I have a few premade cuffs left for purchase. See images below. Shop link here. If I get it in the mail by Wednesday (12/17), it will likely arrive to its destination by Christmas. Get yours today!
One of my all time favorite movies is You've Got Mail. As the years go by and I watch it again and again, the sound of dialing in via a modem and the "You've got mail" sound always make me laugh. My daughter asks me what that is and I have to explain to her that is how we once got online.
But one aspect of the movie that stands the test of time is the age-old quest for a small business owner to keep alive as the big box stores take over. I know as I write this and recall all the small stores that I love to visit that you yourself can name quite a few. There is just something about Kathleen Kelly's The Shop Around the Corner in the movie that makes you feel safe, cozy and happy. I imagine walking through New York at this time of year, chai latte in hand, strolling through that sweet shop. Ah....so much better than entering a huge brand-name bookstore with its florescent lighting and hustle and bustle of mass amounts of people that makes me want to hurry up, get my books, and get the heck out of there.
My whole point is to stress that if you can, shop small this holiday season. Support your favorite small businesses--they need our support. If you can, support mom-run businesses too. There are so many crafty, wonderful moms out there doing what they can to devote some time to using their talents to create some products that will make some extra money for their family. We do it mostly because we love it. We won't retire on the money by any means but it allows us a way to keep our creativity flowing. Take some time to visit Etsy.com and find gifts there this season. You won't regret it because the gifts you find will be unique, special, handmade and likely one-of-a-kind.
I love this sign:
I'm so behind in my book reviews that I'm going to try to pile on a few each time I do a SHS Bookclub post.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer was soooo not interesting. Definitely don't judge a book by its cover. Isnt' this a cool cover? Well the book is not. It is dull and drags on and on and on. It's quite a long book. It's about 6 people who met at camp when they were young. It follows their lives through their middle ages. It's unhopeful, sad, depressing, boring, dull, blah blah blah. I won't drone on. I didn't like it. Sorry Meg. I see she has a new book out. I just can't.
I read American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld and have since read another Sittenfeld book I'll tell you about another time. Great book. The book centers on the lives of Alice and Charlie Blackwell. Charlie Blackwell is a wealthy politician aiming for the highest office. The book is said to be somewhat in line with the history of George and Laura Bush. Many of Alice's life events mirror those of Laura Bush's, including the tragic accident that took place when Laura was seventeen. I love politics. If you don't, this probably isn't the book for you. Curtis Sittenfeld is a really good writer. I highly recommend!
Morning Glory by Sarah Jio is a great book! I gave it three stars on Goodreads. I would have given it more but it is fairly predicable. Despite that, it is a fast read and keeps your interest the entire time. The setting is a house boat community in Seattle. Now I don't know about you but I think that houseboats themselves are pretty interesting. Ada takes residence on the houseboat and discovers an old trunk belonging to a woman who lived on the boat 50 years earlier. Their stories intertwine and that's all I can really say without giving too much away. I love Jio and have liked every single book she's ever written. I will always grab a book of hers without hesitation.
I read Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure. I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. I think this is a book that every woman over 30 should read. Bure offers amazing biblical perspective into self-control and the ability to have a different perspective about food. If you are like me and have tried different diets and different exercise programs and continue to feel discouraged, you should really read this book. I was able to get so much more out of this book than I ever expected. I have highlighted quite a bit of it and refer back to it when I am discouraged or needing to reset my mind to what God wants me to believe. I'd like my daughter to read this one day in the distant future. It really is a good one!
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio is another great book. I just said above that I like Jio and think she is a consistently solid author. This book is no different. The book partially takes place in 1942 on an island near Bora Bora where Anne Calloway serves as a nurse during the war. The story is very touching and emotional. I don't want to write too much but just know that in typical Jio fashion there is love, loss, redemption, etc.
Ok, those are my reviews for now! I have plenty more. Yes, I'm a reading fiend. Where I find the time, I don't know but if my kids are getting hair cuts, I'm usually buried in a book. I find time when I can. I stick a heavy soap dispenser on my book and read while I blowdry my hair. That is a good 10 minutes I get in. I'm weird like that. If you are on Goodreads, follow me at https://www.goodreads.com/sillyhappysweet.
Are you out shopping today? Is it crazy out there? I completely avoid shopping on Black Friday. I'd rather shop online while wearing my PJs any day of the week.
I've been working on quite a few cuffs for customers. Visit my shop to see the restocked items. There are some cute ones!
Linking up with Two Thirty Five Designs for Casual Friday.
I couldn't resist snagging this argyle cuff from my shop for myself. I love it with chambray. It is both casual but dressy. Perfection.
Shirt from Ann Taylor Loft
Scarf from Old Navy
Leather Cuff from My Shop
Boyfriend Jeans from Gap
Dingo boots from Macy's
Remember you can save 20% at my shop by using the code SHS20.
I find myself blogging less and less these days. I do miss it though!
I'm still an avid reader and read every opportunity I have. I have a backlog of book reviews to post. I'm surprised how popular my reviews are but I'm thankful you like my reviews. I'll get back to them soon.
On an exciting note, my shop is restocked and ready for the holidays! My rose jewelry sales slow down over the cold winter months. I have put a lot of thought into how to branch out. My girls leather cuff bracelets sell so well that it is hard to keep them in stock. Leather cuffs are popular so I have stocked up on some leather cuffs that you can personalize yourself. It's fun! Basically you pick a cuff you like, and find a metal blank that you think would look good with your cuff. Choices include:
From there you think of a phrase that has meaning to you. Or maybe you already have a sentiment of your own and that's cool too! Here are a few we've used:
From here we'll hand stamp your message on your cuff. I hope you will like them and tell everyone you know about them. Here are some pics for you:
Here are some pics of some of selection of cuffs you can purchase at my shop. These are just a few of them. Visit www.sillyhappysweet.bigcartel.com for the entire selection.
I don't know why I never started an Instagram page for Silly Happy Sweet. I've had my bigcartel shop, blog, and Facebook page for some time. Won't you do me a favor and follow @sillyhappysweet on Instagram?
And because I love my blog readers, save 20% off any leather cuff by using the code SHS20 on any purchase from my shop.
I hope you are having a blessed and beloved Thanksgiving weekend. Stay safe out there while shopping! :)
I read And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini in three days. I didn't want to put it down but I didn't want it to end. I love books that take you to other places--books that have characters with real depth and heart. This is that kind of book. This is my first Hosseini book. I have The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns on my "Want to Read" list. I've read that And the Mountains Echoed isn't as good as his other two. If that is the case, I can read those two because I thought this was so good! I am saving those two for later because I know once I start them I will probably not put those down.
The book takes place in Afghanistan, Paris, San Francisco, and a Greek island. Don't worry, it is easy to follow. The theme of the novel is about separation. Despite the sad theme, the book is beautifully hopeful. If you see this book at your library, snap it up. My library never seems to have it available. I was on a waiting list for it.
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The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a book about a husband who writes a letter to his wife in the event of his death only his wife finds the letter while her husband is still alive. Intriguing, right? The plot had serious potential but it kind of all fell apart for me. I would have loved to see this book go more of the mystery route, instead it felt more like chick lit. The women in the book didn't have much depth and seemed gossipy and blah.
Having said that, I definitely got through the book quickly and wasn't bored. It is a good summer read. I can imagine this story being a "movie of the week" type of movie. Just like those movies, you are pulled in in the moment but asked months later what the book is about, you can't remember and have to read the jacket to recall.
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