October 2008

I can’t resist Halloween. One of my favorite movies is Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas,” what else would you expect? So I bring to you, my jolly tricksters, the little ditty I’ve been singing all month: “This is Halloween” aka The Intro Scene to Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece. Kudos to Danny Elfman to pulling off quadruple duty–Jack Skellington’s singing voice, The Clown with the Tear-Away Face, Barrel & composer.

Driving around the Boro yesterday I thought of Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” Granted, I was searching for costume items for Halloween/World Zombie Day (walk in Nashville on 10/26, this Sunday) but this song always signifies Halloween to me……probably because of all the Halloween rock mix tapes Mom & I would buy back in the day. Anyways, enjoy the key-taur on me.

Hula galz

Originally uploaded by colleen aw

the hooping website hooping.org ! I pulled the site to look up a video for a hoop trick & this lovely photo by a lady named Colleen was posted as the ‘Photo of the Day.’ Yay Nashville hoopers!!

Additionally, I believe the lady on the right is one of the awesome girls behind Sunbeam Laserbeam on Etsy, where I bought my glow-in-the-dark hoop. Two thumbs up.

This should be sub-titled: “Or how I learned to love shopping.”

I worked in retail for three years, which included four back to school seasons, three tax-free weekends and three winter holiday shopping nightmares debaclesseasons. I was never a big fan of holiday shopping because of the general population’s ignorance & insensitivity to other shoppers/drivers/trapped employees/innocent bystanders but retail employment makes it sooo much harder for me to go to a mall now.

Thank the Internet gods for on-line shopping! A large chunk of last year’s Christmas shopping was done on-line. Some items per picked up at locally owned boutiques and I even braved a couple of big stores (Old Navy & Books a Million come to mind) for a quick 10 minute grab & pay. This year, I’ll be shopping on-line again and I’ve been finding A TON of great items on my new favorite site, Etsy. Beyond keyword search, you can look over gift guides & shop local Etsy shops…you can even pounce on undiscovered shops! I’ve been saving items I find to give & items I want for myself (hint, hint). I’m considering taking the ‘Buy Handmade’ pledge and purchase handmade items when I can.

If you join Etsy, please find me: identitybreakdown

Above are five items I absolutely adore. The dress is wonderful for all occasions, including festivals, random road trips & lazy days. The bags–I can’t have enough purses but this travel bag, gadget pouch & clutch may convince me to donate my other bags. And the earrings…I like having unique earrings. Have you seen the ones I own that look like vases? Or the ones with a red rose & what looks like a block of cheese dangling from my ears? I really wish Etsy would create a Wish List feature. That way, I could separate items I’m purchasing for gifts (or saving for later) from items I would like to ask for as a gift. I shall send the word to Etsy about my idea. Buy Handmade, save gas & save sanity by purchasing on Etsy!

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