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Monday, October 10th, 2011
8:09 am
Monday, September 28th, 2009
5:31 pm
presenting the Lovely Letterbox for one and all!
new subscription to Lovely Letterbox now available, U.S. and international. Please let friends know who might be interested! 

Deadline comes up next week. Info, details, photos, etc...at my craft blog
and sign up in my etsy shop.

<3 niku
Monday, March 30th, 2009
6:46 pm
6:40 pm

Originally uploaded by Karen Slafter aka Kali1313

I smiiiiled when I saw this!

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
8:05 pm
time for zine grab bags
this is x-posted

the first five flat rate shipping zine grab bags, some thematic, are available now as I go through and attempt to reduce my huge zine collection.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
5:11 pm
- toilet overflowed! aaahhhh!!!

+ I did manage to turn off the water when the toilet overflowed. not fast enough to prevent flooding but it could have been a lot worse. Hopefully maintenance will come out soon. I feel bad when they have to mess with something like that but still want them too.

+ went to the farmer's market with friends - so nice! so excited to have wonderful veggies and heavenly farmer cheese! this is getting me back to eating which I've been doing terribly, partly because 1. I hate going grocery shopping and 2. I'm terrified of spending money. but not eating or not eating well has bad effects and is, you know, bad. so I'm trying to get over my shit and do it!

+ aside from the overflowed toilet, I'm happy to not have to be anywhere tonight. I'm still so extra tired and when i got home I slept for several hours. I just want to work on putting zines together and working on projects, I'm happy to be at home doing just that.

+ nice shift tomorrow - 8am - 2:30pm.

+ semi-guilty tv pleasure (I never feel that guilty about tv because I love tv!) Tabitha's Salon Takeover. so entertaining! 

+ just saw a post about folksy, a new etsy-like marketplace in the united kingdom, and immediately found this. do I have to tell you how much I want it? adorable!! Mail Women are superheroes!!!

Monday, June 30th, 2008
3:17 am
it's 3am and for the past 3 hours, I've watched Degrassi and sewed little strawberry pincushions....
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
9:44 pm
I have been crafting like mad!
I have spent all my time on this stuff for the past week! I'm excited to finally have jewelry up. About 7 years ago, I made and sold jewelry, worked in a bead store, and taught  jewelry classes. I worked in a bead store back in Minneapolis during college, too. In the more recent years I've been into lots of other crafts and not so much that but lately just had some things I felt like making... 

I'm also pretty excited about the tape meaures and pins, because I love sewing and craft supplies that are cute and novel in some way but also useful. It has been really fun to think of ways to make practical stuff more fun. 

Thursday, April 10th, 2008
9:37 pm
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
10:10 am
crafty sewing goodness
via Rachel's wonderful Average Jane Crafter blog, a hilarious and delightful tutorial from Amy of Angry Chicken (another great craft blog) about a nice easy way to attach bias tape to the bottom of your skirt. popsicle stick puppets are involved - woo!
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
2:53 pm
embroidery heavenly!
embroidering is the best, right? I was actually working on some during the caucus last night. it helped me stay calm in the midst of all the chaos and mobbing.

I just ordered Aimee Ray's book Doodle Stitching, which looks so charming! I bought her ghost birds pattern on etsy and am almost done with it. her designs are lovely...

Jenny Hart has a new book of patterns coming out which looks fun too - it's a pad! here's a review of it on the awesome Average Jane Crafter written by Rachel, a really neat lady I just met a couple months ago. clicky clicky for the review and Average Jane Craftyness
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
9:43 am
books, anyone?
ok, so I'm purging books If you want anything, I just ask you to pay for shipping. I'll send it flat rate priority unless you prefer it sent media mail or whatever is cheaper. Let me know if you want something and I'll let you know the postage. or comment with your question.

+ A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
+ Zine Yearbook Vol. 7
+ Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing
+ Complete Control (anthology of Greg Wells' zine)
+ The World of Edward Gorey (hardcover, lots of graphics)
+ Ascending Peculiarity : Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey (hardcover, interviews mostly)
+ Modernity and Mass Culture (Naremore and Brantlinger)
+ 2 little Harry Potter book things: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages
+ Geek Love
+ Grant Writing for Dummies
+ get Your War On (David Rees)
+ Red Meat (Max Cannon)
+ The Onion : Dispatches from the Tenth Circle (best of the Onion)
+ Homosexuality in Cold War America : Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity

fellow film nerds, these are for you!

+ Film Noir Reader I and II
+ More Than Night : Film Noir in its Contexts (Naremore)
+ Reel Change : A Guide to Social Issue Films
+ Exploring the Film (kuhns and stanley)
+ A Cut Above: 50 film directors talk about their craft
+ The Critics Were Wrong : Misguided Movie Reviews and Film Criticism Gone Awry
+ Passion and Defiance : Film in Italy from 1942 to the Present
+ From Reverence to Rape : The Treatment of Women in Movies (Molly Haskell)
+ Movies and Methods Vol I (Bill Nichols)
+ Spaces in European Cinema
+ L'Avventura

that's it for now!

Sunday, December 9th, 2007
4:26 pm
oooh! Gay and Festive Holiday Cards!
I had so much fun making these cards! I created the cross stitch pattern and made color prints of it, then put them on red cardstock.

get 'em here (and visit for the full image): http://www.niku.etsy.com

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
11:23 pm
ooh! ooh! ooh!
I have been dreaming madly of putting these together with everything I've been collecting that is halloween or bat themed, and finally tonight got it done! click on the image to see it in the shop. 
xoxo Niku

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
8:58 pm
announcing new zines!

my newest zines, all available at Parcell Press!

Postal Curiosities & Delights (art zine all about mail, plus a pack of supplies for making your own mailart)
     Sample Page Not Available   

the Ephemeral Mailbox Museum art zine pack of 3 full color collage art zines: 

- Itch to Stitch
- Carnival of Curious Urges
- Vidalia Sparkle's Attic
Image  Image

Carnival of Curious Urges is available on its own, as is another one called Something In My Pocket. 

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
11:39 pm
new printing of the Ms. Films DIY Guide is here!
ya'll, I'm so excited. The first print run sold out, and the second printing is here. We decided to go with perfect bound this time, because of ability to store and ship, cost, etc. Tell your friends, and find all the details at Parcell Press.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
4:29 pm
Last Known Address zine
apologies for x-posting - here is my newest zine.

$2 + $1 via paypal 
or  + 2 stamps via mail (e-mail me for mailing address)
email me for international!

distros - e-mail me to request a copy, I'm happy to send you one.

4:26 pm
apologies for x-posting - here is my newest zine.

$2 + $1 via paypal 
or  + 2 stamps via mail (e-mail me for mailing address)
email me for international! 

distros - e-mail me to request a copy, I'm happy to send you one.

4:15 pm
Last Known Address zine

$2 + $1 via paypal 
or  + 2 stamps via mail (e-mail me for mailing address)
e-mail me for international!

distros - e-mail me to request a copy, I'm happy to send you one.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
3:31 pm
a blow for wee publishers & the Ms. Films DIY Guide
hey everyone - 
You may have seen discussion about this on other sites, but just in case you haven't, I wanted to post something that Taylor posted on the Parcell Press  LJ today: 

"If you haven't heard, record/book store giant Tower Records has closed up shop (despite however normal their online store appears). Here's an article in the Washington Post that gives a little more insight and details, all the while remaining largely sympathetic. Tower Records had a history of being friendly to zines thanks to their long-time zine buyer Clint Johns, so when they offered to take a large amount of copies of the Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film & Video off my hands back in May, I didn't even bother hesitating. Unfortunately, Tower Records filed for bankruptcy a week or two before they had to cut me a check for the books. Now, months later, that check has yet to arrive and likely won't. Certainly there are hundreds of other zinesters, small publishers, and indie record labels whose accounts receivable from Tower won't be received. I imagine they're all typing out this same narrative on their respective websites or blogs, though, so I'll stick to mine. Because Tower Records took 1/5 of my stock of the Ms. Films book, not only do they owe me a significant amount of money, but they're also in posession of a great many of my product, of which I have no remaining copies in stock. Of course I've attempted to have the unsold inventory returned to me, but to no avail. All inventory is now owned by the liquidator, Great American, who bought Tower Records out. And the last I heard, copies of the Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film & Video were being sold at a deep discount at the Tower Records "Going out of Business Sale." Great American, indeed. Those books were free to them, but cost me a great deal of money, effort, and time.

So, in closing, I'd like to make a few small suggestions. If, after reading the above paragraph, you feel so inclined to go to your local Tower Records and pay for a copy of the Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film & Video, you're a pathetic loser. Don't do that. Take it if you want it, but don't pay for it. Or better yet, do Parcell Press and Ms. Films a huge favor by preordering a copy of the book. I'm trying to raise enough money to do a second printing to match the high demand that the first one inspired, and to hopefully make back some of my rent and grocery money that Tower Records is walking around with. They've given us all one more reason to watch where our money -- and books -- go. It's just too dirty when a giant topples, even if he was a friendly one."
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