Good news / Bad news

Well, I have some bad news and some good news.  Bad for ME.  GOOD for you.  The bad news first.  This is what the passenger side of my car now looks like:

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It actually looks a lot WORSE in person.  You can’t really see how DEEP the dent is in the photo.  It’s deep enough that I can’t open that door anymore.  I’m fine.  My car, notsomuch!   Thanks to another driver in a parking lot who ‘saw me but thought I was going to let him to go by’, even though he had a STOP sign and I had the right of way.

Currently dealing with insurance and just waiting to hear what they decide.  Here’s the ‘back story’.  The ‘Cruiser’ is 15 years old and has served me well for the past 7 years.  I definitely ‘got my money’s worth’ out if it.  Because it’s got such a low resale value at this point, it was futile for me to have full coverage on it anymore; and most likely it is going to be deemed ‘totaled’.  And while I knew the day was coming, in the not too distant future, that I was going to have to replace it, I really can’t afford to do so just yet.  I was really hoping to get at least another year out of it.  It’s still driveable, but isn’t going to be worth squat as a trade in.  sigh.

So, what’s the GOOD news?
The good news is that because I need to drum up considerably more funds to replace my vehicle, I’m having a 50% off sale in my booths at Stars.

Look for these red and white ‘50% OFF’ coupons in both of my booths.  You have to have a coupon to get the discount.  The discount is good for everything you purchase from my booths, through May 31, 2019.  After that, I’ll be extending the sale ‘as needed’, until I have enough to replace the Cruiser.

You can also print a coupon directly from the Stars website.   The coupon on the site will look a little different than the ones I printed on my PC, but the offer is the same.

I was just in Stars yesterday, rearranging and restocking, so there is a huge variety and selection of goods awaiting your shopping, and SAVING, pleasure!  And IF there is something that you have seen in my booth in the past and always coveted, but don’t see there just now; feel free to ASK ME!  It might just be something that I pulled and took home when I changed out inventory.  I’ll be happy to take it back in for you; and even have them HOLD it ‘just for you’ at the front desk.

Time for pictures!

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As you can see, both booths are jam-packed with goods.  I will continue to bring in MORE stock every week.   I’ll be making more and resupplying the coupons too.  IF, for some reason you can’t locate a coupon while you are there; ask them to CALL ME, and I will give them a verbal okay for your 50% discount.

So, come and get it while the gettin’s are half off!!

Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.

Recent finds

Old glass bottles.  It’s getting really hard to find the REALLY old grubby and cloudy glass bottles anymore; so I’ve had to settle for these, and altering them.  The really old OLD bottles sell well ‘as found’.

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These are actually leftover household containers that I will probably alter.

P1110181LOVE this tall asymmetrical heart shaped bottle.  Will be a perfect ‘Love Potion’ bottle for Valentine’s Day decor.  The smaller heart bottles are abundant in thrift stores and can be bought at craft stores.  I’m guessing they get used a lot for wedding reception decorations.  I’ve used them for ‘love potion’ and bottles of ‘bliss’ in the past, but the bigger or unique shaped bottles always sell better for me.

P1110182The one of the right is slightly old; has a concave back side and convex front.  These might be good ‘love potion’ bottles too.

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(picture borrowed from Pinterest)

I really want to make some BLINGED OUT bottles like these, but I just don’t have the bling!  And I really don’t NEED to start collecting more craft supplies.  (and Michael says “AMEN” to that!)  sigh.  So I’ll put this idea on my ‘later on’ list; along with a paper die cut machine.   Because eventually my bad back is going to get worse and limit what I can do even more and I’ll NEED more sedentary crafts to work on.

P1110112LOVE!!!!!  Found this PERFECT set of four milk glass bowls at an estate sale last week, and I am keeping these beauties all to myself!  They look just like the vintage multi-colored sets of  Pyrex bowls  that you see all the time with the colors all faded.  I have never seen an all white set.  No marking at all on the bottoms of these, not even a number; so they probably aren’t a ‘valuable’ collectible.  Rather just good old mixing and serving bowls.

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Vintage girl bust.  Half of a set; the other is a boy playing some kind of a horn.  Hence the girl covering her ears.  I’ll give her a fresh coat of white paint and sell her in one of my booths.

P1110117I am keeping these for myself too!   It’s very rare that I find an actual PAIR of fake vintage little shoes like this.  (and I love little shoes, but only ‘collect’ little saddle shoes; so far!) And usually they are the more recently made RESIN factory made kind.  (and for some reason crazy expensive for ONE shoe!?!)  These are ceramic; possibly even unglazed porcelain.  Mine all mine!!

P1110119Cute little frame to add a collage to.

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P1110122I’ve already added a small square plaque to the bottom.  Will paint and distress it; then sell it.

P1110125I’ve been working on a lot of Valentine stuff so I had ‘red on my mind’ and scored some great red stuff at the thrift store.  this little suitcase (about lunch box size) had several Disney stickers on it.  I tested the corner of one to see how easily they’d come off without damaging the paint; and it came right up.

P1110123Unfortunately they didn’t come ALL the way off once I got it home.  I peeled off as much as I could by hand.  Then scraped off as much more as I could with my fingernails.  Then the last bit of  sticky residue I ‘soaked off’ by laying a damp sponge on over the residue and letting it sit for a while.  After that it came right off.   But IF that had not worked; the next step in my bag of tricks would have been to try Goof-off.

P1110124Once all cleaned up and dry, I stenciled “PARIS” to the front and tied on a black felt chandelier tag.  This has gone to my booth at Stars.

P1110126After I found that little red suitcase I found this red doll size chair.

P1110157Then I found this child size red chair!!  woo~hoo!!

P1110156I stenciled the word ‘DREAM’ on the back of the chair.  Since the chair had a slightly shiny finish to it; I first painted a coat of matte varnish on the chair where I wanted to put the stencil.  Once dry I stenciled.  Then a top coat of varnish after stencil paint dried.  Had I not ‘prepped’ it with that matte varnish, it’s likely that my letters would have smeared when I varnished over them.  Both of the red chairs have gone to Stars.

P1110160Beautiful cut crystal cake stand.  I will always buy vintage cake stands if they have their covers and no cracks or chips.  Much like  the nice picnic baskets, they have been abundant of late.  I didn’t really NEED another one in my booth right now; but they always sell.  (and it’s fun to create little vignettes on them!)  This one has gone to Stars.

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P1110167Stuff with cherubs and urns always sell well .   Oftentimes I’ll ‘add stuff’ to them.  A little nest with eggs.  Or use it as a base for a cake stand by gluing on a white plate.  This one will be going to Curiosities, to join the existing display of white vases I have going there.

P1110127Vintage beaded satin jewelry box is in really good condition.  There is a barely visible ‘water mark’ on the top.

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Insides are in perfect shape.  The knob to lift the top was missing; but you could still easily open it without the knob.  But I was afraid to cut off the strings left behind; that it might leave a hole in the fabric; so I tied on the felt chandelier tag.

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Glass domes and nests and candles and beach things

I have a tendency to do things in ‘groupings’. I THINK in groupings, I create in groupings. I display in groupings. I almost CAN’T think of ‘just one’ of something. One of a kinds, yes, but similar one of a kinds . . . in a grouping!

So after the little egg binge of last week , I went on a bit of a ‘glass pedestals and domes’ binge. Adding in a few glass bottles I had recently acquired, just to ’round out the groupings’.

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I’ve been putting ‘nests and eggs’ in most of the ‘cloches’ I’ve put together lately; but decided to leave a few empty for you to add your own little treasures to.

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These glass bell domes I decided to not add a pedestal to, so that they would fit on this little shelf.

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A few new aqua colored glass bottles. I can never find enough of these and they always sell really FAST!

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Decided to go with a ‘shell’ theme on this one.

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Which led to a few beachy themed candle holders.

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To go with these ‘sand covered’ beachy blue flower pots.

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Which led me to ‘beach uo’ these two plain white flower vases.

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And then to fill this vintage style apothecary jar with shells and ocean blue/green rocks.

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We’re back to birds nests now! I painted this thrift store candle pedestal and was planning on adding it to the other beach themed candles when I noticed this urn with a nest in it that fits perfectly on top!

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Sweet little ‘nesting box’. Found the box at the thrift store. Cleaned it up and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. Added moss and a little egg to each cubby.

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To keep the moss ‘mostly in place’ (because nothing will keep it entirely in place as someone will surely come along and PICK at it to see how much they can pull off!) I cut cardboard to fit in each little section, covered it with glue and then piled on the moss. Then slipped it into the cubby once the glue was dry.

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