Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Teak Dansk Peppermill

A small interlude ... 
For Your Viewing Pleasure!
A Vintage  Dansk Teak Pepper Mill.
A thrifting treasure found nearby...

So yes, I am coming  back from my blogging hiatus... 
There have been many changes around here...mostly good I think ...
AND it appears that anytime anything changes...I go into a funk! 
 There, I've admitted it...I've been in a funk for 10 months... 
What's up with that you ask?

Well, here are the bullet points...
  • Our son Patrick graduated from college - GOOD!
  • My oldest brother is ill - NOT GOOD!
  • My sister Tamara moved from Pleasanton, TX to Ft. Worth - I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA!
  • and took her cat, Mama Kitty (who lived with me for 9 months while she was in Pleasanton) with her - MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE...
  • Then our daughter Julia moved out - VERY MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE ...
  • Then I opened a booth in a Vintage Mall in Columbus - WHAT?  I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO DO?
  • Then Tamara and Mama Kitty moved to Mexico - THAT SHOULD BE EXCITING ... & GOOD!
  • Then our son Patrick accepted a job offer that moved him to New York City - VERY GOOD!
  • I've been listing books on Amazon, I now have over 2100 books listed, sales have sucked big time - WHAT'S UP WITH THAT AMAZON?
  • I've been dithering about opening a shop on Etsy - PROCRASTINATION...
  • I've also been dithering about opening a shop on eBay - MORE PROCRASTINATION!
  • We have been fostering Pat's 2 cats - Nandi & Fro since May - CAN YOU SPELL, I'M  ATTACHED?
  • In 2 weeks he will be here so he and Noel can move his stuff and his cats up East - MIXED, MIXED, MIXED!

Or, maybe I should just realize how fortunate I really am?  IDK, what do you think?

 Here's my hero! Noel is building me a porch for my studio that I blogged about getting, oh, May of 2012!

 This isn't even all of the mugs I have!  Crikey!
 Racks and piles of clothing...oh, and more mugs and books!
 I  declare! Those books you see in the box are being donated, yes!
Running out of room....need to make some sales!
Believe it or not, this is looking good!
Pencil sketch!  What a neat application!
Ah!  It's great to be back!


  1. Bobbing up and down in my chair here to see that your back Crystal! It's tough going through a lot of big changes in ones' life, so I don't blame you for being in a funk. I'm very sorry to hear about your brother being ill and I can totally relate to being over-emotional when a child moves out. I'm lucky that mine will be home for a while longer. I hope you move some of that inventory during the Christmas season. Over 2100 book listed on Amazon is mind boggling! I keep buying mugs too in the hopes I may land a good one. I think I may have yesterday, but time will tell if it sells for big bucks or not. So welcome back and I look forward to more posts from Texas!!! :)

  2. Thanks Lorraine! I have so enjoyed your posts over these past 10 months during your move're an inspiration to me for forward motion in life! And since I posted this, I sold two items from Amazon. One was a textbook belonging to Patrick for $35.50, so that's his money and the other was a Pilates DVD for $34.95, that I paid a dollar for BUT its been listed for over a year... hence the need for my own building. Yes, hopefully sales will pick up even more and I will get the mugs and the rest of it listed. And I'm sure your business will pick up as well, especially once your get your sources established, you always have the most interesting stuff! And thanks for the welcome back!

  3. I definitely understand how big changes can throw you for a loop! I'm totally impressed with your book collection, BTW. It will be interesting to hear how your Amazon sales progress - I've never known an Amazon seller before. :)

  4. Heather,
    Yes, but you can't stop progress can you? So, I'm going with the flow...and thanks for your kind words about my collection. What you see here is what I have for sale...all my books are in my house! Yikes! I really love books and selling on Amazon is not as intimidating as selling on eBay or Etsy to me...but I am going to learn how to do it on both venues...this year! My whole idea about bookselling was to supplement my SS at a level with my last employment. I'm not there yet, but its coming along. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Most people can totally relate. Change is tough and it seems like you've had lots and lots of change lately.
    Open the EtsStay shop, it's super easy! I hope your Amazon sales pick up.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Melissa! Me too on the Amazon sales and I am just about to set myself an Etsy Shop open deadline... I have enough stuff that's for sure!

  6. THAT is a lot to process! Good luck keeping it all together, keep listing like crazy to keep your mind off things. That's the solution to all the problems ;) haha, somewhat

  7. Hey Van!
    Thanks for your kind words of encouragement! So, I decided to go and buy some more stuff today... so I can list some more! Sweet! And you are irght, it is a fine solution to the funk! 8-)

  8. You are certainly making progress. And I agree with up the Etsy shop! Once you plant your bottom in the chair and make yourself do it, and get over that first hill, it's super easy. And sometimes lots of fun!

    1. Lara,
      I know you're's just making myself do it!


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