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Sunday, September 09, 2007

It's Pumpkin Latte Time

The air here is starting to have that morning chill and Starbucks has pumpkin coffee lattes back on the menu -- fall is coming! This almost-fall week I went shopping for goodies. Look at these gorgeous lacy trims I found this weekend! Some pretty mini-flowers and a great strand of miniature faux pearls too (love this). I also bought some really cool victorianesque blacked silver & "diamond" buttons. Yum! I can't wait to try these out on the paper dresses I'm designing!

In addition to happily crafting paper dresses, I'm starting to amass stock for the Art & Antiques fair I'll be vending at in two weeks. And getting a bit stressed at all the preparations I need to make. Making LOTS of nests and bird tiles of course. Those new little painted bird earrings will be there. Also, these new little felt earrings I'm experimenting with. I'm calling them "flirty felts" and I think I will put them in the web boutique too.

Also, I have recently become aware of a fantastic resource for swaps. If you have ever just missed a swap sign-up, had trouble finding a swap to join, or hosted a swap and wanted to advertise it, this is a blog you will want to check out! I'm just in love with the idea of having a central location to check for cool swaps. Maybe I'm the last one in blogland to discover SwapDex, but if not, I wanted to share this awesome resource with you. Speaking of swaps, everyone who signed up for the paper dress swap should have received an Official Paper Dress Swap letter by now and know who your partner is. If not, please e-mail me ASAP. Thanks!

This last item may seem like it's coming out of left field in an arts/crafts blog, but it's not really given that my degree is partially in Japanese Art. I found this hilariously funny satirical commentary on learning the Japanese language. If you don't study Japanese, it probably won't mean much to you, but if you do or ever have, I thought it was funny and you might too :)
(A scene from "The Tale of Genji" courtesy of Wikipedia)



I signed up late for the swap I know. I haven’t received a partner.
Hoping I haven’t missed out.

Thanks Heaps!
Paint Mine Pink

Beloved Creations said...

This is the first time I have visited your blog. I love it! I will be back often and maybe try a swap.

Jamie said...

Morning Sweetie!!! I just had a pumpkin latte AND I was wearing your earrings! LOL!!!! Perfect! I LOVE your paper dresses. They are the prettiest I have seen. Your swap is going to be wonderful:) Love, Jamie

jeanetta said...

lol about learning the japanese language! i couldnt completely identify but i know that my in laws and husband would so i sent it along. it was all full of references that i have heard them complain about.

i got my box thanks so much i love the little dress and my youngest ask me everyday if we are going to make the candy ghosts. i hope to have yours in the mail soon.

Jenna Z said...

Oh, I'm so glad you like the SwapDex and I really hope everyone gets some good use out of it. Thanks for the mention, I don't think you're the last one in blogland to know about it, I hope more people will find it a must-read!

Lori said...

i never HEARD of swapdex, thanks for the info!!! i LOVE your felted ball earrings, how FUN!!!

Mary Timme said...

I don't know a thing about the Japanese language, but I liked the print. Good luck with your up coming art sale. It is always a headache gearing up for one.


Hiya, Sorry to be a pain but still no email has come through. I think maybe your email doesnt like my email LOL

Shann xo

Anonymous said...

I love me a pumpkin latte. I will check out the swap site sounds great. I am not studying Japanese but I love the culture. That essay was so funny. It reminds me of trying to learn Russian and Kazakh. Which I never did because it was impossible. The only thing I can remember is "Hoches Peepee?" Do you have to go peepee? Which we learned for our new 3.5 year old. He did often... on my lap,the floor and on the plane seats. Fun times learning new languages.

Gracie said...

Eee! I can't wait to see your paper dresses. I hope I can participate sometime, if you have another one.
And thanks for the link to Swapdex I haven't heard of it before.
Oh and you should join the indie luv group =)



oh its just me again....ok i tried to email you but it seems my email doenst like yours at all :(

It tells me it doesnt recognise your email name wen i try to send it. Can you perhaps get my partner to email me? I am soooo sorry to be such a pain.


ok i just emailed you again via your profile...lets see what happens :)

Susan Tuttle said...

Ooooo--pumpkin latte time!!!--thanks for letting us know--I have looked forward to it each Fall for the past couple of years!

Your goodies are wonderful--can't wait to see the dresses!

Good luck preparing for the fair--fun, fun!

Thank you so much for the sweet blog comment!


KV said...

Oh, yes -- gotta go find a pumpkin latte real soon myself. Love 'em. This post was terrific and I so enjoyed the Japanese art reference.

Kathy V in NM

bluemuf said...

Pumpkin Latte...I'm going to have to check it out. Sounds so good.

Great treatsures you picked up last weekend.


Healing Expressions said...

So many delightful things to see! Your butterfly and bird tiles are just beautiful!I was going to try and kick my Starbucks habit but dang if fall started creeping in, I lit a pumpkin spice candle and my double tall Mocha was officially a dire necessity(haha)!

m i c h e l l e said...

Where do I begin??? Pumpkin Lattes...SUCH a good thing! Good luck with being a vendor at the fair!!! The earrings are just TOO cute and thank you for the swap link!!!