still working on new site…

if you send me an email at sweetdesignrelief@yahoo.com, I will be sure to let you know when it’s up. Hopefully it will be this weekend!

under construction…

moving things around…watch for a new address to be directed to soon. This week, I hope. Leave a comment with your email and I’ll let you know when the new site is up and running. Interested in being a sponsor? Get in on the ground floor – rockbottom rates. So low, I don’t even know what they are yet. Drop me a line and we can see…

R I P Malcolm McClaren

I’ve read a lot of interesting stories about him in the past few days. He certainly was a colorful character, to say the least. He was, perhaps, more ahead of his time than we will ever realize. I always wanted to learn how to double dutch, and our square dancing was never like this.

Were you here in 1991, dancing?

Check out a clip I totally randomly found yesterday on this very cool site, Crap We Like. Those were the days! The hair, the outfits, that Binghamton groooove! I can’t seem to remember where Scandals was. A Google search puts it over on State Street, where Flashbacks is now. If anyone knows where it was for sure, leave a comment.

You’ll Remember These Dates

It’s already April, and my hopes for a bustling year-long Holiday Craftspectacular have sort of fizzled. I’m not giving up, but you know how it is – it will be December before we know it, and I won’t have gotten anything done (at all, not to mention early). Well, here is something that would totally work now, this time of year, for next year… SeptemberHouse’s 2011 DIY Calendar Panels! I ordered a 2010 one as a Christmas present last December for my mom. Wow. I thought it was cute, would be a nice crafty gift, but WOW! You have to see these. She finished the back and top in patchwork. She embroidered/circled a few special dates and hung it with a dowel.

They come with all the months/dates printed, on 100% cotton, ready to DIY. You’ve got the top, sides, bottom and back to do whatever you what. The possibilities are just so endless, it’s almost hard to describe. Am I rambling? You really need to see these. Corinne has more finishing ideas here.

Just got next year’s for a Mother’s Day gift this year. This will be a work of art by 2011! And they come impeccably packaged, ready to gift.

My words don’t do these justice. She  has other great items in her shop, and has a cool blog. Support this great ETSY seller!

Read this while you’re outside crying-

This was a great, quick read. I admit, I was first sucked into her Bravo show. She has an abundance of great advice and shares things she learned the hard way. Call it empowering, kick-ass and spiritual all at the same time. Read it and she becomes part of your tribe. And, also coming from upstate NY, her perspective is a unique one. Lots of it is just common sense, but we do need Kell on Earth to tell us some things.

If you’re related to me, most likely you’ll be getting this as a gift.

Put a Penny in Your Loafer and Make a Wish…

Back in 1980, a little book called “The Preppy Handbook” came out. I was 9, and somehow convinced my parents to fork over the $3.95 cover price for a copy. Something made me think it was a necessary read. As I just am flipping through it now, all bent and dog-eared, it’s all coming back to me. It seemed the ideal lifestyle to aspire to. Apparently, I thought I was going to come into some money at some point. Age unappropriateness aside, I think what dazzled me were the fashions -  different enough from our good, old St. John’s navy blue parochial school uniforms; but tame enough to skip out of the house in to have a good time. Put pink and green together (cha cha!) and there’s bound to be some trouble! Well, now there’s a sequel coming out. Really, how have we gone without one? Perhaps that will be what I need to ease into 40 with grace and style…

(Thanks, Daily Beast!)

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