Travel Tuesday – 2016 Winter Trip to Iceland

I had always wanted to visit Iceland, especially with a direct flight from Boston. I decided to make that happen for my brother’s 50th January 26th birthday and as a belated January 19th birthday gift to myself. Boston folks were incredulous that we’d want to travel to Iceland rather than a warm tropical island. Thankfully, we’re a bit unconventional so I took advantage of a very inexpensive, 5 day Iceland Air package including: airfare, hotel, breakfast and travel voucher package deal and we jetted off to Reykjavik, Iceland.

10 minutes after landing, I had my brother take a photo of me in front of the Welcome to Iceland sign, we then headed to the included transport to our downtown Reykjavik hotel, located about 35 minutes from Keflavik, airport.

Day three, I decided to buy Golden Circle Tour tickets so we could visit the snowy South Iceland countryside, see the famous geysers, Gullfoss falls and all the tour had to offer. The eight hour tour was a fantastic decision. Our guide was knowledgeable, a good driver and she was very friendly.

Let me say that it was such an exciting trips, my youngest son and I went on a 6 day Great Value Vacation tour for his 21st, August 2017 birthday.

Due to medical challenges, traveling direct with no layovers with almost everything included is a major win win for me.

How to easily customize most of my Zazzle gift products in 3 steps

Designing easily customizable gifts has been my goal for those who visit my online Zazzle shops. The majority of patterns will also include a color matching text box that they can keep and add they own text like the JRJ initials shown below or they can remove the text box and the monogram leaving just the design.

I’ve illustrated how to modify this notecard using three images below.

  • Image 1)
    Here is my Mandala note card design. I choose an orange background, however you can easily change it to another color.

  • Image 2)
    Notice it says Personalize this template. Click Details to see the options you have to change the design.

    • Image 3

    After clicking, it now shows that the text JRJ can be changed or even deleted ( to leave it blank)
    You can also keep the orange circle text box or delete it as well

  • Image 4  

Because the design is a mandala (circle), I wanted to give the option of having a background color to match the design. You can easily change this by selecting another hue or remove the color to leave it as a white background by choosing the no color first box option.

I hope this has been helpful. If you change your mind or need to redo it, refresh your browser to start over.

Today marks 9 years since my first sale on Zazzle!

January 23, 2010 is the date of my first ever sale on Zazzle featuring a beautiful photographic collage postcard of a solo trip I had taken to Sint Maarten – St. Martin.

It’s exciting to see it still remains a very popular collage as another Sint Maarten image sold as recently as January 13, 2019.

A big Thank You! to everyone who has visited my shops. You are amazing.

Historic Celebration of President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration celebration AND my birthday weekend

My brother flew to Maryland from California and I took Amtrak in from Massachusetts, to spend the weekend at our parents’ home so we could celebration my 54th birthday (1/19) AND the Historic Celebration of President Barack Obama’s January 20, 2009 Inauguration. This was a very special birthday because it’s the only time since 1973 that I celebrated my birthday with my parents and my brother.  Due to logistics, weather and the size of my family, we’ve always gotten together for either Mom’s or Dad’s birthdays. During my birthday dinner, Mom and Dad gifted me with a Commemorative SmarTrip  transit pass with $ added to it. Ten years later (2019) and I still have the card with all the money loaded to it.

My brother used to live in DC so he planned for us to park and ride into DC. It was bitterly cold, like single digits cold but we were properly dressed , especially with our footwear because nothing is worse than having frozen feet. We had no idea it would take hours to get through the massive crowd to the building where we had been invited to watch the parade. After many phone calls to the head office and much maneuvering, we managed to get to the rear of of 701 Pennsylvania Avenue where we were searched by Homeland Security and confirmed that we were invited guests and allowed upstairs.

Whew!!! heat, hot tea, good food and a great spot to take photos of the parade route using my telephoto lens. The top left image was taken at the actual distance from the conference room to the parade route. The second image was a thrilling moment when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, stopped and stepped out of their limos right in front of our building and walked part of the parade!!!

Overall, it was a most fabulous birthday weekend, spending time with my family and seeing the first Black President of the United States and his wife during his 2009 inauguration parade.

Thank You Thursday – Mardi Gras Themed Gift Purchases

I had my enlarged and slowly growing right thyroid removed, September 9, 2016. While the cancerous removal was considered “successful”, my life was forever changed with debilitating after effects and internal adhesion scar tissue neck pain. Slowly, ‘fast forward’ to 2019 and I’ve finally gotten a bit of a rhythm with my life, my medical disability and thankfully my art.

Rather than churning out lots of new designs, reworking existing patterns along with colorful presentations have become a new art form in itself and I get to share a fancier way of saying Thank You for visiting my shop and choosing to the make these Purchases!

PS. Mardi Gras is March 5, 2019.

Fashion Friday featuring Leggings and matching Tote Bags

Designer leggings with matching tote bags! Patterned leggings, graphic art leggings, bold printed leggings. Many vibrant selections to choose from. Wear a solid color top and shoes and you’re off looking like the fabulous fashionista you are or gift them to someone who will also love them. 🙂

Leggings - Art Khoncepts

Tote Bags - Crossbody Bags


Coordinating customers’ favorite colors is also an option, especially if you prefer a solid color. Contact me below of what you’d like to match and let’s see if we can make that happen for you.

Sunday Sales Summary Smiles for December 2018 – Zazzle Shops

to each person who visits my shops, shares my shop links and the ultimate – enjoys my eclectic view of life through photographic-art. Sharing these monthly summaries of purchases through my Zazzle shops provides me a visual overview of the “flavors of the month”. Travel images continue to be top sellers.

I’m extremely blessed to have been declared “cancer free”, 2 years after surgery.  However the catch-22 is long distance traveling has been severely limited to one annual trip which I gladly accept and look forward to for as long as I’m physically able. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings all of us!

Laie Beach, Hawaii Postcard
Artistic Aruba Landscape with Divi Divi Tree Postcard
Art Deco Boston Swan Boats Ornament
Grand Turk Photo Collage Postcard
I Heart St. Maarten Ornament
St. George, Bermuda Postcard
Iceland Summer Landscape Magnet
Kwanzaa Art Gift Bag
Skull Boys Neck Tie
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Calendar
St. Maarten – Marigot Bay Magnet
Colorful Images of Switzerland Keychain
Pink, Red and Orange Gradient Throw Pillow
You are Amazing Postcard
Yellow, White and Gray Stripes Bath Towel Set

Saturday Summary Sales Smiles – CafePress shop (November and December 2018)

for sharing and enjoying my travel images and gift products. Here’s to stepping positively into 2019.

Lucerne, Switzerland Photo Collage Mug
St. Martin Photo Magnet
I Heart Big Daddy Flask
Sint Maarten Photo Collage Magnet


Throwback Thursday – exactly 5 years ago today!

My first Society6 customer made a purchase of two Black, Red and White designed throw pillows five years ago today, January 3, 2014! It’s so exciting that there are folks out there who also enjoy my eclectic ‘art khoncepts’ patterned home decor and gift items.

Sunday Summary Sales Smiles for November 2018- Khoncepts Zazzle Shops

to my customers from the United Kingdom to New Hampshire for visiting and enjoying an assortment of gift selections in a few of my Zazzle shops during the month of November featuring travel photos, colorful graphic art home decor and sentiments using fun fonts!


You Are Amazing Greeting Card
San Juan, Puerto Rico Postcard
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Beach Scene Magnet
Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda Ornament
Happy 50th Anniversary Bottle Label
Neon Pop Art 4544 Bermuda Throw Pillow
Shades of Pink Stripes Tissue Paper
Red, Orange and Yellow Watercolor Gradient Fabric
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Ocean Blue Seascape Postcard
Neon Pop Art 4544 Bermuda Tote Bag
Grand Turk Postcard
St. Thomas Scenic Photo Collage Magnet
Iceland Summer Landscape Collage 3 Ring Binder
Downtown St. Martin Classic Round Stickers
St. George Bermuda Postcard
Marigold Mandala Postcard
Astral Gummy Bears Ornament
Embossed Chalk Shades of Purple and Red Kitchen Towel
Sint Maarten Photo Collage Magnet
Boston Swan Boats Pencil and Ink Greeting Card
Iceland Summer Landscape Collage Medium Gift Bag
Military Inspired Green and Brown Gift Wrapping
Pastel Rainbow Stripes Bath Towels
Oranjestad, Aruba in Watercolor Postcard
Sint Maarten – St. Martin Ocean view Puzzle
Sint Maarten Photo Collage Postcard
St. Martin and Marigot Bay Postcard
Black, White and Red Bathroom Set
Neon Pop Bermuda 4544 Greeting Card