Monday, February 22, 2010

what a weekend!

I had a great Etsy weekend and wanted to do a quick thank you to everyone!

This past weekend, I hit 400 sales in my pandacub Etsy shop and I was featured in THREE treasuries!

addicted to mooching

Mooching can be fun! Well, it ends up being more like "trading" than mooching, but it can get quite addictive.

As many of my regular blog readers know, I read quite a bit (trying to hit that 50 books read in one year goal again!) and buying new books can be quite hard on the wallet. And I love "owning" my books, so I tend not to go to the library very often (although I know I should). Besides, whenever I go, they either don't have the book I want or the waiting list is about 100 people long!

Anyhow, there must be lots of other people who feel the same way because I've discovered "BookMooch"! Basically, it's an online site that lets you give away books you no longer want/need (people "mooch" them from you), get points for books you give away and redeem those points to "mooch" books from others! Yes, you do have to cover the cost of postage, which can be expensive for heavier books, but sending things via surface mail helps keep that down (plus you can choose where you want to send books - within your own country only or internationally).

Anyhow, I've already mooched a few books and am waiting for them to arrive, meanwhile I've already sent some books out to other countries. The best thing is discovering new titles, and meeting other book lovers.

Illustration credit Andrice Arp, courtesy of

Friday, February 12, 2010

pandacub wants...a happy chinese new year!

To celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) which begins on February 14, pandacub took a peek at all the lovely Year of the Tiger goodies on Etsy!

Top row:
1. Year of the Tiger Shirt-Black, $15.00 by 88avenue
2. Year of the Tiger Print, $25.00 by tsaifi
3. PDF pattern guide for Gurumi 'O' Tiger, $2.75 by gurumiorama

Middle row:
4. Year of the Tiger mounted archival print, $26.00 by betsythompsonstudio
5. Year of the Tiger Lucky Red Envelope - Printable PDF, $2.00 by katwright
6. Happy New Year Tiger, $15.00 by 99marga

Bottom row:
7. Chinese New Year Tiger Card Set-A2, $20.00 by stillwaterartstudio
8. Lil' Tiger Hat, $15.00 by DinkyDimples
9. 2010 Year of the Tiger(s) Calendar Poster Print, $40.00 by aruppel

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

thank you!

I just wanted to post a happy hug & thank you to my lovely friends, fans and customers. :)

My little pandacub Etsy shop shop is 2 sales away from its 400th sale and this week we hit 900 shop hearts!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

february giveaway

I had such a great time with my November giveaway that I figured it would be a nice cheerful way to brighten up February.

One lucky winner will receive ONE pair of Flaunt bobby pins in the colour of their choice (available colours: black, purple or red).

These bobby pins are new to the pandacub shop and are very sparkly and would be a nice feminine touch for a night out on the town or just to to brighten up a normal day!

Here's how to enter:
Visit my shop, pandacub, then come back here and tell me what your favorite thing in the shop is! Just leave it in a comment on this post.

Want extra entries? (you must complete the first step above before doing these)
- 1 extra entry: Follow this blog. Leave a comment telling me that you've become a Follower (or that you were already a Follower).
- 1 extra entry: Become a Facebook fan at Leave comment telling me that you've become a fan (or that you were already a fan).
- 3 extra entries: Follow me on Twitter (pandacubcafe) and tweet about this contest (use the tag @pandacubcafe so I can see your tweet). Leave a comment letting me know you've done this.
- 5 extra entries: Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. Leave a comment here and include the URL where I can see your post
- 10 extra entries: Buy anything from my pandacub shop. Come back and leave a comment letting me know what you bought and your Etsy username.

Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

- This contest closes at midnight (ET) on Monday, February 15, 2010.
- Winner will be announced on this blog shortly after the contest closes.
- This giveaway is open worldwide.