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Vintage Lincoln Beautyware canisters

A friend of mine was organizing a garage sale for an elderly lady who recently lost her husband.  She allowed me to come the night before in case I found something for my store that I wanted.

The result?

Store sales:  Zero.  Stuff I thought was cool:  lots

Especially this set of Lincoln Beautyware canisters. 

lincoln beautyware containers

lincoln beautyware containers

The words ‘Lincoln Beautyware’ had never come across my mind until this purchase.  They made some cool things back in the day.  Especially the bread boxes!
My first thought was to keep the canisters since they would fit so nicely into my kitchen.  And they’re cool too.
But then a quick look at my checking account balance changed my mind.  Unfortunately, I can’t find these particular ones anywhere to determine what to list them for.  They are in good condition, a few small nicks and crud around the top of the sugar and coffee ones.  I didn’t take too long to clean them so the crud will probably come off.
Do you know?

August 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm 6 comments

Fast forward to today..

I’m back!  I spent the day looking at some of my favorite blogs, and found I miss my ME time.  Buying the store last year has been a trememdous amount of work, fun, and gratification.  Now that we’ve survived our first Christmas and Cherry Festival, I feel like I can breathe a bit.  Summer is still a busy time, but I’m learning to balance work and play.

I had two entire days off in a row so I decided to work on my book about my kids.  They have all graduated from high school and I made each of them a few digital scrapbooks of their lives.  One of my hobbies is Photoshop. 

 After discovering Blurb, I decided to put them all into one book and made it for my mom’s birthday.  There were many more photos I wanted to put in it so I’ve been working on adding to it before I get mine printed.  The book is almost done, I could add to it forever and I decided a few more pages and that’s it.

Here’s the cover – very basic, but one of my favorite pics of the kids.

book cover
book cover

A few more pages to share:

You can see more of this book and others I’ve made here

July 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Me. Business owner. Almost.

As of about 11am this morning, I’m officially in debt to the tune of a kabillion dollars.  I have it sitting in my new business checking account that I opened today.  I never sweat so much signing papers than I did today.  Or maybe it was just a normal hot flash.

 Tomorrow we do final inventory, which will take all day, and most of my kabillion dollars will go to Kathy with a few grand to spare on Thursday.  The few grand to spare is called start-up cash.  I call it money to use to pay the bills I for stuff I already bought for the store.

 Wednesday night my accountant/friend comes in at 5:30 to close K.’s books and open mine.  Also the guy with my credit card machine comes in at 5:30 to set that up.  Then my accountant/friend and I will spend forever trying to figure out the bookkeeping system that K. used.  We know the bookkeeping system, we just don’t understand a lot of her methods.  My friend and first employee M. will be there to witness the fun.

 Then M. and I will break champagne over our heads in celebration.  If my accountant/friend and/or the credit card machine guy are still there they can join our fun.  I may even invite the pizza guy from down the way!  (As long as he brings some crazy bread.)

 Thursday, it will be ‘business as usual’.  I will be the calm, cool and collect savvy business owner I have imagined for the past year.  Then I’ll mess up a sale on the cash register and my brain function will cease to exist.  M., my right hand person, or should I say ‘business partner without the bucks’ will be there all day too, and she’s going to bail me out of my meltdowns all day long.

 After close of business, where I fully expect to have made the kabillion dollars back that I just paid K., more fun begins (Madness Part 1).  Out comes the pricing gun with the RED stickers.  Red means SALE.  We will then uncover, dig out, and resurrect about 60% of the gifty items that K. liked to sell and that I don’t want to sell.  People did buy them, but looking over the business paperwork I decided that the future is in our food products, not so much the gifts. 

 Prices will be slashed, I tell you!  And the ad in the paper will bring the people to the store in droves on Friday morning!  Balloons will be blowing in the wind, the clowns will entertain (oh, oops, forgot to hire some clowns), and everyone driving down the street will screech to a halt to see what they are missing.  (They would have loved to see the champagne-breaking-over-the-head festivities too, I’d imagine)

 This will continue through Saturday and Sunday till about 2:00. 

 Then Madness Part 2 will begin.  My daughter and her friend are coming home for 3 days from college so I can put them to work like slaves!  And both sons will be home but only one needs the money so much that he is willing to carry heavy things for me while we rearrange the store for 2 days, so I only get one of them.   Son #2 will be so jealous he is missing out of the fun!  No champagne for him! 

That’s all of the beans I can spill for now.  Until next time,

Have a Cherry Day!

Oh, here is a picture.. because blogs are boring without pictures.





August 26, 2008 at 8:43 pm 7 comments

All things cherry

Previously I mentioned I’m about to do something huge.. a new direction in my life.. that involves cherries.  Once the ink is dry on the contract, I’ll post details.


In the meantime, I thought I’d give links to some of my favorite cherry-themed items on Etsy.

A vintage tablecloth,

A camera strap,

An ipod or cellphone case ,

A cupcake bath bomb with a cherry on top,

A Cherry Blossom Silver Ring

A Cherry key fob

If you’d like to see what I have listed on Etsy that are cherry-themed, here they are.

sandals on the dock, cherry blossom, and cherry on a plate.

Do you have any cherry themed items to share?  If so, post a comment!


August 7, 2008 at 12:39 pm 2 comments

Blueberries in the Cherry Capital

After my street sale excursion yesterday, I drove up to Buchan’s Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries.

The farm is almost at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula.  I drove the scenic Peninsula Drive to get there.  Sheer torture, I tell you!

I can’t believe I’ve lived here for 16 years and never knew about this place.  I would love to have brought my kids here.  Some of the blueberries were the size of grapes, and you could sit down in front of a bush and pick dozens in one spot!  In fact, that’s exactly what I did..

Two hours later, dripping with sweat (sorry for that visual), with 12 pounds of blueberries in my buckets, I was ready to call it quits.  I think I photographed everything BUT the blueberries in the buckets.  Oh yeah, and my body dripping with sweat.  Lucky you.

Here are some pretty pictures I took at their farm to get those awful images out of your head.

When I got home I put most of the berries directly into the freezer.  Minus the pound or so I ate in the car on the way home.

They freeze so nicely and are great to snack on.. frozen or fresh.


This is the place where I post a scrumptious recipe that I will use with the blueberries.  Unfortunately, I don’t cook, bake, or can.  Good thing I wasn’t born a pilgrim.

August 2, 2008 at 10:40 am 7 comments


Today is my absolute favorite day in Traverse City.

I like today better than the National Cherry Festival, better than the Traverse City Film Festival, and better than any perfect blue sky 75 degree summer day.

For today, the first Friday in August, is the downtown STREET SALE!!!

Now those of you who live in a big city might think this is rather puny, but our downtown is vibrant and alive.  The closest major city is 2.5 hours away.  In fact, we are THE largest city in Northern Michigan.

Anyway, I arrived at 7am, in time to meet my friends for a quick latte, then I did some serious shopping.

Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures yet of what I bought!

Stay tuned..







August 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment


I am ready to embark on a new adventure!  There is a retail store in my town that I’ve been just DYING to purchase and manage.  No details yet, until the signatures are dry on the contract I don’t want to give too many details.  I have a handshake agreement with the owner, so it looks like its really happening!  My first meeting with the lawyer is today.

Most of my friends know what I’m doing, but I’ll give you a hint:

In the meantime, I’m destashing in a big way.  Organizing my home life will help my brain stay uncluttered for all of the decisions I have to make in the next month. 

More to come!

July 30, 2008 at 10:42 am 2 comments


Yesterday was the final day of the National Cherry Festival, and after working at the Benjamin Twiggs booth, I headed over to the Midway to take some fun carnival pictures.

I kind of felt like a freak, taking pictures at a carnival filled with kids, so I tried my best professional photographer act.

Its been about 10 years since I’ve been there as a mom, and looking at it like a photographer was a new experience.  Sorry, but carnies are creepy! 

In our small town its a big deal to have the Midway for a week.

The colors of the carnival fit perfectly in my house, so when I saw these swings I went crazy with my camera..


Then I spotted these.. their eyes seemed to follow my every move, so I called it a day.

July 13, 2008 at 11:27 am 6 comments


The National Cherry Festival started yesterday in my little town, Traverse City.  We usually get over 250,000 visitors to the area in one week.  Not bad in a town of 70,000!

This year I am working for my friend Kathy, the owner of a Cherry Store called Benjamin Twiggs.  Along with running a brick and morter full time, she is also responsible for her little space at the festival. 

Here’s a visual:

Benjamin Twiggs booth at Cherry Fest
Benjamin Twiggs booth at Cherry Fest

 This will be a week of long, tiring days!  My feet hurt already!

July 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

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