Saturday, January 31, 2015

NEW SLIDE SHOW and, and, and .......

We've finished our first of the month items a day early. We now have

1.  A new slide show -- look to the right of this post -- see the screen. Hover over it with your mouse. Three green icons are in the bottom left hand corner. Click on the one with two red // over it -- that turns on the music. Double click on the center of the screen and I believe that makes it larger.

2.  Right below this post is our "Shop Owner of the Month" for February.

3.  Right below Suzanne (Our Shop Owner of the Month) is our SHOP of the month.

4. AND below the Shop of the Month you'll see Sandy's treasury from yesterday.

AND if you have a shop OR a shop owner to nominate for March, get in touch with  us. Our shops are all listed in the right hand column. Just come to one of those and send us a convo!!!

Enjoy!  Ann and Sandy

OUR FIRST SHOP OWNER OF THE MONTH - SUZANNE SUMROW

MEET OUR FIRST SHOP OWNER OF THE MONTH, SUZANNE SUMROW 

from purpose4everything

Here’s how Suzanne tells her story …… I have been creating and designing things since I was old enough to take up a needle and thread. It started with making clothes for my dolls, with my own patterns and designs, because we couldn't afford to spend money on toys. So then I started making my own stuffed animals out of scraps of fabric and fur that my mom didn't need. I loved art class in school the most, and enjoyed drawing and painting as well. When I got older, I enjoyed making animal pictures with yarns, like needlepoint. I started beading, got into florals, and crafting natural items out of things I found on my walks in the woods. After high school, I took a class in stained glass, loved it, and enjoy doing that as well. Then I needed to figure out something to use all the little scraps of glass, so I started doing mosaics. Which led me to make a miniature tile floor for a little greenhouse building, which led to making miniature plants to fill it! Then I found some awesome vintage beads, which led me into jewelry making! Now, I have so many creative outlets, I am never bored! I flit like a butterfly from one creative venture to the next, which is why I decided to find an outlet for my items, so here I am!



And flit like a butterfly she does!  In addition to working full time on her Etsy shop, Suzanne is a busy Mom of three teenagers, in addition to finding and making items for her shop, and as we all do, taking photos, writing descriptions, answering emails, and taking care of the house.

She learned of Etsy in an unusual way. She was on a site called Listia, where people give away things for points, and she  won an auction for a beautiful beaded necklace. While visiting with the woman who had made the necklace, she told the creator she should sell these necklaces because the one she won was so beautiful. The necklace designer said she tried a few sites, and Etsy was one mentioned. Suzanne had never heard of Etsy, but of course went to take a look, and she was hooked.

How Suzanne started is how we should ALL start. In the forums, I see so many people coming in and saying “I opened my shop today, I have six items in there, and I haven’t sold a THING yet!” Well Suzanne did it the right way. She spent six months taking pictures, writing descriptions and THEN she opened her shop – a shop with lots to look at, a shop that would attract people – and she’s been at it now since 2012.


I met Suzanne through social media – another thing she did right. She is supportive of others, she visits with many people, and she is a joy to know!

I love Suzanne’s shop, everything in it. However, we all have a favorite when we see a shop and look through it. I love vintage, all of her vintage BUT my favorite things are her handmade doll house miniatures! Be SURE to visit her shop, Purpose4Everything … you’ll come away amazed!

OUR SHOP OF THE MONTH - irefuse2growup - Owner Carolyn Harrington

Here is our February shop of the month.  I love, love, love Carolyn's shop. All vintage jewelry, all signed jewelry.  You can spend hours in her shop, and please do!  Just click on the name of her store here: irefuse2growup

SHOP OF THE MONTH irefuse2growup

Carolyn Harrington has an amazing shop. Only vintage, name brand jewelry. It is a must see!
Vintage WHITING DAVIS Rare Shell Accents MESH Bib Scarf Necklace & Matching Mesh Earrings Gold Tone, With Original Box
$174.99
Vintage NAPIER Jet Black Faceted Lucite Cha Cha Charm BRACELET & Matching Clip EARRINGS Set ~ Women Mid Century Jewelry
$224.99
Stunning JOAN RIVERS Large Tear Shape Pearl Rich Multi Color Enamel & Bezel Set Rhinestone Crystal Butterfly Brooch Pin ~ Designer Signed
$129.99
GORGEOUS VENDOME Superior Faux Turquoise & Fushia Raspberry Rhinestone and Filigree Gold Tone Necklace Earring Set ~ Signed Regency Parure
$298.00
Gorgeous Napier Cha Cha  Bracelet Faceted Multi Color Lucite & Gold Tone Filigree, Mid Century Signed
$198.45
Retro WHITING & DAVIS SILVER Tone Necklace Scarf and Matching Earrings Set 80's With Original Tags
$125.00
Rare EISENBERG Spider Signed & Numbered Large Faceted Sapphire Blue Belly Clear Rhinestone and Gold Plated Sterling Brooch Pin
$174.99
Vintage Rare KJL Sea Dragon Seahorse Brooch Pin Emerald Jelly Belly Cabochon Rhinestone BOOK PIECE, Signed
$149.00
RARE Vintage GOLDETTE Huge Ornate Victorian Revival Poison Perfume Bottle Pewter Tone 6" Chatelaine Necklace ~ Mid Century Signed
$274.99
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art MMA Enamel SANTA CLAUS With Beaded Garland Silver Plated Brooch Pin ~ New Old Stock In Box Signed
$34.00
Whimsical JEANNE Jade Gemstone Rhinestones & Gold Tone Fringe Scarecrow Brooch Pin ~ High Quality Vintage
$68.00
Vintage WHITING & DAVIS Mid Century Three (3) Coil Gold Tone Mesh Snake Serpent Bracelet  Med. - Lg. Signed Jewelry
$178.00
Vintage Signed HOBE Fire Breathing Dragon Double Sided Cloisonne Pendant Necklace ~ Cobalt Blue, Gold. Siam Red ~ Pat. 3427691
$60.00
Vintage NAPIER Lavender Purple & Cream Enamel Butterfly Insect Bug Brooch Pin ~ Signed Jewelry
$28.00
Stunning LISNER Amber & Brown Topaz High Domed Rhinestone Brooch Pin, Mid Century Signed Vintage Jewelry
$49.00

Friday, January 30, 2015

A NEW TREASURY - Our Resident Hermit is at it again! THANK YOU SANDY!!!!

Sandy has made another treasury --- it's fantastic!!!  Thank you, Lady S, for creating this. I hope everyone enjoys it, and that everyone will visit her shops -- she's been working like a madwoman putting new things in her shop.  Just click on the names:  Hugs and Holidays, Craft Stuff Depot, and Peaches and Corn.  Hugs to Sandy!

Paper

Paper is expressed in many styles............ Enjoy, then tell the world that paper is a never ending medium on Etsy. ~Sandy :)
Bettie Page 1950s PinUp Queen "Fond Memories" Booklet for the "Bettie Scouts of America" from 1961
$12.00
Mason Jars, Craft Supplies, Scrapbooking, Embellishments, Cards, Tags, Mixed Media, Paper Goods, Die Cuts, Mini Album, Cardstock Die Cuts
$3.00
Memory Book - Grandmother's Memories To her Grandchild, Keepsake for Grandchildren, Grandma's Memories Family History - Thomas Kinkade Cover
$20.00
Sweetness/ Tissue Poms & Paper Lanterns //Baby Shower/Nursery Decor/Birthday/Bridal Shower/Wedding Shower
$23.99
25 Tiffany Blue chevron paper straws // baby shower decorations // candy dessert buffet table // wedding // First birthday/new year year
$6.19
SALE Three Nesting Smooth Paper Mâché Houses of Different Sizes, Nesting Set of Paper Mache Houses for Votive Candles, Christmas VIllage
$26.95
Daisy handpainted bookmark; Flower Book lover gift; Illustrated Paper bookmark w/ green ribbon; teacher gift; free shipping
$5.95
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower, Christmas Decor, Gold Glitter Banner, Photo Prop, Twinkle Star Garland, Twinkle Birthday Decor
$24.50
Princess Crowns, Paper Crowns, Birthday Crowns, Gold Crowns, Gold Glitter Crowns - Golden Princess
$10.00
vintage alphabet flash cards in box ~ abc's ~ farichild corp.
$9.00
Christmas Kraft Paper Pack Digital Printable Designs Instant Download Scrapbooking Collection - Reindeer Stars Stockings  - Pack of 18
$3.00
Paper Doilies Light Blue Hand Dyed 5"- French Lace Doilies, Wedding Decoration, Vintage Wedding, Lace Doilies, Bridal Showers, Baby Shower
$10.00
NEW frozen movie 6 Piece Centerpiece
$24.50
Rustic Boho Floral Wedding Invitation, Save the Date, Postcard, Purple
$1.00
Hanging Origami Cranes for Kid's room - chain of 11 soft pink colorful recycled-upcycled-reclaimed-repurposed paper #c111 marlisa
$40.00
paper bag mini wedding/Valentine album
$30.00

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Another SANDY THE RECLUSE Treasury - THANK YOU SANDY!!!!

Sandy makes the neatest treasuries AND comes up with the best titles ... this one is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day for that matter.  Please visit her shops by clicking on the titles:
Hugs and Holidays, Craft Stuff Depot, and Peaches and Corn.

16 Ways To Say I Love You

Love shows in many forms. "Happy Valentine's Day" Love on everyone and spread the news in your social media. ~Sandy :)
1800s Cabinet Card - Vintage Photo - Genealogy - Wedding Photo - Mr Mrs Carl Hinze  - Aden, Voss Family - Great Collectible Photo
$19.95
Hearts, Victorian Shabby, Embellishment, Scrapbooking, Cards, Tags, Decoration, Holiday, Package Toppers, Gift Wrap, Shabby Chic, Valentines
$3.95
Whimsical Love Bird Plate
$25.00
Love Letter Locket - ACTUAL Handwriting Jewelry -  Valentine's Jewelry -  Mother's Jewelry
$76.00
Victorian Love Letter Music Gift Box
$29.95
Charlie Brown and Snoopy - Book Art Charm Necklace - Puppy Love
$13.95
Dog and Little Girl Print - "Brush Your Teeth" - 1920s  Restored Antique Print - GREAT Dentist Gift - GREAT Bath Print
$12.00
Affinity - Motherhood Sculpture
$75.00
African Couple Tribal Figures - Romantic Collectible Kenyan Maasai Decorative Art Sculpture -  Valentines Gift
$74.99
Mothers Day Children Love One 1 Inch Circles Inchies Kids Babies Cuddles Mum Mom for Jewelry Pendant Locket Bezels Digital Collage Sheet 463
$4.40
You're my person mug, love mug, wife gift, husband gift, Mother's Day Mug
$16.00
Original Digital Collage Card/Vintage Children/Angel/Cherub/Blank/love you always/old photo card
$5.00
Old Love Letters Tote bag, 18"
$30.00
Message in a Bottle, Romantic Valentine's Day Gift for Him or Her, Love Poem for Your Sweetheart, Beach Decor
$16.00
Mother's Love For Family--Native American Indian Figurine--Heirloom Quality--Hand-painted Ceramic--Home Decor--Native American Art
$50.00
INSTANT DOWNLOAD Father's Love Letter Poster
$5.00

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A NEW TREASURY and a BIG THANKS TO CATHY HAHN

It's so nice to wake up (at 11:00 A.M. -- I'm such a bum :+)  and find that I've been featured in a treasury.  Thank you so much Cathy, for including me in your treasury!!! Cathy is owner of Cathys Craft World at Etsy. I hope everyone will share her treasury and visit her shop. She has gift packages that take the work out of shopping !  Just click on the name of her shop in this paragraph and you'll be in Cathy's Craft World!


Having The Best Time Of My Life

What great fun I've had finding these goodies. They have made me smile and I haven't been this happy in a while. Thanks for cheering me up, my friends.
Falls changing colors-Polymer clay-(earrings)
$8.00
Vintage Noritake Vase offered by treasuresRtimeless Noritake vase made in Japan
$15.95
Waitress Half Apron Handmade NEW M&M 3 pockets
$15.00
white Lace bolero // lace bolero // Wedding gown bolero /  shawl , shrug ,  scarf //party accessory
$37.00
Ceramic vintage bride and groom wedding vase, wedding bouquet vase, unique wedding gift, marriage flower vase, Victorian wedding vase
€25.00
Rose Geranium Face Cream for Dry-Mature Skin, Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Rose Geranium Essential Oil - 50ml.
€10.00
Flying HORSE Fashion Swarovski Rhinestone Crystal Purse Bag Car Key Chain Creative Gift
$10.00
Summer Fruit EXPLOSION Fudge, with raw honey and pecans. Approx 3/4 Lb, reduced sugar, no butter/oil.
$22.75
Colorful butterflies Digital Paper, butterflies  on colorful backgrounds, Summer Scrapbooking Papers, paper with butterflies, commercial use
$4.00
Holiday Refrigerator Handle Covers
$10.85
Paris Coffee Mug. Large Mug of Eiffel Tower. Hand Painted Custom Ceramic Mug. Dotted Map Line, Heart Decor
$10.00
Valentine's Day wine glasses- Set of 2 hand painted wine glasses- Red- Sweetheart collection for her and for him. Personalized.
$49.90
homemade valentine cream cheese red velvet fudge
$11.00
Statue of Liberty Americana Counted Cross-Stitch Bookmark
$8.00
Printable art LOVE nursery print, digital download, floral letters, nursery decor, dorm decor
$5.00
Vintage Little Golden Book "The Shy Little Kitten" - 1946  - Classic Children's Tale - Children's Story Book
$10.00