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Etsy Sale! Happy SEVEN Year Etsyversary!!!

I'm jumping the gun a day early to announce that seven years ago (tomorrow) I opened my Etsy shop!  Being that today is Friday, it's time for a ANNIVERSARY SALE!!!  From now until Sunday use coupon code ETSYSEVEN at checkout for 27% off your purchase.

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What a crazy windey ride it has been!  The shop started off as one thing and ended up in the jewelry business, go figure! My views on the direction of the shop have changed throughout the years. I still enjoy the jewelry and I like having it as a part of who I am.  I'll still do the occassional craft fairs, look for awesome stores to sell in, and promote it online of course. 

I plan on taking a small break after this sale is over.  The shop will be open July & August but won't be adding new items until the Fall but this will be the last sale for a while.


Let's celebrate ModCloth new Plus Size section!

Despite my recent purchase flub with ModCloth , I still think they're a great company and will continue to shop with them. I was so happy to see them come out with not only plus size items but STYLISH pieces at that! 

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There are so many items that I want! Women's bodies are so unique that honestly, not one store can get it right - our waist can be small but our hips/butt are bigger which can be challenging. Its just nice to have more alternatives out there.

The average American woman wears a size 14, which is the size cap for many U.S. retailers. ModCloth is expanding their Plus Section to answer the call from their customers for a wider range of sizes on their site, and they’ve got the data to back it up!

"Our community is asking for more sizes, and we’re thrilled to provide them," says ModCloth Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Susan Gregg Koger. “No matter her size, shape, or style, we want to help every woman find designs that delight her and make her feel like the best version of herself.” 

Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 8.41.59 PM• More U.S. women report wearing a size 16 dress than a size 2 and 0 combined.
• 33% of U.S. women wear a mix of what is considered standard and plus sizes. 
• 57% of U.S. women wear at least some clothing in sizes 16 and above. 
• U.S. women who primarily wear sizes 16 and above indicate that they buy over 50% more of their clothing online compared to women who only wear standard sizes. 
• Almost 1/2 of U.S. women who predominantly wear size 16 and above report having bought clothing online in the past 6 months, compared to approximately 1/3 of those who never wear sizes 16 and above. 

Offering a full range of clothing sizes is not the only way the brand is aiming to satisfy the needs of this underserved community. ModCloth showcases a range of models who wear a variety of sizes, including recruiting their employees and customers as models in their creative campaigns. Also, inclusive site features, such as their Style Gallery invite community members to post their own outfit photos to share their looks with each other and, in turn, foster a community where all are welcome, regardless of size or personal style.

ModCloth hosted a pop-up shop event on Friday, June 14th, where customers, bloggers, and media were able to get a hands-on experience with the product ModCloth carries in a full range of sizes, a first for the non-brick-and-mortar store. 

This blog is an affilate of Modcloth


Sponsor Pulp Sushi in July & August - Two For One Sale!

Summer has officially started and it's time for a special Summer Ad Sale! 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.  And just for this Summer, when you purchase any size ad size at Pulp Sushi for July, you'll also get August thrown in.

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New ads will go up July 1st and when space is available afterward for 60 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.


Have You Seen.....

I'm back with another installment of Have You Seen....where I share some findings in my regular blog reads that's worth mentioning.  

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There's a free download iron-on from One Sheepish Knit. Sorry folks, sweet treats are not included. :)

So tell me, what do you think of the new Flickr layout? Yay? Nay?

Screen shot 2013-05-21 at 10.45.15 AMI feel like images are becoming more important than words.  People love to share pictures of just about anything. I've been on Flickr since 2006 and I don't really use it as much as I use to (thanks Instagram) but it still gets updated.  It has yet to grow on me though.  Screen shot 2013-05-26 at 11.56.15 AM
Sarah from SillyGrrl has a new e-book Nerd Party for you code lovers. I started following her blog a few months and I love her spin and insight on techie stuff. :)

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Liana from Mixed Plate has opened a new Etsy shop selling her designed rubber stamps. No diggity.

Have a great weekend!


Who doesn't ♥ Red & Teal - Etsy Treasury

I didn't have a blog post scheduled for today but this morning I saw that this necklace was included in a great Etsy treasury.  Definitely one of my favorite color combinations.   

 

'Teal and Red' by mandyebdon

FEATURE ON Offbeat Bride - Teal, Red and Black Rock and Roll Inspired Handmade Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet - Custom Colors - DragonflyExpression
FEATURE ON Offbeat Brid...
$125
Tree of Life Necklace Teal and Red Art Pendant with Ball Chain Included (ITEM B071) - MissingPiecesStudio
Tree of Life Necklace T...
$8.95
Sweetheart Retro Apron - Handmade Sexy Flirty Womens Apron in Teal and Red Pin-up Dots Full Kitchen Apron - CreativeChics
Sweetheart Retro Apron ...
$42
little girls purse toddler handbag tote in teal and red michael miller - Neatokiddo
little girls purse todd...
$18
Rhinestone Cocktail Ring, Adjustable Brass Ring, Teal, Red, Statement Ring, Vintage Inspired, Metal Ring, Retro Glamour, Sparkley - lovelandshadetree
Rhinestone Cocktail Rin...
$14
INSTANT DOWNLOAD In bloom Clip Art Set - teal, red, brown floral printable digital clipart - digitalfield
INSTANT DOWNLOAD In blo...
$4
teal and red necklace, single strand spring fashion, poppy red everyday jewelry - frankideas
teal and red necklace, ...
$28
2 Hairbows - teal and red swirl - 4 inch - headband decor - hair supplies - embellishment - baby - girl - teen - women - TweetLoveByLTE
2 Hairbows - teal and r...
$1.99
Western Concho Necklace Turquoise Red Coral Cowgirl Gemstone Southwest - epicetera
Western Concho Necklace...
$30
Vintage Bead Seafoam Teal and Red Multi-Chain Necklace - Mod Rosie Sky - pulpsushi
Vintage Bead Seafoam Te...
$28
Bike Chevron Nursery Wall Art Print Modern Home Decor  Bicycle Teal and Red - AldariArt
Bike Chevron Nursery Wa...
$18
Set of Three Modern Christmas Stockings in Teal and Red - yespleasestudio
Set of Three Modern Chr...
$65
Reversible Chef Apron . Womens Kitchen Cooking Apron in Teal and Red Floral Adjustable Neck Towel Ring and Pockets - CreativeChics
Reversible Chef Apron ....
$55
Chunky Bead Bracelet, Teal Turquoise and Red Bracelet, Wooden Bead Bracelet, Chunky Jewelry Uk - JewelleryByJora
Chunky Bead Bracelet, T...
$6.5
Paper Christmas Tree Reindeer Scalloped Round Gift Tags, Red Teal Round Paper Holiday Reindeer Cut Outs, Large Christmas Gift Tags, Set of 4 - CutOutTheFun
Paper Christmas Tree Re...
$4.25
Teal and Red Polka Dot Fabric Button Post Earrings - 18mm - RackFocus
Teal and Red Polka Dot ...
$8

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

This week is also Typepad's 10 year birthday, woohoo!

Celebrating 10 Years of Typepad!


Blog: More Flowers @ Pulp Sushi ETSY

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Today I would like to share more new items added to the Etsy shop. Flowers never get old do they?

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Ok maybe flower hair pins aren't your thing, how about a pretty eye-popping blue flower ring?

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Guess what? I'M OUT OF CHAIN!!!!! And earring posts too!  I've been so caught up with so many things that I've sort of lost track of my supply inventory. Crazy huh?  Way to drop the ball Marilyn!

I'm still trying to figure out how to get myself organized with this additional responsibility.  I may need to step back on other things which kind of suck but that's life right?


Life Lately....

It's been about a month since my last Life Lately post so why not share another? Not much fluff today but I will share a picture of this guy...

Dream In Plastic fluff fluffy #Beacon #hudsonvalley #newyork #ABeautifulMess #toys

If you follow me on Instagram then you've seen him already. This is from the store Dream In Plastic in Beacon,NY.  They carry a lot of stupid fun gift ideas there.

I read two blog posts this week that I really appreciated:

1) Why Blogging Sucks: 5 Honest Tips For Bloggers: Mandy from Miss Indie breaks it down that as much as you try to keep negativity out of your blog (I definitely try to), it still sometimes finds you so be prepared for that.  Not everyone is lovey-dovey.

2) Changing @ Julie Ann Art: I feel like I just went through this same thought process recently.  Just a few months ago I was *really* set on focusing my energy on quitting the day job and being my own boss. Then life decides to throw me a random opportunity that I just couldn't turn away from.

I tell Mike that my goal is to no longer have to commute to Manhattan every day when I'm 40. I have a couple more years to make that happen.  But I think I'm starting to settle in to the Typepad job a little and reconsidering the whole game plan.  Etsy has been D-E-A-D for me the last couple of months.  If I can manage my bills by just working Typepad and earn the additional income from Pulp Sushi (Etsy, blog, B&M stores), I would be OK with that.  Debt is the major hurdle I'm facing and it's a slooooooow battle (hence me getting a 2nd job, duh). I'm about eight payments away from paying off a serious loan, I'm so close I can taste it! Paying that off once and for all will help me out a great deal. 

So if you get a chance, check out those two blog posts - they're definitely worth the read.  Have a great weekend!


An Unexpected Day Off - The Highline

I spent the night at my parents place in the city Monday night.  Yesterday morning as I was getting ready to go to work, I get a call from my job at 7:20 am.  It was an automated message saying the building was closed and that everyone should work from home. Turns out there was an electrical fire that knocked out the electricity. No one was hurt. Woo! Day off!  What am I gonna do? 

I decided to take a walk over to The Highline, I've only been there once before and thought it would be cool to check it out early on a  weekday morning. I was right.  It was nice walking through there before it got too busy.

I ended up on The Highline #nyc #newyork #dayoffyeah!!

Love seeing this happen on older buildings #nofilter #nyc #newyork #thehighline

Street #art off of 10th Ave #thehighline #nyc #newyork #mural

Word. #nyc #newyork #art #sculpture #thehighline Sculpture in the park #thehighline #nyc #newyork

The office is closed today too, maaaaybe tomorrow too depending on how soon they can get everything back up and running again.  I just wanna go back home today and sleep in my own bed tonight.