Thursday, December 31, 2009

$10 Submissions for 2010

Before we get to the submissions...

If you haven't taken a look at the treasury my fingerless gloves were featured in, then click here.

Now onto the Submissions:

Since it's New Year's Eve (which I kind of forgot about until I watched the news today...I thought it was still a couple days away), I thought that we should celebrate the number 10 (I mean, we'll be writing it on all of our checks for the next 365 people even write checks anymore, or am I the only one?)

So if you have any items in your shop that sell for $10, please post the link in the comments, and check back tomorrow for the "Friday's $10 for 2010 Favorites!"

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blog Break

But don't fret, I'll be back tomorrow...

In the mean time, check out this treasury that I was featured in:

And tune in tomorrow to submit for the Friday's Favorites!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Eve

It's coming up pretty fast, and the boyfriend and I don't have plans yet, which I'm actually cool with.

As an entertainer, most of us really want that New Year's gig, because it's always big money when you get one. As for me, if I get one, great! If not, then I don't have to battle the Las Vegas Strip. They close off the entire strip every year, which divides East and West Las Vegas, and it never fails that if I do get a gig, it's always on the other side of where I need to be afterward.

So our plans are, in my mind anyway, that we'll relax on the couch with champagne (the boyfriend doesn't like champagne, but I love it, and he can always drink something else), with the doggie wedged in between us.

In other news:

A friend of mine just posted this picture on Facebook. I must have been about 18 at the time, and we were all dancers in the opera: "La Traviatta". I'm the one on the left.

La Traviatta as one of the dancers

Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review --Our Hearts were Young and Gay--


So far there has been one sale from the Friday's Favorites! Congratulations TwilightVisions!!!

In Book News:

I found Our Hearts were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner in the discount bin at Barnes and Noble. It looked interesting, so I picked it up.

Many people have loved this book, but for me I just found it OK. There were definitely a few episodes that made me chuckle, but many more that made me want to hit my head against a wall. Maybe I'm just too jaded to enjoy the story of innocent young girls and their first trip abroad.

I must say, though, that the writing and the descriptions were excellent, and I could definitely "see" everything clearly as if I were sitting in the room. So if you like travelogues with mishaps galore, then maybe this book is more for you than for me.


Our Hearts Were Young and Gay is a lighthearted joint autobiography of actress Cornelia Otis Skinner and humorist Emily Kimbrough. Two innocent but fun-loving young girls at loose in the Roaring 20s. The story concerns the girls' first trip abroad to London and Paris, and the various misadventures encountered therein. The more amusing moments involve a pair of rabbit-skin capes that begin shedding at the most inopportune moments, and a lengthy episode in which the girls are stranded atop Notre Dame Cathedral at midnight. And of course there's romance, in the form of handsome young doctor Tom Newhall and college "Lothario" Avery Moore.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Funday Video

Now that we have finished with Christmas, the season of goodwill towards man, lets laugh at man and the pranks that are done to him.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Boxing Day

I am so exhausted! After working late on Christmas Eve, and then working on Christmas Day, and then a party afterward, all I want to do is sleep. It is not to be. Today will be the last day of our Christmas Shows at the Venetian, tomorrow is back to the regular ones (do I even remember them?), and no sleep until Monday.

I'm halfway finished with a custom order Bag Lady, since the one in my shop sold, and someone else wants one. I'm hoping to get it mostly done today, because I still have a Christmas present to make...I know, "procrastination, party of one".

The house is also a disaster area...if I can just get the kitchen in some sort of working order before work, I'll be happy....I have to make room for my brand new George Foreman Grill!

Friday, December 25, 2009

I Heart Friday's Favorites

The boyfriend's friend has two little girls who are at the age where they question Santa's existence, but still really want to believe. They are also the age where they're finally allowed to go to Midnight Mass. They decided that they were going to "catch Santa in the act", so before they left, they set up a camera to tape while they were gone.

After they left, my boyfriend showed up in a Santa suit, with all their presents to set under the tree. He made sure not to show too much on the camera, but merely glimpses now and again, and when he went for the milk and cookies, "saw" the camera and hastily shut it off.

The friend said that upon watching the tape, the squealed, screamed, jumped up and down, and were utterly proud of themselves for their ingenuity.

It will be a Christmas that they will always remember.

Now onto the favorites

For this week, it's all about spreading the love, and so these are some items that are the most hearted for each seller's shop.

After opening your presents, maybe there's something missing that you really wanted, well now's your chance to Christmas Shop for yourself!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Heart Submissions

I just got my 400th follower! Yaaaaaaaaaay!

In other news:

The boyfriend and I are weak. We couldn't wait any longer to open presents, besides the fact that I got a gig tonight, and I'm working half a day tomorrow, we talked ourselves into it.

We did at least wait until after midnight, so it was technically the 24th.

...and I do have to admit, it's a lot more fun to open presents when you feel like you're doing something naughty.

There will still be stuff to do on Christmas. I don't have to be at work until 2:45, and in my family, it's tradition to do an eggs benidict brunch so there will be that. And after work, a Christmas party.

Rainbow Entrelac scarflette, 51 hearts!

I always think of this season as one of love (no matter what you're beliefs), so I'm going to take that quite literally. This week I want to see your most hearted item. Post the link to your item in the comments and check back tomorrow for the "I heart Friday's Favorites". Last week we had one sale!

My most hearted item is this Rainbow Entrelac Scarflette with 51 hearts. What's your's?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blog Break

Tune in tomorrow for the "Friday's Favorites" submission theme.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Socks...Finally!

First of all, it's still not too late to make use of overnight shipping! If there's something in my shop that you want by Christmas, send me a convo...only $15 to mail overnight!

Now onto the socks:

Red and Silver House socks only $20
I've been so busy making custom orders, that I haven't had time to add anything to the shop for a while...especially socks. Last year everyone seemed to buy scarves, so I really stocked that section up for Christmas, and then only sold one. This year is all about socks it seems. I can hardly keep more than a couple in the shop at a time.

I just listed these Red and Silver House Socks, which I'm quite proud of. Of course they have free shipping anywhere in the US and Canada, but I can change the listing for overnight shipping if someone needs them by Christmas ($15 more)...just send me a convo.

You can click on the picture for a better view.

Now off to knit a custom beanie.

Monday, December 21, 2009

An Early Christmas Surprise!

Before we get to the surprise, today is Monday the 21st, and if you still have some last minute shopping, it's not too late. If you live in the US and need something in my shop right away, not to worry. For $15 extra, I will overnight it to you! Just send me a convo and I'll change the listing for you. I'm off all day, so as long as I receive the order before 3pm West Coast Time, I'll be able to get to the post office and get it out to you today.

Now onto the Surprise

On Saturday, I was leaving for work when I noticed I had a flat tire. Now I know how to change a tire, but I'm slow and I didn't want to be late for work. So I called the boyfriend to help me change it.

I got all of the stuff out of the car and he informed me that unfortunately my spare was flat too. Funny, when I pulled it out of the car it didn't seem flat...well, gallant knight that he is, he offered to drive me to work in his car and take care of it for sweet.

When he came to pick me up, he was in my car...only better! It was like being on "Pimp my Ride" or on "Overhaulin'". I had been begging him to airbrush my car...just a make it more than just a boring Toyota Echo. He put a small Betty Boop Decal on the hood, added some small pink flames and a pink pin stripe, got me Betty Boop seat covers, Betty Boop floor mats, and little LED's in the storage compartments....Plus 4 new tires (which were desperately needed) and new hub caps!

Turns out, I never had a flat tire. He let the air out of one of them in order to steal my car for the day. I, in fact, was making it difficult by actually trying to change the tire...yeah, the spare was never flat either. He thought upon discovering the flat I would just ask him for a ride...

What an awesome Christmas present.

Sorry, I haven't taken any pictures of it yet...I'll try to get that done soon.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Funday Video of the Week!

Have you ever heard the 12 day's of Christmas song so many times that you feel like interrupting with your own input on the situation?

Well, that's just what these sock puppets did...enjoy!

Tune in tomorrow and I'll tell you all about my most awesome Christmas surprise!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review --The Last Day's of Dogtown--

First off, this week's Friday's Favorites has so far netted one sale! Congratulations WowWall!

Now onto the book...

I finished reading The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamante and I really enjoyed it. It took me a few chapters to get into it, and for a short time, I didn't know if I could get through it...but then all of a sudden I fell in love with the characters and really wanted to know what happened to them.

This is the second book I've read by her, the first one being "The Red Tent" which was awesome, but like "Dogtown" it took me a bit to get into it.

If you are a fan of books with interesting and diverse characters, or if you are a fan of books about small towns and settlements, I would definitely recomend this book to you.


Dogtown is the derisive name for a once-promising settlement, which by 1814 has been reduced to "a collection of broken huts and hovels inhabited mostly by spinsters and widows without children, and few with so much as an extra spoon in her cupboards." Legends about the place flourish in every barroom in the neighboring towns: It's said that only witches and whores remain there, and that "they dally with their dogs." Diamant's casually episodic plot aims to reveal the real folk behind the Dogtown legends. She tracks the community's disintegration through interlocking vignettes that are punctuated by a series of funerals, while gradually exposing the secret loves and hatreds that bind these stragglers together.

Among those vignettes is the tale of Tammy Younger, a foul-mouthed skinflint universally loathed because of her taste for blackmail and her appalling mistreatment of her orphaned great-nephew. To counter the whispers of witchery that surround this figure, Diamant underscores her frailties. In one scene, Tammy nearly bleeds to death after an unsympathetic acquaintance performs some barbaric dentistry with a wedge and a mallet. Some years later, she's found face-down in a bowl of decomposing stew.

Another tragicomic scene features the drunkard and pimp John Stanwood, who is compelled to mend his ways after he spies what looks like an angel in a tree. Sober, Stanwood proves to be twice as tedious as when he was drunk, and the town sighs with relief when he abandons his religious calling.

Stanwood's partner in prostitution is Mrs. Stanley, an aging ex-beauty who presides imperiously over two miserable trollops. What makes this ménage worse than "the saddest excuse for a whorehouse" its customers have ever seen is the tenancy of Mrs. Stanley's 11-year-old grandson, who's forced to work as their house servant.

The settlement's former slaves fare even worse. Cornelius Finson's mother survived the middle passage but died of fever when he was 10. When he was 18, his masters sold their farm and set him free, but "he had no idea what to do with himself or where to go." For 20 years, he takes shelter in one half-wrecked Dogtown house after another, finding work where he can. Black Ruth dresses in men's clothing and works as a stonemason, living "day to day, without thoughts of the future or of her past." Ruth and Cornelius nod to each other on the road, but they never speak. "What would they say to each other after so many years?" Cornelius wonders.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday's Favorites --White Etsy--

Still no snow here...well, it's like 50 degrees right now, so even if it were in the forcast, we'd still have a long way to go.

Instead, let's look at some pretty white least it's the color of snow.

I don't know if you can get any of these by Christmas, but you can always convo the seller and ask. It never hurts to ask...

Go ahead and clickity click....see anything you like?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Submissions: I'm dreaming of a white etsy...

Last week's favorites netted one sale! Congratulations gilstrapdesigns!!!!

I always dream of a white Christmas, especially after I moved away from Hawaii. Unfortunately, it rarely snows in Las Vegas. It's not that it doesn't get cold enough, it's just that it's a desert, so it's waaaaaay too dry. Last year we had some, maybe a millimeter or boyfriend made a snowman and sent me a picture of it on my phone while I was at work. I was so amazed...well, until I got home and realized it was only 5 inches can be deceiving.

So this week I'm looking for all of your white items for tomorrow's Friday's Favorites!

If you have white in your shop, post the link to the items in the comments and check back tomorrow for the Friday's Favorites!

In other totally off topic news:

My dad sent this to me and it gave me a chuckle.

Tiger Woods...the jokes just keep on coming.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Blog Break

I need another break...but tune in tomorrow to find out what submissions I'm looking for to feature in the Friday's Favorites!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Party!

Last night, my friend Penny (who is Amazing Johnathan's main assistant), had her annual Christmas party. It's tradition for me to go, and I've been going there for the past 7 or 8 years...maybe longer...

It's often held on a weeknight, since that's when the show is dark, and since most of the people are entertainers, they either have the day off the next day, or don't have a show until the next evening, so people can stay up late.

It was great catching up with old friends and making new ones. One lady who was there, was the person who got me my first gig as a magician. I rarely see her anymore since she spends much of her time in England now.

Just as I was leaving, Carrot Top (AKA Scott) showed up, and I was able to introduce him to my boyfriend. He's such a nice guy, and very quiet and unlike his on stage persona.

We did a grab bag, and a white elephant, exchanged gifts, and ate a lot. Penny is one of those people that gets really angry if you don't show up hungry. She even made corn pudding just for me, since she knows that that's my favorite thing she makes.

I'm more of a home-body, but I do love a party once in a while...we have one more to go to on Christmas night, and then I think we'll be good for the year...well, until New Year's Eve, that is.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Book Review --Odd Thomas--

I must say, I was kind of reluctant to pick up Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, but my friend recommended it to me, so I obediently put it on my "to read" shelf.

I was pleasantly surprised! It was really good, and really well written. I used to read a lot of Koontz, but after a while I became kind of bored with him...that is, until this. It doesn't read like his other books, and the layers of the story build really nicely, and then just when you think it's winding down and going into epilogue mode, BAM...there's another surprise.

Even if you haven't liked his books in the past, I would definitely recommend this one.


Odd Thomas, who narrates, is odd indeed: only 20, he works contentedly as a fry cook in a small fictional California town, despite a talent for writing. The reason for his lack of ambition? A much rarer talent: Odd sees and converses with ghosts, the lingering dead who have yet to pass on, a secret he has kept from nearly everyone but his girlfriend, an eccentric author friend and the local police chief, whom he occasionally helps solve terrible crimes. Odd also has the ability to see bodachs, malevolent spirits that feast on pain and whose presence signifies a likelihood of imminent violence. The proximity of bodachs to a weird-looking stranger in town, whom Odd dubs "Fungus Man," alerts Odd that trouble is brewing; breaking into Fungus Man's house, Odd discovers not only hundreds of bodachs but a shrine to serial killers that helps him deduce that somehow Fungus Man will wreak widespread havoc very soon-so Odd is caught in a classic race against time to deter catastrophe. As with Koontz's best novels, this one features electrifying tension and suspense, plus a few walloping surprises. But Koontz fans know that the author has recently added humor to his arsenal of effects, and this thriller also stands out for its brilliant tightrope walk between the amusing and the macabre; one of the dead with whom Odd interacts frequently, for instance, is Elvis, still pining for his long-dead mother, Gladys. Above all, the story, like most great stories, runs on character-and here Koontz has created a hero whose honest, humble voice will resonate with many. In some recent books, Koontz has tended to overwrite, but not here: the narrative is as simple and clear as a newborn's gaze.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday Funday Video --Mambo--

Most of the time when I see a video of a dog dancing with their human, it's pretty much the same types of tricks, but when I saw this one I was totally blown away...

I hope this video livens up your Sunday!

Have you been missing your Sunday Funday videos of the week? Click here to catch up!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bus cool!

I found these online...because really, procrastination is the best form of entertainment. Cool bus art...enjoy!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday's Favorites for the Home!

This week's favorites are all about the home. It says so much about ourselves (for example, my home says that my boyfriend and I are messy people), and with the holidays come guests!

Maybe you'll see something here that says something about you that you just have to have in your home...or maybe, you'll see something here that says something about someone close to you, and you'll just have to get it for them.

Go ahead...take a look-see:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Submissions --Home Decor--

As we get closer and closer to the holidays, we start to have people come over to our homes, and as we know, our home shows others a little bit more about ourselves.

So this week, I'm looking for items for the home. Not just Christmas decorations, but ANYTHING you have that would look good in someone's house.

If you have something like that in your shop, post the link in the comments...(buyers, feel free to look and click away)...and then tune in tomorrow for the "Friday's Favorites".

If you didn't see last week's favorites, Click here and see them, because as of tomorrow, they'll be replaced by the new ones.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Who wants a scrunchie?

Yes, it's Tuesday, and I thought I'd throw another sale out there...get the most for your Christmas buck, so to speak.

This time, it's free stuff! Buy anything from my shop (, and receive a free Beaded Scrunchie...that's a $4 value!

You can click on the picture for a better view.

Simply type "SCRUNCHIE" in the note to's that easy!

In other news:

I have a gig tonight peforming walk around magic at a party. It's a 3 hour gig (most of the time I do 2), so I really hope the people are nice and fun to hang out with. Three hours can go by in a second, or it can seem like an eternity, depending on the party.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Book Review --Lost in a good book--

I've just finished reading the second book of a series in the Thursday Next Novels. This one is Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde. The first one was "The Eyre Affair".

I am so in love with Jasper Fforde. His writing is so witty, and the situations his characters get placed in is so comical. Though it helps to have read the first book, it's not entirely neccesary to enjoy the second. The more classics you've read or have at least heard of, the funnier the book is. In this one, Thursday (a name, not a day) interacts with people from "Great Expectations" and "The Trial" just to name a few.

He writes books for people who like to read books, and if that is you, I highly recomend it.


In an alternate 1980s England, woolly mammoths migrate through the countryside, Tunbridge Wells has been given to Imperial Russia as Crimean War reparation, and the prevailing culture is based on literature. Due to her adventures in The Eyre Affair (Viking, 2002), newly married Thursday Next has become a media darling, but when an unknown work by Shakespeare surfaces, she is happy to be back to work. However, the megacorporation Goliath hasn't finished bedeviling her: Thursday's husband has been "time-slipped" and exists only in her memory. Further complicating matters, her Uncle Mycroft gives her an entroposcope-a jar of lentils and rice-revealing that the chaos in her life is rapidly escalating. So once again, Thursday jumps into a surreal literary world. This time, she has joined the "Jurisfiction" division and is paired with Charles Dickens's Miss Havesham, who has a penchant for leather jackets and driving recklessly. Absurd and amusing scenes take readers through discussions on theoretical physics, geometry, literature, art, and philosophy. Fforde not only tilts at ideological and insipid corporate windmills and human foibles, but can also make the naming of minor characters hilarious, as in the two unfortunate members of the dangerous SO-5 division, Phodder and Kannon. Reading this novel is like being at a fabulous party of phenomenally funny and wickedly profound guests. Teens will delight in the satire and wit.

In other news

Bess was featured in yet another treasury! If you have a moment, give a click and check it out!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Funday Video --Library Torture--

Before the video, just a little shameless plug. My doggie sweater was featured in an all animal treasury. Even if you have no need for animal things...Give a click...besides mine, the pirate doggie is really worth seeing!

Onto the Video

I walked into my manager's office the other day, and found all the bosses around the computer laughing hysterically at this video.

Here's the premise. It's a Japanese game show, where they are in a library and can't make a sound. They all draw cards, and the loser has to endure some sort of torture SILENTLY! At first it's shocking, but after a while, it gets funnier and funnier.

For those that don't like to laugh at other's pain, you might want to skip this one...but keep in mind, they're all doing it voluntarily.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Shows

I must say that this year I'm just loving the Christmas Shows we're doing at the Venetian. I don't have to do the living marionette act for an entire month...instead, I do a magic pre-show, and in some of the shows I get to do a magical interlude between numbers.

Usually, I'm changing costumes back and forth, all day, from marionette, to magic and back again...Now I have longer breaks since I don't have to change, which means more time for knitting!

I'm almost finished with a custom order set (hat, mittens and scarf), and next I'm starting on a Christmas present for the boyfriends sister which he asked me to make. I really like her, and she's a cool girl, so it is no trouble at all.

In other news:

Tonight is the night when all the boats in the marina, parade around and show off their Christmas decorations. We're heading down tonight after work. It's going to be a cold one though.

Even though people don't think of the desert as cold, right now the thermometer outside my window says 41 degrees. It should be a bit colder tonight. My friend in Maine said it was 56 degrees yesterday...imagine that...Las Vegas is colder than Maine!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday's Favorites --Red AND Green--

There were so many wonderful red submissions, and so many lovely green submissions, but I really wanted to go for both in this collection.

Red and green yourself into the holidays with these wonderful items. Everything from cards to candles, something for the young and old. Treat yourself to something for Christmas...or if you're in a giving mood, maybe something for somebody else too!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Submissions and Treasuries...oh my!

First of all, my sweat doggie, Bess, was featured in a treasury wearing her cute green dog sweater!

Please click here and see it! It's a lovely collection!

Now onto the submissions

Every Friday I put together an etsy mini of some of my favorite items made by other sellers. I go for a different category every week.

This week, I'm looking for RED AND GREEN.

My red and green item is the doily seen here. You can click on it for a better view.

If you have any red and green items, post the link to them in the comments, then tune in tomorrow for the "Friday's Favorites"!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blog Break

Taking a break today, but tune in tomorrow to see what submissions I'm looking for to feature in the "Friday's Favorites"!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Performer vs. Agent

Usually, as a magician, I'm on the performing end of things, never the booking end of things.

Well, on Sunday, I got a call from an agent in LA who forgot to book a gig in Vegas for THE NEXT DAY! She said the gig was mine if I wanted it and gave me the client's info and everything.

It was kind of stressful, getting the entertainment that the client wanted for the price that she wanted. And knowing a lot of performers, I had to balance who was best and who was most trustworthy. She changed her mind quite a bit, and gig that was originally going to have 4 performers, ended up getting cut to two and she ended up going with some impersonators.

The Elvis she went with was definitely not as good as the one I had tried to book, but you could tell he was definitely cheaper... The Shenaya Twain (is that how you spell it?), was wonderful, though and I'll have to remember her if I ever have to book another party.

There were so many phone conversations back and forth...I think it's the most I've ever used my phone as an actual phone.

And though it was fun playing agent, I think I like just being a performer and having no resposibility other than myself.

In other news:

Just because Cyber Monday had come and gone, doesn't mean the shopping is over!