Monday, March 13, 2017



WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT . . .
“By A Fur Ball Mom for Fur Ball Loving Followers”


As soon as I decided to gather all those plastic bags out of the floor and throw them away, I figured the easiest way to make a pile without bending down (because I’m old) was to kick them to the side.  Then the phone got my attention and while talking, that pile of bags began to move.  Wouldn’t you know it . . . a little black kitty came out.  Then the fat one came out too.

I’ve been told that it is healthy to live in a clean environment, so I try to do my part especially with having clean bed linen.  This time I wanted to change everything, the mattress cover, sheets, blanket, quilt, and coverlet.  Wouldn’t you know it . . . the kitties (actually old cats) decided to have a contest in my bed to see who could throw up the juiciest, biggest, hairballs in the world.

The supermarket was having a great sale.  They even had this expensive gourmet cat food marked down for the very first time.  Of course I was excited to buy twice as much for almost half the price.  I felt like super mom to have grabbed such a treat for my kitties.  Finally I could make them feel as rich as all the other cats that dined on gourmet.  Just in case it would take forever to go on sale a second time, I stocked up.  Wouldn’t you know it . . . they refused to take a bite of it, not a bite.
I was so proud of my new living room furniture.  I got a great deal and the sofa and chairs came with a pet damage replacement guarantee for a few dollars more.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing.  I told the salesman that I had two cats with full claws, but I had never really had a problem over the years, with them scratching on anything other than their scratching posts.  Anyway, I bought the two year insurance.   Wouldn’t you know it . . . I am sure my kitties read the letter informing me that my furniture insurance had expired.  They had a scratch Party like it was “1999” (song by Prince).

Now I am holding my breath that the kitties won’t find out that Ann and I have a Blog.  They would not like what I’ve shared about them.   Wouldn’t you know it . . . Ann has that cute little dog with the great big mouth, and I think they all know each other. . .
~Sandy ☺

Friday, March 10, 2017

Full And Part Time Sellers, How Is It Going?


Instead of talking about light things, or "nothing" things, just pouring out idle chit chat, we've decided to change our blog a bit.  And we would like you to get involved.  If we say something that leaves a question in your mind, leave a feedback question and we'll be happy to answer it.  If it's about your on-line business we will try to answer it, but if we can't,  we can write an article about THAT and see if someone else has an answer.

When I started annswhimsey, it was with the goal of quitting my day job.  That was five years ago.  I feel like my goal is just a few millimeters from my fingertips but I still need to have enough nerve to really DO it.  Any of you in that situation?  I remember reading Etsy's "quit your day job" quote over and over and in retrospect, I'm still glad I have not yet said goodbye to also doing the medical dictation I do from my home ... which can eat up two to three hours, three to four days a week.

I think most of us grew up and started working with the idea of  "a job is security" (which, let's face it, it is, but today not as secure as it used to be).  I worked IN medical offices for 10 years, and then quit and started two home based businesses.  Financially that was a good decision. Then our culture changed.  I am a nationally published writer, so my main home business was writing resumes for clients. I was extremely busy. BUT when the world started changing, and when our first grandchild came into the world (with Grandma babysitting him every day), I felt less and less safe having strangers coming into our house.  My husband became more concerned too, although there was only one occasion that unsettled me ... and I'd literally met with thousands of clients during those years.

Since everyone was headed for the internet I started considering it. I'd sold on Ebay, starting there within the first three days of them being "up".  Ebay was an entirely different world back then.  I could go through EVERY item listed on Ebay in about 20 minutes, and then start over again to see if anything had been listed in that time!  It's growth has been amazing, but probably 15 years ago or so, it had grown too big.  One day they doubled the prices for shops and that was when I quit and went back to the medical field.

I'd heard about Etsy and started watching it, and decided to jump in.  I've done okay --- on a scale of 1-10 I'd say I feel financially at a 7 ... and probably if I were to quit my other job and be able to devote all of my time to my shop, I'd reach that 10 ... but again, I don't know if I can live with 3 points of insecurity.

SOOO do any of you feel the same as I do?  Did any of you take the big jump and "quit your day job", and if so, has it worked?  And how about those of you who did take the jump and it hasn't worked?  We'd love to hear from you and share YOUR story ONLY IF you say it's okay.  If it's okay to share  your story but not your name, we will do that.  AND if it's NOT okay period .. that's fine ... then you are just writing to Ann and Sandy to help  me out in making my decision!

You can reach me at my gmai -- or leave a comment and how I can contact you on here.  My gmail is:  annswhimsey@gmail.com.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WELLL -- Where Have We Been?


It's almost Spring ... that is if you consider turning the air conditioning on in the afternoon and then the furnace on in the evening, then it's Spring!

We've been silent for a while.  Sandy went to Colorado for Christmas -- meaning two time zones away from what she's used to, and then two time zones back. Boy was she a  goof case for a while.  We stayed safely IN our time zone but it seems each year it wears me out a little bit more!

And now we are working on our shops like crazy ... Sandy has Hugs and Holidays, I have annswhimsey, and we both now have Craft Stuff Depot where you are going to be able to find supplies for every craft out there.  BUT it's going to take us a couple of months to fill it up. If the weather is rotten where you are and you've nothing else to do, you can come watch as things appear in the shop :+)

Be sure to check out our newest slide show over on the right side of the page.  Things change constantly ... and this time, both the program I use to do the slide shows AND google's blogger have made changes so it was a bit of an adventure.  To start it, click on the  third icon from the left to begin the slide show ... and have your speaker on!  Enjoy!  Ann

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sandy's Memories For Black History Month

Since this is Black History Month, I would like to share this little bit:

If you live on Hawthorne Street, Mount Holly, North Carolina or have ever walked down that street, you need to know this little known fact.
My grade school was Andrew M. Rollins Elementary School. If I walked out of my front door and headed left past 5 houses or so, I would be at the Mt. Holly colored school, grades 1 - 8. If I walked to the right, I would pass one house, a cemetery, cross the street and arrive at the white school, grades 1 - 12.
My elementary school was quite rewarding and the separation never really occurred to me; it was just normal life in Mt. Holly and the teachers were the best in the world.
One thing I did notice was walking to school was a bit difficult because of the terrain. One step would be on the asphalt until a car came by, and then the next step would be in the ditch in the weeds or in the mud unless you were able to luck upon a rock to step on.
Going in the opposite direction was really different. Once you crossed the street headed towards the other school you would be in the white neighborhood. No ditches, no weeds, no mud because there was a sidewalk.
If the sidewalk which was later extended down Hawthorne Street towards the colored neighborhood is still there after all these years, please think about my mother. She fought City Hall, boycotted her rent from a man named Bill Bailey, who was a member of the City Council, wrote letters, protested to the Board of Education, etc. etc. to bring about attention to the fact that black children should have a sidewalk to Rollins Elementary, just as white children had a sidewalk to Mt. Holly Elementary / High School. She never gave up and it was finally done.
My mother, born Catherine Belton, was responsible for the sidewalk on Hawthorne Street to give the little black elementary children a safe walk to their school.
This is my personal little known black history fact some time in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I can't remember the exact year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New In Annswhimsey


















I think winter is going to stay here till June .... so Sandy and I are busy putting new items in our shops.  I've started a new line of products in annswhimsey.  These are tags that can be used as gift tags, as scrapbooking tags, as bookmaking tags ... really for any craft you envision when you see them.  BUT with these you don't pay as much ($4.00 a set) AND you can download them and print them yourself so there is no waiting and no postage!  They are under Scrapbooking and Crafting in the shop ... and here are a few of them --- hundreds more to come :+)   These can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/annswhimsey



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A WONDERFUL TREASURE TROVE

One of the things I love most about selling from an on-line shop,  is meeting my shoppers.  Yes, some simply shop, but so many will ask a question or make a statement to me, and we end up visiting back and forth via the Etsy messenger.  This week I met Christine ... and in the midst of a very dreary January, she shared something with me that made my whole MONTH!

Christine purchased a set of nesting dolls from me and when I emailed her I told her I had collected those at one time too, but given them away to my brother --- which started a conversation.  She told me she'd been collecting for quite a while.  I asked her if she could send me a picture of her collection ... and WOW!  Thank YOU so much, Christine --- you truly did make my MONTH, both through our conversations and then with these wonderful pictures .... thank YOU so much!

Oh, I had told Christine her collection really made me wish I was still collecting. Today when her pictures came in I told my husband about it and his first words (Christine, can you guess?) were "NO, you are NOT going to start your collection again ... we are trying to make space in the house!"  :+ )

So now everyone --- ENJOY Christine's collection!!!!(And scroll down to see TWO pictures and yes these are from two different places in her room ... she has THAT many!)




MANY thanks to you, Christine!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A New Slideshow

For everyone who loves slideshows, we have a new one in the blog ... and to hear it you have to click on the speaker that shows under the slideshow (I know, it changes all the time)....
Look to your right and down ... drag your mouse across the picture and the bottom will open up, and to the left side of that space is the speaker.  Enjoy!