Monday 5 November 2012


I see your Ludicrous Request and raise you one...

Nose: days one through four.  It's gotten less exciting since then.

Thanks for all your continued well-wishes on my recovery, kind readers.  Particular gratitude goes to the Anonymous commentors, who have left their good will / shop links no less that 27 times since I last posted.  I was gone, but surely not forgotten.  By the spammers.  You will (most likely) be pleased to know that the bruising and swelling have all but disappeared, my Transformers Mask is coming off tomorrow and I'm feeling much more like my old self.  And by 'my old self' I mean ornery and sarcastic.

Here's an actual email from a PR person today:

Hi Kitschy,

My name is Isabelle and I am currently working with xx A fabric shop in Melbourne xx. I came across your site  . I love the content and the style of your articles. We were wondering if you would write a blog for us to be posted on your great site?

We were thinking the topic could be:
·         The right blinds to suit your home design
·         Types of blinds for your home
·         3 Reasons why you may want to install blinds
Or you could pick your own topic. And we just need a link back to our website in this.
Not a promotional piece just a general piece like the ones you've been writing.

Hope to hear back from you soon!
Obviously I skedaddled straight over to Facebook to elicit your collective outrage at such a cheeky request.  And then fell prey to (only minimal) pressure to email her back with a request of my own.

Hi Melbourne,  thanks for your email.  I clicked through to your site, I like your aesthetic and information on blinds.  Normally I don't take unsolicitated requests for blog posts to be written, particularly for non-UK companies and without any incentive or relevancy to my readers, but maybe we can work something out.  In exchange for me spending time writing a promotional post for you, I was thinking you could add some of my product images to the gallery on your great site?   You could add a picture of:
  • Clothes
  • Fabric
  • Patterns
Or you could pick a picture from my blog; there's quite a few of me for example.  And all I'd need was a link back to my shop (  Like you, I can't offer any promotional incentive for featuring my business but if this is how PR works then sign me up.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!


I haven't heard back yet but will keep you updated.


  1. Stephy Rafferty Grey5 November 2012 at 19:10

    Love love love freaking love it!
    And also love how someone just has to prod gently and you'll do something. I spend my life hoping someone doesn't dare me to do something terrible because I know how much I cannot resist a dare or persuasion!

  2. which picture do you think they'll pick of you?! a bathing suit one?

    your blog has really cheered me up today!
    and stephy- why don't you write to them as well- ask them to promote you. go on i dare you!

  3. So glad to hear you are back to your sarcastic self. Can you imagine if they had removed that by accident when installing breathing capabilities into your nose? After a brief period of sympathy-following (after all, it wouldn't have been your fault) I would have had to quietly unsubscribe. I think we can both breathe a sigh of relief (perhaps through our noses, in a celebratory fashion?) that that didn't happen.
    That just seems like logical marketing to me as well. I have at one such request a month. Sometimes I tell them about how much I love to work for free in my spare time, and as such if I ever find some spare time they will be the first to know.

  4. Haha! That's brilliant! Glad to hear you're healing well xxx

  5. Ha ha ha, brilliant response!

  6. I am sorry, I missed you having surgery. I trust all going well and you are looking after you! Love your blog and will be watching the upcoming events with PR!

  7. Llllllllol. I love it. Brilliantly executed. I wait anxiously their prompt response. :D Continued healing to you, friend. :)

  8. oh yes, this IS The way forward...

  9. Love it Kitschy, I mean Amanda. Pleased to hear the nose is recovering well too.

  10. Awesome, so awesome! (I mean the e-mail, not your nose. That looks like it would be less than awesome.)

  11. Love your email to the spammer!!! I got about 5 spam comments over the weekend ... all telling me how quickly my site loads up!

  12. Hahaha I LOVE your sense of humor. When your blog pops up in my reader, I do a little dance inside, I love the sewing for sure, but I love your personality more!