Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Best of Luck Through the New Year

Well, another year has come and gone, what will the New Year bring? Plenty happened to us last year, and I can honestly say, I am ready for a brand New Year. Don't get me wrong, I have alot to be thankful for, but I don't like surprises, and the fear of the unknown sometimes --no---most times can get to me. So..., I've set some new goals and I'm really going to work on them. The only one I will share is that I am going to work on "Increasing my level of patience!!". You see, sharing my New Year's resolutions makes about as much sense as me saying I'm starting a diet. Then everytime I stick a piece something fattening in my mouth, some wise guy will say--"Is that On Your Diet?" or "Boy, I'm going to follow your diet?" Who needs it!!!!So, I will just work hard on my own resolutions and see if you can tell a difference! Now the "Patience" thing, any improvement is good for me because on a scale of 1 to 10, my patience comes in at about a -20. I'm not kidding!! I have some shots of some New Years postcards, not good pictures, but they'll do. A poem on a card I didn't show kind of says it all,

The Best of Luck Through the New Year
Here is wishing you the kind of year
You'd be selecting too,
If years were made to order and
The choice was up to you.
I'm going to work real hard to make this year seem like it was "Made to Order"

Happy New Year to all of you.
Until next time,

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Antique Dolls

I just can't seem to part with this old girl! She has a metal head and cloth and leather body. I like her even with no clothes. I know I might have shown some of these dolls before, but they are worth looking at again.
Nothing like a hand-embroidered face, with yarn hair. She's not as old, but just as cute.
This old Raggedy Andy is so dirty, he is airing out before I am going to even attempt to clean him up. I love him, he's very old and handmade, but really needs a bath.
I have lots of dolls and doll parts. I was at an auction years ago where a doll collection was being sold. At one time I had boxes of parts. I think I still have alot in storage.
Some of the smallest dolls. I'm amazed that someone can make clothes for them. The little girl in the middle with the pink dress is only about 1 1/2 inches in length.
Sweet little faces!
An assortment of bisque dolls.

I'm thinking about empyting out the big glass case at the shop and putting nothing but dolls, doll dishes, clothes and accessories in it. That would be a nice change. If I decide to do it, I'll post the picture for you to see.
Better go for now,
Until next time,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gary's First Christmas Pie!!! Merry Christmas to All

Well, it was a great day at the shop today---sold some really fun stuff to desperate shoppers. Then we went to my mom and dad's--of course my sisters, brother in law, nephews and niece were there. Fun time as always. We came home so that Gary could make his first pie. He has been talking about and so he finally did it. It is a pumpkin-banana pie. It has cracked on the top while it is cooling, but I don't think that will hurt. Besides he will cover it with whipped cream. It calls for meringue, but he is crazy about that. Didn't he do good!
I wish everyone the best Christmas ever.
Until next time,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

All I Want For Christmas Is "Comfort and Joy"

Last minute gifts are always fun! Every year I put something together for one of my nephews. He needs 7 small gifts to give to his co-workers--al females! This year I wrapped pretty ribbon around the glycerin soap that has been really selling well. Thanks Sharon!!!
Glass ornaments are always a hit. We mostly have vintage and antique ornaments now. We haven't been going to the Merchandise Marts like we used too. I miss it, but I can't compete with all of the dollar stores. But I still love the ornaments.
Who doesn't love a big glass Santa Claus ornament. He is really pretty!
Teddy Bears are always a great seller!
This year, we will be going to my mom and dad's for both Christmas Eve and Christmas. She is recovering from back surgery and is not able to get out. Lucky for me, they live right behind me so all I have to do is walk across our back yards! But, also lucky for us....the snow storms are missing us. At least for right now. It's just rain. No white Christmas in the middle of Illinois, but I'm ready for it to go away the day after Christmas anyway! We might have flurries. The shop will be open for business until 2:00. You never know how business will be, because the shoppers that do come in are desperate! My favorite shoppers are the dad's that bring the 6 year olds with them and say---now show me what mommy was looking at! Duh!!! A lot of pressure for a kid don't you think! Better go for now. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. After this horrible cold, and the horrible economy this past year, all I want is COMFORT and JOY!!! Next year is going to be great---I just know it!
Merry Christmas,
Until next time,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Get Out Mom's Old Sunbeam Mixer

Well, just my luck, Gary and I have both been sick. Don't think it was the flu, just bad colds. During this time, my mom had back surgery, so then I was afraid to visit her. She certainly didn't need my cold germs. Saturday, my sissy's--Gay and Lori--and I met at mom's house to do some baking. We had a great laugh about mom's old aqua mixer! Even the ratty looking box. It's on it's last leg, but still worked. Aqua from when her kitchen appliances were aqua in the 70's! The funny thing is that dad is a gadget man. We spent many vacations at the fairs, etc. watching the slicer dicer, vega matic man do his demonstrations. I think I have the old vega-matic! We laughed and made fun of dad--something we do alot! He is an easy target.
It worked though. We got the baking done. The mixer smelled hot, but I think it survived.
The baking was too much for Annie girl. She fell asleep in her red satin dress.

One of my goals for the new year is to update my blog regularly. Sorry I've been sick and not up to it. Happy Holidays to everyone.!!!!
Until next time,

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Give a Present From the Past!!

It's Interesting and fun, but yet difficult to figure out what people are looking for. At this time of year, are they buying for heirself or buying gifts? We have for years advertised to "Give a Present From the Past"! You see people looking, touching and smelling everything. I'm showing a few shots of different areas in the shop. Just for fun! Happy shopping!

Better go for now, it's been a crazy week for me, I'll update again soon.
Until next time,