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My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy but I feel like I am doing the right thing for my sanity.  I'm closing the Etsy shop tomorrow night (Wednesday November 30th) until after Christmas.    There's still time to take advantage of: 

20% off your purchase

Enter coupon code SUSHI20 on either or and get 20% off your order.

*FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING* already included on all Etsy listings.    On, you can enter the SUSHI20 coupon code and you will be refunded the cost of shipping via PayPal (Big Cartel only allows one coupon code at a time).

Recommended Crafty Reads from Pulp Sushi

I've been sharing some book reviews lately on the blog. I wanted to do a quickie recap of what I've read just for Cyber Monday. I think each of these books would be great gift ideas for the Crafty McCraftster in your life. Perhaps you may want to learn a couple of new skills and want to make your own handmade gifts?  All books are under $18.00! =D

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 :: Read my review

Gourmet Gifts :: Read my review

State of Craft :: Read my review

Embroider Everything Workshop :: Read my review

Now Through Cyber WEDNESDAY

That's right! I just made up my own day!  I'm closing the Etsy shop this coming Wednesday November 30th until after Christmas.    Here are the sales you can currently take advantage of: 

20% off your purchase

Enter coupon code SUSHI20 on either or and get 20% off your order.

*FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING* already included on all Etsy listings.    On, you can enter the SUSHI20 coupon code and you will be refunded the cost of shipping via PayPal (Big Cartel only allows one coupon code at a time).

Blog::Must Love Dogs

I love dogs so much!  I didn't grow up with any because my parents weren't too crazy about them. I always wanted a dog, they always said no.  My boyfriend experienced the opposite, he seemed to have always lived with a pet dog and I'm jealous of that.  This weekend we checked out the Meet The Breeds show and it was like being in a big petting zoo. I was so happy. I took SOOO many pictures on my phone, I'll just leave the link to the Flickr set

Meet The Breeds Flickr Set

Ok, here's one peek....

Random Babble: Trying To Age Gracefully

I joke a lot about being old, middle-age, a hag. Most folks want to smack me on the back of the head when I do. I chuckle.  Tuesday night I went to see The Supersuckers after working all day.  I really didn't want to go as much as I like them.  I was so tired.  We went and as usual I start getting aches and pains from standing all night, probably because I sit at a desk for most of the day.  Didn't get to bed until 2:30 am, of course I had the following day off, woke up feeling like crap.  I kept telling myself "I can't do this anymore".  I use to go to shows all the time, I mean ALL the time!  

I look at things differently too.  I don't drink anymore, so when I'm at a club and I see drunk women older than me dancing around looking half-awake, I kinda think they look foolish and I feel embarrassed for them, because I see how the guys are looking at them.  I've found other things that keep me feeling young. I don't have to poison myself, I don't have to force myself to stay up and out late every week or listen to my music loud.  My sense of humor can still be a little juvenile sometimes, that will probably  never change.  I was just thinking about this while I was home the other day and how much I've changed in the last few years.  I embrace it.  It has nothing to do with turning 36 next month (THIRTY SIX!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I like my coffee, I like nights in attempting to embroider something that looks like a 3 year old did it, I wanna give "Granny Chic" a new meaning! =D

New York City! Yelp's Giftacular Holiday Market Is Coming!

Pulp Sushi for the Holidays will end with a bang at the Yelp's Giftacular Holiday Market the last weekend before Christmas, Saturday & Sunday December 17 and 18 in the SoHo section of NYC.   I love being part of something new, and I am sort of a Yelp Snob ('Marilyn P' Elite '11 in da house!) this is a happy marriage of sorts.



Are you on Facebook? RSVP to the event here or if you are on Yelp you can check it out here or at least say you think it's cool. :)

Embroider Everything Workshop - Book Review

I have another great book to share with you this week. Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner's Guide to Embroidery, Cross-Stitch, Needlepoint, Beadwork, Applique, and More

Diana Rupp, founder of Make Workshop in NYC, demonstrates how simple items can be made into something fabulous by just adding a few stitches.   I've tinkered with embroidery and cross-stitching and it's so refreshing to find a tutorial book with pizazz and attitude but still with clear instructions that's great for beginners.  Lots of photo references and diagrams too if you're a visual person like myself. I need to SEE what is being instructed. :)


The book is divided into two parts.  Part 1 is the Basics that introduces you to the embroidery technique from freehand and applique to needlework, smocking, openwork, beadwork, cross-stitch and more.   Part 2  are the Projects.  It has instructions that will put what you learned in Part 1 to use.  Plenty of cool projects like Light-as-a-Feather Doorstop, Needlework Necklace, Kimono Baby Booties and a Peony Jewelry Box.  Also included are 48 Transfer Patterns to use (awesome!).


What's neat about this book is that none of the projects seems like it would be too hard to do.  Once you get the hang of it, maybe develop some callouses on those fingers, you'll be going crazy embroidering everyting, like your skirt!




The Art of Post-It Notes

Saturday I stopped by Dream In Plastic for their latest art show While You Were Out...A Post-It Show! And anyone was invited to contribute.  Me being artistically challenged thought "Why not?" And whipped up three pieces of "art" for the show.   It was so nice to see it all come together and the talent!

Post-It Show

I can't take credit for any of the above.   They had a bunch of blank post-its for anyone to start doodling on and post to the wall.  Mike got in on the action...

And the results are the four blue post-its on the right. He just hammered these out in a matter of minutes. I have a hard time drawing a heart shape.

See more pictures on my Flickr.

*State Of Craft* :: A Pre-Holiday Book Review

The craft revolution of the early 2000s gained early visibility with the renewed popularity of knitting, which in turn revived the dying arts of crochet, embroidery, bricolage and macramé, seeping from the fringes of the culture into its mainstream. In 2005, Victoria Woodcock and Ziggy Hanaor edited Making Stuff, one of the first alternative craft books to hit the shelves and draw the spotlight to this burgeoning movement. With State of Craft , Woodcock and Hanaor shake things up once again, offering a fully illustrated how-to guide for making everything from mobiles to lampshades. State of Craft features interviews and contributions from all the hottest international craft megastars including Tatty Devine, Urban Cross Stitch and DIY Couture. Clearly explained, step-by-step craft ideas range from homemade underwear to pompom necklaces and angle poise lamps made with jars.

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I'm taking off a day early from this week's blogging adventures.  I hope everyone has a nice weekend!