Thursday, August 1, 2019

More Doll Doctor Tips

My most recent patients
Today on the Atelier Mandaline website I am listing more of my favorite doll repair tools. Some of these might surprise you! Check it out for helpful tips to repair your own dolls.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Weight Loss Over 40

2017 to 2019
Most of my longtime readers know I've been struggling with my weight for decades. I've tried everything. Literally. If you've read about a weight loss cure in a magazine or heard about it from your doctor or even seen it on the Internet I've tried it. Some of them work for a short time but most of them don't. Most of the time I end up even fatter and sicker after a "treatment" than I was before. So I'm really thrilled to announce I have finally found a doctor who knows what he's talking about and a plan that works.

Since March 21st, 2019, I've lost 35 pounds. I look younger now, at age 45, than I did two years ago and I feel younger as well. In 2017 we went to Disney World on vacation and I felt like it about killed me! By the end of each day my feet were swollen up like water balloons and I was in agony with every step.

We went on a beach vacation last week (7/2019) and each day we biked about 10 miles and walked at least 2 miles. We also went hiking, kayaking, swimming, deep sea fishing, and crab fishing. Not only could I keep up with the family, I actually did more kayaking and swimming than anyone else! Another thing I noticed is I did not get sunburned at all. Not one bit, even though I am still using my homemade sunscreen and Young Living sunscreen which is all natural and has an SPF of only about 10. This is the first beach vacation in my memory when no one got burned and I have to attribute it to our meat-heavy Keto (or what some people call "Keto Carnivore") diet. I've heard about that phenomenon but never experienced it!

I am on a mission to help as many of you as I can. This plan is easy but doing it isn't, I'll be honest. You will probably need to really reflect on your goals and willpower to push through it. You can find full details on my website. Best of luck! I hope to see you in the Facebook group!

Also on my website is a family-pleasing recipe to get you started: Keto Stuffed Shells. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Keto Stuffed Shells Recipe

Top Tools For Doll Doctors

Today on my website I let you in on my secret weapon for many different doll repairs, with lots of tips and photos to help you with your own repairs. I hope you'll check it out!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Mother's Day Sale!

If you've been following my social media you may have seen we were out of town last week. It was Spring Break and we had a little vacation to Raleigh planned. My husband scheduled a business trip and the kids and I planned to tag along. We did go on our vacation but we left early when my mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital. A couple days ago she moved to hospice. We are back home now but yesterday we drove 7 hours round trip to go and visit again. I've had my stores on vacation and extended my handling time but tonight I turned that off and went back to my regular shipping schedule. We aren't sure how much time my mother-in-law has left, but the stores will likely be back on vacation soon. Therefore, I'm running an early Mother's Day Sale on eBay, Etsy, and Depop. The Depop sale ends May 1st and the others run through May 6th. You can link to all my shops from my website.

I was able to pick up a lot of new inventory and have some of it listed. I have some terrific brands like J. Crew, Joe's Jeans, and Vince Camuto, as well as some vintage fashion and European china. I am preparing several Coldwater Creek, Diane Gilman, and Liz Claiborne pieces for sale as well. I hope you'll stop by and pick up your favorites. 

My weight loss journey with my new weight-loss coach's plan is going really well (see my last post for information). I actually lost a little more weight over vacation, meaning I lost nearly 20 pounds in the past month! My mother gave me some clothes to sell and I was able to keep a size M top that I liked and which fit me. Over Spring Break I wore a swim suit that hasn't fit for several years and by our beach vacation in July I hope to be able to buy a whole new suit for the trip. 

With all the traveling back and forth to Raleigh I probably won't have much time for blog and newsletter posting in the near future. The best way to keep up is probably to follow my Instagram or Facebook; I'll try to update at least one of those daily. Thank you so much for reading my intermittent posts!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Keto Recipes: Pork Belly Burgers and Browned Butter Shortbread

Keto Pork Belly Burgers
Today on my website, find my recipes for Keto Pork Belly Burgers and Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies as well as my new weight loss coach's plan that helped me lose 12 pounds in 10 days!

Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saving Saint Jack: How to Restore a Leather Bag

The Saint Jack bag after restoration

This week I've been hard at work restoring a rare Saint Jack of London fine leather handbag. This was an extreme makeover: the bag got a new lining, a new closure, repairs to the leather, and a complete cleaning and polishing, including to the brass hardware. The rarity and quality of this bag made it well worth the time to restore. This beautiful, timeless crossbody bag is now for sale in my shops on Poshmark, eBay, Mercari, and Depop. You can link to all my stores from my website, as well as find a step-by-step tutorial showing the restoration.