Ringing in the New Year

Dear Friends,

Can you believe that another year is coming to a close?! 2015 has been a year of great struggle and great accomplishment in my own life. Without going into too much detail, I will say that it takes years to recover from abuse. That said, I am the happiest that I have been in a long, long time. I feel very grateful for those who have lifted me up and given me confidence to move forward with my life.

Now, my latest millinery pin.

I am surprised at how many hats I have sold in the shop! In fact, hats are some of the best sellers! Ladies love them. A flower on a hat is especially pretty.

Along those lines, I was thrilled to find this amazing hat rack for the shop. It seems to be just as vintage. as some of the hats in the shop.

This pretty vintage pin is another recent find. Oooooh, I sure had to wear it at least once. You know. To test it.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous 2016!! May all of our dreams come true!

Enjoy this day!


A Plethora of Pins

Dear Friends,

First of all I might as well tell you that I originally typed “dear fiends” — typo yes, but thankfully I caught it. Not a good way to start a blog post. Second of all, “plethora” (as I am sure you know) means an excessive amount of something, which this is really not an excessive amount of pins, but I might lure in some Google traffic from people wanting the definition of plethora. They won’t stay long, but I am in that kind of mood.

Or maybe they will.

Anyway, I had not made a large batch of pins in some time, and it felt really good to do 15 at once and then display them in the shop. Joy! Oh they look so pretty! Here are some of them.

They are neatly hanging on vintage paper cards on a spinning rack.

Another pretty thing at Sidetracked is this tree! I found it at a thrift store awhile back. I could tell it was fabulous underneath, but someone had basically used it as a spool for their Christmas lights! Yep, about 12 feet of lights came off of this tree. It took some time but it was worth it! It is such a pretty display!

A recent visitor to the shop said the shop was “delightful!” And I just sold two pieces of my altered couture!! That is both rewarding and nerve-racking at the same time. I am always careful when I make something; I like perfection. But I worry over unique items that they won’t be this or that, that they won’t live up to the expectations. But I am slowly adjusting to being a business owner. I am learning to be confident in what sells and I am making policies to give people some wiggle room when they buy something. You know. A return policy.

Well. That is all from me tonight. I am tired. Went to see the new Star Wars. It was good!

Enjoy this day!

Stuff in the Shop and a Bird and a Poppy

My Dear Friends,

I wanted to pop in yesterday and say hello, but the day rushed away from me!  I have been doing so much lately, preparing for a guest post on another site, putting things in the shop, working on more sewing.  I love it!  It has been gray and rainy here.  While that always makes me feel a bit blue, I have tried to use the time wisely by getting INSIDE work done!

I did get the chance in between rain showers to catch a really lovely picture of one of the poppies in bloom in a little garden plot in the backyard.  Isn’t she lovely!

I also promised a few days back that I’d share some information about another eastern bird.  This is the rufous-sided towhee, or the eastern towhee.   We saw this particular bird the day that we were at the Sandhills Community College garden.  It’s a bird that one might glance at and think, “Why does that robin look so different?”  Well, it’s because it’s not a robin.  The bright reddish patch fools our eyes.  This bird has red eyes in the area of North Carolina but has white eyes farther south on the Atlantic coast and in Florida.  They are cute little birds!

Now, I will share a few items that went into the shop this week:

And more going in over the next 24 hours.

I better run.  So much to do!  I am also working on the plant marker tutorial, just so you know I have not forgotten.  It’s spread out on the desk even now!

Enjoy this day!