Try This One On For Size

It’s summer.  That time of year when my attention turns to enjoying the sunshine, spending time at the pool or beach, drinking beer on my balcony, drinking beer on my balcony (sorry, said that already), and finally getting some decent exercise. Further to the exercise thing, I decided to get some athletic wear because it’s proven that wearing it will burn calories. (That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.)

Shopping for athletic wear is as problematic as shopping for ordinary clothing: wild variability within sizes.  I used to wonder why this was so, until I discovered that the wrong labels were sewn on.  Exhibit A, below.


These are two difference sizes

Shopping isn’t fun, like in the old days.  Back then, all you had to do was stick your head out the change room door and ask the sales girl for a different size. Now you have to get dressed, leave the change room, rummage around until you find a different size (or, if it’s a suspected labelling problem, another of the same size), run back to the change room (assuming no-one took it in your absence) and start all over again.  This happened to me for over an hour in a store which happened to monitor its change rooms. I spent more time talking to the cloyingly cheery change room monitor than I spent buying clothes.

Which brings me to the other half of my complaint: where are the pesty sales people when you need them?  You know, the ones that follow you around the store and bug you constantly until you want to deck them?  Maybe they’re conspiring with the dummies who sew on the wrong size labels.  I may be onto something.



My Name is Tahitian Goddess, and I am an Etsy Addict

God help me and my bank account, but I’m addicted to Etsy.  For those of you who may not know about it, Etsy is an on-line shopping site which allows artisans and collectors to sell their wares.  It operates as a virtual craft fair, selling everything and anything from vendors all over the world.

Here are a few items I’ve purchased so far:


Linen pillow covers in shabby chic, from Debbie’s Porch.


Silver “birch” ring, from Sheena Jewellery


And this is what I’ve purchased and is being made as we speak:


My crone ring in wood, with purpleheart liner in place of the black ebony liner, from MnM Woodworks.


And I’m not finished yet.  I’ve got my eye on these items:


Victoria Teague Hand-Forged Jewellery on Etsy.



Kekugi Leather Braclets for Men and Women



MaryAnneKarren Jewellery


Shopping on-line sure beats shoveling snow.