Saturday, September 25, 2010

Etsy's Holiday Boot Camp!

Have you signed up for Etsy's Holiday Boot Camp yet?
Well what are you waiting for?

Click here to learn more, then post your pledge on your blog.

Want some free advertising? Post your Etsy store web addy in the comment section below!

I, IssueGirl/StrangeCandy/Venenzia, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!

The Cancer Update

Just giving an update to those of you who have been following along. Mom has her surgery scheduled for next Thursday at 11:30. It will be a standard bowel resection. They will basically made an incision, pull out the part that needs to be resection, cut out the bad part and stitch the two ends together again. Mom will be in the CCU for the rest of the day and then will be moved up to the floor as long as there are no complications. And were all hoping for no complications! I'll keep you all posted on how she is doing after surgery. I also want to thank everyone for the kind words of support. They mean so much to me. X

Friday, September 24, 2010


It is now officially Fall. Even though it's been in the 90's here this past week, I'm still craving camis under sweaters, crisp mornings, mittens and scarves, Starbucks Pumpkin Lattes and days that stay in the low 50's (with NO humidity!) But most importantly the thing I crave the most is watching the leaves turn. It definitely makes me miss living in the Northeast this time of year.

And now... the details:
(Click on the photo to see a larger version)

Lavin Peplum knit cardigan - $2,160
Carine Gilson Silk-Satin and Lace Camisole - $770
Ksubi Raw low-rise skinny stretch jeans - $175
Riding Style Boots - $770
Marc Jacobs Hillier Hobo Leather Shoulder Bag - $430
Isharya Coin Bib - $780
Chanel CC Rope Earrings - $700
Sappho Pure Mineral Makeup - $16
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Duo
BiOrb Autumn Fern Plants - $8.99

For more details about this set and to see my other sets, head here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The One Day Only September Sale at Venenzia!

This Friday, for one day only take 50% off all necklaces and bracelets at Venenzia! This sale starts at midnight Thursday and runs through midnight Friday so you get 24 full hours to take advantage of this offer. Click on any of the items below to head over to the shop. Browse today and buy on Friday! And I'll be adding all new items throughout the rest of the week!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Remembrance

In remembrance of those who lost their lives nine years ago today. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You are not forgotten.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


The results of mom's colonoscopy didn't turn out as planned so we've got CT scans and surgery ahead for us. I'll be taking a small hiatus for a while until this storm passes.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back Home

I made it back home this afternoon after a very long drive. If I had any sense I would've taken tonight off from work, but I didn't. Talk about exhaustion! We stopped in Louisville at Feeders Supply so I could get some Emerald crabs for my tank. They've been named Drake and Josh and seem to be doing well so far. I also ran into Barnes and Noble and scored a new address book and some gorgeous new stationary. Woo!

I'll probably hit the sack as soon as I get home in the morning so I'll post some photos tomorrow evening.

Hope you all are having a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Once Upon A Time in A Far Away Land...

Ok, so 1300 miles isn't exactly a far away land but it was a 20-something hour drive up here so it might as well be. This week has flown by and I can't believe I'm heading back home tomorrow. Sunday I drove down towards the Cape and spent some time with the family. Monday I went shopping for a bit and had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and finished the day with some mini golf with Dan and the girls. Tuesday we drove an hour up to Sterling and kicked around Davis Farmland for most of the day. Wednesday I met with Michelle at the school to go over classes and whatnot. Dan and I decided to head out to PA Wednesday night and do Sesame Place on Thursday since we didn't know what the weather was going to be like with hurricane Earl moving this way. (Looks like it's gonna end up to be some rain and wind.) And now it's Friday and I've got ingredients for Kale soup waiting for me. And now, on to business...

The winner of the August Giveaway is xlacrimax!!! Congrats! Please email me at issue.girl (at) with your address and I'll drop your package in the mail.

I'm thinking about the September giveaway so if anyone has any ideas, leave a comment.
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