Tough times right now, Gentle Reader. With a number of conventions cancelled, many of the friendly vendors that I look forward to seeing and buying pretties from are hurting.
If you’re scared and strapped for funds right now, you can always put a little good out into the world by reviewing a book, or a craft person you love. Bonus: it might make you feel a bit better.
But if you have a bit to spare for something fancy, I can personally recommend the following…
Badali is a women owned and run operation. They make most of their sales at conventions, because they specifically do tie-in jewelry. They are my safe haven at big conventions, and I can often be found hiding out there (eating their snacks). They even host author signings! They are warm and welcoming with big smiles for everyone, and I miss their lovely faces when I don’t get to see them.
(Incidentally, April 2020’s newsletter features a bladed fan necklace give away, silver & red! Must be joined before April 4, 2020 and through the subscription process for a chance to enter via the actual Sunday Chirrup.) Sign up here.
I find this vendor’s name IMPOSSIBLE to remember, which is frustrating because when I wear my “eye of sad Sauron” necklace, I am constantly asked about it. Hibernacula is their name and I first met them at a WorldCon. Since then I mostly frequent their Etsy shop.
I love this necklace so much and get so many compliments on it, I’m thinking of investing in one of the other colors for myself for my birthday. Just need to look over my wardrobe and decide which one would work best…
Geeky Tea & Games is a small shop and gaming store in LA, their logo is a happy octopus drinking tea. They also host stand up comedy and other social events. Needless to say they will be particularly hard hit by this. Also, there is an attached cat rescue. Finally, if that didn’t convince you the owner IS MY COVER MODEL!!!
Try one of their special made high quality tea blends. You won’t be sorry. I never am.
Brute Force Studios
Thomas (of Brute Force Studios) and I have been friends since the dawn of steampunk. His leather fan is featured on the cover of Waistcoats & Weaponry. He saved me several times at San Diego Comic Con and I am always delighted to see him (usually at an East Coast event).
Like all Etsy vendors and craft-persons, personal contact is always appreciated. They can usually tailor or change things to your specifications.
Belle Monde Chocolates
Nikki Woolfolk is not only a wonderful author and fellow steampunker but purveyor of my most favorite chocolate off all time. This is what I spoil myself with for birthdays etc… it is truly amazing and wonderfully delicious. Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, she does a tea meets chocolate sampler.
Take care of you, yours, and your creativity,
Many virtual curtsies…
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Defy or Defend, a new Delightfully Deadly book featuring Dimity!
Dimity, London’s cheerfullest spy, must fix a broken vampire hive while a gentle soldier tries to keep her safe. A charming makeover story set in the popular Parasolverse.
It’s a battle for survival… and wallpaper!
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Are your kids home from school? If they’re up for it, have them write book reviews of their favorite books. Then you can post them online and they get to see their words LIVE out in the world influencing others. How fun is that?
T.J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea is finally out.
I was given an advanced reader of this book and have been waiting to crow about it. I ADORED it. It’s basically 1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. It’s delightful and comforting and warm. HIGHLY recommended.
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