. Here at Just Envelopes, you can find an enormous range of envelopes from the decorative and bizarre to your common customizable business envelope.

Just Envelopes

Visit this designer of envelopes:

    Just Envelopes

Designer links are simply links to print-on-demand stores we’ve noticed (and liked) as we move around the web.

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Collection for February 2016

Collection for February 2016.

Our Collection for February 2016 showcases six products selected from all the items purchased in February on the Youbeaut Designs online store. Selecting what to show is always fun. (When you get to the Collection you can click on any image for more information or ordering.)

Some of the things from Collection for February 2016.

Click here to view this months Collection.

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Spring Flowers – Hyacinths

Spring Flowers

This spring flowers favourite, the Muscari Wall Clock shows an image of the best known of the Muscari family. An ideal present for yourself or friends who love gardening. Our Wall Clocks are available in three sizes, 7″ and 9″ along with a 10 3/4″ square clock. They are an ideal present for those who love gardening and the outdoors, or you could simply buy one as a delightful addition for your sun-room, kitchen or dining room. You could even hang one in the garden potting shed or on the patio. This clock can be fully customised to suit. There is an old saying printed on the clock face which can be changed to suit. Everything you see can be changed or modified. Continue reading

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Wall Clock Porche 911 Carrera

Porche 911 Carrera

This Porche 911 Carrera square wall clock will grace any office or study wall. Long may this particular car design live on to excite car enthusiasts into the future. Produced from 1964 until 1989, the 911 set the bar height for all the mass market sporting cars that followed. It was produced as a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic and engine sizes from ranged 2 litre to 3.3 litre. The coupe model was probably the best known and most popular.
The serious competitor was of course the Jaguar E-Type (or the Jaguar XK-E made for North America) which was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. During this period, more in the 1970’s perhaps, the following car makers produced luxury cars that competed with the Porche and the Jaguar, among them, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, the extroardery Citroen SM and of course the BMW 2002tii. There were others.
This wall clock is fully customisable. Change the Porche car image to your favourite car. You can also add a message if you wish.

Click here to view our full range of wall clocks.
Continue reading

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Alpaca Shoes

Alpaca Shoes

These delightful Alpaca Shoes from Youbeaut Designs will look right whatever the occasion. Fully customisable to suit. The Alpaca in this photographed was captured for Youbeaut Designs by Richard Lee in south-eastern Australia.

Include Soles: High Top Shoes
Step out of the box in a pair of unique custom sneakers! Each pair of custom High Top ZIPZ® shoes is designed so that any ZIPZ® top can be matched with a sole of the corresponding size, meaning you can change your style as often as you’d like to match any mood, occasion, or outfit. A fresh look at sneakers, ZIPZ® shoes give you a one of a kind way to express yourself! Continue reading

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