Friday, April 5, 2013

First Quarter Etsy Sales

Goodbye, lovely, wooden, white pedestal bowl.
I hope you enjoy living in Nevada.

Likewise, you wonderful, leather-wrapped wine bottle;
I hope New Hampshire is good to you. As much as I adored you, you really never quite fit in here.

Oh, sweet, charming Mexican vase...I WANTED Hannah to want you, but she didn't. I'll miss your simple, honest style. Brooklyn, New York will be a good place for you to begin a new life. You deserve to be appreciated.

And lovely little Swan, though we didn't know each other for long, I'm glad we met. I hope you enjoy your new home in Louisiana.

For a two-part frog, you didn't hang around long. I'll have to let Jack and Greg know what a popular frog you are! Old Forge, NY sounds like a pretty scary place for a metal flower frog, though. You're a brave one...or two.

Kind, red book ends. I had never seen another like you, and may never again. You were always there to lean on. I still love red so I may regret letting you go. Have a great life in Reno, Nevada!

Sweet little bunny...I never meant to keep you. I was attracted to your beauty, all the while knowing you would go. I hope you meet a whole pride of nice rabbits in Missouri!

And you, most wonderful, vintage, crocheted bag...what a treasure you were! Even though you're living in Pennsylvania now, I'm glad to have had you in my life. Though you are over 70, you still look brand new! I suppose living all those years in a cedar chest paid off.

Speaking of Pennsylvania, this sweet friend from around there recently moved to North Carolina! If you see any of her friends or relatives, please say hello for both of us.

And while we're talking about the Carolinas - this guy went straight from my house to South Carolina. He didn't stick around too long, which was fine with me.

Wyoming is such a popular spot for wire bags this time of least that's the rumor. I hope you're having fun.

On the other hand, a nice home in Ontario, Canada is a great place to wind up. It beats a thrift store in Texas any day of the week, doesn't it?

Thought: Maybe this weekend I can go rescue some more orphaned items and help them find loving homes via Etsy!

Word for the Day:
John 14:18
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Is It Bigger Than a Bread Box?

It all depends. (As my long-time friend Cathy once said, "It all depends a lot on everything!")

It depends if you're asking about my bread box...or if you were wondering about my chartreuse and red kitchen.

Two weeks ago, my kitchen was irritating my current obsession for a neutral, light environment. 

The weekend before Resurrection Sunday, I painted the walls and the red door. (This door goes to the garage.)

The walls are a mix of oops paints mixed together to make a nice khaki color. 

The red door and the formerly blank area above the sink, (where a window used to be) were painted with Rustoleum Chalk Board paint.

Tonight I painted the back splash a neutral warm gray. (An oops sample I got for .50c at Lowe's.)

If I had any budget at all, I'd redo counter tops, light fixtures and flooring. But I don't.

Still, I never cease to marvel at what a difference a bit of fresh paint makes in any room!

It no longer assaults my senses to round the corner from my soft dining room and be slapped in the face with the chartreuse and red combination I once found so fun.

The fun stuff has not yet begun - accessorizing my newly neutral kitchen with things I've been picking up at thrift stores, painting, and stashing away for this occasion! 

The kitchen, like the living room and dining room I neutralized last year, will be a mixture of industrial, vintage, hand made quirky items. In six years, I'll probably be ready for more color. Maybe even before then. But for now, I'm pleased. I'll show you more when I get it finished. (Well, finished without the floor, counter tops, light fixtures and possibly pulls.)

My vintage enameled English bread box is authentic - a treasured find from a Houston auction 27 years ago. How much did I pay for this lovely, chippy beauty?

Don't hate me; five dollars. 
Even then, it was a steal. I also purchased several pieces of furniture, some of which I still have. 

Hey-Does anyone have any great ideas for inexpensive industrial looking pulls for my cabinetry? 

I am pretty sure a trip to the hardware store is in order.

Word for the Day:
John 6:35
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

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