NEW! GILDED NOTES II

Here is the follow-up set to the original glam ‘Hello’. I like to think this is the Little Black Dress of stationery it has all you need for an impromptu hello, thank you or ‘just because’. The stock is uber thick, even thicker than our original cardstock (which is quite weighty).  I love the simplicity of this set; these won’t be going out of style anytime soon and makes a really easy + practical gift. Since you know ‘people’ in high places you my dear get a special 50% discount on this set for the week, enter code GLAMII at checkout.

HOW-TO CENTER YOUR RUBBERSTAMPS

This has been a much requested tutorial and for such an easy process it was surprisingly a lot of steps  to photograph!  I assure you this is the easiest way that I have found to be able to stamp an impression in the middle of my stationery flat.  I tried other equipment made specifically for stamping in the center of your cardstock, but found it a little complicated. I am also of the camp that believes less is more, if I don’t need to purchase any special equipment I won’t. So let’s gather our simple supplies. You will want to have the following supplies at your ready, we are going to create a template:
  • Piece of blank paper larger than the cardstock you want to center stamp on.
  • Writing utensil, preferably a pencil in case you make a mistake and need to erase.
  • A ruler
  • The cardstock size you want to be able to center stamp on.
Neatly trace your chosen cardstock onto your paper.  You are going to be using your template over and over again so if you want to use a weightier paper or even a thin cardstock as your template by all means go ahead.
Remove your chosen cardstock and there you have the very beginning of your template, which I know just looks like a penciled rectangle, but it shall become much more with a little tweak.
Now comes the hard part (I jest).  Find the center and draw a vertical 1″-2″ line. You have now created your center guidleline!
Ink your stamp, put your chosen cardstock on top of your template and you will see your center guideline clearly. Gently, but firmly press your stamp where in the center you would like your artwork to be, lift up (do not rock or jiggle). You should have a beautiful + centered impression!
ALTERNATE GUIDELINE CREATION OPTION:
For those of you who don’t want to use a ruler to find the center, just bend your cardstock in half and then use the folded center crease to create your guideline.
As always if you have any questions just ask them in the comments and I am happy to answer away.

GONE GIRL BY GILLIAN FLYNN:: A BOOK REVIEW

This is one of my all time favorite rooms from Elle Decor.  I am crazy for floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with leather bound books, but to do something as decadent as add a formal dining table to the mix just slays me.  I am constantly dreaming of the day when I will have a room designated as the ‘library’. The thing that will please me most is to know that the books on my shelves won’t be there for mere decorative purposes but because I have read them, spent time with them, shared a laugh, a cry and many of them I have wanted to stay with longer and not wanted the story to end. Do you know that feeling of both wanting to get to the last page of a book and that feeling of total dejection when you finally finish? I think that is the definition of bittersweet.  I read a lot of non-fiction and often books with a scientific bent, it’s to be expected from a girl that has a subscription to the Smithsonian magazine, right?  My reading is not usually what one would consider light. I like to be challenged + awed and want that feeling of wanting to learn more.  I think a good book sets you to researching, let the treasure hunt begin!
I caught a bad summer flu the day before yesterday, it side-swiped me out of nowhere, at around 3p.m. that afternoon I had buckled to the sensation of my bones feeling like they were replaced by rubberbands and my brain feeling like it was on fire. I crawled into bed and stared at the ceiling unable to sleep.  I decided to read, but didn’t have anything new on my nightstand or on my Kindle. I looked around for something easy and light in the Kindle bookstore, something that would take my mind off of all the work I needed to be doing instead of the general state of malaise I was in. I got the hankering for a thriller/mystery.  I ended up downloading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynnthat had mostly glowing reviews, it was on the New York Times Best Seller list and from the excerpt that I read it seemed that it would be an easy and enjoyable read, and it was until–the end. Not in a bittersweet way either, the end was terrible.  The end was so terrible that I had actually assumed that perhaps the last chapters of my book had not downloaded, that it was an error, there was no way that a book could end like this, no way, but it did.  I am still reeling from it.  I read all the 1 star reviews after not finding my ‘missing’ chapters which there were many (although the 5 stars out weighed them) and the reviewers all had the same lament, how could she end the book like that? In the mystery genre there is an unspoken code that authors adhere to and that is to wrap up all the loose ends and let the reader have their ‘aha’ moments, this author took us on a wild ride and then basically opened the door and shouted ‘tuck and roll’. I couldn’t believe I spent hours with this book, in high fever even and it ended like it did.  I think my disappointment is more in the fact that Flynn is a good writer, the story had a lot of fun twists and turns and although the characters were not particularly likeable you still found yourself wanting to know how on earth they were going to get themselves out of the situation they were in. Alas, it was never resolved, just like that.  I do not recommend this book unless you want to torture yourself or know how not to ever end a  book. Do you have any book recommendations?  Books to read, books to avoid?

POINTED FLATS

 I don’t think anyone would be surprised if I mentioned that I didn’t have much color in my wardrobe.  I am pretty classic in my style and usually don’t buckle to trend. I have dark blue jeans, white shirts, camel trench coats, navy dresses, stripes and polka dots as my only pattern options. Everything is in a neutral palette and everything works well together.  I don’t own a lot of clothing either, just the perfect amount of pieces that I can mix and match.  When I moved to the South they did make me check in all my black clothing at the border, less one Little Black Dress as every woman Southern or otherwise should own an LBD. Instead of black I wear navy. I am fine with this change.  I think I may have had a little shock when I first went to the mall and saw that it was an explosion of color and pattern the likes my urban eyes had never seen. I would have felt like a shrinking violet in the sea of sassy, but I am not all that boring, I do usually have a hit of color on my feet or waist.  Somehow I feel like I am getting away with something. I have an extensive shoe collection and it seems to me I favor red to any other color.  It’s that tiny pop that feels so unexpected and works so well for me.  I like yellow too, but haven’t found the perfect pair of yellow shoes, but when J.Crew showed off these new orange pointed flats it was the perfect combo of red + yellow=my new fave shoe. The pointed toe is nice and retro and a little bit more dressy than my usual casual round toe flat.  I am taken with these beauties.  I have a nice pinboard ode to the ‘flat’ you can spy here and if you want a peek into my closet, my ‘closet case’ board pretty much nails my style down to a ‘T.”

NEW! CUSTOM STATIONERY STAMP + WINNER!

So here we have yet another lucky winner!  This is for Lynne T. , Congrats Lynne! This is the stamp I wanted to keep for myself being that my first name starts with a ‘T’,  but unfortunately I can’t claim the date for anything, boo!  Coincidentally she placed an order last night so I can slip this into her parcel, which makes me extra happy.  I love when things are efficient, I try to be but I am notorious for making the easiest things super complicated, it’s my gift.  As always, if you didn’t win but would like one of the beauties for yourself, please use the coupon code SS10 at checkout to receive 50% off of this design. Code will be valid until 8.13.12.
On this Monday morn, I have many questions for you. I am wondering if you dear, smart + pretty person can let me know of some great sites to share my shop with?  I feel so completely lost in the sea of blogs now.  It used to be only a handful and now I could never read everyone’s blog (although sometimes I do try).  A lot of my friends that used to read blogs religiously have gone cold turkey citing time as an issue, so then how do you get your fix?  I don’t do Facebook, I tried several times to get into it, but that seems like way too much time and at least with blogs I feel like I can learn something, with Facebook I feel like I am wasting time.  I hate wasting time (seriously contradictory coming from a world class procrastinator). Twitter + Instagram I usually only visit there when I am out and about (almost never); when I am sitting in front of my computer I feel like I don’t really have anything stimulating to to add to the conversation–‘So, I was thinking this may be a two coffee cup day…’, you see? Not so interesting.  So if you would be so kind I would love links to some potential blogs or sites that I can contact and let them know that the shop exists thus keeping me from having to shutter my shop doors and get a job selling Encyclopedia’s door-to-door.  I have been very fortunate that this little blog has had some reach, (some is stretching it) but I know I need to get out of my comfort zone and perhaps knock on some blog doors and be all, ‘uhm, hello, uhm, my name is Miss B. and, uh, uhm, I make really cute things…’ You see where that can get uncomfortable?  I have been avoiding it, but it’s time to and I need your help, because I honestly don’t even know where to start with these blogs, it’s all so overwhelming! Many thanks in advance, you all are always so helpful and it is always appreciated!