How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk.

Apparently this quiz from the New York Times (titled How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk) is the new, hot thing making the rounds on the Internet, and so I'm sure I am totally behind on it, but it is amazingly accurate, guessing both the husband and I correctly, so I had to share just in case you missed it.  (originally found on this Hot Air site)

The survey is supposed to be able to predict where you are from by the way you speak.  If you look at the map above, the spot where the darkest red is is supposed to be where I'm from (I've lived in Connecticut my whole life- did I mention that it was accurate?), gathered from 25 questions asking how you pronounce things like "crayon" (for me, "cran"), or what terms you use for things like carbonated beverages and sub sandwiches (for me, soda and grinders).  The questions are funny- because on a few of them I didn't even know what they were talking about, which I suppose helped pin me down.  At the very least, it's entertainment for a few minutes.

If you decide to take it I'd love to hear how it turned out for you- did it nail you down accurately too?

The First Issuu.

If you're new-ish around here you may not have met my friend Pam from Bates Mercantile Co. in New Hampshire.  Pam is an amazing creative who runs her own company, has an Etsy shop, blogs, and is an all-around fun-loving person who loves to promote creativity and handmade.  She's been working so hard on a new endeavor- her own magazine, and thanks to Issuu, she's been able to make her dream come true.  I'm so proud to be a sponsor in her first issue, and I also have a tutorial within its pages.  So fun to see myself in "print".  I hope you'll give The Muse a read, and then maybe stop by and say hi to Pam and tell her what a nice job she did.  And for those interested, you could create your own at Issuu!

A Few Things on Friday.

TGIF!  Christmas is rapidly approaching, and I just realized that I need to get on with wrapping the gifts, along with preparing the house for company.  Since I'm sure you're going in as many different directions as I am, I have just a few quick things to mention:

1. If you're planning on ordering anything from my shop, today is the last day to "guarantee" delivery in time for the holidays using First Class Mail.  After that I strongly suggest upgrading shipping.  I am so thankful for having been kept busy this holiday season (and I recently hit 800 sales!) but I am looking forward to having some time to work on some new projects.  (Read 20 Things to Do When Business Is Slow)

2. If you haven't been by, you can enter to win a $20 credit to Milo and Molly over at Back East Blonde.  You may want to stick around and read some of Nadine's posts, too- her blog is on my must-read list.

3. THIS is the best thing ever. "Layaway Santas" paying off Christmas gifts for people.  Today (December 13) is Walmart's last day for layaway, if anyone's feeling charitable.

4. Before you attend a holiday party, read this.  Save yourself some embarrassment and heartache.  (See, even almost 3 years later it still plagues me.)

Have a great weekend!  Let me know if you have something fun planned!

Handmade Holidays: Etsy for Everyone

I'm over at Little Nostalgia today to share some fabulous handmade finds with you, perfect for some holiday gifting.  There's really something for everyone, including these beauties: