Random Beauty: Firefall at Yosemite

Random Beauty, Thumbs Up

Each February, if conditions allow the seasonal Horsetail waterfall in Yosemite National Park in California to flow, the waterfall appears to be set ablaze by the setting sun. And it’s simply breathtaking!

Flickr Jay Huang Firefall Yosemite National Park

Jay Huang via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The event is known as the firefall (apparently as homage to Yosemite Firefall). This photo was posted by Jay Huang on Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Thank you for sharing, Jay!

The New Emma Launches Tomorrow!

Books & Mags, Movies & TV

Almost time: the new Emma movie adaptation written by Eleanor Catton and directed by Autumn de Wilde opens tomorrow here in the U.S.!

IMDB Emma Johnny Flynn Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn in Emma. Focus Features via IMDB

Yay – more Jane Austen on screen! 😀

If, like for me, the wait is almost too long for you, here’s an introduction to the costuming in Emma by Alden O’Brien to tide you over. O’Brien is a curator of costume at the DAR Museum in Washington, DC, and a life-long lover of historic clothing. Enjoy!

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

February 2020 Reading Pile

Books & Mags

I’ve been indubitably sick again – *sigh!* – but at least I got some watching and reading done. Here’s a selection:

Reading Pile February 2020

From top to bottom: The True Queen by Zen Cho, Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done, Saving the Sacred Sea by Kate Pride Brown and, finally, Kruunupäinen käärme ja muita suomen kansan tarinoita by Kirsti Mäkinen. In addition, I’ve already returned Genevieve Cogman’s The Secret Chapter to the library. (No, not the Library!)

Any interesting reads in your life at the moment?

Last-Minute Han Solo Valentines

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Geek out!

Need a last minute Valentine’s Day card for your Star Wars sweetheart? No problem – Havalah at Sister, What! made three free printable cards, and they’re not too scruffy-looking at all. Here’s the Han Solo one, for instance:

Sisters What Havalah Han Solo Valentines Printable

“I’d be solo without you” – LOL! So awesome. The other two designs clearly refer The Mandalorian series (which I haven’t seen yet, waah).

Thank you for sharing, Havalah!

Happy Valentine’s Day, or friends’ day as it’s known in Finland!

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

New to Me: Mermaid Skeleton Print Fabric

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

I was looking for something quite different when this print fabric caught my eye: skeleton mermaids. (Skeletal mermaids? Mermaid skeletons? Mer-letons??)

JoAnn Novelty Mermaid Skeleton Print

I see one playing a panflute, another a harmonica, yet one more a guitar; some are wearing sombreros or crowns on their heads. What?!? LOL! 😀

Sadly, the vendor doesn’t describe it in any more detail than “novelty cotton”. I wonder whether it might be a Day of the Dead print? It’s fun, nevertheless.

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

It’s a Valentine’s Day Sale!

Ahem Ahem!

In honor of Valentine’s Day – or friends’ day as it’s known in Finland – I’m running a sale at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

Get 15% off orders of $20 and above, no codes nor coupons needed.

2020 Feb PGH Valentines Sale Collage

Here’s the small print:

  • Sale ends on February 15, 2020, at midnight (EST)
  • Minimum order: $20 (USD)

P.S. Remember that I also have a shipping promotion: $35+ orders ship for free (sorry, U.S. only).

Brexit and PGH

Ahem Ahem!

Brexit is now reality – since 31 January, 2020, at midnight (CET), Great Britain is no longer a member of the European Union and is therefore considered a third country with regard to trade agreements and other regulations.

A transition period due to last until 31 December, 2020, is currently in effect. During that period, Britain will negotiate new contracts with EU (and presumably its other international partners where needed). What shape those contracts will take is anyone’s guess at this point – it is perfectly possible that the export and import procedures may change radically, or they may not.

Flickr Banksy does Brexit detail

Dunk via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Sadly, this creates too big of a paperwork burden for me in light of my current commitments. I am truly sorry to have to exclude – and apologize for disappointing – potential Playfully Grownup Home customers in the UK.

If the situation changes, I will reconsider and let you know.

December 2019 and January 2020 Recap

Newsletters

An early January virus surprise knocked me out for a while and delayed both the shop re-opening and return to blogging. As I didn’t get the December recap posted until now, it makes sense to combine the two months.

It’s getting to be that time of the year again – tax time, that is. I’m prepping already. Even though the federal deadline is in April, I have a property tax deadline for the local authorities in February.

Tax Time Prep

In December, I made a whole slew of recyclable bags as presents, and one of them made me look a more skilled designer than I am: in this cat bag for my niblings, the print matches almost exactly at the French seam.

Xmas Bag Gift Project 2 Closeup

Serendipity for the win!

Reading’s been great:

Reading Pile December 2019

Reading Pile January 2020

Weatherwise, it’s been a ride. We had some beautiful snows in December…

Bright Sunlight Middle of Woods

…then it got surprisingly warm in early January. So warm, in fact, that the first ladybugs came out!

2020 Jan First Ladybug of Year

Then the temperatures swung again. With new snow on the ground and temps well below freezing, I put my brand new mittens to good use.

Kirjoneulelapaset

And speaking of knits, I found the first Christmas stockings that I actually love:

HGTV Magazine Dec 2019 p114

HGTV Magazine, December 2019, p. 114

The image is from the December 2019 issue of HGTV Magazine. Aren’t they gorgeous? As a Finn, I didn’t grow up with stockings, so I find them a bit baffling in general, but these are absolutely lovely.

How was your winter holiday season? What about the beginning of 2020?

Brand New Fair Isle Mittens

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Random Beauty

In early January we had some warm temps, but then the temperatures swung again. With new snow on the ground and temperatures well below freezing, I put my brand new mittens to good use. Aren’t they super?

Kirjoneulelapaset

In a perfect world, the blues would be a little less teal-ey and turquoise and lean more towards grey, but you work with what you’ve got, right?

Thank you so much, M, for knitting them! Lurrrve. ❤

Increase in USPS Rates

Ahem Ahem!

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, the USPS shipping rates increase will take effect. As I ship with First Class mail through the post office, the shipping and handling costs for my Etsy shop are also affected.

Weighing and Measuring

However, like before, Etsy will automatically calculate the cheapest shipping option a seller is offering. When viewing an item, buyers can enter their country or a U.S. ZIP code to show shipping costs.

If you have any questions, please contact me either here or through Playfully Grownup Home at Etsy.

Happy weekend!