Saturday, November 24, 2012

SALE 30% OFF! All Etsy items in my Etsy Store!

The Black Friday sale is over (sad but true!).  However, you can still receive a discount of 25% off of all items purchased from our Etsy Store ReCoveredTreasures4U from now through January 1st, 2013!

Just use code: 25Holiday2012 at checkout!  

Here are a few of the items currently available through Etsy:

12" wide x 8" tall World Globe Lampshade
Pair of Kerosene Lanterns

12"wide x 6"tall World Globe Lampshade


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting Antsy for Christmas

Mantle decorations with black added for Halloween
Oh how I love the holidays!  Starting with Halloween, the excitement builds and the planning and decorating begin.

Mantle decorations without the black (looks like I forgot the cat)
First comes Halloween.  I learned a while ago to decorate for Thanksgiving BEFORE Halloween!  Then all you have to do for Halloween is add a bunch of black and it's instant Halloween!  Right after Halloween is done, you remove the black and it's already decorated for Thanksgiving.  That way I get to enjoy those two holidays with a minimal of decorating effort (and it saves on storage too!). 

While I love the Halloween/Fall decorations, I must admit that my absolute favorite is decorating for Christmas!!!  The weekend after Thanksgiving (OK usually the DAY after), I pull down all the Thanksgiving decorations and bring out the piles of Christmas decorations. 

From that point, it feels like I live in Christmas-land!  I just love all of the festive colors.  The pretty, sparkly items, the blinking lights, and wonderful music!  I really think I was meant to live at the North Pole! 

Right now I am starting to begin my holiday planning.  A few years ago, I made a list of all of the holiday traditions and events that I could think of - so that at the beginning of each holiday season, we can go through the list and pick out the "must do's" for this year.  It's a fun way to begin our planning and it starts to build a feeling of anticipation.  

Here's a sample of some of the traditions on our Holiday To-Do list: 

  • Decorate the inside and outside of the house 
  • Baking holiday goodies
  • Seeing the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Driving around to see all the neighborhood holiday decorations
  • Making Christmas cards
  • Going to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens to see their holiday light displays
  • Family and friends gingerbread house decorating contest
  • Going to holiday bazaars
  • Reading holiday-based books
  • We pick another winter holiday to celebrate/honor - for instance: Ramadan, Solstice, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Yule (we are Christian, but think celebrating other winter holidays are a wonderful way to learn about and honor another culture).
  •  Watch holiday-themed TV shows and movies
  • High Tea (something the adult-aged ladies in my family have done every year for 12+ years and usually requires the ladies to wear fancy/fun hats)
  • Kid's Tea (we started a few years ago because the kids wanted to join in the High Tea fun... it's like High Tea, but a LOT less formal)
  • Annual holiday family picture
  • Snowshoeing (or playing in the snow) in the mountains  
These are just a few of our favorite holiday traditions.  Feel free to borrow some or all!!  
Mantle decorated for Christmas in '08
May you all have a wonderful holiday season!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Did You Break Into My Van At The Antique Show At Puyallup Fairgrounds?

This post is dedicated to you, you mean-spirited thief! 

I hope you're feeling ASHAMED and SUPER-STUPID right now!  You broke into my van  - and IF you had really been paying attention, you would have skipped it because it was pretty obvious we don't have a lot of money or things to steal.  But  congratulations, you managed to pick my van to steal from and as horrible as it is to have my van broken into, it's pretty amazing that the things you chose to steal all had little financial value!   Those things include:
  1. An old, leather coat - torn in several places (and sewn up several times!) and worth NOTHING to you, but was like an old friend to me and kept me warm.
  2. A makeup case - filled with used makeup and worth NOTHING.
  3. A 2nd makeup case - filled with band-aids, toothpaste & toothbrush, and worth NOTHING.
  4. A plastic sack I kept filled with a few card-making supplies - and worth NOTHING.
  5. A tote-bag that I spent a great deal of time personalizing and included a business folder and notebook.  It was full of sentimental value to me because I have been working hard at getting my business up and running (trying to make money in an HONEST way!).  I am sad to see it gone..... and it is worth NOTHING to you.
  6. An old wicker basket containing used coloring books - and worth very little (the police and I assume you grabbed it to hold the other items you stole from me). 
  7. An old MP3 player.  Ok you probably can sell it for a few bucks, but it's OLD and I doubt you'll get much for it.
  8. An old cell phone - and this one is the one that pisses me off the most.  It is worth VERY LITTLE to you... it was my child's - she used it as a TOY!  It HAS NO SERVICE and NO SIM CARD!   You can not make a call with it, and the IMEI will be blocked so you can NEVER set it up with service.  You should feel very bad about this one because you hurt a child who had never done anything to deserve to be hurt like that.  A child who doesn't have a lot of fancy things or money, but who happily and willingly helps others whenever they can.  
Now I've actually had it suggested to me that you were desperately hungry and looking for a way to make some money to buy food with, but I know differently!  I KNOW you weren't hungry and looking for food!!  Why?  Because you left the drawer open on the passenger side, front seat -- a drawer that is STILL FULL of granola and nut bars!  You took a frigging makeup bag with used makeup, but you left the food??  NO - you weren't hungry.
Your choices of what you stole leave me somewhat baffled because you left a lot of other things (cd's, phone-chargers, umbrellas, earbuds, etc).  I like to think that a Guardian Angel was watching over our van and guiding your poor decisions.

My child and I talked, and after we calmed down and decided that our losses were very sad for sentimental reasons.  But mostly we feel bad for you.  You made a horrible personal choice to steal and then made some pretty dumb decisions about what to steal.  I'm not sure how you sleep at night with all the guilt you must carry around with you.  You are obviously in need of a lot of help. 

We know that you WILL get what you deserve at some point in your life, and you will have to answer to God when your life is over.  We will pray for you and for your soul.  And more than that, we forgive you for your poor life-choices because that is what Jesus asks us to do when someone wrongs us.   

So mister or miss thief, I ask you to please return those things that you took that have no value to you but are beloved to us.  Please return them and then please find a way to get help for yourself. 


Friday, November 9, 2012

Flea Markets versus Etsy?

I am having so much fun shopping for things to sell on Etsy (or at a local flea market)!  I'm currently struggling to figure out which option is better-suited for my business.  I've been doing Etsy for a while now and it's been OK.  I've sold some things.. but not a ton.  So I am wondering if a different venue might be better for my products.   So I'm toying with the idea of doing a flea market or holiday show...which coincides with my love of shopping. :)

Love these powder-blue Lanterns!
I love shopping at the local thrift stores and finding treasures to resell or (even better) to up-cycle into something new!!

My latest findings include some neat older metal boxes (like library files and cash boxes) and a fun pair of powder-blue train lanterns (which I LOVE!!! and hate to sell, but I don't have room to keep. sigh).

I just posted the lanterns on Etsy and will post the boxes when I pretty them up a bit.   My latest adventure is checking out the local flea markets (which is so much fun and inspires so many new and exciting ideas!!).  I am loving some of the new shows on TV that deal with that same subject (going to flea markets and/or finding antiques).  One of my current favorites is Market Warriors on PBS (which usually follows another old favorite - The Antique Roadshow). These shows inspire me to want find my own special treasures!

I am wondering if I have enough daring (and products) to have my own stall at a local flea market?!  So with that idea in mind, I'm using that as an excuse to go and check out all of the local fleas and craft fairs.

I went to one at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah, WA that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED!!!  Affordable and appropriate for what I want to sell (and I highly recommend it as a place to shop as well!!).  I also went to one in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds called The Ruffles and Rust Flea Market and it was a bit pricy to be a vendor there (and a bit pricey to shop there!), but they had a huge selection of fabulous stuff - although it was less a flea-market and more like a bunch of real shops that had temporarily set up inside the building.

This weekend I'm heading down to Puyallup, WA  (pronounced pew-al-up) for a Flea Market held by Junk Salvation (Nov. 9th & 10th, at the South Hill Mall Campus) and if I have time, I want to check out the Girlfriend's Holiday Market down in Lacey, WA as well.

If anyone has any other wonderful flea markets, I'd love to hear about them!! Or if you have advice about which ones are better to be a vendor at, I'd love to hear that as well!

Have a great weekend - and happy Veteran's Day to all of the Veterans out there!!!!