Monday, August 5, 2013

Tweet it!

I have a love hate relationship with Twitter. On one hand its this amazing tool to promote, discover and connect with my customer base but on the other hand I feel vulnerable and exposed to prying eyes that I prefer knew nothing about me. I think I am getting over the later by simply no longer giving a f&$@.. No f$&@s are left to be had.  

 Today a fabulous thing happened though.  I tweeted my love of Kate Nash's music.. And she followed me back.  I feel part of an elite special little club.  We are going to see her in Dallas my birthday weekend at a tiny club. I am all sorts of excited.  Clearly I just love everything British still and since we won't be going back anytime soon, my musical loves will have to do!

Have you followed me on Twitter yet? @mytinfoiltiara ... Follow me... I post random thoughts... What I am cooking, cat pictures, and my newest MurderMitten designs!

I have no idea if its possible to post a YouTube video into a blog.. So until I can properly embed a video from the is a link to listen to some of the lovely Ms. Nash!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

How I help the Environment and Never Pay for Magazine Subscriptions

Lately I've had multiple people ask me how I am not working (not entirely true but I don't work a 40 hour week anymore) and still afford to have all of the latest magazines delivered... truthfully... I get them all for FREE.. 100% totally didn't pay a penny free. 

Here's how I do it. 

When I lived in DC, our community belonged to a program called  As a community you recycled as much as you could every week and after you can was picked up and scanned you received points in your recycle bank account.  I averaged about 100 points a week by simply doing what I was already doing.

I also read articles on the environment on their website, took quizzes and played games to earn more points for my account.

So on to the real reason you are reading this.. Those points you collect add up fast and you can turn them into rewards.  Rewards range from grocery coupons... ($10 off $50 at Harris Teeter was my favorite) retail and restaurant coupons and you got it 1 year completely free magazine subscriptions.   I also opted in for the electronic versions on my Ipad to you know help the environment more! :)  I currently receive, The Journal, Martha Steward, Cooking Lite, People, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Cosmo, Health, Ellie, and Real Simple!  I also got several wedding magazines for free when I was planning.

What you need to do to earn free magazines like I do*:

(I am getting absolutely no "kickback" by talking about this program.. I think its really great to encourage recycling and raise awareness and I think others would like free magazines too!)

First:  Sign up at (you can use your email or facebook account to sign up).

Next check to see if your community participates in recycle bank because weekly recycling rewards is the fastest easiest way to earn points!  If they don't participate, don't be sad!  You can request that your community is added and there are lots of other ways to earn points on the website by educating yourself reading articles, pledging to be less wasteful, and making smarter greener purchases.

You can get the whole family involved in earning points too because there are lots of environmentally focused games that kids can play to not only learn about how they can help the environment but also earn points.

 So there you have it... go help the environment and earn some reading materials you love!



Sunday, June 2, 2013

The End of an Era

I spend all weekend meticulously sorting beads and securing them in little plastic baggies.  MurderMitten Creations is officially almost entirely packed up and  ready for the move.

It's sort of sad because DC is where it all started.  

I went back and looked at the first necklace I ever sold to someone... and what I long way I've come!

Simple seed bead necklaces 5 years ago and now I am doing weddings!

I loved all of the crafty people I met here and the Ballston Market was my favorite show by far.  I hope Dallas shows me the same love!