Ok, 3 more months of trying Etsy, paid about $100 in fees for search ads and sold one whole item, a losing proposition all around, so closed the store. Show was a bust, Ebay slow as molasses, just general malaise all around!
A week in Clarinda had some good spots, husband took vacation and came with us, so had help dragging all the displays and boxes down from upstairs, plus he cut low branches from the one million trees in the yard, a let there be light time in the house! The girls thrilled to see their friends and really excited to go to a Zumba class with them, they had a great time just being silly, they said. My aunt lives across the street and we had a good visit, and my sister and niece drove up from Maryville to see us.
In craft news, I have been searching for a cupboard blue paint to match a sugar bucket I saw in an antique shop (it was original old paint). I tried mixing paints to get it with no luck, it is a dark blue with greenish undertones. Then, I looked in my box of one million acrylic paints and found it--Copen blue, it is perfect, exactly the color! Ran to Hobby Lobby to buy more, and guess what, it is no longer sold! @&^$&^#$(&^#(!!! My one little bottle is all I have, I did a couple boxes, they are gorgeous, I think I have just enough for a little sugar bucket I bought, then back to the search...
Here are a few more show photos, my blue china displays, a wonderful soapstone slab with some primmy prims and the chippy old pie safe that makes such a great display.