January 18, 2012

Bits and Bobs

  • One of my projects for the new year is to give my cubicle a makeover. If I can’t manage to get together all the ingredients myself, I’m loving these terrarium kits on Etsy.

  • Have you ever taken an e-course? Have you wanted to? I’m taking Susannah Conway’s Unravelling course and loving it, and my mind’s been percolating away at what a Pink of Perfection e-course would look like. Would you be interested? What would you want to see covered? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

  • I’ve been searching for a Cathrineholm teapot, and this might be a perfect stand-in until I find the perfect one. (How much do you love that the name of this Etsy store is During Quiet Time?)
  • Do you know of a charity that helps provide low-income girls and young women with access to tutors, mentors, college scholarship money, and other resources that help level the educational playing field? Please tell me–Pink of Perfection wants to give them money!
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  • Cadi: We’re FINALLY moving to a new place, but it doesn’t have a yard so my master plan is greenify our indoor space by building some terrariums and potting up all of my succulents into sweet containers. I’m excited beyond words, not just because we are moving somewhere new, but because its light filled and I can have indoor plants again.

    I love the little worlds that are terrariums. Gazing in and daydreaming…. Sounds like the perfect zen addition to a cubicle makeover!6 years ago

  • Julie: Yay for cubicle make overs! For me, the most important piece was having a non-overhead light source. My little lamp makes me so happy!

    Yay for a POP e-course – I think so many readers would love that!

    And lastly, yay for the Women’s Fund of Western Mass! They make a lot of grants that go to women and girls’ education programs (www.womensfund.net/). I interned there many moons ago, and just adore them!6 years ago

  • Julia S.: For organizations, check out Girls Write Now, GEMS, Posse Foundation, 826National…and also consider searching Idealist for smaller organizations that may be lower profile but doing amazing grassroots stuff. Awesome that you’re using your blog to contribute in this way!6 years ago

  • Zarah: I would love a PoP e-course! Just a little of everything you blog about – healthy, filling meals, a bit of decorating, etc.6 years ago

  • Melissa @ Hilltop Hausfrau: Donation: checking in with your local YWCA might be an idea. They can connect you with a local group in need.

    e-course: never thought of this. If you ran one on domestic wizardry (that is: bringing loveliness/calm to your table, home + mind in simple ways) I’d certainly sign up!

    Of course, if you ran such a seminar in person, that would be SO great. Coming to Vancouver anytime soon??6 years ago

  • KR: I would check out Legal Outreach http://legaloutreach.org/ – not female specific but excellent and rigorous college prep, SAT tutoring, professional exposure, etc etc, free of charge. I tutored for them for several years and can attest to it being really well run.6 years ago

  • Lana: I’m super excited to try the parsley leaves in salad. I bought a bunch the other day (for green-goddess dressing and, as it turns out, it’s purty darn good in cornbread!) and I always end up throwing most of it away.
    Love the teapot.6 years ago

  • Kristina: That winter salad looks delish. Pinned it!

    I would totally take a PoP e-course on freelance writing, owning who you are, making the most of everyday, and just being cool. I think you pull all of those things off with (what looks like from my seat) such self-assured-ness and style.6 years ago

  • Alexandra J: A PoP e-course sounds fab! One of my favorite things about your website is the sense of community and inclusiveness that you generate. It would be great to have a similarly collaborative aspect to an e-course. For example, if you have a module on easy weeknight dinners, participants could post their recipes and findings to a group blog so that we could learn from each others efforts. Perhaps you could give us weekly mini-projects and we could report back and share the results of our efforts.6 years ago

  • Kelly Jeanne: An e-course sounds great! I love your idea, Alexandra!6 years ago

  • Maya: Check out rownewyork.org
    The organization does great work helping young women build confidence, get in shape, learn a new skill and most importantly get into college. Plus, the executive director, Amanda, is an extraordinarily kind and cool woman.6 years ago

  • EB: Hey sugar. A PoP e-course would be so great! Maybe something on writing/journaling/creating happiness/simplicity?

    As for charities, I’ve put out the call to all my teacher friends and I’ll get you some good orgs 🙂6 years ago

  • Emily: Thanks for mentioning Girls Write Now, Julia!

    GWN is the first organization in the United States to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girls programming. Since 1998, we have provided a safe and supportive environment for at-risk girls to expand their natural writing talents, develop independent creative voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career, and life. Check us out: http://www.girlswritenow.org/gwn/6 years ago

  • Lana: BTW, http://www.heifer.org is something you might want to look into.6 years ago

  • cristina: ooh yeah – like the idea of PoP ecourse – walking us through weeks of adding la dolce vita (Day 12: buy some flowers and place them where you can admire them through the day).
    and second the rec for Write Girl – heard lots of good about them
    enjoy your terrarium!6 years ago

  • Yay! I so appreciate the feedback on the idea of an e-course and the charity ideas. Thank you, ladies!6 years ago

  • Jen: I think an e-course sounds like a fabulous idea! Count me in! I love the idea of PoP sharing some funds with a charity focussed on education for girls — such an important cause! Sounds like you have some good suggestions above!6 years ago

  • Evon T.: OMG Sarah! I must take the ecourse you’re enrolling in, and would of course enroll in POPs as soon as you introduce it to us. I’m very excited. I need that unravelling course because I’m going through a break-up and its really hard on me. Been with him all of my adult life, and I have quite a journey of healing infront of me. Thank you. Hugs….6 years ago

  • Beth: Yes to a PoP e-course! I really like Alexandra J’s suggestion of mini-projects we could do simultaneously, then come back to report results. Seems like it would be interesting to see many takes on one theme.

    Girls Empowerment Network isn’t education-specific, but I think some of its efforts to promote girls’ self esteem are focused on school. See what you think: http://genaustin.org/6 years ago

  • Amy: Thanks for highlighting my tea towel! I think it would be the perfect stand in for a teapot 😉6 years ago

  • Heather Grilliot: When can we sign up for your e-course? Still waiting on your book but I will settle on an online course instead. When I feel like treating myself I always come here to look for a new recipe, movie recommendations (Barefoot in the Park) or book that is off the beaten path that I have not heard of. You have a great way of seeking out what is authentic in the hearts of what I think are us “midcentury modern” women. I envision the end result of your soul searching course to be like a sling shot where we take a few steps back and then have the power to move forward in life full force ahead. What and how exactly are the ways to get there…well if I knew I would have my own e-course. 🙂6 years ago

  • Kate: I think an e-course is a splendid idea. We can all read your wonderful blogs which are filled with great suggestions on how to make the most of life and to take time to relish everyday activities and I think an e-course could make these a reality rather than agre a passive appreciation. Following the ‘choose two’ motif you could have different modules so people could concentrate on some specific areas of skills / interests they want to work on. ( I think I have perfected the cocktail side of things so it may be time to move on!!)

    I agree with other readers that a sense of community and the lovely people you find on your blog would make it a great experience.6 years ago

  • Nikki: How about The Lower Eastside Girls Club? I’ve always loved their organization.

    http://girlsclub.org/6 years ago

  • Sara Rose: An e-course? EXCELLENT!!!! Email me for a list of charities. I can name tons but I want to narrow it down for you. And I totally want one of those terrarium kits. I have forever but am fearful my dumb cats won’t leave.it.alone.6 years ago

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