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It’s no secret we here at Storied Threads are avid readers and draw a lot of inspiration from our favorite books — and we’re definitely in a literary frame of mind as Boskone, a Boston-based convention that focuses heavily on genre literature, is coming up in a few weeks.

(Sorry, folks, we won’t be there vending, we’re just going to actually go to the con as guests. That’ll be a new experience!)

bibliophileSo this week we’re spotlighting some items that should be of interest to our reader friends, starting with the Bibliophile Geek Merit Badge ($7). We also offer variations of this design on an embroidered bookmark and on a messenger bag. FYI, we haven’t made tablet or laptop sizes in this design yet, but if that sounds like something you or a fellow reader would be interested in, drop us a line and ask about a custom order!

me-timeSpeaking of bookmarks, we have several designs listed in our Literature section, but I’m going to spotlight the “Me Time” bookmark ($8).

We came up with this idea after hearing a lot of stories — too many, in our opinion — of people being harassed in coffee shops and on public transit while they were just trying to sit and read in peace.

Make sure the top of this bookmark is peeking out and send a clear message that you’re not there to chat, you’re there to read.

 

 

Nevermore Messenger Bag

Nevermore Messenger Bag

While we honor several great authors, we’re going to pick on Edgar Allan Poe for our final item, a messenger bag bearing the most famous line he ever wrote, from the poem The Raven ($34). As it happens, the basic messenger bag is the perfect size for holding a hardcover or trade paperback size book!

Remember, these and other designs are also available as stickers, laptop skins, T-shirts, and more at our Redbubble store.

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Last week I unveiled in my Redbubble shop’s photography design section a piece using a photo I took while enjoying my holidays on the Jersey shore.

seashellsrbAs promised, here is the second new design from that vacation, a simple still life featuring some seashells I collected while walking the beach with my dog Beatrix. This image looks great on graphic print T-shirts, laptop and tablet skins, a tote bag, or as straightforward wall art.

Flashback Friday: Arisia

This weekend is Arisia in Boston, and it’ll be something of a bittersweet show for us, because it’ll be my first Arisia in four years as a plain old patron.

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My first time vending Arisia was in 2013, and as you can see from the photo at right, my setup was a LOT smaller than it was by the end of my run (bottom photo). We had a much smaller catalog of items and, as you can tell, my arrangement was a little weird, but we did all right that first year, and Arisia quickly became one of my most reliable shows.

Sunday at Arisia, in my vendor space.

I briefly toyed with the idea of using Arisia 2017 to bring my time as a faire and convention vendor to an end for that reason, but decided to make a clean break with the New Year. So if you see me at Arisia, I’ll be wandering around and enjoying the panels, demonstrations, and yes, the merchants area as an attendee, but I won’t hold it against you if you stop me and say hello 🙂

We first met the folks at Auntie Arwen’s Spices at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and we quickly fell in love with their staggering variety of spice blends. They’ll be at Arisia in Boston this weekend, and I plan to do a little stocking up while I’m there.

ugiWe of course love one of their signature blends, Ultimate Garlic Insanity (at right) and their many beef, chicken, and pork seasonings, but we’re big fans of many of their sugar blends as well. Try their Get Up and Go Ginger Sugar or their Luscious Lemon Sugar in a cup of tea, or their Vermont Happydance Cinnamon-Maple Sugar on some French toast!

We have a couple of new items coming through our Redbubble shop, both of which come courtesy of my trip to the Jersey shore over the holidays.

sunriserbThe first of these new photographic designs is “Sunrise Over the Atlantic,” which I took from the shore on our last day at our holiday vacation rental. You can get this design on T-shirts and other clothing, phone cases, laptop skins, and other accessories.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope it’s warmer where you are, because we’re dealing with single-digit temps and a generous layer of snow.

I wanted to remind everyone that we will be retiring several of our designs at the end of the month, so if you’d like to grab one while we still have them, you have about three weeks left to do so. After that, the items will be removed from our website and Etsy shops forever. All items listed are patches unless otherwise specifically noted.

COMICS

Harley Quinn – Puddin’!

DOCTOR WHO

Don’t Blink

Fantastic!

Vote Saxon – Change the Future

FANDOM PRIDE

Fanboy

FIREFLY/SERENITY

All items will be retired!

GAME OF THRONES

Fear Cuts Deeper than Swords

House Arryn

House Baratheon – small

House Baratheon – large/heraldry

House Greyjoy – large/heraldry

House Lannister – large/heraldry

House Stark – large/heraldry

House Targaryen – large/heraldry

House Tully – small

House Tyrell – small

HISTORY/LITERATURE

Misty Mountain

Royal Aerial Corps

MISC TV/MOVIES

Better Off Ted – Veridian Dynamics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Minimalist Spike

Community – Troy and Abed in the Morning!

Galaxy Quest – By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!

Pacific Rim – Drift Compatible

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – We’re actors — We’re the opposite of people!

Zombieland – Rule #1: Cardio male and female versions

MISC VIDEO GAMES

Bioshock – Rapture Colony

SCIENCE

There’s No Place Like 127.0.0.1

SHERLOCK

The Game is On!

All remaining Sherlock items will be moved to the Literature section of the website

STEAMPUNK

Elixir label

Love Potion label

SUPERNATURAL

All items will be retired!

WORLD RELIGION/MYTHOLOGY

Release the Kraken!