I have a little trick. When I’m walking through a store and I really like something, I pick it up and walk around with it. I browse the rest of the aisles or shelves while holding the random thing of beauty that’s the object of my affection.
90% of the time, by the time I’ve finished wandering around, I feel like I’ve owned it for long enough and just end up putting it back where I found it. If, after walking around with it, I’m still in love with it … I know I should buy it. Works like a charm.
Difficult with things like a new set of snowtires, but not impossible.
That’s how I end up with a house filled with things I love instead of a house filled with things I kindda like.
Speaking of which … one thing I always completely love without having to carry them around for half an hour, are my sponsors. I love them, these people who choose to spend their advertising dollars on my website. And they just happen to carry things that I absolutely love.
I also love you the readers, who support my advertisers by going to their sites and browsing and buying things. (Just so we’re straight on this, I’m using love in the rather broad sense. If push came to shove, I’d have to admit to being rather fond of you as opposed to loving you. I do however, love bacon.)
So, to make things easier for you, I have a selection of my favourite things starting with my newest sponsor, Brenda Watts of Cattails Studio. Brenda has been a reader of The Art of Doing Stuff for a longgggg time and she finally decided to jump into advertising this month. Brenda creates beautiful handcrafted wood objects in her cabin in the woods in Canada’s Prince Edward Island.
You can read Brenda’s blog here, or visit her store here.
Returning advertisers include Completely Coastal, a blog dedicated to all crafts that are coastal in influence. Beautiful ideas on how to display and work with driftwood, shells and all things that remind you of breezes and saltwater.
To visit Completely Coastal click here.
Up next is the blog “Ask Mr. Pickles”. The blog is similar to an advice column like Ann Landers. Only instead of asking for Ann Landers advice, you ask Mr. Pickles, who just happens to be a debonaire cat. I have no idea how he does it, being a cat and all, but Mr. Pickles is both informative and hilarious.
To read Mr. Pickles blog, click here.
Deserving an extra special mention this month is Waylay Design. WayLay helped me move my site from a bad, horrible server I’d been using to a super-fantastic new server. There were no hold your breath, or cross your fingers moments. Everything was smooth sailing. If you’re in need of a web designer or someone to help you out with an Internet/website problem I highly recommend them. Why? Because they’re good. Why else? Because they’re nice. Nice goes a long way in the world.
To learn more about Waylay Design click here.
And finally, I have for you, my longest, most dedicated advertiser. Money coach, Nancy Zimmerman from the website Your Money by Design. Nancy offers a service for people who need a bit of help with their finances. And she does it with humour. Or humor. Depending on where you’re from.
To browse Nancy’s site to see all that she can do to help you, click here.
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