Oddly Enchanting Luxe made it into two South Carolina team treasuries today.
In this week's update in the Etsy shop of Hedgehog Fibres was this fantastic batch of cashmere/silk worsted yarn. It's completely drool worthy, and it makes me sad that I can't knit fast enough or well enough to justify adding any more yarn to my already large stash. It doesn't stop me from obsessing about the beautiful colorways that Beata produces.
The Luscious Literati have begun again as an online book club now that we're farther apart (making meeting so much more difficult). Our first book in our new incarnation is "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It" by Maile Meloy. It's a collection of 11 short stories, and we'll be tackling one story per week. It was selected as one of the 10 best books in the 2009 New York Times Book Review.
My Yvetta earrings were featured in a treasury today. Take a look:
I finally ventured into downtown Spartanburg, SC to visit Hub City Bookshop and its neighbor, Cakehead Bakeshop. After visiting the bookstore and finding out more about what they do, I can't say how thrilled I am to have found them. I purchased a membership on the spot, with very little coaxing from the clerk, along with "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It" by Maile Meloy. I'll let you read in their own words what Hub City is all about:
The Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC, is a revolutionary independent bookstore. With each book purchased at our store, we and our customers nourish new writers and help launch authors into the literary world. That’s because all proceeds from the sale of books fund creative writing education and independent book publishing in our home community.
Located in the heart of downtown’s Grain District, our store shares the ground floor of the landmark Masonic Temple with Little River Coffee Bar and Cakehead Bakeshop. From its windows you look out on historic Morgan Square, the city clock tower, and the statue of the victorious Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. Operated by the non-profit Hub City Writers Project, the Hub City Bookshop specializes in new releases, regional authors, children’s books, literary fiction, history, and of course, Hub City Press titles. Though we are brand new—our doors opened in June 2010—we have big plans. Our event calendar will soon full up with a mixture of national touring authors and homegrown talent.
Our staff and volunteer workforce includes published writers as well as local book lovers. In fact, sometimes the person ringing you up at the counter can give you an author signature in the book you just purchased! If you are interested in joining the crew, contact our store manager, Erin Haire. Anyone who volunteers at least six hours a month can participate in our “Staff Picks” store display. The Hub City Bookshop has a central area called “What Spartanburg Reads” with a regular exhibit and inventory of books recommended by local luminaries, such as college presidents, politicians, businesspeople, key nonprofit leaders, and ordinary readers. It also has rotating displays about the works and personalities of successful Upstate literary figures.
We carry mostly new books, but we do have an area of select used books. We accept donations of good-condition, contemporary and classic hardbacks and trade paperbacks during store hours, and can provide you a tax deduction in exchange. (For a larger selection of used books, we suggest you visit the Friends of the Library Used Book Store at Cedar Spring Shopping Center, open Mondays 5:30-8 pm).
When you shop with us, you help send our community’s best young writers to college. You help us publish beautiful and important new books. You participate in bringing a writer in residence to our city. You underwrite creative writing workshops. You help create a cultural hot spot. You make our city a literary center of the South.
In the same building as Hub City Bookshop is a coffeehouse and at the back of the coffeehouse, occupying roughly the same space as a walk-in closet, Cakehead Bakeshop. I immediately adored it for its charm and very delicious looking cupcakes. It reminded me of Magpies old location in the Old City (Knoxville, TN)on a much smaller scale. I took a pair home with me to sample- red velvet and bananas foster. I've eaten the red velvet, which was quite tasty, and am looking forward to a bananas foster dessert after dinner. Their menu includes cakes, pies, cookies, and breakfast pastries. I'm looking forward to eating more of the goodies from this lovely shop.
While in Tennessee I had the good fortune to have found a wonderful group of friends and we decided to band together to form a book club. Managing schedules and getting everyone finished reading was challenging, but our meetings were always so much fun. Now that we're split apart we have taken our little gathering to a new place- our very own website. Feel free to join in.
I was wandering the web looking for art supplies and other crafty goodies when I stumbled upon Spoonflower. They print your design on fabric, and you can also purchase other designers' work in their shop. Take a look at this awesome owl apron fabric:
I have a feeling I'll be browsing through the selections for quite awhile. Perhaps a yard of these tasty treats?
I'm off to see this bookstore in a couple days, and the website has me so excited. It's really quite exciting to learn about them. I'll update with more info after I get back. In the meantime you can learn about them, too, at www.hubcity.org
My Bellini earrings made it into a cute treasury on Etsy today.
I tried on the Marie necklace before the Greenville Road Warriors hockey game tonight, and it's SO pretty on. Just the perfect length, and the combination of silvery blue-white keshi pearls, white topaz, and blue topaz was just so dreamy. It made me feel like Cinderella getting ready for the ball. It's going to be hard to part with this one.
A little bit about me. I'm an Army brat that's finally somewhat settled after a childhood spent....everywhere. We just moved to Upstate South Carolina, and I've got to say, I love it here!