Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Vintage Sugar Sacks Set of 3 at Etsy

Vintage Sugar Sacks Set of 3

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Wanted to stop by briefly to share another sale that I had with my shop at Etsy  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LilacsNDreams  Great to have this after being gone for the weekend in Arkansas. Now, to get the energy to post more items that are waiting to be placed with new homes.

Hope y’all had a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. Take care everyone!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Vintage Collectibles RePurpose ReStyle Upcycle DIY Handmade

Vintage Collectibles Repurpose ReStyle Upcycle DIY Handmade

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! This is going to be a little short this week. I have been putting notices up for everyone to see. We are going to be out of town over the weekend with a Family Wedding. Not sure where the time went because yesterday she was just a little girl. Today she is a woman who has completed school, is a nurse, and now getting married. Anyway, I will be absent from Thursday, May 9, 2019  to  Monday, May 13, 2019. I’m heading south...hope we have great weather for this time of year.

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Take care, and see ya when I get back. Catch y’all later!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Vintage Wood Blocks Pine Cones Crafting Repurpose Handmade

Vintage Wood Blocks Pine Cones Crafting Repurpose Handmade

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! It will be a while before my computer is fixed, or I have to get another computer. Please bear with me. Using my iPad, and for some reason it is not fully cooperating with what I am wanting to do. Darn technology, right?

Ok, so getting on with my topic today. Above you will see pictures showing some things I am preparing, or will be using to craft with. Spring time, I can open windows, step on porch to do some spray painting, and it feels great! 

The first picture shows my set of vintage wood blocks that I have received. I got these to do one craft I have in mind. If you can remember my blocks I did making the word quilt, well this one will be similar with a different word made. Also, during this week I noted a few more ideas I would like to do with blocks left over from this repurposed craft I’ll be doing. Since it was bright sunny nice out today I grabbed some of my pine cones, and went out on the porch to spray paint a few of them for other projects that I will be creating too. I enjoy creating crafts, sometimes I repeat the same ideas, but not one of them will ever be exactly the same as the next. In some way there will always be some minor difference that makes them different. Each piece becomes unique in their own way. 

So, that is something I was able to work on this week, and start to prepare for what I want to do. Something I didn’t picture was that I did a little more thrifting on Friday. Got a few more glass pieces, and some odds and ends I can use with other projects coming up too. Like I mentioned earlier I enjoy this time of year very much!

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you stop again soon. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Garage Sales Yard Sales Estate Sales

Garage Sales Yard Sales Estate Sales

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! First, I want to apologize for this being a later posting this week. Secondly, for some reason I cannot get it to follow uniform print, and etc like my prior postings. Computer issue...again...and right now I’m using my iPad. Unfortunately, it’s not letting me do what I want done.

Yes! That time of year that I love! Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales, city wide garbage clean up days, and etc. Besides the rain we have more sunny days, and everyone is wanting to clean house.  Perfect time to be junking, finding treasures...some need fixing, some need cleaning, and some just need a little TLC to make them new again to adorn the homes of others. During these times you might find some vintage collectibles that no one wanted, but wanted it out of their homes. Great time to be looking for different things to be crafting with too. 

Yes, I do sales online. This is when I start to slow down a little bit with that because I am treasure hunting, and doing some crafting too. Perfect time for me to open windows with gluing, painting, etc. Fun! I enjoy it. Also, sales will start to pull back a little bit due to the fact everyone is preparing for school to be out, vacations, family time, etc. I am sure that many of you can relate to some of this, and understand that rush feeling you get too. Fun, exciting, and sometimes a rush too. 

I wish you all well with this change of season, and for some having the better weather conditions to work with too.

I want to thank everyone for being patient with me during this time of my computer issues. Hopefully it’s fixed soon, or a chance of replacement too. First option sounds a lot better to me, and soon I shall know my answer. 

Thank you for stopping by LilacsNDreams, and you are welcome to visit anytime. Take care till the next time everyone.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Vintage Wood Letter Blocks Repurposed Crafted Quilt Word

Vintage Wood Letter Blocks Repurposed Crafted Quilt Word

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! I have had a productive busy kind of week. I was able to list a couple of other items with my shop at Etsy. Hubby was in last minute so I did some quick errands with that. I had a sale come through on Friday for me at Etsy in which I got that prepared, and shipped right away. I also was able to get a little crafting time in too! That was enjoyable, and I'm anxious to do more too!

A while back I had found a really small plastic container with a just few old wooden letter blocks in it. I'm not lucky enough to see this often when I am thrifting so naturally I snactched them up right away. Unfortunately, they had been pushed to the side with other craft projects when our son was home on leave for a couple of weeks. Well, during this past week I brought them out, played around with them a bit, course I started to get an idea and went thrifting through some of my own stash of this, that, and what not items. Got the glue out, and I got things put together with my little creative crafting. That is one thing I like about crafting. I always have a general idea of how I want to do things, but somewhere along the way I alter a little bit here, and a little bit there. Or, while I am sitting and waiting on glue to set, and dry my eyes will look around, and create things along the way that I can use with the project at hand. I enjoyed making this project with the letter wood blocks, and ordered more wood letter blocks because I have another idea for something I would like to create. 

With the left top picture it shows the items I set out to work with. With the top right picture it shows the wood letter blocks that I put together before gluing them. The picture below this shows one of those moments I had while I was waiting on glue to dry with the blocks. A little silver bead sat looking at me with one hole in it. The straight pins I wanted to use somewhere with the blocks was set into that hole. Reminded me of a little mini pin cushion. So, I dropped some glue drops on that right away before it got away from me.

The 2 pictures you are seeing below is the completed project that I did. I put wood blocks together spelling QUILT, and then I added different little embellishments to the top of the attached blocks to dress it within the quilting theme. 

I had fun doing this. Things sort of fell into place for me when I got started. I enjoyed it, and got excited with it that I was sharing pictures right away with a friend of mine showing what I was doing. She asked if I was going to do more, if I was keeping this, or will I put it in my Etsy Shop. I did spend time today searching for more wooden blocks at a reasonable price that I can craft with. I found some that will work for the next project. Unfortunately, I checked in on my order and found that the seller is on vacation. I will have to wait a full week before shipment will be done for my purchase. 

Oh, well, I know what to do when those do get here. Guess I'll just have to find another craft to work with, huh? LOL! I have some things sitting here that can be worked on, and shouldn't take me long either. Also, I have some Anchor Hocking Blue Glass Bubble Plates I need to find. They are some where in this room. I seen them when I was organizing things. Now...I can't remember where I put them. Be nice to find those, and get them listed in my shop too.

This has been a pleasure sharing these thoughts, and ideas of crafting with you. I hope you have enjoyed this, and maybe it has helped you with some of your own ideas too. 

Thanks for stopping by LilacsNDreams! Come back any time!


Monday, April 15, 2019

Domain and Domain Name is it Needed is it For Me

Domain and Domain Name is it Needed is it For Me

LilacsNDreams Welcomes you! Topic today is something that is often discussed, and questioned if it is really needed. The Domain, Do I need a Domain Name, is it really needed, and is it really for Me?

Many of us are sellers online, are considering selling, have chosen to work with things we enjoy, maybe you have been blogging, or maybe you are considering a website for yourself. All of us are always looking at ways to improve our sales, trying to get our name or presence out there, and just doing everything we can to make our online presence better for us to be seen and found. 

We look at different venues to sell at that we know about, or have found in our researching. Then we question just how many places should we be showing our products with. Through our readings we see things discussed about blogging, having a website, hosting, domains, having a domain name, and etc. I'll admit that it all takes time, a lot of work, and is quite confusing as well too. After time we do start seeing some results with our choices we've made.

One of the issues we will eventually come across is "Should We Buy A Domain"  I am like you, and often thought about that same question. Should I do it, or should I just forget about it? Why do it? Is it worth it? What benefits do I have with getting my own domain? Then, of course we see more cost, and expenses with doing this too. 

Is this something I really needed? Was it time to upgrade to this part of having an online presence? So, after some consideration with reading what others shared about this issue I took the plunge. As of today I have 3 domains that I have kept for a few years. I use to have more when I got caught up in things thinking I needed all of that. I considered different factors with having these domains, but mostly I considered what worked for Me. I can say that I am happy that I have done this, and kept up with the times of having the domains as well. 

I myself chose to go with GoDaddy for all of my domains. There are different choices out there, many share their opinions with this issue, everyone has their own views, and what I recommend is do what you feel comfortable with. Do what you feel works for you, and will be a good fit for what you are planning to do. Cost is something to look at, how many domains do you really want, and also how easy is it to direct your domain? If you point it one way will it be easy to redirect it to another way if you change your mind? Different little things like that.

Few things to think about when having your own domain:

1)  Use Your Blog -  I direct 1 of my domains to my Blog. It is much easier to remember the domain address compared to the longer blog address you start with. Also, it looks really good on business cards that you may have printed eventually for your use. I like to treat my Blog like a website for Me with my links shared that I sell at, social medias to find me, and etc 

2)   Landing Page - Show information about yourself, list your links, list your web pages, note your venues that you maybe are using, list your social networking information, etc. Having a domain would be a great choice if you have multiple blogs, websites, venues, etc. Use the domain for a landing page you can then share your other links with that you choose.

3)   Professional Page - Your Online Business, Your Domain

Having, and using a YourName.com makes it easier to find you, and to remember you  too. Keep the traffic coming to you, and it works to helping finding you with internet searches, inquiries, etc. 

There are many ideas for choosing the domain name that you want. Some have chosen to use their own personal name...Like maybe a writer would do. Some choose a name according to what they are selling at the time, some choose according to their interest, likes, and etc. It's hard to choose a name that is memorable, something that you like, and something that hopefully others will remember too. It does get frustrating because you can have a name figured out, and find that someone else has it. 

How did I choose my name? It started years ago when I started selling online with Ebay. It was a unique name I finally came up with after many many attempts with other names already being used. When I got into blogging is when I decided to get a domain as it kind of locks it in for me having that name. Over time the name with my domain has become mine with Google Searches, and other searches as well. I don't have many expenses with all that I do. I try to keep my cost low as I have never really become anything big for what I do. The one expense I have had every year is having my domains, and of course the little things like business cards, and etc. Having these domains has been a small price compared to what it could be, and maybe could be some day. It helps with the branding of my name as well. As of right now....till I decide differently, I only have my domain with GoDaddy. I have not done hosting, or anything else. Times are changing, and maybe I will too. Till then I have chosen to stay with what I have been doing.

How many of you have a domain that you have bought? Are you happy with it, and with the service provider you chose? Maybe you are still considering this subject too. I hope that maybe this little bit I've shared with you will maybe better help you with your domain decisions that you make, and the researches that you do about it. Hopefully it gave you a few things to consider, and maybe more questions to ask about as well.

Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams!  Stop by anytime to visit!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Etsy Vintage Collectibles DIY RePurpose ReStyle Handmade

Etsy Vintage Collectibles DIY RePurpose ReStyle Handmade

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! I have been busy the past 3 days, and today was really busy! As you all know I have a shop at Etsy that I have decided to sell with again. It's been a working progress, but today I hit 20 total listings there. Today I did listings for 6 items. I just completed my last listing there a few minutes ago. 

Past 2 days I was kind of working with Google a little bit. I found something free that I could do there, and so that's been a working progress too. When you have time stop by to see what I am talking about at https://www.lilacsndreams-collectiblesstore.business.site.com Kind of neat putting my information there I want to show, helps me show on Google Search and Maps, I can show pictures/posts there, etc. 

This Indiana Milk Glass Top Hat Fenton Style Daisy and Button Pattern is the last item I listed with my Etsy Store tonight. Whew! What a day!

I hope that everyone is having a great week so far! For some I wish you well with some weather/snow that you are/about to receive. Hopefully it will be the last for a while, right? 

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Take care, and hope to see you again soon!