Monday, December 29, 2014

another collection up for sale... my wooden knife boxes and utensil trays.

Time to let go of another collection.


I just started listing them a couple of days ago,

Already two of them are sold.


To see what is still available 
come and visit...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and keeping it real.

I am sitting at my new computer desk this morning
working on my Etsy shop.

No matter how hard I try, my desk area always
has a "work a day" look to it

instead of a "magazine ready" look to it.

But I love having the computer in its own spot
in the kitchen
and off the dining room table.

Notice my red and green "decorating"!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!!

{by the way that neat magnetic file holder is from
The Container Store.  It is easily attached to the 
wall and holds the files I need to run my shop.}

Sunday, December 21, 2014

another photo of my vintage straw hats. and a bed for sale.

Here is a better photo of all the hats I am selling
through my etsy shop.

They were featured in a book about collections...
see my previous post.

And the bed is also for sale.

If you live near the northern suburbs of Chicago and
are interesting in the bed, send me an email.

This is the latest straw hat I've added to the shop.

See all of them at

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

another collection for sale.... vintage hats and more....


Everything hanging on the wall and more are going to be
for sale in my etsy shop.

I am starting with the hats.  below are the ones I have listed so far.

The photo above is from a book that featured several of my collections.


Come on over and see what I have listed today.

Monday, December 8, 2014

a wee glimpse of my new work table.

Here is our old kitchen display table in its new
location with its new sturdy Ikea base.

Ready to start its new job as my work table.

Here is table in its old kitchen location with its old "iffy" base.

I am glad it never collapsed during the years we used it to
hold up 500 or 600 hundred pounds of stuff.

Continuing to repurpose our stuff for new uses.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

the unvarnished truth.

This is what it looks like when you declutter each and every room....
AND you get down to the LAST room.

All the stuff that has been decluttered from every other room

We have already started working in here.

The bed is OUT and you can see the corner of
my NEW worktable.

But all of this pile will have to go somewhere.

I'll keep you posted.  Right now I am sort of
overwhelmed and not sure where it's all going.

This is going to be my new workroom.

And I am going to take my product photographs here too.

I think the next step is to make little piles out of that
one big pile.

What would you do?

Friday, December 5, 2014

progress... a simple display.

Many of you know that I have been on a
 major destash and declutter campaign.

 For 7 years.... yes, 7 years... this table held my computer
and all the assorted "junk" that went along with running an
online business.

You couldn't see the nice pine table top.  And, of course,
no one would eat dinner here.

The chairs had been moved into the basement to make more

Fast forward.  Now it is empty with just one simple display.

Ready for diners.

The computer is in it's new spot.

I have a brand new storage/office wall in the kitchen.

Photos coming soon.

For now I am just enjoying the open space and
the simple life.