Sunday, October 31, 2010

Reply to a fellow Blogger

I came across this article about Cape Cod... a place that is obviously near and dear to my heart, and thought the majority of what P. J. Thomas says is very true, I took exception to his portrayal of the Town of Hyannis, especially the Main Street area. 

You may read his article here.

The following is my reply:

Your article is “spot on” as far as the wonderfulness of this place called Cape Cod… until you come to the part about Hyannis. It was there, that I wondered if this article was written back in the 1990′s. Main Street in Hyannis is far from bleak, as portrayed.

A daytime stroll down Main Street, of all the various shops and the village green is made all the more delightful by a stop in to the Common Grounds for an all natural smoothie or a vegan repast – you’ll think you’ve stumbled into Middle Earth, with all the carved wood, nooks and crannies… not to forget the “characters” who inhabit the place, with their long beards and interesting clothing. On Main Street you can get a tattoo, satisfy a sweet tooth, shop for an evening gown and pick up some beads and things to make jewelry, or purchase some locally handcrafted fine jewelry, if you prefer.

A quick walk will take you down to the waterfront, where you can watch the fishermen unload their catch, have a snack and a drink across the street on a balcony overlooking the harbor, and then back across the street to catch a ferry to the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.

The night life alone on Main Street in Hyannis, is worth a visit. From the fine dining of Alberto’s, to a pasty pie at the BBC, or, tapas and karaoke at Embargo’s… just a few of your possible stops… you won’t find a more pleasant place to spend an evening. :)

Hyannis is booming, in-spite of the downturn in economy, and is a great destination here on Cape Cod, for SO many reasons. :)

So... what do you think? Am I right, or is P.J.?
Feel free to comment below. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yes, it's hot... so, why am I thinking about crochet?

 I know it's hot... it's been hot for weeks... it's gonna be hot for weeks to come.  So, I can't help but dream of Fall, and cool weather, and yarn, and sweaters, and cozy crocheted things. :)

Valerie is Etsy's "crochetgal", and she made the beautiful shrug above. :) 

I just love this "loopy" little scarf... it's light enough to add a colorful accent, even in this heat!

This gorgeous shawl is a wearable piece of art! 

Have a look around her shop... she also carries crochet patterns, an awesome collection of yarns, as well as, home make wooden soap dishes!

Etsy shop -
Right now, until the end if the month, crochetgal is having a Christmas in July Sale...
All shawls and yarn are 20% off!
(as a paypal refund)

Stay cool, and stay dry, my friends. :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Potato Chips and Good Taste

I start my day with a hot cup of coffee, AFTER I feed the cats (they're pokin' their paws under my door, before I even get out of bed) and wake up the kids on my way downstairs to my office/crafting room. So, I sit down at my desk, with my now luke-warm coffee, and flip on the monitor to see if I sold anything overnight, check out the front page of Etsy to see what's up, surf around the site... and I come upon this hand knit market bag that's really cute, AND on sale for only $8...  can you say "handcrafted steal"!?!

Then, I take a second look... hey, that's a "Cape Cod Potato Chips" bag! I LOVE Cape Cod Potato Chips!
So, I look to the side of the listing, and see it's Peanut and Tommy, based in Connecticut. They OBviously have good taste, I mean, CCPC are the BEST dang potato chips in the WORLD, and they're made right here on Cape Cod... just sayin'.
So, I look around the store, and I found a couple of things that would be very nice to have here on CC.

How about this Hand Knit Tote Bag in fabulous nautical colors... and, it's on sale, too! Only $10 !!!

And, for when the sun goes down, and it gets a little chilly, wouldn't this be nice to wrap around your neck? It's hand crocheted in organic cotton yarn, and a bargain at only $25!

Check out the rest of what Peanut and Tommy has to offer, and while you're at it, check out Peanut and Tommy Too , for some unique vintage finds. :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sun is out, but cleanup continues

Sun is out, but cleanup continues

My hubby Jeff is in this video that ran on FOX25 yesterday... he's one of the Red Cross volunteers from the Cape who have gone out to assist folk who have been affected by the recent flooding throughout the state. He couldn't help but practically break down when speaking about the devastation the floods have caused to people and their property... he heard a lot of sad stories yesterday as he was handing out clean-up kits, water and snacks.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Touched by Angels? More like touched by greed!

If you live on Cape Cod, you've probably seen the tables set up in your local supermarket, or gotten the phone calls or mailings looking for donations, and you've probably given money to the charity group that calls themselves, "Touched by Angels".  You may have even attended one of their "charity events". 

I had given them money in the past, and as of a couple of weeks ago, when I got one of their mailings, I assumed they were still in business helping unfortunate families who had experienced incredible loss or hardship.  I happened to catch this video on local ch17 yesterday while channel surfing, and to say I'm horrified is an understatement.
Please take the time to watch this, and share it with everyone you know. 

Touched by Angels from Stephen Ledwell on Vimeo.

I hope the Attorney General's Office and our local District Attorney are going to do something about Gina and Chris Clark. They are obviously still in business, their website is still up accepting purchases and donations. Wouldn't all those sponsors like to know if their donations are really helping the people they were meant to, after this video has come out? 

Look, Touched by Angels is having a 50% off sale on gift certificates... must be in a hurry to get as much money as they can, before someone pulls the plug!

Look at all the good people who are sponsors... wouldn't one of our local lawyers like to take on a class action suite to make Gina and Chris Clark pay for anything they might have stolen from these good people on the premiss of a charity?

Wouldn't one of our local lawyers like to take on a class action suite to right the wrongs committed against the grieving families in the video?

I hope so, and I hope the Clarks pay a heavy price for anything criminal they may have done!

Touched by Angels on Vimeo:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Siobhan's Gorey Tattoo

 I don't know if you noticed, or not, but Siobhan has a wicked cool tattoo of an Edward Gorey illustration on her upper right arm. Our local CapeCast gives some nice info on the origins of her tat, as well as, shows us some local fan excitement for our favorite Idol contestant - Siobhan. :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

GLBT Expo '10 with the PBG

Jeff and I are in the Big Apple this weekend for the GLBT Expo '10 at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center.

The weather is awesome, as you can see...

Jeff went to last years expo, but this is my first time, and I'm glad I came along. :)

We're helping to work the Provincetown Business Guild booth.

Robert Sanborn- PBG Tourism Director and Jeff Stranger- Sales with Plymouth & Brockton Buslines, and my hubby. :) 

Robert, Betsy from Bayside Betsy's and Nick - Executive Director of the PBG

I helped stuff the bags, and Jeff worked the floor, handing them out.

Of course, before I got down to work, I scoped out where the beer booth was...

and took some pics of other booths...

took in a little seminar with Pink Banana Media on Web 2.0 and Social Networking given by Matt Skallerud...

Then after my shift, I took some pics of the crowds...

I even got to schmooze with one of my favorite celebrities!

It was a long day, but a very fun day, and we'll be going back for a few more hours tomorrow. :)
Jeff is uploading more pics we took, up on the PBG fan page on Facebook

Friday, March 19, 2010


I think it's pretty awesome to have our local girl, Siobhan Magnus, take American Idol by storm!

I expect we'll see her talent take her to the top, and my fingers are crossed that she be, the NEXT American Idol!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pretty little totes...

While browsing through Etsy- something I often do- I found the cutest little tote bags. :)

Hey look... the Cape & Islands never looked so good!
And, did I mention, this bag is customizable with your choice of state and color?

I'm lovin' this bag... thank goodness the little birdies are arriving back north... 
must mean it's Spring!

I must be crazy, but I'm already thinking about summer with this Anchors Away purse!

All these great bags came from Etsy seller La Lune Designs 
based out of Leavenworth, Kansas.
These awesome totes, bags and purses would look great right here on the Cape!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Have you been to SmuTopia?

Take a trip to SmuTopia, home of handmade jewelry and accessories inspired by nature! 
SmuTopia is based out of Raleigh, NC, 
but her creations will wear just as well  here on the Cape. 
SmuTopia, like my own Etsy shop, is a member of the Etsy Twitter Team.
Have a look at her shop, her handcrafted, original jewelry is beautiful!

SmuTopia's links:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Looks like I'm being featured...

Looks like this blog - the blog I haven't made a posting to in over 7 months - is being featured on the site, on their "blog awards" page... lol

How's that for creative marketing?!?

I suppose now, I'm supposed to let all my friends and followers (all 2 of them) know about it, and add this link: "Jewelry Making Beads" , which will take you to a site that will show you some beads and supplies, but will take you to a generic search on ebay for "jewelry making".

Maybe they're getting "paid per click" for sending folk to ebay?
Well, okay, I hope you make lots of money from my two followers, who may, or may not see this post and waste the time to click thru your links... and THANKS for the award for my blog. ;)