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!

 

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!

Extreme Couponing: A Critique

I’ve finally got it.I have placed my finger on what annoys me about that “Extreme Couponing” show on TLC.It’s not the way it encourages shopping for shopping’s sake It’s not the way it glorifies sacrificing a part-time job’s worth of time a week to couponing assembly lines.  It’s not the way at once praises and gawks at people who seem to have some sort of hoarding thing going on.  It’s not even the way it nearly never shows people donating their hauls to charity, or the way each episode is the exact same thing. ...more
@Denise , Ahh, you got me on timing!  I turned off cable ages ago, so all my pop culture is a ...more

Why I'm Not Decorating for Christmas

At my house growing up, the holidays were a series of traditions and rituals and annual celebrations, all wrapped up in an explosion of cooking, planning and decorating. My mother's elaborate holiday decor was a weekslong process, that we started before Thanksgiving and finished a week or two before Christmas, hauling boxes and boxes of garlands and baubles and Christmas statuettes and a full nativity scene and reindeer wearing wreaths and the mistletoe and handmade beaded ornaments from the basement and strewing them about the house (in a very particular order, of course). The drawn-out timeframe suited me perfectly; it made Christmas almost six weeks long....more
Oh, Stacy, I hear you...when my mother was living, we did the all out Wonderland thing.  It was ...more