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Taking a Blog and Newsletter Hiatus

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Taking a Blog and Newsletter Hiatus

Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be taking some time off from my blogs and newsletter for the next several months while I concentrate on my health and a project my husband and I are working on together. I recently added a few new diagnoses to the growing list. Last year I was diagnosed with Essential Tremors and just recently with an esophageal issue. It's going to take me some time to find some treatments that can help, especially since my fibro has kicked up another notch.

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Mailbag: Here's a question we get sometimes

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Mailbag: Here's a question we get sometimes

Even in 2019, it's difficult to find quality purple products!  Most department stores have red, blue, green, yellow, white, black, but only occasionally have purple. You can find them, but not all products even Walmart sells come in purple.   There are other purple stores - not many, but there are. If you aren't nearby, it's not really an option.  And then even the online purple stores don't carry the kind of quality items I and my purple fans are looking for.   That left me with only one option: to source them myself.  And you know what? It's still a long hard...

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The Grape Stuff Difference!

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The Grape Stuff Difference!

The Grape Stuff Difference:When I was a kid, some 50 years ago, hardly ANYthing came in purple! Unfortunately, even in 2019, when you can occasionally find a purple toaster at Walmart, you cannot always find the item you want in PURPLE! I know because I've looked!  Inventory costs are extensive and most retailers, even online retailers, won't carry much outside the most popular colors for fear it will cost them precious storage space or fees.  Here at Grape Stuff, we have spent a grape deal of time searching to find the BEST suppliers who carry purple products...and this is NOT EASY! ...

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Spectrum: Two Purple Thumbs Down

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Spectrum: Two Purple Thumbs Down

So...the first official Grape Stuff Purple Thumb Award goes to: Spectrum Cable. And here's the hilarious story behind why they more than earned two thumbs down:                                    The Charter Incompetence Log Backstory:About a million years ago in another lifetime, I used to live in California. For those who are counting, that was two states and three houses ago...twice removed.   At that time the company was called Charter. Charter was so bad that I had, what I called, my Charter Incompetence Log.  It was about...

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March is National Craft Month!

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March is National Craft Month!

Just a quick post to share with you something fun! March is National Craft Month! I've done a lot of crafts in my day! I'm in the process of writing a book about how to purple-ize your life. I've dyed my clothes purple, I've redone bedspreads, furniture, done applique on plain clothing to make it something special for my kids...ok mostly my daughter.   This month is a fun way to recognize the value of redesigning your life to be what you want. You can make old things new. You can redo clothing to update an old look.  You can redesign something you...

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