Blogging for Business – An Interview in the Swiss News

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Even for me, this is a strange picture to start a blog post with but bear with me – the Dalai Lama is here for a reason! I recognize that I’ve been known to veer off topic, not always writing faithfully about antiques but rather dipping judiciously into the diva-aspect of my persona. But you must be asking yourself, “Has The Diva FINALLY gone mad? Has she lost her antique marbles?”

Do have patience, darlings – even I recognize it’s a stretch to put a picture of the Dalai Lama on The Antiques Diva™ blog! Then again, I’ve been known to throw around some bizarre connections in my day, blogging about Bono or Queen Bea and while I like to think my meanderings “keep it real” here at the Diva Headquarters, the Dalai Lama is actually here for a very good reason.

While Mr. Lama may have gotten the cover on this month’s issue of the national business and lifestyle magazine, The Swiss News, I’m tucked away on the inside of this very issue in a special article on “Blogging Your Way to Business”.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by readers and clients alike is how The Antiques Diva™ blog turned into a business. Well, Chantal Panozzo got the inside scoop! Not just from me, but also from two of my fellow expat bloggers as well…” target=”_blank”>Swisstory and This non-American Life!

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While Chantal’s blog & this article in The Swiss News are keeping you busy, I’m going to duck out the back door! I guess I should say Arrivederci – Living La Dolce Diva continues as my husband WG & I hit the road yet again! Destination – The Amalfi Coast! But this will be a working trip, as I drink prosecco and write prose, working on proposals and diva details whilst lounging on my hotel room’s balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the green lemon trees of Lattari Mountains! It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Never fear, I may be away but as always I’ve pre-posted some divalicious blogs to keep you busy in my absence.

Until next time, Ciao Bella!

The Antiques Diva™

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I won! I won! I really won!!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The last time I won something I was in 3rd grade. At the end of the school year my teacher gave away the class gerbil. Weeks prior to the grand drawing, Mrs. Garretson sent home Parental Consent Forms for the parents to sign, giving their young ones permission to enter the competition. My mother neatly signed her name on my “chance to win” slip saying discretely to my father, “She’ll never win. What’s the harm in letting her enter the drawing?”

Mom ate those words on the last day of school before summer vacation when I carried my gerbil (complete with cage and running ball) out to greet her at the car. Sadly, however, a few days later my cat, Princess Elizabeth, ate the gerbil when a traveling evangelist visited our home. You might wonder about the correlation between a missionary and the cat eating the gerbil, but this is a key element in the story. The evangelist had brought with them not only a stack of Bibles but also their child (whom they couldn’t find a babysitter for). My mother later described “said child” as “The Holy Terror”.

“The Holy Terror” wrecked havoc in the living room while mom and the missionary were having an intense conversation about God. So my mom, my dear old mom, sent “The Holy Terror” to my bedroom to play. All was going fine until “The Holy Terror” decided that my newest pet needed to meet my cat. The rest is, as they say, history. Since the cat ate my gerbil I haven’t won another prize.

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Thus, imagine my surprise when Kristie, the blogger behind Girlville (aka, My Craft Closet), did a “Birds of Change Drawing” and I was the grand prize winner! She notified me just as I was about to move from Amsterdam to Berlin and the package, which arrived a week or two later, was the first package I received at my new home in Germany! Nothing makes me happier than a package in the mail! I’d like to give a special thank you to Kristie at Girlville!

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Now – I suspect you’re a little jealous that I’ve got a birdie and you don’t…. if I were “The Holy Terror” I might stick out my tongue and say “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo – I have a birdie and you don’t!” – however, I’m simply not that kind of girl. I’m a nice diva and I play well with others (although I do occasionally run with scissors) – thus I’m going to let you in on a little secret! You too can own a birdie!

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Kristie not only blogs and crafts and blogs about crafting, she also has a fabulous Etsy Store called Fait Pour Vous (Made For You) where she sells her hand-made creations. She does limited edition and custom orders. You can shop by theme (St Patrick’s Day or Wine & Things, etc), paintings or merely items on sale. When you stop by to visit her, do make sure you tell her “A Little Birdie Sent You!”


Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

(Photo at right taken by The Diva while her husband The Wine Guy drove from Amsterdam to Berlin for their most recent move. Catpuccino sat at attention on The Diva’s lap ready to take his turn at the wheel should WG need a break from driving!)


Note to reader: To the best of my knowledge, no gerbils were harmed in the taking of the top “intro” picture. The tos/31847658@N00/1414078784/” target=”_blank”>photo of the cat watching the gerbil is merely a stunt double found in a Google search and “borrowed” from Flicker. If you’d like to hear more tragic details of my childhood… my brother’s dog later ate Princess Elizabeth, then my parent’s house blew away in a tornado (along with my mom) and all our family photos were lost (my mom was found). Thus no photo of Princess Elizabeth, my gerbil or my childhood remains. But for photos of a stranger’s cat, tos/31847658@N00/sets/72157603920996756/” target=”_blank”>visit Rigsby’s flicker site.