About Elapsedmemories

In trying to pursue my love for vintage goods I had found myself surrounded by a lot of beautiful and intriguing items. It is time to let go and some of them I like to offer to my buyers. With the empty nest I had found some "free time" , which in turn, initiated the idea of managing my own store. Surrounded by loving family and a lot of great friends I had followed my dream and I am happy to invite you into my stores. Thank you very much for your interest and comments.

Just Creatures.

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Trust – wrong place and wrong time but then I love “The man of La Mancha”. I call it hopeless romantic with an incredible influence. At the end, no matter how broken you can be, it brings  hope and restores trust or just brings it up towards the daylight. I am lost in the words of the song.

Courtesy of Youtube, I would like to share it with you.

We are all unique but still just creatures that will trust and trust again. The only thing we need is time to heal the wounds.

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Turbulence are consistent in my life.

Funny but that is the first word that came up to my mind in a response to the daily discussion topic of “What’s been consistent in your life?”. I had a brief moment of seeing Picasso’s paintings with little dots, lines, etc that he was introducing us through his art. Don’t know why this topic had made me jump to this area of comparison. Maybe it was my defence mechanism trying to say that turbulence don’t have to be that bad and can become a part of creating something amazing. (possible, sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader)

Although, having turbulence as a consistent part of my life can be a little alarming they had made me stronger, understanding, strong headed, and prepared for a battle ahead. Trust me, I did not want them, but they seem to come and mess up everything when I had least expect. I have a lot to be thankful for, plenty of people that help me get where I am at right now but, as time passed by, turbulence seem to had the same spite with no sign of lessening its punch.

Turbulence had showed me how to adjust, rebuild, and form new friendships that had helped to heal the scars. It is a pretty nice place that I had found myself in this days and I am thankful for every moment of it. The picture look pretty nice after all and I had made it myself.

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Spring cleaning.

Stayed really busy lately. I had done a lot of work in last few weeks. It included cleaning around the home and getting new items ready for the store. After all that work I can finally sit down and enjoy Outdoors. My son had help me to clean around the house and I think we had spend at least 10 hours cleaning the front and the back garden. It looks really beautiful with the spring flowers blooming and the new green grass coming up.

I brought home few new items for the store and hope to have them ready in a week or so. My store is doing well with new customers making their purchases. It makes me very happy after all that hard work. My family continue to be very supportive and that really keeps me going. I don’t know what I would do without them.

I had gotten beautiful flowers from my children for Mother’s Day and spend time at the movie with my son. This was a great day and I truly enjoyed it. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day and I wanted to share my experience with you.

I feel blessed with what I got.

 

 

 

Sort through.

Sorting through that vast amount of possible purchases for my store is a very demanding task which requires a great amount of restrain, financial restrain that is. I always enjoy every minute of the hunt for item that catches my eye in the long line of contenders.

I use to take home as many items that I could but after a while it became not so practical. Too many items ended up stored without the ability to enjoy them. That is when I had decided to part with some of my finds and open up and Estore. Very fulfilling activity that provided a way of escaping daily “making the bread” routine.

So, I don’t buy impulsively as I learned that there is an enormous number of items that I like. I admit, I got the “vintage bug” and feel a little enchanted under its spell. Although, I know pretty quick if I like something or not, I take my time before deciding on the final purchase.

Last weekend I had completed the purchase of two dolls. There is no particular plan for them but I might save one for the family member. The dolls were a little local shop find, where they had continue to gather dust but in a timespan of few weeks they had grabbed my attention. I had gotten the tall one, 21″, earlier but was contemplating on the smaller doll for a while. She was moved from one shelf to another, face up or face down, dress open or closed and today the pity had won. I just couldn’t see her being flapped around anymore. You can see both of them in the pictures below.

 

This is one story of my rescue, although, there is no information about previous owners I do feel that they would be happy that the dolls had been saved.

What do you think? Where they worth saving or my “inner girl” had taken over and the dolls are Evil looking as per some of my friends believes?

This post came around on tmisseghers request to hear some stories about my collections.

Have a great day.

Fog – How to choose.

Sometimes getting up in the morning is really hard because right from the beginning you are faced with making choices about that moment’s outcome. This is the fog that you sort through that might determine of your early hours influence on the beginning of your day. We all have plans, problems, happy or unexpected events that had put as to sleep the night before with a smile, feeling of excitement, or in a river of tears. (It is hard to smile when you drown in tears but it has been done before and we can do it again.)

So, I let the fog set upon me at night, as I have no choice but face it sooner or later, and pick my fight. If my previous day had some hardship I choose one task that might make me happy in the upcoming day. Growing up made me wise and I can sort through the thickness of the fog to see a morning dew that will bring an amazing morning, at least.

From Brainy Quotes:

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. Lyndon B. Johnson
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_positive.html

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Is she beautiful or Evil? how you choose your day from sorting through the FOG?

It is still Wednesday here.

I was looking at the Wednesday challenge and and couldn’t figure out what am I missing until I had a little memory flashback. I had realized that, even though, I embrace technology, enlightening, and development I would change technology. I would stop it, slow it, or turn it off, for a moment so it doesn’t affect a family  life so much (I am not sure if younger generation could survive such an atrocity). Sorry that I am not thinking globally but this seem important.

It is kind of weird to me when I look at, for example: family table, or lack of it, where everybody is glued to their phones, iPods, etc. Little babies exposed to the brightness of the computer screen or the loud noise from the headphones which makes me worry about their eyesight and hearing when they  become “seasoned” citizens. However, on the other side, my little voice tells me that when they grow up we will develop so many “spare parts” that it shouldn’t be my concern what so ever.

I remember the days when seeing an accident, event, or celebration was a prompt for action to help, interact, engage and not to take out the phone and record it first. Have you ever seen broadcast, clip, video recording that made you grin and think “Please help, why are you still taping” etc.

What are your thoughts?

P.S.

It is writing, thought for a moment. I enjoy every moment of developments in my life.

I am not a writer and I hope that I had not made too many mistakes.

 

Reflection

I am writing this post to stay true to my commitment of posting on my site developments. Really I wanted to write but couldn’t find a reason to sit down and do so, and this reminder worked.

My store is looking much better and amazingly I had learn other tricks to improve it’s appearance. Technical support at Volusion is great and don’t make me feel like a complete “idiot”. Thanks God because it gives me the motivation to keep on going with finding those little glitches that are so annoying but, from my lack of  computer skills, I place them on to do list.

It literally took few minutes with a technician to make my Likethatbea portable app not to show items running into each other. Good lesson to the other store owners about asking questions and not cooking in our own despair. I had also fixed the shopping cart problem of floating onto my store name. This simple improvement had gotten me into a much better mood at the end of the day.

What is also great, I had made my first sale in my own independent store. YEA!!! Another surprise was that I had not linked my shipping services completely assuming that it was done automatically with registration.How could I know it? I am learning that if you get some app, service, etc you have to go over set up to the very end, no exception. Nevertheless, the sale makes me believe that maybe all those hours of trying to reach out had not went to waste. Little victories, like that, provide enough boost to keep me on going. I am very proud of the fact that no one will tell me anymore of how, when, and what I can list in my own place. I am still committed to provide best customer service and develop great relationships with my buyers and visitors.

My next task would be adding a blog to my storefront page and having some direct conversation with my customers. I had not place a date on that task completion but it is something that I want to do. At this time I am happy to blog on wordpress and anoox that provides me with a great escape and good reads after long hours of work.

I do want to thank to my sister, mom, daughter, and son for trying, selflessly, to get involved and get the word out about my store existance. Like many other businesses that are getting out of the ground, have a very limited advertising budget, I straggle in that department and appreciate all the help.

My immediate goals are still related to better set up of my front page arrangements. I will try to categorize the items in friendlier way as, I think, it might be little chaotic at this point. I  would love to hear your feedback in this matter and thank you in advance.

I go to bed feeling happy having great conversations on Easter with my family through Skype.