Monday, November 18, 2019

Glass Angel Vintage Wood Blocks Candy Cane Wreath Handmade Repurposed

Glass Angel Vintage Wood Blocks Candy Cane Wreath DIY Handmade Repurposed Holiday Home Decor Christmas

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Below you will see pictures to projects that I have completed fully today. Yes, I did stay busy today, and was determined to get some things done. I need to make room to craft more projects sitting, and looking at me. I would glue a little, and while that was sitting and bonding I would do other household things. You know the usual with laundry, bedding, sweeping/swifting the floors with everything that collects here. 

This Candy Cane Wreath I showed you last week, and I’m sorry I haven’t posted it yet at my Shoppe with Etsy like I wanted too. This is the completed look with the ribbon hanger I was able to get measured out, and attached to it today. 

This is another project I had started. I’ve had the vintage wooden blocks glued together showing the word sewing. Today I completed it by attaching different little embellishments to it like straight pins, needle, safety pins, spools of vintage thread, a clothespin, and some buttons too. 

Here is the glass Angel I have completed. I used a fan light glass fixture, a glass ornament, some yarn for her hair, pipe cleaner for her halo and neckline, and I added a creme colored flower with a clear stone in the center of it for her neckline. This is the first time I have added yarn for hair. Not sure if I’m content with it yet. I maybe should have made it longer, used another method, etc. I did use a fine point black permanent marker to make her some eyes, and a mouth by hand. This is my first like this, and next time I will do a little different I think.

So, that has been my day today. I stayed busy, and finally accomplished a few things. Now to get this listed with my Shoppe at Etsy I have appointments on Monday. We’ll see how tired I am Monday night. Crossing my fingers I get that done. I’m anxious to work on some other craft goodies I have supplies sitting here to use for those. I’m excited, and will share with everyone as I progress. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and visiting with LilacsNDreams! Feel free to stop on by anytime! Take care till the next time we gather everyone. Toodles . . . .

Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Candy Cane Wreath Handmade Repurposed Restyled Upcycled

A Christmas Candy Cane Handmade Wreath Repurposed Upcycled Restyled

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Happy to have you visit as always. Above you will see the picture I’m showing for a completed project done by me. This creation was fun! The only thing missing right now is I need to add ribbon at the top for this handmade candy cane wreath to hang. This was fairly simple to make, and took a little patience gluing the canes together. Not all of them lay completely flat. 

I used 2 packages of the plastic candy canes from Dollar Tree Store. The ribbon bows were from my ribbon/Christmas stash I had. I’m thinking I had gotten the package from the Dollar Tree as well, but cannot confirm definitely. Some of these candy cane wreaths you might have seen made with different centers on them too. Some used snowflake ornaments, some have used the snowman head ornaments, maybe a ribbon bow, and etc. I happen to be looking at ornaments at Walmart, and when I seen this JOY ornament I knew this was the one. The Joy is in red with some glitter. Above the word Joy is the usual berry cone garland you see at Christmas time, and the ornament background is metal like with a slight tarnished look to it. 

Light weight, adorable, and uniquely handmade piece to adorn your home. It is not listed right now as I do this post, but this will be listed with my Shoppe at Etsy I’ll probably have it listed Monday night. This project is completed, and will sit overnight for glue to bond properly, and to see if any adjustments will need to be made before I can list it for sale.

Quickly I wanted to let you know that I am going to be slowly testing a few things with my website in regards to times, and days that I am posting. I am wanting to find a better way of reaching you that visit with me, and being able to reach out to more as well. Time, and changes sometimes bring these adjustments to us that we need to consider. So, please bear with me during this time of experimenting. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Love the visits, comments, and messages from everyone. Hope to see y’all again soon! Take care till the next time. Toodles . . . . . .

Monday, November 4, 2019

Christmas Holiday Repurpose Upcycle Restyle Reclaim Treasures

Christmas Holidays Treasures Repurposed Upcycled Restyled and Reclaimed

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! This won’t be real long today. Sorry, I just didn’t get anything completed this week. I started some projects, researched some ideas of how tos, place things together, and later move them around again. You know one of those kind of weeks.

I did get Halloween decorations brought in from outside. Items that could still be used for fall, and Thanksgiving I left out. 

We don’t have a lot of space in the house we are in. Unfortunately, until we can get this place decently fixed we can then list it as a fixer upper home.  We have decided this is not the project for us to complete, and continue living in. Biggest issue is the size of the home, family, and our life style.

Anyway, getting back to my posting today. Above you will see pictures of items that are all in the working. I’m making another angel, and this time I’m adding some yarn for hair on her. I’m thinking of using either angel wing ornament for her wings, or off to the side I have something else I am considering. I did get the yarn cut for her hair. I need to get it applied to her head, and get her finished.

The other 2 pictures show some of my old wooden blocks sitting in different little groups. I am spelling words with them, and will offer them in my Shoppe at Etsy I have one listed at Etsy that spells QUILT. The one I need to finish that has some old thread spools on it says SEWING. I enjoy putting these blocks together, and then decorate them just a little bit for the wording used. I do have 2 Christmas words grouped I’ll be working with too. 

Hope everyone had a fun, and enjoyable Halloween with all that you did. Next is Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. This year will soon becoming to its end. Soon it will be 2020! 

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Enjoyed your visit! Stop on back anytime. I appreciate the visits, the comments, and the messages with different posts. Take care till the next time. Toodles!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Vintage Crewel Embroidery Kits and I Love Lucy Collectibles

Vintage Crewel Embroidery Unopened Kits and I Love Lucy VHS Collectibles New Unopened

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Been a busy day, and busy night here too!

I found out earlier today that trick or treating in town here was to be tonight. So, I grabbed all my candy, and the little Halloween bags I wanted to use with that. I was putting these treats together, set them in containers by the door...out of dogs reach...and then off to take a late shower. Once I got that done I took some time to get a few pictures done to list some things with my Etsy Shoppe before the knocking started at the door to hear “Trick or Treat”

 Above you will see pictures for 3 items I listed tonight...after trick or treating was done. The first picture is a new set of a 5 tape series of I Love Lucy memorable tv shows. These are from the 90s, and the tapes are still wrapped in their plastic making them old new stock. 

 I also listed 2 crewel embroidery needle point kits. They are from the 90s, and are also new unopened packages. I love when I can find treasures like these in this kind of condition, and am able to offer them for the collectors of treasures out there. 

So, when you have a chance visit my Shoppe at Etsy to see these listings, the pictures, just have fun roaming around in my Shoppe, and visit the shoppes of others as well.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween weekend, and I hope your week finishes off well too. It’s our last week of October...where did that time go?! Soon we have Thanksgiving, and then Christmas! Wow! Time is sure moving along now don’t you think?

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Always enjoy the visits, and the comments sent to/left for me. Stop by anytime. Till the next time my friends....Toodles!

Friday, October 25, 2019

14 kt Yellow Gold Diamond Engagement Wedding Anniversary Vintage Rings Scam

14kt Diamond Engagement Wedding Anniversary Right Hand Vintage Yellow Gold Rings

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Couple of weeks ago I had a serious issue happen to me. I was scammed, and what a horrid feeling to have that happen too! The first ring pictured above is the ring that I was scammed for. 

I have all 3 of these rings listed for sale, and they are cross posted too. The scam that happened with me was through Facebook market place. I have been selling online since 2005, and this is the very first time I had this issue. I’ve always been careful, used Paypal, and never any issues to be concerned with. Let me tell you this is a lesson learned! 

I had gotten a message through messenger asking if the ring was still available, and if I could send them pictures of the ring. Yes, ring still for sale, and I sent them more pictures. I was given a mailing address, and arrangements were made for over night delivery. During this time signing into my paypal account I was being notified of Paypal doing maintenance, and transactions would be credited as soon as this was completed. I had also received emails showing the same thing that I had seen at Paypal. So, I mailed the ring over night, and I added signature delivery with it too.

Customer notifies me he is getting notice about how money would transfer, but due to limit being reached more money would need to be sent. If he paid the extra he wanted to make sure he got that back from me. Then boom! Money was to be returned with a card of his choice he notified. I argued with him, that was not the agreement, I needed to call Paypal, etc etc. He said I did not need to call Paypal, and that this could be resolved between us. His FiancĂ© got the ring, liked it, etc etc. 

While I was messaging back, and forth with him I did go ahead, and call Paypal. Things were looking ok, and as we went through the emails the glitch was found by PayPal. I was asked to send all the emails into Paypal for them to look over. In the meantime I told the guy I wanted my ring back, evidentially he had not paid me, and I didn’t appreciate what had happened. I was out a ring of value that he had not paid for. He didn’t like being called a liar, he has never stolen, he is honest, etc etc. 

Now, during this time is when I had also gotten really sick, and I had lost a lot of my voice. That night I got everything sent into paypal. No, the emails were not from them. Everything was fraudulent, and please erase it all right away in case there was something in there to damage me. At the same time I messaged the gentleman, and was not happy with him. No money, he scammed me, and I wanted my ring back. He was not happy with accusations, but was gonna have fiancĂ© send ring back to me as soon as possible. 

That same night I started sending pictures of the appraisals, and of the ring to pawn shops that were connected with facebook, and had messenger for Miami, Fl. Within the next couple days I got some nice responses back from some. The next day...after getting what sleep I could I googled the police department for Miami, Fl. I dug around with that, and was able to send messages through a couple of ways from their website. I was still coughing a lot, and still not able to talk. 

About 2 days later I had gotten a call from an officer who left me a message. I returned the call, was given another number, and from that point on I was put on hold, was being picked up clicking, and putting back on hold. I finally hung up, called back, and could not get an answer.

I was about to give up, running out of steam to work with, etc. Next morning I got up, feeling a little better, and I did some errands that needed to be done. Was trying to list a little bit with my Shoppe at Etsy, etc. Before the day ended I got to the post office with my receipts, tracking number, etc. I explained to the postal worker how I had been scammed. She remembered my shipment, and offered to help me where she could. She looked up who signed for the package...I had another name added to my list of names I was gathering. She looked at the address for me, and noted it was an industrial area. I was more nervous. I was reminded numerous times I probably would never see the ring again, and never get any money for it. 

Next day I was gonna try 1 more time. Time is different for me compared to Miami, Fl. I got up early, and called the sheriff department. Was put on hold...and sat that way for 12 minutes with the clicks again. Hung up, called back, said I’d been on hold for the time I was. I was asked what the situation was, and when I gave the shipping address I was told another number to call for another police department. So, I called that number, and actually got an officer I could understand, and told him my story.

The address was a shipping yard, things going over seas, shipments done once a week, every other week, once a month, etc. I maybe had some kind of chance with holiday...Columbus Day...and shipments were delayed. I was told how this was a growing issue, and there was nothing that they could do really. Then, officer told me he felt I was an honest person, and instructed me to email to the email address he gave me. I had a legitimate story, he wanted me to repeat/tell my story, told him I had pictures, I was to put that in there, tell them that the police department gave me this email, and describe the contents of the package. I did all of that right away.

I walked away, did a few things, sat down to check emails....I got an email asking for payment for shipping. This had to be legit, came from police, so I paid it. Then, I went back in and emailed asking why I paid that. Did they find my package? At same time I went through my emails, I found 1 that had been overlooked, and it was an email from the company explaining that my tracking number/package was found, the payment was for shipping with FedEx, and my mailing address was to be confirmed. 

I was given the tracking number with FedEx, I watched the shipment, and I got the box back a day early too! Everything in box! My ring, and the 2 appraisals with it, etc. This was a very very hard lesson learned, and I am thanking my lucky stars it worked out like it did. I was stubborn, didn’t give up, and kept pushing. 

Ring along with 2 other rings is listed with my Shoppe at Etsy, I have them all listed at EBay with LilacsNDreams, and yes I have listed all again with Facebook marketplace. Paypal is being used if need be with marketplace. Payment will be received in full for any purchase and shipments, and I will be verifying addresses before it ships out too. Very hard lesson to learn, first issue like this for me since I started selling back in 2005, and it is one that will stick with me for a very very very long time. 

It’s great selling, I love doing it, I enjoy offering treasures for others to find for whatever reason, and because of this happening I learned I need to be a lot more’s hard because I have a big heart, and always want to believe in people. But, that has changed. 

So, thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! I apologize for such a long lengthy story. It was something I wanted to share, and something for others to learn from too. Take care, and hope to see y’all again. Toodles . . . .

Monday, October 21, 2019

Glass Angel Home Decor Repurposed Upcycled Restyled Handmade

Glass Angel Home Decor Handmade Repurposed Restyled Upcycled at Etsy with LilacsNDreams

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Whew! Whatever is going around again I caught it. Had me held up for about a week. Finally shaking it, and Thursday was the first I had been out for a while. Been trying to  list more items at my Shoppe with Etsy too. 

Above you will see pictures of 3 different Glass Angels that I have made, and are listed with my Shoppe at Etsy. Stop by sometime to see all the pictures showing different angles of these adorable pieces made for home decor. I also showed some pictures giving a few ideas of maybe how you could use, or display these unique pieces. These would be great for Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Anniversaries, Special Occasions, etc. Great pieces to treat yourself with, or unique gifts given to someone special too. 

I used glass ceiling fan light covers for the angel bodies. I chose to use glass ornaments for the angel heads. For the wings I used wired ribbon, and then around the neck of one I used a thin dark green ribbon, and put a silver tone button in the center. For the other two I used pearlized beads of pink on one, and purple on the other one. These two got a pink florescent button in the center that blends with their necklines. The halos were made from pipe cleaners to blend with their accessories they have. 

I really enjoyed making these, and have an idea for making another one that will be just a little bit different. She’ll have her own character. I’ve had to wait for paint to dry because I didn’t have the colored ornament in the size I wanted. So, I compromised and painted an ornament that was the size I needed. Hopefully I can have it done this week to share with you. I also have some more treasures sitting out, lined up, and waiting on me to start gluing them also. It can be overwhelming, and I’m trying not to do too much at once. But, I am excited to be doing this! I enjoy this time of year with all the creativity, and some of the precious vintage collectibles that I find too. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! I enjoy your visits, and your comments that I receive too. Thank You again! Stop on by here anytime. Glad to have you. Take care till the next time.   Toodles. . . . . . .

Monday, October 14, 2019

Cake Cupcake Plate Pedestal Stand Christmas Fall Upcycled Dishware

Cake Cupcake Plate Pedestal Stand Christmas Fall Holiday Handmade Upcycled Dishware

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! The pictures you see above are for a few more Cake Cupcake Plate Stands that I have made, and are listed with my Shoppe at Etsy. I really enjoy making these! I collect pieces over time, or sometimes I find them to unite right away. Once in a while I will find pieces new which I will note in my listings. Most of the time pieces are considered used, but a lot of them will look like new. Either they weren’t used at all, or have very minimal usage to make it hard to see any signs of use. I take pleasure, and joy in being able to offer items like this in the conditions that I can offer them to you.

I’ve had fun making those that can be used for Christmas time. You will also see I have a full sized cake plate stand being offered with some adorable fall colors! The plate, but also the glass stand really resemble fall, Halloween, thanksgiving time, etc. So shiny, so clean, and looks so much like new! 

I fight temptation of keeping these treasures for myself. Yes, I admit others are offering these cake cupcake plate stands too. I enjoy seeing what others have to offer, and with some I am very much inspired by them. I like to think that with some of mine you can see how just a little more thought, and feeling goes into making some of them. 

I do have another plate stand I will be sharing the next time I stop by here. That particular stand was made with 2 vintage Fenton pieces I united to make this piece unique for someone to have. 

Thanks so much for stopping by LilacsNDreams! Hope you enjoyed the visit, and please feel free to stop by anytime. Love the company, and the visits. Don’t be shy, and know you can drop a line to say Hi at anytime. Till the next time my friends...Toodles!