Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I feel like David Bowie should be singing in the background as I write this blog post.

As many of you blog readers know, I have some online stores on Etsy.  I have also branched out to Zibbet and Storenvy and have recently launched my own personal website.  Here are the links to all of my online shops:

M Knits - Etsy
La Carta Papier - Etsy
Tip Top Baby Shop - Etsy
M Knits - Storenvy
Life Out Loud - Zibbet
Life Out Loud - Personal Website

I have loved every single second of creating in these shops.  However, I have to make some changes - mostly to shipping costs.  I mentioned this on my Facebook Fan Page, and I am writing a blog post about it so that I can write more.

The price of shipping to areas outside the US, Canada and Mexico has risen dramatically. Heck, even shipping to other places IN North America has become increasingly expensive.  I love shipping to people worldwide and being able to create items for all people - that won't stop.  However, I have made a firm decision that my shipping rates for countries outside North America will be going up dependent upon the country.

I will be updating my shipping rates on Etsy, Zibbet and Storenvy to reflect this raise in international shipping. If you have never shopped with me before, or if you are a return customer, please make sure that you read the policy section in any of my shops and pay attention to the shipping costs when checking out, as all changes will be reflected in those areas.

Now, for a super fun look at what's coming up in my shops:

New That Was Awkward bookmarks and journals.
New baby blankets, adult blankets and summer colored crocheted necklaces and bracelets.
New Summer headbands - thinner so they keep your hair back without making you too warm!

Keep your eyes posted for some awesome photos coming over the coming days and weeks!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Talk - The Reading Group




I read The Reading Group, by Elizabeth Noble, for my book club in March.  I didn't fall head over heels in love with this book, but it was good.

The premise is that five women get together once a month to read talk about a book they've read.  Outside of the  book club they have, the story talks about each of their individual lives.

Outside of the reading group, some of the topics that are discussed include:

* Teen pregnancy
* Infertility
* Affairs
* Divorce
* Miscarriages

The primary characters are:

* Clare
* Nicole
* Harriet
* Polly
* Susan

In the beginning of the novel, we meet Clare, who is working as a nurse in a birthing unit in a hospital.  We learn that this is particularly hard for her because she has been trying to have a baby, but keeps having miscarriages.  She and her husband have been together since they were in high school. and since they've been together she has always wanted to have a baby.

Clare and Elliot's story segues into Polly and Cressida's story.  Polly and her husband are divorced and their kids split time with them.  Cressida, their daughter, is a freshman in college.  Polly notices that Cressida has been acting distant and strange, but can't figure out why.  Finally it comes out that Cressida is pregnant.  She didn't want to say anything because she was worried about how her parents would react.

At first, Cressida says that her boyfriend Joe is the father.  She, however, has been avoiding her mom and brother, because she doesn't want them to find out who the father really is.  Finally, the truth comes out that the real father is Elliot.

In the end, Cressida has Elliot's baby and splits up with Joe, Elliot and Clare get divorced, Clare moves back in with her mom and the book club loses a member.

The thing that really bothered me about this book was this: At the beginning of each "month" there would be a section where they were all sitting around talking about the book they had just read.  However, the author DOES NOT tell you who's talking.  She literally gives no indication of who is saying what about the book.  This was very irritating to me.  I am the type of person who wants to know who's speaking in a book.  Not only is it good writing to tell the reader who's speaking, but it also gives us a sense of the characters' personalities.

Overall, based on the writing and predictable storylines, I would give this book a C-.