Lady Lazarus

Hi, I'm Liz, and I make all the things!  I'm a bookworm and crafter, and from time to time I throw strings of words together in amusing arrangements.  Jewelry is my main thing, but I can be found hard at work on any number of projects from blogging to research and writing. 

You may have seen my stuff on here under the name "veniceinwinter" - I'm back!  I've rebranded the shop and various other aspects of my online crafting life.  So here's to round two!

 

7 smart ways to increase productivity

here are easy ways i increase my productivity daily......more
Too true - physical activity is so important!  It seems counter-intuitive, but I can't produce ...more

11 Ways to Be a Better Blogger

I speak at conferences and do some teaching, and the questions I’m asked the most about are about social media and blogging. At a recent conference, someone in the audience suggested I put a blogging tips article online that I could link to for writers’ reference. Great idea. I’ve been writing for the Internet for a decade, so these are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. ...more
You're so right about community building!  It took ages for me to realize how to work the tag ...more

I'm Working Again, and I'm Terrified

BlogHers, the unthinkable has happened. I have stumbled ass-backwards into a job. A real, honest-to-goodness, 40k-a-year permanent temp job. I even found my first paycheck sitting in the credit union account last week, by accident. I had forgotten I was supposed to get paid for schlepping up the turnpike every weekday....more
@Rita Arens perhaps, but that guilt is powerful! :)  It does unnerve me that the luck of the ...more

I'm Working Again, and I'm Terrified

BlogHers, the unthinkable has happened. I have stumbled ass-backwards into a job. A real, honest-to-goodness, 40k-a-year permanent temp job. I even found my first paycheck sitting in the credit union account last week, by accident. I had forgotten I was supposed to get paid for schlepping up the turnpike every weekday....more
@Karen Ballum , I can see what you're saying..when you "get out", you never just stroll away, ...more

Waiting for Springtime

I've been having a photo-heavy week, so I've updated Venice in Winter with some snapshots that are anticipating spring... Tiny treasures from the yard found their way indoors... ...more
@Denise , I know how you feel!  Glad the shots cheered you up :)more

Nest Learning Thermostat: A One Month Review

One of the best geeky gifts I've ever received is this little programable learning thermostat called Nest. The Nest is definitely my favorite gadget gift from Christmas 2012....more
I must check this out...we're in a big older house now, and those can get cold spots, drafts, ...more
: One of our pups is having problems this morning. Please send happy thoughts. He's on the way to the vet :(

Cheapwashing: Cashing in on the Frugal "Fad"

For many of us, the frugal life is simply our normal. Whether we were raised by Depression-era parents or survived some lean times, or whether we are dealing with a rough economy, those long-term frugal-ers among us barely need guides and tips....more
Bloghers and hims!  You'll notice 2 references, one to "The Fly Lady" and another to Carl ...more

My Reverse Birthday Party

 As everyone keeps reminding me, the new year will be upon us very shortly.  Which means, in more Liz-centric terms, I will have a birthday soon  I'm a January 3rd baby, so I have my choice of New Years nuttiness or birthday nuttiness.  Very often, I opt out of both, because who has the energy after December?!But this time it's different.  I'm going for the birthday this year....more
@Karen Ballum That's a good idea - tying it to something festive.  Books, unless awfully ...more
: Wild wind over here today...woke up missing roof shingles and my recycling bin!