I’m always so busy doing and  making stuff for other people that I seldom make or do anything ‘just for me’.  And when I DO keep something that I made, it’s usually only because it has a flaw and wouldn’t sell anyhow!?!?!  What is up with that???

Now that I am ‘on my way to being 60 years old’ I’ve decided to ‘do a little something nice for myself’ every once in a while.

10.13.13 botj malls projects 112It started with these ballet slippers.  They are an item that I always look for and buy (at the right price) to sell in my booths.  And every time I’d buy a pair and ready them for sale,  by stuffing them and tying on the price tag with a pretty ribbon; I’d secretly wish I could keep them for myself.  But I just never did!

10.13.13 botj malls projects 113Until now!  I finally convinced myself that I DESERVE some things that I want and kept the last pair of ballet slippers I found.  Hung them on the ‘white bedroom’ wall, alongside a vintage baby blouse and slip. ( which I  only ‘allowed’ myself to keep because they didn’t sell back when we had our store!)

I blame my mother for this affliction.  This ‘you don’t deserve to have what you want’ disease of the mind.  She is long gone, but her continual invalidation of me and my talents (of which she thought I had NONE, and never missed an opportunity to remind me of!)  and monopolization of my life via the guilt trips she sent me on; seem to linger still.

I’m working on getting over it.  Shopping therapy really DOES help in this case.

I recently decided to start ‘rewarding myself’ every month that I exceeded a certain sales benchmark at both malls.   Last month was one such month, so I bought myself a new CLOCK!

10.13.13 botj malls projects 091A BIG clock.  A big RED clock!  This baby is 34″ tall!!!  I almost screeched aloud with delight when I saw it in the store, as I walked past it; and down the next aisle, looking for what it was I had gone there for in the first place.

10.13.13 botj malls projects 093I didn’t NEED a clock.  I’m a ‘clock person’.  I like to have a clock ‘within a glance’ at all times, otherwise I lose track of time.  (but I don’t wear a watch!  Go figure?!?)  And I HAVE a clock on the wall of every room in this house.  Including both bathrooms.  And as shown above in the living room.  And if you look behind you from this spot, you can see the clock on the kitchen wall.  And of course there is a clock on the stove.  A clock in the craft room that you can see if you look to the left and one in the dining room if you look to the right; and a second clock on a dining room wall for good measure.  AND  alarm clocks in both bedrooms.  Like I said, I’m a CLOCK person!

MANY of the clocks are purely functional, one came from the dollar store even.  One was a thrift store find (new & still in the box!)  I did NOT need another clock.  But I LOVED this ginormous RED clock!!

10.13.13 botj malls projects 092And I DESERVE to have things ‘once in a while’ for NO REASON other than that I love and want it and it makes me HAPPY!

10.13.13 botj malls projects 115I had to ‘give up’ one of my old clocks to make room for this one.  It’s SO big and heavy that I was not even able to hang it by myself!  I  had to have Michael do it for me.

10.13.13 botj malls projects 114It is now the living room clock.  And when I look at it to see the time, it will make me happy.  And I won’t feel guilty for being happy nor occasionally buying a little something that MAKES me happy!

10.13.13 botj malls projects 085BONUS HAPPINESS POINTS!  it was ‘Senior Discount Day’ and with what I saved on the clock I basically got these cutie patootie ramekins for FREE!!!  (I kind of have a ‘thing’ for ramekins too!)

10.13.13 botj malls projects 086Look how TINY they are?!?!  The ‘bumps’ on the sides are supposed to be a lion’s head.  I actually have a couple of soup size bowls in this same design in my booth at Stars.  I thought about selling some of these, or bringing the bowls home to keep.  But I don’t NEED any more bowls.  And bowls don’t make me happy like big red clocks or tiny cute ramekins do!

What makes YOU happy?


It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe people are really good at heart.


Anne Frank, age 14
Saturday, July 15, 1944

This has been one of my favorite quotes for as along as I can remember.  I had a weekly calendar when i very first moved out on my own, and this was one of the quotes from it.  For the longest time I saved this particular page.  I framed it and kept it right where i would see it every day. 

I still believe this. 

Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 4:43 pm  Leave a Comment  


“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
— Thomas Alva Edison

 Well, I have the imagination and Michael has the piles of junk!  We make a pretty good team.  But actually I guess we ‘create’ more so than ‘invent’.  Still, it’s fun and challenging.

 Our motto for the store is:

Use it up

Wear it out

Make it do

Or do without!

And I’m especially fond of the phrase “Waste not, want not.”

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Published in: on May 6, 2007 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  


Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.   Just make sure you LEARN something from them.

In reading back through some of my previous entries, I noticed, when sharing a tip, how often I mention that ‘I learned that one the hard way’!   It’s very true.  I have had to make a lot of mistakes to hone my skill and style.  AND it is a continual work in progress . . . . .

So, if you are feeling a little stagnant . . . try something different!  Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.  A treasure of new and wonderful discoveries awaits you!

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Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 4:47 pm  Leave a Comment