The latest issue of Vintage Finds has taken longer than expected but I think you will love it. I'm happy to have some wonderful contributors in this issue. Carol Turner of The Polka Dot Closet, Chic & Shabby's very own Sue Farash & Karen Bogan share photos of their trip to the Farm Girls Show and some Summer glamping with the Little Vintage Trailer. Issue available July 4th at www.ThriftHappy.com ...more
Sewmantra: Monthly Artist Features | Simple. Just Add Glitter...: I am a designer for a very cool and upcoming site called Things Crafty. As a design member, I do many things for members of this site, which subsequently, you can benefit from too because it's free to join, just sign up! ...more
There are two things I love about shopping at small independent merchants: first, I can buy things that are one of a kind. Second, I am directly supporting a cottage industry run by someone I could potentially get to know; our transaction is the beginning of a relationship beyond the simple acquisition of goods or services, especially if that person blogs, and I become a regular reader and commenter. It’s sort of like going to my local farmer’s market or my CSA to pick up a bunch of kale from the farmer whose fields I pass on the way to my son’s school. Why wouldn’t I shop that way?
On January 30th, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to place a one year stay on the testing and certification requirements for certain products manufactured for use with children 12 and younger.
"How's business?" I ask an artist friend who practically wrote the book on making a boutique business thrive and prosper with the help of the web.
"You can hear crickets chirping," she tells me. "No one's buying a thing."