Monthly Archives: November 2015

Special Orders

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/Konnarock-Retreat-House-Inc-219175841575207/?fref=ts

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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TamuCreations

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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoysMonkeyingAround

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

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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

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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

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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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