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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Halloween without Enthusiasm

I am forcing myself to think Halloween, but my heart is not in it, I'm just not in a fall mood.  Summer went by too fast and I am not liking the locust noise and the bedraggled flowers and swampy heat.  Maybe a little crisp fall air will improve my attitude...





Sunday, August 7, 2016

Old Houses, Why Did It Have to be Old Houses?

We took a break from working on the house we live in to work on the house we don't live in, but want to sell.  Remodeling is even more horrible when you are doing all the work for someone else to enjoy.  More horrible still when it is really hard, dirty work.  The girls and I spent half of last week in the basement, which I avoided at all times when we lived there, because it is dark and damp and creepy.  We had to scrape the crumbling mortar from the brick walls and then smear wet cement over them with our hands--worst job I have ever done in my life.  I can now truly say I have suffered.  The last 2 days was spent painting spindles on the three porches of the old Victorian painted lady that has fallen on hard times--the elements really took its toll on the paint we seemed to just have finished (but it was really ten years ago).   I now hate Victorian gingerbread with a passion.  Hopefully, the memory will fade and I can enjoy the prettiness again someday.   I'll post some befores and afters later when I recover.

In the meantime, here are the new eBays.  Sales still slow--this summer has been awful on the retail front, I think many shops are having trouble.  Hoping for some good news for fall!





Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Pile of Crap Room is Reborn as the Dining Room

For about a year, my dining room has looked like this, as we piled stuff into it while we worked on all the other rooms.

At long, long last, the transformation is complete....I can hardly believe this is the same view!


Here are some more rather astonishing before and afters...First we have the original salmon colored dining room with the former owners decor, this view is taken from the kitchen.


Can we have a drum roll please?  Here is my beautiful new dining room!


Here we travel back in time to the other side of the room and see the view from the living room.  Sooo, before....

and after...


I am completely calling this one a miracle.  The house is presentable at last (well, except for the upstairs, but I prefer not to think about that)





Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Few Things on the Way to eBay

These are just a few of my new listings...





Friday, July 8, 2016

All The Seasons are Colliding Here at the Shop

Ever distracted with crafter's attention deficit, I have been making things in spring colors, no wait, red white and blue!  But it is almost fall!  Surely Christmas will be here before we know it?






Monday, June 27, 2016

Cabin Primitives

The girls and I have been finishing cross stitch samplers in antique frames and I love the cabins in tin, so I took their photo with lots of different things I have ready to sell...







Monday, June 20, 2016

I Just Keep Trying...

June is always the worst of months for sales, and more depressing because all the good summer markets and antique shows are coming up.  No sales, no cash to spend!  The antique dealer lament always.  I took some pretty pictures today anyway, I really like how they turned out.