Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Lovers Alert!

If you love to read,  ( I could literally LIVE in Barnes and Noble!) then you may want to check out a really cool website that a friend hooked me up to. For a number of years I've used a book diary to record the books I've read ( translation: remember the books I've read!)  But this website does a much better job and allows you to share and learn from other book lovers as well.
So- check it out and get some new ideas!
www.goodreads.com
Here is the book I am currently reading:  (its really good!)



One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

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One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize#150;winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.

Alternately reverential and comical, 
One Hundred Years of Solitudeweaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

So many passions, so little time!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do too much at once. I can't help it thou. It used to bother me, thinking that I could never be an expert at anything.  But then I read that Leonardo DaVinci had the same problem so I just let that negative thought go.  After all, who cares?  I do what I do because it makes me happy and I wouldn't have it any other way. If I am not making handbags or cuffs or  hand dying and painting scarves,  I am doing a watercolor, taking photographs of buildings or trees or the ocean or whatever moves through my world. I might stop to eat a salad or clean a closet or write a poem. I'm not big on TV  but I love the travel channel because its my way of going on vacation while I sit on my couch or practice a yoga pose.  Then, of course I have those 2 cats, Lenny and Littlecat that pretty much force me to feed them whenever they decide that they must  have a snack.  In between all that I normally rearrange my furniture whenever the spirit moves me, although I've tried to limit these urges as best as I can. It gets me into too much trouble.  Shopping for furniture gets expensive.  I didn't even mention that I could spend the rest of my life just reading books.  Even If I  had no one to talk to or anywhere to go, I could still be happy with a good book.  My almost new MacBook Pro is another passion.  I really couldn't live without it now.  The Internet is a giant library- a must for a nerd  like me.  Take away my car, my cell phone, my TV but not my Mac. Or my camera. I just bought a Nikon 3100D.  It's heaven. After all it's another way I see the world. Now all I need is a little more time. And a couple really good dark chocolate bars.  I need the energy to keep me going, of course.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Going Blog Crazy!

Okay, it's time.  I've been way to busy at Bluepiedesigns  actually making stuff and to some extent I've neglected marketing, advertising and blogging! So, starting today I will make it official.  The fingers must start typing.
 A few months ago I went to a huge craft show and had a great conversation with a really nice young lady who had an awesome booth and really beautiful items for young children. We exchanged cards and have kept in touch. She is also really successful on her Etsy website, blog, Facebook etc.  She knows way more than I do about creating "buzz" and getting the word out about your business.  So, please check her out and join in on the fun and learn something new. I know I will be. It's about time!

http://www.emmysclosetbows.blogspot.com/