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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Sale

I just put most of the remaining small Christmas goods on sale for 25 percent off on eBay, packing it all up next week and starting fresh!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

So Next Year When I'm Wondering if Business is Always This Bad Before Christmas, It Is

I went to look at old blog posts from this time in years past to see if I mentioned how much sales come to a screeching halt mid-month.  Turns out, I hardly write a thing in December, but if memory serves, I think it is always like this.  I always dislike the change from Christmas goods to everyday at first.  I mean, after all, I adore adding jingle bells to everything.  I'm sure I'll get an inspiration and be on to new things eventually.  In the meantime, I'm just addicted to making photo charms.  I think I did 50 yesterday, here are a tiny few...






Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Full Steam Ahead

Amidst all the usual seasonal shop craziness, I took time out to decorate the house.  If only now I could just sit and look at it, but must rush off to ship and list more!









Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Catspaw Primitives Country Christmas Antique and Craft Show 2016 Version

PANIC!!!!  I have only two days to complete one million tasks before setting up for my annual Christmas sale.

So, let's start with the particulars.

Thursday, November 17th from 10 am to 7 pm
Friday, November 18th from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, November 19th from 10 am to 2 pm

and this is where it will all happen, 302 S. 15th Street in Clarinda Iowa


I will have the place packed with handcrafted ornaments, wreaths, trees, santas, snowmen, candles, and jewelry.  As always, I have a huge selection of antiques, primitives, china and all good things!  I'll post sneak peek photos of the show on Wednesday evening, hope you can come!

Now, I need to return to my nervous breakdown.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Santas of Many Colors

This just about did me in this week, I thought I would never finish these.   At long last, though, we have Santas!










Thursday, November 3, 2016

All Christmas All the Time

I am on a Christmas roll, seeing everything in a Winterwonderland kind of context now.  Here are the latest offerings on the way to eBay.  Somewhere, I also have to find time to get my Christmas sale put together for Clarinda--I have one and one half weeks to prepare.  Time to panic!








Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Christmasing Up the Place

My workshop is putting in overtime...if we just get that freaking back porch painted in Clarinda, I could do this full time.  If wishes were horses, my mother would say, all beggars might ride.







Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Bad Juju Day

I am so tired from the constant trips to Clarinda to paint and I have to go back again--aagh!  I decided to take a mental health morning and go to Kalona to have some fun.  It didn't work out so good.  First, I stopped at my antique mall, where I have basically not sold anything for about 6 months, and will have to face the fact that I am going to have to give up that venue.

Well, I thought, a stop at Sister's Garden always cheers me up.  They were closed--they are never closed on a weekday like this!  Oh, well again--I will drive to Kalona, after all, the chocolate factory is the best pick me up one could want--and they are closed due to smoke damage, which also got the bakery next door--not even a donut for happiness.

I got home to find the dog had been sick on the carpet--always the carpet, never an easily cleanable floor.  I then realized I had forgotten the one thing I had to do today, stop at the hospital to drop off a bill for my husband.  Back in the car and more time wasted.  So, I cancelled all my projects that had been my plan for the day and took photos for listing instead.  Here are a few of my offerings coming soon to eBay.