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Monday, July 16, 2018

I Used up All My Blue Milk Paint

I should have known to buy the giant bag of milk paint powder--the smaller size was gone in a flash!  I LOVE my newest creations and will work hard to get them out for sale soon.

I know I need to start thinking about fall things, as they only sell in August for some reason.  I'm just now getting in the mood to do red white and blue July 4th stuff, so very behind the times in shop world.  Hopefully, I will get some fall inspiration this year--I totally missed the boat last year, not an original idea in my head.  Pinterest isn't even helping me, all the Halloween stuff is kind of country cutsie, not what I want to do.  I have been listening to Harry Potter books as I work, and that hasn't helped either.  Ah, well, here is where my heart is, back in blue land.



I actually have a few more blue rolling pins besides these.


and how gorgeous is the Laundry Basket Quilts blue calico?


this little girl is an antique Amish doll, warning you, the price is $250

bread board, front and back:




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Improvements

I traveled all across eastern Iowa on the 4th of July and was rewarded with some very nice early goods.  Sales are picking up at last, so I might actually be able to sell some of these!

An early crock full of blessings?



I do love my tinwares.


Cute little building looks like a Quaker meeting house.


I have looked forever to find a tin rolling pin holder like this, and never saw one for under $400 until now.  Mine will sell for $98.


and last, this is a rather wonderful vegetable slicer


Monday, July 2, 2018

4th of July Shows Looming Ahead

Slump continues, currently at 68% drop in sales from last year at this time, and last year wasn't good.  Heavy sigh.  July 4th shows in just two days, will have to borrow money to purchase and hope the world starts shopping again sometime.

I made clothespin dolls this weekend and the girls are stitching samplers for me, they are so pretty.





Monday, June 18, 2018

Slump Slump Slump

eBay is now showing us our sales compared with the last year, and it turns out that I am not just imagining the slumpy slumpness of the current sales environment.  My sales are down almost 50 percent from last year and the whole eBay market is down over 30 percent.

In addition, we are having heat wave number 2, 105 heat index with the ghastly humidity.  So, April was the coldest on record, then May was the hottest on record--I am not enjoying this weather joke.

Trapped inside, I have been working on a few things.  I think I am going to sell some of my private collection of antique baskets.  They will only cost 3 arms and 2-1/2 legs, I'm only going to sell if cash is involved!






Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I spent the day tearing out filthy ugly carpet from my guest room.  I got a nice surprise that the ugly beetroot colored wallpaper is tearing right off--finally, a job that isn't twice as hard as I expected.  I hope to start refinishing the floor soon and then about a week of painting.  Hoping I didn't just jinx myself.




I tell you, this room is so dark and ugly, again I can't believe I have lived with it this long!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Don't Tell Me Not to Paint Something Blue


One of the irritating persons criticizing me told me to quit painting things blue.  So of course, I painted everything I could get my hands on blue.  Note the pretty blue bowl in the background--a birthday gift from my husband and the paint is old!  It is the first original blue paint bowl I ever had.

I thought I was seeing things this morning when I saw I had 25 items to ship--they were all little photo tins, but still, it was quite a thrill to get out the bubble wrap.  I also sold the huge pastry board, so things are looking up at last.











Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Few Sales and the Jerks are Back

The weekend brought a few sales, yay!  It also brought back the jerks who like to complain about what I am selling.  I will never, no never ever understand who has time to peruse eBay and take time out just to insult a seller.  If you don't like it, why are you even looking?  Go look at things you like, ignore the things you don't, it is so simple!  This weekend's selection were people telling me they hated what I did and wanted instructions on how to rip off my changes.  Just go buy from someone else, jeez!  It is so obvious anyway that they aren't in the least interested in purchasing and changing it, they just want to bitch at me--if they really wanted to change it, they would just do it.  Rant over for the time being, I am sure someone will get to me again soon.

Here are some new things I ruined, just because I can.