Dress arrived!

Source: etsy.com via Erin on Pinterest


If you follow me on facebook, you might have seen me recently wondering about whether or not to buy this vintage dress. I bought it, and it arrived today. It is lovely, fits well (except for maybe some minor alterations in the bodice–it’s a tiny bit loose), and I am SO excited. 😀 It does smell faintly musty, so if anyone has any good advice about how to deal with that, I’d love to hear it!

I am now totally addicted to shopping for vintage (and retro-styled) items. Check out my Pretty Dresses board on Pinterest, if you are so inclined…

I might need to learn to sew…vintage dresses aren’t easy to find in my size (was everyone teeny tiny? or did everyone just use a girdle/corset to squeeze into teeny tiny dresses? Hrm. Anyway, there are lots of vintage patterns for sale on Etsy, but  I have never been good at such things. Maybe time to try again?

Tweet, tweet

I may not be posting here much, but I am hanging out on twitter more these days.

You can catch me at twitter.com/eringoblog (my general tweetage)
or twitter.com/calligbyerin (crafty),
or the newly-launched twitter.com/27chronicles (for all your 27-related needs–email 27 sightings to 27chronicles (at) gmail)

So come and follow me…I promise to follow you back, as long as you’re not porn or a spambot or someone trying to help me maximize my full twitter potential or whatever. 😉

Like sands through the hourglass

So this weekend, Rand and I went to PA for my cousin’s graduation party. I made him a gift, in addition to a bit of cash, of course. 😉


This, along with a couple of other new items, have been posted in  my etsy shop, although it’s probably a bit late to get any sales on it now! I also made some new bookmarks, posted to flickr, that will be posted in the shop this week. (Oh, and last week, I got a pretty new banner for my shop courtesy of etsy seller the photospot. I think it looks great!)

In addition to the graduation party, Rand and I were able to hang out with my friend Anita, who lives on the west coast. She happened to be in town visiting her parents, so yay!

anita and me

Before we left for PA, Rand and I noticed that the stuff in our refrigerator wasn’t really as cold as it should be. I turned up the temp a couple of notches, and we decided to wait until we got back to worry about it.

Sure enough, there was no improvement when we got back. We did a little bit of research, and determined that it wasn’t worth trying to have it repaired. This morning, Rand went into work a bit late so that we could go to Sears and look for a new one. It’ll be delivered tomorrow. (It’s a Kenmore, in white…nothing fancy. Because our space is limited, we didn’t really have a whole lot of options. The new one is much better than what we have, and is Energy Star rated.) In the meantime, everything perishable is either in the freezer, which is still pretty much working (not 100%, but enough), or in coolers.

So today, other than dealing with that, I’ve been cleaning up the kitchen, reading submissions for Toasted Cheese, taking care of some stuff Rand and I are selling on Amazon, and getting my car inspected. The inspection wouldn’t have been bad, but my check engine light was on, and so I had to pay for the diagnostic so they could figure out how to get it to shut off…but still, relatively painless. I’m good for another year, by which point we will probably have gotten a new car.

Hmmm…was that all? The excitement of my life knows no bounds…

New etsy items

Some things I’ve posted in my shop this week:

live well, laugh often, love much

(actual size=matted for a 5×7 frame)

bookmark-live, laugh, love

(Bookmark, “live, laugh, love)


(Bookmark, “We read to know we are not alone.”)


(Bookmark, “Music is an outburst of the soul.”)

More coming soon! Check out my etsy shop here: calligraphybyerin.etsy.com





Quick calligraphy update

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about/working on my etsy shop

You can help me out by becoming a fan on facebook (or, if you’re already a fan, by inviting a friend or two!) I also started another twitter account–one especially for the calligraphy: calligbyerin.

I’m off now do do some errands, which includes a stop at the craft store for some supplies. I plan on posting a few new items this week.

Let me know if you have a favorite quote/saying that you’d like to see in calligraphy!

Oh, those vacation pictures will be coming later today… 😉

Shameless self-promotion

So I’ve opted to not try and find a mindless temp or retail job for the summer. I’ve been saving some in anticipation of this, but I’d like to have some money coming in. 😉

I’ve been working on promotion for my etsy shop. I just went in and updated all of my listings, as well as adding a new one. My items are custom-made to the needs of the buyer. Here are some samples:

Wedding/anniversary gifts
Kristen and Tim

Baby gifts

Gifts for mom

Gifts for teachers

And more! (click to see my flickr photoset)

You can also become a fan on facebook or follow me on twitter. Please feel free to spread the word! 🙂

Anyone  have any promotional advice for me? Please share!

Quick update

I’ve been a busy (and productive!) girl this weekend. In addition to weddingstuff, I went to a party Friday night, sent the Toasted Cheese newsletter, finished watching season 3 of MASH, had lunch with Rand’s parents, sold a Mother’s Day calligraphy piece on etsy (woohoo!) and prepared it for mailing (I, um, had to make it too, as I didn’t actually have any in stock. I gave them all away last year).

I also got a haircut (but not really, because my stylist didn’t think I needed a cut. He shaped up the back a bit, as it was looking bushy, and didn’t charge me), bought some new shoes.

Other shopping adventures included picking up an external hard drive (I’m running low on drive space), buying a superclearance desk at Office Max for $30, which will get picked up when my parents come to visit in two weeks. (It’s the floor model, so it’s all put together…)

Oh, and laundry. Always laundry.

I’ve been lax with computer-related stuff this weekend, so if you’ve emailed me, played Scrabble with me on Facebook, twittered at me, or anything else, I will get around to it. Soon.

Have a great week!

Monday, Monday

I sent a photo in to the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks, and it’s been posted.

Also, my journals are still for sale at etsy! I’ll be posting a few new ones over the next couple of days.

(The glue isn’t really that visible on the actual journal. The flash picked it up…)

Oh, and wedding post soon to come! Happy Monday.