Sunday, January 13, 2019

Readjusting to Life after Vacation

Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Christmas

The problem with having an almost perfect vacation is returning home to normal life where things are never even close to being perfect.  We spent 3 days at Disneyland, New Year's eve and day included and it was so wonderful.  We splurged big time on a room at the Grand Californian, the perfect hotel in the perfect fantasyland.  Supposedly, you should never go to Disney at this time of year because of the crowds, but I have to disagree.  We got surprised by the Christmas parade meandering through the park just as we had gotten into our teacups.  We got to see Alice and the Mad Hatter and we never see Alice--Anna tells me I screamed "It's Alice!" so enthusiastically that I made all the people around me jump three feet in the air.   The girls got a photo with Mulan, also a first.  We were on Main Street in the evening just as they lit the castle and made it snow around us--I love magic!  Anyway, my  best New Years ever, but coming down to earth has been a challenge, I must say.

Anna and Grace with Mulan and their cousin Ian and his friend Chris

I did drive through old Route 66, but this is more Disney magic, James and I are standing in Radiator Springs, home of Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen

Slowly but surely, I am back to work.  My first creations of the year are using a new milk paint called "grainsack" and I do love the results.  Here are the first few things, with much more to come.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

I Want EBay Smoted, I Want Them Smoted Good

The bastards at eBay have made my store disappear right at the height of selling season and I want someone's head to roll.  Many heads rolling would be even better.  After I spent the week rushing to list as many items as I could, staying up late to get it done, leaving important things in my life undone just to be sure I was able to sell a few things.  They tell me it is a technical glitch and could take a week to fix.  Insert every bad word you know right here and that would be a good example of what I would like to be writing right now.

Anyone out there that wants to purchase something, just email me from the link to the right--it seems my only hope.

I just finished these cute red and green numbers.  Too bad no one will see them.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Countdown to Christmas

I'm not ready to stop the Christmas creations, and just finished up some extra primitive goods, here they are...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Sales at Last

Things have picked up on eBay, so I have hit the ground running.  I am still trying to clean my house and decorate, finish the million projects that always loom large, and do shipping and still try to feed the family, wash the clothes, walk the dog, do the errands, pay the bills...

Here are a few of the new Christmas goods I am listing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Latest Creations

Here are some of the latest goods I have finished. I am bleary eyed to say the least, we shall see what I get listed.

Monday, November 19, 2018

A Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Testimonial

I've been looking at Miss Mustard Seed milk paint products for a while now.  I watched some of her tutorials and decided I needed to order some paint.  The first thing I tried was painting things green and then going over them in red.  I thought the red would chip more and show more green, but it is true that milk paint never does what you think it will, but it always knows best.  I do love the results.  The red is the perfect red and looks just like early paint, as you can see from the cast iron deer in the background--it has its original 120 year old red paint and my new creations match it very well.  I'm trying the grainsack color next--looking forward to being surprised again.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

House is Still a Mess and Now They are Returning Things

I am still working away trying to get one million things finished for the shop, vacillating between being all hopeful that sales will pick up and being depressed and sure that I am wasting my time.  Sore throat is gone, but I am SOOOO tired.  As I pick myself up and dust myself off, a little insult has been added to injury--I had to process a return for a completely adorable little tin cup with a tree in it.  Here is the reason:  this cup, which I titled "Tiny Tin Cup with Tree" and described as "this is very small, only 1-1/2" diameter" is being returned because "it is much smaller that I thought it would be--your photo and description were deceptive".   I am calling them very bad names in my head, would love to do it out loud.  I now take a break to listen to Shake it Off...

Here are a few things done (the photo table is full of new items that I will try to get to tomorrow)