I Do Not Drink Coke

Coca Cola Stain Glass Tulip Glass a

Today I was listing some glasses that were in a box I recently purchased at an auction.  This set of Coca Cola Stain Glass with Red Tulip are so pretty.  It got me thinking….when was the last time I drank a Coke?

I told you back in 2011 that I was a die-hard Coke fan.  I used to drink a regular Coca Cola or a Diet Coke with Lime almost every afternoon.

I dramatically reduced my Coke intact in late 2012 and early 2013 as I mentioned in this post.  It is amazing that I no longer eat any of those snacks in that photo.  I still would love to eat the Nature Valley Sweet and Sour Almond Nut Bar, but haven’t had one since late August.  Not sure how it would taste if I did eat one.  All of them are loaded with sugar. After a lot of research, I realize how bad sugar is for me.

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I also listed these White Evergreen Pine Coca Cola glasses today.

Then I reduced my sugar intake in February of this year.  Do I still eat sugar?  Yes, but not nearly as often.  My sugar mostly comes from the fruit I eat, but I will sometimes eat it when I am outside my home.  I rarely eat it when I am home.  That is a good thing. I still love sweet things, but it is amazing how things are tasting sweeter and sweeter to me.

So when was the last time I had a Coke?  I have had only a handful of Coca Cola’s this year, with my last one that I shared with my Mom at an auction sale in Jun or July.  The funny thing is it didn’t taste right at all.  I would say that I have broke my Coca Cola habit.  I am not a fool, and therefore, I know that if I started to drink it again for a few days, the habit would probably come back quickly.

Part of my process in breaking the habit was making sure I was drinking plenty of water a day, drinking green tea, and finding a healthy substitute if I really need something besides water.  My current favorite is a tall glass of water with about a tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a drop or two of Stevia. Something about the bite of the ACV cures my craving for a soda pop.

Now that I have broken my habit, I tell myself, “I don’t drink Coke.”  For some reason saying that instead of “I can’t drink a Coke” gives me the control and the power not to feel sorry for myself. It is my choice, and a choice that I know is so good for my health.

How about you have you given up a food or habit that is bad for you?  Do tell.

Auction Sale in Winter

Pyrex Cinderella Bowls HorizonsThis past weekend I went to Dickinson to see Big M’s Mom as well as my Mom.  In this area there aren’t that many auctions in the winter because of the weather.  When I saw an auction going on that day, my Mom and I decided to go to the auction and visit there.  Perfect….I could spend time with my Mom and maybe get an item or two.

I was thrilled to get this complete set of Pyrex Cinderella bowls in the Horizons pattern.   It isn’t a pattern I see often.

Shoe Shine KitI like old wood items. This shoe shine box has such character.

Olive Stetson HatI picked up this olive colored Resistol cowboy hat with Stetson hatbox. I love Stetson hats. They are well made.  Not sure about the color, but I guess my son liked it.

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Z came home from high school swim practice and tried it on.  Guess swim practice was really hard.

Now I just need to find time to get photos taken and items listed in my shop.

Thrifty Finds – Nov 18

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Recently I found a couple of pairs of Kiss Me Bobbleheads.  These Asian ones are adorable.

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So are these bobble heads, but I am not sure if they are German, Austrian, or even Dutch.  Any ideas? The girl reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Added another magazine rack.  This one is a little smaller.  Could easily be used on a desk in an office for files.

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These Honey Bear juice glasses were in an ‘all to go’ box.  I think they are so cute.  I wish I knew who the manufacture was.

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These Thermo Serv cups remind me of weddings I attended when I was young.  The hall that all the events were held in used thermo serv cups for their coffee cups.  Not exactly like this, but these are a definite 60s throw back.

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Found some more vintage pillowcases.  Sometimes I think I should change out my bedding so I could use these beauties. However, a dear friend of mine quilted my beautiful bed cover.  I love it.  No way that treasure is going anywhere.

Jesus Face a

I wish I could figure out how to photograph this Jesus Head of Christ print.  It is a 3D, raised image.  Don’t know what it is called.  It is old – 1935.

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Finally I got this at an auction sale.  Was told it was the wedding purse of retired lady.  Not sure how old it is. However, but what I learned of the lady, I think it is from the 1960s.  It is a handmade, beaded and sequins purse.  It is so pretty.  Almost wish I had somewhere to go to use it.

I continue to work on my Etsy Shop as time permits.  Are you finding any great treasures?

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Threshold – Looking Out or In

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I started my photography class last week.  Today was Threshold.  At first I thought….why?  What is interesting about the threshold?  But I started taking photos and in the end I really liked this one.  Yes, it is dark inside with the sun shining outside, but it makes me think of dreams and the future.  It is a picture I am willing to show to the world.  Not like this photo…

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looking in to my house.  I really wasn’t going to show it, but I like the composition of it from down low.

Yes, the first thing you see when you come to my home is the piles of stuff I am working through for my business.  It actually is quite organized, but it still is “stuff”. However, it is the best place for me to have it readily available but out-of-the-way of my family.  We never come in this door, we always come through the garage.

So, I was embarrassed at first to show this photo.  But then I thought about it.  The reality is I am a junker.  I search for vintage items to buy at a reasonable price to resell to someone who needs it or at least appreciates it.  I have been doing this for 2.5 years.  It is a part of my life, and that lifestyle brings it with, well, junk.  It has to be somewhere while working on it. My family is ok with it, so why aren’t I. If you come to my home that is what you will see.  My treasures waiting for me to list, or clean or sort.  Hopefully you come to see me, not my “junk”, unless of course you want to buy it all.

Besides I can look at it like a metaphor.  We can look outside of our threshold of our lives and see sunshine and green, all things roses.  Everyone else seems to have it all together. But we must look inside at the dirt and dust and work on cleaning it up.  If we don’t look at it, it just grows. Today I choose to look at it, work on it, tackle it. To acknowledge the real me. I choose to grow, not my faults and messes.

Wow, it must be Monday after a great weekend of cleaning and organizing.  I am way to philosophical even for me.

 

Busy Summer Work

Rock

I haven’t had much time to blog lately.  First, I got a virus that took my computer away from me for two days. On Thursday evening we had 14 tons of crushed rock dropped off in our driveway.  Yep, 14 tons of rock for us to move.  We have been working hard with wheelbarrow and buckets to move it into our yard. The difficult part is that my oldest son has been gone most of the time…he is on his free week-long trip to D.C. We are guessing we have about 4 tons left to move, but we have to finish digging out the grass in a new flower bed.  I am definitely sore and black and blue.

Pickin Goods

The other thing that I have been doing is going through the goods from my first ever pick.  My aunt called last week to see if I wanted to go through some old things before they threw the stuff out.  Uhmmm, YES.  We headed 1.5 hours away to go through the stuff and pack it up. This week I have been slowing going through the items.  The items are very dirty, so it is a time-consuming process. I have found a couple of gems.

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This 1950 megaphone is so cool.  I was surprised how much it amplified my voice.  Nope, not going to let my kids play with it.  It is getting listed soon.

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This 1969 Toss Across Game with the bean bags.  I am amazed how hard the panels are to flip.  They can only be flipped twice in one direction and then they have to go back the other way.  The one I remember playing with my boys was so easy to flip.  Most of the time they would spin and then stop.

Ok, my lunch break is over.  Back to work. Looking forward to finding more treasures and getting those rocks hauled.

Up and Down Days

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You know I love my It’s Still Life business.  Most days I really enjoy all of it.  I totally enjoy the shopping, like the customer contact, actually like the packing and shipping, and if I have the right light, I do like taking the photos.  However there are days that my piles of treasures become piles of crap.  Last Friday I had three not so great issues with customers.  I have also been so busy with activities this summer.  So lately I have been feeling like the ecard above. I find I just need to keep working through it, and the love comes back, but in the meantime I want to just junk everything.

Do you ever feel like this?

Giveaway – Flea Market Style Magazine

In celebration of summer, my blog hitting my one year anniversary (225 posts and counting), and my Etsy Shop growing daily, I decided to try a Giveaway.

I am giving away this magazine, Flea Market Style.  It has 432 Decorating Ideas for Junkers, Antiquers, & vintage Lovers.  My favorite articles start on page 48, “Wheel Deal, 9 DIY projects that reuse rusty, crusty old wheels”, and on page 82, “Parts & Recreation, Wobbly, worn-out chairs provide the raw materials for 12 stunning home decor projects.”

All you have to do is leave your name, city and state in the comments.  My son, JV, will draw a name on Thursday, July 5.  I will post the winner on my blog.  If you want me to contact you via email, make sure you have included your email address as well.  I will mail it out to you when I get your address.

If you live outside of the United States, you can enter, but you will have to pay for shipping costs.  Sorry.

Thank you to all my loyal readers.

What Makes You Smile?

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Some of you are into picking and junking for your livelihood.  Me?  I got into because I truly enjoy the pieces I find and love when I can get the item to someone who truly will appreciate it.  This is not my full-time job.  I am a wife, Mom and homeschooler first. 

Reselling can be a tough business.  It is not easy, and it is time-consuming.  I have had to deal with some difficult customers. However, everything has been fine in the end.  However there are two things that make me smile.  The first is when I get an email that something SOLD.  Yep, it is fun to see.  The second is when I receive positive feedback.  Yesterday I receive two different bits of positive feedback that just made me smile and I wanted to share them.

The first was from a woman who I sold a Percy the Train set to on Ebay. I rarely sell on Ebay, but when I find a really fun piece that isn’t vintage, I will use Ebay.  She sent me a message that said she left me feedback, and then stated, “Thank you so much for being so honest and posting exactly what you have. Son loves it, and it will be played with every day. Again thank you. His last Percy stopped moving. The track and farm were bonus. He’s been singing “Old McDonald” while he plays with it. He’s 2yo 3mos.”

It made me smile because honesty is so important to me. I try so hard to give an accurate description in the listing.  I do not want any surprises.  Plus, I love hearing how someone is enjoying something I found.

The second one was on Etsy.  I have been listing several vintage hats.  I sold a pink beret hat.  The woman sent me a message stating, “thanks so much! I am going to Paris in April and will enjoy wearing it in the city of lights!!!!”  How cool is that. 

I am trying hard to improve what I write when I give feedback.  I do think it is so important.  Do you leave feedback on your purchases or sales?

What makes you smile when you are picking, thrifting, and reselling?

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year.  It is here, 2012.  It does not matter if you say twenty twelve or two thousand twelve, the new year is here.  It is a clean slate, a new calendar, a fresh start for each and every one of us.

Now I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions, but I did write few goals to guide me this year in a few areas.  Some are overall general goals and a couple of them are specific.  They are goals that I hope will guide me to get a lot done in my hobbies and passions over the next twelve months.

I am not including anything in the areas of my faith, my relationships, my home or homeschooling since that isn’t what this blog is about.  I am including a couple of basic health goals though since a goal list just doesn’t seem complete without a health goal.

Picking

  1. Get to 100 items listed in my Etsy Shop by January 31 and keep over 100 items for the entire year.
  2. Keep my storage area organized and my inventory spreadsheet up to date.
  3. Ship all purchased items within two business days. Write a short personal note to every customer. 
  4. Stop at least one thrift store, garage sale or auction sale every week.
  5. Upcycle or paint at least two items every month from April through September.

 Blog

  1. Write a blog post 4-5 days a week.
  2. Update my blog design by mid year.
  3. Meet new blog friends; develop a support group of blog friends that enjoy junk, vintage items and upcycling.

 Scrapbooking

  1. Work through Twelve each month.  I do not expect to keep up and do everything that Ms. Julian has us do, but I do want to go through each lesson and create a minimum of two pages a month.
  2. Print photos out at least every quarter.
  3. Use my SMASH book as a place for 2012 bits and pieces.  Complete at least 2 page spread a month.
  4. Do at least two mini albums.  One of which is a December Traditions album.

 Photography

  1. Take at least a few still life photos every month.
  2. Post at least two times during the month a Sunday Still Life Photo.

 Reading

  1. Read 7 books a month or a minimum of 80 in 2012.  I did this in 2011 and want to do it again. That includes those I read aloud to my kids. 
  2. Continue to keep track of books read on Goodreads.

 Writing

  1. Restart my 5 year journal and write in it daily.

 Health

  1. Walk 10,000 steps at least 6 days a week.
  2. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.
  3. Keep up with Move More, Eat Less. (The flu helped me start out the year 5 pounds down; not that it ever stays off, but I good positive boost, right?)
  4. Try 1 new healthy recipe a month.

 FINAL GOAL

If I happen to fall down on any of these goals, I do not give up.  I pick myself back up and begin where I am.

This is probably will be an aggressive goal list, but if I can do a little on each one every day I hope to make great progress.  Part of how I plan to do it is to continue to wake up every morning at 6:00 a.m.  I have done that for 2.5 years now, and it has made so much difference in my attitude as well as what I get done in a day.

I would love to hear your goals or resolutions.  Leave them in the comments or leave a link to your blog with your goals.

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Letting Go of Treasures?

A few weeks ago I was reading a blog post on Recycle-ista, Adventures in Thrifting about what type of thrifter she was.  I really didn’t know what I was, so I have been thinking about it on and off for a while.

Recycle-ista considers herself a Hoarder-Gloater.  Check out her post on Hoarder-Gloater or Churn and Burn

Hoarder does not seem to fit me, because if I purchase something to resell, I really do not have a hard time letting it go. However, if you saw my downstairs storage area, you would probably call me a hoarder since it is total mess.  I do enjoy blogging about my finds, so does that make me a Gloater?  I am not a Churn and Burn thrifter either since this is not something I do full-time.  My family and homeschooling come first.  This is more of a hobby to me, so I do not push myself to list the items I plan to sell. 

So I guess I want to define a new kind of thifter, a Turtle Churner.  Yep, that is me.  I like to move my treasures, mostly because I want others who will even enjoy them more, to have an opportunity to buy them.  I do it at a slow pace.  I enjoy my treasures.  I am not in a hurry. 

Now I just need to figure out a system of organizing and storing my treasures while slow and steady wins the race.  I will not let this hobby,obsession take over my house. What kind of thrifter or picker are you?