Check this out!!

Look whose blog got a mention in Oregon Home Magazine!  

I am humbled and honored!

But MOSTLY thrilled that my ‘trash to treasure re-use and re-make whatever you can’ message is being spread!

CURIOSITIES: A new antique mall in Beaverton!

4.6.13 Curiosities signs etsy 009JUST OPENED!  Curiosities Antique Mall in Beaverton at 12705 SW Beaverdam Road.

4.6.13 Curiosities signs etsy 001You can actually see it quite easily from Canyon.  Beaverdam runs directly behind the stores on the North side of Canyon; just a little farther East than Tom’s pancake house.

4.6.13 Curiosities signs etsy 004It’s right behind the garden center on Canyon.

4.6.13 Curiosities signs etsy 005And between Ludemans on the right . .

4.6.13 Curiosities signs etsy 007And Taggarts on the left.

4.6.13 Curiosities signs etsy 002OPEN: Tuesdays – Sundays; 10am – 6pm

Curiosities Facebook page  – check out and “LIKE” their  Facebook page.

AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaND . . . . . .I will be moving into a space in a couple of weeks!  So if Stars has just been TOO far for you to drive for a dose of  “Sophie’s Shopping Therapy”;  you’ll soon have a closer option.


After spending the last couple of years building my etsy shop inventory up to over 400 items; I am now DOWN SIZING.  Why?!?!?  etsy is a very ‘learn as you go’ type of business.  Part of that learning process is figuring out what sells best for you, AND what doesn’t work.

So I’ve been listing a ‘little bit of everything’, and I’ve got boxes and bins of inventory stacked everywhere.  Handcrafts: stitched fabric stuff, hand painted wood stuff, paper craft stuff.  Vintage and upcycled.  Beach cottage chic: vintage and hand crafted.  Primitives; still had a bit to get rid of.  And the MORE stuff I added to my shop did NOT equal more sales!

Time to re-think how I am running my etsy shop.  So. I looked back over what DOES sell, and am now clearing out EVERYTHING ELSE.



I still have a few more things to list (mostly supply stuff) but my wrist needs a break from the computer right now.   More listings to be added nest week.

AND, I’ll be doing a ‘Christmas in July’ half price sale; so mark your calendars!

Win a $100.00 Stars gift certificate!!

Stars is having another fun contest via their Facebook page.  Just ‘like’ Stars on Facebook to leave your ‘story’ about what you think this thing is:

” We had so much fun last time–we decided to have another big Facebook Giveaway! We see SO many strange things from the past pass through our shops. Making silly guesses as to what these curious objects might have been used for is heaps of fun and usually end up much more colorful than the correct answer!”

GIVE IT A WHIRL!! Leave a your own silly guess on ourFacebook page. We’ll pick our favorite response and the winner gets a $100 Stars gift certificate!
HINT: We’re looking for a giggle, a rib tickler, a tall tale–a vintage lover who is full of baloney.

Recent projects & Spring show dates

Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar is right around the corner!  

Mark your calendars NOW so you don’t forget.  Tuesday, April 24th – Saturday, April 28th

At the Washington County Fairplex in Hillsboro.


Prettied up old wood roll top bread box.

Shabby Paris benches.



Old wood candelabra: I added an extra piece of wood to the base to balance it out better.




Just for a couple of days, hopefully.  I need to go over and edit and update the shipping prices on over 100 items, to accommodate the recent postage increase.  In the meantime, only my e-books will be up for sale in my etsy shop.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

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And the winner is . . . .

  The winner of the one year gift subscription to Country Living magazine is Sunnie Murphy.

Sunnie,  please email me your mailing address so I can send in your subscription card

Please accept my apology for not announcing it yesterday as I had said I would.  I got to crafting and just forgot to get back on my computer.   Today is my last ‘production day’ for the show, so I’ll be finishing up, pricing and packing a dozen half finished projects.  We deliver and un pack on
Sunday; display on Monday and Tuesday is SHOW TIME!  Will try to get pics of the show posted on Tuesday.

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Win a one year gift subscription to COUNTRY LIVING magazine.

So, it’s time for me to renew my subscription to Country Living magazine and they sent me a two-fer offer!  A free one year gift subscription with my paid one year subscription.   SO, I’m offering the FREEBIE to one of my blog readers!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post; telling me about one tip or technique that I’ve shared that you used on a project of your own; and how that project turned out. 

Cut off date for entering is Thursday, November 10th.  I’ll select the winner at random on Friday, 11-11-11, and announce it here on the blog.  The winner will also be contacted via email so that I can get your mailing address for the subscription. 

So, come on . . . DO TELL!




I know you are all anxiously awaiting pictures from the show.  Just a quick note to let you know they will be up later in the week.  I barely made it through the show, feeling sicker by the minute.  Ended up having Michael take me to the ER yesterday because I was feeling so horrible.  Just need a couple of days of rest and time for the antibiotics and steroids to kick in and knock back this bronchitis; and I’ll be back with a full report and LOTS of pictures!

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 11:39 am  Comments (7)  

Are you ready for some SERIOUS Shopping Therapy??!?!?

I was planning on posting some ‘sneak peeks’ at product for the show throughout the week, but instead have been down with a nasty cold!  pfttttt!!  So, I’ve been resting up and drinking lots of fluids so I can be well for the show.

We’ll be setting up all day tomorrow, and then it’s SHOWTIME!  Bright and early 8am Saturday morning.  So I probably won’t get back to my blog here until after the show. 

Hope to see you there!  And don’t forget your dollar off admission coupon!

Hope to see you there !!

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