Shop Holiday Schedule & Sale 2019

Ahem Ahem!

It’s time for a sale! But before that, some important scheduling information for Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

The last recommended order dates are:

  • Hanukkah: Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Christmas: Monday, December 02, 2019

I set these dates because USPS shipping speeds are beyond my control, and I’d rather not disappoint anyone with an unduely delayed package.

2019 Nov PGH Collage

Now the sale details! This year I’m trying something different: the earlier you shop, the bigger your discount:

Now through November 30, 2019, save 25% and after that, from December 01 through December 10, 2019, save 15 %.

Don’t forget the fine print: Orders must be of $29 value at minimum, excluding taxes and shipping. I also offer free U.S. shipping for purchases of $35 or more.

I will close my shop for the season on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. EST, and the last shipments of the year will leave on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

New to Me: Constellations on a Jack-o’-Lantern

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Inspiration

Husband and I do Halloween in a very minimal way in our house: usually we only carve a pumpkin, light candles and get ready for trick-or-treaters. Despite not growing up with Halloween, I love seeing what creative decorations and tips other people have shared.

Earlier in the month I was going through some of my notes and found this photo of a gorgeous Jack-o-‘lantern carved with constellations:

Martha Stewart Magazine Oct 2017 p107

Martha Stewart Magazine, October 2017, p. 107

It’s from the October 2017 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine. Apparently they used a LED light string and pushed into each hole an individual light as a star. No wonder they’re so bright. Very nice!

Happy Halloween to those celebrating!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

October 2019 Recap

Newsletters

This October, I’ve continued the gift bag project I started last month. In addition to roughly book-sized baggies I’ve tried a larger size for sweaters or other clothes. My thinking is that they could also be used as off-season storage bags or organizers for travel wear, for instance, and not just gift bags.

Personally I’ve really come to like stuffing my underwear and socks into small fabric bags when packing for a trip; they’re so much easier to handle in a larger bunch. Confinement into a baggie also prevents them from being scattered all over in the luggage should the ride be bumpy.

Here are three of the small prototypes:

Gift Bag Prototypes 3 Small Ones

October is undeniably a fall month here in New England. It’s time to start putting the garden to bed, although every year I am re-astonished of how long the growing season continues. Husband and I’ve enjoyed the season. We visited a farmstand to get some bulk supplies…

Farmstand Fall Pumpkin Display

Farmstand Apple Selection

…and pickled our own cukes:

Pickles Done

Although early October was cloudy, we have also had sunny days. The bees are still out, but chipmunks seem to have retired for their winter hibernation.

October Wild Flowers

And Thursday is Halloween! Are you ready for trick-or-treaters?

Small Bouquet from October Flowers

After Hours, My Spaces, Random Beauty

I’m both amazed and delighted over how long wild flowers blossom around here:

October Wild Flowers

Granted, they’re not terribly flashy like cultivated ones, but they do give bees and other pollinators sustenance long into the fall season and provide splashes of color, too. (We keep our yard purposely toxin-free for the bees.)

October 2019 Reading Pile

Books & Mags

My TBR pile this October looks quite fabulous!

Reading Pile October 2019

Top to bottom:

Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee, To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers, and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese. Furthermore there is Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Fated Sky and Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Chambers’s is the only one haven’t yet read; I’m currently in the middle of Harrow. In addition, I’ve read a few books that didn’t make it to the photo before their due date came round. Ohwell. 🙂

How’s your reading lately?

 

Blast from the Past: MacGyver Is Now on DVD

Geek out!, Movies & TV

Whoa – the 1980s tv series MacGyver is now available on DVD. I had no idea! Husband and I’ve been borrowing it through the local library.

MacGyver Season 2 DVD

Technically we’re both rewatching it, although neither of us remembers much, just details or perhaps a line from time to time. There’s quite a shocking amount of action – shooting, fisticuffs and various vehicle chases – that I apparently completely bypassed as a thing when I was a kid. Fortunately, that’s not the point of the series: MacGyver is all about problem solving and finding inventive uses for everyday items, and Mac himself famously hates guns.

The first season has some inconsistencies, but once they got the character and the rest of the cast figured out, MacGyver settled into a generally considerate and polite, sensitive male action hero model. (There are some glaring deviations which may be due to rotating writers; I don’t know.)

Although the marketing copy on the second season DVD cover really makes me crack up: “His mind is the ultimate weapon.” (Can you imagine a deep, sonorous male voice reading the line!) LOL! 😀

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Flickr Quinn Dombrowski Indigenous Peoples Day

Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Columbus Day is increasingly celebrated as the Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the U.S.; for me that’s going to be the case from now on. Furthermore, I’m going to be following, listening and reading more indigenous creatives throughout the year and not just on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

As a Finn, I don’t have any skin in the North-American (or, indeed, Anglo-American) colonization-based racism blame game. (We have our very own problems, thankyouverymuch, and need to do better.)

However, as a citizen of a small nation surrounded by larger ones whose cultures and languages have seemed poised to swallow ours for centuries, I feel enormous compassion towards any groups who have to struggle to retain their identity and who are underrepresented in public discussion or government.

Differences rock, y’all. Our differences are why humanity has come this far as a species. Differences are essential to a vital future.

So, again: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Online Finds: Rainbow Ribbon Wreath and Backdrop

Arts & Crafts, Colors

Isn’t this rainbow ribbon wreath pretty? It would make a great addition to a party to celebrate the LGBT History Month or any occasion where bright colors are welcome.

CatchMyParty Amy C Rainbow Wreath1

Amy C at CatchMyParty

It’s by Amy C at CatchMyParty. Making one is easy, too; it only takes a wire coat hanger turned into a wreath form (or a ready-made form), plenty of ribbons, scissors and tin snips plus some crafting time.

If the latter is a problem, you might consider an easy ribbon backdrop instead:

CatchMyParty Amy C Rainbow Backdrop

Amy C at CatchMyParty

The backdrop takes just long lenghts of ribbon (this one has two per color) tied onto a pole or a curtain rod and hung up, so it’s much faster to make.

Visit the full wreath tutorial by Amy C at CatchMyParty.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.