Booking Through Thursday: Book gluttony!

booking_through_thursLet’s go Booking Through Thursday, shall we?

Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

Oh, how I wish I could write about what a great, controlled spender I am — only purchasing new books when I’ve dutifully made my way through everything in my possession. And, ironically, I was much more in control of my book buying when I worked at Borders.

But now? No. Oh, no. Since I know I’m going to be reading books for, oh, the next 70 years or so, I just buy it when it looks good. It goes in the proverbial stack — which is now three stacks, each with about 40 books. They own a corner of my bedroom.

My problems all lie with BookMooch. I love it! And that’s my problem, see. It nurses my very strong competitive edge, which isn’t good. Since books I want seem to only appear sporadically, as soon as a certain title is available to mooch, I have to have it. So I get it. It goes in the stack. The cycle repeats.

And don’t get me started on my Amazon splurges . . . when I just can’t wait for a book anymore, and am getting sick over the fact that everyone else is blogging about this book and MomIwantthisbookTOO!! So I add it to the cart and . . . you know, add a few more books to there, too. For the free shipping, right? I mean, it makes more sense to get more books and spend $25 than it does to get less for the money and still have to pay to get them sent to me. That’s not smart spending, right?

Oh yes. Right.

Etsy Finds: Cameos

Genetics, senses of humor and outstanding good looks aren’t enough for me to share with my mom and sister — we just have to all love cameos, too! I’ll admit that Kate and Mom share a love of them that’s perhaps a bit more intense than mine, but I can certainly appreciate the old-fashioned beauty while admiring the contemporary way in which many are updated these days!

You can find a cameo to represent pretty much anything or anyone . . . and choose from vintage pieces, contemporary ones or something a little bit in the middle! I love the fad of cameo rings now, and have to stop myself daily from clicking that pesky little “add to cart” button on Etsy. I’ve been a good girl, though! With London on the horizon — less than a month to go! — I’m trying to hold on to my cash in order to buy even more of the tackiest, whackiest and most “British” stuff I can find in the city. Cheers!


Handpainted Victorian sisters/friends cameo necklace by daliadaliak, $17.99

Handpainted Victorian sisters/friends cameo necklace by daliadaliak, $17.99

Large London cameo ring by amylynnbuttchin, $8

Large London cameo ring by amylynnbuttchin, $8

Kitty cameo by Ritzyknits, $12

Kitty cameo by Ritzyknits, $12

Carnation cameo necklace by JaneGarbini, $16

Carnation cameo necklace by JaneGarbini, $16

Iridescent vintage cameo ring by RelicsRenewed, $8

Iridescent vintage cameo ring by RelicsRenewed, $8

Skeletal seahorse cameo pendant by agonysdecay, $10

Skeletal seahorse cameo pendant by agonysdecay, $10

French rose cameo necklace by amyhatch, $23.50

French rose cameo necklace by amyhatch, $23.50

Red owl and cameo necklace by daliadaliak, $18

Red owl and cameo necklace by daliadaliak, $18

Etsy Find Fridays: Etsy and the Anglophile

It’s been a while since I posted about any of my latest “stuff” obsessions. I’d love to say that’s because I’m becoming less materialistic — not so consumed by want and supposed “need” for things to fill up some sort of “void” in my life.

But, in reality, I was just trying not to run up a big credit bill! Those London plane tickets were sitting on the statement in black and white, blinking up at me dangerously. I wrote out my little check, paid everything off and can now proceed to look at stuff again — with less guilt. Hooray!

And, as I’m beginning to plan my trip and continuously thinking about England, I’ve been scouring Etsy for Brit-related items to basically serve as eye candy until I commit to buying them. I’m still going to try and behave myself, but what’s a little treat to myself every now and then? I got a pretty critical book review back on my Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award submission, it’s pouring down rain in Maryland and I just need to daydream for a minute!

A few items to sate my Anglophilia (for the moment):


Large London cameo ring by amylynnbuttchin, $8

Large London cameo ring by amylynnbuttchin, $8

"I Heart London" original art by DaisyBowDesigns, $16.50

"I Heart London" original art by DaisyBowDesigns, $16.50

Union jack bag by CapeBags, $14

Union Jack bag by CapeBags, $14

London Times pencil pouch by kaylah7 -- $13.75

The London Times pencil pouch by kaylah7, $13.75

Great British envelopes by Bombus, $8

Great British envelopes by Bombus, $8

The Juicy Brit Bag by pudge, $18

The Juicy Brit Bag by pudge, $18

Collage journal notebook -- London by beachcottagestudios, $11

Collage journal notebook -- London by beachcottagestudios, $11

Union Jack keyring/bagcharm by PamsPrettyDesigns, $15

Union Jack keyring/bagcharm by PamsPrettyDesigns, $15

Let’s get Etsy-fied

I scrapbook, crochet, make cards, design digital graphics and just generally . . . consider myself “artsy.” Not in the pretentious, black-beret-wearing way — just in the “I enjoy art and making stuff” way. And I sit at a computer all day and hang out on the Internet in between work projects most afternoons. And I’m the Queen Googler! Give me a problem and I promise that Google, the keeper of all knowledge, will have the answer.

So how, then, did I not know about Etsy, a marketplace for handmade goods?

It’s like eBay for crafts. And it’s awesome. You can find pretty much any gorgeous, homemade item you could possibly want! And most of it is quite affordable. There are a hundred reasons why buying from individuals all over the country (and the world) is probably better for you and them than heading out to a “big box store,” but it’s mostly exciting because I’m psyched to be able to find really different, ecclectic items for presents and decorating. I’ve been looking for something else to go with my office’s London theme — I have a London corkboard, various desk items and a London painting my sister got me. And then I saw this for sale by NestaHome (please ignore my very crude text box to keep the photo from being replicated):

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It’s a digital collage — of London! And from a series the creator calls “Alone In the City.” I pretty much am in love with it. This one is “Waiting For the Bus”; there’s another in the set I bought called “Sometimes all you see are buildings.” I have wall space all picked out for them!

And I bought something else as a present . . . but I can’t divulge that highly classified information! Suffice it to say I’m very excited to get it — and to give it for Valentine’s Day.

Once I got more comfortable with Etsy, my plan is to start selling some of the multitudes of scarves I’ve crocheted over the years! My sister and I paid for a table at a local craft fair a year and a half ago — and sadly came back home with the majority of what I’d created for the show. We hardly sold a thing. And I don’t think it was for lack of quality, let me tell you — I’m very proud of my scarves! And I didn’t have anything on the table selling for more than $10. People were just being cheap that year. This past November, when we were in the throes of the recession and folks were gearing up for Christmas? We probably would have done much better. But that’s fine. Now I might have a way to unload some of my stock and bring smiles to the warm, happy faces of potential buyers looking for just the sort of random scarf I happen to be selling! That calls for some cheers!

UPDATE at 8:45 p.m.: I try not to be all talk and no action! I officially have my very own Etsy shop, boasting five scarves that I’ve crocheted lately! I figured I would start small, though I have plenty more to list. Feel free to stop by! And for you Harry Potter fans, here’s a sample — complete with my cultured hands-on-hips pose . . .

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