Sunday, November 28, 2010

50 books in 2010 - update 6

Here's how I'm doing so far in my goal to read 50 books this year...

With only one more month to go, I'm going to have to do a LOT of reading in this last month to make my goal of reading 50 books! And as it's the holiday season, and that means a really busy time of year, it's going to be tough, but I'm going to give it my best shot!

1. The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper, finished January 13
2. The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser, finished February 7
3. Lamb by Christopher Moore, finished February 12
4. The Man Who Ate the World by Jay Rayner, finished February 20
5. There Will be Dragons by John Ringo, finished February 26
6. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory, finished March 2
7. Emerald Sea by John Ringo, finished March 3
8. In a Time of Darkness by John Ringo, finished March 3
9. Against the Tide by John Ringo, finished March 9
10. East of the Sun, West of the Moon, by John Ringo, finished March 15
11. Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith, finished March 15
12. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, finished March 16
13. Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, finished March 18
14. Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte, finished March 18
15. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, finished March 24
16. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, finished April 1
17. The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn, finished April 11
18. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, finished April 27
19. Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist, finished May 10
20. The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy, finished May 24
21. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, finished June 5
22. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld, finished June 10
23. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, finished June 15
24. The Queen's Sorrow by Suzannah Dunn, finished June 21
25. Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay, finished July 3
26. The Shadow of the Pomegranate by Jean Plaidy, finished July 25
27. The King's Grey Mare by Rosemary H. Jarman, finished August 13
28. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, finished August 24
29. Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurst, finished September 2
30. Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurst, finished September 18
31. Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurst, finished September 22
32. The Queen's Captive by Barbara Kyle, finished September 23
33. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, finished October 10
34. The Twylight Tower by Karen Harper, finished October 15
35. The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory, finished October 26
36. The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory, finished November 2
37. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, finished November 6
38. The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, finished November 10
39. Crocodile on the Sandback by Elizabeth Peters, finished November 26

Currently reading:

- The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
- Great Harry by Carolly Erickson
- The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

big plans for the weekend

Since I'll be closing the shop for a little while starting December 1 (read more about that here) I've decided to hold a really big sale this weekend to coincide with the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.

I'll be marking down lots of items in my shop - this will be the biggest sale pandacub has ever had, so I hope you'll come check it out.

Also, if join my Facebook pandacub fan page you'll get information on how to save 10% off your entire order (and yes, this will be valid for this weekend's sale too!)

On top of all this, I'm thinking of holding a big scavenger hunt in my shop through Twitter, during which you can win lots of cool pandacub goodies - stay tuned on the blog and Facebook page for more info on that!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

refreshing the shop

I'm going to spend December focusing on the holidays and my family, and also taking some time to refresh my shop - checking inventory, updating photos and introducing new products, which means that I'll be taking my Etsy shop offline for most of December.

If you want any pandacub products for the holidays, please shop early! :)

As an added bonus, I'm having a huge sale from November 27-30 (to coincide with Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales) in my Etsy Shop - so happy shopping!

The pandacub Etsy shop will be close for the holidays starting December 1, but I'll still be around to blog, email and answer convos!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

lest we forget...

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- In Flanders Fields by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

which house are you?

So, Harry Potter fans - are you excited for Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows coming on November 19?

I'm a big fan of Harry Potter and was inspired to create some bobby pins to represent the 4 Houses of Hogwarts. All 4 sets are available in my pandacub Etsy shop.

The 4 pairs of bobby pins encompass the House colours:
Gryffindor: scarlet and gold
Hufflepuff: canary yellow and midnight black
Ravenclaw: blue and bronze
Slytherin: green and silver

"You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil.
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
to achieve their ends."
- J.K. Rowling
from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

So, what House do you belong to?

Monday, November 1, 2010

sock monkey power for the holidays

Want to add a cute touch to your holiday gifts, as well as help out a good cause?

Normally every time someone buys a sock monkey brooch from pandacub, I donate $1.50 to Operation Sock Monkey (which is 50% of the selling price of the brooch), but for the entire month of November, I will be donating 100% of the selling price ($3.00) to OSM!

Operation Sock Monkey, run by my friend Lindsay, is an initiative that supports Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA). CWBSA is an amazing organization that provides laughter, hope and healing to communities affected by HIV/AIDS. I'm hoping that with your help, we can help OSM and CWBSA continue to bring smiles and laughter to children who are in much need of it.

The sock monkey brooches are available in 3 different colours and 3 different poses, so why not add a brooch to your gift packaging this year. You'll add a touch of whimsy to your gifts and help out OSM at the same time!