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Friday, December 30, 2022

Year in Review of sorts

Quilting will remain my primary means of creative expression. You could call me a "Quilt Fixer." I take other people's projects and complete them. These came to me as 11 completed applique blocks in a plastic bag marked "quilt project," at thrift. There were templates, a concept sketch, 2 uncompleted blocks, and extra fabric. Each one of the jars is padded with fiber fill. After I square up those blocks, my next challenge will be to find companion fabric to finish the borders. 

I did not complete too many quilts. The first part of this year I focused my attention on my competition quilt. While she earned an honorable mention, I so wanted to see her on exhibition. Mistakes I made dropped her out of the running. The Knitting Woman is destined for display in my barn-to-be. I envision paring down the next entry, perfecting my curved piecing, and taking time to matchstick quilt it. I had intended on that quilting pattern for my last entry, but ran out of time. I am now searching for my next inspiration image. 

I have engaged in different types of crafts throughout my life. My mom belonged to a craft of the month club. It would be an entire kit of some type of tchotchke. I so enjoyed completing those craft kits. She was also a seamstress and made detailed Barbie clothes for my doll. 

We also did crewel embroidery, and latch hooked rug kits. I added needlepoint, and counted cross-stitch to my crafting repertoire. Painting ceramics with the kids was a lot of fun. My painting also extended to oil or acrylic on canvas either an abstract or landscape. I found collecting thrifted artwork was much more exciting and a lot less work. 

When I began in public service, there were more of my co-workers having baby showers. I thought a perfect handmade gift would be a quilt. There aren't so many baby showers any more (none), but there are relatives and friends. I gift quilts about half of the time. I will be selling more quilt tops into the new year. 

Reseller update: I have halved my Christmas CDs from around 400 to 200, as I list them for sale. I had so many there was no possible way I could even listen to them all during the month of December. My CD sales have been dropping down 65% from the previous year. Holiday CDs were flying out the door last December/January, not that same experience this year. 

Other items on the eBay listing chopping block are quilt-related publications. I had the grand idea that they would be a good money maker. Not. But my other how-to and recipe books comprised nearly 20% of my sales. 

My biggest year-end surprise was even though I doubled my eBay listings, I was at the same level of sales as the year before. I really cashed in during lockdown, hitting on items that people really didn't need but wanted. 

Moving into stats for my blog. My biggest audience was USA at 71%, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany. My top referring URL was Pinterest. 

I look forward to the New Year and am wishing my audience a prosperous and peaceful one.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Reselling and the quite surprising sales

There is such a sense of accomplishment when you complete a listing session. Books in my death pile were a couple of recent thrift shop purchases and some from my time in Washington state this past summer. 

This set of three 1960s publications were a recent purchase $3.99 at Goodwill.

When I discovered books were my second best selling item on eBay, it was time to get this past lot listed. 

Right when I was going to pull all of the sweaters I had for sale on eBay, what do you know? Two of them sold. They have been hanging around for a couple of years now, waiting for new owners. Two more were thrifted to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond. Here I modeled a recently-sold from my 2020 Countdown to Christmas. 

As promised to myself, I sent off a quilt to the longarmer. I chose a flamingo quilting pattern and look forward to seeing that finished product. 

It is time I turn my attention to the National Park quilt. I have more than one preprinted panel for that project, and plenty of park-themed border fabric. 

Quilt tops and yarn are queued up on my next listings. I am still swimming in sewing patterns, my goal for those is to have them all listed by the end of January. 

Moving right along into the New Year. 

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Hallejuah It Is Christmas Eve

A Wondrous Christmas Eve to Everyone! We have a traditional luncheon planned of roasted turkey, stuffing, potato casserole, yams with marshmallow topping, biscuits with honey, cranberries, and gravy. Frango mints, cheesecake, and Christmas cookies for dessert. 

My thrift shop finds for myself included two blue hinged Ball jars, and a Ted D. Bear knitted stocking. 

What I'm Listening to - Tis the Season, Christmas Guitar.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Marching Toward the Big Day

Soldiers usher in Day 23 to the Countdown to Christmas. 

If you are thinking of what to serve on the menu for Christmas day - there is Waldorf Salad.

Fans of bigfoot would go for this nutcracker.

Or how about some Walking Dead gingerbread?

Wrap it up with a troll wreath -

What I'm Listening to - the 12 Yats of Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Weird and Wacky Day

Days away from the most wonderful time of the year. Why not highlight the weird and wacky?

Pattern of the Day is more intriguing than weird or wacky. The first I had ever seen Barbie doll camping toys.

And you too can be an Oreo cookie for friends and family.
Flat cat pattern

There is the Cat Tree and the Donut Tree.

And some wacky tabacky ...

What I'm Listening to - Up Your Chimney

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Ceramic Smalls

All the little ceramic smalls come home with me. Especially, when it is a group of elf musicians! They came to me totally intact in a $3 thrift shop baggie. 

Day 21 to the Countdown to Christmas is all about the smalls. 

What I'm Listening to - Music to Trim the Tree By

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Maybe A Moose or two or three or four

Day 20 on the Countdown to Christmas mean meandering into moose territory. Here is this year's menagerie.

What I'm Listening to - A Norwegian Christmas, Christmas Joy

Monday, December 19, 2022

Drinking the Punch

Drinking the Punch on Day 19 to the Countdown to Christmas.
Punch used to play a big part in holiday get togethers. Sometimes there would even be "pranksters" that would spike the punch (add alcohol). 

What I'm Listening to - Martinis Mistletoe

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Sugar Overload and Selling Off Christmas

Day 18 to the Countdown to Christmas is baked goods, cookies, cakes, candies. It is no wonder why we gain poundage during this season. 

I am selling off Christmas. Good thing I devoted time to listing another 50 or so Christmas CDs. How many do I have stored off site? My collection has exploded to around 400. I know, it is awful. At least I have the good sense to sell instead of keep. Craft kits and completed holiday craft items sell quickly. 

Next up on my eBay listing sessions are quilt tops, crocheted squares, and yarn. 

What I'm Listening to - Randy Travis An Old Time Christmas