New Year, New Blog!


After having this blog for almost 10 years, it is time to start something new. How about a new blog?  I'm really happy to announce my new blog, Ink & Coffee

The Pulp Sushi blog is not closing, but will be updated with shop/business related news only, shop talk.  I&C will be my personal blog where anything goes, woohoo! 

So come on over to Ink & Coffee and say hello! 


Changes And What's Next In 2016


Well here we are. Another "New Year's" post where I set my intentions for the upcoming year.  I have absolutely NO GOALS planned for my blog or my jewelry business.   Neither are closing, but I am completely burnt out.  I think about improving my running more than what I should make or blog about. 

Since Fall 2015, I have been wondering what I was going to do with my business?  I thought I would lay low over the Summer but then I never quite resurfaced.  All the work involved in promoting my shop has tired me out. I started off 2015 pretty strong and then it stopped.  

Four local stores I consigned with closed.  Maybe I should focus on Wholesale orders and the occasional craft fair? I wonder if people are over the whole "Handmade" thing.  I think people still like checking out handmade markets if they are a special event like Renegade, Bust, Art Star or even a local Holiday craft fair,  but as far as little local shops that sell handmade items 365 days a year, their time may be over.

I picked up a Freelance gig back in October for A Little Beacon Blog which I really like doing.  Between this and my regular job, I haven't had much time to work on furthering Pulp Sushi and I'm okay with that.  

I plan to keep my Etsy shop open and let my listings renew automatically.  Other than that, I don't want to think about it.  I have friends on Facebook talking about their businesses, books they're reading, plans they're making and I'm like "Yeah, I remember when I was excited to make my business grow" and it didn't quite happen. Maybe I didn't want it bad enough? Maybe not being able to figure out why others are succeeding while I'm stagnant has made me stop caring. 

My 30s have been nothing but work hustle work hustle work hustle make money pay bills work work hustle work hustle hustle work.  My 30s flew by SOOOOO fast that looking back, I don't think I have much to show for it and if I think about it too long I will get depressed.  My shop may have been a little successful for a minute but it is time to step away from all the hustle and just be Marilyn.   I can't let my 40s slip by me like my 30s, I really need to enjoy my life more.  I want to enjoy my life more and do the things I want to do and not second-guess things because money is an issue.  

Like I said, I don't plan on closing my shop but I smell an Etsy sale coming soon! 

Birthdays & Holidays & Tattoos!

HolidaysI don't know about where you are but here in New York, it doesn't exactly feel like Christmas time.  We're expecting 70 degrees on Christmas Eve which bums me out.  I'd like just a little more chill and crispness in the air. It makes enjoying some Hot Chocolate that much richer.  

Overall it has been a lovely December.  I celebrated my 40th birthday back on the 19th and had some friends over. It was so fun! We went overboard with the food but that's okay.  I like entertaining people and I wish I could do it more.  Maybe that can be a resolution for 2016?   I also treated myself to a new tattoo the day before!

OOOOH SNAP! In the words of RuPaul, "It's getting severe up in here!"  The idea I have for my left arm is to make a collage of all things I love and make me who I am, like a walking Pinterest board. Last year I got a coffee tattoo, this year I got a Female Luchador because I've been a wrestling fan since I was 10 years old.  This may be the biggest piece I've ever gotten.  It took four hours and it was done by Cookie at Graceland Tattoo - same as the coffee tattoo.  What will I get next? Hmmm...

And with that, I'm signing off for the rest of the year.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday and I will see you in 2016!

PICTURES! Thanksgiving Weekend In NYC

What a busy Thanksgiving weekend!  Thanksgiving this year was a complete contrast to last year where we were buried in snow.  This year was unseasonably warm in the lower 60s so it was a good time to visit the city.  We headed down Wednesday afternoon and went to check out the Thanksgiving Day balloons get inflated.  

I've lived in NYC all of my life and never got to do this.   It's such a New York thing to do, I had to experience this at least once - as much as I hate crowds.  Crowded it was!  I timed it from the moment we got on the actual line to the time we exited, it took us an hour and 15 minutes to see it all. Not bad I guess.  This would be the closest we get to these balloons. 

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Ronald's head may be a little too close to Kool-Aid
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Hello Kitty Ready For Takeoff!
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My ultimate favorite SNOOPY!!

Afterward we walked south and cut through Lincoln Center, it's always pretty to walk through at night. It was especially busy this night.

The next morning we got up a little early, not a lot early, and walked over to Columbus Circle to watch some of the parade.  People start lining up as early as 6:00 am to get a good spot. I used to do this with my mother and brother, maybe not get there at 6 AM but maybe wake up at that time.

We got there maybe about halfway through but that's ok because I got to see SNOOPY again!  We don't need to stand too close, we can see the balloons, some of the floats, got to hear the marching bands, so that's cool with me.

Once the parade was over, we went to Central Park for a little bit.  It was crazy busy but again, it was crazy warm too so a lot of folks just stuck around after Santa ended the parade. 

No crazy Black Friday craziness for us but we still went out later and headed to the New York Historical Society.   It was my first time there - there are just TOO many museums in New York, but anything that showcases New York's history, I'm all over it.   There was a Batmobile in the lobby as part of their "Superheros in Gotham" exhibit. This is Batmobile #3 from the TV show. 

Another exhibit was "Silicon City: Computer History Made In New York" and how NYC helped introduced the digital age to the world back in the early 20th century all the way up to present showcasing 3D Printing.  This sad owl is a 3D printed figure surrounded by Etsy buttons.  This can be interpreted in so many ways...

The New York Historical Society is also across the street from Central Park (Central Park West) next to the Museum of Natural History.  So why not take another walk through Central Park? So what if its getting darker.  There's still a lot of people out and we're smart when it comes to walking through CP at night. 

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I wish my iPhone took better pictures at night =/

Central Park ends (starts?) at Columbus Circle where the Time Warner Center is located. Even though it was Black Friday and this place is kind of a mall with stores I'll probably never shop in, I know they have a great light show for the holidays so I had to check it out.   These lights change colors but the blue may be my favorite.

Speaking of Holiday decorations, I snapped some pictures from my parents building lobby.  They put up their tree early this year but it's always the same and it's always so pretty.  A very cool looking Menorah too, it's pretty big, those candles are about 3 feet tall.

 Hope you enjoyed my little picture show!  Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? 

Life Lately: I Suck At Running, But I'm Running

No shop, jewelry, or social media talk today. This month makes ONE YEAR since I went out for a walk one Monday morning and I started to jog!  I haven't talked about it lately but I'm still on this fitness kick going out just about every morning to go walking/jogging/running, I wish there was one word to describe what I do..."WaJoRu?" Sure why not? 


My cardio has gotten SO much better!  I was worried I might be pushing myself too hard but after a recent visit with my Cardiologist, my ticker is A-OK.  

I struggle and feel weird calling myself a "runner." I keep reading that even if you run a little, or run slow, you are a runner.  So I'm a runner, a sucky runner, but a runner, and that's pretty cool. I'm still getting acquainted with this title.  There is so much truth about the way you feel afterward.  Sure I'm sore and I ache a little, but I feel so kick-ass after I get 3 or 4 miles done that day.  I anticipate going out again the next morning and do better.

I give myself a hard time thinking I should be better after a year.  That's when I check myself with a reminder that 15 months ago, I never thought I'd be waking up early every morning just to go jogging.  I mean me + exercising just never quite meshed except for Yoga but even that stopped.

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Since I last wrote a fitness post, I made a few changes.  In addition to MapMyRun, I got the Nike+ app. I am not part of any local running clubs nor do I have anyone go to WaJoRu'ng with so I was able to get some "friends" through the Nike+ app.  It's a little extra motivation for me to not want to be the slowest of the bunch.   My confidence has improved greatly, despite calling myself a "sucky runner."

I will never go on a diet!!

My eating habits are okay, but they could be better. I really need to start keeping a food journal.  Weight Watchers, the three times I tried, never worked out. I'm bad at keeping track of things like that. I used to be so good at journaling when I was younger.  While I don't necessarily pig out, I looooove food, especially sweets. Sweet, sugary, goodness.  The thought of "giving up" anything just doesn't sit well with me, but I am gonna try to make better decisions on how much and how often I indulge, because I will indulge, believe that.   

I feel like my focus has shifted from blogging and making jewelry towards getting myself in shape. I think about it a lot now and may write about it more (you've been warned).  Why did it take me this long to take my physical well being seriously?? 

NYC Visit - September 2015 Edition

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a nice weekend. My weekend started early when I headed down to Manhattan on Thursday.  I had to visit my Cardiologist first so I walked around the Upper East Side for a bit.  It's one area that still has not been effected by the glass tower building boom going on in Midtown.  I hope there will always be old buildings like this in NYC.

NYC Visit - September 2015 Editon

There is a new subway station that just opened up and it's fairly close to my parent's place so I thought I check it out.  It looks and feels like a subway station from another city or country.  Their escalators are long, steep, and a bit trippy if you are claustrophobic.  I kept my head down after I took this photo.

NYC Visit - September 2015 Editon

Time for a Punk Rock show! We headed down to Terminal 5 to see H2O and Rancid.  I do not go to shows as much as I used to. Minus a couple of drunken jerks and becoming pretty dehydrated, it was a good show!

NYC Visit - September 2015 Editon

NYC Visit - September 2015 Editon

Friday night we stayed local and after dinner headed up to the rooftop deck of my parents building.  It faces the west side, Hudson River, and New Jersey.  Hopefully this view doesn't change but new buildings keep going up so you never know with this area.  It was still pretty relaxing and peaceful.

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My new blog series starts later this week so make sure you check back!

Life Lately: Feeling Reinvigorated


In my latest newsletter, I shared that the end of Summer/start of Fall feels like a time of renewal for me.  Traditionally it's January 1st or the start of Spring but I'm backwards.  

I've been adding more items to the shop and applying to holiday craft fairs. The fourth quarter of the year tends to get pretty busy and I think entering my favorite season inspires me and motivates me to get to work. 

Also, I had an epiphany recently. Yes. An epiphany.  Last week I was reading over the e-book I've been working on - which I happen to take an unexpected long break from.  I started thinking about how much has already changed since I started writing it.  For example, PERISCOPE! I don't think Periscope was even a thing when I started writing and now it's here and it's a hit.  Pinterest has added more features to make sharing pins and pulling images easier too. 

I am going too damn slow and not keeping up with these constant changes!  So instead of publishing an e-book one time which could have out of date info in the next 9 months, I am going to convert it into a blog series instead now. Hooray! 

I know, another Social Media blog series?? Yep! The introduction will be posted next week with more detail on what this new series will be about.  It is a topic I enjoy reading and learning more about. I also like working with it and figuring out different ways to use Social Media for my business - some turn out great, others are bust and I plan to dish it all.

What else is going on? I'm going to see RANCID on Thursday! I haven't seen them in 14 years!  No matter how old I get, the band will still be older than me. ;) One of my absolute favorite punk bands who just got better as they got older.  No pit action for me though. I don't want sweaty bodies touching me lol!

End Of Summer NYC Visit

I was in the city this past weekend as it's become an annual traditional to stay in Manhattan the last week of August as part of our anniversary. Saturday night we hung out at the rooftop deck of my parents building (the 46th floor) and we noticed a new park popped up a few blocks south. We had to check it out the next day....

It was pretty humid, but sitting at this water fountain was quite comfortable and refreshing.  I really wanted to take my shoes off and just jump in.

One of our spots to eat in Hell's Kitchen is Island Burgers & Shakes.  Pictured is "The People's Choice" and really, all I need are mushrooms, cheese, onions, and lots and lots of pickles.  Just look at that blanket of Swiss cheese! Don't go if you're claustrophobic as it's a tight space so get cozy with your neighbor.

We went downtown to visit the 9/11 Memorial. It was my first time there with it being finished.  I got to see The Freedom Tower up close and it's tall. Really, really tall.  Almost TOO tall.  Do we need a building this tall? Does any building need to be this tall? 

It was nice to see the memorial in person. So much bigger than it appears on TV but then again, so were the buildings that once stood there.  I have moved on since "9/11" , not that I don't care, but it doesn't stir emotions like it used to.  

There was one instance where we sat down off to the side and it was kind of quiet.  Something just came over me and I started to cry.  I have not cried over what happened in years.  Meanwhile, people were posing and taking selfies in front of the memorial, not sure how I feel about that, but the sadness came back again for me, just for a couple of minutes.  

Overall it was a nice, chill weekend with a lot of time spent outside and walking around the city.  We'll be back again next month but it was a much needed couple of days away. I have a lot of work to do this week!

Block Party Recap

What a fun Saturday, and a relaxing Sunday. Saturday was a long day as I worked earlier in the day and then headed up to Kingston for the Chronogram Block Party. It was hot, setup was a little chaotic, and I was fighting with my tent, but we got it set up!

Block Party Recap

Being that this was an "Etsy Market", they wanted to have some sort of cohesiveness with all the vendors, so they made a sign for everyone which was pretty cool. You can't miss the orange and white.

Block Party Recap

People started showing up for the block party at 4:00 pm and started walking through the market even though technically, the market didn't start until 5:00 pm so we had to hustle getting set up.  I anticipated this as this block party has become an annual event everyone looks forward to.  

Block Party Recap

Block Party Recap

To be a vendor for this market was FREE!  So whatever sales I had was all gravy. You can't beat that!  Etsy did a great job with having lots of staff available to make sure everyone was happy and not having any issues, especially with their card reader.  

I got to stuff my face with some yummy food from the food trucks and BBQ tents.  I was not expecting to eat as much as I did. Plus all the vendors got One Free Drink tickets from the Beer and Wine garden so once we closed up shop, we got on our drink on!

Block Party Recap

I don't normally drink, but I wanted one by the end of the evening and I got to hang out with my friends and Hudson Valley Etsy teammates.  It was such a blast, and I got to enjoy listening to the last performance of the day, Woodstock native Simi Stone.

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I didn't get much swag but since Beyond The Picket Fence was two spots down, I got to stock up on more of her beer soap!  I also grabbed the latest issue of Chronogram and the premier issue of Upstater

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And last, I wanted to leave you with these cute flower arrangements the Etsy staff had for everyone.  Every had a nice batch of flowers on their tables, so sweet!  And the colors worked so well with my setup. :) 

It was a fun time but I am not sure if I would do it again.  Not because I didn't have a good day but I really enjoy the block party itself and I feel like I didn't get a chance to really do that this year.  I didn't even get to check out the other Etsy sellers! I do hope they do this again next year as I think the market was very well curated and added so much more to an already fun event.

Now I don't have to worry about doing this again at least until November. :)

Life Lately...(Summer)

LLIf only I can spend a couple of days a week sitting in a coffee shop for hours.  I would be writing draft posts for my blog, working on my e-book, sketching jewelry ideas and brain storming some witty tweets to promote them.  However, that's not the case. None of that is happening.  I blame the Summer. The Summer makes me feel laaaaaaazy.

I'm seeing a shift in blogging.  Do you see it?  I'm reading more posts about how bloggers are blogging less and they feel guilty about it. Don't! There's just too shit out there, let's not keep adding to it.  I still follow blogs who don't post daily, it's ok if you post once or twice a week! I have found that I am less likely to scroll over a blog post from a blog that posts less often than someone who is always updating. 

E-book, yeah I'll finish that one day.  So much for my July deadline.  I still plan on finishing it but I don't have an expected time.  They say you should give yourself a deadline to kick yourself in the ass and stay motivated.  But most of what experts say don't apply to me lol! 

I ordered some more jewelry supplies the other day and I have unfinished pieces on my table for a few weeks now.  When I say I feeling lazy and sluggish, it's really that!  I don't think I've experienced a slump this bad since ever!  But I am not going to beat myself up over it, I'll just document it all on my blog instead.  Maybe if I had a market coming up that would motivate me? Perhaps that's why I am most productive in the Fall/Winter.

There's no drama to report, nothing is pulling me away from blogging/writing/jewelry making, I'm feeling meh is all.  How are you doing this Summer? Keeping busy? Going some place fun?