Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Trying to Clean out

Before the bebe comes! We have a lot going on - potential house construction, a leftover Superstorm Sandy tenant (who lives in our basement, but should be moving soon) a new baby coming...I'm trying not to add to the clutter, but to take away! This means making sure everything is listed (maybe it will sell for the holidays?), making sure I don't buy MORE and trying to use what craft supplies I have on hand for all of the delightful baby gifts I have yet to make (did I mention that there are three new babies just born and another one on the way before my baby comes?).
So here are a few things you might not have seen that I have listed in the ol' etsy shop.
Wheaton, NJ tiny bottles

Murray-Allen tins!

Tulip candleholders!
I have also relisted any Christmas stuff I have lingering in inactive listings...Man, I hope this works. Our house is full of good-intentioned buys and many things that I thought I had sentimental attachments to can go right out the door - wish the weather was warmer, because I would totally have a garage sale...oh, well.
I did go thrifting with my best bud, Kate yesterday. I bought a couple of baskets for the house and a couple of sweaters to cover my giant belly, and a couple of records for my dad for Christmas. I restrained myself and the only silly non-useful thing I bought were two lego sets - both turkeys...hilarious.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Taking a Break

I'm taking a break from blogging and etsy and thrifting and buying and selling. I'm having a little self-maintenance time, trying to be a little healthy and a little restful. It's interesting. A little summer nap...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Catch up or Ketchup or Catsup? eh.

 Just a few favorite pictures as of late, to tell you what's going on with me:
 Andy and I, twinsies in our Converse. He's my best friend, and has cool shoes, to boot!
Kate and I drove for hours through the pouring rain to go to the Country Living fair in Rhinebeck, NY! It was pouring the whole time we were there, but it was WORTH IT! We saw so many cool things and it was the happiest place I've been in a long time.

You know who was there? Cari Cuxley from Cash and Cari on HGTV! I bought a red "M" from her, but she didn't recognize me as her long lost soulmate, so I didn't take a picture with her...She's really pretty, guys. Really pretty.

Look at these awesome wooden tulips! They were big, like two feet tall. I love love LOVED them, but if I brought them home and put them in the yard, Sophie would eat them. That's what she does. Wood is fair game.

And last but not least:
Quinn. You're welcome, Interwebs.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Big Sigh

Well, in the past two weeks, I've been sick as a dog, attended two weddings, took a bus trip to Brimfield (!), washed the house from top to bottom for houseguests, gotten prepared for more houseguests, and had a puppy eat part of our couch. She also ate the brand new dress that I bought for one of the weddings, and was fixed at the vet (unrelated but around the same time). I haven't had time to thrift, so I've been "shopping my stash," which is a knitter's thing to do. I'm reminding myself why I bought things in the first place. I was supposed to have a yard sale next week, but I can't, because there's too much going on here. Boo. But, on to the stash:
This is a very HEAVY picture frame with a swivel back, so it can fit a vertical or horizontal picture. I saw another listing of a very similar one that said it was solid brass. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Three bar glasses in tomato red and turquoise.

401 Pyrex snowflake pattern. I had stopped selling them because they are such a pain to ship. But I have to get rid of stuff. I'm starting to feel like a hoarder.

And this awesome trivet:
"Oh weary mothers rolling dough
Don't you wish that food would grow?
How happy all the world would be
With a cookie bush and a doughnut tree!"
It's pretty awesome. Don't be jealous. I'd sell it to you if you wanted it.

LInking up to Sir Thrift a LOt

Monday, May 06, 2013

It's Giveaway Day! (Well, Giveaway Week!)

It's Giveaway Day, complete with a linkup over at the Sew, Mama, Sew blog, where you can enter to win hundreds of handmade items, just by visiting blogs! Superfun!
Today, I offer you three hand knit organic cotton baby hats that I sell in my etsy shop: Feathermar.

 You can enter to win three organic cotton, hand-knit baby hats in colors of your choice! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog with your email address or another way to contact you!
These hats fit most newborn-3month olds. They are available in cream, blue, light blue, dusty pink, hot pink, shell pink, white, cream, tan, dark brown, Caribbean blue, pumpkin orange, aqua, marigold yellow, lemon yellow, grass green, green variegated, pine green, plum and aqua variegated (actually very pretty), and I can make stripes on many of these colors. They are super cute and make a wonderful present for babies and mamas and daddies alike! Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, which is important because cotton holds the pesticides long after manufacturing and washing, and then you are putting all those pesticides next to the baby's head!
I also resell vintage home items, like mid-century planters and owl banks (doesn't everyone do that?). I'd be happy if you visited my etsy shop Feathermar, but it isn't a requirement of this giveaway!
Have a great GIVEAWAY DAY, and go back to Sew Mama Sew and enter to win more more MORE! YAY!
Giveaway is open until 5/10 at midnight. I will email the winners the following day for their address! This is open to everyone, regardless of what continent you live on.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Just a Couple

I only went to garage sales in the afternoon on Saturday. Just a little bit...as I'm supposed to be prepping for my own and figuring out how to sell what I have. It's addicting though...thinking the most amazeballs things could be out there for me to find...
 This beautiful UPco planter
 A glass making book
This beautiful ballet dancer in an amazing frame. It's old, maybe forties, and I have no idea who the painter is. I want to keep it for myself, but it is so far from anything I own already. I mean, completely different. Maybe I'll have to paint a room around it.

And this wasn't from this weekend, but this is a selection of vintage wallpaper I found in someone's basement. I think it is awesome.

I feel like I always see posts where people got a jar of beads or buttons or something and they had something special in them and I NEVER see anything like that.
Except for YESTERDAY! I got a JAR OF WONDERS! A big giant jar of junk jewelry!

Some Weiss earrings (singles, of course), some crazy bangles...they're all a little mushed or squished or have parts missing. But, I'm pretty sure I can make something amazing with some of them, and find some use for others. The best feeling was breaking it open when I got home and looking through it. BEST BEST BEST!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Did a lot of cleaning

and no thrifting. But I thriftily found some things I had forgotten about:
70s family

Very heavy nursery frame with field mice and balloons.

You me and ours bar set.

And, because the Easter bunny brought me some new craft punches (bless you, Martha Stewart), I made some nursery art for friends of ours who are having a baby. They have a gender-neutral woodsy themed nursery, and I liked the idea of making a very colorful tree.
I spent a lot of time cleaning and trying to get things sorted for the Mother of All One Day Yard Sales...hopefully coming this May to a yard near you...my yard...

Monday, April 01, 2013


Have you heard of Recite? This site will turn any quote into an awesomely designed poster for you. FREE ART! YAHOO! I like it.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two weeks at a time

This week and last, on Fridays, I have gone to Goodwill. This week, I took my sister, and we bought some clothes (I just got a shirt), and I also got this butterfly:
It's a little trinket dish, made in Japan, just the sort of thing I love to buy and sell! Last week, also at Goodwill, I had picked up a couple of Alice + Olivia dresses, which, if you don't know the label, they are super duper expensive. When I brought them home, I tried on the bubble party dress, and I thought it would look good, but it didn't, so I'm selling it on Ebay. I also found a Fiorello clutch, that had the tags still on it, but I gave it to my sister to use at a wedding, so I took the tags off and I'm selling it used on Ebay:
I also picked up these Brandani salt and pepper shakers that I thought were older, but upon further inspection, I realized they were fairly new. I may sell them on Ebay, they've never been used.
I also picked up this Baas vase, which I thought was pretty:
And I got this owl napkin holder, which I've had and sold a resin version of before:
This week, I've set a goal to list one thing per day, totalling 7 for the week. I'm behind in listing, I'm behind in cleaning, I'm behind in laundry...I'm ahead in unicorn sightings, and I heard a lot of dirty jokes this week, so that's something...
Stopping by the Thriftasaurus...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happiest when making things...

I've been using picmonkey to create printables for the library. I made this little note for my bear, and I think it is adorable. It's in a very small format here...but I have it in a larger one if you'd like to print it out yourself...
Things at work are the pits right now. I try to remember the great parts of my job instead of dwelling on things I can't change. One of the great things is that I get to make stuff all the time. That's awesome. Even if sometimes it's just flyers.

Monday, March 11, 2013


I will admit, I have not been working as hard at etsy stuff. I haven't been hustling, which is what you have to do. Maybe I've lost my mojo, or my love for it. I'm not sure...
I've been cleaning out the basement, and making bins for a one dollar, two dollar and three dollar table for my May yard sale. I think we're getting a little overwhelmed with things, and, if I'm not selling, then I can't be buying.
So for the next few weeks, until my May garage sale, I'll be hustling on Etsy and Ebay - to see if I can love it again, or I should try to get rid of as much as possible that I don't find to be REALLY beautiful or useful. I love planters, and tins, and always will find uses for them - it's just that I know other people will be so happy with them too!
I didn't buy anything this weekend, but I did buy things AFTER I posted last weekend.
This is a VERY dirty vase I found at the Only-Open-Sunday-store:
And this is after I cleaned it:
It does have some mottling, but I think it is big and Beautiful! It's a USA vase, and I think it's awesome.
Kidney Shaped Footed Brown MidCentury Planter
I also got this footed planter - Kidney shaped Brush - for sale.

I also bought another planter (surprise) and a piece of California pottery for a buck! sweet!
In other news, my dogs:


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Not Buying, Just Listing...Well, buying a little...

I've been trying to clean out some things. I'm not sure reselling is the best thing for me, anymore. So, I'm trying to dig deep into my reserves, get things cleaned and start mega listing. Here's some things I've had stored up:
A giant GIANT roll of vintage trim. Some of it's a little stained, but I don't think it matters. It's pretty thick too.

A McCoy apple planter. It's sold already, actually. About 12 hours after I posted it, I got an offer for it!

A Murano glass bowl. I've tried to sell it on ebay. I'm not sure if my pictures always come out unenticing because it's so pale, so I put it on some crazy fabric.

And yesterday, when I was not supposed to be shopping, I bought this Limoges bud vase for 4.00. Limoges! for 4.00!
Turns out it probably wasn't an amazing buy, but chances are made to be taken, right?
Linked up to Sir Thrift a Lot!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Yesterday, just in one hour...

Yesterday, I went bowling. I had a photo shoot for an engaged couple in the morning and then we went bowling for Shannon's birthday. It was nice. Then Katie and I stopped at a thrift store that was still open at 5:00 on a Saturday night. And I saw these:
And I had to have them. The big one is over a foot tall and weighs more than 2.5 pounds! I like brass animals!
And I got this:
Pretty awesome. And then, because we were out, and we were "kind of" by it, we went to Goodwill. There were a LOT of people there - more than I would think at dinnertime on a Saturday night. I did manage to score a Claire Lerner dish:
and a couple of other cool things. Right now, I am cleaning the house. One room at a time. At 7AM this morning, I was on my hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor. I figure that house cleaning is almost free exercise. That's the way I tried to think of it. And if there's something gross under the fridge, it's my extra muscle-y scrubbing exercise. It worked for a little while.