Saturday, December 31, 2011

Book Review: Death with Interruptions

I was really excited to read "Death with Interruptions" by Jose Saramago.  His book "Blindness" was one of my favorites.  Unfortunately it's hard to top such a great book.


I must say that the first half of the book didn't live up to my expectations, though it was interesting and I enjoyed the premise.  It really got good when I got to the second part and death was introduced.  From that point on, I couldn't put it down.


Synopsis: On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration—flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home—families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots.

Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday's Favorites: After Christmas Sale

Sometimes the best part about Christmas is the sales afterward. All of the items featured here or on sale, so get them while you can, before the prices go back up!








Here is the actual link for those of you that want to blog, Facebook, or tweet about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHwxNjU0NDM4MzI3/after-christmas-sale

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Submission: After Holiday Sale

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog, and call it the Friday's Favorites.


 Get this Scarf for 25% off with coupon code HEART
Last treasury, Stocking Stuffers (It's not too Late), had 121 views, 23 comments, 83 clicks, 7 admirers and 3 Sales! Congrats ThreeBirdNestvictoriascharms and callyfindlay!



This week I'm looking for your AFTER HOLIDAY SALES!  If you have something on sale, post the link to the item in the comments, then check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


I will be looking for items in the forums, but I always consider the blog submissions first.   

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Auditions

I've been having a lot of auditions lately.  I remember when I used to get so nervous, and then I'd stress for days wondering if I got the job or not.  


Nowadays, I've been to so many hundreds of them that they don't phase me anymore, and in fact, when I do get the job, sometimes I don't even remember auditioning for it.  There is very rarely a rejection letter in the entertainment industry, either you hear from them, or you don't.  It's usually best to forget about something once you've tried out, otherwise, you'll drive yourself crazy wondering.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas was Wonderful

I know the photo doesn't go with the story, but it was just too cute.
Christmas was wonderful!  We had the boyfriend's family over and I cooked my first full Christmas dinner!  The turkey turned out great...and I was worried since I'd only made one turkey before, and everything was ready almost at the same time!  Yay for planning ahead.


We opened presents, drank mulled cider, and just enjoyed everyone's company.  I couldn't have asked for a better one.


The boyfriend gave me lots of cool gifts, but my favorite one was the portrait of our fur monsters together.  He couldn't actually get them to pose together, so he had to do each one individually and digitally put them together.  It is so cute and sweet.


I hope you all had just as much fun on your day.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friday's Favorites Postponed

Because Christmas is coming soon, the boyfriend's family is coming in and there's so much cleaning and cooking to do, this week's Friday's Favorites won't happen.


Tune in next Thursday for submissions, and next Friday for the favorites.


Merry whatever-you-celebrate!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Stocking Stuffers

When I was a kid, I just loved going into my stockings. It was proof that Santa had been there. What will he leave in your stocking?






Here is the actual link for those of you that want to blog, tweet, or Facebook about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHwxNTQzMzczODYy/stocking-stuffers-its-not-too-late

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Submissions: Stocking Stuffers

Need Stockings? Try these!
Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's treasury, "Icy Blue for a White Christmas", had 146 views, 23 comments, 49 clicks and 26 admirers.


This week, I'm looking for STOCKING STUFFERS.  These are gifts that fit into a stocking and aren't as expensive as the real gifts.  If you have any good stocking stuffers, post the link in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have any stocking stuffers?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I'll be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider the blog submissions first.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Book Review: Sarah's Key

It has been awhile since I've done a book review, and I've decided to start bringing them back.


I recently finished reading for my book club, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  I've read quite a few World War Two accounts both fictional and non-fictional, and this one was very poignant indeed.  I do think that I found the first part of the book more interesting than the second as you got to see both points of view of what happened from present day to the past.


Though not my favorite book of those times, this one will still get to you, right in your heart.


Synopsis: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty Years Later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own future.                                                                                                          
In Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay offers up a mesmerizing story in which a tragic past unfolds, the present is torn apart, and the future is irrevocably altered.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Icy Blue


I have never had a white christmas, but these light blue pieces remind me of snow and ice. I'm sure one of these pieces will be the right touch for you, as you gaze out on those icicles on the window sill.




Here is the actual link for those that want to blog, Facebook, or tweet about it:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Submissions: Light Blue

Light Blue Crochet Headband Earwarmer
Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, put them on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites. 


Last week's treasury, "Red-dy for the Holidays", had 196 views, 26 comments, 51 clicks, 25 admirers and one sale!


This week I'm looking for LIGHT BLUE.  If you have any light blue in your shop, post the link here in the comments, and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have any Light Blue?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider the blog submissions first.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Meeting Karina Smirnoff

On Saturday, Karina Smirnoff came by the Venetian to check out our Winter in Venice event.  The cast from the St. Mark's Square show came out to greet her and the Christmas cast.  She seemed nice, but we didn't really get a chance to talk to her as her people whisked her away to the next photo op right afterward.


This time, I'm the one in the black and white costume standing next to her.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Red

Red is such a fun color to wear, especially around the holidays. It's vibrant, and it really has its own point of view. Whether it's for you or your home, maybe some of these pieces can help you make your statement.








Here's the actual link for those of you that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHwxMzYwMDYwNjUw/red-dy-for-the-holidays

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Submissions: Red

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy artists, post it on my blog, and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Red Chevron Fingerless Gloves
Last week's treasury, Great Sales, had 69 views, 21 comments, 39 clicks, 8 admirers and ONE SALE!


This week, I'm looking for RED.  If you have any red items in your shop, post the link in the comments here, and then check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have any red?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider the blog submissions first.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interview

Last night I was interviewed by a magician named Jeff McBride.  He does a weekly internet TV show, and I was the special guest.  


It was loads of fun.  I got interviewed which made me feel like a celebrity, and then I got to co-host the rest of the show.  There was also a chat room on there, where people could comment about things in real time. It made me kind of nervous at first, but all the things that were said were really positive.


Now I'm off to go about my non-celebrity life which includes some cleaning... how glamourous... 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meeting Jordin Sparks

The Venetian just opened its "Winter in Venice" attraction for Christmas.  There's a show, a tree lighting and ice skating open to the public, plus entertainers strolling around during the day.


Me, Jordin Sparks, and some of the Venetian Cast
On opening night, some of us had to go and work the event after we finished our shows inside.  They knew there was going to be media there, and they wanted as many of us there as they could.


For the opening ceremony, Jordin Sparks sang a couple of songs and then went off to meet and greet in the VIP area.  They chose a few characters to come and join her for pictures.  


While the cameras snapped away at us, I said, "I'm so sorry, the paparazzi just seem to follow me everywhere."  She laughed and thought it was funny.  


I'm the one in the funny hat...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday's Favorites!

It's Black Friday, and there are some amazing items on sale at etsy. Go ahead and fill up your cart with some of these great (and beautiful) deals.








Here is the link to the actual treasury for those that want to blog, tweet or facebook about it:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHwxMjMwMjQxNDM4/great-sales


Also, everything in my shop is 20% off when you use the coupon code: DECEMBER10


http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllThingsTangled

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Submissions: Sale Items

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog, and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's treasury, Orange you glad Brown is in Season, had 60 views, 19 comments, 75 clicks and 11 admirers.


This week, I'm looking for your SALE ITEMS.  If you have something special on sale, post the link in the comments, and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


I will be looking in the Forums for items too, but I always consider the blog submissions first.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Brown and Orange

I love the color palate of Thanksgiving. It gives the skin a glow that many other seasons don't. Just looking at these beautiful creations makes me start craving the turkey and stuffing.






Here is the actual link for those of you that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHwxMTQ4OTM5NTI4/orange-you-glad-brown-is-in-season

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Submissions: Brown and Orange

Warm Orange Chevron Cap
Every Friday I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers.


Last treasury: Thankful for Thanksgiving had 119 views, 57 comments, 50 clicks and 11 admirers.


This week, I'm looking for BROWN and ORANGE.  If you have something in your shop with either, or both of these colors, post it in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have brown or orange?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider blog submissions first.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Flash Mob

This morning I'm up quite early, as I'm going to be a part of a flash mob.  Now, some of you might have seen some of the more traditional ones on TV, but this one is a little different.


This Flash Mob is at a computer convention, and we're coming in to surprise the conventioneers.  We were hired by one of the companies that is a presenter there, so it's kind of like advertising for the company.


This has become more and more of a trend lately, and the second one I've been hired for.  It's so much fun, and easy money, but I could do without the early morning hours.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friday's Favorites

This week, I'm going to take a break from the Friday's Favorites treasury.


Tune in next week to join in the fun!



Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Thanksgiving

Halloween is over, and now it's almost time to taste the turkey. Are you ready for the onslaught of friends and family? Don't worry, some of these items might help you get through the 
season.






Here is the actual link to the treasury for those that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHwxMDI0OTUzNTY1/thankful-for-thanksgiving

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Submissions: Thanksgiving Items

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's, This Treasury is Child's Play, had 159 views, 14 comments, 58 clicks and 11 admirers.


This week I'm looking for your THANKSGIVING ITEMS.  If you have anything for Thanksgiving in your shop, post the link in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have Thanksgiving in your shop?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider blog submissions first.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Strange Gig... But Good

On Friday, I performed magic at a Curling Tournament, with special guests who were members of the US Olympic team!  Though I'd watched curling during the Olympics on TV, I'd never been to an actual tournament, nor had I performed at one.


During these tournaments, there is a bit of down time, and there's a bar that overlooks the ice rink for people to hang out in.  This is where I performed.


When I first walked in, I saw a bunch of people dressed up like cows, then there were pilgrims, rabbits and a bunch of other stuff.  I thought, "Wow, these curlers are sure strange!"...then it hit me that it was almost Halloween...duh!


Everyone was really nice and seemed to enjoy the magical break from the curling.  I got to perform for the Olympians as well, and they were really great, down to earth guys.  The guy that runs the tournament says that they'll hire me again next year if they have one... count me in!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Kid Stuff

There are many joys in having children. One of them is all the cute stuff you can buy for them that you can't buy for yourself. Take a look at these adorable items, and maybe you'll see 
something perfect for a child in your life.






Here is the actual link to the treasury for those that want to blog, facebook, or tweet about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw5ODEyMTQwMDQ/this-treasury-is-childs-play

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Submissions: Kid Stuff

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog, and call it the Friday's Favorites.


Last week's treasury, Bedazzling and Becoming, had 113 views, 25 comments, 59 clicks and 10 admirers.


This week, I'm looking for KID STUFF.  If you have items specifically for kids, post the link in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have kid stuff?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider the blog submissions first.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lost Doggy Update

Unfortunately, I could not find the owner of the Rat Terrier, and neither could my friend.  I had two responses to the craigslist ad, and one was close, and the other had the wrong coloring.


Since the lost doggy hated my friend's parents, she couldn't keep him any longer, and since my dogs wanted him for dinner, I couldn't keep him either.  There's no telling what the cat would have done to him.


I tried to give him away to everyone at work, as did the boyfriend at his place of business, but no luck. 


We ended up taking him to a shelter that had more resources in finding the rightful owners so they could either reunite them, or prosecute them for dumping him.  


It killed me to take him there, but I thought it was his best chance at finding a good home as he is quite adoptable, and loves other animals.  ... He was great with me, my boyfriend and my friend... he just didn't seem to like older people, but he had a little too much energy for them anyhow.


In treasury news:


So far this week's treasury, Bedazzling and Becoming, has 110 views, 24 comments, 59 clicks and 8 admirers.


Tune in tomorrow for this week's submissions!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lost Doggie

Last night, while taking the fur monsters out on a walk, we stumbled upon a dog with a collar but no tags.  He was frightened of me, but loved my dogs... which was strange because my dogs were trying to kill him.  Since he had no tags, and looked like he'd been outside for a while, I knew this little guy needed some help.


I only had two leashes, but luckily one of my dogs is only 6 pounds, so I scooped her up, and got the leash on the new guy and brought him home.  I didn't hear anyone or see anyone looking around for their dog.  I told the boyfriend that we needed to take him to the vet to get scanned for a chip.


The vet tech scanned and lo and behold a chip! We were so happy, we were going to get this guy back to his home.  


Unfortunately, when the vet tech looked up the chip number, all they found was the breeder that the dog came from out in Missouri.  And by this time it was 10pm in Las Vegas...way to late to call Missouri.


We couldn't take him back home, as the boyfriend and I would be at work all day the next day, and I was worried about what my dogs and ninja kitty might do to him while we were gone.  I really didn't want to take him to animal control.  Luckily my friend was able to take him in and is going to call the breeder in the morning to see if she can track down the owner.  


Fingers crossed!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Gig

Well, you know from previous posts how much I "love" Halloween gigs.  Last night, I had a four hour one.


It was a charity event for people to bring their kids to.  It wasn't nearly as bad as my normal Halloween gigs.  To start with, very few adults were in costume, mainly just the kids, so with me in costume doing magic, it did make me stand out a bit.


Some parents thought I was a parent of another child, though, and would give me strange looks when I'd approach them and their kids.  They were cool, after they realized that I worked there.


Four hours walking on cement has really made me quite sore today, but the work week is not over yet.  I still have 6 shows today, 3 shows tomorrow and 6 shows on Monday at the Venetian. 


Calgon! Take me away!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Jewelry

Tired of you same old outfits? What you need is a few accessories to bring out something different in them. Check out these beautiful jewelry pieces and maybe you can find something to brighten up the dreary.








Here's the link for those of you that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw5MzM2NTYxMDg/bedazzling-and-becoming

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Submissions: Jewelry

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's treasury, High Quality, Low Sales III, had 69 views, 11 comments, 44 clicks and 8 admirers.


This week, I'm looking for JEWELRY.  If you have any jewelry in your shop, post the link to your favorite piece in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Don't have Jewelry?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking for items in the forums as well, but I always consider my blog submissions first.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cats and Dogs

My dogs get along with my cat, one a bit more begrudgingly than the other, but any other cats will send them into a tailspin.  Their existence bothers them and they turn from sweet angels to something you'd see on the Dog Whisperer.


There are a few neighborhood cats that are not afraid.  Usually we go on our walks peacefully (well, as peacefully as you can get with one dog that still has a bit of puppy in him), but sometimes the cats are out for a bit of entertainment.  They are smart enough to figure out that the dogs can't get to them if they're on a leash.  The dogs, however, have not figured out this key bit of information.


The dogs go crazy, and the cats cock their heads and just look at them.  Instead of running away, I try to calm the dogs down and get them to sit there, hoping that this will show them that there's nothing to get excited about.  If I see the cat when or before they do, I can usually do it, however if they see it first, I'm not quick enough before their emotions go up to 11.


It's even worse when it's not a cat... my "brilliant" dogs sometimes see plastic or paper bags in the street that resemble a cat in some way shape or form.  It usually takes me a little bit to see what has gotten them so riled up.  After calming them down, I take them over to the offensive litter, so maybe they'll see what idiots they were... *sigh*


Oh well, off for a walk now... cats and garbage, beware!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday's Favorites: High Quality, Low Sales III

What do all of these beautiful items have in common? Well, believe it or not, all of these shops have less than ten sales. So many wonderful things to choose from, lets get these guys into the double digits!








Here is the link to the actual treasury for those that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it.


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw4ODM2MjY1MTk/high-quality-low-sales-iii

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Submissions: 10 Sales or Less

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's treasury, These TREATS are not TRICKS, had 78 views, 22 comments, 41 clicks and 17 admirers. 


This week, it's time again to highlight the etsy newbies.  If you have had 10 SALES OR LESS, please post the link to your favorite item in the comments, and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.


Had more than 10 sales?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider my blog submissions first.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

!!Just Listed!!! Slouchy Hat!

Warm Slouchy Red Knit Cap
I just finished, photoed and listed this red cable knit slouchy hat.  It can also be pushed up to be worn as a beret, for a dressier look.


This pattern is also knew, and after I've made a couple more of these hats, I might set about writing up the pattern and selling that as well.


I almost didn't list this as I wanted to keep it for myself.  If it makes it through Christmastime, I might just take it out of the store and onto my head... we'll see.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

!!!New!!! Faux Fishnet!

Warm Faux Fishnet Fingerless Gloves
I just finished making these Faux Fishnet Fingerless Gloves!  


I've always loved the look of fishnet, but due to the weather, it's not always practical to wear it.  I thought that something inspired by this look, just might to the trick, and I'm really happy how they turned out!


I'm going to wait and see what the response to these are, and if it's good, I'll probably branch out with a few different colors, and/or maybe some different trim.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The "Joys" of Halloween Performing

Now don't get me wrong, I love Halloween.  I love seeing everyone dress up in strange costumes, love the candy (except the candy corn) and love having kids coming to my door saying, "Trick or treat?"


However, I do not love performing around Halloween.  Where I do magic at the Venetian, I play a character, and as such wear a costume... year round.  However during the month of October, I am stuck with people asking me, "Where did you get that costume?"  


Of course the average person is going to think I'm dressing up for the holidays, but the worst is the people that work there also think so.  They see me every day and yet in October, they forget and say things like, "Aren't you a little bit early this year?" Did they not have conversations with me last month or the month before?  You might think they are joking, but when I remind them that I always wear this, they say, "Oh yeah..."


Sometimes in the break room, the dealers ask me if they let me take the costume home for Halloween... and yet they don't think it's funny if I ask them if they get to take their uniform home so they can be a dealer for their trick-or-treating.


Don't worry, little kids, I'm not a Scrooge, and though I won't be dressing up for Halloween, I will have candy by the door, and will enjoy each and every one of your costumes.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Halloween

It's that time of year again, where we become fascinated with the macabre. Have you done your Halloween shopping yet? Better hurry, before you know it, the season of black and orange will be over.






Here is the link to the treasury for those of you that want to blog, tweet or facebook about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw4Mzc0NDAzMDU/these-treats-are-not-tricks

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Submissions: Halloween

Every Friday I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, put it on my website, and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Beanie in Halloween Colors
Last week's treasury, Purple! Fun to say and wear!, had 203 views, 41 comments, 105 clicks and 40 admirers!


This week I'm looking for your Halloween inspired items.  If you have any Halloween in your shop, post the link here in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites!


Don't have Halloween? Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will also be looking in the forums for items, but I always consider the blog submissions first.


The Beanie in Halloween Colors pictured above, is my submission.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Things I get to Do

As a magician, most of the gigs I get are corporate affairs; usually for the top sellers, top buyers or employee appreciation.  Sometimes I get to work trade shows where I put on shows to gather a crowd in front of a booth.  


Every once in a while, I get something different. I just got a gig at the end of October performing at a curling tournament.  I even get to perform for the US Olympic Curling Team! How cool is that? 


Like most Americans, I don't actually follow curling year round, but come the Winter Games, I do tune in and have a great time watching these guys throw stones and sweep them across the ice.  I'm so excited, it's gonna be lots of fun!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Purple

Purple is such a great color. Though technically in the cool family, you can see that there are definitely some warmer shades. Something for every skin type... have you done your winter shopping yet?








Here is the actual link to the treasury for those that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw3OTkyMzIyNDc/purple-fun-to-say-and-wear

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Submissions: Purple

Purple Faux Wrap Sweater
Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other sellers, post it on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's treasury, Yellow! Anybody Home?, got 84 views, 16 comments, 28 clicks, 8 admirers, and one sold and relisted!


This week, I'm looking for purple!  If you have any purple in your shop, post the link in the comments, and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites!


Don't have any purple?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.  


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider the blog submissions first.


My purple, is the Faux Wrap Sweater pictured above.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Famous Encounter

I often get hired for events and go there not quite knowing what to expect.  The agencies send me out and I go.


Last week, I had a gig at Tao Beach at the Venetian.  I thought it was a corporate event, as they usually are, and I thought it would be a large event as they had booked me for three hours.


When I got there, it turned out it was a bridal party, of a bride, her maid of honor, and some other friends, about 7 or 8 total.  They were all super nice, and it was a joy to perform for them.  


Later, a photographer came, and wanted pictures of me with the bride. I still didn't think anything of it.  Many brides want to record everything that happens on their wedding day (or weekend).


Of course, as a performer, I use google alerts, and lo and behold, a picture of me and the bride triggered an email.  My step-father saw it too, and he was the one that told me that it was Susan Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri!  How cool!  

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Cat wants me Dead

I think my cat is trying to kill me.  But he's being sneaky about it.  He knows he'll be blamed if he kills me in my sleep, so he's trying to make it look like an accident.


He'll run down the stairs, then stop on a dime mid-way, hoping that I'll trip over him.  When I don't, he looks at me with his cute yellow innocent eyes, and cocks his head like he's saying, "oops".


Then he'll run in and out between my legs hoping to mess up my walking across the room, and when that doesn't work, he'll hold on to my ankle while I'm on the move and lets himself be dragged.  On the plus side, walking with the ankle grab is a great way to clean the floor.


Maybe it's because I don't let him jump on the counter, or because I get mad when he steals my drinking straws.  It could also be that after a 15 minute session of petting, my arm gets tired and he wants more.  Or, I give him as many treats as it says to on the bag, and not as many as he wants.


...in any case, I think he has it in for me.



Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Yellow! Anybody Home?

As the weather gets colder, we all need something to brighten up our lives. Yellow is the perfect color to do such a thing. It reminds me of the sun, cheerfulness and light. Take a little sunshine home with you today.








Here is the link to the actual treasury if you would like to blog, tweet or facebook about it:


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw3NjM2Nzg3MDQ/yellow-anybody-home

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Submissions: Yellow

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog and call it the Friday's Favorites!


Last week's treasury, They Blue Me Away, had 131 views, 31 comments, 64 clicks and 15 admirers!


This week, I'm looking for YELLOW.  If you have any yellow items in your shop, post the link in the comments here, then check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites!


Don't have yellow?  Feel free to submit a friend's item and help spread the love.


I will be looking in the forums for items as well, but I always consider the blog submissions first.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Work Marathon

One of our performers at the Venetian is going to Singapore and so this week I have a work marathon.  Good for the bank account, but I know I'm gonna be exhausted by the end of it.  7 days straight of 6 shows a day, I'll probably be crawling home on the last day.


I'll be crawling to work today, that's for sure.  My body is still a little sore from jet skiing on Sunday.  Who knew how much work that would be?  There are muscles in pain right now that I didn't even realize that I used!  Well, it's good to know that a day of fun did something good for my body.... usually that's not the case.


In treasury news:


This week's They Blue Me Away treasury, so far, has 129 views, 30 comments, 64 clicks and 15 admirers.  If you haven't taken a look yet, please do.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jet Skis: A Free Gift?!?

The boyfriend's friend gave him 2 jet skis and a trailer for free! He's been wanting a pair for some time now, but couldn't afford it.  The friend was getting rid of hers, and said he could have them he was ecstatic!

$50 each for new batteries.
$40 each for gas
$20 each for tags to get them on the lake
$30 each for new oil
...riding something you got for "free" on the lake? ...priceless

We are going to take them out on the lake for a spin today.  I'm packing a picnic lunch and we're gonna find a beach and feast.  Poor boyfriend has already gotten a sunburn from testing them out yesterday.  I'm gonna slather myself in sunblock.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday's Favorites: They Blue Me Away

Blue is a great color for the winter season. It reminds me of icicles, snowflakes, and everything that says relief from hot weather. Are you ready for winter? There are some wonderful choices here that can make the transition more beautiful.




Here is the link for those of you that want to blog, facebook or tweet about it: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjI1NjY2NHw3Mjc2Njk5MTQ/they-blue-me-away

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Submissions: Blue

Every Friday, I put together a treasury of some of my favorite items made by other etsy sellers, post it on my blog, and call it the Friday's Favorites!

Last week's treasury, Get Your Knits Before You Need Them, had 117 views, 20 comments, 36 clicks and 4 admirers.

This week, I'm looking for your BLUES.  If you have a blue item in your shop, post the link in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites.

Don't have blue?  Feel free to nominate a friend's item and help spread the love.

I will be looking in the forums for items but I always consider the blog submissions first.

The Summer Scarf pictured here, is my blue item.  Great as a fashion accessory for both warm and cold weather!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Portland, Oregon

I'm in Portland, Oregon right now, visiting with my mom, her husband and her cat.  All three were happy to see me, but so far, the cat is the only one that purred.

I love the weather here.  It's so pretty.  Everyone keeps apologizing and saying that they hope the sun will make an appearance.  What they don't understand is that, I live in the DESERT! I see the sun almost every single day!  I'm totally digging these cool fluffy white things in the sky, and a temperature that doesn't suck out your will to live.  Maybe when Oregonians come to visit me, I should apologize for the lack of clouds.



Well, time to look at some more of the beauty and cuteness outside...especially the squirrels.  If we do have squirrels in Vegas, they have yet to show their faces to me.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Back to Work

I feel like I'm going back to work this morning after a really long vacation.  It hasn't all been vacation though, I've just been working for the same company in a different location.  Who knew magicians could be transferred??!

There was a shopping area/town square that opened up here in the beginning of summer, and to help drive business to it, they had all sorts of entertainment there.  I was pulled from the Venetian to work there for a bit (well, most of the summer), and now is my first Saturday back on the strip.

After doing strolling magic for 4 + hours per day over there, doing six shows at the Venetian feels like nothing.  And where before it seemed like a lot, to have that kind of structure (and longer breaks), it kind of feels like a holiday.

I'm visiting my mom next week, and when I get back I have a full week waiting for me over there.  I'm thinking that by the third day I'll be complaining that the 6 shows a day are hard all over again.

In Treasury News:

Yesterday's treasury, Get your knits before you need them, so far has 94 views, 17 comments, 26 clicks and 3 admirers.  If you haven't had a chance to look at it yet, please show these artists some love.