Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rusty Old Window Screen and New Etsy Items

I know that I am not alone in saying that I LOVE old windows!
And now I LOVE old window screens!
Take a look at this new little beauty that I found at the Nashville Flea.
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How many ways can I say love?
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This vintage gown was worn by someone in my family many years ago, but I am not sure to whom it belonged. 
The baby picture is my daddy. 
Do you see those wee little clothes pins?  Those came from Wal-Mart’s office supply section and they are wonderfully cute.  I went back for more, but can’t find them now.
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My head is swarming with ideas of what I can display on this little beauty.  Kind of like a little shadow box.
I have so many old windows and doors in my house now that I use for different things and I LOVE them.  (did I already tell you that, though)  Smile
I am headed over to Faded Charm for her wonderful White Wednesday party. 
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I went to the Nashville Flea Market on Friday and brought home some really neat things to add to my shop. 
Check out my Etsy shop, Amys All Things Home,  today and see what is new.
If you like what you see, I would love for you to send your friends over to take a look.
Thanks!

Partying over at Common Ground tonight for her vintage party and the lovely French Country Cottage.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Thank You Thank You Thank You!

I cannot thank you all enough for making my first day as an Etsy shop owner FABULOUS!

I have to tell you that I was so nervous when I activated all of my merchandise yesterday morning and put it out for all the world to see.  It  felt like the first time that I ever posted a blog…so unsure.

But, I have to say that I thought my first day of business was a great success.

Let me define success for me…

I define success as being what I hope God wanted it to be.  I define it as feeling like I have done something as unto Him.  I define it as having prayed about it and feeling a peace about the outcome. 

So, I have to say yesterday was a success.  I gave my little shop to Him again yesterday as I began activating each little item.  And, I believe the Bible when it says that if I dedicate my plans to Him, they will succeed.

I pray that He is glorified in all I do, even on my junking expeditions!

(sorry this is so long.  will you stay with me a little bit longer)

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I have to say thank you to one specific person who has answered more questions and given me more help than a person should ever have to do especially when she doesn’t even know me.

THANK YOU to Julie at Saltbox Treasures!!! 

She is fantastic!

She also has a wonderful blog and a beautiful Etsy shop!

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It’s amazing how many people on here have told me that they were praying for me and for my shop.  Thank you so much for your prayers.  I believe in praying about everything and I love that you all would pray along with me.  I have made some amazing friends on here!

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One more thank you and then I am done.

Thank you to the most wonderful son in the whole wide world.  Without him, I would never have opened this shop. 

Keith encouraged me months ago to jump on board this Etsy wagon.  I strongly and firmly said no way!  But he, being the encourager that he is with his mom and being a little stubborn,  persisted.  I finally saw his vision and took his advice and now here we are.

He has been with me every step of the way helping me along.

Thank you buddy.  I LOVE YOU!!

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(last thing)

I would love for you to continue to check back with my shop and see the new treasures that I will be adding often. 

I actually went flea marketing today and found some really neat things that I will be adding soon. 

I would also love it if you would tell your friends about Amys All Things Home Etsy Shop.

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(thanks for staying with me through this awfully long post)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Opening Up Shop…Today!

The day has finally come that I am opening shop.

I have prayed…

I have planned…

I have prepared…

I have hunted…

I have purchased…

I have photographed…

I have described…

I have  priced…

And now…

I am opening my doors!

Amys All Things Home Etsy shop is finally open!

I would love for you to come over and take a look at what I have stocked my shelves with and see if there is something that you can’t live without.

I hope you enjoy your time at my little shop and hope you will come back often to see what new treasures I will be adding.

If you like what you see, I would so appreciate if you would tell your friends about me.

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Thanks for all of your sweet support, my friends, while I have been preparing for this day.

God bless you all!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Early Spring Happenings Around Here and an Etsy Update

I know I am not any busier than anyone else, but boy, have I been busy these last couple of weeks.
We actually took our homeschool spring break last week and are extending it a little into this week so that we can get some more things done around our little hobby farm.
If you don’t mind hanging around for a few minutes, I would like to share a little of what we have been up to.
berries
We have been eating a lot of these.  I’m sorry, but strawberries are just not the same from the store as they are when we go strawberry picking and pick them straight off the vine all warm and delicious.
flowers
The girls and I planted a couple of pots of flowers just to get us started.
bonfire
We had our first bonfire of this season.  Marshmallows, story-telling, blankets, and a starry night…
laundry
I hung my first load of laundry on the line this season.  I LOVE my laundry dried outdoors.
growing
My hubby and Faith are doing all of our early seed planting.  We even went to an organic gardening class last week that was very interesting.
plants
Yes, they are sitting on my kitchen table right in front of my big bay window.  We are eating in the living room for now and that’s okay with me.
tulips
And, right in front of me, while I am working on my Etsy shop, are these gorgeous yellow tulips that are actually waiting to be delivered to a friend for her birthday.
Me, my computer, the tulips, and all of our little garden plants are at the kitchen table enjoying looking outside at the beautiful spring sunshine.
With the windows open, I can hear my chickens clucking and my rooster crowing…
and LIFE IS GOOD and I AM BLESSED!
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I wanted to let you all know that I have planned a GRAND OPENING date of March 31 for my Amys All Things Home Etsy Shop.
(You will have to leave out the ‘ in Amys when typing in my shop name because we are not allowed to use them in our titles)
My opening date might  happen a little sooner than March 31, but I am playing it safe.  I will definitely keep you updated.
I am SO excited to share with you all the treasures  I have found.  I am stocking my shelves with some really neat things that I think you will like, and some that you may even love a little.  I am heading back to Nashville for the flea market this weekend. 
Wanna come???


P.S.  Let me add that we did not grow these strawberries.  These were bought at the store.  I am patiently waiting for the strawberry patch to be ready for us to go berry picking.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Said I Wouldn’t But I Did

I said I wouldn’t use another fake flower in my house because…well…they are  fake, and I just don’t care for fake flowers.   That’s just a purely personal opinion for my own home.  Please, no offense to anyone who uses them, okay?

  Maybe I don’t like them because they always get dusty and I forget to dust them.

Anyway…because I have so desperately wanted spring to get here and I didn’t want to have to continue to buy fresh flowers right now, I decided to take the plunge and buy a sweet little bouquet of white tulips that were NOT REAL. 

You wanna know something…I think they look pretty.  No, they are not real, and no they do not have a sweet fragrance, but they are helping me hold out as I wait for my fresh flowers to start blooming around our yard.

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These are sitting on my coffee table next to a new favorite book I ordered off Amazon.

Besides my dreaming of sunshine, I am also dreaming of someday owning a beautiful old white farmhouse. 

A girl can dream, right?

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Do you mind me updating you on my Etsy shop?

Ladies, I am working hard!

I am photographing, editing, writing descriptions, weighing, measuring and getting things ready just for you.

I can’t wait until you see the variety of treasures that Amys All Things Home Etsy shop will be stocked with.

Linking up over at A Stroll Thru Life.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Twine and a Crochet Needle

I have to show you something!

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Ok, that’s the first one.

Now, let me show you another.

bag 1

This wonderfully shabby chic bag was made for me by a totally amazing young lady named Shannon from Below the Plateau.

Shannon is a homeschool senior who is incredibly gifted by God in so many ways and my life has been enriched greatly by getting to know her over the last few years.  This girl loves the Lord and truly seeks to serve Him.

Ok, can I show you one more picture?

This picture is the one that humbles me every time that I see it.

bag 2

Do you see the name? 

Yep, that’s me.

This sweet child named this great shabby bag after me.  Needless to say, I was beyond excited that someone would do something so sweet for me.

Can you imagine how that blessed my heart?

The other great thing about this bag is that she is making them available on her Etsy shop and I would love for you to go over and just take a quick look around when you have a few minutes.

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I sure hope you all had a beautiful spring day today like we did here in  Tennessee.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tea Stained Tags

I have a new favorite thing.
I buy these little tags at Wal-Mart…
white tags
put them in a pot of prepared tea and let them soak for a few minutes to get desired color.
I  then take them out and lay them on wax paper to let them dry.
After they are dry, I get out my cool little stamps and stamp away.
printed tags
These are so much fun to make.
key tag
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I love it attached to this old key that belonged to my papa.  (yeah, that’s nanny’s husband) Smile
By the way, this old window had the glass broken out of it so I added the ever trusty chicken wire and voila!!  Isn’t chicken wire great? 
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These little tags are so easy to make and I love easy and cute and I think these are cute!
Linking up over at Common Ground for her vintage party and French Country Cottage and a new for me party at Stuff and Nonsense. (I so love that name because my life is full of stuff and nonsense)
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