Friday, February 26, 2010


Tomorrow is the official start of my honeymoon! I will not be posting during this time. Please visit my Etsy Shop to see the new things I've added recently. All orders will be shipped upon my return.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beautiful Flip Flops In My Etsy Shop -- Hand-wrapped With Ribbons

New in my Etsy Shop: My hand-wrapped flip flops, inspired by my upcoming Southern Caribbean honeymoon! Order now for my March 20th shipment. First ten orders will go out March 20th. You can select one or two colors and your desired size when you check out. 
Check the flip flops out here!

My New Article On Cooking While Camping just launched (a website I am writing for) and has published my article on camp cooking. Check it out here!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Bracelets Available!

I've added several new charm and cha cha bracelets to my Etsy Shop. Perfect for the upcoming Spring and Summer months! Click here for the one pictured.

A few of my most popular sellers are currently sold out, but will return to the shop in March (including the Old Fashioned Typewriter Key charm bracelet).

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pink & Lavender Floral Charm Bracelet

 I've just added several new charm bracelets to M Design Boutique (my Etsy Shop) including this lavender and pink lampglass bead charm bracelet. I will post the new ones over the next few days here on this blog.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Charm Bracelet History and How To Start A Bracelet of Your Own

For those of you who have seen my Etsy Shop, you know I am a big fan of charms, charm bracelets and cha cha bracelets (pictured above). I recently published an article about them here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Break Media Sites
I recently became a contributing writer for Break Studios who provides content for,,,,, and among others. My first article about easy cooking for campers will be available at in the coming days. Watch for that and additional links to my Break Studios work here!

A Little Spring For You

Mention this blog when you pay (for anything in my shop) and I will refund your shipping!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Salem Massachusetts: Halloween's True Home

Living in Massachusetts, I've seen some awesome New England sites. Salem at Halloween rises to the top of the list. Here's an article I wrote about this strange little town with a very witchy history.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Careers Exposed: Hawaiian Rainforest Tour Guide

The first in my series of articles aimed to inspire and educate people about finding jobs/careers that they'll love.
First subject: Robert Campbell, Rainforest Tour Guide.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Five Favorite Wedding Day Bargains

Last year my husband and I got married after buying a 327 year-old home in New England. What a perfect reminder to do everything in our power to keep on budget for our June wedding! Here are five tips I discovered over the course of my research that might help you, or a bride and groom you know!

Tomorrow my husband and I leave town to attend the wedding of our good friends Kai and Helen. In the spirit of newlywed goodwill, I give you "Five Favorite Wedding Day Bargains"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Five Valentine's Day Ideas (On the Cheap)

My expert tips ;) on romancing your date for Valentine's Day without being a victim of the consumerism that happens around the holiday! Check it out here.

Photo: Decordova Sculpture Park (Article forthcoming) Photo by Mike Machowski

Monday, February 1, 2010

Featured Etsy Item: Woven Black Scarf -- Discount For Readers Of This Blog!

I made this scarf which is now for sale in my Etsy Shop Here. $65. If you mention this blog, I will refund the shipping fee. This is a hand-woven scarf made of yarn from around the world. Different beautifully textured yarns are mixed with ribbons to make a lovely warm fiber masterpiece!

Call For Subjects: Career Article Series -- I Need YOU!

I am looking for people who will answer (in some detail) ten questions about their job/career for a series of articles I am writing to help people follow their dreams and find jobs they love. Send me a message if you'd like to help! You can promote something with links, or remain anonymous. Thanks to those of you already helping with this!

A sampling of the fascinating people/jobs I've already got contributors for:

  • Rural Public Defender

  •  Sports Writer for a major online publication

  •  Videographer-turned-Medical Student

  • Race Car Builder

  • Hawaiian Rainforest Tour Guide

  • Video Game Engineer

Every job or career qualifies for this series! Please email to help me with this series!