Shhhh I’ve Got A Secret Number Two

We have to say this month went by soooo fast. We did our very 1st coupon secret code a scant 30 days ago, and were pleasantly surprised that people have actually read our blog and used the code. We guess having a little treat is a “good thing”, as Martha always says.

So without a lot of fanfare, here is the new SHHH Secret Code for our Etsy shop, which also works for my friend Nancy’s and my new little home decor shop on Etsy “BramCrackers“.

This code is good thru June 2012 for 10% off your entire order, excluding shipping.

Please enjoy.


The code is … drumroll………..

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>      SUNNYDAYS        <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<



I Can Name That Tune In…2 notes “Package Frenzy”

The Start Looks Good Right ?………………

“Well after the shock of a making a real sale wore off the package frenzy was on. Stacy, Nancy and I kicked it into high gear.  I must say Stacy did do the bulk of the work. She is the “Graphic/Computer Guru” that thank god was there and oh so willing to help. She literally kicked butt with the graphics.  I knew I would need graphic items for sales and had discussed them with Stacy even that day. We were going to work on them that weekend. But as (good) luck would have it I made that oh so fabulous sale before I was completely ready for it. Ok all you people whom have known me for years and want to yell at the computer PROCRASTINATOR I hear you ok. Yes I am a world-class procrastinator it’s the same talent as world worst package wrapper. I thank my lucky stars that Stacy gets on a job pronto and not only is she ever so talented at graphics she is fast and I mean super fast. With-in a couple of hrs I had every graphic not only designed, but printed and cut out. They are so beautiful and right on the mark.  What would i do without her. Nancy was my moral support in the studio during this time. We had tea and munchies. We worked oh so hard on those munchies it is just uncanny how well we work together. I did figure out during this munchies power meeting what I wanted to do for the wonderful person who bought my 1st item ever. She deserved something special and a special card to boot. So on to the materials to go with all the ideas. I have to tell you going through my studio in a mad panic for goodies ( by this time 1:15 am)  is a real feat. Nothing like sheer terror, you can’t find a thing you know you have no matter how much you look. At 1:30 Stacy had decided to retreat to her sweet abode and Nancy was barely hanging of her office chair asleep. She had waited for me the sweetie even though sick and hurting to take me home since she drove. I could have called Bob my poor tortured hubby to come and get me but she insisted on waiting. Bless her heart. I had absolutely gorgeous graphics, Kraft paper, Kraft  jewelry boxes, a mailer box from Stacy ( yes I procrastinated about getting mailing boxes ok) twine ribbon, stickers, tape, anything and everything I may need to wrap that “Perfect Package”. I had 2 shopping bags full of stuff, the bracelet that was bought (my favorite one by the way and the 1st one I had made), my computer, and  my purse. I was also taking home a brain so clogged with creativity and terror I was ready to tackle anything including the first ever sale and its wrapping. I do say in my shop policies and info I ship on Tuesdays and Fridays I was  not going to miss the Friday’s deadline even though it was 2:00 am Friday morning when I arrived home.

Bob got up at 2:30 in he morning thinking he heard something . Was it a burglar, a pack of vicious dogs outside, another incident of a 42 LB. 2 inch mouse nope it was his crazed wife cursing as she was trying oh so valiantly to wrap that dang package. He kindly asked what I was doing in the middle of the night, I looked at him with cold steely dark eyes, a sneer and growled I’m wrapping a package. Oh yea Bob and the dogs quietly but quite fast went back to bed. Yep that’s right IT WAS ON I was going to get this packaged wrapped or die trying and take anyone or anything down with me until it was done. Of course I was just being silly what was I worried about, it had only been 6 hrs since I read about that 1st order. I was at home now working feverishly on it, it was only 3:00am and Bob who was to take the package to mail for me during his lunch wasn’t leaving for work for another 3 1/2 hrs plenty of time to wrap said package right….. To be Cont’

The Creative Mess 3:30 AM…………….

I Can Name That Tune In… 4 notes “I Made a Sale”

Remember that wonderful old game show I Can Name that Tune in….. well I can now name tunes in very few notes. I know I’m a very multi talented person (applause sign on here). So it should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me  how package wrapping would be one of my best and most revered talents. Are you all laughing yet. I know I am without a doubt a kindergarten level wrapper at best. My family has known for years never to expect any thing much for wrapping for their presents because it just isn’t happening. I was so thankful when gift bags came out, my family would have a pretty bag under the Christmas tree instead of a brown paper bag. No kidding it was a big colorful Christmas that 1st year of fabulous gift bags. Ahh the memories 🙂 Oh well back to my I can Name That Tune story.

I sold my very 1st item from Etsy on Thurs. MY VERY FIRST ITEM !!  I finished last Sunday putting a few more things in my little Poor Aunt Edna Etsy shop and had been looking feverishly on Mon, Tues, and Wed for any movement . Nothing had happened yet so I thought just relax Lynda you are only 1  1/2 months old on Etsy things take time. I had also started to do promotion sales on Etsy on Tuesday for a 1 week trial. So you see I was truly anxious. Well by Thursday I had decided I should just chill out and make sure I had my PayPal account stuff set up right for any sales I might actually get. Well I didn’t check until late in the evening at the studio with Stacy and Nancy (I was chilling and not having OCD over my computer) when I finally went on to PayPal and it said I had a balance of $58.50. I thought what the heck I don’t even shop through my Poor Aunt Edna account did someone break into my stuff doing an identity theft. What  should I do call the police? Geez I was really freaked out. I kept thinking, balance what balance did I owe. Then it hit me it was a real balance for items bought from me I HAD SOLD SOMETHING ! OMG I gasped and screamed so loud I scared poor Nancy half to death. Can you say Happy Dance or at least tap dancing in my office chair. I couldn’t believe it I had sold something . I was so proud that I had accomplish this I was dang near wet my pants and was near speechless. But not quite speechless I looked at Stacy and Nancy after all the hullabaloo settled down and said quietly and with a tone  of sheer fright and said ” Holy Sh*t I have to wrap and package the item up and it has to be perfect it’s my first sale”. All those god forsaken wrap jobs, duct taped  (yes duct taped I said I was a horrible package wrapper) brown bagged, dumped presents and packages went flying over and over through my mind. I looked at Nancy and she had the same scared look on her face she has seen and received my wrapped presents for the better part of 30 yrs. We looked at Stacy and she had the look of whats wrong with you two its just a package. She had no idea what it really meant. I had to wrap a package  and not just any package this was The First Sale package and it had to be perfect…….To be Cont’


The Usual Suspects

SHHHHH I’ve got a secret

Well after being a buying customer for years I finally am selling on Etsy and am writing on my new blog. I felt it is time to combine the two and have some fun. So for anyone and everyone looking, lurking and maybe even shopping here is a little something- something just for you.

I’ve got a secret and its a secret code for a 10 % discount at

Shhhh the code is…..     Baubles22   ……. and is good through Mothers Day 2012

Tale of the Bygone Bayou Days

My Poor Aunt Edna was especially fond of the romance, colors, and people of the Bayou. She had visited there several times as a child with her Great Auntie Fern. Auntie Fern had an adventurous streak that I swear she passed on to my Aunt Edna. Travels with Auntie Fern were always an exciting excursion and oh so intriguing. She was indeed ahead of her time and was down right full of moxie. In the summers between 1919-1927 she would haul (as she would say) along her only niece Edna who was 7 when they started these fabulous jaunts. They lived on a ramshackle boathouse of a former boyfriend of Auntie Fern. It provided all a child’s  imagination needed with the lively people, colors, flowers, hanging moss, clear Turquoise Blue  skies and sounds of the Bayou. The two of them would eat loads of craw-daddies, catfish, greens with ham hock liqueur, and of course ho cakes with as much butter as you needed til’ it ran down your chin. It was always a summer full of lazy days perched on a small makeshift dock in the sun while barefoot, no dresses were allowed  just old jeans and tees that had been left on that old boathouse. Their days were filled with Auntie Fern and the young Edna eating sweets, drinking soda pop right out of the bottle, all the while Auntie Fern was reading book after book to the sweet little Edna. Often they listened to the music of the Bayou waft off in the distance at night til’ they both fell peacefully asleep. There was nothing else like it. It was truly what daydreams were made of. Edna had always secretly wished and hoped that she and her Auntie Fern could just stay there forever. As fate would have it though the many travels of Auntie Fern and the young Miss Edna would have to come to a close and end during the Great Depression, greatly disappointing them both. Once Aunt Edna started her own excursions and travels she could never pass up anything bright, colorful, cheerful and fun. Since of course those things always reminded her of the cherished memories of Auntie Fern and of the wonderful summer days spent on the Bayou.

The piece of vintage jewelry  pictured here is made from some of Poor Aunt Edna’s favorite trinkets and baubles. She had picked  these trinkets up during  her many travels and had kept them close to her heart for years. I chose the unique and repurposed vintage baubles to make a lovely one of a kind bracelet out of them. Putting this special bracelet together had so much meaning and was so fun for me personally. The color and whimsy of each piece had me thinking of  the young Edna’s jaunts to the bayou and was wishing I could have been there with them. Boy wouldn’t it be wonderful to go back in time for a bit. Or maybe have an adventure for this summer and just lay around on a dock eating sweets, reading my Kindle and listing to the faint sounds of the bayou in the distance. Oh well I guess I will have to do with the deck out back sipping some iced sweet tea with chips and salsa. But I can close my eyes and just imagine being on that dock on the bayou as I drift off for a nice little nap. Aah here’sto the women that are full of curiosity, spirited, and walk or should I say run though life with a grand sense of adventure and moxie.

The  bracelet itself  has been listed on and comes with a 10% discount on you entire order. The secret code is  >    SUNNYDAYS    <. Just put the code in the coupon place during check out and hit apply. Then you too could have a little bit of the Bygone Bayou Days . This code also works not just for this bracelet but for everything in the shop.