Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year Bloggers Blogland Website Visitors

Happy New Year Bloggers, Blogland, Website Visitors! 

Welcome to LilacsNDreams, and glad to have you here always. Well, did you all survive Christmas? I know some still celebrate after the day too. Families, Friends, Schedules, and trying to fit everyone in to have time with all. Festivities, and the rush of have everything done. Work so hard for that big day, and like that it goes too, doesn't it? 

End of the year, and trying to get things in order here. Going through files to delete what is no longer needed. Taking products from one store, and adding to another store to be offered for those to buy. Removing maybe a few pieces of inventory, marking the books with all the changes, and prepping for the new year. I still have some products that have been completed that I have not listed yet for those to see, and buy. I still have a few things to complete that I would like to add small items with them, or show for decoration to help with some of those creative ideas too.  Make sure to visit LilacsNDreams at Artfire, and to also visit LilacsNDreams at Ecrater. Between the 2 I will be offereing vintage, collectibles, repurposed, upcycled, altered, and so on. I do still have some things that are listed with LilacsNDreams at Etsy. In fact I made my first purchase of an item from Etsy couple of days ago too. At Etsy I have some vintage pieces listed along with a few of my repurposed items as well. Trying not to keep all the eggs in one basket, but yet not too far spread out that I cannot give the proper attention to the stores, and customers too.

So, now that Christmas is over I hope to try, and work on some of that the next few days, and nights. Hopefully I get something accomplished for this weekend to start offering in the stores. Make sure to visit LilacsNDreams to keep updated on what I am offering, and to make sure you check my LilacsNDreams Store tab at the top. In my store I show pictures, and links to visit to see items being offered. Not only do I show my own products, but I have started showing products of other sellers being offered, and will continue this too.

Hoping everyone had a sweet Christmas, and it was all you wanted it to be. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year with much success, sales, and everything wished for. Take care, and see you again soon everyone. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Facebook Social Media and the New Timeline

Facebook Social Media and New Timeline. 

Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Always glad to have you stopping by to visit with me. How many of you Facebook, use Facebook, have a Fan/Business Page, and so on? There are some people who do not use Facebook, have no desire to, and get along perfectly fine without too. But, for those of you who do use Facebook, spend much time there...sometimes too much, right?:) What do you think of the new Timeline that is coming out? 

Yes, Facebook has yet another change that is, or will soon be taking place as well. They are calling it Timeline. This was being announced back in September, and some were able to sign up, and play around with it then. Since then there have been more who have been able to visit their Timeline, edit with it, play with it a bit, and so on. Once you opt into the new Timeline, your profile page is never going to be the same. This new Timeline reminds me of a diary. With it you will be able to dig back to the time of when you first started with facebook, see things you had noted and posted to everyone, and it attempts to use the data already inside of facebook sort of like a digital scrapbook. 

Once you start the Timeline you will have up to 7 days to play with it, edit it, change this, delete that, and so on. You can then click the button to publish it, or it will automatically publish within the 7 days for you. 

Your cover photo will stand out with this. It will draw attention as it will stretch across the page width of facebook. Your facebook profile photo will then become a smaller square. No new information is shared. Facebook is bringing back the old posts. It has been said that the privacy set with them old posts will still be there as well. If it is to be shared with friends only, it will be that way. The Timeline will try to determine which of your posts were the most read, liked, commented with and expand those for you. If you have a post that you want to bring up, and has not been expanded you will also be able to expand it as well. If there maybe are some posts you want no one else to see, you can make it for "your eyes only" as well. 

Now, how does everyone feel about this? MANY mixed emotions, and thoughts have been shared. There are some who are loving it, enjoying playing with it, and so on. There are others who have dealt with enough changes, and do not want to have another one. Also, they are not in favor of this change, and wish that there was the option to opt out of it too. My understanding is that everyone will eventually have this Timeline, that it will be added. If I read correctly it is to be coming out of beta on December 22,

So, when visiting Facebook if you have not already had your offer it is coming for the Timeline. See what others have to say about it, and play with it yourself too. You will either like it, not like it, or it will grow on you like any other new change does. Sorry, I was not really impressed with it as it is just another page to me. Another confusion to deal with, and will be an adjustment again. Time will tell with this for me, and for many others as well. As one person did comment this was all the more reason they were going over to Google+.

Thanks for visiting LilacsNDreams! I wish you all well, and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! Take care, have fun, enjoy, and be safe everyone. See you when you stop by again. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas Bloggers Website Visitors Holiday Shoppers

Merry Christmas Bloggers and Website Visitors! Glad to see you at LilacsNDreams, and hope ya'll have been having a great week so far. 

So, how is everyone doing with the Christmas preparations? Got the shopping done? Is the food all bought? If not having your friends, and loved ones in your home will you be traveling. If so, are you preparing for this as well.
I know, so many things to do, and so little time to do them. And, now, the rush will be on to get everything completed by the end of the week before places are closed to enjoy their Christmas as well. How many bought gifts this year? How many are treating those special to you with handmade gifts? Did you know there are a lot of handmade gifts, repurposed and upcycled gifts being given this year as well. Not only the economy, but others are seeing that they can make it more personable by doing so. Sometimes a little bit of this, with a little bit of that, and doing it this way is found to be much better than the store bought items too. 

For those who are still shopping, and maybe doing Christmas on another day....not the traditional will still have time to shop, and to also get your items shipped to you as well. Not only supporting your local stores to find what you need, but also supporting the artisans of all kinds is a great thing to do too.

As we all know with this big Holiday things will be slowing down just a bit with our stores, our blogs, and websites as we ourselves also prepare for this joyous and meaningful holiday. I wanted to stop by, and wish you all well, and thank you again for visiting with LilacsNDreams! I wish you all well. Enjoy your Holidays. May they be merry, fun, happy, and filled with much enjoyment. Take care everyone, and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Repurposed Dressers for Home and Organizing

Repurposed Dressers for Home and Organizing. Remember that Everything Old can be New Again!

Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! As always glad to see you here. Besides selling online I do a lot of roaming of the internet looking at things, getting ideas, seeing what others are doing, and just LOVE some of the things I see, don't you?! For a very long time now I have been enjoying viewing how things are repurposed, and upcycled. So many things out there, so many things being done, so many creative people, and it is wonderful seeing how everything old becomes new again! 

For a couple of weeks now I have really enjoyed pictures being shared by many on their blogs, websites, pinterest, and so on. Repurposing dressers is sooo neat! Many things that can be done with them. Like anything else...don't throw it away because there is always a way to reimagine it, and find another use. I have seen dressers repurposed, and upcycled for not only in the bedrooms, but also for the kitchens, dining areas, bathrooms, entry ways, for outside with gardens, and so on. Some will take the drawers out from the dressers and use them as shelves on the floor and walls, wall mounts, under bed storage, and for many organizational things too. 

I have seen some dressers, and desks too repurposed into a bathroom vanity. Oh, so neat too! Some have been made into a desk, baby changing tables, planter boxes or containers for the garden, labeled basket storages, a kitchen island, a bench in the entry way, television consoles, and even a place to organize with the kitty litter box containers and supplies too. It's amazing what creative minds can do, and knowing that many of the pieces are from our homes, or things that maybe someone is throwing out too. Don't forget to check your thrift stores, and second hand stores for dressers to have for your re-dos. Sometimes with the condition of them you can get them pretty inexpensive. Then, depending on the condition and what you want done you do a little bit of sanding....and sometimes no sanding I have seen done too. Strip varnish, add some varnish, paint, add tile tops to them, maybe do some mod podge with some adorable paper, maps, materials, and you have something old that is new again. 

 Here is a dresser that was repurposed as an island, or a stand in the kitchen. Pretty neat huh? And, who would have guessed you could do that, right? This is from

This one became a bathroom vanity, and is shown by I have seen some that used the raised, or table top type sinks too. it!
Here is showing how you can use the top drawers on your walls for wall decor. I have seen some that use them as shelves for maybe books, and some drawers have been cut and attached to the walls that you could see the front of the drawers giving it a bit more character too. This picture is something that I found on that came from

Here is yet another repurposing idea from MakinItHappen found on Great way to organize things for the craft room, baby room, and any room in the home. If I remember correctly the top done on this was done with some tile to add to the decor of the dresser too.

There is so much more out there to be seen with the repurposing, and upcycling of dressers. When you can visit to see more, visit the places noted with the pictures, and you can even Google it for Repurpose Dressers to see more too. 

This is definitely something for me to consider to help with some of my organizing projects I have in mind....when the house is back into order again, and the contractors aren't coming in and out:) Hope ya'll enjoyed this, and thanks again for visiting. You are always welcome to share ideas with everyone here, make a comment, and of course....don't forget to say Hi too!:) Thanks for stopping by, and see you again soon.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lets Get Organized Repurposed Upcycled Organize Your Home

Lets Get Organized! Repurposed Upcycled Organize Your Home. 

Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Happy to see you stop by. Since Thanksgiving our house has been in a shambles. Contractors in and out, mostly outside, pulling things off walls for them to bang while putting on insulation and siding, cutting holes in wall to put in windows, removing windows, covering, and so on. We have 2 extra rooms upstairs that I have had to combine both of the content into one....Yeah! That was fun! I have most of living room furniture in the dining room, and....I think ya'll have got the picture of it, right? Me going nuts!:)

Prior to this I was looking things over in the rooms, going through things and slowly boxing them to be donated, would find some things I could repurpose, and do some handmade projects, and things like that. Slow process when you do it by yourself, and limited with some things you can do. But, took my time, and just went at my own pace with it. Unfortunately, I did not get all of it done before the house was shook up with everything. 

Now, sitting, looking around in the computer room, seeing the mess in the dining room with completed projects and the other clutters, and just everywhere I have realized I really would like to find a way to better organize things in the home. Maybe on the walls, in the cupboards, where to put some of the little things, crafting working room, and so on. 

I am all about saving money, but still having it look good too. There are many things a person can find that are low cost to use for the organizing you want done in your home. Along with that there are also things that you might already have that you can repurpose it, upcycle it, recreate it into something else to use for this task. Below you will see a few pictures I have found to give you some ideas. There is so much out there to see, get ideas from, learn from too. So, I thought maybe I would share a few with you that I had found of some of the small tasks. Here goes........Hope you enjoy, and it helps you with that "spark" for some of your home organizing. 

 Here is a repurposed cup mug holder that was transformed into a scissor holder for your crafts, and creating. This is shown by


These are some vintage match box holders that have been left with their vintage patina, connected to a wall, and can be used for some of your items as pencils, pens, could hold some scissors, and things like that. I have a couple I have been wondering what to do with them, paint them, or use them some how. This helps me with some ideas. This came from

Here is another simple organizer for the counter tops, your desk, table, etc. Use plastic sleeves, and add them to a paper towel holder with some rings. Store some of your embellishments, sticker sheets, recipes, and many possibilities. Organize it to your needs. This was found with

Here is a really nifty idea! Some simple quick filing of everyday things, pencil and pen holder...all in one. This is a dish rack being used for this organizational idea. Great isn't it?  I found this picture that had been pinned, and showing at
Here is another idea to help organize around your desk, maybe a place with your counter tops, fixing that corner up to be more presentable, and etc. Seeing this gives some wonderful ideas too. This had been found at pinterest again, and it was noted with it. 
 I have seen some neat things done with wooden boxes, crate boxes, drawers, and etc. The drawers are cut shorter, and then connected to the wall and then used for organizing your books, magazines, papers, files, and etc. This simple box has been repurposed for organizing of some jewelry. I have also found this picture from Sorry, I don't see a note made of who to credit with this.
This is something I really enjoy...using shutters for many things. Hanging on the walls for some of your mail, pictures, notes, added some little catch alls to them for your pencils, pens, scissors, rulers, and endless possiblities. Oh, yeah, this is another picture someone had pinned at That place is addictive with pinning, and seeing what others are finding on the internet, and sharing too.
 Here is a repurposed shower caddy being used. It's endless, and the possibilities with so many things too. Priceless. As you can see this one is showing being used again with supplies of note pad, scissors, ruler, and so on. This picture is credited to

When....I had more purses than I do now...LOL:) You are always looking for a way to have them organized with storage, within reach, easily accessible when changing from one to another, and etc. This picture shows using shower rings to hold, and help organize them. Hmm....getting some ideas for other things too? This picture was noted from

This is great to use for under your sinks, and in some of the cupboards where it is needed. We all get some spray bottles collected for different cleaners, and different purposes. Yet, there is never enough room to have them all together. Or, have them together and then where do you store your other things to use with it too? This tension rod being used to hang the bottles with the handles, and sprayers is a great idea. This picture gives some ideas of what could be done to help you....and Me:) Picture came from

As mentioned above, there is a lot of things out there to see, get visuals of how others suggest or have done themselves, and etc. I seen a lot of possibilities, and many of them gave me some great ideas to use, and revise to ways that would work for me. 

Now, time for me to get to work, and organize what I can till the house can be put back together again. Hope you enjoyed your visit, and I hope this has helped you with some of those wonderful organized ideas that are needed. Hey, if you have any ideas, or something you have done that helps you.....give a holler here, and share it with us all. Love to hear from you. Remember to say Hi so I know you stopped by to visit too. Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! See you again soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Social Medias Facebook Google+ Ning Groups

Social Medias Facebook Google+ Ning Groups, and so on. Which ones do you use if any?

Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Always glad to see you visit with me. Social Medias, and their uses. Social Medias, and how many of you use them. Are they beneficial to us, or are they just another thing to spend time with, and fill our days. Actually, Social Media is another good thing for us as Sellers to use, and be involved with too. Did you know that the more you are involved with a place, and the more others get involved, it truly does help the ranking for that site? Also, Google and your search engines will see "activity" happening, and they will go in to check it out, and see if it is time to place it with page rankings as well too. 

I belong to a few Social Medias myself, and I do enjoy them. Not only do they help my rankings with different things, but I get to meet other people selling from the same venues I use, meet others with some of the same interests I have, learn from what others share, offer what I know to others, share pictures of what you sell and maybe projects you are working on too. Generally if there is a question, or a problem with something I can go to one of the sites I belong to for me to read about it, or ask about it as well. Everyone is great in responding back, sharing, and most of all helping too.

At one time I did belong with too many sites, and I had to take time one day, and weigh my options, views, feelings, and remove myself from a few of them. Not that I don't like some of them, but I needed to find a way to better organize my time spent with them, and spend more time with those I seem to be getting more benefit from as well. Some of this is visible when I go to Google Searches. I just go there, and put in my business name of LilacsNDreams, and watch the pages that come up. Once that happens I will start looking through those listings to see what places is helping my name become visible on the internet. Remember, each time you check with search engines rankings for different things can change, what is on page 1 could later be on page 2, and so on. But, some of the places I have learned pretty much where they are staying at, and have noted this so I know where to focus some of my energy. 

The Vintage Village has been a good one for me. Not only does Lora have the Vintage Village that keeps growing with members, but she has also started a sister site to it which is called Vintage Rising. Then there is ESN for Ecrater Store members, and from there you can go to Online Sellers. Another place for some of the crafters, and repurposers to collect at is called Creating the Hive. Some of the other places I also like to associate myself with is of course the big one Facebook, but I have also found I am enjoying the new Google+ too. There is Twitter which I do not sign into much, but do have things being posted there that have been set up from different places as well. So, while I post something at one place, it is not only seen there, but with twitter as well. Along with this one I also am signed with LinkedIn. Another place that is showing up on Google Searches I have noticed when researching with different pieces is Pinterest. That place is very addictive, and when you see something you like that you would like to share with others you "pin it", save it to one of the "albums" you have set at Pinterest, and others will view items, pin them again which others will see, and so on. Very addictive little place to belong to as well.  If you would like to see some of these places make sure to look in the right side bar of my site here, and find the clickable buttons to take you there.

I know that Social Medias seem like such a waste of time to some, but it has been proven that others have gotten higher views from such places, and some have made sales because of some of these places too. The more exposure, the more your name is seen, the more you can benefit from it. Using these places are a great way of promoting your stores, blogs, websites, links to you, and so on.  Remember, I am not saying you have to sign up to all of them, and belong to a long list of them, but associating yourself with a few of them is good for you, and your business. Just like and the search engines like fresh content which helps them to know to crawl there, and check things out. So, next time you are out roaming the internet, and looking for ways to show your name more, keep in mind that Social Medias are a good thing to be involved with.

I want to thank everyone for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and hope I was able to share some things with you as well. If you have any question, would like to comment, and most of all maybe share something with the rest of us, please do so. Love hearing from everyone, and don't forget to say Hi letting me know you stopped by too.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Anchor Hocking Forest Green Glass Ruffled Rim Vase

Anchor Hocking Forest Green Glass Ruffled Rim Vase 1950 to 1957. Welcome to LilacsNDreams, and always happy to see you here! 

The Hocking Glass Company had been started in 1905 by an Isaac J. Collins. Isaac had been named after the Hocking River which was near Lancaster, Ohio. That location had previously been a carbon company. When Mr. Collins purchased this property, the building at that time was black with soot which had been from the previous owners. The locals then would call the Glass Plant the "Black Cat". Unfortunately, the Black Cat was destroyed by a fire in 1924. A new plant had then been built, and Hocking had continued on. 

The Forest Green had been manufactured by Anchor Hocking from the time of 1950 to 1957. The vase you are seeing is one of four from this Green Glass Line. 

The vase is about 3 1/2 inches tall, has an adorable ruffled rim, and then the wide or expanded body. Many uses for these pieces, they have a great transparent green color, use as a mini vase with some flowers, set on your window seals, use in table arrangements, set by themselves in places that fit with your home decor, and for those who like to repurpose and upcycle there are uses for it too. If you will visit my post prior to this one, you will see how I am showing this with a Repurposed Glass Cloche that was done by Me. Watch my LilacsNDreams Artfire store for this vintage piece accompanying the glass cloche

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Any questions ask, you are welcome to share something with all of us here, leave a comment, and please don't forget to say Hi so I know you were here too. Take care, and see you again soon.
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