Special Orders


It’s been a little while since I posted.  The 9-5 job and the holidays sort of took over.  However, I did do some work on some special order items.

In October, I went to a festival to support the Konnarock Retreat House. If you aren’t familiar, you should check out their Facebook page.


While I was there, I had a special order to make some items for one of the volunteers’ two granddaughters.  She told me names and favorite colors and I created these items for her.

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I hope that Ashlynn (5) and Emma (7) will like all the sparkle I gave them!

Then, when I attend the Union City Arts Festival, I was stationed next two super sweet ladies selling bags (I had to buy one) and jewelry.  Pam, the purse lady, has a great Etsy site as well.  Turns out we had an instant connection as she is from Hickory, NC.  If you have time, check her out.


She liked some metal storage containers I had, but wanted one in colors to match her booth.  She plans to use it when she is selling.

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If you ever see something on my site, but would like it in different colors, please feel free to contact me.  I may be able to make it especially for you.


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season!




It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


I might be an overachiever or I might just be OCD, but I am almost done with my Christmas shopping.  Actually, as much as I LOVE shopping, I HATE going into stores after Black Friday.  I was out and about this weekend, buying some gifts, which put me in the holiday mood.  I kind of want to re-do my Christmas tree this year and use a lot of burlap “stuff.”  So, I started Google-ing and here is some of the cute stuff I found.

How cute are these packages!

These ornaments would be a great addition to the tree, and seem pretty easy to make.

Another easy addition.

When I was visiting my BFF in Texas this past spring, I found some great burlap flowers similar to the ones below on a 90% off table.  I bought all they had.  They did not have the extra bling that you see here, so I added my own.  I sold them all at a craft fair I attended earlier this year.  Now, I really wish I had kept them.  Or, that I could find some more at 90% off.

What new ideas do you have for the holidays this year?

Learning New Things


Today, with the help of one of my awesome coworkers, I learned more about my page.  I was able to change the background to something more “shabby chic,” and I learned all about widgets.  This new adventure is turning out to be a lot of fun.

Oh, and I sold my first Esty item.  I shipped it yesterday.  I did learn some new things about shipping:  DO NOT go the UPS store.  I couldn’t find the right size box at the Post Office and I was in a big hurry to get the item in the mail.  UPS is expensive!  Both the box and the shipping were way more than I intended to pay.  So, I went the USPS site and ordered several different size boxes – they send them to your home for free.  In the future, I will not go to UPS, even in desperation.  It is just not worth how much it cut into my profit.  I would rather scour for a free box (and take a little extra time) than pay the UPS fees.

Here is a picture of the antique frame I sold.  I hope the purchaser enjoys it!


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New to Blogging


I am new to blogging.  I really started the blog because a sweet former colleague saw on Facebook that I was starting an Etsy business and sent me a Pinterest link of 21 Ways to Increase Your Etsy Sales.  The link said to create a blog and include information about your Esty business.  So, I am going to give it a try.  I plan to include tips I learn about shabby chicing (is that a word?), include new items that I am adding to my shop, and other tidbits about my life along the way.  I hope you enjoy reading!

Here are some recent pics from our trip to the pumpkin patch.  We have gone to the same patch for the last three years.  It is a lot of fun.  However, this year, we learned how hard it can be to try to take a selfie with a five year old.

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