November 14, 2012

Etsy's Tribute to Bookish Girls

While I do not want most of items Etsy has chosen for bookish girls, I love the description of what it is like to be in a relationship with one of us.

"It’s coming: when she calls you out on a half-hearted answer, in a parking lot somewhere, and you find yourself defending your rote use of the word “interesting.” Or what about this moment, a peril of life with a bookish girl, when she shows you her writing? The odds are not with you, and they will never be with you and you will never learn better."
Su Wu

As I read this I heard again in my head many of the arguments and conversations I've had with my husband Doldin. It also reminded me of one of my favourite movies, Conversations With Other Women, which features a couple who argues just exactly the way we do (except that we do not use the F word). The part that immediately springs to mind is Helena Bonham Carter's unnamed character repeatedly asking the man (he is unnamed too) what book she had been reading when he found her sitting under a tree years ago.

If you are the sort of person who considers this an important question (as am I), or are in a relationship with one, you must read this!

Gifts for Bookish Girls

For some of my ideas for gifts for literary nerds like me, see my new treasury!

She is Too Fond of Books

Speaking of which, I really need to write a book review again soon...I've been reading nonstop but have not had the time to actually put my thoughts into words.

My Picks for Winter Coats

I just love full-length coats. I live in Florida. I know that these things do not go together, but I can't help it. There's something about a nice long coat that is so long you can wrap up in's like getting to wear a blanket all day without having to wear one of those dreadful Snuggies! The bad thing is, this year I can't fit into a single coat that I own, so I'm going to have to find a new one.

My absolute favourite, of course, is from Vivienne Westwood.

Court Coat

Obviously, it's a little out of my price range. Sigh.

On Etsy I'm loving the kooky original upcycled sweater coats by Enlightened Platypus. This one is in my favourite colour!

Plus Size Coat Reserved for Bella
It's gorgeous and fun, but unfortunately this one is out of my price range too.

Black and white tweed is always a good choice.
Giacca Hooded Tweed Wool Peacoat
We're getting closer...

This one isn't wool, or as long as I would like, but the piping is cute and it is water-resistent.

Merona Water Repellant Classic Trench Coat

Of course for special occasions there is one coat I have wanted for years!

Velvet Opera Coat

But that's out of the question too. I'll just have to find a coat that I can wear absolutely everywhere. And of course, I'll end up finding it in a thrift shop, because I think $10 will probably be my price limit this year! The great thing is, I have found lots of great coats in thrift shops over the years--in fact, I have only ever bought a new coat once, and that was because I was out of town on my honeymoon and very cold! Need I say that it was on sale?

When I find my coat I'll add its picture and price to this page :)

November 12, 2012

A Vintage Mystery Solved

I have been trying to figure out what this item is for over 10 years now, and finally found out over the weekend.

According to my boss Liz, who used to live in wine country in California, it is a wine bottle necklace. That explains why it is so tiny for a bracelet, why the medallion is so big, and why it has the name of a vineyard on the back with the words "100th Anniversary, 1965."

Gold Seal 100th Anniversary Medallion Wine Necklace

I have been looking for one like it online for years and could never find anything, so it's nice to have the mystery solved! And of course, being broke and hoping to buy presents for Christmas, I am selling it now that I know what it is. Click the link above to see it in my Etsy shop!

My New Obession

I made the mistake of looking up doll clothing the other night on Etsy and saw the Neo Blythe dolls made by Takara. I'm in love! To me, the old Blythe dolls had possibility but something about their proportions was not quite right. But now, Takara has fixed whatever it was and Blythe is creepily adorable. I am going to have to save up for one of these dolls!

Coco Collette

The eyes can be changed out and moved around--how cool is that?

Alexis Emerald

I love the Wednesday Addams look these dolls have.

Pictures stolen from Blythe News

Blythe is huge in Japan now, and fashion designers are even collaborating to make her clothes.

Final Design of "Strawberries 'n Creamy Cute"

The bad thing is that these dolls are not cheap--just check Ebay and you'll see what I mean! I will literally have to save up for a long time to get one. It just might be worth it though.

November 11, 2012

Life is Crazy and so is NaNoWriMo!

This week seemed to both crawl and fly by. Between days of trying to keep The Precious alive despite herself (or at least, that's what it has felt like!) and long days of errand-running, I have just not had time to do anything I meant to. I plan things every night and then am too tired to carry them out. The coming week, already full of appointments and funerals, is not looking good either. Added to the chaos, The Precious has been waking up at odd hours of the night all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, wanting to play for an hour or two! My sleep schedule is already way off.

So what have I done this week? I did manage to write a little over 1500 words for National Novel Writing Month, but you are supposed to write 1600 a day. I'm thinking that even if you don't begin at midnight, dead tired, that is probably a bit much to expect from oneself! To my horror, my nice creepy story about a diabolical garden club has managed to turn itself into a romance novel already in those 1500 words! What on Arda happened? I don't know. I do know, though, that the sudden change in plot has discouraged me to the point that I have not tried writing any more.

If you are curious as to my story and how I am doing with it, check it out here. While you're there, you can also find out how to start your own novel. It's not too late, but if you begin today you will have to write more than 1600 words per day. For me, sadly, it is up to 2,424, a number I will never be able to achieve! I think that the important thing is just to begin, however, and am glad I have at least tried. I may not manage to write a novel in a month, but maybe now I will write one within the next five years!