11.29.2008

Gotta Love Free Shipping

All over Etsy, a lot of folks are offering sales and free shipping. In addition to yours truly -- free shipping for the entire month of December from persuede.etsy.com -- I encourage you to take a look at some of these shops (courtesy of TheNewNew) and buy handmade this holiday season!


Beadscarf
EXCLUSIVE - Buy one get one at 50% off of these beautiful silk necklaces.

Tired of that silk scarf, tie, blouse or skirt??? Why not have it "resurrected" into a BeadScarf and use it once again!


Browse KimmChi where when you buy more, you save more on all shirts and dresses - buy one - get 10% off, buy two - get 20% off, buy three get 30% off!!

Find bold, abstract designs silkscreened on to only American Apparel clothing.



ThirdFloor
Shop ThirdFloor for unique handbags, accessories and jewelry AND 20% off (excludes shipping) through Monday and Free domestic shipping for all orders over $50.00.


Waisze
Cards and custom keepsake tins and albums for 25% off your orders through Monday (excluding custom orders)




Shop handmade soap at NordeaSoaperie where you will receive a free body butter sample with any purchase over $15.




Latelierdesbijoux
Handmade gemstone jewelry at l'atelier des bijoux is 10% off Friday
through Monday with your choice of gift wrap.


Shop JournalisticTendency for 20% off all items with choice of Snowman Gift wrapping Or Non- holiday Gift Bag with White Tissue paper - free shipping for orders more then $50.




All jewelry on sale from 20-50% off regular prices at LoellaMedina.Etsy.com and LaBodaCollection.Etsy.com

Be Charmed


Saturday, November 29
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Gumbo
493 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Nevins & Third)
Brooklyn, New York

Custom made sterling silver and gemstone charm necklaces make a great gift for yourself and someone you love.

All necklaces are sterling silver and come in two sizes for children (14") and adults (18") with a stay-put sterling silver clasp and extension chain.

Make one for your self by picking your birthstone and the sterling silver charm of your choice. Or make a very special gift with a complimentary pair of necklaces for mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, sisters, best friends and soul mates.

BIRTHSTONES AVAILABLE:
January = Garnet
February = Amethyst
March = Aquamarine
April = Clear Quartz
May = Emerald
June = Pearl
July = Carnelian
August = Peridot
September = Sapphire
October = Tourmaline
November = Citrine
December = Turquoise

One adult necklace, 18" = $60
One child necklace, 14" = $50
Buy a pair, get 10% off = $90 - $108

Go Gorgeous this holiday season, shop handmade!

11.27.2008

Gratitude

"Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart."

-- George Herbert, 17th-century poet



Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo courtesy of yeimaya

11.25.2008

Happy Shopping!


Follow Persuede online and off for post-Thanksgiving jewelry sales all weekend!

Online at persuede.etsy.com, free shipping on all jewelry, including sale items -- up to 40% off! -- from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.

Offline, meet me in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 29th at Gumbo (493 Atlantic Avenue) from 2-4 p.m. for a sweet deal on customized charm necklaces.

Go Gorgeous this holiday season. And shop handmade!

11.24.2008

Worried About Holiday Pounds?

Here's one way to manage calories....indulge in faux food!


No calories and no dishes. You'll wish you could eat this way all year long.

11.22.2008

Te Deum


Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for the common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.

Not for victory
but for the day's work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.

-- Charles Reznikoff

11.20.2008

So Excited....


This will be my first official holiday season with Persuede and I'm looking forward to all the craziness. Last year I just drifted through November/December without too much entrepreneurial focus. This year, though I'm always working, the past few weeks have been especially intense as I ramped up production in anticipation of holiday sales. Plus, I'm starting a new job -- it had to happen some time -- which is great but also a little sad. It will be more of a challenge to balance the growth of Persuede with my new responsibilities and I'll admit it: I liked being one of those people having tea or walking in the park on a weekday afternoon.

I know that next weekend is supposed to be THE weekend to get out the gate early and with a bang. Black Friday to Cyber Monday -- November 28 to December 1 -- is the biggest shopping weekend of the year, but I'm not so sure, given all that's going on with the economy. On the other hand, a lot of people are feeling more hopeful now that the election is over. And even just a little something sparkly can make a world of difference in your outlook...at least it does for me.

No question that preparing and waiting is nerve-wracking. Not so much for the sales, though lord knows every little bit helps, but more for the validation. There's really no other feeling like knowing someone likes something you made enough to buy it and wear it. When I first started making jewelry, and really didn't know what I was doing, if I sold a piece for $5 I was ecstatic. Even though I've graduated in my skills and materials, the thrill is still the same.

Prepping for the holiday season is a little like when I had my piano recitals as a kid. Backstage jitters. Sweaty palms. Fingers crossed. Okay, take a deep breath and go.

Or as I like to say, Go Gorgeous.

11.17.2008

Be Charmed for the Holidays


Join Persuede on November 29th at Gumbo in Brooklyn for a special opportunity to create custom-crafted charm necklaces for yourself, family and friends.

Custom made sterling silver and gemstone charm necklaces make a great gift for yourself and someone you love.

All necklaces are sterling silver and come in two sizes for children (14") and adults (18") with a stay-put sterling silver clasp and extension chain.

Make one for your self by picking your birthstone and the sterling silver charm of your choice. Or make a very special gift with a complimentary pair of necklaces for mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, sisters, best friends and soul mates.

BIRTHSTONES AVAILABLE:
January = Garnet
February = Amethyst
March = Aquamarine
April = Clear Quartz
May = Emerald
June = Pearl
July = Carnelian
August = Peridot
September = Sapphire
October = Tourmaline
November = Citrine
December = Turquoise


One adult necklace, 18" = $60
One child necklace, 14" = $50
Buy a pair, get 10% off = $90 - $108


Saturday, November 29
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Gumbo
493 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Nevins & Third)
Brooklyn, New York
718-855-7808

Go Gorgeous this holiday season, shop handmade!

11.13.2008

Have You Ever?

From the wonderful All Angel, All the Time, who got this from Judy at Not Afraid of the "F" Word who got this from Lisa over at Eudaemonia who got this from Debra over at From Skilled Hands.....


“Have you ever…?"


1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

How about you?

Bold the things you’ve done and will admit to. Post your list, or a link to it from your own site, in the comments section.

11.11.2008

The New New Giveaway:: Glitter with Gold

My friends over at The New New are giving away these gorgeous earrings from Lingua Nigra:



Jump on it people, and don't forget to shop handmade for the holidays!

11.10.2008

The State of the Craft


Over at Croq Zine, whether you're a hardcore crafter, just dabbling or somewhere in between, they'd like to hear your thoughts about the state of the craft for 2009.

The question inspired me to think about the state of my craft. I'm feeling pretty optimistic in general, due in large part to the incredible events of the past week. But also because this year I really applied myself to Persuede and I'm happy with the results and looking forward to whatever comes next.

I've never worked at something I LOVED. A job was something to endure, something that paid the bills, something that had moments of interest but I wasn't personally bereft without it. The work that I do for Persuede, designing jewelry, interacting with customers, figuring out how to translate a feeling into substance, is so deeply satisfying I can't imagine doing anything else.

And it is hard work. One of the most difficult aspects is being alone for most of the day in my studio -- no office chatter! But at the end of the day, to know that I achieved my goal and someone, some where, will respond to/wear/celebrate in a piece of jewelry I made is....well, it's awesome.

I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. And I thank all of you who've taken this ride with me and continue to do so. That's my state of the union for 2009. More bliss!

What's yours?

11.08.2008

For Writing Folk


The very thoughtful and talented Sara over at Charmed Silver Shoes has posted a list of deadlines for writing competitions and submissions. Start typing!

11.07.2008

Affordable Real Estate

JDavis is one of my many talented colleagues in The {New New} collective of New York City Etsy artisans. And she's got a thing for houses:


Shop handmade!

11.06.2008

An Oldie but Goody

When me and the honeybear were still in the lovey-dovey-first-blush-of-love stage, we used to sing this to each other at the top of our lungs, making up our own words as we went along. Preferably while driving.

Actually, come to think of it, Singing While Driving is still one of our favorite activities.

Anywho, I've been putting in a lot of time in the studio, gearing up for the holiday season, and as a result am working my way methodically through my iPod. Was making my way through the "M"'s when I came across this and a smile instantly appeared on my face.




BTW, is anyone else surprised by the stuff they've "found" on their iPod? It's amazing the songs I've found on mine. I have no recollection of downloading Bad English, but there it is. Hmmm...perhaps fodder for another post?

Thanks to Ferentz for the video link. Enjoy!

11.05.2008

I, Too, Sing America


I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

-- Langston Hughes

My family elder was born in 1919. He lived through -- and survived -- many wars, both at home and abroad. As we watched the returns last night together, it was so amazing and a little surreal. Everyone kept looking at each other and asking, "Is this really happening?" This morning I found him watching the morning news intently. The reality of last night had finally sunk in. He turned to me and said, "How does it feel to be free?"

I woke up with such a sense of purpose and genuine excitement, inspired to work harder to do more and be an even better citizen. I'm so proud that so many Americans were so deeply engaged in the issues, turned out to vote and saw past the negative campaigns to vote their conscience.

It feels good.

11.04.2008

On Voting...

For me, this post says it all:


Well here we are today, on the precipice of forever…

I refuse to look down, keeping my head to the sky…

Mainly to give thanks to all those who have come before me. I know they are watching us all. Today is...the realization of the dream that my father had for me and my brother. That my grandfather had for my mother and her sisters. It is the dream that my great-grandmother had as an immigrant from St.Kitts. To be part of America. To be an American. Oh to commune with them again will be heaven, but for now the crisp sunshine on my face will have to suffice.

The work has only just begun my friends. It will require a yeoman’s effort to remove ourselves from the division that has been fostered over centuries of supremacy. Along with the back-breaking task of restoring an economic system that values the workers and the actual producers, instead of only the CEO and the shareholders. This isn’t the rise of socialism either, but the realization that we all have some value. We can’t continue to undermine the farm laborers or the sanitation workers because they are as important to the human ecosystem as doctors and teachers. And doctors and teachers must once again be respected.

There is so much work we have to do now. We have to amend our laws that promote the unnecessary and excessive incarceration of Black and Brown youth. The architects that design prisons also design schools. The same contractors that build prisons also build schools. The same vendors that furnish prisons also make furniture for schools. We have to change our values to education. We have to make those values valuable again. This isn’t socialism or communism. This is futurism and Americanism. Why can’t we be a world leader again in intellectualism as opposed to militaristic intelligence? Being the smart kid on the block doesn’t mean that we won’t get into fights but Lord knows we have enough arms to swing back.

I just can’t help thinking about all the people that I love who I wish were here to enjoy this moment. For all the the hard they put in. For all the indignities they suffered. For all the times they cried. For all the LOVE they gave to EVOLution. I dedicate today to them and I will rightfully celebrate their memory with all of those alive today. Our work has only just begun.

-- Dallas Penn

11.02.2008

Run Forrest Run


Today is the NYC Marathon. Whoo-hoo!

I'm running a bath. Does that count?

Seriously, nylisa over at The {New New} has pulled together a great compendium of charming city-centric gifts that would be perfect for the urban runner, including this vista from peppersprouts that's near and dear to my heart:


Gifts Ideas for the Urban Runner
= Buy handmade this holiday season!