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Welcome to my blog! I will write some random thoughts and ideas and fun updates about things going on in my life-or great items I've purchased on Etsy...and oh so many fun topics!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jenscloset

I thought I'd show off some pretty vintage from my "Jenscloset" shop on Etsy!  This is a tea/garden party them!  I'm starting with these gorgeous pink depression glass plates.  Perfect for serving petit fours!

Add this pretty vintage milk glass basket (from MyMilkGlassShop on Etsy!) to your tablescape!  Perfect for fresh flowers!

And what's a tea party without a tea/coffee pot!  I love the classic rose pattern!

And don't forget these pretty vintage ecru lacy coasters!  The pink partfait glass is perfect as a vase!

Keep your tea towels in order in this gorgeous vintage Fenton milk glass hobnail planter!

Well, that's a start! I hope I've inspired you!

Jen



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Summer!

Summer! Summer! Summer!!

I love summer!  Pretty flowers!  Birds chirping! Playing tennis!  Running hills!  So many fun things to do in the summer!

My daughter Katherine is in Philadelphia for an internship and she loves it!  I can't wait to see her again!! I miss my sweet baby daughter!  Okay, she's not a baby, she's 22!

My son Mark is now 23 and hopefully will finish college by next year (it's about time)!!

And...I saved the best news for last!  I am going to be a Grandma!!  I know, I know, I am way too young to be a Grandma (haha)!  My daughter Lindsey, and her husband Thomas, are expecting a baby December 14th!! I cannot wait!  My first grandchild!!

I hope everyone has a fantastic summer!!

Jen


 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! 

It's amazing that being a Mom is the most challenging job you will ever have, but at the same time the best job you will ever have.  Yes, I call it a job.  You have to work hard at it.  Everyday there is something new.  There are plenty of tears and plenty of laughter.  

Enjoy your day!!

Jen

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vintage Milk Glass

Happy Sunday!  I thought I would feature some of my vintage milk glass today.  I obviously love milk glass!

Westmoreland English Hobnail Vase
 
Charming Milk Glass Basket



Fenton Ribbed Silver Crest Banana Bowl

Challinor & Taylor Open Lattice Pedestal Bowl
This is a fraction of my beautiful vintage milk glass available at http://www.mymilkglassshop.etsy.com .

Happy shopping! Enjoy your day!
Jen

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Creative Customer

One of my favorite Etsy customers, Dawn, was sweet enough to share some of her photos of the very cool bird feeders she made with vintage items she purchased from me!
I'm not sure why this one is showing up small, but it's so cute~! Made with a vintage vase and a pretty pink dish!
Thanks Dawn!


Dawn's beautiful creation

 Another view:
So cute!

            

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

5,000

Lucky number 5,000!  Today I hit 5,000 sales in my first Etsy shop, "Jenscloset"!  I also have 1,831 sales in MyMilkGlassShop and 1,276 in TheChinaGirl shop!

I'm up early and I work hard.  The best part is, I love it!

JENSCLOSET 

Please check out my shop if you get a chance!  I try to have a nice variety of vintage and antiques so I appeal to a larger "audience".  

I also pride myself in excellent customer service.  If there's a problem, I tackle it and make sure my customers are very happy with their purchase.

THECHINAGIRL 

I love my china shop!  Full of gorgeous vintage/antique china!!  From mod and retro to pieces that are over 100 years old!

Promoting your Etsy shops should be another top priority.  Take advantage of all the free ways to promote.  Every little bit helps.  My favorite right now is Instagram.  I use the same name for most of my promotions under "jenscloset", sort of my way of branding.  You'll find me busy on pinterest, facebook, twitter, and tumblr, to name a few.

MyMilkGlassShop 

I even love packing my orders!  My packages are always wrapped in pretty colored tissue paper and ribbon.  The actually packing of fragile vintage items can be a challenge, but I can proudly say, almost all of my orders have arrived safe and sound.  Yes, there have been a few mishaps, but I've worked those out.  Keep in mind the cost of your packing materials.  Bubble wrap and packing peanuts are a must (yes, I know packing peanuts are annoying!).  We watch for sales on the bubble wrap, and we've been buying our packing peanuts from our local UPS store (they come in gigantic bags at a pretty good price).  I also buy most of my boxes from Uline and my garage now looks like a box warehouse!   My family also saves their boxes for me (thanks!).

I will blog more about my Etsy shops soon, and if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me!

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I'll be off to the post office later this morning!

Jen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Listings

I thought I'd show you some of my latest Etsy listings!

Fenton Candy Dish
 This pretty vintage Pink Fenton Candy Dish just sold, and I will be shipping it off to California tomorrow (maybe I can tag along!).

Fenton Milk Glass Hobnail Egg Cup
 Apparently this Fenton milk glass hobnail egg cup is pretty rare, as it was only made for a couple of years in the 1970s.  I love this classic style!

Vintage Brass Mirror Vanity Tray
 I just love these shabby brass and mirror vanity trays!  They are great on a bedroom dresser, or as a serving platter at your next tea party!  I am obsessed with my fake cakes and cupcakes!!  My facebook friend makes them, feel free to message me if you would like more information on them!

Stop by my Etsy shops here jenscloset Milk Glass TheChinaGirl

Happy browsing!
Jen

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015 everyone!
As always, I have new year's resolutions!  One is to blog more often!  If you have any ideas of what you would like me to blog about, let me know!

I love cooking and I love thrifting, so I will definitely be blogging about those more often!

Cheers to a fantastic 2015!!

Jen

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Lakewood Historical Society

I love when the Lakewood Historical Society has a sale!  They are really the nicest ladies, and they always say I'm their best customer!

   
Treasures from the Lakewood Historical Society
 I have been considering joining the Lakewood Historical Society, but have just been too busy to do that at this time.  Their sales are wonderful, filled with beautiful vintage and antiques displayed perfectly!

From "kitschy" to classic, they really have a wonderful selection!
 
Be sure to check out their website!
After you've checked out the Lakewood Historical Society site, why not check on my three Etsy shops at http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com http://thechinagirl.etsy.com and http://mymilkglassshop.etsy.com .

Happy Holidays!
Jen

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Katherine

Tomorrow is December 1st!! How did that happen!?

My daughter, Katherine, came home from college this weekend to join us to see the Nutcracker Ballet (Joffrey Ballet)!  The Cleveland Orchestra was amazing, as was the ballet!

I had the time of my life last night! For someone that someones can be in my pjs by 3:00 in the afternoon (hey, I get up early and work hard!), last night was definitely not a normal "jen thing"!

Katherine (pic from a few years ago)
 
After the ballet, Katherine suggested we check out the Velvet Tango Room (in Cleveland) to have a drink.  She had been there with a friend a few years ago, and loved it.  What a charming place!  The lovely bartender explained to us that their bar was a throwback to the prohibition days.  They had a large menu of amazing "vintage" cocktails!  

While we were enjoy our delicious drinks, one of the nice hostesses asked if we wanted a tour of the place.  Well, of course we did! But it was a very small place, so we didn't think it would be much of a tour.  Wrong!  They have  secret back room, and in this secret room was another entire bar, with people partying and another piano man!  She told us you can actually book the entire room for a party, or make reservations for a smaller group.  I am definitely going back there!

After our drink we were getting ready to leave.  We had seats at the bar, and as as we were standing up, a guy asked us if we were leaving, we said yes, and he was apparently very happy about that (I didn't take it personally, he just wanted our seats!), because he then said he was buying our drinks (the drinks there are not cheap)!  Another good reason to have cute Katherine with us!

I'm not sure what time it was by then, maybe 10:30?  We were hungry so we went to another fun place, "Town Hall", just down the street from the Velvet Tango Room.  That place was packed, with mostly 20-some year olds, and yes I was the oldest there, except I did see one guy that I knew was older than me, yay!!  We ordered some tasty vegan snacks, had a few more drinks, and then headed home.

So I was out after midnight livin' the crazy life!  Katherine is so much fun to be around, and I cherish my time with my kids, since time is going way too fast.  Katherine is my "baby" and already 21.  We have decided when she's back in a few weeks for winter break, we are going dancing together.  We both love to dance!

I'm sure if you are a Mom you know it is the best "job" in the world!  Hug your kids right now!!

Happy Holidays!
Jen