Sunday, November 25, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sleep in! Avoid crowds! - Shop Handmade and Local
Tomorrow only I am having a sale for my Facebook, Twitter and Book Blog friends. If you buy something from my Etsy shop on Black Friday AND live in my local area, I will take 10% off the purchase total and refund your shipping costs when we arrange a delivery for your items. If you are interested in a special order - certain color or type of fabric - just ask. Visit my shop -
Or email me at my business address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
When your hairdresser recommends a book that made her laugh so hard on vacation that people wondered about her sanity - and then goes the extra mile and brings the book to the salon to loan - you have to read it. I was unfamiliar with Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess: Like Mother Theresa Only Better). The comparisons to Tina Fey and David Sedaris are correct - she is a hoot. The book is purportedly a memoir of her twisted upbringing with parents who make Jeanette Walls' (The Glass Castle) parents look like the safe bet. A tiny bit of the humor of her stories about her red neck father's hunting may have seemed a bit more believable because I read most of the book as I spend a luxurious night alone while my husband was overseeing the antics of his nephew's bachelor party taking place in an unfinished hunting cabin in Southern Ohio. I have seen guys like her father, but never had them brought to life in such hilarious detail. Every chapter - and they have titles like:“Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; and “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking” - is a crazed rant about a single episode of her life and most of them are illustrated with vintage black and white photographs captioned to document the events. If you want a better introduction, check out the book trailer
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This post is a bit overdue and may border on shame-less self promotion, but if you are following this book blog, then you are probably familiar with my other life as well (www.lindasotherlife.com). As a retirement gift, I was given this how-to book by a dear friend who knew of my intention to open an Etsy shop. I have spent a good bit of time this fall sewing and sewing and designing in preparation for the grand opening which took place on October 26th.
If you can't wait until the end of this post - you can hurry on over to http://www.etsy.com/shop/LindasOtherLife.
I have been doing a lot of sewing with oilcloth and chalk cloth. I'm particularly proud of the reversible chalk cloth table runners I've been making.
Label dishes, dips, drinks - let guests be creative!
I also had a brain storm and came up with these Dear Santa placemats with a chalk cloth slate for Christmas Eve milk-and-cookies notes to Santa or those ever-changing wish lists.
So - shameless self-promotion aside - this book is the best resource for anyone interested in opening an Etsy shop. There are so many details I would not have thought of - having a separate email address for your shop, creating an appealing shop banner, wrapping and packaging hints. I keep referencing it and so far, the ideas have been very beneficial.