Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gotta Have It/Gotta Blog It: Forget the Party Dress


Despite The Cold, It's Time To Party

It's Arctic here. I'm not kidding. I've been hunkered down with the wood stove. 

My windows have ice on them.


Yesterday it was 0 in the morning.

Today, -6. Without the wind chill.

It was so cold yesterday that they had to close one of our ski mountains. It was -47f. What?

Personally, I think it's a perfectly good reason to invite some guests over, grab a mug, get some cocoa, get cozy and enjoy the company.

{If you're new to Mercantile Muse and the Gotta Have It/Gotta Blog It Link Party here's the scoop.  You probably already know about etsy (where we have a shop) and the handmade movement, the resurgence of everything vintage and the explosion of blogs by little peeps like me. Behind that movement are a gazillion creators, pickers, photographers and bloggers who run their own shops and blogs, competing against all the big guys who have gigantic marketing budgets. These little people don't and it's important to me to give these hardworking people a leg up on the big competition anyway I can.}

Now, for Pete's sake.....come on in and join the party.


sources:  winter art photograph via semisweetstudio; mugs via jessicahoward; gourmet hot cocoa via apropros roasters; handknit socks via dmtgun3

Remember, even if you don't own an etsy shop or online business and you don't blog, you are still invited to this party. It's a fun place to window shop and see what you might have been missing until now.

******If you're linking up your shop or blog, please read these guidelines before linking up.******

*If you like Mercantile Muse enough to link up, please follow too. There are plenty of ways in the sidebar.You'll also find me on Hellocotton.
*Don't link and run. Be kind and follow links others have left behind.
*Link once for your shop, once for you blog.
*You'll also find Bates Mercantile Co. here: facebook, pinterest, twitter, tumblr. I'd love to connect! 
*These parties can't be a success without your help. Can you share a link to the party? Blog, tweet, facebook, pin, share on any etsy teams? If you blog and are so inclined to grab a button (from Mercantile Muse button page) and feature it on your blog, that would be wicked awesome. Everyone is welcome -  tell your friends.  Thanks to all of you who did at the last party...it was the biggest and best ever! Totally rockin'.
*When you take part in the link up, you'll go on the Mercantile Muse mail list. {Correspondence will come from the address pbates at speakeasyinfo dot net.} I'll let you know when the next party is underway and about other happenings at the Muse.
*BY ALL MEANS,feel free to leave a comment. Tells a little more about you, your shop or blog. Need help to get started? 'What are you working on right now?
Time to get down! (If you're reading by email, click here to go to the party).

There's lots in the works on Mercantile Muse including a bookkeeping/accounting post from the Kate The Great aka Ms. Vintage from StoryTellersVintage. This girl is all about tracking and spreadsheets. She can't help it. It's what she did before she moved to the West coast to explore her more creative side.  I'll also be starting our artist's profile series soon and if you're like me and really enjoy learning the story behind things and the process, you'll want to be here for that.
I'm also diligently working on a redesign which I'm excited about. There is a lot more to do, but just getting stuck into the process makes me happy. I think you're going to like it. 
Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun.  

Stay warm wherever you are, and if you're in the other hemisphere, stay cool.

Ciao for now,






38 comments:

  1. Mmmm, that hot cocoa looks so good, and I love those mugs! I need both right now. It is so cold here, too. Maybe a southern move wouldn't be so bad afterall!

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    1. no kidding, right? i could seriously go for a cup right now but I think I'm out. an order my be necessary...............

      oh girl, but then you'd have to start calling it 'dinner'. i know you can touch out this air mass.

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  2. I'm so proud of myself for actually getting to the Party early for a change! Here I am! All ready with a tray of nibbles, helping the host, hair all done, sparkly shoes on and ready to greet, meet and eat!

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    1. Dang, what'd you do....lose your footing and slide down the mountain, quick trip to the kitchen, mojitoes on (ooo, sparkly mojitoes......make a note of that for J), shush the hair and run over to my place? you are a serious multi tasker of the highest order.

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  3. That photo of the window is beautiful! It's cold here too, but not quite -6! Brrrr. We've had a bit of snow overnight too. Also, all that talk about cookies and baking in your email has left me drooling! I realized I forgot to eat lunch!! :)

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    1. all I can say is the wind just seriously picked up. glad i've been stoking the fire because now that the sun is going down it's only going to get colder. yikes!

      thank goodness I gave some of those cookies to the neighbors. this weekend, being as it's supposed to continue to be cold, might be a good time to try another recipe.

      thanks for linking up M!

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  4. That reminds me that I have some hot chocolate I can make. It's not quite 0 degrees but it's pretty freaking cold. Going to tweet this linky party.

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    1. now you're taunting me..........like I said to Kristen,think I might be out. but i will cross my fingers and check the pantry......come to think of it...I know I have real cocoa and milk and sugar...probably all i need.

      thanks Ayla for tweeting!

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  5. Thanks again, Pam!!! Loved seeing everyone! Maybe it should get really cold more often...NAH!

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    1. maybe though...........
      NAH.

      I'm with you.

      can you even imagine the people who live in this kind of weather for much longer periods of time. they must just get months of food and drink and hunker down for the duration.

      the dog is not amused.

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  6. I've brought spring fever with me....
    Thanks again Pam - great finds everybody been clickity clicking myself silly!

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    1. awesome!!!! seriously some great stuff always left behind. thanks for always linking up.

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  7. Pam, you are killing me with these cookies photos...it looks soooooooooo delicious!
    Thanks for inviting me, always happy to be here...
    Sigal

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    1. there is just something about toll house cookies, or any cookies for that matter, straight out of the oven. melting in your mouth with a cold glass of milk.

      love your new resin hearts....sweet!

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  8. Pam, thanks again for another chance to party with the Bates! :D And I agree, stop emailing me pictures of cookies, girl! Don't you know I have no self control these days. Lol, just kidding. Love your blog friend! :D

    It is very nice here, temps in the 50's during the day and down at night until we wake up to a light frost, but the cool breeze feels lovely, and we are definitely enjoying our coastal Georgia weather! (Sending you warm thoughts!)

    Shirley
    (PS: A quick update about A Bow For Mama, we've moved. I no longer host through Etsy, I am with Storenvy now, and very happy. I have a brand new branding logo debuting in a couple of weeks, and hopefully I'll be ready to show it off by the time the next party rolls around.)

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    1. You are more than welcome Shirley!

      so happy to hear good things are happening for you.

      sorry about the cookie taunting........;)

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  9. Hey Shirley.........well if you're happy, I'm happy....because if Mama aint happy, ain't nobody happy!

    my sister used to have an old Cream of Wheat sign that used to say that.

    but good for you....if store envy is working for you, that's GREAT news!

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  10. Hey, -47 degrees is really something to moan about! Remember, when we were living in Edmonton, Alberta, in the 1970's we had a six week spell when the temps never got higher that -30, plus the wind chill which could take to -56! )(The Edmonton Journal even gave every reader who wanted one a special certificate indicating that "You Survived -56 degrees"! Do you wonder we tried our hardest to get back to the UK where temps were then a little more conducive to comfort? Alas, the weather seems to be taking us in that direction nowadays! It's supposed to be down to -16 in some parts this evening! Enjoy that cup of chocoate!

    Isobel: www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com

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    1. oh my my my........no wonder you wanted to move back to englad. there is just no need for -56. no need at all.

      you guys have been getting a good bit of winter this year! ours keeps getting mixed in with bizarre warm day here and there.

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  11. You're not kidding it's cold! I'm very thankful for heat and a roof over my head on days like this. (And a garage so my car isn't frozen!)

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    1. isn't that the truth. so thankful for roof over the head and a woodstove going. still cold today. hoping it warms enough for snow this week.

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  12. Thanks, Pamela. I posted the link on one of my Etsy team discussions.

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  13. wooww.great combo..
    Thanks a lot!!

    Love your blog...
    xoxo
    Demet

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    1. Hi Demet....thanks for the kind words. I love your work. It's really lovely.

      thanks for swinging by
      Pam

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  14. Thanks for the party Pam - it's freezing here too; today it actually warmed up to a balmy 22F. Hope you're staying warm!

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    1. Hi Laura......it's funny when we get to the point where we think 22 is balmy. honestly, everything is relative, right?

      It's like in the spring when temps start to warm and we think....oh, how heavenly, and then after summer when the temps reach same in the fall we think it's chilly.
      {not that I think you really believe 22 is balmy ....compared to sub zero it sure feels like it is}

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    1. more than welcome....your work is wonderful. swooning over your still lifes.

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  16. It has bee -14 and colder for the past few days here ... and it's not expected to warm until next week... Thank you for bringing together such a creative group of gals .. enjoying checking out their boutiques. xo HHL

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    1. Oh my Celia....it's just horribly cold - isn't it. Haven't been going out if I don't have to. It's a perfect time to do a little virtual window shopping, yes?

      they are a creative bunch, aren't they?

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  17. Hi! I'm a new follower. I found your blog & link party via Daft Crafts. Thanks for hosting!
    Melanie
    violetsbuds.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Melanie.....I'm so glad you found your way here!!! Thanks for linking up

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  18. Hellooo! I am finally on track today! Happy to be party of your link parrrty!

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    1. Hi Reshma.......I hope you enjoyed your vacation and had safe travels. Must have been wonderful to visit your brother after so long.

      Glad you stopped by to link up

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  19. Hey Pam, thanks for the shout-out!
    Zero and -6 degress....oh no! I don't know how you guys put up with it :)

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    1. I bet you're happy you're in sunny Cali!!

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You comments make my day. Thanks for taking the time to visit Mercantile Muse and for commenting. I really appreciate it. ~Pam

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