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Sunday, November 29, 2009

New wreaths

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful day with 90 family members on my mom's side! Once a year her family gets together and it's always a lot of fun.

The cousins have a gift exchange each year. I wasn't terribly original as far as gift ideas went this year. Since I had just bought all those wonderful vintage ornaments the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I decided to make another wreath, even though that was the gift I took last year. Here's a photo of wreath #6 that I took to the gift exchange. Wreath number 6 for my cousin gift exchange

Yesterday I went to a couple local antique malls/flea markets to look for some striped ornaments and other ornaments that were not just plain round glass balls. I always include a dozen or so fancier ornaments in the top layer of my wreaths and I wanted to find more to add to my stash. I walked into the Waldo Flea Market in Kansas City and the man who greeted me at the door asked me if I was looking for anything in particular. When I told him I was looking for vintage ornaments, he said he had been unpacking a box and found a bag of ornaments that he would give me. He had larger things in his booth and said he would probably just break these ornaments anyway. I offered to pay him and he told me no, just take the ornaments and remember his booth. It was a bag of 15 blue ornaments. That was a nice surprise to be given these ornaments! I found my other "fancy" ornaments that I was looking for and I also found some plain ones for a good price in some different colors, such as a deep copper color, a pearly white and a deep wine color. Boxes of six ornament for $2.25 - a great price!

Tonight I made wreath number 7 that I will be giving as a Christmas present. Here's a picture. Wreath number 7

It's been a busy weekend. I sold all my calendars on Thanksgiving very quickly and need ten more. I've never sold that many. Thirty-five is usually enough. Yesterday I ordered ten more. I'll post more of my calendar pages soon.

Today I went to see Wicked in downtown KC. I had never seen it before and really enjoyed. And I needed to adjust the size of a bracelet that I sold on Thanksgiving. I took my jewelry with me on Thanksgiving and sold almost as much to my cousins as I did at my open house last week! There just always seems to be something to do!

I've said this before, but I do hope to post to my blog more often. Now that my family calendar is complete and Thanksgiving is over, I don't have deadlines looming over me. Well, not unless you count Christmas shopping!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Open House and Vintage Ornaments

I had a nice day today at my holiday open house. I took some pictures that I will try to post very soon. Unfortunately, the flash on my camera stopped working. I just got a new Droid phone that has a great camera. I took pictures with that but still need to learn what to do with them! We had a smaller turnout than last year, but Jana and I still both made some sales. And we had a very nice time visting with all who came. This gets me into the Christmas spirit, having put up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas music all afternoon.

And I'll have to show some pictures of the vintage ornaments I got yesterday. I got about 300 more ornaments! I found someone on craigslist who was selling 45 ornaments for $20. I thought that was a great price after what I've seen them for in flea markets and antiques shops. I was able to contact the seller and go get the ornaments Saturday. I was very pleased with them...most were not just plain balls, but ones with multiple colors, some sort of design on them, different shapes, etc. Definitely worth the price! But then I went by a garage sale not too far from my ornament seller's house. I also found this on craiglist. It was a woman who had a shop and was closing it. She had a lot of great items for sale, much vintage stuff. I would have liked to look around more but I was on a mission to find ornaments! She had many boxes with 10 to 12 ornaments per box for one dollar a box. I bought all of them. And she had three big baskets of individual ornaments, 15 for one dollar. I asked how much if I bought them all and she said she would give them to me for five dollars! It was a great deal! My trunk was practically full of ornaments. Now I have plenty of ornaments to make some wreaths for gifts this year and I think I'll make some to try to sell. Now I just have to figure out where to store all these ornaments! But at least I have them!

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Jewelry Giveaway!

Well, I’m a little late. It’s not exactly afternoon anymore. I had some technical difficulties creating my calendar files to take to the printer and spent way longer on it than I had anticipated. But finally, here are the details!

I will be giving away a pair of earrings, your choice, from my Prized Possessions Etsy shop. Here are photos of some of my favorites to give you a sampling of the earrings I sell.
Summer Garden EarringsPurple Velvet EarringsSea Foam Floral EarringsColor Me Blue Earrings

The entry period begins at the time of this posting. The winner will be selected at 9 PM central time on December 9th, my son’s 18th birthday. Someone gets a gift on his birthday! To enter, all you have to do is give me a little feedback in a comment. Gift giving time is approaching and I’m interested in knowing what types of things you give as gifts.

Here are the details of the giveaway.

1. Contest starts at the time of this post and ends at 9 PM central time on Wednesday December 9th, 2009. The winner will be notified shortly after 9 PM on the 9th.

2. I’d like to know this: If you could give any item in my Etsy shop to someone as a gift, which item would you give, who would you give it to and why? Leave a comment at the end of this post containing those three things.

3. Everyone submitting a comment will be entered in a random drawing to be held at 9 PM December 9, 2009.

4. PLEASE make sure when you leave your comment you include your email address, the URL of your blog that has your contact information or some way that you can be reached if you are the winner. I have had more than one person enter previous giveaways that left no contact information, including one person who would have been the winner if I had known how to get in touch.

5. I will announce the winner in a blog post and I will also contact the winner directly. There is no time limit for the winner to choose their earrings, but I do ask that the winner confirm they got the winning notification. If I don’t hear back from the winner within 7 days after the winner is announced, I will select a different winner.

Good luck to everyone who enters! And thanks for sharing your gift ideas with me!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Giveaway Starts Tomorrow!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway from my Prized Possessions Etsy shop. Time to hold another! Check back tomorrow (my 9X80 day off – more time for posting) for details of my giveaway, which will start tomorrow and end between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ll publish a post sometime in the afternoon with the details. (I haven’t quite worked out the details yet and I’m going out to lunch with my mom tomorrow. ) So sometime after lunch, check back for the new post with the details.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

To Do List and Beads!

Hello, everyone! I've been AWOL for a while. Just a little too busy, much of it due to once again taking on more than I really have time for. I was very busy getting ready for Halloween, making costumes and some new decorations. I still have some photos to post from some of those projects. And I have decided to host a 2nd Annual Mini-Holiday Mart the Sunday before Thanksgiving again this year. If anyone in the Kansas City area is interested in attending, please let me know and I will provide details to you. Here are the photos from my event last year.

Also on my list are

  • Getting my annual family calendar printed before Thanksgiving. I did it this year using digital scrapbooking and am very pleased with how it turned out. Now I need to get it printed. I'll show you some photos from it soon. (Here is last year's calendar.)

  • Deciding what my cousin gift will be for Thanksgiving and making it

  • Deciding on the food to take for Thanksgiving and making it (most likely a dessert)

  • Finishing my baseball tee shirt quilt before Thanksgiving so I can take it to show to my aunts and cousins

  • Getting ready for my open house and, hopefully, making more jewelry

Last Sunday I went to the local bead show. We have bead shows in the Kansas City area in the spring and fall. There are also some gem and mineral shows, which I enjoy. But Sunday, I went to the Bead Renaissance show. I LOVE bead shows! Here are some of the beads I bought and am anxious to start playing with!

Some of my new beads
The only thing I really need to figure out how to make next is more hours in the day!