Wednesday, August 19, 2020

An Explanation and A Little Excitement

I had this post nearly ready when life happened.
Thank you all for your patience, prayers, and kindness 
while our family dealt with my dad being sent to another city 
where he underwent two major surgeries in 5 days.
He was in the hospital for 17 days (? I think)
and was allowed only 1 visit from my mom 1 day before his second surgery.
He had never spent the night in a hospital in his life.
He has been healthy all his life.
This was so difficult for all of us who should have been there with him.
He was scared and knew nobody or nothing around him
and wasn't even allowed to have his shaving kit.
I just got to go get him and bring him home today.  
One of the first things Mom did was take the clippers to him
so he can shave later.
We are so relieved to have him home.
Again thank you.

And now the real post.

As many of you are aware, 
we moved about a year and a half ago.
It doesn't seem like it's been that long.
I s'pose that means I'm getting old.
About the time of our move, I put my Etsy shoppe on vacation mode.

A few months after moving, we had a huge yard sale.
We down-sized by about 40%.
I know I've shared that before,
but in doing so, I parted with a lot of vintage items.
I've spent a good part of my 29 years on this earth
(wink wink, gasp, cough - heehee)
attracting vintage items into my life.
Parting with some items has been difficult for me.
That probably sounds silly to some of you.
Anyways, we hope to one day downsize a little more.
Not quite as drastically as another 40%,
but continue to part with the excess.
Hubby and I each have our own areas of collectorism.
Yep, had to make up another word just for y'all.
It seems a little easier for me to part with things little by little.
Also, I finally have my sewing all in one room
which makes knowing what I have and have to do a bit more manageable.
Oh the UFOs I have discovered!
(un-finished objects) 
Up the mountain, I had shelves in the house
and totes on big shelves out in the shop, 
so I was constantly looking for things.
I am working to decrease my stash and have made some progress.
It's slow, but moving in the right direction.
(It's all up to God.)
And the last piece to all of this is: I have a goal.
And like so many lofty goals, it requires an investment.
I have recently begun a "Happy" fund.
It's really a savings.
I am saving to try to reach my goal - yay!

With that, I have decided to reopen my Etsy shoppe.
I am trying to figure out the best place for picture taking
at the new place and am not quite satisfied with the quality
(or lack there of) of photos I've taken.
As I get at least acceptable photos and appropriate packaging for mailing,
I am listing items both vintage and made by me.
I can't believe how the availability of normal mailing supplies
has been altered in recent months - nutty!
I've already made a couple sales - Wahoo!
And I have several listings in draft waiting for pictures
which haven't happened in the past 2 weeks.
Hopefully, things are calming down now
and I will be adding a couple quilts, bonnets, and vintage items
in the next few days.

If you would like to doddle on over and take a peek,
I am ever grateful.
If you have any questions about any of the items,
please feel free to contact me.
I don't mind questions at all and will do my best 
to answer them quickly and accurately.

So that's my "Little Excitement."
It's a fun outlet for me.

In the upcoming weeks, I am hoping to share
"A Big Excitement."
Well, at least for li'l ol' me.

And lastly, the photos above are of an old ghost town not far
from where I grew up.


  1. I've sold most of my things with any value. The hard part is finding a caring home for things with sentimental value.

    1. It’s a mixture of sad and glad. And I have no idea just where all my sentimental items will land. I’m giving that to God - He’ll let me know as He will you also 😊 (I know you know that.)

  2. I'm so glad all went well for your dad. So worrisome, I know, but I know you all are relieved and thankful. Congrats on your Etsy reopening! I hope it goes well for you.

  3. Am so sorry to hear about your father being alone, that must have been a frightening thing to not have love and support from family and surrounded by people prodding and poking on him. Glad he is home now.

    You put me to shame, I'm much older than you and have had years to collect (hoard, lol) many crafty items over the years. For sure I need to purge. Will go look at your new etsy site. Good luck!

    1. No shame in kindred spirits :-) (heehee) Treasures I tell ya.

  4. I hope your dad is healing well. Congratulations on reopening the Etsy shop. That's great that you have already made some sales.

    1. Thanks Stephanie. Hope you are staying safe from fires.

  5. I'm glad your father is home now. Sorry he had to go through all that, and you and your mom too. I did look at your Etsy shop and love the items you sell. We be coming back.

  6. I'm glad your father is out of the hospital. Covid or not people need family around to recover. My husband recently had surgery and I completely understand, as I was not allowed in. Your stuff is fabulous. Thanks for sharing. I hope your father continues to improve.

    1. Thank you Bonnie. Hope Hubby is healing well too.

  7. I'm so sorry your family has been through all the issues with your Dad, but am relieved to hear that he's home and being cared for by those who love him. Definitely sending some healing thoughts for his continued improvement.
    Congrats on the etsy shop re-opening - hope you do well with it.
    And....would you consider allowing me to use that final photo for one of my fabric landscapes? I'd love to attempt to recreate it but would never do so without asking permission first - full credit will be given to you as the photographer of course!

    1. Thank you for such kind words MM. These are all public photos, but I have added the links. Thank you for that reminder!!! I would not intentionally claim someone else's photos and do try to be mindful of that. (Oy! Being human sometimes...)