Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hodgepodge Vol 298

It's Hodgepodge time, head on over to Joyce's to see what other people have answered. I admit, the questions haven't really been interesting to me lately, there was one last week about a book I've read, but I couldn't think up answers for the rest, so I didn't join in.
1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try? I have been fishing, I am not patient enough to sit there and wait for the fish, though. My ex took me a few times, and I'd always wander off to find something else to do, he got tired of that and stopped taking me fishing.

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life? Maybe living in a fishbowl, I've decided my life is boring, mostly all I do is go to work and go home and read, craft, or watch TV. I think I'm just itching for garage sale season. Our weather has been gorgeous lately, we hit the 70s twice last weekend. That is very strange for February in Iowa. I know it's going to get colder and we're getting snow the end of the week. I think I'm just ready for the weather to be nice and not have to worry about what might be coming.

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer? My chapstick. My lips always seem to be chapped or dry, so I have about 20 tubes of it, can I ever find them? No. Thankfully they are cheap.

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie? I just recently watched Finding Dory. That was wicked cute. Baby Dory, with her giant eyes, yes. Plus all the other characters, loved that movie.

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer. I think I'm more daylight. Like I said, I love walking to garage sales. I'm not big on staying out at night, and I have a wicked hard time getting out of bed in the morning.

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear? Probably some of my bras. I don't like shopping for those and they don't really wear out, so I never shop for them.

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far? I am actually going to Chicago the week of St Patrick's Day. I'm excited about it, I feel I kind of just need to get away from life for awhile. 
Worst: When I was at the bookstore in early January, there was one Sunday where it was -15 outside and the windchill was -30. I'm not a fan of the cold weather, especially when I have to go out in it. If it was cold and I could just curl up at home, I'd be fine. We also had an ice storm on Martin Luther King Jr., Day. I hated that, we skated everywhere for the next few days, you couldn't even walk on the grass because there was this thin coat of ice on everything.
Best: but also on that note, when it's wicked cold, it's been nice and cozy in my apartment, I love just being here and curling up on the couch with my computer. I guess I could also say these 70 degree days we've been having.

7.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune? I don't drink. I don't like the taste of alcohol. My favorite alcoholic drink is actually a mudslide. I'm not a huge Jimmy Buffet fan either, I think the only one I've heard is Alan Jackson's It's Five O'Clock somewhere, where he comes in at the end.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Like I said above I'll be heading to Chicago for the week of St Patrick's Day, that's spring break here. I haven't been on vacation since my family went to Charleston, SC a few years ago for Christmas. It's interesting the difference in our planning. My parents decided we need to plan this trip, all I want to do is relax, maybe wander off and explore some neighborhoods. I'm really not interested in having all my days completely planned out. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's thrift store excursion

I don't really like Valentine's Day, so I planned a shopping trip with my boss for yesterday. She said that day worked for her, so we went out for lunch and then went to a few thrift stores in Des Moines, which is about an hour away. I never go to Des Moines, it was really fun.
We went to a place called Zombie Burger for lunch, basically it has all kinds of burgers and sandwiches named with Zombie names. I'm not sure what mine was called, but it was a portobello deep fried with fixings of a hamburger, it was wonderful.
Our first stop was Salvation Army, I don't go to Salvation Army much, but I learned as we were browsing, they will try to sell anything. It's amazing what they had for sale. The premise of this trip was to get some cool clothes, but as you'll see, I didn't end up with that many clothes.
 I did get this shrug for $2.99, the dinosaur, Rainbow Sprite and frog were 49 cents, the elephant was 69cents and a calendar I forgot to put in the picture (it's so pretty, it's a whole bunch of lions and other wild animals at this animal sanctuary) was 50cents.
Next stop was a nicer thrift store, I don't remember what it was called:
 Here's where I got my shirts, the black is a sleeveless with a cool detailing around the collar, the purple has a whole bunch of purple ribbon on the front, the pinkish one is more of a sleeveless. I picked up the potholder for a swap I'm in. I picked up the ladybug coaster for a friend.
Next up was a thrift shop where the proceeds went toward feeding animals.
 Christmas stickers, a vintage pipe cleaner creature kit, Super Mario stained glass kits, doilies, a heart dish and a tin of K&Company ephemera. I couldn't pass up the stickers or the vintage pipe cleaner kit. I also loved the Super Marios, I'm hoping to paint them and give them to friends. I bought the heart dish for my mom. I thought I'd use the doilies to make some wands.
Next up was another Salvation Army
 I found this cute stuffed elephant
I'd read of pay by pound Goodwills and while they sound interesting, when I found we had one, I realized I don't really like them. I don't like digging, I also thought it was sad that any games were scattered throughout the giant bins you have to dig through. There were a ton of beanie babies in there, and I mostly bought stuffed animals because they were cute, and basically free. It was also about 8pm and I was getting mighty tired.
 Two piglets, a sheep, some kind of green monster, a teddy bear, a strange bunny key chain, the bunny from Secret Life of pets, a set of butterfly info cards, two crocheted (knitted)? flowers.
Last stop was another Goodwill:
 a pack of MAMBI 12x12 paper, cards, a heart dish matching the other one I found, an owl figurine, a card game. I had to pick up the paper, I had found a few packs of plain cardstock with less than this pack had, also 12x12, at one of the Salvation Armies for $4.99, this pack was $2.99, plus it has specialty papers of foiled, and glossy. It was rather cool I found this heart dish that perfectly matches the other one I found, I'm planning on giving them to my mother for Mother's Day or her birthday. I loved the owl figurine, it didn't have a price on it, and when they came back with a price of $2.99, I probably shouldn't have paid that much for it.
Here are a few more things I picked up there.
an owl pillow, stuffed bee, a few movies. I had a really hard time passing up the really cute, soft stuffed animals. I did make sure there were no rips or stains on them. The movies are Heathers, Braveheart, and The Green Mile. I probably shouldn't have paid about $3 for each of them either.

I had a really fun time. Like I said, I don't like Valentines since I've been single, Tuesdays are my normal days off, so I knew I'd be at home bummed. We thought we should do it again, I hope next time to actually buy clothes. I also didn't get anything for Valentine's Day which I expected.

I really want to go shopping at the after Valentine's sales. I wanted to go today until I remembered I had to work a game tonight. I did just go to all the stores last Friday and I don't need anything else, but I love getting the chocolate cheaper and I want to see if Hobby Lobby has any somewhat cheaper double sided 12x12 papers. I made a stuffed envelope the other day with a 12x12 paper and while I like how it turned out, I wish I had something with better designs on both sides.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Package in the mail

When I first started shopping online, one of my favorite stores was SkyBluePink. I haven't been there in a long time, so I went over there in late January and read that they would be closing their shop in March, so I decided to do one more purchase. I bought a pack of assorted game cards for $1.00, and a surprise box. Usually they are pretty quick with shipping, but because of the store closing they have had a lot of orders, it took them two and a half weeks to send it, but when they did, it got here in two days.
Here's what I got:
 I thought I'd do some close-ups of each of the products. The game cards are in their own little bag on the right side and the stencil at the top are the only two items that weren't included in the surprise box. The surprise box is listed as $50 worth of surprise box. This is from their website: "You will find anything and everything in there -- ribbons, brads, beads, charms, game pieces and who knows what! Everything is brand new, unused merchandise."
Here is what I got in the surprise box:
 7gypsies seam binding pack, 1 yard per design.
 Darice charms, aluminium coin charms, silver plated 72 pieces.
 a very long strip of red punchinella, what is left over when confetti is punched.
 zebra striped ribbon.
 We R memory keepers washi tape, gold metallic tape, three rolls, 78 feet total, one 7mm solid color, one 10 mm gold stripes, and one 15 mm polka dots.
 Making Memories mailbox alphabets, self-adhesive, extra vowels, celery color, 12 letters.
 BoBunny buttons, c'est la vie buttons, 21 pieces, there are wood, plastic and chipboard buttons.
 Creative Impressions fleur de lis brads, 50 pieces.
 BoBunny brads, penny emporium brads, 19 pieces
 Stanislaus imports mini puzzle pieces, 200 pieces. I wonder if I put these together would I actually have a full puzzle?
 American Crafts Primo ribbon, yellow/white twine, 5 yds.
 SmoochSpritz, limolicious color, .37 fl oz. I'm not entirely sure what this is, it's in a tiny spray bottle and the back says: " Perfect of creating shimmering backgrounds on cardstock, chipboard, stencils, wood. Shake well before using."
 a tiny canvas, 2x3 inches.
 Embellishment Village Angelina "Hot Fix" straight cut fibers, 1/2 oz. I remember using some of this when I worked in a mixed media store, it can be bonded when it's heated up.
 
 Tiny playing cards, they are 1 1/4" round, 52 cards.
 Paper accents tags, 2 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches, 25 pieces, 5 colors.
 
 7gypsies mini ephemera pack, 15 pieces.
Tim Holtz ideaology ephemera pack, 70 pieces.
Here's the card pack:
 It's 40 pieces of assorted cards. I originally got them to wrap my washi around, but they took so long to get here, I bought a deck of cards at the Dollar Store while I was waiting.
Here's the stencil:
It's a surprise goodie pack they give you when they overestimate the shipping. It's not always a stencil, it's just something they have in inventory.

A lot of this turned out to be kinda mixed media. I don't think I've gotten the surprise box before, I loved getting the ephemera boxes, like the kitchen sink. (I don't have links up because, things are just listed under different headings on their website, there's not a link to a specific product, just the page it's on.) Wendy of Re-Used Muse on Youtube is having a challenge and she likes mixed media, maybe I'll use some of this stuff for that.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Life happened

 So, It's been awhile, cause that always seems to happen. I've just been creating for swaps, and being a lump on my couch. Check out my other blog to see what I've been creating, here.
One of my facebook groups, we send each other gifts every month. I was a little bummed because my December partner flaked on me. I put together what I thought was a really good package and then I never got anything in return, to top it off, she told the group hostesses that I was being rude to her and then left the group. I know I could still get in touch with her through messenger, but I decided to just let it go, that's just part of swapping. Most of the time people come through and honor their commitments, but sometimes they don't and since we can't go to their house and yell at them, we just accept it. For the January swap, the hostess said she'd pair me up with someone really good. (I've had a couple packages get lost in the mail, and a couple get to me late, and I've angeled a few times, I don't know if I'll stay in the group.)
I did get a great partner for January, here's what she sent me:
 How cool is that box? And it was packed to the gills:
 I love that owl, he's sitting on the couch staring at me. Also, there's chocolate, vintage lace, a giant paperclip, some felt hearts, hot chocolate, page flags, some time pens, strawberry candy, erasers and stickers.
But, there's more:
 heart bling, sticky notes, card bases, a notebook, some clips, cards, stickers, stamps, lace, a Valentine banner, paper clips and some library cards and pockets. I'm not sure how she got it all in the box, no matter what I do, it doesn't all go back in it.
And still, more:
a scarf, socks, ribbon, washi, flat back pearl strips, and chocolate.
I sent her a book, some double stick tape, chocolate, pens, stickers, sticky notes, highlighters and some paperclips.
I went to Walmart the last day of January and picked up a few things:
 There was more, but these are the exciting things. Both of the Wonder Woman shirts were on clearance for $3, they are the junior size, so I got them extra big. I really like them, except the white one is very see-through, but I have a lot of tank tops, so it's not an issue. The cactus guy was $4, I bought him mostly because people have been talking about picking up the cactus stuffed animals from Target for $5 and I wanted one, I love this guy though. The emoji guy was $2.98, I couldn't believe he was that cheap, and I'm loving the emojis.
My hair is getting really long:
See what I mean about that shirt being see through, you can see my leggings through it. Anywho, my hair hits about below my breasts, and I'm not sure what to do with it. I put it in a braid every day, but I'm thinking I'll have to figure out something else soon, because the little wisps come undone around my ears and drive me crazy.
My co-worker was cleaning out and found some vintage buttons for me. These are my favorite from the bag she gave me:
 Has anyone seen the cherry looking one in the middle of the picture? It looks like that old plastic from the 50's-60's that I can't remember the name of. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a pair of cherries or not, there is a loop on the back of each cherry. I also love the glass ones. There is a pink glass one in the middle by the cherries, and a bunch of black glass ones. There's a tiny black glass leaf at the bottom. There's also a couple broken black glass ones.
The weather has been weird this week. Monday, it was in the 50's, Tuesday it dropped down to the 30's and was foggy, Wednesday there was a couple inches of snow on the ground, Thursday it was in the teens and felt much colder, and the wind just kept getting worse throughout the day, today it's supposed to be back in the 50's.
I decided to get out and enjoy the weather a bit today, so I went shopping. I was going to go to BAM, Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, JoAnn's, and Hobby Lobby, but that didn't happen. I started out towards BAM because I've been wanting a day-by-day calendar but no one really has a great selection. BAM is about 1.5 miles from my house, and I don't have a car, so I got out my music.
I got in there and they said a lot of things were 50% off, but I went straight to the calendars. I saw this cool one:
 I didn't need a wall calendar, but it had some cute pictures.
I was very proud of myself for only picking up the calendars, but I did pick up two.
 Mostly because they were all $3, so why not. I'm pretty sure they were about $15 each regular price. I really wanted one with pictures of cute animals, but I settled for these.
Next up was Walmart, it's probably about a half mile from BAM, maybe not even that much.
I put back the bralette, underwear and sleep wear set that I kinda needed, and spent about $30 on all this:
 I had picked up the tape a while back (probably the last time I went shopping) to see how it compared to the stuff I get at Hobby Lobby. I've decided I like it, especially when I can get 8 rolls (I picked up two packs) for less than 4 at Hobby Lobby. I picked up the fox and arrows gift bags for friends, I thought the donut one would make some cute paperclips, plus I have a sweet treats flip book to make. I picked up the two rolls of duct tape because they were on sale for $1.50, and who doesn't need duct tape. I picked up the stuffed strawberry because I'd seen the donut last time and didn't pick it up, I saw it this time too, but I liked the strawberry better. The stuffed heart emoji is for a friend. The bottle at the end is Minute Maid it was on clearance for a buck, so I thought I'd try it. The Valentine's stickers were too cute. The Christmas animal stickers were 2 cents, the owls were 10 cents, and sadly the elves rang up normal.
Next was Target:
 The thing I love most about Valentine's day is the chocolate, I haven't really been into it this year, though. My cartwheel had 20% of Ghiradelli squares so I picked up the two hearts, and I'm not gonna pass up the Lindt. The frog was 5, and the rest was from the dollar spot. I love the feathers on the sticky notes. I've been wanting the envelopes stickers since I saw them on someone's Target haul. I love these tags, they have banners sewn onto them. The sticky notes say "hello, you look" and then a whole bunch of adjectives. I just picked up the cards to have some nice bases. I remembered to give the checkout guy my cartwheel and remind him about the 5 cents off for having my reusable bag, but I forgot about my gift cards. I remembered about halfway through the parking lot, thankfully they let me put it on them.hadn
Next up was Dollar Tree:
 hand sanitizer, playing cards, bandages, lanyard, whack a balloon, pens, bookmark, and tape. The hand sanitizer, lanyard, decorative pens, bookmark and whack a balloons are for swaps. I like to send washi samples out on playing cards and of course lost my stash of them. Who can pass up minion bandages (I bought two of those)? I've seen people saying Dollar Tree was carrying the G2 pens, which is a good deal because normally a pack of 4 is about $5, until I remembered a refill pack of 3 is a little over $1, oh well. I picked up the pink/purple pens for me. I seem to have lost my clear tape recently, cause that's how my life is.
 My Dollar Tree was rumored to have issues with mice recently and they haven't had candy/food for awhile, apparently I got a little excited when I saw it was back. Basically everything is for me. The gummy carrots and tiger pops are for Easter (I realize it's a little ways away), the emoji lollipop is for a swap.
gift bag, foam glitter sheet, stickers. The gift bag, glitter sheets and frame stickers are for a swap. The rest are for me, cause stickers.
After spending $30 at Dollar Tree, I decided I didn't need to spend more at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's especially since a friend and I are going thrift store shopping for clothes next week. So, I headed over to Burger King, picked up lunch and went home.

I've been really bummed lately, I think I just don't like February. First, Valentine's Day, not just because I'm single. When my ex broke up with me, it became real on Valentine's Day. He hadn't talked to me in awhile and I just kept hoping he would, but I knew when he didn't get me anything or even call/text me on Valentine's Day, we were over. Second, one of my good friends died last year in early February. And I guess I'm just ready for spring.

What's up with everyone else?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ugh, it never ends

Now that I'm not working all the time, all I want to do is go spend money.
I went to Walmart, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby today. Walmart because I haven't gone in awhile and wanted to see if they had anything exciting. Dollar Tree because I actually needed stuff from them. Hobby Lobby because I needed a refill of my double stick tape.
I am so sick of gray and dreary days. I appreciate that it's not cold and there's not snow on the ground, but I hate that everything's wet and we haven't seen the sun in a few days. I feel like every day I get up and look at my weather app and it tells me there's fog. I also hate that we're hovering around freezing at night and sometimes during the days.
Anywho, here's what I picked up:
Like I said, I went to Walmart because I hadn't been there in awhile. Last Sunday, I went to Target and Dollar Tree, but for some reason didn't go to Walmart. My Target and Super Walmart are practically next door to each other, the Dollar Tree is about a block away from the Target. On my walk down there I kept arguing with myself saying I didn't need anything, but I wanted to see what they had for Valentine's.
When I walked in the front door I wanted to buy the $10 stuffed ladybug they had, but I didn't. I did find a lot of food: crackers, donuts, pretzels and chocolate. It was about 9:30/10:00 when I got there, I hadn't had breakfast and really wanted some good donuts. These are strawberry flavored chocolate covered, so good. I picked some up at the grocery store last week. The Flipz are always good, and I love these strawberry Lindt truffles, they only come out for Valentine's Day. I found these winter stickers in the sticker aisle and they rang up for 2 cents, I would have gotten more, if I knew that. I should have turned around and grabbed the rest of them. The tiny clothespins are for a friend, I felt kind of bad when I saw them at the Dollar Tree next, oh well. I noticed this double sided tape and since it came with 4 rolls for about $6, instead of 3 replacement rolls for $12 as Hobby Lobby has tape, I picked it up. The puffball pen was in the Valentine's section, it was about $1. I needed the conditioner and since Dollar Tree does not carry the large size, I picked it up.
I was tempted to go back to Target, but I talked myself out of it, and continued on to Dollar Tree:
 I spent just over $7, and mostly everything I needed, the tape was not needed. It was kinda sad, I don't think I've ever done that at Dollar Tree before. My brush was dying, so I grabbed a new one. I'm almost out of toothpaste and was very excited to find this larger tube of Crest. I'm always in need of ziploc bags and sponges and I couldn't find my flippy thing (I don't know what they are called), last time I wanted to use it. OK, I admit I didn't need the bandaids, but I wanted some with a cool design on them. The tape was an interesting find. I've never found the tape where you'd think it would be at my Dollar Tree. This roll was sitting in the classroom supplies, and a lady was digging through them. I waited to make sure she didn't want it, and walked up and grabbed it. She kinda looked at me like she did want it, but didn't say anything, so I just walked away.
I still went to Hobby Lobby because I wanted to pick up some washi
I was originally gonna wait until next week to go and pick up the double sided tape to see what new fun sales were going on, but I picked up some great vintage Valentine paper for a flip book and wanted some floral washi to bind it. I had picked up this bag of chocolate last week but didn't realize it wasn't on sale. Of course then I thought about it all week, so I picked it up this time. I had found a different roll of floral washi that I wanted, but it was in those big tubes for $12.99, and I didn't like enough of the other rolls to justify spending $6.50 on it.
Am I the only one that notices that it seems Hobby Lobby likes to have one roll in the double pack I want but not the other. I actually like the second roll in this pack.

I really want to head out to our mall tomorrow, check out the smaller Walmart and the TJ Maxx, but I don't need anything.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Busy few weeks

Last time I checked in, seems to be the 4th. Since then, I've basically been working. Tomorrow will be my first day off since then. I went shopping a couple days I got done early, but it's mostly been work.
On the January 9th I caught the sunrise on my way to work:
 I don't know about anyone else, but I find it extremely hard to get out of bed before the sun has risen. Most days I had to be at my 3rd job at 8AM, which meant getting up at 6:30.
 On January 10th, I didn't have to be there until 11, so since I had to catch a pretty early bus, I checked out the sale section and picked up these fingerless gloves/mittens
 I'm not entirely sure how I feel about them. I like them as gloves, I don't really like flipping up the mitten part, it seems a little small. I did get some use out of them the other day when my hands were cold and I was typing on the computer.
I tried to listen to music while taking a bath Friday night, but my speaker wouldn't work (found out later it was an issue with the outlet, and not my speaker), so I picked up this guy Saturday at work:
I'd say he's about the size of my hand, he cost me about $20, and an additional $5 for that pink cord there.
 One day on the way into work, I found this guy on the ground.
 Apparently, he is Thresh and he's only available at GameStop. I don't know what to do with him.
That same day I tried to spend money at CVS. They had sent me a 30% off my total purchase coupon, so I wandered over there to see if they had anything good, I did find this:
 I'd love to get that for Valentine's Day. Sadly, I came to the same realization as the last time I'd been in there, it's just way too expensive. I think it's a great resource for the college kids who don't have a pharmacy or close grocery store by campus, but it's too expensive for me.
This was Sunday, it was pretty dead, so I got to go home about an hour and a half early, so I went shopping. Mostly because I wanted to go shopping on Monday, but there was an ice storm in the forecast.
First stop, Dollar Tree
 I picked up the monster card for me, the bug card for my friend. I couldn't pass up the chocolate. I picked up the heart pics for loaded envelopes, I want to try my hands at those. I picked up the bobble head dog and the stone for swaps. The bug is for me, and the felt trim is for swaps.
That stone was very poorly painted, I should have looked at it better, but I keep seeing people haul them and I just wanted one. I painted the 'stone' part purple and repainted the red parts, then I went over it with mod podge, I didn't like the rough feeling in my hands.
 Stickers! I know they need no explanation. There's a couple sheets of Valentine's stickers. I picked up the vintage looking ones and then got home and found I already had them, so I sent them off in a swap. I'll probably send the flower ones off, too, I wanted them at the time, but I don't think I'll actually use them. The box of stickers was too cute to pass up. I also couldn't pass up the troll book, it's different from the one I picked up at JoAnn's. I loved the Disney princesses one it has all their 'buddies' and the sticker that sold me is Belle with a pile of books. I also picked up the foam flowers for swaps.
 I can't pass by gel pens. I did send the brights off in a swap. I picked up that 'tape' box for my friend's birthday in March, it reminds me of the tape from Guardians of the Galaxy. I picked up the stereo speaker just in case. The other box is for me, but I might end up sending it out in a swap. I really needed the shower pouf (and other things I didn't pick up) and the chocolate is for a swap.
I spent about $30.
Next up was Target.
 I realized on the bus ride over there that I didn't have my gift cards with me, so I didn't spend too much. Found all of these but the minion in the dollar spot. The Shopkins stickers and erasers were a dollar. The tags are pink with faux leather rose gold hearts. I thought it'd be cool to stamp on the tags and use the hearts for something else. I picked up the stamp set because I've always wanted one of those rolly stamps. I was disappointed, you couldn't really see what the sayings were. I also think I'm giving up on this, I don't think I'll use most of the sayings, so I'll probably send it out in a swap. I liked the thick gold tape, but every time I use Target dollar spot washi for something it doesn't stick very well, so I think I'm done buying it. I picked up the minion sucker for me. I picked up the bags because they measure 2 by 3, thought I could use them in flip books.
Monday, we basically had rain, freezing rain, and sleet all day. Everything was covered in a thin sheet of ice, not fun. It was still a bit icy on my way into work on Tuesday. Wednesday, the high was almost in the 50's and it mostly melted it all off. We've been having overcast days and fog warnings since then. There was fog when I got off work tonight at 6pm, it's like we're in a scary movie or something.
The other day, I found these cute Golden books on the free shelf at the library.
 They are about 2 inches square. I don't know what I'll use them for, but I couldn't pass them up.
Thursday, the 19th I got done early again, so I stopped at JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby on my way home.
I usually don't go to JoAnn's, since my store rearranged, their paper crafting section sucks. I do go in sometimes to look at their holiday stuff, though. This time I noticed they had a $1.50 and $3.00 section:
 All the hanging stuff is $1.50 and the stuff in the bins are $3.00
 That was pretty cool, if they continue to do this, I'll definitely go back.
Found this cute little heart on the sidewalk on my way to Hobby Lobby
 I saw this at Hobby Lobby, but couldn't justify spending the money on it, I might make something similar.
 I did buy a few things at JoAnn's:
 sticker book for my friend's birthday. These heart stickers are the puffed up epoxy ones. The erasers/cards are for a swap. I signed up to do a sweet treats flip book, I really wanted to get the monster set, but I bought these for the swap, maybe the monsters will still be there after Valentine's Day. I have also signed up for a wand swap, so I picked up some doilies and some leftover Christmas cupcake liners.
Here's what I got at Hobby Lobby:
 felt hearts for a swap. The griffin pendant is for my friend. The "w" is for me, I have a hard time passing up "w's". I picked up the plastic bulbs because I wanted to alter them. I couldn't pass up the color your own stickers, especially when all The Paper Studio items were 50% off. The vintage stickers are for a Valentine's swap. I thought I could send the office kit to someone, but I love it too much, I may keep it for myself. The cupcake stickers are for the sweet treats flip book. The owls are for Valentines. The 6x6 paper pad was in the Valentine's section, which was 30% off, but the cashier gave it to me for 50% off because it's by The Paper Studio. I loved how only a few designs were for solely Valentine's Day. I also loved the shabby chic-ness of it and decided to make a vintagey flip book for one of my swaps.
I got home and realized I should have picked up double stick tape, so I'll be going back tomorrow, while the Paper Studio stuff is still 50% off to pick up some floral tape for my flip book.
Today, I had a few swaps to mail, saw this stamp at the post office
I'm kinda confused as to why she has what looks like Thor's hammer. I feel she should have her lasso. Oh well, it's cool to see.
I'm also heading over to Walmart and Dollar Tree tomorrow. After that I'm done shopping for Valentine's Day.
I was supposed to work at one of my jobs tomorrow, but I really needed a day off before Sunday, I could tell in how stressed/tired I was, so I put in to get the day off. I'm spending the weekend on me and things I need to do. I hope to be recharged by Monday when I have to go back to work.