Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Etsy Store, non-thrifting, and making gifts

I have been trying to add stuff little by little to my Etsy store. It's such a great tool, and I don't feel that I am taking full advantage of it, yet. I put 2 bears (well one is a mouse) on it, one of them being a Christmas one I recently posted about that I didn't think I had time to relist on eBay. The other is an Anime style mouse.

Etsy Mouse

I haven't been thrifting in quite a while, and have been so tempted to go to the Goodwill Outlet where you can buy stuff by the pound, but I am not letting myself since my house is filled with stuff (mostly baby things) that doesn't have anywhere to go till the baby's nursery is remodeled. I have always had a penchant for collecting vintage toys whcih I will now be using to decorate the nursery. Sadly, we have an old house with lath and plaster and, I am sure, lead paint, which all has to be torn out of the baby's room before it can get redone and DECORATED! I am not allowed to do any of the demolition, since I am not supposed to be around the lead paint, so I have to impatiently wait for it to get done by others....I did promise myself that I would go thrifting when my living room is clear of all the plastic storage tubs, though.

I didn't go so far as to take the HANDMADE PLEDGE that so many people have, but I did pledge to myself that I would make at least half the Christmas gifts this year. I am making super cute aprons from vintage patterns for all the girls/women on one side of my family. Sadly, I have found it very easy to shop for the patterns, fabric and trims for the aprons, but not as easy to actually get started on them....And I am running out of time. I am also doing a custom bunny rabbit for someone in trade for a video ipod nano for my husband's gift, so I can count that as part of my handmade Christmas. Next year I hope to go Handmade (or at least thrifted) all the way.