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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Of Course I Have a Sore Throat

I think I get sick every year at this time,  when I can least afford to be.  I have been working non stop on getting the Christmas goods made.  I think I got a late start this year, it was so hot forever, it didn't seem like Christmas was even going to happen.  Then, bam!  No fall, just straight to winter and freezing to death and now it is almost Thanksgiving and my house is a mess, time to think about putting up lights and garlands and who knows when there will be time.  When I came up for air out of the workshop and realized how close Christmas is, the instant fretting started because sales seem to be slumping again.  These are supposed to be prime shopping days and they aren't.  I am selling, but never as much as I think I should.  I cannot believe my inventory is going to get to 700 items for sale--I used to struggle to keep 100 items listed.   Fret, fret, fret.

In facebook world, I don't know what is going on.  I used to post things I was making and I would get at least 30 to 40 reactions, lots of comments, so there seemed to be a point to sharing.  Any more, I maybe get 2 people reacting.  Does this mean facebook is not sharing my posts?  Are my posts just boring and nobody cares?  I wish I knew.  

Now to switch to the positive, I do love my new creations.  I'd put them all in my house, and that is good, because it looks like they might just stay here...






Monday, November 5, 2018

The Paper Dolls are Out of Control

I purchased every little bottle brush tree in town and have used them all creating vast quantities of paper doll things.  Here are just a few--my cupboards are overflowing with these!







Thursday, October 25, 2018

Christmas Workshop Open, Nervous Breakdown Commencing

There are trees and jingle bells strewn over every surface in my house.  The pile of antiques needing the attention of my paint brush has grown to mountainous proportions.  The finished goods are sitting on all the chairs in the living room waiting for me to have time to photograph and list them.   Sooooo, here is what I do have photographed and now to run off to list them...








Friday, October 12, 2018

New Items to List

Just a few things I need to get in to the shop...








Monday, October 8, 2018

Family Week Here at the House

I have been hosting family reunions all week, culminating in large family dinner in Clarinda, lots of noise and fun and boy am I tired.  I had put off finishing the guest room and of course everything went wrong as I tried to finish it before every one arrived.  We ended up with a one coat of new paint room with a clean bed at midnight the night they got here.  I have to go back and finish painting and touching up the floor, never ending work.  I have one more get together this weekend, so still much to do.

I have the week to myself, so will be busy listing everything I didn't have time to get to before the barrage of guests.

We begin with a close-up for Linda:



Next, I did a big batch of chambray blues:

and a few more blues....


and just a few more blues....




Thursday, September 20, 2018

Now Moving On to Christmas

I have been putting Christmas things together for weeks, but each thing needed one last finishing touch and I kept procrastinating.  I spent quite a bit of time working on them yesterday and today was photo day.   There is so much more to come--I have so many bottle brush trees covering every surface in the dining room--having a craft room now is not helping me at all.  There has been some wonderful sale every weekend lately and I can hardly get the craft room door open, as I just keep piling up the projects.   I got a bad bout of insomnia going on lately, so I guess it is good to have so much to do, keeps my mind off freaking out that I am not sleeping.  Well, at least sometimes.









Tuesday, September 18, 2018

So Maybe This is the Last of the Fall Goods

Fall goods are selling well this year--so I guess making an effort does count!  I thought I was done, but found a few more tins and gave them the autumnal treatment.


I had to do this next project over one million times--but my haunted mirror is haunted at last:


I also finished some grungy little photo tins: