Monday, January 21, 2019

Small Business Spotlight - Bookish Jewelry

It's time for another small business spotlight post, and this time around we're celebrating all things spooky! Or, at least, spooky cute? Heck, it's just stuff that I would totally want to buy and now I'm sharing it with you. Let's get started!

** note that all photos are the property of the store owners **

Realistic Miniature Book Earrings by Silver Fox Craft

I had to start with these because the INSTANT I saw them, I wanted them in my life. Not only do these perfect little earrings have the beautiful covers of our favorite books, but they even have tiny words printed inside! *SQUEAL* How adorable can you get? You can also ask for two different books, to show off your favorite reads. Yup, I need these. When my no-spend January is over, expect to see these in my ears.

The Book Was Better Bracelet by Nelson's Bazaar

Sick and tired of constantly having to stick up for your favorite stories when they inevitably become tv shows and movies? This bracelet is for you! Simply flash it at the person, turn on your heel, and saunter away. We know the book was better. Always.

Papercut Book Dome by MyPapercutForest

How cute is this? No, really. It's like a tiny bookish terrarium that you can wear around your neck. Okay, that's exactly what it is. AND IT IS ADORABLE. Papercrafts make me smile, because the work that is needed is so minute, but this marries two things I love perfectly. Love this. Love everything about it.

Sterling Silver Book Ring by rampandtaper

Finally, to round out all the bookish accessories you've just purchased while reading this post, here's a lovely sterling silver ring with an open book on top. I have major need for this. It's so elegant, and yet so deliciously nerdy. Who could ask for more?
There you have it ladies and gents! A list of the perfect items to help this season be extra spooky! Find anything else out there in Etsy land that you love? Shout it out in the comments!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Gardening Is Good For The Soul

I know I went a bit MIA this week. I promised myself that I'd be kind to my reader brain and, since all I wanted to do was do a re-read of The Bear and the Nightingale, I haven't had much inspiration to fuel any posts. Work was a bit hectic this week, and so today I woke up and promised myself that I'd go outside. The weather was beautiful, everything was green because of all the rain the past few days, and so I dragged myself outdoors and started to plant.

This is my second year of gardening, and so luckily I already had peat pods ready to go for my seedlings! I also learned my lesson last year that it's never easy to determine how many seeds will actually germinate. I only planted one pepper plant seed, and it flourished. I planted 9 tomato seeds and only 4 lived. Hahaha. So this year I over planted everything! Worst case scenario, I'll have little plants to share with my friends.

Some of my plants from last year, like these calendula flowers, made it through the whole "winter" here! So I cut off dead pieces, mulched them, and gave them a bit of overall love. I love to see so much color in an otherwise gray set of weeks.

My cherry tomato plants from last year not only survived the whole entire year, but promptly flowered after the rain ended. So it looks like these little guys are pretty darn hardy, and I'll end up with many more delicious orbs of tomato this year. I am a happy gardener!

Reading is one way I unplug, and so is television at times, but I think my favorite way to really let it all go is to be out in the garden. It's green, it smells like wet earth, and all around me I can hear the birds and the rustling of trees. It's like a little oasis in the middle of the madness.

Gardening is good for the soul.

Back to your regularly scheduled bookish programming starting on Monday :). For now, go find something you love to do, and just unplug!


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