Friday, November 28, 2008

No Black Friday...

I got nothing going on for Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Not in my own online shops nor did I hunt any new bargains.
In fact I had planned on thrifting today...and both downtown thrift stores were closed.
Downtown appeared like a ghost town, half of all the shopping locations were either closed at the end of the week or they had given up permanently.
What a pitiful sight.
We spent Thanksgiving with Sid's entire family which was a huge feast since everyone brought plenty of food.
There seems to be the understanding that Thanksgiving may be viewed negatively in context of the genocide of Native Americans, but where we live, Thanksgiving is a tradition which is being celebrated by Native American families (as is Sid's family). The main focus may not be on the first white settlers though.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday...Are you working?

Yep, me too.
Today I was thinking how nice it would be to have the "boring Sunday" of my childhood back.
When there was no school, no work for my dad, no house hold work for my mum (except dinner which was a big I guess she had a workload there), no stores open, special Sunday clothes for mass (church) and visits to my grandparents.
And back then, I felt bored. Deprived of every day activities, distractions and noises.
Sundays were quiet days in our home.
Outlooks on life changes...and that's a good thing.
I have tried to bring back a little bit of the Sunday spirit back into my life. Just for starters.
But in the handmade business for tams November is a big month and I have to postpone Sunday leisure times for a little longer.
The workaholic in me is happy though:)
Wanna see what I worked on today?
The tams above are all new additions to my website and are for sale here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


when I found out that the Christmas package from Germany has been partially emptied by thieves.
My sister, my mum and a friend had carefully selected German Christmas specialties, hard-to-find vintage Burdas and a designer sunflower ceramic pottery piece. They paid dearly for postage as the package was filled to the brim.
Thieves cut it open, took Milka candy, crochet books, the Christmas goodies and dumped other people's Christmas cards and trash into it. I feel sorry for the original writers of these cards as their packages to loved ones were affected as well.
We still have a few goodies to they left some packages of Lebkuchen and Marzipan...
and the pottery.
May those low down people ache from eating other people's food and lose their job with DHL.
My sister will file a complaint.
Maybe they can find satisfaction for the financial loss...but the loss of trust into shipping services will last longer.
I was going to post a picture of my Christmas package, filled with all the special candy which you can only find in Germany, but ...
Sometimes it's hard to maintain the Christmas spirit.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I knew that the hippie movement was dead when it became a fashion...

(this awesome little hippie girl gif was spotted here)
but some of us still try to live in the "spirit of hippieness"... however we define it.
On the other hand for many it's just a hollow cliche of tie-dye clothes and peace necklaces, obviously.
Yet ... handmaking and selling homemade wares to like-minded folks is a part of the "hippie lifestyle".
If you want to list a little patchwork skirt and you think Little Hippie Patchwork Skirt is a fine title,
well, think again, because "Little Hippie" has been trademarked by a New York based company.
Fake biz world hippies are policing their brothers' and sisters' wording now.
This doesn't need any further comment from my side.

On a positive note:
It was great to just step away from it all this weekend and meet and do something with nice people.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So...I am kind of old-fashioned

I don't own a cell-phone.... there is life without a cell-phone.
I don't twitter...because I just don't get it.
And I don't feel comfortable to aggressively market my wares on every social site out there on the internet.
Call me stupid, but I don't want to step into the footsteps of the big box stores and websites.

It's not like I don't argue with myself if these features may have benefits.
The rebel in me refuses to do something just because everyone does it.

Here is my good ole-fashioned blog promo.
I ordered several boxes of pure wool yesterday, and I need to make room:)

The new tams above can be purchased here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A little revamp...

So I got tired of all the lavender backgrounds and girlie look of my blog.
And I added a little "self-portrait" photo (if I may call it that way) to the right side bar.
Change is good...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Oh Happy Day

Our new president-elect: BARACK OBAMA
History has been made.
It's a good morning to wake up in the USA.
Webcam chat at Ustream

Monday, November 3, 2008

one more day

What should I post about one day before the US presidential election?
It's almost like I am holding my breath.
I told Sid the other day that I will apply for the US citizenship if the democratic party wins.
I have been holding off so far because there is a lot of paperwork involved in order for me to keep my original nationality. The German citizenship will be lost if if I take on a foreign citizenship unless I can provide proof that it is a necessity to take on the new one and keep the old one as well. Besides paperwork money will a big factor as well...
I am almost at the point where I will settle for the US citizenship only.

Custom orders...I did a lot of those lately and usually not many people other than the buyers see the pictures.
At the top of the post are a few tams that were made with the ideas and according to the specifications of some dear customers.
Below are new tams that I will list soon in my web-shop Purple Sage Designz

These are new in my Etsy shop