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May Recap @ Pulp Sushi

Today is good for a few reasons, 1) It's Friday! 2) It's Pay Day (at least for me) 3) The end of May which means I have THREE months remaining in my current apartment *eep*!

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Moving is stressful but I just can't wait to get away from my incredibly annoying neighbors.  I think four years in this place has been long enough.  I wish I had some place exciting to look forward to moving to but I don't (for now) and I may have to live some place temporarily until the Spring.  I was saving money to move some place nice and then APRIL HAPPENED and our car decided it needed to get a lot of work done and New York State figured out (four years later) that OOPS! I owe them money! Thanks! So yeah....there's that.  I don't have a beautiful new home to move in to and take pretty pictures of. Do I sound annoyed? I am a little. But enough about that.

Today I wanted to look back at May and share some highlights:

I featured one of my sponsors Aubin from Unrehearsed Kickline

Table shot from Rock n Roll Flea Market #pulpsushi #hudsonvalley #newyork #Kingston 
A mini craft fair rant

New blog feature Have You Seen... was introduced

Don't forget to enter the current GIVEAWAY! A $25 gift certificate to Pink Parchment Soaps. Giveaway ends on Wednesday June 5th.  Have a great weekend!


Win it! Giveaway from Pink Parchment Soaps

I have sang the praises of handmade soaps for years and I am still committed to supporting handmade soaps. I have a list of my personal regulars who I will share here soon.  But for now I'd like to introduce you to one of my sponsors, Pink Parchment Soaps

Pink Parchment Soaps offers a complete line of all natural, fun and unique soaps as well as body butters, sugar scrubs and solid perfumes.

Pink Parchment Soaps has a special treat for Pulp Sushi readers - 20% off your Etsy purchase when you use code SUSHI20

Are you feeling lucky? Now is your chance to win a $25.00 gift card to Pink Parchment Soaps!  The rules are simple:

Required: Leave a comment sharing what in Trish's shop you would use the gift card for. Please include your email address.

Additional entries:

-Tweet the following: Win Pink Parchment Handmade Soap from @pulpsushi! Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/c7xhp2x

-Follow Pink Parchment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkParchmentSoaps and comment here.

*This contest is open to US Residents only and it ends on June 5th. The winner will be notified by email*

 


Sponsor Pulp Sushi in June!

Happy Memorial Day!  A time to be thankful and show appreciation. Also the unofficial start of Summer.  As May is coming to a close, it's time to put the word out for sponsorships for June.  Looking for a place to advertise your Etsy shop or blog at a super affordable rate? I'm offering ad rates from $4 to 10.00.

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New ads will go up June 1st and when space is available afterward for 30 days.  Read my Sponsor page for details.  General information about my blog can be found in my media kit.

Large ad purchase includes a feature post and an ad in my e-newsletter. Check out past Featured Sponsor posts - this could be you!  Medium ads will be in a collective sponsor ♥ blog post.  All sponsors will get a #FF mention on Twitter every Friday for the month. 

Email me at marilyn@pulpsushi.com with questions or if you're having issues purchasing your ad. Please understand that not all ads submitted will be approved.


Fluff Friday ♥: Rainy Days

I'm starting the holiday weekend a day early. I stayed home today and I'm glad. It's cold, raining, and grey. So much for the unofficial start of Summer. It's suppose to be like this all Memorial Day weekend. That's ok, I didn't have any plans and I like being home when the weather is like this. Who doesn't? It's so cozy!

Speaking of cozy - this bedroom, a book, maybe my iPhone, on a rainy day, yes. 

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Source: Miss M Photography


Source: Small Blue Things

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DIY Handmade Tutorials: Fun Finds From The Web - May 2013

Here are this month's DIY Tutorial finds to give you a head start on your Summer project-making time. :)

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Vintage Napkin String Flower Lights from Gretchen Gretchen (You totally want to do this in your backyard/porch this Summer am I right?)

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Homemade Treatment For Oily Sking& from Red Coat Studio. As the weather gets warmer, my face gets more oily and I just look dag nasty.  I took to Facebook with my dilema and got a pretty good response but then I saw this post from Red Coat Studio and couldn't believe at how simple these tips are and most of the items are already in my home so no extra shopping was needed!

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Free Pattern For Baby Booties from Knot by Gran'ma. A free pattern from Knot By Gran'Ma to make a pair of baby booties. Looks cozy! I want a pair in size 8 adults. :)


Have You Seen.....

During my little blogging slump, I was trying to think of new ideas for the blog. Things are slowing down in the shop so I don't always have something new to share every week. Besides DIY Tutorials, I come across great material from other blogs that are super amazing and worth sharing.  So here's my first installment! In case you missed it, have you seen....

The latest issue of Rue Magazine? I especially enjoyed the feature with Kirsten Grove. I desperately need a bedroom makeover.

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Of course I downloaded the new app from A Beautiful Mess! And now you want some bread pudding too don't you? It's from my favorite restaurant in Fishkill - Tomato Cafe.

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This amazing cake from Kait's Surprise Tea Birthday Party for her friend.

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And last, the way Jenna from Kitty Cat Stevens stores her colorful collection of tights. Not exactly a tutorial but still a brilliant idea. I keep all of mine balled up in a small clear shoebox.  They're pretty mushed together.

This was fun to put together, hope you liked it!  Looking forward to share more soon! 


Rock n Roll Flea Market Recap (and a mini rant)

This past Saturday was a good time at the Rock n Roll Flea Market.  Amazing vendors, great space, great music, great traffic. I had a good time and hope to do it again in October.  Next time it will be a little different and I'll actually split at table with my boyfriend who has a ton of old comics, records and toys that he will be selling.  Here's the obligatory shot of my table!

Table shot from Rock n Roll Flea Market #pulpsushi #hudsonvalley #newyork #Kingston

I had a very sweet neighbor from New Paltz, Jenn from Pop Skullture. At the end of the day we traded. She got a Buddha bracelet while I got two of her prints:

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Believe me when I say I had my eye on quite a few things at this show but it just wasn't in the cards. Maybe next time.

Ok now for my rant

When I do markets and craft fairs, I like to give people space. I don't hover, I don't attack them with my sell as soon as they come near my booth.   If someone stops and starts to look at my stuff, I try to acknowledge them with a "Hello" and "Let me know if you have any questions".  It seems that for a lot of people this freaks them out.  I guess a thing called "courtesy" is lost on most people now and it's unfortunate.  I'm merely being cordial, you don't have to mumble "hi" and run away.  It doesn't mean you MUST buy something from me.  And it's probably like that with a lot of vendors too, so people here's my advice - RELAX!!! It's ok if you're just looking.

On the flipside, when I attend a craft fair as a customer I don't appreciate the vendor just sitting there staring at their phone the whole time and not even say "Hello".   There's a balance there where you don't want to come on too strong because that's annoying, but you should still be approachable, at least with a simple "Hello".  Is that too much work? I understand, it gets VERY tiresome to do this all day long, you don't have to say hello to every person who just glances at your direction as they walk by. But if they take the time to stop and look, at least show the courtesy to them.   If they run away in sheer terror well, they got problem and probably weren't gonna buy from you anyway.

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Despite all of that, yes I had a good time Saturday and looking forward to the next one in October.


Kingston Rock n Roll Flea Market TOMORROW

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I think I need to admit that I kind of love Kingston, NY. It's one of the great cities to visit in the Hudson Valley.  It's not perfect, but it's got a lot of great stuff going on and I always enjoy my visits there. Plus I sell jewelry in two great stores in Kingston (Karmabee and Art Riot). I'm super duper excited to participate in the first ever Rock n Roll Flea Market. There's even a nice write up about it in the latest Chronogram (a very popular local Hudson Valley freebie magazine).   This is where I will be spending the day tomorrow and Sunday I will hopefully be recooperating.  Have a great weekend!

Things I Don't Love Thursday

Playing along with today's Things I Don't Love Thursday from Lulu & Sweet Pea because I do need to vent a little.   So here is my list, it's simple and straight forward.Thurs
-I'm at work right now but the network seems to be down so I can't do any actual work.
-The office is always freezing.
-I have such a loooooooong commute to work.
-Office hours are 9 to 6 instead of five like most places
-That I have a lot of gripes about my job
-I have not been sleeping well. I keep waking up every hour so I'm feeling cranky.
-Money problems aka empty wallet
-Student Loan that won't go away
-My weight
-Car problems
-My incredibly low tolerance for others
-Hipsters
-Ghetto
-Beyonce
-People who are TOO politically correct
-Girls who try to grow up too fast
-High-pitch voices
-Cigarettes
-Dark Chocolate
-People who walk down the street looking at their phones and not paying attention
-Everyone who I take the evening train with.

 


Sponsor Feature: Unrehearsed Kickline

One of my blog sponsors, Aubin from Saturday's Child, started an Etsy shop last month that I would love to share with you today.  It's called Unrehearsed Kickline where Aubin sells art, vintage, and everything fun! She is like something out of a time capsule.  Let's learn a little about Aubin!

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You could say that I was born to collect vintage! I come from a family of antiques dealers and collectors so growing up my mother would take me with her to estate sales and our house was full of old treasures. My first vintage collection was started when I was in preschool and it was made up of costume jewelry, specifically earrings with screw backings. There was just something fun about having jewelry that looked like nothing that I saw in modern stores. I usually share my vintage interests with my mother and my friends who run the local store Little Ghost Vintage. The latter are my auction and estate sale buddies while my mom loves putting her experience to work and searching for the harder to find pieces with me.

I'm very passionate about history, specifically aspects of it that have either been destroyed or are on the verge of disappearing. My first job after college was working as a tour guide at a 150+ year old house museum here in Portland called Victoria Mansion. It's in many ways the prototype for the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island but it was nearly demolished to make way for a gas station in 1940. The idea that buildings and artifacts that are so unique can be gone forever so easily is something that haunts me, so I do have a fascination with the documentation and preservation of historical things and places (and sometimes historical people as well).

One of my other current passions is the 1960s. That's the decade my parents grew up in and I like to explore what the world looked like to them then. The colors on products from the 1960s are also so much brighter, the television shows have a stronger theatrical element, and there's such an intriguing mix of hope and cynicism in the media and literature. Visually it's definitely my biggest influence right now.

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So visit unrehearsedkickline.etsy.com and use coupon code SUSHI for 15% off your purchase and of course follow her blog Saturday's Child and Twitter at @aubinthomas.

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