Friday, May 29, 2015


My mind is coming back, ever so slowly .... I THINK I'll be fine ..... BUT until I get this thing called INVENTORY CONTROL done, I won't be certain!!! Now, I've seen this discussed in the Etsy forums enough to KNOW there are a lot of shop owners who work from their homes, who every now and then go a little nuts, looking for the item to fill an order. I'm sure some of you have everything under control, you know exactly where everything is, and when you receive an order, you calmly stand up and walk right to the item. Let me tell you, YOU ARE ONE SICK CHICK!!!!   :+)   ONLY JOKING (well SORT of :+)

I'm into my fourth year now (I think) on Etsy and while my upstairs where we live is nice and orderly and neat, the downstairs, which I've taken over, is (SOON TO BE WAS!!!!)  A JUNGLE!  This all started out with me selling Stampin' Up stamps and restored prints.  It was going to be on a small scale. My husband KNEW better ... I never do anything on a small scale. He was right.  Soon I had boxes and boxes and boxes of stamps ... some in my shop, some sorted and ready for pictures, some with pictures taken and ready to be put in the shop, and some unsorted. We were down to ONE guest bedroom as my unsorted stamps resided on the bed in our second guest bedroom. The prints should have been easy enough ... when I had them restored, printed, and into the shop they went into a huge, oversized scrapbook ... but they bred, I swear they did. My short stack of pictures to restore became a box, then a couple of boxes.  Somewhere along the line I decided to put holiday prints in one album, children prints in another, animal prints in another (MY way of inventory management).  THEN my love of antiques overtook me when we went to an auction one day. THAT was the day my husband said "the downstairs is your's -- all your's".  (Like turning a kid loose in a candy store). My "stuff to sell" grew, replicated, bred --- and I was stepping over and around boxes, digging to find orders -- and finally, even though he'd WAITED THREE YEARS, my dear hubby suggested inventory control. He worked for 35 years in Quality Assurance which is even more anal than inventory control -- I should have seen it coming!  AND the man suggested I USE NUMBERS.  NUMBERS???!!! WHAT A UNIQUE IDEA!!!!  LOL.

He said "yes it may cost quite a bit to get this started, but in the end it will be so easy to keep up ... because you NEVER RUN OUT OF NUMBERS".  WHAT a guy!!!

SO this weekend, he and I went to Sam's Club.  I bought 750 envelopes. BIG 9 x 12 envelopes. NOW while these don't work REAL well for Stampin' Up sets -- they DO work for MANY of the other things I sell AND for the items that go into Sandy's and my new shop we will open in the Fall.  AND he suggested I put all of my restored prints together and ... get this ... KEEP THEM IN THE SCRAPBOOKS (since those take up little room) BUT .... NUMBER THEM!!  Again, how cool is THAT?  LOL!  Today is Friday. I've spent the week working on this.  NOW I have two huge albums of my prints. I don't have to worry what their subject is --- I just put the number with the print, and put THAT number by the print in my shop. WOW!  :+)

My part of Sandy's (that's our recluse in case you've forgotten) and my new shop fit into TWO bankers' boxes!  Before they took up five shelves in a huge wardrobe ... also in the guest room (which MAY someday get to be a guest room again)!!! AND the man has class ... he allowed me to alphabetize my Stampin' Up sets --- WHATA GUY!!!  That's what I was doing before but I didn't point THAT out to him :+)  However he insisted I sort through them and I actually ended up with more room after getting them all neatly into the Alpha boxes instead of lying on top of each other where I'd put them when digging through the "A" or "B" boxes trying to find one set -- and then never straightening them up again.

SOOOO -- if you've ever struggled with inventory I'll tell you something but do NOT repeat this to my hubby. Shhhh ... it's actually feeling GOOD! I'm beginning to LIKE THIS!  AND NUMBERS CAN BE FUN!!! LOL LOL!!!

AND even though I'm writing this tongue in cheek, I truly AM enjoying getting everything in order. Even though I'm showing slight sarcasm as I write, I KNOW that getting a C in math doesn't mean numbers have to be dreadful :+)  AND he's at the lake this week so I'm waiting to see if he can actually find the laundry room by walking in a STRAIGHT LINE to it and not having to detour boxes!  LOL.  AND if you are living with the nightmare I was .... THINK NUMBERS!!!!!   :+)  Ann


When I stop laughing at that wonderful color that you put into your writing, I will take my hat off to both you and your husband!!!! :)  This is an excellent idea and I wish I could say that "I never misplace anything" but that would be a total fairy tale!  

My inventory started out as a well oiled machine, but that did not last very long.  I also fooled myself into thinking that I did not need anything like "that much organizing" since I sew nearly 75% of what I sell.  Now that Annie and I (The Resident Hermit) have this brilliant idea for our soon-to-be-open new shop, I may need to rethink all of these little bags of vintage goodies.

Thanks for sharing the good advice, and this time, give ALL of the credit to your husband!!!!    Sandy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Thanks so much, Suzanne, for this beautiful treasury ... definitely what a lot of us need on this first day back to work after the nice, long long long weekend!  A special thanks for including my Princess Di People magazine along with these beautiful items.

I hope everyone with share this all over social media (there are buttons below the treasury for pinterest, facebook, twitter) and I hope everyone will visit Suzanne's shop: Purpose4Everything (just click on the shop name in the above line and you'll be there).  Again, many thanks, Suzanne!

If I Were A Princess...

My 'THANK YOU!' treasury to some wonderful Etsy Shops who have included my things in their treasuries!
Cloth art doll-Art doll- Cloth doll-OOAK doll-Textile dolls-Collecting doll-Stuffed doll- Fabric doll-Soft doll-Doll-Rag doll-Cotton doll
Origami jewelry, Origami crane earrings, Origami mom and baby crane earrings with rose quartz gemstone - Pastel pink mom and lavender baby
Vintage purple jacket w/ embossed paisley design. Bracelet sleeves with flounced cuff. Front hoop button enclosure. Size Medium
Fine art magnolia flower - wall decor for her Wall decor /Fine art for any place/ canvas or paper print in sizes 8x12, 12x18, 18x24 or 24x36
Purple crystal handmade beaded kundan clip on earrings for women, Magnificent and lustrous fashion jewelry for evening gown
Purple Gown Gift Tags , Set Of 6 , Prom Dress Tags , Bridesmaid Tags , Glamorous Dress Tags
Ruffle Bow Downton Abbey Wedding Wide Brim Hat Unique Designed Kentucky Derby Hat, Derby Hat, Church Hat, Del Mar Races, Bridal Hat-MV
Princess Di, "What She Was Worth To Britain"  People Magazine November 1985
Amethyist Perfume Bottle 1940's
Pink Flowers W/ Green Leaves Rectangular Beveled Lucite Resin Brooch Pin & Earrings
Lampwork Earrings
Dangle Earrings with soft textile fabric beaded purple yellow
Pink Knit Infinity Scarf, Woman scarves, pink scarf eternity scarf, handmade, accessories, circle scarf,
A Purple Trinket Treasure Keepsake Ring Box with Hand painted lid
Amethyst men ring / Men stones ring / Men ring with stones / Silver ring with stones / Unique men ring / Designer men ring / Men jewelry
MAGIC MERMAID KEY to Mermaid's Heart can Unlock the Magic of Myrrh Kingdom with Lavender Glitter Mermaid Mist Mystical Powers of Persuasion

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A NEW TREASURY --- And THANK YOU Firefly Girl!!!

Here we have a beautifully curated treasury by fireflygirl777 --- AND thank you so much for including my "apples" in it!  I hope everyone has a chance to see it and that they will share it throughout social media!  Also, click on her name in the first line of this and you'll get to see fireflygirl's shop! Again thanks very much!

Gratitude to My Friends...

There are so many wonderful sellers on etsy! I am grateful for their work and grateful to the ones who have kindly included my items in their own treasuries. Thank you, a thousand times over!♡
Vintage Bird, Wind-Up Toy, Lindstrom, 1928, Antique Toy
MEMORIAL WEEKEND SALE Blue Gothic Rose Corkboard Tack Board Bulletin Board 8X10 Pin Board with 4 Button Tacks Thumbtacks Push Pins
Doll Angel-Soft Doll-Miniature doll-Angel- Cloth art doll-OOAK doll-Textile doll-Stuffed doll-Fabric doll-Soft doll-Rag doll-Collecting doll
Mosaic Jesus Make Up Mirror, Square Double Sided Mirror, Hand Held Mirror, Religious Gift
Crochet Fruit - Lemon+lemon slices (6 pcs)  - Seasons - Eco-friendly Decoration - Decor - Play food - Сrochet toys
Art doll - Handmade interior OOAK doll Regina - 7.4 inch.
vintage wooden stool in 30 or 40 years fabric upholstery needle point style
Garden Sign, Grow Damn It,  Houseplant Marker, Plant Poke, Garden Decor
Apples Salt, Pepper, and Sugar Set Antique Just Like Grandma's Large 1940s Spice and Sugar Storage/Servers
Instant Download 5x7 Print from Watercolor Painting Barn Swallow Chicks PDF for matting and framing
Art Nouveau Cameo Brooch - Vintage Abalone Mother of Pearl Brooch - Natural Blue Green Paua Jewelry - Antique Silhouette Shell Cameo Pin
The Waitress (ORIGINAL DRAWING) 4" x 6" with frame by Mike Kraus
Floral Honey Poppy collage OOAK framed painting
Bird Watercolor Painting Art Print, Bird Art, Bird Painting Watercolor, Wall Art
Guns and Rose Mosaic Makeup Compact
Frida Kahlo in Green Oven Mitt

Friday, May 22, 2015

A NEW TREASURY ... and THANK YOU MAGGIE ... Gorgeous as Usual!!!!!

Here's a new treasury and I hope lots of you will be in over the long weekend to see it!  Maggie is the curator (and her shop is Cat Lady 30 ... just click on the name and you'll be there!)  The colors are wonderful, but they always are when Maggie does a treasury!  Thanks soooo much for including my kitten print!

Terracotta & White

Shabby Chic French Country Handpainted Terracotta Garden Sign "Le Jardin"
25 Terracotta Orange Paper Hand Fans for weddings, parties, outdoor events, DIY place cards, wedding fans, wedding hand fans, bamboo fans
Kittens - Five Little Kittens - RESTORED Art PRINT - Black Kitten, White Kitten, Tabby Kitten Cat Lover Gift
Terracotta - Curtain Tiebacks - Nautical Decor - Nautical Gift - Cotton Rope Tiebacks - (this is for a pair)
Terracotta, brown, ivory hand painted silk scarf with spirals and tiny funny animals. OOAK piece of Very Young Art, painted with a 8year old
70s LOUIS FERAUD Designer Terracotta Brown Trench Coat Embroidered Womens Long Blazer Coatdress Jacket Trenchcoat Made in Paris Size Small
terracotta beach pottery sea pottery clay shards jewelry and arts and crafts supplies
Large Hand Woven Oushak Wool Rug, Ivory, Terracotta 12' x 18'
The Restoration on King Hotel
Small Vintage Terracotta Hanging Planters | Modern Macrame Planter Duo | Pair of 2 Hanging Plant Pots in Black & Burnt Orange
Large 36" x 36" Original Abstract Painting - Contemporary Wall Art Decor - terracotta silver grey - soft neutral
Terracotta Rooftops of Dubrovnik- Original Watercolour Painting
Moroccan Coasters -Terracotta Coasters - Ceramic Coasters- Moroccan Tiles - Set of Four Coasters - Tile Coasters - Round Coasters
Andean terracotta Pucara Lucky Bull 4in Tall set of two
Family Tree Love Bird Tree Terracotta Orange Earth Tone Established Date Print Branch Wall Art Home Decor Picture Anniversary Wedding Gift
Vintage English Henry Watson Pottery Original Suffolk Terracotta Coffee Cannister

Thursday, May 21, 2015


This is a followup to the post below, about how many people had their shop addresses in google plus and pinterest.  I must admit, all of you didn't but you did have at least a clue for me to find you!! :+) So here's those who led me to them! (AND a thank you to you for following our blog!)

I Found You!!!

This was my exercise in trying to find shop owners who had a link/address to their shop!
Vintage Hand Bag Crochet PDF Pattern
Hey Nebraska!  Hey Omaha! AkSarBen 1984 Coronation and Ball Program
Ready to Ship: Unique Off White Circle Scarf ,Cowl, Shawl with center lace inspired granny square accent
Romance Love White Daisy Flower Bouquet Shabby Cottage Chic / Rustic Elegance  4 x 5  8x10  16 x 20  Photography Print, Free Shipping USA
White Ponytail Holder with Ouchless Rubber Band, Large Hair Accessory
Statement Rose Flower Ring Ivory Ecru White Ceramic Porcelain Cluster Cocktail Ring , Peony  Custom Size , Bridesmaid Unique Gift  Ring
Rose Quartz Bracelet Fertility  Bracelet Goddess Bracelet  with Czech flowers by Lyrisgems
Bead Embroidery Necklace Heart  Hand Embroidered diamante heart Valentines Day
Wooden horse statue large hand painted shabby cottage chic hardwood high quality sculpture incredibly embellished decor anita spero design
Metal Earrings, Silver and Black, Silver Earrings, Drop Earrings, Modern Earrings, Trend Earrings, Metal Jewelry, Modern Jewelry,  "Valerie"
Pin Collection, Needle Book, Stick Pin, Needles and Pins, Collection Display, Stick Pin Case, Needle Case, Pin Cushion, Shabby Cottage
Two Yards Stunning Lace, Beautiful In One Length Or Cut Into Medallions
Vintage, "Crafting With Lace", Heirloom Sewing with Lace, 40 Victorian Lace Crafts, Collector's Craft Book, Vintage Pattern Directions
Reserved Gray Clutch Purse with Giraffes and Gray Satin Bow
Lot of Two MOP Brooches Star Carved Pierced Design Vintage
Vintage 1960s Turban Hat | 60s White Draped Turban with Box | William H Block Co size 22