Monday, December 31, 2012

New Kitchen Flooring!

Just about a year ago we went from our 1980's kitchen: 

to a renovated version: 

We repainted our cabinets, changed the stove & fridge, updated the lights and painted the counters. You can see the renovation HERE.

But, we couldn't afford to change the flooring at that time. We had a light blue linoleum which I truly didn't mind

A year later, we were able to re-do the floors! We considered wood and tile and went with tile. The hubby found some great 18" x 18" tiles at Home Depot that were half their original price. We have a great contractor who put them down for us. Here is the final product: 

Isn't it pretty? :) We love it!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Recent Ebay Sales - 12/30

Here are some recent ebay sales. 

1. This one sold within minutes of listing! JWLA (Johnny Was) dress, sold for $27. 

2. Joseph Ribkoff outfit, sold for $25. 

3. Patagonia dress, sold for $22.

4. Anthropologie's Odille brand skirt, sold for $23. 

5. Lululemon twisted seam pants, sold for $50. I purchased a lot of Lululemon off of ebay to resell it. I paid about $150. I have more than paid for all the items and still have 4 more listed. Plus, I am keeping an adorable run skirt! 

6. Anthropologie's Edme & Esyllte dress, sold for $20. 

7. Chanel dress, sold for $202. This is only my second Chanel piece in my 8+ years of listing on ebay. It is hard to find this brand at thrifts but I am thrilled I found this one & it sold for so much!

8. Lululemon gray & black tank, sold for $19. 

9. Lululemon black & lime tank, sold for 20. 

10. Lululemon black & lime sweatshirt, sold for $53. 

11. Lululemon black & lime pants, sold for $25.50. 

12. Ralph Lauren velvet dress, sold for $20. 

13. These were sitting up in my father-in-law's linen closet. William A. Rogers silverware set, sold for $25.

14. Another item that was sitting around our house. A vintage Ludwig drum petal, sold for $35. 

15. Isagenix shakes - I love, love, love these! But, they have milk and I milk makes me sick within a half hour of eating/drinking it. So, I sold them. I had about 3 boxes left and I sold them for $85. 

16. Victoria's Secret "Pink" brand sweatshirt, sold for $25. 

17. Vintage Krystyna pink & green pillowcase dress, sold for $20. 

18. Tahari jacket & skirt set, sold for $44. 

19. Talbots silk dress, sold for $22.50. 

20. St. John Basics santana knit skirt, sold for $61. 

21. Vintage handmade pink lace skirt, sold for $20. 

22. Avon lot of 2 skin creams, sold for $22.50. 

23. Flax yellow dress, sold for $20. 

24. Talbots black & white plaid skirt, sold for $20. 

25. Worth suit, sold for $25. 

26. Additions by Chico's top, sold for $20. 

27. Talbots dandelion print skirt, sold for $20.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Easy Recipe - Cotton Candy Bites (Gluten Free)

I am baking again for church on Sunday. It is something I try to do once a month. I make about 200-300 cookies each time and it takes me almost an entire day. This Sunday we are having chocolate peppermint cookies, snowflake shaped sugar cookies with chocolate icing centers, white chocolate macadamia nut, peanut butter blossoms, berry muffins and a new recipe: cotton candy bites. 

I found the cotton candy bite recipe on Pinterest. They call them cookies but they taste like cotton candy. Plus, some of the members of my church have a gluten-free diet. And these are gluten-free! 

Here is the original recipe, from EASYBAKED. 

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 T. raspberry Jell-O
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • sprinkles
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Beat egg whites with salt until foaming (takes about 1 minute)
  • Add Jell-O and sugar as you beat mixture and beat until it stands in peaks (takes another few minutes)
  • Add vinegar and gently mix.
  • (if you want, you can add a few mini chocolate chips at this point! yum!)
  • Spoon or pipe into small circles on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. (note: if you are piping, put the mixture into a zip-lock bag and snip the end. just make sure that the mixture doesn't get onto the top. it won't zip properly due to the Jell-O crystals)
  • Sprinkle with confetti sprinkles or jimmies.
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes, turn oven off and allow to sit for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

What my husband gave me for Christmas...

My husband & I don't exchange gifts for Christmas. Or our birthdays or any other holiday.We usually put the money aside for renovation around the house or a vacation.

But this year he bought me something...a pig! The charity His Hands for Africa is a Christian organization which sponsors and encourages those who work and minister in Africa. 100% goes to those in need. Not a cent goes to administration costs. Isn't that amazing? 

The Pig Project gives one piglet to a woman in need. Each woman is then required to give away three piglets from the first litter. One back to the charity and two to other women in their community.

He couldn't have picked out a more perfect gift for me. I am thrilled with my "gift".

I hope everyone has a warm, safe and joyous Christmas! 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Recently Ebay Sales - 12/20/12

I haven't been selling a ton due to Christmas but here are my recent sales: 

1. Sandra Darren party dress, sold for $23. 

2. Chico's zigzag skirt, sold for $21. 

3. Armani skirt, sold for $34. 

4. Ceeb swimsuit, sold for $20. 

5. Talbots floral skirt, sold for $17. 

6. Ralph Lauren wool skirt, sold for $25. 

7. Candlelight & Champagne skirt, sold for $20. 

8. Talbots skirt, sold for $19. 

9. Citiknits pants & tunic set, sold for $20. 

10. Philosophy perfume & body butter set, sold for $27.

11. Coldwater Creek skirt, sold for $20. 

12. Ann Taylor woven halter dress, sold for $20. 

13. Talbots skirt, sold for $30. 

14.  Flax corduroy dress, sold for $27. This dress had originally sold for $20. The buyer never paid and I re-listed it and got more! 

15. Flax blue pants, sold for $25. 

16. Flax blue top, sold for $20. 

17. Vintage acid wash denim skirt, sold for $23. 

18. Ann Taylor LOFT skirt, sold for $20. 

19. Tahari animal print dress, sold for $20. 

20. AGB (sold at Macy's) dress, sold for $20. 

21. Ann Taylor cashmere hoodie, sold for $20. 

22. Chico's rhinestone button jacket, sold for $20. 

23. Athleta skort, sold for $20. 

24. Flax linen dress, sold for $20. 

25. Chico's Travelers skirt, sold for $20. 

26. Talbots embroidered dress, sold for $35. 

27. Vera Bradley woven purse, sold for $25. 

28. Peruvian Connection sheath dress, sold for $35. 

29. J. Jill patchwork denim jacket, sold for $28. 

30. Hanna Andersson girl's floral dress, sold for $20. 

31. Chico's sweater, sold for $25. 

32. Quacker Factory sequined Christmas tree sweater, sold for $20. 

33. CAbi silk top, sold for $28. 

34. Anthropologie's "Elevenses" skirt, sold for $65. Sold within hours of listing!

35. Ann Taylor Loft wool skirt, sold for $20. 

36. Ralph Lauren red wool jacket, sold for $25. 

37. Anac by Kimi Brown dress, sold for $20. 

38. J. Crew gray cotton skirt, sold for $20. 

39. Lilly Pulitzer summer skirt, sold for $25.