25 Reasons To Never Read This Blog Again























This is going to be my last post on this blog. It’s time for me to start over and I’m not going to just keep re-inventing myself here. It just isn’t right for me now. I’m making a move and starting over on my own domain. I’m taking this blog with me, but there are a lot of changes coming for repurposedKATE, and this platform just isn’t the right one for what’s going to happen next.

I hope you’ll come with me to repurposedKATE.com. There’s still a lot of setting up I’ve got to do there, but I’m going to start building there instead of adding to what has already come to an end here. I’m looking forward to great, new adventures and a new direction.

C’mon! We’ll have a blast!

Quick and Dirty List of Shops Participating in the April Showers Shopping Festival 4/11 – 4/15

I apologize for the hasty post, but I want everyone to have a chance to see the list of participating merchants for the APRIL SHOWERS SHOPPING FESTIVAL and the discount each shop is offering, but I can’t stay to do more than leave the list. So, here it is!

UPDATE: Simple Trading Team member, Sam, has an updated, not-so-dirty version of the list on her blog with brief descriptions of the store offerings included.

1. http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperPlaza
2. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ye1lowSubmarine
3. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisTerraBoutique
4. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePillowBook
5. http://www.etsy.com/shop/FripperyFrocks
6. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZeeGlassworks
7. http://www.etsy.com/shop/uniquemaking
8. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChiTreeSign
9. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BifrostShoes
10. http://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkParlorBijou
11. http://www.etsy.com/shop/dreamcatchermaker

1. http://www.bigheartboutique.etsy.com
2. http://www.metzlislight.etsy.com
3. http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BLPhotography
4. http://www.EcoFabricStore.etsy.com
5. http://www.etsy.com/shop/DodoLeather
6. http://www.etsy.com/au/shop/kreativeblossom
7. http://www.etsy.com/shop/moncherilingerie
8. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Deecreated4U
9. http://www.etsy.com/shop/repurposedkate
10. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LauriesRockPaintings
11. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LFBArtandJewelry
12. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Emariecreations
13. http://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkParlorBijou
14. http://www.etsy.com/shop/samsstuff
15. http://www.etsy.com/shop/CaseInfinity

1. http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageVandu
2. http://www.dmrhas2.etsy.com
3. http://www.SPMArt.etsy.com
4. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSunshineVintage
5. http://www.etsy.com/shop/videnda
6. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheIndianBazaar
7. http://www.etsy.com/shop/petiteutile
8. http://www.etsy.com/shop/byRima

1. http://www.butterstitch.etsy.com
2. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ye1lowSubmarine
3. http://www.IndianJournals.etsy.com

Happy shopping!!

April Showers Shopping Festival (hosted by Simple Trading Team)

April Showers Shopping Festival

One of the benefits of having an Etsy shop is the community within the platform. Merchants are able to (and encouraged) to share their experiences and to help and encourage others to succeed. One of the ways sellers help sellers is by joining teams. Teams are essentially semi-private forums where sellers (and sometimes buyers) can, among other things, cross-promote merchandise with other sellers.

I am a member of several teams and the captain on one of my teams (Simple Trading Team), a seemingly tireless leader who sells lovely handmade journals in a shop called Indian Journals has organized a Spring Shopping Festival for the team’s benefit.

What’s a “shopping festival”?
Basically, this festival is something like a big, big sale in a co-op marketplace. Members of the team have agreed to post a shop-wide savings coupon for a designated set of days and cross-promote other teamies participating in the event. Of course, I’m participating by joining in with other sellers in offering 20% discount on every item in my shop April 11th through the 15th.

This sale is going to be pretty huge with some sellers offering free worldwide shipping and others offering up to 40% (maybe even 50%?) off every item listed in their shop. The Festival begins in less than 24 hours, so I hope you will come back and get the codes for the discounts and see some of the goodies that we’ll be offering.

Note for STT members participating in the event:
For sellers looking for images to post in your shop banner during the festival, I have these images available. One with a transparent background as well as one on black and one on white. Click through the link to the image you would like to use, then right-click on the image and select “copy image.” Once you have it copied, you can paste it on top of your shop banner in an image editor. Position the umbrella where you want it, then save and upload the banner through your shop controls. Alternatively, you can select to “save image” rather than copy if you don’t have your shop banner open in an editor yet.

You are also welcome to use the promotional banner at the top of this post if you want one that large (it’s actually about 33% bigger than it appears here. If you want to use a smaller promo banner, try this one:

festival promo 400px wide.

festival banner

Know Why “Fish Don’t Fry In The Kitchen”?

Admit it. “Beans don’t burn on the grill” crossed your mind faster than you could click that title, but you don’t have a clue what either of those lines mean. Don’t worry; you are not alone.

“Movin’ On Up” by Ja’net Dubois (from Good Times) and Jeff Barry is one of the most recognized and beloved songs to have graced prime time television. Also known as the theme from The Jeffersons, this classic bit of syndicated nostalgia is not only one of the most familiar songs ever, but it’s one of the most baffling. Why? Because no one really has an explanation for why, as the song goes, “fish don’t fry in the kitchen.”

If you clicked hoping for some great enlightenment about the culinary delights on the menu in Queens, NY in the mid-70’s, I’m sorry to let you down. I’ve always been curious about the meaning of the song, too, especially because that line of that song always seems to come to mind when some aspect of my life seems to be looking up or taking a turn for the better. When that happens, I always wonder if the phrase is supposed to be some kind of warning against a potential and specific obstacle or challenge along the untraveled path.

I’m wondering about this lyric today because I’ve got an announcement to make about a big change on the very near horizon: repurposedKATE is movin on up! I’ve decided to move the blog from the wordpress.com hosting platform onto my own domain at repurposedKATE.com. And it’s a big deal, at least to me. I hope you will stick with me through the transition as I continue blogging here and updating and setting up shop at the new address. When the day comes for me to make the move, I’ll have everything that’s been posted here migrated to the new addy and we can pick up like we never left off at all.


repurposedKATE.wordpress.com is moving to repurposedKATE.com

I’m excited and I can’t wait you commenting and posting on the new site! In the meantime, if you know what “Fish don’t fry in the kitchen” means, please post it in the comments satisfy my curiosity once and for all. (If you just want to say hello or even link to something happening on your blog/site, that’s okay too. I ❤ comments….)