Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shopping Day

My friend and I went shopping to celebrate my birthday (July 2nd) yesterday.
First stop was Salvation Army, I picked up one cute bee:
 He was only 99 cents.
I was supposed to be looking for shirts (like last time), but it takes way too long to clothes shop. At the next stop, a local thrift store, I did find two:
 The one on the left is a gradiated plum with a leopard like print over it. The one on the right has a paisley print. They were about $4 each.
We went to lunch after that, I had an egg salad sandwich on a croissant, it was the saddest egg salad I've ever had, it didn't have any zip to it. The Snicker apple salad I had with it, was phenomenal, very good.
Next up was Goodwill:
 The binder is 2" (for my pocket letters) it was 99 cents, the shirt was $2.59 and the snowman mug was 99 cents. I don't need another snowman, but he was so cute.
My friend had to take a call for work, so I headed over to Target while she was on the phone. How cute is this accessory kit?
 It was $6, I had a gift card, but I still can't justify spending that much on it, I'll wait until after school shopping time and see if it shows up on clearance.
Here's what I did pick up:
 a couple sticky note kits for $1 each. The penguin holds a tiny bottle of glue, he was in the back to school section and only $1.49, I just thought it was cute. The watermelon pencil case was $3, the Wonder Woman socks are a 3-pack and were $5. The watermelon on the end was on clearance for $1.50.
I also picked this up:
It was $35, which is a bit steep for me, but I needed it as a replacement for my TV stand which has water damage and is sad. I haven't set it up yet, so I don't know if it works, but I hope it does.
Next up was another Salvation Army.
I love the sentiment on this cup:
I picked up some egg doilies, confetti, a keychain, a letter opener and an activity kit.
 The doilies were 49 cents, the red/white/blue sequins were 19 cents, the star sequins were 39 cents, the letter opener was 49 cents, the Star Wars play kit (really shouldn't have bought it, but it was all there) was $1.99.
We stopped by a garage sale on the way to the next store:
 I picked up this elephant creamer for a friend, it was 50 cents.
We stopped at another Salvation Army, but they were playing Christian music nonstop and it bothered me, so I didn't buy anything.
Next up was a Goodwill:
 I picked up that Scrapbook kit for $5.99. It says it has over 1200 items and is a $100 value. It wouldn't surprise me if it originally sold at $30 or more originally. It is missing a few pieces and I'll never use the scrapbook that was included, but I think it was worth it.
The Dollar Tree was right next door, so I convinced my friend to go there:
 calendars, stickers, cards, drying mat, food, mounting squares, pens. I think it's a little early to be picking up calendars for next year, but I thought since I was there, I'd pick some up, let's see if I lose them before 2018. I couldn't pass by the sea or owl stickers, I was actually a little disappointed in their sticker section, but it's not like I need more. I also don't need more notecards, but this set has a bunny holding a flower. I did need the drying mat. I always try to pick up foam tape, or in this case foam mounting squares when I see it. I didn't need more pens either, but I admit, I have a problem.
I had a fun time, spent a bit over $40 and got to spend time with a friend. It was a great day off.

Week of July 9th

Sunday: My mom asked if I wanted to go to an art in the garden fair. There was also a "garbage" art exhibit going on.
I found a polar bear
 a sword fish:
 a star:
 a shark:
 The inside of the shark's mouth:
a trigger fish
 and jelly fish:
 I thought this elephant bank was really cute:
 I also found a frog in the lake:
 and a puddle that looked fun to play in
 and some succulent turtles:
 more turtles:
 and some weird hostas:
 and some baby Naked fruit juice:
 I bought these three bracelets for $27
 and this cute bunny made from a cashmere sweater for $13
 We stopped by Walmart on the way home and they had their school supplies out.
I really only stopped in for the tape, but I saw the school supplies, the set of 15 (?) gel pens was $5, and the shaker minion ribbon was $1.
I had to work as well, so stopped off at the library book sale again on my break.
Monday: I made a birthday card for a coworker:
I also got some swaps in the mail,
A $5 mystery swap: 
 A loaded destash envelope:
 A birthday card:
 I was pretty stressed at the end of the night because of work and swaps and just life.
Tuesday: I really enjoyed my day off. I returned a bunch of stuff to the library, I went shopping:
 pistachio bark, Mountain Dew, cookies, chai, playing cards, bunny.
I was disappointed in the pistachio bark, it barely has any chunks of pistachios, can't really tell they are pistachios, that was $4. The Mountain Dews were 2 for $3. The cookies were $2, the chai was $2, I'm planning on drinking it tomorrow. The cards are Iowa playing cards, they were on clearance for $4, I was hoping each card was different, but they're all the same, a bit disappointing. The bunny was $1.
I did some artwork, and finished three swaps, a my choice swap:
 a pink, and black envelope flip book:
 and a scavenger hunt pocket letter:
 I also got a journaling card swap in the mail:
 She sent me an extra pack of Graphic 45 journaling cards:
Wednesday: I went to work, the post office and grocery shopping. I mailed off all those art projects I finished on Tuesday. And basically relaxed the rest of the day.
Thursday: I meant to get up and work on some swaps, but I sat down in front of the computer and didn't do much art. Worked that night.
Friday: I went shopping with a friend, that's gonna be a separate post, it'll be long. I had some great mail waiting for me when I got home.
A sticker swap:
A summer pocket letter:
 A mini loaded envelope:
 And a flip book:
Saturday: I was so tired from Friday, I didn't go to any garage sales (after spending $40 on Friday, I didn't need to spend more money anyway), and went to work.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hodgepodge Volume 313

It's Hodgepodge time again, head on over to Joyce's blog to see what others answers are.

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional) My neighbor had a garage sale a few weeks ago and I found out I used to live across the street from her mother. That was kinda strange. Honestly, I don't talk to the neighbors much, and I'm ok with that.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why? I first read that as which do I like the most, which seems to be an easier question, so I'm answering that one. I like the sea, it has more interesting things in it. The last time I visited it was way back in 2010 when we went to Hawaii
Which one am I like? I don't know.
3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state? I've never been to Delaware, I've been up in that region, but never there. Iowa's nickname is the Hawkeye State and one of the Universities has the Hawkeye as their mascot. I believe it's a Native American thing, Iowa is a Native American word and I believe Hawkeye is too, honestly I don't know. I think we should have some name that means we're the only state bordered on both sides by rivers.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers? I did not take a dish to the last potluck I attended and the last potluck I went to that I did take a dish too was a while back. I probably took dessert because I'm good at that, plus it will stay outside in the heat without going bad.

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent? No idea on that.

6. Insert your own random thought here. I'm excited about a shopping trip I have planned for the end of the week. I need some time away with a friend just to de-stress. 

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Week of July 3rd

Monday was my mother's birthday, so I made her a card:
I'm usually not that great at making cards, but I think this one turned out rather nice.
 My parents and I went to Red Lobster for my mother's birthday lunch:
 Apparently they do give you a free sundae for your birthday. My dad wanted to try the lava cookie, so we got that instead.
We stopped by Target to return something I didn't want for my birthday. I had asked for a replacement TV stand. Apparently they don't carry the same crappy one I have (the cheap particle board bookshelf that I'm ok with), I just wanted simple and cheap, my mom wanted more nice looking. I don't know why she cares, she'll never see it, plus it didn't have a back or solid shelves, I do store things on it. Anywho, the ones that were sort of like it were wicked expensive, I do not need to spend $80 on a bookshelf, I'll do that when I have my own house. We didn't find what I wanted, so I just got a gift card with the return money. My brother also gave me a gift card for Target, so I spent a little of that on stuff for a $1 swap I signed up for:
 glitter washi, Tsum Tsum erasers (those are for me) and some pens.
I also had to go to the Dollar Tree and pick up some necessities, mom said I should just get them at Target, because they'd be free for me. I'd rather spend my gift card on fun stuff, and hello, they're only $1.
 shower curtain, shower pouf, toothpaste, antacids.
I also picked up a couple sticker sheets for my swap:
 Tsum Tsums again, and butterflies.
When I got home I found some fun mail, a birthday card:
 and another swap:
 For this one, we were to fill a quart size ziploc bag full of destash art items. I had asked for die cuts.
and of course I got other stuff as well.
I had to work that night and then we went to see fireworks.
Tuesday: I didn't do much. I finished a few swaps to mail out, and didn't leave the house. After spending basically three days in a row with people, I needed a day to myself, and I work Wednesday through next Monday, so it would be a week until I got another one.
Wednesday: I opened, went to the post office to mail out a few Dollar Tree Swaps:

 A vintage pocket letter:
 and a summer flip book:
I also stopped at the grocery store on my way home. I'm not sure what I did the rest of the day, other than not go outside.
Thursday: I burned through some movies and basically went to work. I found this in my mailbox:
 My roommate got me this thing called Huntakiller, where you get sent clues and a letter from a serial killer and you have to figure out the mystery.
I also received a birthday card:
This is from one of my facebook groups.
Friday: I was originally supposed to go shopping, then I was supposed to work, the other day, my boss said she didn't need me to work, so then I didn't have a plan. I wanted to go to garage sales, but there aren't any in my area. So, my friend and I went to Goodwill, HyVee and a local co-op store, Wheatsfields.
Here's what I picked up at Goodwill:
 stuffed duck, foam stickers, min file folders, index cards.
I picked up the stickers, file folders and index cards for art.
I originally wanted to go to find some more not work shirts, more graphic T-shirts, I found a few:
 The top one has a ruler and a rock, the ruler says "you rock", the rock says "you rule", the green one has the aliens from Toy Story, the bottom one is from a local antique store.
 This one says I'm a can't see me
 This one is from the Hard Rock Cafe in New Orleans
 I know this is a hard picture to see, but there are some rose details up at the top.
I didn't try them on at the store (I know), I did when I got home, the rock shirt and the green shirt were supposed to be male shirts, they are mediums, but they still fit a bit tight to be guy shirts. The rest are women's shirts, the ninja one and the Hard Rock Cafe ones are a little tight, but I think they'll be fine. The brown one fits pretty well and the pink one fits pretty well.
Here's what I picked up at HyVee:
 These were on sale 2 for $6, there was also a croissant that I ate and a 20 oz of Mountain Dew.
I found this soundtrack while we were in a record store:
 This was one of my brother's favorite movies growing up.
Here's what I got at the co-op:
 Everything was on sale, there was also some watermelon water.
When I got home, I found some things in my mail box, a card:
 a few birthday cards:

 Here's the inside:
 and some diecuts:
I love those layered ones.
I was in a pretty grumpy mood Thursday night, I'm not entirely sure why. That's part of the reason I wanted to go shopping with a friend. Sadly the shopping didn't exactly boost my mood, hanging out with my friend, did, also the cards in the mail helped a bunch.
Saturday: I had to work at the library at 11, so that was basically my day. I stopped at the library booksale on the way home:
 The books were $1 each, CSI was $3, the DVDs were $2 each.
I found some interesting mail in my mailbox when I got home:
 die cuts, paper straws, paper flowers, stamped images.
birthday card with some washi, a tag and a paper clip.