Thursday, March 31, 2005

I'm introducing a new feature on the blog today. It's called Indie Stylin'. Basically, I'll talk about items I personally like from indie online stores. Today's feature is In The Starlight. Since August, 2003, they have been offering elegant gothic lolita clothing to the masses.I really love their maid dress, their tea party skirt(the skirt I have from them is the strawberry skirt which is on the bottom of the skirts section- although you need to wear a slip under it. It's a very bell shaped skirt which spreads out and probably would look better with a petticoat- but I don't wear petticoats) I also love the neck corset.

In the Starlight really stands out because of the price point. Gothic Lolita clothing from the 'brands' costs over $100 for a skirt, and more than $200 for a dress. Of course, you have to import it if you don't live in Japan for more cost. So it's nice to see affordable clothing. I could probably fit into Japanese sizes, but many Americans can't, so it's nice to see clothing accessible to everyone. They offer fuller sizes at no extra charge.

Of course, I can't get through a blog post without a plug! I have an auction for heart pendants ending today.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Yes! Quirky Buttons is completly functional. Now for the jewelry side to be fixed up. I also added links to my ebay auctions if you want to get a deal. Man, I can't wait til everything is up, running and submitted to froogle.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

While I am typing, I'd like to note that people who want to make 2 1/4" buttons can bid on button parts here. I'll eventually add a link to my ebay auctions in my navigation bar on my site.
Black Business Month is around the corner! Here's a press release. Although, we all need to take responsibilty for helping other people, and not depend on business to magically eradicate our social ills. A quote from Octavia Butler- Just because you throw people away doesn't mean they go away. I sell one inch buttons and jewelry, and that's good and nice, and people like it, and I make a bit more money, but it's not exactly causing everyone to have health coverage or babies to be fed, even if some of my wares do promote the idea of not being selfish.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Daniella Masterson(323) 791-9227Mastersonpr1@(space)AOL.COMRecycling Black Dollars CreatesBoulevard Of Pride For Black Business MonthLos Angeles, Ca - During the month of April, African Americans throughout the nation will focus their collective hopes and efforts on Economic Empowerment, one of the most important issues facing their communities, to celebrate Black Business Month.To kick off the ninth year of the hallmark month, Recycling Black Dollars (RBD) will hold a still parade (a line of none moving vehicles) and vendors displaying their products and services from 9:00 am - 2 pm, Friday, April 1 in front of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper located at 3800 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles.In addition, RBD will have a Boulevard Of Pride, a beautiful array of 8'x3' banners displaying the inspiring message: "April is Black Business Month" in addition to the name of a Black business hanging along Crenshaw Blvd.

The Boulevard Of Pride will begin at Jefferson Boulevard and end at Slauson Avenue. This is the fourth year of this grand tradition that summons pride much like Central Park's "The Gates" installation last month.RBD is especially proud to have supporters such as Janice Bryant-Howroyd (ACT-1 Group of Companies), Danny Bakewell (Los Angeles Sentinel /Brotherhood Crusade), Bernard and Shirley Kinsey (KBK Enterprises), Frank Denkins (Office Furniture Outlet), Lenny Woods (Chino Hills Ford), Dr. Frederick K.C. Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), Leon Garr (Garr Construction) and Shelton Johnson (ADDCO Party Rentals) along with many others. These companies have blazed trails in business while also providing the next generation with exemplary models.During this month, consumers will be encouraged to patronize an African American-owned business each day.

By doing so, they will be helping to remove Black-owned businesses from the "blind spot" of the consumer eye. "Los Angeles has 28,000 Black businesses," said Muhammad Nassardeen, CEO of RBD. "The only state to have nearly that many Black businesses is Cook County, Chicago, and they have 5,000 less."Nassardeen went further to explain that "Since we probably have about a dozen Black Fortune 500 companies and businesses on the New York Stock Exchange combined, the community has a big responsibility to rally behind Black businesses to create their own success."

Black Business Month was intended to help Black businesses to create more viable ways to change the economic status of Black Americans. By doing so, the Black community is lifting a tremendous burden off of state and local governments.RBD is a 16-year-old nonprofit organization created to support the success of minority-owned businesses. One of RBD's primary goals is to publicize self-empowerment through effective business strategies, such as supporting existing businesses and forming larger companies that employ residents in their own communities.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

More updates on the website! I finished the political buttons section, link swapped with Shano(yummy cards!) and rejoined the diy swap. I also got listed on I Buy Diy. Not bad for the middle of midterms!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Updating my website is a long slow business. I finished the upgrade of the feminist button page, and am now doing it for political buttons. Soon I'll have to do for the jewelry which is more time consuming as each has a different description. Midterms and spring break and more midterms are eating up all my time, but I'll persevere I guess.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

I haven't made my happily handmade page yet, but please enter into the contest by leaving your name, email,etc, on the comments form with the subject line, Happily Handmade. And while you are there, visit their indie shop links. Support small business!

Friday, March 11, 2005

I am out of town til the 21st starting on the 12th.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

I have decided that I am out of making 2 1/4" buttons since the election is over. I still make 1 inch buttons, which are way more popular, and am looking into making 1 inch magnets. Of course to do that, I'll need cash, so I am selling my 2 1/4" button parts.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Image Hosted by

I have two pairs of dice and swarovski earrings, one beautiful blue Japanese beads and lampwork set, a wholesale lot of heart pendants and a retro style necklace up for grabs. Two auctions ending today.