Thursday, June 9, 2011

Close Call!

hole in one!

After a heartbreaking accident last year when the little guy's hearing aid slipped out of my hand and into the waiting tub (left it to dry out for 2 days and it was fine). I'm super careful and take them off away from the awaiting bath. The other day though it fell out of my hand and slid across the bathroom floor. What are the chances that it would have slipped through the small hole where the pipes are? I wouldn't have thought they were very good. In a panic I got a flashlight and a hammer, with every intention of ripping up the floor to retrieve this little device that makes all the difference. I removed one small board and realizing it slipped way down. I thought it was all over until I realized why I was seeing little bits of light. I have never been so grateful for the horrible drop ceiling we have in the kitchen! I ran down, got a ladder and found it easily. Crisis and panic over! Phew!

oh little one life with you is one great adventure!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Finally... Flowers

Winter really extended itself this year and Spring was rainy which would be fine if it weren't so cold as well. We seem to have left that behind with a nice stretch of super warm weather. It has been a bit volatile at night though with some intense thunder storms and downpours but the garden is happy...

I do love my poppies!

Now to make some time to weed and tend.

Hope you're enjoying this beautiful time of year!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Shop Additions

The weather has finally taken a Spring like turn. Found some fresh "new" items for my shop this weekend. This is only a sampling! Blog readers please take 10% off any items you purchase (excluding shipping). Use coupon code justforyou at checkout!

1930's-1940's Edwin Knowles Creamer
1933 Bingo Game

Peter by Arthur Garratt
Monkey Pod Serving Tray
Old Farm Basket
Coleman Beverage Jug

Otagiri Bud Vase
Royal Ascot Ironstone Bowl
Friendship Sampler
Faux Leather Ice Bucket
Vintage Colorful Clothespins
Disney Wood Blocks

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I've Been Featured!

I'm part of a group of like minded Etsy sellers who are interested in developing their shops to there full potential. It's great being part of a team who are driven to really make it work. I am the featured seller this week on our team blog.  There's a giveaway as well ~ I hope you'll check it out!  Read it here!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My List Makes Front Page!

Off To New Horizons ~ A graduation inspired collection.

Okay it was the 3 am slot & I wasn't around to enjoy it but hooray! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Etsy Upgrade: New Image Quality Improvements - Before & After Avatar

I happen to think the colors on my imac monitor are bright, clear, and colorful. "True to life" so to speak. Recently I viewed a favorite item on another computer and was shocked at the strong blue value on the photo, it was a total turnoff (doesn't help that it was a food item).

In an effort to prevent this Etsy is releasing a new system for processing, resizing, and storing image files. Apparently the new system will:
* Provide sharper, brighter, higher quality results for uploaded photos
* Support a wider range of uploaded file types

Existing banners, avatars, and item photos will not be changed! The new system is now functioning for team avatars and profile avatars.

Here's the Etsy forum thread from admin

You will need to reupload (is that even a word?) your profile avatar to have it in this new system.
There is a VERY subtle difference. Here is mine (the new avatar is the one on the right):

What do you think? 
I'm glad my future images will be true to life but have no intention of reloading the images of my current stock of 500 items!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"I've Been Pinned" or Maybe "I'm Pinteresting"?

"Pinterest is a place to catalog the things you love"
I had never heard of this site until I saw it come up on my Google Analytics report. An interesting place to share things you love! How nice to see my cups & saucers come up here!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

How Many Shots For A Decent Picture?

It was my neighbor's birthday and I knew the perfect gift for her would be a picture of the kids. Easier said then done! Seriously could you even imagine going back to taking photos of children using film where every shot counts?
I so appreciate digital film!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

That Old Blue House

Considering my love for quilting and my appreciation for vintage it's no wonder I love That Old Blue House's shop! 

Lisa from That Old Blue House 2 creates stunning pieces of jewelry by using solder and glass to preserve once loved pieces of textiles. Her shop has just celebrated it's 2nd year. Her pieces are well received and her customers very happy. 

" all three pieces are really beautiful and remind me of my great grandmother. she did quilting, tatting etc. and these lovely charms seem like things i would have found in her jewelry box. thank you so much!" ~ a happy customer

Lisa's shop has long been a favorite of mine as I really admire the way she uses pieces of old quilts, lace, and paper to create beautiful new jewelry.  A rescuer of forgotten textiles and papers, her pieces really speak to me.

Lisa started creating with stained glass. She made suncatchers which she sold at a friend's flower shop. Her work, inspired by her love of antiques has evolved over the years and now includes jewelry made from well loved materials. 

Her Etsy shop is filled with these beautiful creations! 
Recently she has begun to create using buttons and marbles in her art. She is always on the hunt for new treasures and new objects to incorporate into her art.

Be sure to stop by her shop to see the rest of her beautiful pieces!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Morning Smile!

My treasury made it to Etsy's Front Page this morning.
Congrats to those that were featured. Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

*Yawn & Stretch*


I know it's simply been ages since I've been around. I think this is the hardest post after such a long hiatus. So let's just get the ball rolling...

I am currently a work from home addicted to Etsy thrifting vintage selling mom of 2 fabulous kiddos. BOTH of which are in now in school (how crazy is that). 

My oldest is a 5 year old sweetie pie with a heart of gold. Time is flying and "the potty" has just now become "the bathroom". Thankfully though when recently given a bowl of cereal for an after dinner snack she declared it was her first midnight snack (it was 7:30).

Here's my sweetie modeling a vintage dress for my shop!

Then there's the little guy, he'll be 3 in 2 weeks! He keeps us all running. He has a moderate to severe hearing loss and wears hearing aids in both ears. He recently started school full time in a special program for children who are deaf & hard of hearing. There's been a few bumps but he's doing great and is starting to speak a lot more. 

He is a busy boy! The busier I can keep him the less of the chance he can get in trouble. 

Me? I'm subbing at the local school and working my etsy shop. Corrnucopia is doing better than I could have imagined which only makes me want it to do what I can to take it to the next level. I feel like it is possible. There's some things I know I need to do to improve it while there's still lots left to learn. 

I want this to be a place where I can share the fun and not so fun parts of being a mom, raising a special needs kid, running an etsy business, sharing fabulous vintage finds, and anything else that comes to mind. So if any of this interests you stay tuned!