Saturday, December 30, 2017

Customer Service is Dying

Here we are, about to start 2018 ... and for all of us who sell on line, I would be willing to be in OUR line of work customer service is NOT dying --- but it is out here in the new world (which is a GOOD thing for those of us who do on-line sales). AND that's why I do MY Christmas shopping on line.

We've had two examples of really rotten customer service in just two days -- in the "real world".  First we got snow (nope I'm not blaming God for poor customer service :+)  SO hubby got out his brand new snow blower .... and it refused to start.  Our neighbor, hubby's co-expert, and he worked on it for about an hour (after recharging it) --- and not a whimper from it.  SO we live near the shop he'd always taken his mowers, blowers, and other such things to and was greeted by a huge sign on the door .... "Didn't buy it here?  Then we don't fix it."  THAT had happened sometime within the last year.  SO I wonder if the owner just decided to throw away all of his old customers in order to sell?  As hubby said, "That would now be the LAST place I buy from".  Talk about creating customer dislike for yourself!  NEXT he called another fix-it shop and got their voice recording to leave a message ... and then got the MESSAGE "sorry the mailbox is full".  By then he was fuming and tried another place where a real person answered the phone, was polite, asked him questions about how it was not working, and was here in about a half hour to pick it up.  Any guesses as to who now gets his business?

THEN this weekend my computer stopped working.   I have had my computers custom built forever, four of them from the same company.  I called in and talked to the owner and told him my problem AND that I wanted THE most experienced person, as my "guru" had quit and gone elsewhere. He told me the name of his most experienced guy and I said that was great, and he was here the next day to look over what I had, take it with him so he could reload it into the new computer he was building and I should have it back today.

WELL yesterday I got a call from the owner "explaining" to me that one of his guys had called in sick" and they'd sold 12 new computers so it would take MY technician until "sometime next week" to get mine finished. I said "now wait a minute -- mine was FIRST in line and almost done" and he got ugly.  Well they couldn't just let new orders "sit" to finish mine.  I was furious.  My husband then picked up the phone and called him and asked him to explain why they didn't finish orders IN the order they came in.  "Well we don't want to make a bad impression on new business".  SO we drove over to the shop.  My technician looked like he wanted to throw up and HE called the owner and he will now be here first thing Tuesday, after the holiday ... thanks to him.  I then took the phone from my tech and talked to the owner .... I said "you know all the new orders you've gotten?? Well three came from my referral".  HIS reply?  "Well if you want us to just scrap your new one I won't charge you".  And HE is close to 60 years old.  Talk about no knowledge of customer service!  NO I didn't want the one that is almost done scrapped --- AND after it is set up and running, I will be checking out other places that custom build computers so I'm read in about eight more years.  AND he'll never get another referral from me. 

It seems like we see it in a lot of brick and mortar places anymore.  We see it a lot in our world today .. the "attitude that "I'm doing you a favor to take your money", the "attitude" of "I really would rather be doing something else".  SO since we can't meet our shoppers in person, the least we can do is communicate with them, answer their questions in a friendly manner (I've have some snarky answers from people I WAS going to buy from on Etsy and then didn't) ... more and more people are finding on-line shopping easy --- we need to make it easy AND friendly for them!  :+)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



I have to admit, I am so busy with my shop (now shopS plural) I usually buy any supplies at need at the first place I find that has what I want.  Since I started selling on Etsy, I shudder to think what I've spent on business cards AND how much I could have saved had I just taken the time to LOOK. AND the same is true for boxes for packaging .... I'm sure the majority of on-line sellers are much better than I at finding the BEST places with the highest quality supplies --- BUT I DID FIND A BUSINESS CARD SUPPLIER many of you may NOT be aware of.

I always buy my cards by the thousand ---  and by ordering them on line (from a company in the Netherlands) I was paying over $100 per thousand.  I just figured that was the going rate ... AND after checking a couple other on-line sellers that reaffirmed what I'd though.

NOW I have opened my second shop and a week ago I thought "well I'll have to wait until I order them and get them" (which usually took about a month).  Then I wondered if anyone in the city I live sold them -- figuring I would pay the same but at least have them more quickly.  It was MUCH better than that.  And it is called STAPLES!!

It had never occurred to me to check out Staples --- I assumed (I know, never ASSUME) that their printing center was for copies and books.  SO as I googled "Lincoln NE business card printer) they came up. I ordered on line.  They were done the following day.  I ordered 1000 double sided cards,  AND I PAID $26.00 plus tax. 

SOOOOO if you have a Staples in your city, be SURE to check them out.   AND if you live in a smaller town or a place without Staples, it would be well worth the phone call to see if they would mail them to you ... I'd be willing to be they do.

AND take a look at the quality

AND these are not just plain heavy paper -- they have a glossy finish and are nice and heavy.

OH and just in case you can't read it .... the name of my NEW store is AnnsWhimseySupplies and it can be found at:

AND you'll probably find another article about the new shop soon!  :+) It IS open and doing business!!! If you use supplies for your products, crafting, or scrapbooking you just might find something.  AND I have TEN more large totes of items to put in ... so it will grow :+)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Better Not Leave Home

I was talking with a good friend of mine about our  blog and she is the most uplifting person I've ever known.  She encouraged me to start writing more in here so  here I am and today we are going to talk about Shopify versus Etsy.

As you may remember in our ongoing drama, Sandy, Linda, and I decided we'd had it with all of the changes on Etsy along with having absolutely NO control of our websites and for that matter, of our promotions or customer relations. And it is damned frustrating as 98% of us know.  The constant "tests" they run, awakening to find a message telling us to do this or that differently, it is NOT ideal. HOWEVER ..... let's look at other places (I'm sorta like a gypsy, roaming around and trying different sites). 

I had read about Shopify for over a year and everything I heard was wonderful.  AND Shopify is NOT bad ... its' the best site I've found but it's only for those who have lots of expendable cash and can BUY every app they offer, and for those of you who have the utmost patience, AND for those of you who are ready to start all over, from scratch, just like starting over at Etsy again.  Remember those slow days, weeks, and months until sales started coming in on Etsy? And then how long it took to get a LOT of sales each week?  Well, I can say from experience, I grew my shoppers much faster on Etsy than on Shopify.  AND we all three had mailing lists and emailed all of our existing customers. 

I did the building and it took me about three months.  IF you are a computer guru (and I'm pretty darned good) you might be able to do it in two months, but I doubt it.  The one GREAT, absolutely GREAT thing about Shopify is their support and service.  I called them more times than I'd ever called my kids when they moved to their first apartments!!  In fact, I'm sure the support personnel knew who was calling when they heard my voice.  It was awful .... I would be flying along, getting one part of the site set up and then I'd hit a snag; time to call.  They would explain what I'd done wrong and would remote in to show me things.  But picture yourself thrown into completely new environment after spending months or years in another -- nothing LOOKS the same, the terminology from the techs is different (small example -- home page, front page, title page are all different there). 

Then I had already tried WIX where you can import your items and which was a disaster ... so we did NOT import at Shopify -- we spent another three months copying our things over.  THEN messages pop up daily about "trying this" or "trying that" to "grow your audience".  AND they are NOT inexpensive. Google is like a big green monster waiting to get you into his/her talons ... been there, done THAT.  There are so many apps which Shopify talks about .... and we did end up paying for one which was in-house marketing --- at this point about six months had gone by. 

The day we opened we emailed our customers.  In the first week we had six sales (between the three of us -- actually between two of  us).  Then we sat.  We sat for months.  We sat for a few more months. I am NOT one to keep emailing my shoppers and neither are Sandy or Linda ... so we sat.  One of Sandy's reeally great customers followed her to Shopify and she DID have quite a few sales to her,  but the shopper herself said she found Etsy easier to use. 

It took me MONTHS to be able to move around in the shop without having to stop and think "now where do I go next?"  BUT the big thing was  NO TRAFFIC. I know Etsy's search is a mess but at least there ARE shoppers who come through every day.  AND if you've built a relationship WITH your shoppers they WILL find you. 

IF you go to another site to build your shop, it's up to YOU AND your POCKETBOOK to drive traffic.  AND sales are always slow in a new place so your pocketbook gets more and more slim.  PLUS no stand alone website is as intuitive as Etsy for the shoppers.    

If you happen to watch "The Sharks", nearly all of the websites of the contestants they invest in are built on Shopify.  BUT The Shark's technical team builds the website and teaches the store owner how to use it.  MUCH easier than on your own and trying to teach two other people what to do .. and two of them findings things and telling me about it.

SO we moved back and I sent another email to my shoppers .... and within a week my sales were back to normal.  Several of them told me they were sorry they hadn't bought in our new shop and all gave the same reason .... shopping on Etsy seems "safe" and "easy".  They hurried to say they did not mistrust me because most of my shoppers have been to my shop a lot more than once ... but they didn't like the idea of "putting their money" into someplace whose name they didn't even know (we had simply called it our website, which is what it was).   

AND I may yet again try Shopify but I've learned one extremely important lesson -- bounce around the internet. Look at shops.  And IF you decide to try another site, have only ONE kind of inventory. I have all of my "categories" in Etsy filled with very different items -- sort of like a department store. THAT does NOT work anywhere on the web (except for Amazon and Etsy).  If you specialize in one item your chances of success are better.  If you have enough money put back to buy into all of the Shopify  apps AND into google, your chances of success are much better.  (and I'm talking LOTS of money --- some of the apps are $100 a month).  AND if you do handmade and you have to sometimes fill "custom orders" forget it.  People shopping on-line are NOT going to wait for a custom order unless you are in Etsy where many things ARE handmade and they are expecting  the delay. 

I am definitely NOT an Etsy fan but after trying (I'm counting) four other sites, with the most time spent at Shopify, I would think long and hard before leaving Etsy.  You may, however, find a shop with my name on it out there it the gruesome internet -- but you will find only ONE kind of item in it!

my shop:  AnnsWhimsey

Sunday, July 16, 2017


If you sell on Etsy, and if you watched the NBC news  tonight you found out what I did ... we, Ettsy  sellers, have "come a long way babies".  The tag line for "coming up" on tonight's newscast was "what do Etsy and Uber sellers have in common?"  

FIRST think about that --- 10 years ago the lead-in would have been "what do EBAY and Uber workers have in common?"  and you can bet I'm right on that.  WELL tonight it was Uber and ETSY.  And they gave us a name which I've already forgotten (if you saw it, let me know what it was).  Basically the story was about what those of us who work part-time on Etsy (or for Uber) should do.  Their advice was #1 do NOT burn out ... limit yourself (like any of us can or will) and the second was make sure your money is going to pay off loans, or pay the bills ...  if necessary.  ANYWAY my favorite part of the spot was that it wasy "Uber and ETSY" and not "Uber and EBAY" -- :+)

Monday, July 10, 2017

If It's Good Enough For Amazon ----

FIRST ... don't miss our new slideshow ... to the right of this post ... and be sure to click on the "speaker" so you can enjoy the music!

Tonight Sandy told me "Christmas is selling" and I guess being on Etsy for five years has JUST ABOUT made me into a seller.  BUT I'm still hesitating on putting out my Christmas ornaments (for sale) and my restored Halloween and Christmas art.  I think it's because I've spent more than half my life married to a man who has a complete, total meltdown every August --- he has to run to the store and comes home saying  (not yelling .. he never yells) -- but saying with disgust -- "WELL the August Christmas trees are up".  It drives him batty.  BUT Amazon is having IT'S first big sale ... their "Christmas in July" so I guess I have to take that last tiny step to becoming a REAL retailer huh? 

This has been quite the year for both Sandy and me.  She went to Texas for her first visit as a mother-in-law.  And she had a wonderful time with her married daughter and her new son-in-law.  We saw our last grandchild graduate this Spring.  That was very bittersweet.  AND out oldest granddaughter graduated from college this year.  And the middle child, our grandson, starts his second year of college this fall.  Where DO the years go?  My grandma used to say that all the time, and the older she got the more sadness there was in her voice.  I'm starting to understand.

And my first announcement here of an upcoming event:  I WILL be starting my SECOND shop soon.  I know, you've heard that before ... twice ... once from three of us, once from two of us ... and we're down to just me :+)  Sandy, of course, HAS two shops ... and I certainly can't let Sandy outdo me!!!   BUT I have ALWAYS wanted that supply shop and this time I'm doing it alone.  I'm having FUN loading it up with all sorts of goodies ... and keep making myself wait until I get at least 400 items in there.  I'm not a patient person!!!

SOOO I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer -- looking at the calendar, within a month the kids will all be back in school!  Where DOES the time go???

Thursday, June 8, 2017


OK I am sitting here laughing and rolling my eyes (yup I can do two things at the same time :+)  I ordered something on another "E" on line sales sight -- no not Etsy. I just got the package.  Ready ... the item was in a Planter's Peanuts can --- with the peanut label still on it --- OMG.  Yes,  I keep a supply of NEW boxes on hand AND as I've said before (a few years ago in here) there is ONE kind of box I will re-use and those are the ones from Amazon.  They are sturdy, the previous label can be taken off without doing damage to the box, and it looks professional.  BUT A PEANUTS CAN???   Truly, appearance counts!  :+)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Life's Changes

I've never been one to easily accept changes.  I'm sure this goes back to the first horrendous change in my life, the death of my Dad when I was 11 years old (and he was 33 years old).  My life and my brother's life were shattered and it seemed after that, our lives were nothing but change.  Our mother remarried, to a man with five children so instead of "we are two", he and I were told to adjust to being "we are seven".  We were told to call another person Dad ... it was, to say , traumatic. AND I think that is the reason I don't accept change  easily and never have.  If I decide to make a change that's fine (after careful thought) but  I don't like changes done without my input.

SOOO I think that's why the constant changes in the place where many of us sell just drive me NUTS :+)  I am aware that  due simply to technology, changes DO have to be made, but when a group of so called "management" people just take it upon themselves to change the appearance and the management tools for the shop I've poured thousands of hours into , I am more than a little disturbed. And since this has happened many times over the years I've been selling with them, I've developed a strong distrust.

SOOO I just want you to know that if the new changes have you banging your head against the nearest wall, you aren't alone.  I don't like being forced to accept change while at the same time most of our suggestions are ignored  ... AND I am very concerned about the impact it has on our shoppers. Good old Wal-Mart is the best B&M shop to use as an example ... every other year they do a "reset" of their stores.  AND every  time they do this, I visit their store less and less.  It was fine to begin with, everyone who shopped there knew where everything was UNTIL their biannual change.  Our venue for selling seems (at least in my mind) to do it more often!   SO just know, if you are frustrated, you aren't alone!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Sandy and I would like to wish all of you who are moms and grandmothers a very Happy Mother's Day. Our's will be very quiet I believe.  Sandy's daughter lives half way across the country from her ... and in our family our youngest grandchild has her graduation party on Saturday.  I think we'll spend Mother's Day resting!

For those of you who are not yet grandmothers, I have to tell you that your children are going to get just a teeny tiny (VERY teeny tiny) nudge to the back of the line once they give you grandchildren :+)  We have two who live in the same city we do, and one who lives not far away.  The not far away one graduated from college two weeks ago!  How proud we are of her.  The two who live here in the city .... the oldest graduated last year, and has finished his first year of college. Now little sister is  graduating this year.  She decided when she went into 9th grade that she WOULD graduate in three years.  She has always been stubborn and when she says she will do something, she DOES it.  She was a three year cheerleader, played volleyball for two years, and still managed to graduate in three years.  Her party is Saturday and then graduation is a week from Saturday.  (I don't question why they do it backwards ... I just go :+) SO this year I gladly don't mind graduation shadowing Mother's Day! And hubby is making 25 pounds of potato salad for the party, as he did last year, and he very sternly told our daughter "this is the LAST time .. if you have parties for college graduation YOU make the potato salad or you don't have any".

SOOO this is a very happy week for us.  Sandy knows she'll be getting a phone call and long talk with her daughter (and no doubt gifts) ... and we'll be surrounded by family.  Who says Christmas is "the most beautiful time of the year"??? :+)

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Did you  know there was a "World Password Day"?   Well neither did I  ...  but a lot of these Days of the Year really do make one stop and think.  SO the point of World Passwords Day is as follows (copied from the message to met)

World Password Day will soon be upon us! Join the thousands of people and hundreds of global organizations on May 4th to take a social media pledge to improve your password habits.

With hacking scandals-a-plenty recently, you can ready yourself by having a think about all the different platforms you use and how many of them use the same password. Don't get caught out by a bad and insecure password!

I have a book in which I keep all of mt passwords --- my hubby and grown children do know where it is so should I become ill (or dead!!)  they can get into my accounts and close them.  This might be a good time to go in and change YOUR passwords too AND write them down.  And on the happy note of (or dead) as I said above, start getting them changed AND written down!!  


Thursday, April 20, 2017

TWO BROADS AND A SHOP is having a SURPRISE GIVE AWAY!!!                            
How well do you know Ann and Sandy?
For years you have seen us together on this Blog and in our individual shops ( and as well as in our partner shop (, but just how well do you know us.
Please don’t say we are just one big sweet of Georgia Chocolate and Nebraska Vanilla, although that does sound pretty tasty!
Anyhoo, we have a little game called “Name That Broad”.  Get all the answers correct and you will be entered into a drawing for a free gift ☺
  1. I get up before the chickens /_____
  2. Don’t bother me before ten /_____
  3. I hate seafood /____
  4. I hate steak / ____
  5. Most of my shoes are slip-ons /_____
  6. I prefer lace-ups /_____
  7. I sell antiques but I don’t have any in my house / _____
  8. Antiques have to tell me they are antiques /_____
  9. I love, love, love fabric / _____
  10. Fabric drives me crazy /______
  11. My workshop is downstairs / _____
  12. My workshop is upstairs / ______
  13. I like being out and about / _____
  14. Being in the shadows is just fine for me /_____
  15. I can do something I enjoy for hours / ______
  16. I have no patience / _____
  17. Everything must have a place and be in its place / _____
  18. I just throw it down and it lands where it lands / ______
  19. I have a schedule for all of my activities / _____
  20. My activities are lucky if I remember them /_____
Follow our blog and our partner shop.  Then email your answers to Just write the Number and the Name for the corresponding questions.  Then send the answers as an attachment to

  1. I live in Nebraska / _____  (Just write 1 Ann)
  2. I live in Georgia / _______ (Just write 2 Sandy)

Monday, March 13, 2017

“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:

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


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!