Reminder: Today Is the Last Recommended Order Date for Christmas

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Today is the last recommended order date for Christmas at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy!

2017 End of Year Collage

I deliberately set the date so early because USPS shipping speeds are beyond my control, and I’d rather not disappoint anyone with an unduely delayed package.

Also, now through December 10, 2019, save 15 % off orders of $29 value at minimum, excluding taxes and shipping. I also offer free U.S. shipping for purchases of $35 or more.

And, a final final reminder: I will close my shop for the season on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

Happy shopping! 🙂

What Brexit Means for Playfully Grownup Home Customers

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I’ve been following with increasing alarm Britain’s exit negotiations with the European Union simply because of the massive, unprecendented uncertainty they have created. No-one has been able to say what aftereffects there will be, either for businesses or private citizens and residents.

No-one is even able to say exactly when Brexit happens. April 12, 2019, used to be a deadline, but obviously that never happened. At least it will give me a chance to address the issue here.

Flickr Tief im Brexit-Dschungel

Tief im Brexit-Dschungel by Twitter Trends 2019 on Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

At the moment, Playfully Grownup Home customers in the UK can submit orders as normal. I will not make any immediate changes.

I will continue to fulfill my seller obligations as before, but any post-Brexit duties or changes to the customs process when packages enter the UK will remain the buyers’ responsibility.

However, I will be keeping an eye on the situation. Should the shipping be slowed down or otherwise encumbered too much by the new processes in place after Brexit, I reserve the option to end shipping to UK. I hope it won’t be necessary.

P.S. I do also think it’s incredibly shortsighted of Britain to leave EU, but whether they do or not is really not for me to decide. For the sake of UK friends and others, I hope the effects are minimal and manageable.

Labor Day 2017 Sale!

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Starting today, for a limited time, get 15% off select items at the Playfully Grownup Home shop on Etsy!

PGH Etsy Screencap Labor Day 2017 Promo

Organize for the semester with mini storage cubes, book bags or keychains. Decorate your dorm room with handmade wall art. Stay fresh by stashing a lavender sachet in your sock drawer. Or get a jump on holiday gift selecting.

The Playfully Grownup Labor Day 2017 sale runs August 31 – September 04. No order minimums – buy one personal safety reflector, or a pile of book bags, or anything in between. (Sorry, U.S. buyers only due to Etsy’s restrictions.)

Remember to also visit Etsy’s Labor Day Sale page for fantastic deals from more Etsy sellers, for example like The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings inspired engraved door hanger sign by AllyBoosCreations…

Etsy AllyBoosCreations Hobbit LotR Door Sign

The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings inspired door sign by AllyBoosCreations at Etsy.

checkmark stickers by honeyinked…

Etsy honeyinked Checkmark Stickers

Checkmark stickers by honeyinked at Etsy.

rainbow-colored downloadable “You can’t retire from being awesome!” print by FromTheRookery…

Etsy FromTheRookery Nurse Retirement Gift

Nurse retirement gift print by FromTheRookery at Etsy.

…or a rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard:

Etsy GrandmasChalkboard Rainbow Bean Bag Set

Rainbow bean bag set by GrandmasChalkboard at Etsy.

Looks like there is an incredible selection!

(Note that, as usual, each seller sets their own policies.)

Signed Copies of The Obelisk Gate from Word Bookstores

Books & Mags

It’s been a good reading year for me so far, and it’ll keep getting better: in just about a month The Obelisk Gate comes out! Author N.K. Jemisin shared good news with readers who’d like a signed copy: they are available from Word Bookstores.

The Obelisk Gate is a sequel to The Fifth Season (and the second novel in her Broken Earth trilogy). I just pre-ordered mine, yay! 🙂

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

Marimekko for Target to Launch in April

Design & Designers

This spring, Marimekko will team up with Target to introduce the Finnish design house’s wares to a wider public in the U.S.

Marimekko for Target April 2016

Marimekko, via Target.

From Target’s announcement:

“Finland has four distinct seasons, and once the cold and dark of winter fade away, the Finns couldn’t be happier to get outside with friends and family to enjoy some much-deserved sunshine. In fact, in the summertime, the sun stays out until nearly midnight! That glimpse into the local culture gave birth to the idea behind the Marimekko for Target collaboration: Two iconic brands joining forces to create the feeling of an eternal summer and carefree outdoor living by offering items that bring people together and encourage them to play!” […]

“…features more than 200 playful, print-centric pieces that span outdoor décor, furniture and entertaining essentials, as well as beach and swimwear for women and girls. Standout items include the paddle board, inflatables, hammocks and swimsuits. The collection also features a number of firsts for Marimekko, including the bocce ball sets and parachutes.”

The collection will be available from April 17, 2016, both in stores and online at, till the beginning of May or while supplies last. Patterns in the Marimekko for Target collection have been designed by Maija Isola.

Even though Marimekko runs its own stores in larger cities around the world, it’s still a matter of chance whether you have a store near you or not. I for one will be delighted to have Marimekko within easy reach!

Found via Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish) and Target.

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

End of Year 2015 Promotion: Coupon Code for Blog Readers

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The newest crop of items is up in my Etsy shop! Here’s a discount coupon code for my blog readers: get 20% off with PGHblogsale2015.

PGHblogsale2015 Blue

You’re welcome to share with your friends! (Coupon code small print: see bottom of this post.)

Some suggestions: mini pillow keychains:

6 Keyrings Nov 2015Perfect for stocking stuffers, teacher or co-worker gifts, companions for USB drives or little tokens to treat yourself. (Note: Not suitable for children because of the choking hazard!)

Cross stitch wall art:

Wall Art WX003dSpectrograph cross-body bag in navy canvas:

Cross-Body Bag BG011aAnd a final reminder: I’ll close shop for the season on December 10th, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Coupon code small print: Offer valid on only. Coupon is only applied to the item price, not shipping or sales tax. Not applicable retroactively to previously placed orders. No rain checks; no cash value. Expires December 10th, 2015, at 9 p.m. EST.

Cosplay Fabrics to Come to Jo-Ann Stores in 2016

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Reports from NY Comic Con bring good news for cosplayers and costume makers!

Cosplay Fabrics is a Jacksonville, FL company founded by Charlene Walls and Jody Wiener. They are specialty fabric and fashion veterans who wanted to bring a large selection of unique fabrics for cosplay designers. They partnered with cosplay superstar Yaya Han to develop a selection of fabrics for cosplayers by cosplayers, and are bringing their line to Jo-Ann stores in the U.S. in the spring 2016.

Yaya Han Tumblr JoAnn Spring 2016

Yaya Han’s Tumblr.

Online fabric shopping can be fine if you’re not after a specific look, feel or shade, but anything more demanding and it’s a nightmare. This is great news for in-person shoppers.

Found via Fashionably Geek.

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

Curse Your Systems Glitch, B&N!

Bits in Spaaace!, Books & Mags, Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up

Earlier this month I pre-ordered a treat: the final book in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist series. It was released yesterday, but instead of a book in the mail now, I apparently can expect one in AUGUST:

BN Of Noble Family Preorder

Say what?!? That won’t do. One cancellation and re-order later, my book is shipping tomorrow. (Yay!) And thanks to a coupon code that I happened to get after placing my pre-order, I even saved $4 and change.

BN Of Noble Family Reorder

Today, I win the Internet. 😉