wwnorton
wwnorton:

On this day in 1929:

“We very much like your title The Secret of the Old Clock,” wrote L. F. Reed of Grosset & Dunlap to Edward Stratemeyer about his latest idea for a girl detective series. However, Reed didn’t like most of the names Stratemeyer suggested for his teen heroine: “Stella Strong,” “Nell Cody,” and “Diana Dare.” He preferred “Nancy Drew.” Stratemeyer already had a thirty-year track record of creating series like the Rover Boys, Tom Swift, and, most recently, the Hardy Boys, so he confidently put the new sleuth in the hands of a young journalist named Mildred Wirt, and beginning with The Secret of the Old Clock, Wirt wrote nearly all of the first twenty-five Nancy Drew books published under the pen name of Carolyn Keene.

That’s just one entry from Tom Nissley’s A Reader’s Book of Days, a day-by-day companion to the literary year—this one accompanied by one of the book’s many charming illustrations by Joanna Neborsky. Enter to win a copy on Goodreads.

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wwnorton:

On this day in 1929:

“We very much like your title The Secret of the Old Clock,” wrote L. F. Reed of Grosset & Dunlap to Edward Stratemeyer about his latest idea for a girl detective series. However, Reed didn’t like most of the names Stratemeyer suggested for his teen heroine: “Stella Strong,” “Nell Cody,” and “Diana Dare.” He preferred “Nancy Drew.” Stratemeyer already had a thirty-year track record of creating series like the Rover Boys, Tom Swift, and, most recently, the Hardy Boys, so he confidently put the new sleuth in the hands of a young journalist named Mildred Wirt, and beginning with The Secret of the Old Clock, Wirt wrote nearly all of the first twenty-five Nancy Drew books published under the pen name of Carolyn Keene.

That’s just one entry from Tom Nissley’s A Reader’s Book of Days, a day-by-day companion to the literary year—this one accompanied by one of the book’s many charming illustrations by Joanna Neborsky. Enter to win a copy on Goodreads.

http://goo.gl/j0P7kQ the best way to express emotions

laughingatmynightmare

laughingatmynightmare:

Mom unwrapped the greasy McDouble and (after removing the pickle) placed the entire sandwich into her industrial strength kitchen blender. Ten seconds on high. I heard the blender screaming from my hospital bed that was erected in our living room. She came in carrying a cup and a spoon. “Are you…

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laughingatmynightmare

laughingatmynightmare:

Shannon and I (mostly Shannon) are working our butts off to organize a Laughing At My Nightmare speaking tour in California this JANUARY!

I’m interested in learning how to surf, and hope that I can use this tour as an excuse to not only learn how, but also to run away once I get to Cali, where I…

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ps-imadethis
ps-imadethis:


You don’t have to journey across the globe to a Middle Eastern souk to create a magical Moroccan vibe at home. Inspired by one part global bazar and one part John Robshaw, one of Erica’s favorite projects in her new book P.S.- You’re Invited…, these mirrored pillow covers add an accent to any room that’s both fun and sophisticated…(and we won’t blame you if you sing along to a certain JT song while you make yours). 



To create: Glue each mirrored disc (we used 1” and 2”) to the burlap fabric with E6000. Using scissors, cut out around each mirror disc, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Glue each disc onto the pillow cover with fabric glue. P.S.- slip a piece of wax paper inside the cover to avoid glue from bleeding through. Let dry completely. Sew and secure a tassel onto each corner of the pillow cover with a double-threaded needle. 

P.S.- Don’t wait for a get together to get it together, order your copy of P.S.-you’re invited… now!


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ps-imadethis:

You don’t have to journey across the globe to a Middle Eastern souk to create a magical Moroccan vibe at home. Inspired by one part global bazar and one part John Robshaw, one of Erica’s favorite projects in her new book P.S.- You’re Invited…, these mirrored pillow covers add an accent to any room that’s both fun and sophisticated…(and we won’t blame you if you sing along to a certain JT song while you make yours). 

To create: Glue each mirrored disc (we used 1” and 2”) to the burlap fabric with E6000. Using scissors, cut out around each mirror disc, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Glue each disc onto the pillow cover with fabric glue. P.S.- slip a piece of wax paper inside the cover to avoid glue from bleeding through. Let dry completely. Sew and secure a tassel onto each corner of the pillow cover with a double-threaded needle

P.S.- Don’t wait for a get together to get it together, order your copy of P.S.-you’re invited… now!

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ps-imadethis
ps-imadethis:


Are you brave enough to let us see your peacock? Add a fly touch to your feet with a flirty ankle accent! Birds of a feather can celebrate together with these fun n’ funky wraps…yet another stylish DIY treat fresh out of Erica’s new book P.S.- you’re invited…, which was also a favorite project of our friends at Who What Wear. Both parties agree that feathers are one of this season’s biggest trends, with designers from Erdem to Gucci piling on the plume. Spread your crafty wings and float into Fall in style! 



To create: Measure then cut the velvet ribbon and feather trim to fit the circumference of your ankle; leaving an extra inch on the end of the ribbon. Align the top of the feather trim to the middle of the ribbon and attach using fabric glue. Fold the top half of the ribbon over the feather trim. Press firmly and wait until completely dry. Place a 1-inch strip of velcro on the inside and outside of the ribbon, where the ends overlap. Strap on your new creation with a pair of sexy heels and strut your stuff!

P.S.- Don’t wait for a get together to get it together, order your copy of P.S.-you’re invited… now!


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ps-imadethis:

Are you brave enough to let us see your peacock? Add a fly touch to your feet with a flirty ankle accent! Birds of a feather can celebrate together with these fun n’ funky wraps…yet another stylish DIY treat fresh out of Erica’s new book P.S.- you’re invited…which was also a favorite project of our friends at Who What Wear. Both parties agree that feathers are one of this season’s biggest trends, with designers from Erdem to Gucci piling on the plume. Spread your crafty wings and float into Fall in style! 

To create: Measure then cut the velvet ribbon and feather trim to fit the circumference of your ankle; leaving an extra inch on the end of the ribbon. Align the top of the feather trim to the middle of the ribbon and attach using fabric glue. Fold the top half of the ribbon over the feather trim. Press firmly and wait until completely dry. Place a 1-inch strip of velcro on the inside and outside of the ribbon, where the ends overlap. Strap on your new creation with a pair of sexy heels and strut your stuff!

P.S.- Don’t wait for a get together to get it together, order your copy of P.S.-you’re invited… now!

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ps-imadethis
ps-imadethis:

Set the tone for the fall season with a bevy of jewel tones and a sea of Swarovski crystals. Our latest and greatest statement necklace is calling your name…get involved.

Calling all crafty peeps in New York and New Jersey! Visit us at Bloomingdale’s on 10/5 (Roosevelt Field) and 10/12 (Short Hills) to shop the fall Aqua collection, which includes exclusive P.S.- I made this… apparel and jewelry items! Hang with Erica, check out her new book P.S.- you’re invited… and get your crafty hands on one of the custom DIY kits we created so you can put your own spin on an Aqua classic.

To create: Loop a double piece of embroidery floss (approx. 24”) around a link of the Aqua Thick Double Chain Necklace. Wrap the ends of the doubled floss around the link again and through the  loop of the floss. Repeat until a section of the link is blocked off with embroidery floss. Knot the end to secure the floss. Color block each link by repeating this loop, wrap and knot step with alternating colors for the entire bottom half of the necklace. Finish it off by attaching Swarovski twist pendants and Swarovski pear pendants with gold jump rings.

http://goo.gl/j0P7kQ the best way to express emotions

ps-imadethis:

Set the tone for the fall season with a bevy of jewel tones and a sea of Swarovski crystals. Our latest and greatest statement necklace is calling your name…get involved.

Calling all crafty peeps in New York and New Jersey! Visit us at Bloomingdale’s on 10/5 (Roosevelt Field) and 10/12 (Short Hills) to shop the fall Aqua collection, which includes exclusive P.S.- I made this… apparel and jewelry items! Hang with Erica, check out her new book P.S.- you’re invited… and get your crafty hands on one of the custom DIY kits we created so you can put your own spin on an Aqua classic.

To create: Loop a double piece of embroidery floss (approx. 24”) around a link of the Aqua Thick Double Chain Necklace. Wrap the ends of the doubled floss around the link again and through the  loop of the floss. Repeat until a section of the link is blocked off with embroidery floss. Knot the end to secure the floss. Color block each link by repeating this loop, wrap and knot step with alternating colors for the entire bottom half of the necklace. Finish it off by attaching Swarovski twist pendants and Swarovski pear pendants with gold jump rings.

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