Bucket of Awesome
We all know the internet contains lots of shopping heaven, but sometimes those cute stores are hard to find. Every store I have ever bought something from, I found through a blog. It is time to pass that on. Here are some internet stores I adore;
Terrible name, but great stuff. Girls Lyfe
(Who doesn’t want a skull necklace, eh?)
My absolute, hands-down, favorite store on the internet. PlasticLand
(I’ve bought some serious cool shoes from there before, but now I am jonesing for these. DIVINE!)
Neat stuff you can’t find anywhere else. Plastica.
(I would use the shit out of this)
Yes, they sell more than shoes. Irregular Choice.
(But I still want these babies)
The names says it all, unique and uncommon. Uncommon goods.
(oooh, pretty lights)
A little of this and a little of that. Omoi Zakka.
(I will have one of each please)
Because, at heart, I am a nerd. ShanaLogic
(Hey, remember 8-bit? Yeah, me too)
Hope you like! Happy shopping!
Look, writing is hard, y’all. Getting published is even harder. You can put blood, sweat, and tears into a book pitch that you know is going to kill and….well, nothing.
Mary saved herself all that aggravation and just decided to self-publish.
I have known Mary for a while, her being crazy enough to friend me when I first start blogging. She is a wonderful writer, editor, blogger, journalist, and friend. And now this amazing woman is putting out a book.
It is going to be fantastic.
Called ‘The Red A Club‘ – the book is about a group of women in a Maryland town who have one thing in common: they’re cheating on their husbands. A nod to the Scarlet Letter, the women call their secret club “The Red A Club” and meet in a local coffee shop to discuss relationships, guidelines for successful affairs, and, of course, how hot the sex is with their lovers.
As many of you know, I started the Blogger Body Calendar last year. This year I decided to have some sort of breakdown. It was awesome. And by awesome…I mean terrifying. Putting my foot on the floor each day was a chore. But I did it. In the meantime, there were things I just couldn’t do – like make simple decisions, like open email, like run a blog.
Enter SUPAHBECKY! She swooped in and took this project over. And has seen it to fruition. But she was new to the process, so enter
The Blogger Body Project now belongs to the awesome project Band Back Together, and I couldn’t be happier. And having said all my thank-yous I give you the final product:
The 2012 Blogger Body Calendar;
It is for sale here: http://www.zazzle.com/2012_blogger_body_calendar-158736621140849659
All proceeds go to Violence Unsilenced.
Another big thank you to all the ladies who posed for this worthy project.
So I need to preface this with a small story. I remember watching Grease at a friend’s house when I was in grade school, swooning over John Travolta and loving Olivia Newton-John’s perm. My friends mother snorted in disgust at the end of movie, I figured it was some religious objection to awesomeness. You know, being Jehovah’s Witness’ and all that.
Strangely, it wasn’t, though. She went on to say it was ‘sad that Sandy had to change everything she was to get the guy.’ I still remember that to this day, such a profound effect did it have on me. As girls, we all know we shouldn’t change the very fabric of who we are for some guy (or girl) is wrong and toxic. It doesn’t change that we all do it…..
Here’s the tie-in; get ready.
My favorite singer, Kasey Chambers has a new album out.
And that is our next entry into my Bucket of Awesome. Here newest album is her best since Wayward Angel. And my favorite song? The title track “Little Bird.” And remember the next time someone says I’ll love you if…..you just say “I don’t want you that bad.”
My daughter and I love stuff from Japan. We are always on the hunt for anything from Japan; soda, food, candy, bento boxes, chop sticks, clothing, etc. In fact, my daughter loves anime. So when I saw this next item, I was all “SIGN ME UP FOR TEN”. It’s simply a great idea. First, I love subscription services that send you stuff every month, you always know something is coming in the mail and second- it’s CANDY form JAPAN.
End of story.
My next file in the Bucket of Awesome file-cabinet;
I have been recently buying stuff to decorate the house. Some may call this ‘nesting’ I call this ‘damn tired of looking at brown walls’. By far my favorite purchase is this, but it’s one of the weird commie metric sizes that I can’t find a frame for so I’ll have to have it custom framed and that costs more than most of my furniture. Stay tuned for details on that.
I have bought a couple of pieces off of Etsy, and, no, none of them look like this. And I thought, what better time to share some of my Etsy finds than now? When I have absolutely nothing else to write about because between my real job, Social Pollen, and kids the most interesting thing I do is take out the garbage. Enjoy!
The first item is actually the first purchase I ever made from Etsy. Everytime I wear these I get great compliments. If you love twitter like I love twitter (and you probably don’t since my obsession is bordering on the unnatural) you’ll love tattoo tights.
Cute, right? Available here.
The next are some cute pillows with icons from my favorite internet sites. I’ve had the Android pillow for a while and I just went back for 3 more. Viva la icons!
These are available here.
Last is some wall art. This is what I have been buying more of recently. I found this seller and recently ordered three of her prints. They came the other day beautifully matted and ready for a frame.
I think I’m going to start a collection of these, actually. They are available here.
I have a couple more favorite shops, but I’ll leave them until next time. For now, I will leave you wondering what my next purchase will be.
I know that I haven’t done a bucket of awesome in a while, but I think I have two lined up for you. The first is not so much a happy, happy, joy, joy one, but one that I think is very important. The website Violence Unsilenced. Here is the description from the site;
Violence UnSilenced features two personal testimonies each week written by survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. The site was created in February 2009 to shed light within the blogging community on abuse by giving survivors a voice.
Why am I featuring it as a entry into my coveted Bucket of Awesome? Because it’s important. It’s important to talk about, it’s important to read, and it’s important to support. Whether you are a blogger or just a web-surfer, you should go there and read, tell everyone you know about it, and support the brave women who write the stories by leaving a comment.
I give you my next entry into the Bucket of Awesome;
I know I haven’t done a Bucket of Awesome in a while, but, hey life is busy. Sue me. But this one is about business cards. Now you know I LOVE my poken, but til the rest of you get hip and get one, I have to give you my info the old-fashioned way- with the business card. My first social media event, people were handing out these small cards. They got my attention, and it wasn’t long until I had ordered my own. They come from a company called Moo. Get these cards, you won’t be sorry. They ALWAYS, ALWAYS prompt a conversation. People remember them, and the paper and graphics can’t be beat.
For my next Bucket of Awesome, I give you: Moo Cards.
These are mine, the cat hair in the middle of the picture isn’t mine, and doesn’t come with the cards. It’s extra.
It’s time for conferences, specifically blog conferences. I am attending two big ones- BlogHer ad Blog World. I also attend lots of various professional lunches, social media events, and plain old get-togethers. When you meet someone you like or find interesting, you want to get their info. Where do they blog, what is their twitter handle, website, email? All of this usually held in a business card, but if you represent several organizations, you can potentially carry around several business cards- I carry around 3 different ones at the moment. A friend of mine introduced to me to a much easier way to get someone’s information- a Poken.
Here is the poken website, so you can get the official spiel (and here’s a site where you can buy it in the U.S.). But basically, it’s like an electronic business card. You fill in your poken with all of your info (including TONS of social media info, if you want), and when you ‘high four’ to someone else, you each trade information. Then when you plug your poken back in your computer, all of you new contacts show up in a handy dandy time line. You can make one for each type of ‘card’ that you want.
Right now, I have the fox:
Hoping soon to get the ninja soon.
I still carry around cards, and for my next bucket of awesome I am going to show you the best cards out there at the moment- the Moo Cards. But for now, get yourself a Poken, and let’s High Four! (they make a couple of lines, but the “Poken Spark” is the best IMHO).
Today’s bucket of awesome is a lesson in how social media can take away your customers. I follow a blogger call @hushamanda who has a blog here. A couple of months ago, she started mentioning that she was working with the hosting company twenty70.com (here is Kelly from twenty70 twitter url). I wasn’t looking for a new hosting company, but I am always looking for interesting people to follow, so we started tweeting back and forth. Now, here’s part one of the lesson. Most companies when they get on social media only tweet about products or specials, or whatever. BORRRIINNGG. It’s rare to find a brand that is actually engaging it’s followers like Twenty70 hosting.
One thing my hosting company doesn’t do is allow for domain transfers. And I have domains ALL over the place. Twenty70 offered to consolidate them all, AND on top of all that gave me GREAT deal on hosting per month. So lesson two, be better than your competitors. You don’t have to be a LOT better, just a little, a little tweak to reel in your customers.
Well, I took the bait and I couldn’t be happier. I am now with Twenty70 hosting for ALL my blogs. The transfers went smooth-ish (I, uh, confused her when I was moving something over, so really it’s my fault. Go ahead show me your shocked face.)
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I love paper, paper craft, and cards. Not the kind of cards that you find at Hallmark, the Wal-Mart of Paper, but cards that are original and well crafted. I have found a handful of these sites on the internet (and I try to make it to Crane’s each time I am Tyson’s Corner), and today I am going to share one of my favorites with you. If you are part of my family- SPOILER ALERT! You will probably be getting one of these cards sometime this year. So look away NOW if you don’t want to know what your impossibly witty card is going to say.
Old TomFoolery caught my eye several months ago, and I just got a new batch in:
Aren’t they awesome?! No sappy sayings, no stock photos with fuzzy focus, just Hey! you are special today- here’s your damn card. You can find Old Tom Foolery’s website here. The cards are expensive when compared to something you would pick up at Target, but, they are, Oh, so much better.
My current favorite is the one that states “Friend Forgets Friend’s Birthday.” It’s like I have accepted that someone this year is going to be forgotten, but all will be forgiven when I give them this AWESOME card. It’s a pre-emptive save to my inevietable FAIL!
It’s time for another edition of the ‘Bucket of Awesome’.
One of my favorite things to do on Sunday is go through my Google reader and look for what is know as ‘Sunday Secrets.’ Sunday Secrets are the weekly posting of the PostSecret blog, one of THE best blogs out there. Here is their official description:
“PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.”
The way Frank Warren tells the story is that this started out as a small project that has blown up into massive mail each day, four books, live events, and even museum exhibitions. These secrets are fun, naughty, heart wrenching, cute, sad but every one is a truth- a truth someone wants to share, a truth that is normally hidden from their friends and families.
Another great part of this project is that it deals frankly with suicide. Many of the postcards speak of hopelessness, fear, and isolation. By highlighting this problem in his blog (and books), Mr. Warren does a great service for the awareness of suicide and suicide prevention: he even partners with the Hopeline to raise money.
The next drop in the Bucket of Awesome- PostSecret.
When I started my Bucket of Awesome page, I thought long and hard about what should go up there. I knew I wanted to share things I really loved, but what should be the FIRST post. The post that lets my readers know, that, yes, this list will truly be awesome. Well, I found that first thing- a podcast.
Now before you go all…a podcast, seriously? I have to say that THIS podcast is the best that I have ever listened to. I subscribe to a lot of podcasts, but often unheard (or unseen) episodes will build up as I get busier and busier. EXCEPT for this one. This one I look forward to every week, and I will inevitably listen to it on my way home from work during the week. That often results in me sitting in the car for 5 or 10 minutes after I get home just so I can listen to end of the story. Because that’s what these podcasts are…stories. We know that everyone has a story, but let’s face it, sometimes their stories are boring. Not these, they pull you in, make you cry, make you laugh, make you gasp, and definitely make you want more.
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, my first entry into the bucket of awesome, I give you- The Moth.