This has most definitely been one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long time.  Holiday show season is gearing up, and I'm using this year as a test run on a whole bunch of local shows to see if I'd like to do them again next year.  I had a great show last Thursday evening and another on Sunday afternoon, then this week was at events Tuesday through Thursday, all very long days including setup and break down, and while they were okay, I'm not sure I'd return.  I have another two coming up this weekend, as well, so tomorrow will be spent restocking.  I am so extremely happy to have changed my alarm back to its regular time as opposed to an hour earlier and not having to drive into Hartford work traffic again tomorrow.

While I am working on these shows, though, naturally everything else falls to the side, so I'm behind on emails, I haven't been blogging like I wanted to, I'm not up on social media happenings and so on.  It's a little like being in two different segments in my life- the online one and then the real one- and never the two shall meet.  Additionally, I'm turning into THAT mom who forgets her kid is going on  a field trip to the public library (even though it's only five minutes away and they'll be there for an hour), all the while trying to remember show and tell day, writing instructions of where everyone needs to be and when, and packing lunches while I'm also preparing dinner for the next day.  Don't get me wrong- I'm enjoying the shows and being busy, but man am I tired!

BUT...with the holidays coming, and since it's Friday (hooray!) I have a fun little field trip for you.  My dear friend Paige once again set up a gorgeous Handmade Holidays Gift Guide and not only is Milo and Molly featured in it, you can win one of my super-soft scarves, along with some other goodies from a couple of my other good friends.


You can check out all the goodies over at Little Nostalgia and then enter to win at the bottom of the post.

Also, if you're not already, consider signing up for my newsletter- holiday sales will be coming soon!- or my Instagram, where I'll be having a special sale for my followers.

Have a great weekend and hopefully you'll see me around here more next week!

Going Short.

I know I've talked about this before, but I've been starting to think that I want to go short.

Hair that is.  I haven't had short hair since I was 5 or 6, so the idea of actually doing this freaks me out.

But I am feeling like my hair is a pain.  On my best day, it gets flat-ironed, and it looks nice.  But more often than not lately, it gets pulled up into a ponytail or clips as I realize I don't have time to flat-iron it before we leave the house because I wait until the very last minute to get out of bed in the morning.  Sleep is more important than hair, and so is cleaning up the kitchen, making lunches, and making the bed, all of which have to be done before I worry about my hair.

The most natural place to start looking at various hairstyles, of course, is Pinterest.  Off I went, pinning away some cute cuts:

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Then I remembered that I am indeed not a blonde and should probably find images more to my actual hair color for better reference.  (This happens more often than it should.)

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I like the idea of having a little bit to play with in the front rather than an extreme pixie cut.  I pinned a photo of Anne Hathaway's recent chop and I just don't think I'm ready for that, partially because my mom has always had that type of short cut and I'm just not quite ready to look like my mother just yet, and partially because I worry that since it's thick, it will puff out on the side like cocker spaniel ears.


Cute for her, not so much for me.

Then I actually found a few more cute styles while writing this post, while searching for "short chin" because I wanted to illustrate how I don't have a prominent chin like those ladies donning those hairstyles, so I wonder how I would actually look.  (You can have a gander at my "Hair" board here.)

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Also, I feel like your facial features become much more prominent, so would that mean that I would need to do more to my face beyond the maybe five minutes I spend on it now?

As you can see, this is a dilemma.

I need opinions.  Who's had short hair and loves it?  Who's had short hair and hated it?  Which of these styles do you like best?  (And yes, I know it's only hair and it grows back but it feels soooooo permanent.)

The Nutmeg Collective.

Hi everyone!  I know there's been an absence here, but I've been working on a huge project lately and I'm happy to finally share with you!  At the end of last year, I took over as captain of a local Connecticut team on Etsy.  Etsy teams are community groups with a common theme, and this one happened to be a group of CT-based sellers.  The team had gone dormant, and I was really looking for help getting out in the community, so I took the captain's leaving as a sign that this was what I needed to do. 

The team was called Hartbeat, which is a common Connecticut term, often referring to the capital city.  We stuck with the name for awhile, but upon realizing that there were many different groups referencing Hartbeat, we decided to change the name, and on July 1 we became The Nutmeg Collective.  Connecticut is the The Nutmeg State, so it seemed fitting.

Since we started, we've developed a core group of about 70 sellers who are looking to make their crafty businesses their job and are looking for more show opportunities, local selling venues, business advice, Etsy advice, and more.  Members are required to be active and involved, and it's amazing the friendships that have already formed.

We've developed a team blog (where I've been spending some time and totally abandoning this one!) that introduces our members, gives business advice, tutorials, and other Connecticut information, and have our first team-developed trunk show happening this coming weekend.  If you're local, we'd love to have you stop by.  Our Facebook page updates where our members are going to be selling and highlights their successes.  Out Twitter helps us connect with local organizations.  I'm really excited about this adventure and am looking forward to seeing where it goes in the coming year.  I hope you'll check us out!

Want to join?  Click here.