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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tutorial: How to Convert Blythe Doll Eyes to Sleep

Blythe with sleep eyes

New on my website: a tutorial showing how to convert your Blythe doll's color-change eyes to sleep eyes! I also demonstrate how to apply eyeshadow to your Blythe doll. I hope you enjoy this one!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Storewide Sale!

If you ever ship anything on a regular basis you are no doubt aware of USPS' newest rate hike. It's huge, because they switched to First Class to zone pricing instead of flat rate based on rate and that means the further you are from me the more postage costs. This is a problem since I am most popular on the West Coast when I live on the East Coast! Atelier Mandaline eBay provides free shipping and free 30 day returns for most items, so this hits me hard. My main wholesale supplier also raised rates this year, so I don't have any choice but to raise mine as well. Since my Etsy store does not offer free shipping, prices there will remain stable at least for the time being. Etsy is starting to make motions as if they are going to basically require sellers to offer free shipping and if that happens of course I will have to make accommodations. 

To ease the transition for my eBay customers I am holding a storewide sale of up to 40% off for one week only, through 11:59 PM Sunday February 3rd. The more you buy the more you can save! If you have your eye on anything in my eBay Store I suggest you pick it up while it's on sale. This sale includes my newest inventory: eye chips, clothes, and shoes for Blythe dolls! The shoes and some clothes will also fit Tiny Betsy McCall and the Azone and similar 12 inch BJD bodies! A few of these are shown below. I'm getting more and more into customizing BJDs like Blythe, Pullip, and Jun Planning and I hope to have many new tutorials, supplies,  and kits for you soon!

New Inventory: Blythe and Betsy McCall shoes and clothes

Friday, December 7, 2018

Tutorial: How to Swap Blythe Eye Chips

The original eye chips

Tonight on my website I show how to swap out your Blythe doll's original eye chips and change the direction of her gaze. I hope you'll check it out! This post teaches removal of the eye mechanism and eye chips, insertion of new eye chips, and modification of the gaze. You will also find links to purchase Blythe dolls and supplies, including new eye chips! Stay tuned for more Blythe customization tutorials, coming soon.

The new custom eye chips and modified gaze