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Christmas Postal Deadlines 2012

I don't post here very often, but today I thought I'd stop by to mention that the deadlines for Christmas shipping in time for the holiday are coming up fast:-International first class: Dec. 10-Parcel Post Domestic: Dec. 14-First Class Domestic: Dec. 20In addition to those are a few expedited shipping rates, which might shave a day or two off these deadlines, but will cost you more.  It's best to just get your orders in quickly, especially if you are ordering from outside the US.Many of my smaller items, such as jewelry, scarves, salt and pepper shakers, and bookmarks are eligible for the fastest shipping rate (first class domestic), while my l... » Read More

What Would You Do with a Vintage Sewing Pattern?

I've recently uploaded a new selection of vintage sewing patterns here in my shop on ArtFire.  I have tried to price them competitively, because I'd like to see them flying off the shelves in anticipation of warmer weather. Many of them are summer garments, like sundresses or skirt sets.  I also have some lighter-weight office or business attire for women, for a classic look I know will be loved.These seem to be mostly from the 70s and 80s, and generally fit a Misses size 8-12.  I think they once belonged to the same woman, since I found them together.  I like to imagine what she was like. Judging by her selections, she mainly went wit... » Read More

What Are Your Plans for the New Year?

It's that time of year again, when people make resolutions and business plans for the new year.  Have you given any thought to that yet?I am not usually one to make official New Year's resolutions, because I have seen so many fail after a month or two.This year, I think I will make a vague one (vague is easier to keep, you know) and say that I want to plan better in 2012.2011 was better here at CandyAppleCrafts than 2010, because I made a greater effort to list more merchandise (albeit mostly vintage) on a regular schedule, I expanded my online presence to two stores rather than one, and I got deeper into social media.  I also think I learne... » Read More

CandyAppleCrafts Black Friday Sale!

Just popping over here to let you know that my Black Friday deals have already begun.  I just marked items in my scarf/hankie/tie section, my jewelry section, my hobby/craft section, my books section, and my holiday/seasonal section to free shipping to the US.  If you've been eying things in these sections, I hope you'll check it out!I won't be shipping out anything purchased between the 23rd and the 25th until the 28th, due to my Thanksgiving holiday, travel, etc.  However, know that I take holiday shipping deadlines very seriously.  Packages ordered by the 28th will arrive by Christmas, barring freak occurrences while the box is in t... » Read More

Traditional Giblet Gravy Recipe, How To

Since we are coming up on the holidays, I thought I would share the traditional giblet gravy recipe from my great-grandmother's copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook.  As you can see, measuring is approximate, and can be varied, depending on how many people are being served.Giblet Gravy *  Place cleaned giblets (liver, gizzard, heart) in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until liver is tender. Remove liver, and continue simmering until gizzard is tender. Cool. Chop giblets.*  Meanwhile, blend double amount of water to flour (2 tbsp cold water to 1 tbsp flour) until creamy and smooth.  Set aside.*  Remove turkey from pan and ... » Read More

Let the Christmas Rush Begin!

I've been very busy mailing out Christmas ornaments from my other shop for the past three weeks.  The sales traffic has been phenomenal!  I can't wait to see a surge of customers over here as well.I just popped over here to remind everyone that I try to ship packages the day of the sale, so if you order from me, you should get your orders quickly and efficiently.  There's no reason why you shouldn't!I hope everyone has a happy and abundant holiday season!Here are some links to products that will meet your holiday needs:Holiday dishes, including serving platters, gravy boats, and mugs and plates Jewelry to glam up your holiday wardrobeÂ... » Read More

US Postal Service Holiday Deadlines

Hello everybody!  So glad to have this blog up and running.I'm popping in today to remind you of some holiday shipping deadlines, in case you are eying something in my shop and wonder if you can get it in time for Christmas.  If you are ordering vintage, I should be able to ship your package the same day, or the following morning.  If you are ordering something I have to make for you, please allow 2-3 days for me to create it before I ship it.  I pride myself in fast shipping, because I really, really want you to be pleased.  I'd rather I lost sleep over your package than you!Last Days to ShipInternational customers:Australia, New Z... » Read More