Cool eBay Apps

Well, they are new to me.  I just found one that is really, really great.  It is called PDF Catalog by 3DSellers (free for the basic plan/$4.99 mo for the color and more professional catalogs).  This catalog is created so that you can send the PDF file to potential buyers or regular customers, add it to your newsletter, post it as a link in social media sites and much more, the possibilities are endless!  Personally, I will be using it to verify inventory and the items in other stores that I migrated from eBay.  To keep the file size compact each PDF can only include up to 400 items. If you have more items multiple catalogs will be generated.  That is super cool.  I won’t have to worry about that for a little while as I am only authorized for 370 items monthly and up to $ 9250.00 monthly right now.  LOL  That is ok.  I will get there eventually.

I tried it out and since I only have about 120 items or so, it turned out to be an 9 page catalog with a title page and 8 pages of inventory.  I really love it.  I can see so many uses for this.  I think they gave me my first one in color instead of black and white to show me what I was missing and would upgrade to the professional plan.


They do have other apps available.  They have Thank You Emails app (7day trial/$3.99 mo) that will send an email to your buyers after a purchase is made on eBay to thank them for purchasing from your store and adds your top items on eBay.  Your emails can be linked with your social accounts, helping you get your buyers to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.  This app has a free 7 day trial then costs $3.99 a month.  Not bad if you have a lot of sales and want to do the thank you routine.

They have a webstore app (7 day trial/$5.99 mo) to help you make your eBay store into a storefront, Store Designer (7 day trial/$7.99 mo) which gives your eBay store a professional look, and Social Store (7 day trial/$3.99 mo) will create a Facebook store for your eBay items, linked & synced with your eBay account. Each of these apps say that they will bring customers to your store.

Here are a few more apps that they offer.  For those of you that want to try to get more feedback, they have Feedback Reminder sends automated reminders to your buyers reminding them to leave feedback for their purchase.  I look at it this way, it could either improved your feedback score by people coming and leaving good feedback or upset your customers as eBay already sends reminders to them and they leave bad feedback.  But if you are looking for an app to help you get feedback, this one will do it for you.  Some other of their apps are Currency Converter (Free), One Hour Translation (Free), and Flash Gallery (7 day trial/$3.99 mo).  I will let you check these out on your own.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  If you did, please leave comments for me.  I love hearing from you.

Southmayd Enterprises

October Goes Wild

At the beginning of October I got to go see my son, Michael, in Richmond, TX.  I was so excited.  Hadn’t seen him for a while.  Angel and I dropped Anna off at the motel then went over to see him.  After the visit, we went back to the motel.  My daughter hadn’t been feeling well so went to sleep right away.  The next morning, we packed up and headed to Lake Conroe, TX for one of my daughter’s cousin’s wedding.  We got to the motel and by that time, Angel really did not feel well.  She had a boil that had popped and was making her life miserable.  We went to see her grandmother who was a few doors over and told her that she would be able to go but that Anna could still go.  Her grandmother had just turned 92 on that day.  It was so wonderful.  Anna went with her grandmother and aunt to the wedding and reception.  I had planned to visit with a friend that lived in that area but I was having trouble with gout in my right foot (the whole foot).  I drove over to the Sonic and got dinner for my daughter and I then headed to bed.  I had a long trip home the next day.  We had planned to stop in Victoria at our favorite steak house but Angel was feeling so bad that we just came straight home.

Angel was feeling really bad the rest of that week and on Friday, October 9, she fell down at 2am and we couldn’t get her up.  I didn’t realize she was that bad off.  I called the ambulance to come and get her and take her to the emergency room.  My granddaughter, Anna and I followed in my car.  We were with her in the emergency room until 10 am.  She was in the ICU room and they had stabilized her the best that they could.  I told them that I needed to get Anna and head home for a little sleep.  I continued to go over to see her twice a day in the ICU.  I couldn’t handle any more than that as I had Angel’s son at home that needed watching.  Finally, after 2 weeks of this, I finally told her that I needed to only come once a day.  I didn’t like doing that but I was really getting tired.

As it turned out, her boil had abscessed into her butt cheek and had poisoned her whole body.  Her blood sugar had gone up to 500 and her white blood count up to 1400 (I think…just know it was high).  We almost lost her.  The regular doctor called in a trauma doctor and he managed along with the other staff to save her life.  I thank the Lord for watching over my little girl (42).  It took her about a week in the ICU before they transferred her to her regular hospital room.  She had to have the abscess cut out and is constantly on antibiotics.  She had one more surgery to get more dead tissue and infection out.  They are going to try not to have any more surgeries.  She will be in the hospital for about 2-3 more weeks. 

What makes this so bad is that they can’t do everything they want for her as she doesn’t have health insurance.  She earns too little to get Obama care and too much for Medicaid.  Doctor wanted her to go to a long term acute care facility but they wouldn’t take her because she didn’t have insurance.  So many can’t be done because she has no insurance.  She is being kept at the hospital in Alice until they can release her.  If you want to read more about what has been going on, I have been documenting it on my Facebook Page  just search for Angel.  The first post is on October 9.

I am still trying to work on some coloring books when I am not too tired.  Not sure if I will get too many finished in the next couple of months.  I won’t put out something that I don’t personally like.  I do know that I won’t be putting out a Thanksgiving coloring book.  Too little time for that one.  I am jumping over to Christmas.

Keep us in your prayers.  We appreciate all that we can get.

Where Does Time Go?

My goodness!  I haven’t written on my blog since August.  I really have been busy though.

I have been working on my coloring books and trying to get good images for them.  I am now up to 4 coloring books by Grandma Marilyn.  They come in both right and left handed versions.  These coloring books are available on Amazon.  Just click on the Right or Left over the picture for which version you want.  Let me know what you think of them in the comments section.

Right          Left    

Right          Left    

Right          Left    

Right          Left    

That is what happened the rest of August and September.  Oh, yes, I started an Etsy shop called ColoringWithGrandmaM.  I will have each individual coloring page on there in case you don’t want to buy the whole book.

I will give you more about what has been going on in the next post.  I don’t want this one to get too long.

Remember, please comment so that I will know what you think about them.  If you purchase any of the coloring books, I would love to see your finished pictures.  If you post them somewhere on Facebook, please tag Marilyn Southmayd so that I could see them.  Thank you in advance.


Marilyn aka G-Ma


I know that I have been out of the net for quite some time.  I went through a deep dark depression.  In mid January 2015, my husband of 20 years passed away.  I decided not to have an autopsy so we don’t know what caused it.  They said they thought he had a massive heart attack.  I left it at that.  I was in the depression long before that though.  I just found out that I have not written in my blog since Dec 2013, so yes, it has been quite a while.  I didn’t start coming out of it until July 2015 and still trying to come out of it.  I guess doctor will have to up the dose when I go back in November.

In March 2014, I started doing Amazon FBA.  I managed to get 1 shipment in.  I have stuff here to send in but it just never seems to get shipped.  I still have some of the stuff to bag and tag to send them off.  I will do it.  Toward the end of February, I joined the Bundling Masterclass taught by Katharyne Shelton that includes a wonderful Facebook group where we help each other succeed or talk about our successes.  I learned quite a bit from this class and sent in some bundles with my first shipment in April.  I still have a few that need to have pictures taken and sent in.  Then in mid April, I started the Summer 2015 Bundle Mastermind Coaching Group sponsored by Debra Conrad to get more information on how to bundle and also how to use Public Domain in bundling.  We had a wonderful Facebook group where she gave us more content for the group.  Her coaching is wonderful.

So move forward to the end of July 2015.  I joined a class to learn how to make coloring books.  This course is called Introduction to Coloring Books for Adults taught by Katharyne Shelton.  I quickly watched all the videos and read whatever she gave us.  I joined the Facebook group and started discussing everything with the other classmates.  I was able to design and publish a cute coloring book called “Penguin Careers Coloring Book”. This coloring book is available in both the right and left hand version on Amazon and CreateSpace.


Well, that about brings you up-to-date.  I am currently working on getting an order into FBA, working on some bundles, and trying to make a coloring book for Halloween and a special request.

I hope this post find you well and following your dreams.

Grandma Marilyn

Bead It Forward For Breast Cancer 2014

Jeanette Shanigan started the Bead It Forward Bead Quilt Project back in 2006 with 31 beaders to support breast cancer research.  These beaders made the squares and sent them to her.  She sewed them together to make a beaded quilt.  This beaded quilt was auctioned off and the money sent to Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The auction went over so well that she decided to let beaders all over the world know through the internet.  This allowed her to make more beaded quilts to auction off each year.  Each year, she would have a different theme.

2007 – Butterflies
2008 – Rose
2009 – Hearts
2010 – Turtle
2011 – Caring Hands
2012 – Birds
2013 – Flowers

To see pictures of some of these quilts, go to Fire Mountain Gems.

The beaded quilts became too much for Jeanette to handle on her own.  Bead and Button took over getting beaded quilts, shadow boxes, ornaments and much more created with the hundreds of squares sent in from beaders from all over the world.  I know they did the 2013 quilt but I think Jeannette did all the ones before.

The theme for the Bead It Forward campaign for 2014 is Turn The Tide On Breast Cancer.  The quilt square must be related to the ocean, anything aquatic, or beaches.

Each square must measure 1.5×1.5 inches (3.8×3.8cm).  The squares must be sewn to the middle of a 2×2 inch square of backing made with something like Lacy’s Stiff Stuff,  Pellon 60 or other stiff material.  These squares can be any type of beading as long as it fits in the square.  I have seen bead embroidery, peyote and brick stitch.  Just let your mind go and think of something with this theme that will fit into a 1.5×1.5 inch (3.8×3.8cm) square.

Following are some links to bead patterns for these quilt squares:

If you decide you would like to do some of these squares and donate them to the Bead It Forward project, you need to have them there March 3, 2014.

Here are some rules that you need to follow:

1.  The front of the backing must have no marks by pencil, pen or marker and must mot be stitched on.  It must be the backing only.

2.  You can dye the backing the backing if you want.

3.  You must attach your beadwork to the backing with thread….not glue or tape.  Remember it needs to be able to last a long time.

4.  You can submit as many squares as you want but they want you to save them until you have finished all of them you want to make before you send them in.

5.  The following information must be printed on the back of the backing of your square in permanent marker:  your name and an arrow showing which way is up.

6.  You must print out and submit the submission form along with your quilt squares.

You can find the rules and submission form at Bead and Buttons website.

If you make any squares for this cause, I would love to see them.  Put a link in my comment section so that I can go see them.