I’ve been contemplating getting a Kindle. A couple of months ago I wouldn’t have been thinking much about it but a few friends have them and are giving very happy reviews. I’ve been reading ebooks on my iPhone at night and I really like not having to prop book pages open, and the one-tap page turning is awfully nice. I’m also struggling with my overstretched library system where it can take over a year to get a book you’ve put on hold. I’m 240th in line to get The Omnivore’s Dilemma, 852nd for Twilight, 239rd for Anathem. I put Getting Things Done on hold back in the summer and it didn’t arrive until two weeks ago when I was (ha ha) too busy to get to the library to pick it up. Even when the library has fifty copies of a book being passed around town it can be an unbearably long wait. And yet I don’t want to buy books because I have too much stuff in my house already. The Kindle offers shopping right from the device, near instant downloading. Clearly I’m willing to invest some money for to make my nightly reading ritual a whole lot more convenient.
The thing that got me really thinking about it happened just this week. I live near a sweet little neighborhood in Seattle but it acts like a small town and everything closes early which means there is no chance you can, say, find a YA book to buy to console yourself when you’re coming down with a cold and know you’ll be up late with a box of tissues and some pity. The Kindle sounded really great right at that moment.
The more I read about it the more I’m tempted. You can read blogs, get newspapers, read sample chapters of books before you buy. You don’t need to synch the device or be near a wi-fi hotspot, you just charge the battery when you need to and everything else is taken care of without monthly fees of any sort. But, even with all this I simply can’t justify it yet, so I’ll just look longingly from over here.
· comments  · 12-8-2008 · categories:shopping ·
This is for any readers living in the UK who are frantically looking for gifts (updated to add that Paola has given free international shipping to readers, see below for details): please allow me to suggest having a look at mirrormirror, the online boutique of Paola Thomas whom I interviewed when I was the guest blogger over at Design*Sponge last year.
I always find myself falling in love with things in the mirrormirror shop that I didn’t know I wanted. These Porcelain Votive Candle Holders by Swedish ceramicist Karin Eriksson call to me, and the orange tea towels simply belong in my kitchen. I love the idea of a few peacock ornaments hanging from a tree. These Sweet Horse Chestnut Earrings are amazing and, as I’ve seen Paola wearing them, incredibly lightweight. If only I had the money the amazing Ray Mirror would have a good place in my home.
The gifts for kids are great too. The Miffy Door Hook and Miffy Egg Cup are adorable. And I think I want the Felt Sugar Cookies for myself.
To help you the Top 5 Gifts are listed, they are: Stacking Egg Cups (which I want), Bathtime Selection Box, Solar Powered Sunjar, Creative Interiors Colouring Book, and Teeny tiny butterfly bowl. To help even more there is a whole section of gift sets. Free shipping is offered on orders over $50 until December 24th.
update: Paola has offered free international shipping to Not Martha readers! To get it choose the International Shipping £0.00 option and quote Not Martha in the ‘where did you hear about us’ box. Thanks Paola!
· comments  · 12-4-2008 · categories:christmas · shopping ·
The Art of Storage has released the Brahms Coat Rack which has curved shapes for you to hang garments on so that the fabric does not become distorted. It also allows for hat and umbrella storage.
This is from the same people that make the Bach Coat Hooks which I talked about previously. If you’re not familiar with them I encourage you to go take a look at their clever bicycle storage options.
If you buy the Brahms Coat Rack The Art of Storage would like to offer you 10% Off and Free Shipping when you enter notmartha at checkout.
· comments  · 12-4-2008 · categories:shopping · the home ·
The Grassroots Business Association‘s first class is tomorrow night! Here are the details:
What entity to choose for your business, different accounting options for small business and preparing for your 2008 federal taxes.
December 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
University Branch meeting room, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105. This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.
Accounting for Small Business, Inc.
David Sitlani, Attorney
Law Offices of David Ravi Sitlani
· comments  · 12-3-2008 · categories:events · seattle ·
Urban Craft Uprising is this upcoming weekend, Dec. 6th & 7th, here in Seattle. It’s going to be another great show with over 130 vendors, book signing by crafty authors and a gift wrapping station.
Some of my favorite authors are coming on Saturday the 6th! Guess which day I’ll be going?
Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy will be there signing Stitched In Time from 1 to 2 p.m.
Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears of Raised Eyebrow Web Studio and The Boss of You site will be signing their book The Boss of You from 2 to 3 p.m.
The entire schedule of book signings can be found here.
· comments  · 12-3-2008 · categories:craft · events · seattle ·
Hungarian Paprika Chicken at Joy The Baker
Moist Yellow Cake at Bakerella (oh my god those pictures are gorgeous).
beef and cheese noodle bake at Shelterrific, yay for comfort food
Caramelized Shallots at Pink of Perfection
Turkey Pad See Ew at Chow
Royal Dilemma: Why is the Princess Cake Green? at Cakespy
Upon discovering there is a Trader Joe’s that isn’t too difficult for us to get to we’ve started shopping there again. So, Trader Joe’s Fans and Tracking Trader Joe’s might come in handy.
mushroom and barley pie at Smitten Kitchen, that is so darn pretty
searching for the elusive one-hold single-cup drip-filter, and finding a solution, at Super Eggplant
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cakes, oh my goddness, at Erica Mulherin
Cookstr, a new online food thing, via Cool Hunting
I have a few couple holiday parties coming up and I’d like a great dish to bring. I’d like it to be not to difficult, not too expensive, possible to make/assemble ahead, and travel well. at Ask Metafilter
When asked for dessert recommendations, my friend’s 8-year-old son suggested “chocolate chip cookies with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough in them.” How on earth can I pull off this fantastic treat? at Ask Metafilter. Brilliant kid.
pie crust 103: rolling and crimping at Smitten Kitchen
pumpkin cupcakes with links for how to make icing roses, at Smitten Kitchen
Fall’s Modern Cocktail at Modern Cottage
Wine or cider mulling spice bags, using a wine cork to float it, smart. At Eating Well Anywhere.
OMG, homemade Bacon Magic Shell, at Cooking With Tits. Via Brownie Points.
· comments  · 12-2-2008 · categories:drink · food · recipes ·