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LilacsNDreams Ecrater Artfire Etsy Ebay Shops


Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Wow! Been a while again since I was here, and I do apologize for the schedule delays of posting here with my wordpress blog. I had the issue with having a new blog addy with my other blog. Then….I had an issue with my computer, and spent a whole weekend, and into the following week working with it. Still not completely where it was before, but it is working, and I can use it. I lost some things, found some things, and then lost them again. I am not computer literate, so that makes it even longer to get things done and understand them too.

WOW! Where has this month of June gone too? Seems like we just got started with it, and here we are at the end of it almost already too. Won’t be much longer, and it will be the 4th of July. Besides blog, and computer I have been trying to get pictures done again for listings in my shops that I would like to do. I have some things sitting out to repurpose too. Was hoping to do that tonight, but not sure if I will make it that far yet. I took pictures of about 5 different items, downloaded them, and now I have to get them all revised with sizes to work for my listings at the shops I have. I have been working on moving inventory into my Ecrater Shop including my repurposed items too. I still have things with Artfire. I am waiting on items to expire at Etsy, and will move those over to Ecrater too. I know some have not heard of Ecrater, and wonder if they are worth using for selling. They are free to list at, you only pay your fees with your payment services that you use, you are allowed up to 10 photos for each item, and when I check for some of my listings in the search engines….Ecrater is good about showing before some of the other shops I have.  So, for the site being all free I think that is pretty darn good. I still have items I will list at Ebay as well. That is because I am trying to change my inventory, and make room for more. Along with moving that has been planned for quite some time now as well. 

So, when you have a chance stop by to visit my shops. Any questions give me a holler. I can generally invoice you myself with Paypal, and Google Checkout or as it is becoming official now…Google Wallet. Just let me know if that is what you want, and your preference too.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams. Have a wonderful weekend, and come back to visit again soon now!



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New Blog Blogger Blogging Addy to Follow



New Blog Blogger Blogging Addy to Follow. Hello everyone, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Glad to have you visiting, and hope all are having a wonderful Tuesday as well.

Couple of weeks ago I ran into an issue that I thought was simple, but became harder to resolve than I thought it would. Not knowing for sure if things could be fixed, no definite answers, I did what I knew to do….start a new blog. I redirected my .com domain right away, and went to work building my blog again with all the pages, and then to try and notify everyone. At least trying to get the word out about the changes, and why the sudden urgency for all of it. Since that time things have been reinstated with the old blog, but I have the new blog too. Did some revising of things a bit, and applied a few more things I have learned along the way. So, I will keep the new blog addy, and have gone to the old blog and changed my URL addys that will bring you to my new blog, or maybe the new blog pages I have now too.

I am still selling with some of the same places, and it is only the blog addy that has changed at this time. So, that new addy to come visit me at is LilacsNDreams Blog OR you can use the .com by visiting LilacsNDreams. Another main page with my blog is LilacsNDreams Shoppe Blog OR  again use the .com for that by visiting LilacsNDreams Shoppe.

See some of my products with my at stores at Ecrater, Artfire, Etsy, and some are with Ebay as well. Thanks for taking the time to visit with LilacsNDreams everyone, and hope to see you again soon. Take care, and have a wonderful Tuesday!



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Vintage Collectibles Repurposed Upcycled Weekend

Vintage, Collectibles, Repurposed, Upcycled Weekend.

   Hello everyone, and thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Always happy to see you, and glad you visited as well. Here it is our first Friday for May, and into the weekend we are going. Any big plans? Will you be relaxing, maybe thrifting, visiting some yard sales, or maybe have plans with the family/friends too. Whatever it is I hope that you all enjoy the weekend.

   No special plans really for me this weekend. Work on the yard…which we had some storms happen about halfway through me mowing. Bad enough for the sirens to go off. Got through that, and all is well again. Now, back to my plans. I was thinking of getting some painting done, at least getting done around the trim. Fill in a couple of cracks in the ceiling. Then…I was hoping to work on some listings for my stores. Downsizing my collections, and inventory. Making room for us to be moving in a few months I hope…if all goes well. Will sure packing a lot easier. It will also make room for me to go shopping again in a new area, new thrift stores, different yard sales, and some wonderful flea markets too. Getting excited for that! Then, I can also focus more with repurposing some items I keep looking at here, and getting a little bit more done in that area too.

   Whatever your plans may be this weekend I hope you enjoy them, have fun, and do all you wish to do. Hey, while doing your list of things….don’t forget to relax too! When you are roaming the internet feel free to visit my stores to see my collections being offered, and to watch for more items to be added too. See me at Artfire, Ecrater, Etsy, and find me on Ebay as LilacsNDreams also. I am offering vintage, collectibles, repurposed, and some upcycled items too. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me as well. See something you like I would be happy to invoice you personally for such purchases too. Thanks again for visiting everyone, and see you again soon! Take care till the next time.


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Vintage Collectibles Repurposed Upcycled Altered Handmade Homemade at Artfire




Vintage Collectibles Repurposed Upcycled Altered Handmade Homemade Treasures Offered at Artfire by Me … LilacsNDreams! Thrift Store, Yard Sale, Flea Market Junkie who loves to treasure hunt, and sometimes junking too! I enjoy finding old vintage collectibles that can be reused again for you. Sometimes some of the treasures found are not in such good shape, only 1 piece from a set, have been neglected, headed to the dumps, and etc. are things that I will rescue, and find a new life for them by repurposing, and upcycling them. I take joy in doing online sales, and have been doing them since 2004.

My main venue is with Artfire, and I also offer items at Ecrater and Etsy too. When not doing this I enjoy spending time with my Blog, and reading other blogs too. So, take some time, and stop on over to visit me with places mentioned. When visiting my Blog make sure to share something, leave a comment, or even say Hi so that I know to come visit with you too!:) Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams today. Look forward to seeing you again. Take Care.


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Day Light Savings Time, Set Your Clocks Back an Hour








Day Light Savings Time, Set Your Clocks Back an Hour.

Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Glad to see you here, and happy you could visit with me. Just sharing a friendly reminder about the time, and setting your clocks tonight. So, before you go to bed, make sure you put them clocks back an hour. If not, you might have a rude awakening when you see how early you have gotten some where like church, meeting friends, your friendly brunch, work, and so on. Hey, doing this reminder for you helps me remember to do it too. I have 1 clock done, and about 3 more to go:)

Unfortunately, setting the clocks back also reminds us about it being Fall/Winter time too. Brrr! I hate the thought of snow. With the clocks going back an hour it will be getting darker out even much sooner than it has been now. Long dreary nights, and I am sooo looking forwared to spring already….LOL:) Anyway, hope this reminder helps some of you. Thanks again for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again. Have a super weekend everyone!:)



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Celebrate, Celebration, Happy 4th of July



Here is to wishing Everyone a Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the day, remember the day, celebrate, have fun, be happy, and Please. . . Be safe too!

Have fun enjoying the celebrations of today all!:)



Please visit my main blog to see the pages I have been adding, and what is being shared there as well!:)

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Cottage Style Decorating For Your Homes by LilacsNDreams

Cottage Style Decorating For Your Homes by LilacsNDreams

Having the cottage style home is light, airy, fresh, fun, and original.  In today’s style they often incorporate soft palettes of greens, blues, yellows, shades of lilacs, and pinks too. Sometimes you may show things brightened with some brisk colors used as well. Using pastels for color, some pretty florals, and with some vintage home accessories gives your home that cozy cottage style.

Using lace handkerchiefs, some lace trims, fragrance candles, and those sweet smelling soaps, a comfortable rocking chair, wallpapers, fabrics are just so yummy in the home of cottage styles. Sometimes glassware will be used whether it is clear, or a slight coloring that sparkles in the light will be displayed. Visual some of those furniture slip covers that are inviting, some vintage style upholstery, and of course the layers of weathered paint. Gotta love that chippy paint.

A cottage style decorating can surface anywhere. Attitude is also what can make the house cottage. Depending on the house locatetion I sometimes have seen seaside, shells, and sailboats incorporated with the decor too.

Today’s expressions of cottage style is the thought of flea markets, using fresh flowers, vintage patterns, and a bit of romance with it too.  A warm welcoming feeling to all who visit. 

I love cottage style homes, and wish I had all that with our home.  A working progress. I admire the style when I see it in books, and by many who share their homes with all of us. Which style of home are you?

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and come back often to read, share with us here, and you are free to make comments. All are welcome. When in roam visit my LilacsNDreams Artfire Store, and my LilacsNDreams Ecrater Store. Maybe you will find something to fit with your cottage style homes. Don’t forget to visit my main LilacsNDreams Blog too. Little more to see there, and roam with.


Blog, Blogging, LilacsNDreams Blog

Welcome again to LilacsNDreams! Glad you stopped by.

I have been working with my blogs again, and you know, they actually can take as much work as maintaining a website too. All depends what you put into it, and what you wish to receive with it, and what your goals are. I enjoy blogging, and find it relaxing too. I can share what I know, what I have learned, something I have seen, and it is kind of like having a journal. Difference being that with a blog you can also interact with people too. People you meet through your blogs, get to know them and their business, share things, and enjoy the time of conversing.

So, what I have been working on lately was adding a couple of more pages along with the others I have on my blog. Pages that are for people to interact with things a bit more. I always remind people they are welcome to share, comment, suggest, and so on. Maybe you would like to add a comment to one already left, and that is fine too. All I ask is to please remember everyone does have their own opinion to things, respect this, and we shall all get alone great!:)
I would also like to share a link to my other blog of LilacsNDreams, and a link to my LilacsNDreams Website too. Please give them a visit to see what has been done with the blog so far, the website, and know with the website I am doing a few minor adjustments as well. Similar to this one, but yet different in its own way too. I do hope everyone is having a great weekend so far, the weather is behaving for you, and to please remember those dealing with the floods…we are having that in our area with evacuations, and not sure when they can go back to their homes. Enjoy, and be safe everyone. Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams!

Websites, Domains, Hosting, Shopping Carts Is it All Needed

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! I first would like to notify everyone that pretty much most of this posting did come from my other blog where I had it posted LilacsNDreams Blog.

Time for another topic for ya’ll to read, share some opinions, and to offer what I have read too. Websites, should I have one, do I need one, so much work, is it necessary, and boy those things cost too. Yes, you are right, they can be costly. Depends what you all want to do with it, what your goals are, and how much you would like to spend with it too.

No matter how many storefronts a person has it is good to have a website. The website can serve as your home base, links your web presences to one another, and serves as your “hub” that will direct visitors to your stores, your blogs, and serves as kind of an online business card.

Before jumping into this I recommend searching around a bit. Do searches about them, see what others say, and suggest. Calculate how much you would like to spend for the website. Cost of hosting, your domains, the shopping carts, and do you intend to advertise to get your website out there too? A lot of things to consider.

What is the best Host, and what should you consider? You need to consider it needs to be affordable for you. I know Hostgator starts about $3.96 a month, and I see that one mentioned often by others using. The host needs to perform well for you, and your visitors. You need to be able to draw traffic. Does it give you the option of setting up a shopping cart, or is it included maybe? Make sure you have support staff that is available 24/7, and that it has the tools to let you edit the site yourself too. And, this one I like myself, it should provide for a blog if you would like to have one too. Another thing is can you do the domain with them, or do you need to go some where else for that?

Having a website is great for business cards. You use your main domain name on the card with the URL, and it will lead people to the website. From there they can view, and click to where they prefer to shop at. Your traffic can come from your host, and also your business cards too.

Now, there are some websites that are free to use too. Depends how much work you want to work with it yourself, what you are knowledable with, and where you feel comfortable at.

I have one. Actually on my 3rd, 4th, or whatever I had signed up with. There are different free ones out there. Some I have liked, and some I do not like as well. Google has one you can set up as many pages as you want, it’s free, and takes a little work. But, I am not all computer literate so sometimes anything will take a little work for me. Check google for  sites.google.com/?? Or, just go to google, and search it there. There is  Microsoft Office LiveFreeWebstore.org, Webstarts.comWix.com, and  Weebly.com. I know you can get one at Vendio, don’t let the ebay thing bother you as it can be done without ebay, and I think that one was free? 

There is also Pro Stores that can be used, and I do believe that starts at about $30 a month. I have heard others mention it, and they like it.  I have been noticing some websites being done with vistaprint.com, and do not know the cost for them. Yahoo has business sites/stores that can be used, and not sure of their cost. Just a lot all there, and no way I could mention them all. Search google for many of them, read forums with sites and social medias to learn of some, and just roam the internet to find them too.

As mentioned I do have my website, it is free, and that is with Weebly.com. Through bannerfans.com which is also free, I have made my banners, avatars, and such that are used with the site. I have set a tab that is a blog on my website…free, and I could add it in if I wanted to. I have directed 1 of my domains to this website. I got my domains through GoDaddy.com. I have never had an issue with them, pay a small yearly fee for the domains, and that cost is sooo small compared to paying fully for a website, and all the extras with it. 

I do not have a shopping cart on the site, although I could, or I could use the buy it now buttons as weebly does have that. Instead I use my rapid cart from Artfire, My widget from Ecrater, and for Addoway and the other stores I also have my RSS Feed going to the pages for them.

I have chosen to use my website, and my blogs as my landing pages showing my links to the stores I sell with, links to all the blogs, link to my website, and so on. Maybe at some point I will add the shopping cart, and sell either with my blog or website. But, for now, for me, I am comfortable using them as landing pages, and making an internet presence that way. Please, visit my LilacsNDreams Website, and have a look around. It is not perfect, I am sure there is much more to do with it, and different ways to do things, but I am comfortable with it, and it works for me. Great support at weebly, and they have been getting used by quite a few too.

I hope this has helped you with the issues of a website. I know I have not covered everything for you, but hope I was able to give you some things to think about, consider, and research with. Thanks again for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and visit with me here anytime. Always welcome with the visits, comments, sharing, and so on.


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Selling Online Hard Work

Hello, and Welcome to my LilacsNDreams Blog at WordPress! Below you are going to see a topic about Selling Online, it’s hard work, different than the brick and mortar stores, and some things involved with it. Sharing an opinion, and others are welcome to comment, and share too. Also, what you read below has pretty much been copied over from my other LilacsNDreams Blog, but wanted to share it here too. Hope you enjoy it.

Today I am going to discuss a subject that many of us deal with as sellers online.  Please remember this is in my opinion. There is no right, or wrong. You are welcome to comment, or share with us here too. When searching, or doing a listing with any of the venues I sell with I try to put things into perspective as if I were the buyer is generally how I work with most of my listings, and things I do for Online Sales.

I believe that Selling Online is hard work, and could be even more if I did everything I read and seen mentioned to do. It is very time consuming, and much harder to do than selling in person in my opinion. I feel it to be harder as the buyer is not able to touch what is being sold. Therefore have to work more with our descriptions to help the buyer feel the product, and also make the search engines happy with words we use. Along with this are pictures so that the prospective buyer can also better see with our descriptions what is being offered. As some of us know, pictures can also be time consuming with lighting, finding the right angles, amount of pictures, etc.

Another issue is that there is no two way conversation between the seller, and buyer to see the buyer’s eyes. Seeing someone’s eyes helps get a feel about the upcoming purchase. Helps you to better assist with addressing things right on the spot. Conversation is always helpful. I myself sometimes get too winded when describing things in my listings. I am trying to get the buyer to see what I see, feel what I can feel, and hopefully answer questions without wasted time between us contacting each other through emails.

Time is spent with shipping costs, finding the best one to offer for the item being sold, and the best way to ship from past experiences too. Unless the items I offer can be put to something smaller like an envelope, I generally send items USPS Priority Mail with insurance included. Reason for that is generally the shipping rates are a bit better, customers get their items within 2-3 days, and the insurance is always included for a more secure delivery. That comes from past dealings with the postal service. If a customer contacts me, and wishes to have it sent another way, I will work with them to do so as requested. I work with my customers the best possible way that I can.

Another thing as a seller to keep in mind is the venues we choose to sell with. Some of the venues do not cater to the same type of buyers, and sellers. I have found that sometimes what can work for one seller does not always work for another seller. There are many venues out there to choose from, some have higher fees to sell with than others, some advertise for their members, some work well with their members by having an operational site with support that can always be contacted too. It all depends what works for you, and where you find to feel comfortable with. It is important for you to pick the right selling venue for You. 

Some have their own websites. That is more cost to some with hosting fees, domain fees, shopping carts, and with your own website you also have to work harder to get yourself seen within search engines for the prospective buyer to find you. For me I have my blogs, my website, all having domains directed to them, and find this to be a smaller cost for me. With my blogs, and websites I offer the links for the venues I sell at, instead of a shopping cart I use the Artfire Rapid Cart, Ecrater Widget, and the RSS Feeds for the sites including Addoway. If any questions I can be contacted with no problem as I do read my emails through out the day. Also, if a seller would like to purchase directly from me I am more than welcome to invoice them through paypal. 

So, what do you think? How has it been for you selling online, and have you found what can work for you? If so, please share with us here. Thoughts, comments, and opinions are always welcome at LilacsNDreams. I only ask everyone to be civil, and remember that we all have our own opinions to things with no right, or wrong answer.

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams today! I enjoy the visits, the comments, the sharing, and hope to see you again. Take care till the next time Everyone.  Remember to visit with my stores with the links provided on this blog page. Thank You!

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