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New Handmade Jewelry @ Pulp Sushi

On this last day of September, I have some new necklaces to share with you which I added to the Etsy shop.  My new stringed beaded necklaces are now available.  I think they're fun.

I shared a sneak peek on Instagram yesterday

Coming soon!  #pulpsushi #etsy #handmade #jewelry #colors!

Although it seems that since upgrading my iPhone to iOS 7, my camera isn't working too hot. Good thing I still have my regular camera (which may be on it's on it's last legs too, uh oh!)

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Tomorrow is the beginning of my month long October Blog Bash, hope you'll be back to join in! :)

Fluff Friday ♥: Not Boring Vanilla

Vanilla gets a bad rep!  "Plain" or "dull", says who?  I hate when people use "vanilla" to describe something boring. I LOVE VANILLA!


Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

$100 Vanilla Cookies

raw vanilla milkshake

How can you have a Vanilla milkshake and not just LOVE it? It's great as a dessert OR with burger and fries! What about a Vanilla Latte?

Vanilla Latte and Hot Chocolate

Three cheers for all things VANILLA! Are you craving something Vanilla now? You're welcome. ♥

Have a great weekend! 

Blog: Life Lately....

I just wanted to take a moment to just put out there what's been going on. I'm doing this more for myself as a form of therapy.  There has been SO much on my mind that I'm afraid my brain is going to burn out entirely so I'm just gonna spit some stuff out. 

A friend of mine passed away last Sunday.  I haven't seen him in many years, it just happened naturally ya know? People come and go in your life. I use to see him a lot more when I was younger and more involved in church.  My brother stayed in touch with him.  When I found out he was sick, it was all over Facebook. And then he was gone. Gone too soon. His name was Anthony Barber, we called him "Choco" and he was a kind and gentle soul.  I don't share my religious beliefs too much on my blog, but Choco was legit. He practiced what he preached and I respected him for that. Everyone loved him and I don't think anyone had a bad thing to say about him ever.  After not thinking about him much over the last several years, I've thought about him a lot in the last week. I'm sad but find comfort in knowing that he's no longer suffering and in a much better place singing and dancing (which he loved to do).

Next, there are health issues that have come up. Nothing nearly as serious as a couple of years ago. One has to do with my balance, I may have Vertigo. I'm still getting tested for that. So far my hearing and my ears seem to be fine. The other is a nodule in my thyroid. Again, no cause for concern according to my doctor, but more sonograms need to be done.  I'm just sick of going to doctors offices. Co-pays add up.

Last, I am organizing Hudson Valley Etsy's Holiday Craft Fair. It's my first time putting it together. I've never been in charge of a craft fair before.  I've done it as a vendor and helped with the planning but it's my first time "in charge" and I'm a little freaked out by it.  It's not that I'm afraid of telling people what to do. I just rather do it myself. I'm kind of horrible at delegating and asking for help but I'm using this as a learning process. 

Work, work, and more work. Trying to find time to stay creative is getting more challenging.  There is so much more on my mind to share but I feel like this is enough for now.  It's hard for me to get through a wordy post myself.  

The Sparkle Factory - Tarina Tarantino

When I was asked if I would be interested in receiving a review copy of Tarina Tarantino's new book, I was SO excited! I have admired Tarantino's work for a long time and is an inspiration to me when it comes to taking chances with mixing colors together and throwing a little kitsch into your work. LOVE HER! 

Photo The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina's Fashion Jewelry and Accessories is a gem in itself!

Her book is very personable and I enjoyed reading about how she got started from fashion, doing make-up to creating jewelry and accessories which stems from her childhood.

Included in the book are 20 tutorials on how to make some of her signature pieces. The first one I did was her Jubilee Stretch Ring and now I'm kind of obsessed with making more.

Like Tarina's unique personal style, the book is so colorful and fun to flip through.



And it's not just jewelry, she shows you how to make some really adorable accessories like belt buckles, bedazzled eye wear, and cute little hats.


I love Tarina's story and her approach to finding fun little pieces to put together to create a mind-blowing piece to wear.  I definitely consider her a mentor as a business woman and designer.

Promote Your Blog / Small Business - Sponsor Pulp Sushi in October

You've heard me talk about it for a bit now but next month is my 2nd Annual October Blog Bash where I'm alllllllllll about Halloween and just loving the crap outta Fall.  Last year, October was my biggest month in views and expect no different. I know that's setting some high expectations but I'm going for it! =D


So if you're looking for a place to advertise your Etsy shop or blog at a super affordable rate? I'm offering ad rates from $5 to 10.00.  

New ads will go up October 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 with questions or if you're having issues purchasing your ad. Please understand that not all ads submitted will be approved.

Fluff Friday ♥: Avid Treasury Challenge

I mentioned the other day how I won a treasury team challenge, I wanted to share some of the treasuries people have been making with my Leaf earrings.  Click on the images to check them out. 

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Aren't these pretty? I so so so appreciate the thought that's being put into these. It's gonna be hard to pick a winner. You can see the rest of them in this Avid Team Treasury Challenge thread. Have a great weekend!

Have You Seen...

This month I was coming across a lot of super cool stuff I just couldn't wait to share here for Have You Seen.  Hope you enjoy! 

Adorable shop updates from Inside My Hideaway.


This beautiful home featured on SF Girl By Bay.


The latest pretties from Decorative Country Living.


The Fall Lookbook from Ruche, One Fine Day

This season, Ruche is inspired by the elegant refinement of 1950's fall fashion and the retro charm of the 60's.  I'm all over this!  :)

Promote Your Etsy Shop - Join A Treasury Team!

I am pretty sure I have mentioned this in the past but I will say it again. If you are new to Etsy and thinking about joining a team but not sure where to start, definitely join a Treasury team.  I'm a member of the Avid Treasurers Team.  A very lively treasury team that keeps members engaged with challenges to give you inspiration in creating a treasury. 

One of their challenges involves putting a treasury together that must include one specific item from the winner's shop. The winner is picked in the previous challenge.  In the latest challenge, this was the item: 

And here was the treasury I made...


It wasn't my intention to do an Alice In Wonderland theme treasury, it just developed that way. That happens to me sometimes when I do a treasury, I start thinking I'm gonna go one way and it ends up going in a different direction. 

Long story short, I WON! =D So the next challenge will be one of my items which will be included in a bunch of Etsy treasuries (I hope). If you wanna see what item I chose and the treasuries people are making, check it out here:

Being on a Treasury team is a great way to discover new shops, for others to discover your shop, get included in more treasuries, and possibly end up on the front page! 

Do you like to make treasuries on Etsy? I go through waves where I make them often and then I'll go a long span without doing one.

Charms and Earrings - New This Week At Pulp Sushi

Charms! Charms! Charms!  Yes more charm necklaces have been added to the Etsy shop, each adorned with a pearl coated bead. 

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Also filled out the Earring section a little more by adding a couple more pairs of earrings. 

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Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Do anything fun? I just worked, worked, and worked some more.  Trying to bring the amount of items to the shop at a decent number in time for the upcoming holidays.

Fluff Friday ♥: Bad Luck

If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.  

I love that saying because sometimes I feel like that's the case.  Being today is Friday the 13th, that's the theme for this edition of Fluff Friday.

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Probably THE WORST of the Friday The 13th series, and that's saying something.


Stay out of trouble everyone and  have a great weekend!

PS: Reminder that I'm still seeking contributers for my 2nd annual October Blog Bash - I'd love to hear from you!