Friday, December 19, 2014

Ebay Sales - 12/19/14

It has been awhile since I have listed or sold anything on ebay. I have really missed it. Sitting around the house gets pretty boring day after day. So when I was feeling good last week, I listed about 20 items. They were all simple items to list. Not my normal "dress the mannequin after steaming the silk outfit" type of thing.

I kind of forgot that my hands/wrists needed to also be good when I packaged the item. Which I was not. But, it got done and hopefully I will have some happy customers. 

Here is what sold: 

1. Plus size plaid sweater, sold for $14. Nothing much but I purchased this for my hubby. I had hoped to turn it into something FABULOUS for the ugly Christmas sweater party. But then I found the current sweater which was much better. 

2. My old cell phone. I loved this phone because it had a keypad. I finally gave it up and upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S5. Oh, I am fancy like that. Actually, it was because Sprint said it could be mine for $5/month. My old one sold for $28.

3. My hubby's FitBit. I think we purchased this for around $65 a few months ago. He didn't like the feeling of the bracelet on his wrist (I don't blame him - I also don't like this feeling). Sold for $75. 

Jamberry nail wraps. I earned a bunch of these when I had a Facebook party. A few more I purchased and used only half the strip. They retail for about $11.25 a sheet (when you buy 4 strips) and so I didn't make a lot on these.

4. Full sheets of Jamberry, each sold for $11.50 to $13.00 a sheet.  

5. Vera Bradley on the go purse, sold for $40. This was my personal purse but I remember buying it at the thrift for $10. 

I am down to just one purse now. One. It is my favorite - a black microfiber Vera Bradley on the go. I figure I will just use it until the thing dies and then buy another.

I miss all my ebay buddies so hello(!!) to all of you. I won't be selling again for awhile but it was fun.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week in Photos - 12/16/14

Happy Tuesday. I had a pretty tough weekend. The pain started on Saturday and Monday morning I couldn't walk due to the pain. Thankfully it seems to be better this morning. Plus, I am off to the doctor today. I love my doctor and almost always feel better after the appointment. 

The hubby and I are trying to do one Christmas-y thing a day. Last night I was good enough to go see the Festival of Lights. It was the 23rd and last year they were displaying the lights. We have seen these so many times over the years and were glad to catch the last "show". 

We live in the "Christmas tree capital of the world" and so the town really gets into decorating. 

The first batch

Part of the third batch

We have also delivered Christmas goodies to all 14 neighbors and a few more people we appreciate having in our lives. 

One of the other things we have on the "fun list" is watching the movie Elf. It is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. My hubby's is Miracle on 34th Street. 

The deer hunting season is over here in PA. What does this have to do with us since we don't hunt? (We aren't against hunting but we are against waking up at 4am to sit out in the cold for hours.)

Our contractor is now available! His crew hunted for the last two weeks. Gotta love rural PA. Actually, I do love it. It makes me smile when the kids have off for the first day of "buck".

It will be nice to have a new floor down in the bathroom. It will also be nice not to hear random gun shots throughout the day.
We really didn't mind the blue linoleum (can we all appreciate the fact that I just spelled linoleum correctly without using spell check? Amazing.) from the 1980's. But, it was discolored under the heater. It is the last surface in our home now to be re-done. 

I hope everyone has a great day. I promise to do an ebay post this week. I felt up to listing last week and things ended over the weekend. I had sales! Actual sales :) Fun!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week in Photos - 12/9/14

Hello! At this exact moment, I feel great. I am savoring that feeling. I am taking advantage of my non-hurting body and starting our Ugly Christmas Sweater contest clothing. 

This "darling" poinsettia sweater was found at Goodwill. Do your thrifts charge DOUBLE their normal price when it comes to ugly sweaters? Mine does. I paid $7.99 for this one. But, it fits my huge 6'6" hubby so I was thrilled to find anything at all.

After a good washing, I cut the sleeves and then fringed them. The hubby will wear a red t-shirt underneath.  

The back is plain. Clearly a plain back isn't going to win us any prizes. And so I found this Christmas tree skirt ($2, thrift) and will be making it into a cape.

I adore my sweater. It was also a thrift find ($7.99). Thank you Michael Simon for making some truly crazy sweaters. It is 2 sizes too big on me but I hate to alter it. I know I can sell this next year and make some money. We will see.

My newest Jamberry manicure matches the sweater. 

Normally I make hundreds (and possibly thousands) of holiday cookies. I won't be able to do that this year. My husband had the great idea of making Christmas "crack" instead. It is basically saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips. It is MUCH easier than cookies. Within a few hours, we had 7 plates made for the neighbors.

This past week we had a small leak in the laundry room. The hubby turned off the water while it was being fixed. Then we lost power for awhile. Like 8 hours. So basically we had no heat, no water and no power for 8 hours.

This is a photo of my husband trying to work on the the dark. After realizing that he would in fact need power to fix it, we climbed into bed and tried to get warm. 8 hours without heat makes the house very cold.

He also worked on the tub this week. We are having tile laid in one of the bathrooms. It is the last surface of the house to be finished. Every other floor, wall, ceiling, molding and door in the house has been painted or replaced over the last 13 years.

Since the bathroom will be a mess, we thought it may be a good time to get a new shower/tub unit. Ours was originally powder blue and the hubby painted it white 4 years ago. It has since dulled and the blue is showing in a few areas. Instead of painting it again, we thought we would just have a new unit put in.

Did you know a new tub & surround costs like $500?!? Ha. So the hubby is trying the paint again. Our hope is to move to FL. We don't know if we will be in this house for 6 months or 26 years. I hate to spend $500+ on a new shower and then move. I know we won't recoup that money.

Later today I have my weekly doctor's appointment. At last week's appointment the doctor said he thought I was at about 45%. I will most likely never be at 100% but I should be able to go for short walks if I feel like it. I have been sweating, exercising and trying not to overdo it when I feel good. I have been having more good days than bad and that feels great.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week in Photos - 11/30/14

Happy almost December! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

This week we had my mom & sister visit for the holiday. Since it was just the four of us, we decided to go to a buffet for Thanksgiving.

This is what my hubby's second plate looked like. I had little fried chicken drumsticks, a pile of black olives, corn and mashed potatoes. Yum!

QVC had rollers as their Today's Special Value last week. I had been looking at these rollers for awhile. They had them for $100. I found the same set on Amazon for $26 shipped. Love that! They are extra long rollers which work great for my hair.

Amazon shipped the rollers and a few other things in a GIANT box. Fun!

November means major cleaning in our house. My awesome hubby cleaning out every cabinet and then retouched the white paint.

My sister got me this gray, yellow & white blanket. It matches my gray & white sheets perfectly. I love these colors together.

We made some fun peppermint body scrubs. Olive oil, peppermint oil (or extract), white sugar, coconut oil and a bit of red food coloring (optional). It smelled so good.

Here was our finished product. Here is the recipe (thanks Pinterest):
2 cups granulated white sugar
1/3 cup light olive oil
1/8 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 tsp peppermint extract or essential oil (we used both so it smells extra peppermint-y)

Combine all the ingredients and then divide the scrub into two bowls. Color one with red food coloring.

My mom topped one of my gifts with this adorable snowman. Growing up my mom had a set of these that we would put out every Christmas. That set is long gone but this little guy brings back so many memories.

Our file cabinet/TV stand/dresser/storage unit is done! I will be posting a tutorial next week.

I had this adorable t-shirt custom made. The Giving Tree is one of my all time favorite books.

And one last silly photo. My mom gave me dry shampoo. My hair is super oily. The dry shampoo turned my hair a lovely gray color. After I brushed it, it did fade and seemed to absorb some of the oil.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Week in Photos - 11/18/14

I had such a good week! My pain is low and I am moving around a bit better. I even felt up to church on Sunday with a trip to Home Depot afterwards. 

It is the middle of November so that must mean...Christmas decorating! Our family has a tradition where we combine Christmas & Thanksgiving and call it Thanksmas. My family is coming in from out of town next week and we are excited. 

We have a theme every year when it comes to the wrapping paper. We have had a lot of fun themes over the years including neon, blue & white, animal prints and pink & brown. This year we went traditional and did green & red. 

I wanted to incorporate the green & red theme into decorating the Christmas tree. However, when I laid out the ornaments (which was a lot of fun), I realized I had very little red and green ornaments.

And so I did a rainbow tree. We have a silver tinsel tree with fiber optics through the branches. It was my mother-in-law's and I ADORE it.

Along time ago I had seen a Pinterest picture about turning a long dresser into something else. I thought they had turned it into a file cabinet. It turns out they turned it into a printer station. Well, I wanted to turn one into a file cabinet.

My hubby found this wooden dresser at Goodwill and bargained the price down to $25. It includes a huge mirror for the top which will be sold on Craigslist or Facebook later.

After vacuuming, turning two drawers into one, painting it with SEVEN coats of white and adding new hardware, it is ALMOST ready. I will blog about the process in another post.

I am pretty thrilled with the results. 

Snow. Need I say more? It is 10 degrees right now and the wind chill is -8. Crazy. Why do I live in PA again?

My doctor, who I see every week, wanted to know if my hands sweat. He said to put flour on my hands, sit in the sauna for 20 minutes and see what happens. I was out of flour and substituted powdered sugar. It turns out I sweat from my hands (which is a good thing supposedly).

My secret sister gave me this bracelet. Isn't it great? I love all the positive affirmations. 

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week in Photos - 11/9/14

This week really took me for a ride. 

I went to my doctor's on Tuesday and he did this thing where he cracked my back really hard. So hard that he asked my 6'6" husband for help. Afterwards my wrists and hands felt amazing. They stayed that way for two days and I got a LOT done. It was the first time since the end of June that I had no pain. None. Yes, my knee still hurt. Yes, my back was killing me. But no wrist pain. 

And so I wrapped Christmas gifts. Almost all of my shopping is done and I had the wrapping paper which I purchased last year. My family does their gifting at Thanksgiving. We started it years ago and call it Thanksmas. SO exciting!

I went back to the same doctor on Thursday and he readjusted my back. And the wrist pain is back. Yesterday was one of the worst pain days in awhile. 

This doctor really knows what he is doing. We have trust in him and his methods. He is hoping to get some of the dystonia out of my wrists and wants to send it up my arms and into my back. This week was an experiment of sorts and I feel it worked. I don't have to understand the complications of why. 

We had snow again this week. Just a dusting but it was pretty. The first snows of the season always are.

The hubby took the chairs off the front and back porches to store them during the winter season. I will really miss our hammock and these chairs. Mostly I will miss the warm weather. 

My newest Jamberry. How adorable are these tiny reindeer? They really make me smile.

I hope you have a great week!