Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Christmas Doll

Today on my website I have some tips on porcelain doll repair. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, holiday season, and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Too Much of a Good Thing

I failed at my fast this week! I was supposed to do a 5 day (or 120 hour) fast but I didn't even make it halfway. This was largely due to the effect of too much autophagy. Learn about autophagy in today's blog post on my website.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Atelier Mandaline shops are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday so I can finish cooking all the Keto treats. You may place orders from my shops (link on my website) but they will not ship until Saturday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Back To Blogging

It's been quite a while since my last post and I want to apologize. As a mom and small business owner life tends to get in the way of social media at times. For the past five weeks we have either been up in the mountains working on our new property or hosting guests and I've been completely overwhelmed just trying to get the basic housework and childcare accomplished. We had a Harry Potter Halloween, the result of me finding a Firebolt broom at the thrift store, so I had to shorten a cloak for my youngest. We wrapped up another soccer season just in time to start a new season of high school swim team. Our daughter is doing extremely well in school; she's 9th in her class, so we are exploring opportunities for her to improve her chance of scholarships to college.

In the shops I've been busy listing fall and holiday staples like sweaters and fancy dresses and home decor. These are starting to sell out already. I just added the Hogwarts crest shirts shown above to my Poshmark boutique. I'm proud to say that, while I'm still not meeting my ultimate financial hopes, I've almost quadrupled my income over the past year. I've been adding more streams of income as well as automating as many processes as possible. In that vein, I ordered my first thredUP bag today. I'm going to see how it works to have someone else photographing and listing a lot of my fashion pieces. ThredUP takes kids' clothes now, thank goodness, because I have about six full tubs of consignment kids' stuff to list and no time to do it. I am selling most of the kids' stuff I already have listed in economical by-the-pound lots. You can buy four or five pound boxes of kids' clothing for boys or girls, sorted by size so they're perfect for dressing your child or even to resell! I do not photograph every piece since I'm selling this way to save time, so you should not purchase these unless you're okay with buying "mystery" boxes. Most of my customers have been very pleased with their boxes so far. I only include pieces I would sell individually in my store: so only pieces in excellent to like new or even new  condition. You can find these lots in my Poshmark, eBay, Depop, and Mercari stores. On eBay save 15% off any purchase of $50 or more through November 25th. Link to all my shops from my website.

In doll news, I am having a lot of success selling dolls for customization or parts, mostly on Etsy. I clean up Barbies or similar dolls, ball-jointed if possible, and sell them nude for you to dress or repaint. I have a bunch listed and many more on the way to the shops, just in time for the holidays! I'm glad these "blank" dolls are popular because it saves me a ton of time. It's an easy way to create your own one of a kind art doll as a special gift. It's also popular to use the fashion doll bodies for Blythe doll heads as they are sturdier than the Blythe factory bodies and fit the more affordable Barbie clothes. Look for a doll customization tutorial coming soon to the blog. That's my big interest in dolls right now and I love to share!

If you follow my Instagram you know I've now lost more than 50 pounds with the help of Dr. Wade Baskin. I want to lose at least 30 more so I'm working on back to back 48 hour fasts again this week. I've had trouble with insomnia while fasting so Dr. Wade suggested I cut back to 48 hour fasts. Dr. Wade is a great person to follow for weight loss advice and I highly recommend his group. It does take me out of my comfort zone though. I am not a person who likes to post photos of myself, but Dr. Wade says since he is providing his service to us free of charge he expects group members to pay it forward by sharing our results and methods. Dr. Wade has seen huge improvements in his health and those of his patients and group members following the unconventional advice to fast and limit food to mostly meat when eating and he wants us to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health.

At this point, you're best off following my Instagram or Facebook pages to keep up with me since I'm so short of time for blog posting or newsletter writing. I appreciate all of you who are still hanging in there following me when I've been so absent. Yesterday at a party I was telling my friend I feel like I'm so overextended I'm not doing anything very well right now. I know firsthand how fast this phase of life will pass, however. Before I know it I won't have any kiddos at home, so I'm trying to savor it while it lasts.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Special Eyes: Tips for 14 Inch Dolls

Today on my website I give you some tips for replacing Bitty Baby and Miss Corolle doll eyes. You may also find information on sending your doll in to my doll hospital for repair.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Polish Your Shoe Game

Today on my website I show you how to clean and restore your old shoes using Thieves Foaming Hand Soap from Young Living! I'm selling my old shoes because they are too big now that I've lost almost 50 pounds using intermittent fasting, extended fasting, and a meat-heavy keto diet!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Back To Doll? School

Today on my website I tell you how to become a student of the Atelier Mandaline "Doll School". Learn to become a doll doctor and make money fixing dolls, or just save money restoring your own doll collection. I hope you'll get a lot from my lessons!

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.

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