Tuesday, October 18, 2016


It's hodgepodge time, head on over to Joyce's blog to see what other people have answered.

1. What would you say is your strongest sense? I'm gonna go with smell. I have an extra sensitive nose and certain smells bother me. Sometimes they are extremely strong, sometimes not.
2. Do you believe in the idea of a 'sixth sense'? Why or why not? I believe in feeling when something is off. I get something when I feel people are acting weird, but that could just be my criminal justice degree kicking in.
3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain. Probably when I sign up for too many swaps. Like now, a few weeks ago, I had 9 different swaps I was working on. I got a little too excited and over extended myself. I have whittled that down to 3 swaps now.
4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be? I have not. I'm not sure I'd want to own a restaurant, I feel I'd overeat all the time. Kinda like I check out way too many items working at a library.
5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there. I have not, but up until a few years ago I was told my heritage on both sides of my family was German, come to find out my mother's side is actually English.
6. What did your childhood bedroom look like? I remember white and bows. Not much else, probably way too much stuff on the floor, like my apartment is now.
7. Anyone who knows me knows I love books? As I mentioned above, I check out way too many items because I work at the library (maybe not because, but it helps). I'm surrounded by books and I check out way too many. I just suspended (made my holds inactive until a later date) all the items I have on hold the other day because I feel I have too many books to read and too many movies to watch.  I have 43 books checked out and 34 of them probably have over 200 pages in them. I do get to renew them up to 5 times (one of my perks of working at the library), but if I just keep checking more out, I'm not going to get any of them read. 
I mentioned to my boss the other day, it was horrible to work at the library. We had just gotten a bunch of new nonfiction books in, and my favorite genre is nonfiction. I love my job.
8. Insert your own random thought here. Going back to my job, it does have weird things to deal with. Like two weeks ago, we got fleas, and we had to shut down the library for a day. Late last week, we hadn't seen a flea in awhile, so we finally got to take down the signs that basically said we have fleas, enter at your own risk. There's also the things people do in here. We have a few books in the back we have to get rid of because someone threw up on them. There's never a dull day at the library.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hodgepodge Time

It's Hodgepodge time again. Check out Joyce's blog to see other people's answers.

1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house? I like getting rid of stuff I don't need, but I don't like having to sort my stuff. I feel you find out how much stuff you really have when you start packing it up. I also have a hard time wrapping breakable stuff.

2. What's moved you recently? I have been a bit depressed lately, but my artwork always moves me out of it. 
I was also watching Everest last night, and that movie totally moved me to tears when Rob Hall is dying on the mountain.

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so? Sometimes I feel I'm moving backwards. I get a little further in life (like the salaried job I got last year), but there's always something else to deal with (like still not being able to afford health insurance. And then there's this whole moving thing. I've still not unpacked all my boxes. I was getting a pretty good start until we had 7 inches of rain in one night and the sump pump stopped working, and I woke up to a tiny pond in my bedroom. I'm back to piles of boxes (but nothing on the floor, cause it still feels a bit damp). I have much less space in this new place which I kinda like, but again, I find I have too much stuff and for some reason I can't stop shopping.

4. On the move, move mountainsget a move onit's your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain. Probably get a move on, I am in the middle of quite a few swaps, and the moment I sit down in front of the computer and get online, it's all downhill. I feel I've been way less productive since I found YouTube. I'm trying to just get up and create, I can do most of my online morning stuff on my phone, but not watch YouTube or read my blogs, and that makes a huge difference.

5. What song makes you want to get up and move? Shake a Tail Feather

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you're 'on the move'? granola bars, I don't really eat a lot when I'm on the go. I like stopping at fast food places.

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home? I'm trying to remember what I had to unpack first thing. When I first moved in here, things weren't done and my landlords were out of town for a week. As long as I had my computer, chair and Blu-Ray player I was good, but I had to go out and buy something pretty to look at. I just need something that makes me smile, usually it's some geeky thing.

8. Insert your own random thought here. Saturday is my grandma's 100th birthday. I was thinking the other day how strange it would be to live that long, how much would have changed throughout your life time. It's really hard to wrap my mind around.

Collective haul

Mostly cause I've been in a rut lately. Last Tuesday, I went north to a smaller Walmart and our sad mall.
I mainly went to the Walmart to see if they had anything different than the super Walmart. They are actually building a super Walmart up there as well, the grocery store next door went out of business. Man, that place is big, it's like there's a huge wall. I don't go up there very much, like I said the mall is sad, and I just don't have any interest in the other stores up there, especially since my favorite pizza buffet place up there went out of business.
Anywho, I visited the clearance and Halloween sections. There was a lot of clearance.
 duct tape, pen pouch, deodorant, candy, erasers, glue sticks, Halloween pieces, glitter tape.
I actually needed some deodorant. The duct tape was a seventy-five cents and since I use up my duct tape so fast mailing packages, plus I get a bit more than rolls I get from the Dollar Tree. This monster pencil pouch was $1, and I have been wanting one for awhile, but I wasn't going to spend $6 for it. The glue sticks were $1.50, and since I'm always running out of glue as well. The Ghostbusters erasers were $1.50, and I love erasers, plus Ghostbusters. The Halloween pieces, which I know you can't see the others, but there are glittered bats, spiders and the skulls were ninety-seven cents. I bought them for the skull to put on a flipbook, but it didn't look right. The glitter tape is a vine, I'm not sure how I feel about that, I used part of it for a flipbook and it ripped very easily.
The thing I've learned every time I go shopping, you should always watch the display when the checker is ringing you out. I feel most of the time, something rings up as a wrong price, and if you're not paying attention, you'd pay more than you wanted. The monster pencil pouch actually rang up as the original $6, and another set of pens I picked up was actually $3 something, not the $1 something I thought.
Next up, I wandered through JC Penney and saw the new Sephora thing in it, that was ugly. My mall is sad, it has JC Penney, Younkers, Claire's, Jimmy John's, TJ Maxx and Kohl's as the big things in it. I don't go there much, I don't really find anything to buy up there.
I also wandered through the Hallmark store and loved this little display of Rainbow Brite dolls they had:
 I really wanted to buy one, but not for $6.
I also visited the Claire's because I see cool things on people's hauls from there. They were having a buy 3 get 2 free special, but I couldn't find 3 things I really wanted to buy for full price.
I also went to get some tape from TJ Maxx, last time I was there I had found a set of 4 tape rolls for $5, so I was hoping they'd have them again. Of course not, I did find these leaves for $2, though.
 I find it funny when I'm watching people's haul videos they always say the exact price, so these were actually $1.99, but adding that extra penny on there makes it more true to price, especially with tax. I generally round up when I'm figuring out what I spent anyway.
Last was Kohl's. For my birthday, my mom bought me a set of Twin sheets from them, cause I was gonna downsize to a twin bed. But, when we went bed shopping my parents talked me into a full, and I had sheets to take back.
I got store credit and was going to buy a blind bag from Finding Dory, but I found something else way better:
 The owl was about $8, originally like $25, I don't know why it was marked down but I loved it. I'm not using it as a soap dispenser, once I find a white pop cap, I'm gonna put it on there. I love it. The other thing is an acrylic puffer fish Christmas ornament. I wanted to spend money on Christmas ornaments, but thankfully, they're not really out. I really love this puffer fish though. And then I got about $2 back, cause it was too small for a gift card.
I had told myself I could have Jimmy John's for lunch if I went to the mall. Unfortunately I got done just about in time to catch the bus back home and I have been craving Jimmy John's ever since.
This past weekend the library was having a craft/quilting book sale in our used book store. I purposely waited until Sunday to go because they were going to be half price, plus I figured it'd be pretty picked over and I wouldn't be too tempted.
 I did pick up a regularly priced book on the history of diseases for $5, two Somerset Studio magazines for fifty cents each and a Secrets of the Da Vinci Code magazine for free.
Today, I went to Target, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. I'm in a few swaps that I wanted to get some stuff for. I was looking for fall stuff, a black inkpad and more tape. My first stop was Target.
 If these were tights, I would have bought them. I'd love to have this design in tights. I did pick up a pair of fleece-lined tights which was one reason I went to Target. It's cold in my apartment, and I was hoping they'd keep me warmer, plus I had a save 5% through my Cartwheel for them.
tights, placemat, tape, art, cards, felt jack-o-lanterns, clothespins and markers.
 I have to say, Cartwheel doesn't really help me save much at Target. I only use it on things I'm thinking of trying. I don't buy groceries at Target because it's just too far away from home and my grocery store is cheaper. I don't buy clothes at Target, mostly cause I can get some really nice stuff at Goodwill. I did have a thing for women's jeans, which I do need, but I didn't feel like trying them on.
I also went to get some thin black Sharpie markers, I found mine the other day and of course it was dry.
As you can see, most of my stuff is from the Dollar Spot or clearance. The placemat is to go on my desk to protect it, it was on clearance for fifty-eight cents, originally $1.99. I found some cool pink marble tape in the dollar spot, I hadn't seen that in other people's hauls, so I picked up two. I also got the foil spiderweb and the black jewel tape. I've gotten myself so into Halloween this year, that I feel the need to make another Halloween flip book, which is the whole reason I bought the felt pumpkins, and the black tape. There was a section in the clearance which had a whole bunch of these frame fillers. I thought they'd be great for swaps. The feathers were $1.48, the bird $1.18 and the fox $.88, I got two of him. I've been seeing these tag cards in people's hauls and when I found them, I grabbed two. The clothespins are for one of my swaps.
And once again, you have to watch the cashier, I have to always ask them to make sure they give me the five cent coupon for bringing my own bag. I had one cashier tell me it was only the Target red bag that I could use for that, not true. I know it's only five cents, but still.
Next up was Dollar Tree, I actually found some stuff I haven't seen in other people's hauls. That does not happen very often.
 magnet, Christmas cards, stickers, glass, owl ornament, ribbon, binder clips, gummies, pen, mugs, garland, stamp pad.
I've seen this magnet in the shape of a mixer, this one is a mason jar and it has conversions on it. I seem to run into recipes that like to give measurements in ounces. I don't have a scale, so knowing the cup equivalent is really helpful. I love that they have Christmas cards out, I like to buy cards and just make some for some very select people in my life. The sticker section was pretty picked over like always, but I did find this minion sticker book, and these pop up stickers. I hadn't seen these stickers in anyone else's hauls. They had bugs and all kinds of other animals. I only picked up the pets because there's a guinea pig and the birthday ones because if I ever get around to making birthday cards again, they'd be great to use. I saw someone else get one of these glasses and I really liked it, not that I need more glasses. Last time I went to the Dollar Tree (which was mostly for boring stuff, so I don't even have a picture of what I bought), I picked up one of these owls, but I took so much time making sure his hat was glued on and that stuffing wasn't coming out that I didn't notice one of his wings did not have the extra pattern on top, so I got a new one. I picked up the pumpkin ribbon for a swap. I picked up the binder clips because I've seen people altering them, and I wanted to try it out. I'm not explaining gummies, I really shouldn't walk down the sticker or the food aisles. I'm collecting pens with balls on them for my cup at work, this was a cute addition. For one of my swaps, I have to mail a mug, I picked up the nerds rule one for me (or a friend), I don't really use mugs, but I loved the sentiment, I picked up the other one for a swap. I thought this garland was cute and since I know I'll be participating in at least one Christmas swap, I thought I'd pick it up. Like I said, I need a new black ink pad. I have a stampin' up one that was stamping kinda purple the other day. Ink pads are expensive, so I thought I'd try this one out.
Last up was Hobby Lobby. I went there to find something fall-ish for my swap and ended up with stickers, and other things I don't need. I noticed the stamps were 40% off, but as I was going through them, I ran into a lot like this:
 They looked like someone had used them and didn't clean them off. I'm pretty sure my Hobby Lobby doesn't do classes, but I'm not sure. It really looked like they were using them in classes and then putting them back on the shelf. I have seen used ones in the clearance section before.
stickers, bag, project life cards, tape, leaves, stamp, stickers, duct tape, tassels, felt stickers, paper, stickers. And just because apparently one of all my pictures has to be blurry, it's this one.
Like I said I ended up with quite a few stickers. The paper studio stickers were 50% off. A couple were just ones I wanted. Some I picked up because I thought I could just put them on a background and I had an instant card. The bag is actually a furry blue monster. I love it, it was $4.79, when I got home, I found out why it was on clearance, one of the straps came unsewed, but I think that will be an easy fix, I actually want to find a different strap because it's a bit short, of course it is for a kid. I found me some replacement tape, I used my 40% coupon for that (actually remembered to use one this time). These project life cards are actually the photo realistic ones and I have been eyeing them each time I go, they were in the clearance, and like some of the stickers, I thought they'd make instant cards. Like I said above, I'll be doing another Halloween flip book, so I picked up the stickers, felt stickers and paper for that. I was looking at the paper and there are only 6 designs that have to be for Halloween, which is the main reason I picked this one over the other one.  I did pick up some leaf embellishments, I'm not sure if I'll use them in something or just send them in a swap. I loved this girl with her cupcake stamp, that was a bit of a splurge, since she was originally $8.99. The duct tape looks like patterned burlap and was in the clearance section, I picked up a roll for me and a roll for a swap. The tassels were only seventy two cents, I just had a hard time passing them by. Funny thing, these blue ones were seventy-two cents, but the pink ones were over a dollar.
And once again, watch the cashier. When I go to Hobby Lobby I try not to buy anything full price, cause then I can say if it was full-price I would have spent so much more and I'm saving so much money (when the truth is, if it was full-price, I probably would have never bought it). I have a tendency to go out in the entryway, sit down on one of the benches and match my items to the receipt. Since they have to enter all the discounts by hand, I'm surprised more isn't missed. My stamp was rung up full price, so I went in and pointed this out to the cashier, to which she said, they were on sale last week. I told her about the signs and she looked at her cheat sheet and they still were. There is no way I would have bought it for $9. I don't need more stamps, I don't use most of the ones I have. I used to have a lot of stamps because I started out in rubber stamping and my mom and I were part of a Stampin up group. I have scaled way down since I don't use them, but I still find myself picking them up every once in awhile.

After getting home, I once again told myself I wasn't allowed to go shopping. If I didn't go to the stores, I wouldn't spend so much money. I don't really like shopping online, so I don't have that problem, and I was doing so good about not going to Hobby Lobby, but I needed tape.
Tomorrow, I have to mail a few things. I was going to do it today at the start of my shopping trip, but I didn't realize it was Columbus Day, maybe that was why I spent so much, cause I knew I wasn't getting anything exciting in the mail. Or maybe it was because someone in one of my Facebook groups posted they got to go shopping for our swap. Or who knows what.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Because of the flooding last week, I decided I needed to pick up some more pocket pages, and Hobby Lobby had their PaperStudio and Stampabilities stuff 50% off, plus Halloween, fall and Christmas was 40% off, so why not?
And of course, they didn't have the pocket pages I wanted. I had picked up a sea and a travel pack of ATC cards when they were on clearance, that's what I wanted. Of course, I didn't leave empty handed:
 I took a chance on a couple of misc paper packs that were on clearance, they 8.5x11 was $1.79 and the 12x12 was $2.99. It was a pretty good chance, there were 50 sheets in each and I think about 10 in each I didn't like. I loved that pumpkin sheet it was $0.29. I've been wanting the pink lemonade paper stack and I told myself next time they had the 50% off sale, I'd pick up one, so I got the tiny one for $4.49. The beach stickers matched the ATC cards I had, so I picked those up. I liked the rectangular sticker papers, the one on the left actually matched a pocket page set I was considering, I thought they'd be great little embellishments. Someday I plan to do a travel themed PL or flipbook, so I picked up these stickers. All the stickers in this picture were $1.25
 I saw these wood snowflakes last time I was in and thought they'd be fun to play with, they were $2.99. The star stickers I found in the clearance aisle, they were $1 each. I have the succulent washi and paper and have been meaning to pick up the stickers, these were $.99. I also liked the Christmasy stickers beside them. I don't usually do Christmas cards, I'm more of a winter card person, but these were really cute. They were $.99 also. I found this roller stamp in the clearance aisle for $2.99, I originally picked it up in case someone else was looking for it. It doesn't have a listing of the images, when I googled it and saw all of what it had, I decided I should keep it. I've been wanting this travel washi for awhile, and if I ever do the travel PL/flipbook it will be great, it was $2.49. I had to pick up the owl ornament, it was in the Halloween section, I saw it last week and told myself when Halloween went on sale, I'd pick it up, it was $2.39. I also liked the little Frankenstein head, I should have looked at it a little closer as I found a glitch in his mouth, oh well he was only $0.88. I like these pumpkin stickers, I'm making a fall flipbook for someone and thought they'd work well, especially with the stickers I bought at Walmart last week, they were $1.19. I did pick up this set of pocket pages for $2.49. And lastly, the package of string holders at the bottom was $0.42, I was sending someone some embroidery floss and I have no idea where mine are at the moment, it seemed easier just to buy these.
I also went into the Asian food store on my way home, I was looking for mochi, but they didn't have any in the flavors I wanted. But, you can't leave that store empty handed either:
 I can't read Asian characters, but I can kinda guess what I'm getting. The rolls on the side are milk rolls, every time I buy some kind of bread product it doesn't usually work out, but these are great. The purple box is taro pudding. Taro is purple sweet potato, it's so good. Their pudding is kinda like flan in consistency, it's actually a box of little tiny pudding containers, not what I was expecting, but still good. The 3+2 cookies turned out to be weird. They're like saltines with filling. The top one is blueberry, the bottom one is cream and coffee, I thought it was chocolate so I was very bummed about that one. The pink bag is corn sticks with strawberry frosting. I don't know if I can fully explain these. They're like cheese puffs, but don't really have a taste, the best thing about these was the strawberry frosting, but I was hungry the other night so I ate the whole bag. The cans at the bottom are a milk drink, I've gotten them before. They are milk like, a bit sweeter and a little bit thicker.
Today was interesting at the library, I found these guys on my desk when I walked in:
The note on them was from my roommate, saying she hoped they'd make me smile after our soggy weekend. They did. It's Freddy Krueger and Chucky. They are Mopeez stuffed people made by Funko.
Then we heard there were fleas, so we closed for the day and when I go back tomorrow night it better be all taken care of.

I will need to make a dollar tree run again. I realized I need some better air fresheners, the ones I picked up last week are not very good. I guess I'll go for the name brand ones this time. I'm also hoping there's a plastic container I can use as a garbage can in my crafty area (I'm also hoping the floor is dry enough soon so I can create). My 2017 planner got wet, so I need another one of those. And I saw someone's video about Christmas there. I try to pick up some things early on that I know people will like so I don't have to worry about the rush/madness the closer it gets to Christmas.

How's everyone else's week?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Art festival

I'm trying to be more on top of my blogging. Today was a local art festival that I went to with a friend. While I love going to it, it feels like there's less and less I really want to buy. It's mostly jewelry, large things to hang on your walls, furniture and large art pieces. They are all gorgeous, but I don't have the budget for most of it, and the other stuff I'll never use.
I bought a couple items:
 My mom's been sick with the flu, so I bought her this cute little heart dish. My brother's birthday is next Friday, he works in computers, so I bought him this keychain. I know he won't use it because it's metal and he flies a lot, the less he has to take out of his pockets, the better.
I did stop to get my winter chai, it's been a little chilly in the mornings and it does help me wake up when I have to open:
 That's Tiger Spice Chai, I bought individual packets of Tortoise Green, Elephant, Orca and Flamingo. I wanted to see how they compared to the Tiger Spice.
I also found a couple cute things in their clearance section:
Some cute flair buttons for $1, thought I could use in friend mail, an angel that says "you are loved" on it for $3, I got that for me and a pack of mini greeting cards for $3, I've been eyeing these for awhile, and now that they are on sale, I thought it was perfect.

The 'mini' flood in my last post took out all my white cardstock and a whole shoebox full of pocket letter inserts, including a couple packs I bought. I decided next time Hobby Lobby had their 50% off sale of Paper Studio, I go get some paper. I really don't need more paper, I can easily cut more PL inserts, but I do kinda need cardstock. I think I might have lost my white computer paper too, but I'll have to do a little more investigating. Lucky me, this week they are having that 50% off sale, plus 40% off Halloween. I didn't look at Halloween at all last week because it wasn't on sale. I hope not to spend too much, but you never know. I'm failing miserably at saving money. :(

Friday, September 23, 2016

Too much water.

My day started out pretty shitty. Last night we had a pretty big rain storm that just kinda sat over Ames for the whole night. When I got up this morning, I put my feet down in a puddle, this one to be exact:
 And at the end of my bed, there was actually standing water:
 You can see it's not so wet here from the doorway:
 A close-up of the end of my bed:
 And looking into my closet:
It wasn't the greatest thing to wake up to, but after seeing that some people had 5+ inches, I feel a bit better that it wasn't worse. I did read on Facebook that someone's basement collapsed because of all the rain.
It was mostly because we got so much in so little of a time. I read this morning we got anywhere from 4.25 to 7 inches, depending on where you were in the city. It sounded like downtown (where I am) got the brunt of it.
I got to run away to work this afternoon. I love that about work, if you want to get away from your personal life, you just go to work. Of course your personal life is still there when you get back. Thankfully mine had gotten much better. It turned out the massive amount of rain was too much for the sump pump, so once we got that started again, it sucked a lot of the water out. Looking at my bedroom floor right now, it's hard to see what is wet, and what isn't. It's still pretty damp on top, and I'm sure plenty wet underneath. But, it's just stuff, none of my important stuff, like electronics, movies, books or library books were on the floor, so that's good. I did lose a shoebox full of pocket letter inserts for my art, as you can see in that last picture. That's what I'm most bummed about, I had some project life cards, and some Paper Studio cards in there that I really wanted to use, but I don't think it's worth it to try and dry them.
I'd love some healing thoughts sent my way.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Needed to get out of the house Haul

I am not catching up today, I actually got this all today. I've been spending way too much time in my house, and decided I needed to get out. I've either been here or at work, not much else. I've also had a hard time getting motivated to create and someone suggested going for a walk, I'm pretty sure spending money was not included. So, I went shopping. 
 First stop was Hobby Lobby, I hadn't been there in awhile and I knew fall and Christmas were 40% so I thought I'd see if there was anything interesting. Apparently last week paper was 50% off, it's a good thing I didn't go then.
I took a few pictures of some stuff I wanted, but did not get. Pretty much all the 3D stickers except The Paper Studio and Paper House were 40% off.
 I wanted these because they were so cute:
 But, I don't do a lot of Christmas (or holiday specific) things, plus I decided I could use my own materials and make something similar.
I loved these:
 Some of them were puffy, some were just patterned, but again with the holiday specific and I probably wouldn't use them.
I liked these:
 They were not on sale, and I decided I could probably recreate them, I just needed a reference picture.
Here's what I did pick up:
The hearts/arrows stickers were in clearance for $1.79, they are also vellum, I think they will work well on a lot of things. Like I said Christmas was 40% off, so I picked up the felt bird stickers and the plaid washi for $2.39 each. I thought the birds would be very versatile for winter, they have little scarves on, I almost picked up some owls dressed for winter as well, but I thought these were more fun. I really like the plaid washi, it's thinner than most washi, but not the really thin strips. I also thought I could use it for more than Christmas. I had to pick up the owl stickers, two of them have little tiny crocheted circles for their bellies, I may not use them. I also loved these "yay" tags, they were not on sale, I guess I could have used a 40% off coupon, but I always forget about it.
Next, I went to JoAnn's. I haven't gone there in awhile (except for the one out of town) because I never find anything to buy. They don't have a very good craft section and never have anything I see people haul on YouTube, today I couldn't even find their clearance section. I only went because they sent me a 60% one regular priced item coupon, sadly I couldn't find anything to spend it on.
Next up was The Dollar Tree. Once again, I didn't find what other people were hauling, my Dollar Tree is sad. Here's what I did pick up:
 Some unicorn/rainbow stickers for a PL I'm doing. A couple more of the layered/glittered stickers. Some Halloween pencils for another swap. Some blank cards, I really need more of these, I have a tendency to put off mailing things because I don't have a card to send with my RAKs or granted wishes. A sympathy cards, one of my supervisors had a death in the family.
Honey roasted peanuts (it was lunchtime), sadly they weren't very good, those will end up at work. Indulgent Trail mix, I love trying new things at the Dollar Tree, if you don't like them, at least all you spent was a dollar, there were too many raisins in this. Dr. Pepper twizzlers, I have yet to open these, but they sounded interesting. Lavender Sure Scents, my coat closet smells a lot like feet. Zombie gummy candy, why not? I drank the Cherry Coke I bought, I also put back a few stickers, but most everything was picked over.
Next up was Target, I know I was just there on Sunday, but I didn't get much time to truly shop, so I went back to look at the Dollar Spot and the candy.
Gremlins DVD, it was on sale for $4.20, and I didn't have it. All the candy here was $1.00, so why not, plus it was special Halloween candy. The gummies are specially shaped, the Reece's are pumpkin shaped, the Twix are ghost shaped and the Butterfinger are skull shaped. I love these fall stickers, I found them in the dollar spot, I also found another cute sticker book, but it was with Halloween crafts for $2, and 216 stickers. I don't need another notepad, but I saw someone haul this, and I love it, plus it doesn't have to be Halloween and there are two notepads in there, so I can gift them separately. I've been seeing people haul these stamp sets but they didn't interest me. This one has handmade by stamps in it, I can use those for everything. They are: a heart, "Handmade for you" with floral sprigs, "Made by __" and "Hand made with (a heart)". You wouldn't be able to find 4 stamps for a dollar each anywhere else, and I don't really have a handmade stamp I really like. They look pretty ok for dollar stamps.
Last stop (not exactly) was Walmart. I wanted to see if they had anything good in their Halloween section and to look at their clearance.
 And then I went down the sticker aisle, not a great choice. I picked up the fall critters, pumpkins and unicorn pegasus for 97 cents. I'm doing a flip book for someone and it might become fall themed with all the fall stuff I keep picking up, plus I grabbed the sticker book which has cute critters I could use as well. The unicorn pegasus are for the same PL as the pegasus from the Dollar Tree.
I did find some good deals in the food clearance. I picked up the Happy Birthday cards so I could have some ready to give people. Again, I have a hard time getting things to people on time because I figure I always have to make a card, I forget that people just love that you remembered to think of them. Mango filled marshmallows, these are Hello Kitty and they are so good, I've probably eaten half the bag already. Mango and strawberry hi-chew, this is an Asian chewy candy, as well as the Botan Rice Candy. Creamy chocolate biscuits, because who passes up chocolate cookies?
My actual last stop was Wendy's for lunch. I thought I'd splurge a little because I just don't for food very often.
Next time I need to go for a walk, I should just walk. I'm sure it will be better for my soul and my bank account.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


I know I said last time, that I was going to try and not do this, but I got lazy.
Last Friday, my friend and I went to Micheal's and a larger Dollar Tree than we have here. First up, Dollar Tree:
 slipper socks, DVDs, cards, pom pom key chain, yellow monster, owl eraser, bandaids, conditioner
My apartment is cold, so i picked up some of these socks, they are very snuggly and warm. I was surprised to find DVDs and Blu-Rays at the Dollar Tree, but there were some good movies in there, so I grabbed Parkland, Good Neighbors and another one that I can't read here, and don't remember what it was (it's probably a horror movie). I picked up a few condolence cards for co-workers. I found one of those pom pom keychains everyone's being hauling. I love these monsters, I love monsters in general, and they just make me smile. That owl is a dry-erase board eraser, but he's so cute. He's also a magnet, so he's on my refrigerator. I couldn't pass up the minion bandaids and I needed some conditioner.
 Guacachips, hazelnut spread, Nutella, Piroulines, caramel apple cuts, peanut butter pumpkin heads and some gummies.
I've seen people haul these chips, so I thought I'd try them out. They were pretty good. I wanted to see how the generic hazelnut spread stood up to the Nutella. I love Piroulines. The caramel apple cups and peanut butter heads were for friends, they weren't as good as I wanted them to be. And I can't say no to gummies.
 pirate stickers, halloween stickers, heart stickers, moving stickers, dinosaur stickers, under the sea stickers.
Do I really need to explain stickers?
 coffee stickers, flower stickers, flair stickers, binder clips, washi tape
I believe I don't need to explain this picture either. I was very excited to find the flower and flair stickers and some of the new washi. There were other washi, but I really liked these.
Next up, JoAnn's:
 I don't usually go to JoAnn's, but I wanted to see if theirs was better than ours. Not so much. I did find this punch to buy for 40% off.
Last stop (actually these are backwards, so it's the first stop), Micheal's:
 rosettes, ephemera pack, rubber stamps, spiders, drink stickers, wood pieces, mummy stickers.
I picked up the rosettes thinking I could easily take off the St. Patty's pieces and just use them as rosettes. The Halloween ephemera pack was on sale, it's Tim Holtz. The rubber stamps were on sale too. I picked up the spider clips for friends. The drink stickers turned out to be 24 cents. I've been wanting some wood pieces, so I picked up these clocks and owls. I just loved the mummy stickers.
 A couple Halloween sticker books, some charms, appliques, bling, and felt halloween stickers.
I've always wanted some of these sticker books, plus they're only $1 (cause that never got me in trouble). I picked up the frog charm because it was under $1, the flower ones because they reminded me of Hawaii, and the chain because it was basically a bracelet. I don't know why I picked up the appliques or bling. I just love the felt stickers.
 donut and whale stickers.
I was very attracted to whales on this trip.
I didn't go garage saleing last weekend or this weekend. Last weekend I felt I had spent way too much money on my trip. This weekend, I couldn't find any in my area, and I was looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday.
This weekend, my brother came in to visit and today we went out for brunch.
 I got lemon ricotta pancakes, they were great.
Afterwards we went to Target. I found out a great way to not spend money on things I don't need, go shopping with my family instead of friends.
emoji stickers, monster notebooks, stickers, washi
I picked these emoji stickers up in the dollar spot. They're not exactly what I thought (I think I got excited because they were emoji). I'm doing a Halloween swap through FB, I don't have a lot of Halloween stuff, so I picked up a few more things today. The stickers were $1, the notebooks $3, and the washi $2.