eShop Permanent Portfolio

Permanent Portfolio check and eShop additions

Well, this is ridiculous. Such a long time not posted a blog. This is no way to increase traffic and try to sell anything. There is a good reason, I work in the financial industry and the last two months of 2011 and January were rather busy. Which left very little energy for other projects. It’s a bit better now, so I want to start writing little posts again. First an update of my permanent portfolio:

Permanent Portfolio


In December I increased my amount of stock, mostly with conservative funds. Also, as you can see, the total went up. From 100 to 127 in about two years. Savings substantially contributed to that. Yields on saving accounts and funds are obviously pretty low. Still the proportion of cash is way high to and I need to start buying stock funds again for my permanent portfolio. In these uncertain times in the EU that’s the only thing I dare to do, although all that cash in EURO’s isn’t exactly prudent either.

My Web Shop

As you know I do have an eShop with Zazzle were I show my amateur designs. Now and then I do post some designs and create in Zazzle a series of product classes (one usually adapt a design for for instance all light colored t-shirts, or round buttons). This is my latest:

Vintage Blue Turkish Rosette Geometric Graphic T-Shirt
Vintage Blue Turkish Rosette Geometric Graphic T-Shirt
by ejkaal

This design is adapted for the product class “light t-shirts”. You can use this pattern for all light t-shirts Zazzle currently has to offer. My goal is to add at least one combination of a design of mine with a product class per day. At the moment I’ve passed the 100 and at the end of the year it should be at minimum 400.


Ottoman Patterns in my Zazzle store

After my first attempt to make an illustration and upload it to Zazzle, I was thinking about what would be nice for a line of products. I always had something in mind about patterns. In a bookshop I stumbled on a few books about patterns used in different cultures. And they contained CD’s with jpeg examples. A good start for me for improving my vector illustration skills. I wanted to convert the book examples into vector drawings in order to use the result for many sizes. First a mousepad with one of my Ottoman patterns.

ottoman patterns
Ottoman patterns

Also with a vector drawing it easy to change the color scheme, which I did a bit. A lot of Arab, Turkish, Egyptian patterns are ideal for this kind of merchandize. Now if somebody just buys some.

Update 2021. What’s the point on writing about how great my Turkish designs are if I don’t direct you to my store? This particular yellow, red and green pattern is one of my first and is dear to me. But in my store it doesn’t get many views. I think it needs some tender, love and care. This is the latest version on a mousepad. Please SEO God, help this poor link.

Vintage Red Yellow Ottoman Turkish Tulip Pattern M Mouse Pad
Vintage Red Yellow Ottoman Turkish Tulip Pattern M Mouse Pad
by freshpatterns