Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
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
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
Today on my website I show you how to pierce your vinyl doll's ears. I also give some advice about piercing hard plastic doll's ears.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
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
|My most recent patients|
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
|2017 to 2019|
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|
Monday, April 29, 2019
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 Pork Belly Burgers|
|Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies|
Saturday, March 9, 2019
|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.
Friday, February 15, 2019
|Almond Mocha Fudge Cake|
Craving rich, dense chocolate cake but following the Keto diet? Head to my website for my Keto Almond Mocha Fudge Cake recipe!
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
|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
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|