Tuesday, August 23, 2016


It's Hodgepodge time. Head on over to Joyce's blog tomorrow to see what other people have answered.

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')
Working on Sunday. It's my first day off in 2 weeks, but I guess I signed up to work a volleyball event. I got the email from our scheduling software last Sunday and was so annoyed with myself for having signed up. I did decide to put out a sub request and thankfully some took it. 
2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-
make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe
Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close? 
I don't like s'mores, I don't like reading outside (too many other things that catch my attention), Iowa's state fair has already passed (I am kinda bummed about that, but it rarely fits into my schedule), I can't afford a summer getaway, no pools here to relax by, I'll probably be working when the sun is setting, no lakes around and I have a little snafu with my kitchen.
I wouldn't mind being a tourist for a day, but that probably won't happen either. My neighborhood will be having a potluck picnic on Labor Day, but I don't know if I'll be going. I really would love to have a day at the lake, but that doesn't fit into my plans either. 
3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?
I don't think I have specific summertime ones. I love how sometimes the world makes you stop and pay attention to things, like when a butterfly flits by.
4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else? 
This is way too deep for how tired I am this week.
5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate. 
I feel I am. I haven't been in a big crisis before, I have been at the bookstore when basically our whole computer system shut down. If people give me something to do, or I know what to do, I am extremely calm and can just do it. Sometimes I like chaos.
6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?
I have been really utilizing my microwave lately. Like I said above, there's a little snafu in my kitchen so I haven't been able to use the stove/oven. So, anything I can easily warm up in the microwave. I have been doing a lot of cheese tacos with lettuce lately.
7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?
I'm not a colorer per say. I did pick up a few coloring books to send in swaps, plus these two:
These are basically the whole reason I chose to do the Hodgepodge today, I skimmed the questions and saw this one. 
Coloring has never been my thing, I don't know why, I've just never really gotten into it.
I had to buy the Where's Waldo one just cause it's Where's Waldo, I love search and find things. I think I have all the Waldo books from when I was growing up. I have found Waldo in the whole book, whether I go back and color it or not, I don't know.
And I love the sentiment of the second one. It's got all these quotes about not really caring what other people think in it. All of my friends thought it was pretty funny, too. I feel they all need a page. And I did color a little bit on one page the other day.8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
It's bookstore time again. Sadly, I think I'm getting a little too old for this, or I just need new shoes. It's tiring me out so much more than it used to. Though I think part of it is, in this position at the library, I stand in one place much more than I used to. I love the fast pace of the bookstore and the job, it's just tiring me out way too much.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


It's been a few weeks. A few busy weeks. As you know, I moved at the end of July. I won't go into detail, but some things aren't really done and it's stressful.
I started at my temporary job at the bookstore last week, worked a long week and this week will be longer. I have picked up a few things.
I saw this Where's Waldo coloring book at the bookstore and had to buy it because it's Where's Waldo. I'm not into the whole coloring thing, but I love Where's Waldo.
 Last weekend, I did make it out to a few garage sales. I had Saturday off, so I thought I'd see what I could find. I believe my total was under $3.00.
 a solar owl, stuffed elephant, glass vase.
The solar owl just turns his head, I really like him, unlike my other solar things, he's very quiet. I picked up the elephant cause he was cute. The glass vase is actually an Avon vase.
 A package of lace.
I loved this. Not that I need more lace or trim, I loved the mint green pieces and that ruffled pink piece in the middle bottom. I'm hoping to alter a book and give it a lace cover, if I could ever unpack my craft stuff.
This past week I worked about 30 hours at the bookstore, and my regular 20 at the library. I did pick up a few shirts
 It's usually customary for me to pick up a shirt every time I work, but I haven't been doing it the last few semesters, mostly cause I have enough shirts I don't wear. The Cy was only $10, and I loved the teal on one the side. Iowa State University's colors are cardinal and gold, so it's nice to find something non traditional. I'm kinda tired of all the shirts with Cy and the I-state logo. I also had to buy this The Very Hungry Caterpillar pencil case. I certainly don't need another pencil case, but this one is made by Out of Print, and I love their stuff. I really wanted one of these last year when they first had them, but I couldn't see spending $12 on it. The bookstore had a special where they were 20% off, I still shouldn't have spent the money for it.
The other day while we were training I saw this coloring book and had to have it:
 I love the sentiment. It's a great coloring book. I feel I should take a page to each of my friends, they'd totally get it.
Yesterday, I needed washcloths and shower curtain rings, so I went to Dollar Tree and Target.
You can never get just one thing at Dollar Tree:
 Theraflu, washcloths, shower curtain rings, pen, duct tape, self-laminating sheets and erasers.
I picked up the Theraflu because I thought it would be a nice alternative to the liquid stuff I usually take when I'm sick, it doesn't expire until next June, and I'll probably get a cold this winter.
I did get the washcloths and shower curtain rings. I originally thought I'd need to go to Target for the rings. I set up my shower curtains yesterday and took a shower for the first time this month (I've been taking baths because I didn't know where my rings were). I feel I will be too tired to run a bath this next week, so I wanted to get it set up.
I could not pass up donut and typewriter duct tape. I certainly don't need more of that, though.
I picked up the pen thinking I could easily pop off the flat back pearls and use them. They are glued on pretty well, I'll have to try a different method or just keep the pen.
A few weeks ago, someone left some Asian papercuts on my desk, they are cut out of rice paper, which is extremely delicate. I thought I could use the self-laminating sheets on them and make them a little more durable. I've never used these, so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.
I also couldn't pass up the erasers. They are little animals with moveable legs and they stand up.
It was all downhill when I got to the sticker aisle, they had quite a few new ones
 animals, cupcakes, banners, words, and robots.
I tell myself I don't need more stickers, but when they're only $1, I have a hard time passing them by. I did put a few sheets back. I found the puffy little tooth stickers, but I really don't like the tooth ones. I really want the owls, the elephants and the little animals ones. I was actually surprised they had some of these, I feel my DT doesn't get things in when they're so new.
I loved these layered animals.
I had to pick up the cupcakes and the birthday banners, I feel they'd be great for birthday cards.
I have a hard time passing up robot stickers. I have made one pocket letter, but I think I'll have to make another one with them.
I also love these word stickers and feel they'd be great on a flip book. I picked up one sheet just for the hot air balloons.
 I also found the washi tape sheets. When I first saw the videos of them, I wasn't really interested in them, but when AmandaK said they were more vinyl, and not actually the thickness of the DT washi I got interested. So, I picked up the flowers, the owls, the birthday and the farm animals. I put the Paris and another one back. I wish we could mix and match, there are a few on each sheet I don't really want.
I also loved this sheet of alphas.
 dimensional stickers, birthday stickers.
I found these dimensional stickers also. I didn't pick up nearly any of these, these two sheets were the only ones I really liked.
I was only going to Target to get the shower curtain rings, when I found them at DT, I really didn't need to go to Target, but I thought I'd see if anything new came in.
Sorry the photo's blurry. Banners, gel pens, erasers, binder clips, erasers, tsum tsum, notecards
They seemed to have a few new items in the dollar spot. Everything I got was from the dollar spot except for the tsum tsum.
I got the banners because I thought they'd be great to use for art (the package actually said placecards).
I was excited to find the gel pens. Sadly, when I got home the blue and orange work sporadically, they are also very thin. No more Target dollar spot gel pens for me (It should really say, no more gel pens for me). I wanted both the eraser packs when they first appeared, but I didn't pick them up then, I thought I should pick them up before they disappear.
I loved the placecards with the doily print on the side. I also loved the binder clips, they are gold with words imprinted into them.
I've been wanting a Tsum Tsum for awhile, but none of them were cute enough to spend $5 on. They were on sale for $3 yesterday when I went and this Captain America was there. I really like him.

Next week brings more work

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Collective haul

Sorry, it's been awhile. I moved last weekend, and while I really wanted to go garage saleing, it just wasn't in the plans. This is gonna be long
According to my phone, I went to Hobby Lobby on July 21st. I remember why now, CreativeYoungMama on YouTube had posted her paper hauls and said that paper was 50% off. While I was watching her video, I really liked the Hooray Baby pad, so I went to look at it. She also said that there was a lot of new paper pads. When I got there, there was a lot of empty shelf space, they had moved all their clearance stuff from the shelves, hangy things into the clearance section.
Here's what I picked up:
 Hooray Baby paper pad, Best Day Ever paper pad, feather loose paper, succulent loose paper, chevron loose paper, Bedtime Story paper pad.
I loved all the cloud and hot air balloons in the baby pack, when I got home I went through and counted how many were specifically for a baby, I believe it was about five. The Best Day Ever pad had a lot of fun patterns and hot air balloons as well. I was looking at the Mint To Be Fab paper pack that everyone was so excited about, there were only a few sheets in it I really liked, one of them was the feathers. When I looked at the single sheets, the feathers were there, so I picked up two. It is only printer paper weight and 8.5"x11". I loved the succulent paper, I bought the succulent washi a few weeks ago, I'm sorry I didn't pick up the succulent stickers, but I have way too many stickers. I love the colors in the chevron print as well. The Bedtime Story paper pad, is 3"x4". I loved the prints inside, they're all Mother Goose-like, very cute. They have plain colors on the backs of them.
 birthday stickers, mustache gems, 4th of July banners, felt owl stickers, mini playing cards, donut/sprinkle washi.
I always check out the clearance section when I go to Hobby Lobby, usually it's all I go to.  I was eyeing the birthday stickers last time I went to Hobby Lobby, I love the little jar in the left bottom corner. I picked up the mustache gemstones for a swap (not quite sure I'm still going to use them for it, though). The 4th of July stuff was marked to 80% off, and I loved these banners, they don't all have to be used for 4th of July. When I was at the register, the cashier rang them up at normal price, I had to inform her that they were actually on sale, so I bought 4 of them (also picked them up for that swap, but if they don't work, I still love them. Fall stuff was on sale for 40% off, so I picked up these cute owls. The mini playing cards were with the jewelry supplies. I'd been eyeing the donut/sprinkle washi for awhile, so I finally picked it up, I told the cashier it was the only thing I was getting that was regular priced, I realized when I got home, I should have used a 40% off coupon on it. Oh well.
 metal key, owl picture, resin owls, owl key, wooden keys, bag of trim
I found a lot of cute owl things in the jewelry clearance, which is in a different spot than all the other clearance (logged that in my mind the last time I was there). Like I said a lot of cute owl stuff (you'll see more owls in a later haul), I'm not really sure what to call that owl rectangle, this one and the two owl pieces I was eyeing last time I was there. The two owl pieces I thought would make really cute earrings (if I did jewelry). The owl key was just cool looking. Like last week I didn't realize there were wood pieces in with the jewelry makings, I didn't find anymore though, maybe they were clearancing them all out. This bag of random trim was in the regular clearance section, I looked at the pieces the other day (I don't know why I hadn't opened it before), they are pretty cute. The white and peach are rose trim, and the top one has pink and white trim in layers.
 Their spring stuff was on sale for I think 70% off. The birds and pineapples are toothpicks (bought them for the same swap, still not sure about that). The hedgehog is a pick to go in a garden, I don't have a garden, but he's wicked cute. I kinda wish I could just break off the metal pick, but I don't think that's possible.
After I got all moved last Saturday, I went shopping downtown because there were sidewalk sales going on. One place basically had their whole store on sale. They had their sale cellar marked down another 50% on what it was already marked down. The rest of the store was like 60% off, I don't really know.
 The star says wish. They had ones that said hope for Christmas last year, I was hoping to find one of those, but I'll settle for this one. The mug is a jack-o-lantern from some other year. I don't know why I bought it, I hardly ever use mugs, just in the fall/winter when I start my day with chai. I love the color of it, it's a really dark army green color. The tiny pink thing is a glass Christmas tree. I would love to send it out in a swap, but I have no idea how to package things so they don't break in the mail. The orange thing on the end is an owl, it's from this year's Halloween/fall collection. The crown is glittery with gemstones. It's got a few gemstones I think I should remove and re-glue, which is kinda sad because it was originally $12. I'd love to send it in a swap too, maybe a Christmas one, but I think it'd be fine for any gift swap. The owl is from last year's Christmas collection. I totally needed another owl. The reindeer has a mirror on the front, it's for my brother he collects reindeer. I also bought some chocolate covered trail mix.
 I got these at another store, I just wanted to see if they had anything exciting for the sidewalk sales. I've picked up the Disney stickers at Walmart in the past and I've been searching for them ever since. The notepad with the telephone and the butterfly notebook were each $0.50, I'd never seen them at this store, but I had to have them. I love the telephones on the notepads. The cross stitch in the top corner, I got with a magazine.
I really wanted to go to Hobby Lobby and other stores, but I was so tired on Saturday. I went out shopping for a few essentials on Sunday, I'm glad I waited until Sunday, so I wouldn't be tempted by Hobby Lobby.
 I picked up some donuts and milk for breakfast at HyVee and some Minion tic tacs, cause they were only $1.
I headed over to Dollar Tree for some off brand Chlorax wipes for cleaning of my old apartment (check it out in the next (or previous) post), and of course I found a few other things.
 I found the infamous fox boxes, they were just sitting with the boxes all nesting in each other. I was wandering down the aisle and saw the big one, as I picked it up I heard it rattle and found the others in it. The brown thing is a hamburger dog toy. For some reason I can't handle not buying stuffed animals. I don't know why. I did see the Webkins animals, and I had the hippo in my hand, but decided it wasn't doing anything for me, so I put him back. I was actually surprised I found him so soon after I'd seen everyone else hauling them. My store is sad, and a few years ago, I didn't have a store, so I really shouldn't complain, but they never seem to get the new stuff when I see it in other people's videos.
Thank you cards, gel pens, notebook, shower curtain, shower liner, pencils, emoji notebook, duct tape. I also wanted to pick up some thank you cards to get to my moving crew, so I got the really cute ice cream ones and some more formal looking ones. I seem to have a thing for pencils, pens and notebooks, I certainly don't need any more of them, but if they're cute looking I pick them up. I feel I already have a set of these gel pens. I needed a new shower curtain and shower curtain liner for my new apartment (sadly I don't know where my shower curtain rings are, so I haven't hung them up yet). These pencils have velvet on them, how cool is that? I bet they're really hard to sharpen, too. I also found some of the emoji things, they had markers also, but I didn't need markers with emojis on them. I also picked up some more duct tape, so when I start mailing packages again, I'm set.
 erasers, binder, tape, cards, stickers.
I want to create a back to school kit (or just a fun package) for someone, and I loved these erasers. I saw this binder on Halie Hostler's haul video. (I just realized watching that video again, I have now picked up the binder, donut notebook, erasers and stamp set that she had). I loved it, I really wish I had a need for it. This tape was with the above notebook, I bought two packs. I love these house cards, they are blank so I could use them for whatever, I might cut them out for embellishments. I also picked up the owl back to school stickers. They are actually layered chipboard, I have started separating the layered stickers, I take off the top layer and affix it with double stick tape and I get about two sheets for the price of one. It doesn't always work, sometimes the top layer isn't the same (it's got less details or parts) as the bottom layer.
Monday, my mom helped me clean my old apartment and as a celebration, we went to Red Lobster and stopped at Target for some stuff (of course I picked up more than I needed).
stickers, notebook, cards, three composition books. The Dory tape is actually from the Dollar Tree (it got in the wrong picture). I've been seeing people haul the Dory stickers and I LOVE the otters inside. I haven't seen the movie yet (won't see it until it comes out on DVD and the library gets it), but there are some wicked cute character stickers. The donut notebook was not as cheap as I thought, but I really wanted it. I'm tempted to photo copy it and use it for embellishments or background papers. I thought the note cards were really cute. I love making my own cards, but sometimes I don't want to sit down and make them (or like now, I can't). I've also seen people haul these little composition notebooks and was so excited when I finally found them. Like I said, I love note books, I also love that they can easily be sent with swaps, that's usually my plan when I buy them. I love the Dory tape from the Dollar Tree, I've never bought these tiny tape rolls before and I don't know how much is on a roll, but I like the octopus.
Yesterday, there was a church sale I go to every year, so I checked it out. I didn't realize how busy it was to go right when it opened. I've gone on the Friday before, but I guess never right when it started. I don't think I'll do that again.
Hanky, plate, Bell jar, plastic spoons, notecards, trim, more trim.
I picked up the plate from Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, just because it was from there. I recall going there once (maybe) as a kid and it was always somewhere I wanted to go. I don't know if I'll use it. I picked up the jar because it was a blue Bell jar. The plastic spoons were free, I'm always running out of spoons, and they were cute. I picked up the cards because I thought they were all like the top one, when I got them out to take the picture, I found the rest are blank in the middle, I'm a little bothered by that. I don't know how much trim is there, I kinda have it on it's side so you could see, but it was really cute and vintage. So was the other bag of trim, there's some tatting in it. I also loved the hanky with the painted rose on it, I certainly don't need any more hankies.
 Here's the owl stuff. Owl bag, Christmas kits, pig wine stopper.
I don't need an owl bag, especially not a little kid one, but I'm sure I'll figure out something to do with it. I mostly picked up the owl stuff because they were owls. I think it would be pretty cute if I used the pillow boxes for my Christmas gifts. I picked up the pig wine stopper for a friend.
 For my birthday this year, I asked for one of these drawer things, I anticipated needing better storage for my craft stuff since I didn't have a giant closet to put it into at this new place. The black one my mom got me, the white one I picked up at the sale for $4.00. It needs a little cleaning, but why not. I'm not entirely sure how much they cost, but I bet it's more than $4.00.
Today, I had to go to Dollar Tree for sponges, I used my last ones for cleaning on Monday.
 sponges, bubble bath, shower curtain, moose munch, rose petal soap
I'd been picking up the heavy duty sponges that only had 2 in a package, I stopped to read the package today and realized these are every day use and you get 3 in a package. Since I now have a bathtub, I want to try having a bubble bath, I also got the rose petal soap because I have a bathtub. I love this frog shower curtain, as you can see above I already picked up a shower curtain, but this one is way better. It was lunchtime and I was hungry, that's why I picked up the moose munch.
And so as not to leave with a boring picture
gel pens, robot stickers, googly eyes, notebook, self laminating sheets.
I picked up these gel pens last week, and they write so nicely, so I picked up more. The blue roller balls I haven't used before, but I'm a sucker for pens. I've been eyeing these stickers and since my DT will not get the new cute puffy stickers (I want them so bad), I got these. They actually haven't had new stickers the past two times I went, it's been very empty in the sticker spot, and today the books were almost all cleaned out. Another notebook. I picked up the googly eyes because they are special Halloween ones, they have colored irises, not that I use a lot of googly eyes. I picked up the self-laminating sheets because I've seen people haul them too and I wanted to try them out.

The next post will be showing my old apartment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

As you probably know, I'm moving soon, so if you're going to be sending me anything, please email me so I can get you a correct address.

2017 calendar haul

I was so excited I hadn't spent money on crafting stuff for a week, so what did I do to celebrate? I went shopping. I'm pretty sure that's not how it's supposed to go. And I shouldn't have done it today, we're in an excessive heat warning until Saturday at 7pm. It's 92 degrees outside right now, the heat index is 109 degrees.  I only walked home, so it wasn't that bad, at least until I got about a block from home and the sweat ran into my eye and I couldn't see. *grumpy face*
Anywho, here's my haul, first up Target. I really just went because Halie Hostler had picked up these really cute erasers. I found them and some other things:
 pencils, binder clips, minion keychain, printer ink, erasers, pens, stamps.
I love these binder clips, they have monster faces and googly eye stickers, there was a deal to buy one yoobi item at full price and get the other at 50% off, the erasers are also yoobi, so I got them both. The erasers have an elephant, unicorn, penguin, pineapple, panda and cupcake. I not a huge fan of the pineapple and elephant.
The pencils are from the dollar spot, they have really cute sayings on them: notes, thoughts, don't forget, scribbles, to do later, and curiosities. I couldn't pass them up, I did put back the binder clips and a note pad. I couldn't pass up the minion key chain. The metallic gel pens were also on clearance. I don't usually use colored gel pens, but I have noticed my colored fine line felt tip pens are going dry or just running out of ink. What I use them for, I can't use ballpoint pens, so I guess these will work.
Next up was Dollar Tree, I went there to get an owl box for K is for Karen, like the one in this post, but of course they didn't have any. I found a couple other things for her though.
 pens, pencil pouch, hello notebook, shopkins playing cards, owl notebook.
I'm loving the gel pens from Dollar Tree. I love using gel pens, I feel every time I go in there, I get a pack of gel pens, can't have too many of those. I picked up the pencil pouch set and the journal for future swaps. I've been wanting to get in the Shopkins craze, but I didn't want to spend the money for them. I opened this pack of jumbo playing cards and loved that you got a Shopkins for each of the cards, $1 for 13 different Shopkins, 4 of each, yes please.
 coloring books, wall stickers.
I picked up the coloring books for future swaps. I saw some a few weeks ago, but I don't do the whole coloring things. I joined a group on FB where you send fun packages to a secret person every month, I thought these would work great for that. I bought the wall stickers for my new apartment, I may or may not use them.
The Dollar Tree has 2017 planners and calendars people. And they are in cute patterns, you should go get some before they are all gone. They also have the tiny 2017-2018 planners. Sadly, those are too small for what I need. I picked up others though:
 three wall calendars, two list pad calendars and a little pocket one.
Close-ups on designs of the wall calendars below. I picked up the two list ones for swaps, I may keep them, I don't know. The pocket one is for my bag.
 This the Follow your Dreams one. I loved all the quotes and pictures. I usually wait until people donate calendars to the library and get them for free, but sometimes they are not the coolest designs, plus these were only $1 (the problem I have every time I go to Dollar Tree)
This is the Lisa Frank one. I love that her stuff is coming back. Remember that FB group I mentioned above? I received my July package the other day, it was mostly Lisa Frankish stuff. Here's the pic:
Obviously there are some minions in there as well. But, there is a Lisa Frank sticker book, there's the rainbow dot stickers, rainbow heart stickers, rainbow stickers, the flower stickers and a rainbow roll of deco tape. Very centered around Lisa Frank, also the other day I picked up a Lisa Frank notebook (I didn't realize it was Lisa Frank til I got home and looked at it a little closer), and I found a Lisa Frank coloring book I was going to donate to Goodwill. Now I feel I should do a Lisa Frank inspired flip book.
I might not go garage saleing this weekend. I have Friday off because I'm working Saturday. Friday's high is only 92, I don't know. I really need to finish up packing. I have to move a week from Friday. It's kinda depressing when I say it out loud.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hodgepodge Vol 274

I'll admit, I don't have a lot of great answers for this week's hodgepodge, but I wanted to join. Head on over to Joyce's blog to see what other people have answered

1. Pokemon Go...your thoughts? Are you playing? Do you even know what it is? Thanks to the power going out last week, I do know what it is. There was a news story on the TV when it came back on about the game, it doesn't catch my interest. Apparently the library is a Poke Stop, I haven't actually seen anyone that sucked into their phones. I like that people are getting out into the world, but how do you have hours to do that?

2. What was something you collected as a child? Do you still have that collection? If you're a parent what's something your own children collected? Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a 'collectible'? I used to collect key chains, pencils and postcards, mostly because they were cheaper than other souvenirs. I still try to pick up postcards when I go on vacation, they are way better pictures than I could ever take. 

I have never done that, usually if it's that big, I don't want it. I'm not a fan of getting into the craze of things.  

3. "Collect moments, not things"...tell us about a moment you've added to your collection this summer. I don't have one. I haven't done anything particularly fun this summer.

4.  What's something collecting dust in your home right now? Any plans to do something about it? Not much right now, but I have been finding a lot of dust on some of my decor. I move in a couple weeks and have been packing things up.

5. A favorite song relating to time? You're Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins

6. What's been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife? One day when I was coming home, I ran into a raccoon wandering around on the sidewalk in the middle of the day. Needless to say I crossed the street.

7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon. If you could travel to the moon would you go? Why or why not? I don't know. I don't think I'd like all the things I'd have to go through to get there, plus you couldn't be out there in your own skin. I'd rather travel to somewhere that I could touch things, experience them with my senses.

8. Insert your own random thought here. It's getting closer to moving time. Next Friday to be exact. I'm not quite freaking out, but I need to. I still don't have everything packed, and I haven't even thought about my kitchen. Where is that magic button that will do it all for me?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Walmart, TJ Maxx, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby haul

I went to the mall on Monday because I needed some black dress pants for work. While I was up there, I visited a different Walmart just to see if they had anything fun on clearance. I also visited TJ Maxx because I had seen someone haul some cute journals from there.
Here's what I found at Walmart:
 a pencil pouch, metal embellishments, buttons.
I picked up the pencil pouch to fill for a swap, I decided if I found one for less than $1 I'd get one. Why spend more when there were some cute pencil boxes at the Dollar Tree. I found these metal "Smile" embellishments, I also found these cute flower buttons. I talked myself out of a lot. I didn't realize that Walmart had a separate scrapbooking/crafty section than their office supplies. I also found duct tape washi with owls. I found some cute feather, bowtie and donut washi. I also bought a pair of shorts, but no one wants to see those.
Next up, I went to JCPenney's for dress pants, but I just didn't like how they fit. I guess a trip to Goodwill is in the future.
I also went to Claire's I've been wanting to buy cute stuff there. They do have cute stuff, but not at prices I wanted to spend. They had this sign out front saying all their clearance was $2, I didn't find any clearance that was $2. They were also having a Buy 3 get 3 free, but everything I wanted was more than I wanted to spend.
Last up was TJ Maxx, I was pleased with what I found there:
Strawberry macaroons, pistachio macaroons, a notepad, adhesive runners, smiley face guy.
I found that smiley faced guy first, I was turning and found him in the dog toys aisle, he's got squeakers in him. I don't have a dog, but he should hold up pretty well if he's made for a dog. I've been craving macaroons lately, but I can't find them anywhere. There used to be a person who'd make different flavors for the local farmer's market, they were soo good. Sadly, that was a couple years ago, and I haven't seen her lately. These were not that good, see below. I picked up the notepad with an idea, but I don't know if that idea will come through. I also found these adhesive runners. I'm always in need of tape, I guess I'll see how well they work.
I actually stopped at Jimmie Johns for lunch, cause it was there. When I got home, I went to the grocery store for milk, I've been craving gummies lately, so I picked these up as well.
 Here's one of the macaroons:
 all the fresh macaroons I've had the top and bottom are meringues, they basically melt in your mouth. These are more like cookies, I think that's to make them shelf stable. I wasn't pleased with these.
Tuesday, I went back to Dollar Tree (cause I felt bad that I didn't visit the sticker aisle on Friday).
 I spent too much on food. crackers, lifesavers gummies, pepperoni sticks, lifesavers gummies, moose tracks, the good stuff gummies, dippers.
Like I said, I've been craving gummies. Dollar Tree usually has some good gummies, I haven't been finding them lately. I picked up the crackers because they looked good (I was hungry). The pepperoni sticks were a bit spicy, I wasn't pleased with those, but I ate them because I was hungry. I loved the Moose Tracks, I wish the bag was bigger. I love these little dipper things, they are usually too expensive at the grocery store.
 I found some really cute gift boxes. I had seen some Paris themed ones on someone's channel, I found those, but this butterfly box was bigger. The owl's head bends back to open. I love these pencils, I keep seeing them (and their still there when I go back), they are TY beanie baby pencils, each pencil has a different beanie baby. I didn't realize I picked up some sea animal squirters when I was in Mason City a few weeks ago, I picked this one up because of the pink jellyfish? I don't know what it is, it has a weird sucker nose. I found the foil tape, I hope I like it more than the glitter tape. I didn't like how you basically breathed and got glitter everywhere. I also picked up a couple sheets of googly eyed creatures. When I got home, I realized I was only charged for one, and then I forgot to put them in the picture.
I also went back to Hobby Lobby, I found out last week they had clearance in with their regular stuff, not just in the clearance aisle. I also wanted a flower punch, and they had those 40% off.
bookworm cross stitch, buttons, flower punch, birdhouse charm, skull and crossbones charm, wooden crowns, owl buttons, gemstone glasses, smart girl charm.
The bookworm cross stitch was there on Friday, he's actually a bookmark when you're done. The buttons were 50% off, these were in the sewing department, I usually don't go over there, but I saw the 50% off sign and was curious what it was for. I got the flower punch, but it's the wrong size. I have a 1" circle punch I bought for handmade embellishments and I've been having so much fun making them. I thought I'd cut out some flowers, apparently I'm not very good at freehanding flowers. So, I thought I'd get a punch, they didn't have measurements on them, I had thought this one was 1", I believe it's actually 1/2" or smaller. I figure I'll just have to layer, I'll make it work. When I got home, I saw the cashier gave me 50% off instead of 40%. I wandered over to the charms and found a lot of clearance over there, plus a separate little clearance section, the round pink charm says smart girls rock, the square one says evil genius. I didn't realize there were wood pieces in the jewelry section, I wish I knew before. The gemstones by Paper Studio were 50% off, I picked up these cute glasses.
I talked myself out of a lot here, I put back a bunch of cute clearance things, and some charms. I talked myself out of some paper packs. I'm failing at being good, but I do great filling up my basket and then putting half of it back.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Birthday food

I know these are backwards, but I wanted to share my haul first.
I promised to make treats for my birthday, I'm sure no one would have card if I didn't but after saying that, I felt obligated. I had bought blueberries and strawberries because they were on sale. I looked on Pinterest for something easy, these were on the home page as a July 4th treat.
 I think people really liked them. I had cut up the strawberries, so I felt they went bad faster than they would have if I had left them whole, oh well, live and learn.
I had picked up some cupcakes for myself at the farmer's market:
 There's birthday cake, red velvet, raspberry and blueberry lemon.
These were not that good. They all had regular white frosting which was really sugary. I did take awhile to eat the, but I feel they got hard really fast. The red velvet had regular white frosting, which to me (and about everyone I've talked to) is not real red velvet, it should have cream cheese frosting.
When I got to work, I found these:
 a six pack of white cupcakes from HyVee and chocolate covered brownies.
After a week of sitting on my desk, these cupcakes were still really moist. So I guess the moral is to buy HyVee, not the expensive ones.
Last week one of my co-workers had a kohlrabi at work. So, I bought some at the farmer's market
I ate it raw with some salt. I wasn't that impressed. Someone else told me to eat it with ranch salad dressing, I'll try that next. Any suggestions on what I should do with the third one?
Saturday night, my friend and I went to Texas Roadhouse for supper. I ordered an alcoholic drink:
 I found it very strong, but I don't drink alcohol that much (I don't like the alcohol taste), so maybe it was me.
Thursday, my friend gave me a box of cupcakes from a local bakery. I've only eaten one so far, but really good. It had mint chocolate, almond, chocolate peanut butter and black forest.

Dollar Tree, Target, Hobby Lobby and tiny JoAnn's haul

My internet has been intermittent all week, it started last Saturday, and finally came up for a longer while for Wednesday, and then when I got home from work on Thursday, yesterday it was off and on, we'll see what it does today.
Anyways, that has been bothering me. I have found I can do almost everything I want online on my iPhone except post on my blog, read my blogs and check my work email. 
Because of all that, I went shopping today. I am failing at not spending money, but I am not feeling guilty for spending money, and I got a raise on the 1st.
Let's start with a few things I saw. This sign was on a display of decorative boxes at JoAnn's.
 It says 4.99/yd-24.99 ea. I didn't know you measured boxes per yard. Also the dates are for April.
In Target, I found a couple cute cards:
 It says Happy Anniversary of Being Alive. Inside:
 Let's celebrate everything amazing about you! (This will take awhile). These cards were really cute, but they were $7 each.
Next card:
 Let us celebrate your existence with cake and possibly ice cream.
 and then possibly additional cake and ice cream. Happy birthday!
Found this cute bag
 And then, this set of erasers made me laugh
 That one on the bottom left reminds me of grumpy cat. They were $1.99, so I did not pick it up. It's already Christmas in Hobby Lobby (though I'm happy to see not all the Christmas was out yet), it's back to school at Target, Dollar Tree and Walmart. I don't know if stuff is on sale, but I picked up things at Target that were pretty cheap.
Hobby Lobby was having a Paper Studio/Stampendous 50% off sale, here's what I got:
 12x12 paper pack, chipboard stickers, Art pack, bird pillow, bow stickers, cat stickers, and stickers.
I bought the 12x12 paper pack and the chipboard stickers because they went together great. I think the stickers were pool party, and the paper pack is Soak up the sun. They both had scooters, swim suits, ice cream trucks, ice cream treats, cameras. They just coordinated so well, I think I'll be making a summer themed flip book soon.
I'm not entirely sure what that art pack says. I loved the stuff it had in it, it's got stickers and paper and wood pieces and buttons and it was on clearance. I've been eyeing this bird pillow for awhile. I've been wanting to try to use some bow stickers, these were really cute and on clearance. I love these cat stickers, they are realistic looking cats with butterfly wings. The circle stickers, I thought there were more in the package, it felt heavy, and the clearance sticker is over the amount of pieces listing. It's really only 2 sheets, I love the stickers, I just thought there were more.
gemstones, la petite stickers, frog, locker hook, donut pieces, banners, cupcake washi, and succulent washi.
I only picked up four items that were included in the sale. The spring frog was 66% off, I love him. The camera stickers are actually gems with white gems as the lens, one of them is missing it's lens, but I'm sure I can fix it. I want to use cameras in my art. I loved the mason jar stickers, there are only 4 of them, so I don't know where I'll use them. I bought the locker hook for work. We have cubbies, but they're not metal, so nothing magnetic sticks on them. I'm hoping this hook won't leave sticky residue behind. I love donuts, and they're everywhere, I did talk myself out of a lot of donut stickers, and donut washi. I love these banners, I think they'd be really cute to use in a flip book. Since the washi was on sale, I picked up the cupcake one and the succulent one, I wanted it last time they were on sale.
I went to JoAnn's after that, even though I said I wouldn't go back. They're paper crafting section is like half an aisle, the other half is adhesives and punches. Plus, they remodeled a few years ago, I feel the aisles are really small (I'm pretty sure you could not get a wheelchair through them). I was there on Sunday with my mother looking for my birthday present, I picked up a couple things for a swap package that were on clearance. I thought I'd see if they had anything left in their clearance, it kinda felt like they were clearancing the clearance.
Here are the two items I picked up:
 washi, and ribbon.
When I was making a flip book for a friend, I decided I needed more solid colored washi, especially black. I wanted to get this ribbon a few times ago when I was in, it's owls why not.
Next up was the Dollar Tree:
 Two notebooks, some black gel ink pens, gold/silver gel pen, duct tape, Squirt from Finding Nemo.
I love these notebooks, they are by the jot brand, they remind me of the new layered stickers everyone's been hauling. I feel I'll include them in friend mail (at least one). I'm always on the hunt for black gel pens, I usually guy the Pilot G-2 ones from Target/Walmart and just pick up the two pack refills for $1.87, but if Dollar Tree has good quality gel pens, why not. I actually have not tried the other ones I picked up. I picked up the gold/silver pens because on someone's haul video, they said they are the best quality they've tried. Everytime I find the cool duct tape, it's randomly on some shelf, that's how I found the bicycles, typewriters print one. This one was on some random shelf as well, it kinda looks like a back to school print. I also saw someone haul this Finding Nemo toy, and was very excited to see it at my DT.
 sandwich crackers, gummy watermelon slices, a card, floss, paper clips, and a flashlight.
I love these crackers, they are so yummy, I was actually looking for the gummy peach slices, but they didn't have them. One of my co-workers had a death in the family, so I picked up a sympathy card. I needed floss. I want to try to make altered paper clips, these are the large ones I think they'd work better than the tiny ones. I saw K is for Karen haul these flashlights, I love how bright they are.
Someone hauled some cute socks. I wear flats with my dress pants and they give me blisters if I don't have socks on, so I've been trying to pick up some fun socks, I'm pretty sure no one notices my socks. I picked up the flip flops because I don't have any, I think it would be nice to have a pair to use.
Target was next, I usually only visit the dollar spot and the clearance sections, but when I was in the clearance toy section, I found there were a lot of clearance in the aisles too, that's where I went wrong.
 Dr. Seuss journal, binder clips, bookmarks, chalkboard stickers, girl pen, washi, masking tape, tags.
These were mostly from the dollar spot, again they are on a back to school kick. I really wanted the ruler looking washi, but couldn't find it. I love that the Dr. Seuss book is actually a journal. I don't know why I keep collecting journals, I don't use them. I think it's because they work great for friend mail and swaps, and if they're cheap, why not. The binder clips actually have smiley faces cut out of them. The bookmarks say I Love to read books, on the back it says My favorite books and a list. I work at a library, I love these. I love these stickers, they look like an alphabet a teacher would write on a chalkboard when kids are learning to write. I could always cut them in half and have more, there are five sheets in this package. The girl was to add to my pen cup at work. I did find the cursive washi, so I picked up one of those. I found the masking tape ruler in the back to school supplies, they had it in a spot that said $0.88, it rang up as $2.99, which makes sense but they had it in the $0.88 spot, so they gave it to me for the $0.88. I LOVE these tags, they are like an old library card that libraries used to stamp the due dates on and put in the books, I bought two.
Smurf toy, Hello Panda, Lion Guard toy, Ghostbusters toys.
I loved the Smurf toy. I thought the strawberry Hello Panda would be better, it's not. One of these Lion Guard (apparently it's new movie) blind bags was open and I thought the other one was going to be Pumbaa. Sadly they were both the elephant, which is ok, I'll just give one to my boss. The Ghostbusters toys are soo cute, I read the tag wrong and thought it was cheaper than it actually was, so these were not as great a deal as I thought they were. But, they're still cute, and when you squeeze them, they make noises. Slimer growls, and The Staypuft Marshmallow Man plays part of the Ghostbusters theme.
I also went to Walmart and was going to buy some Duct tape washi of owls and some really cute monster stickers, but I just didn't feel like it when I was getting to the checkout.

I stuck all my purchases (minus the everyday stuff, food and 12x12 paper stuff) into a box to enjoy after I move. Maybe it will feel like a housewarming present. It was quite a bit of money that I spent, but like I said, I'm practicing not feeling bad for my purchases.
I was going to go garage saleing today, but after being on my feet basically all day yesterday (I worked at 8:15, standing at work, went shopping right after work, got home about 7:30) and spending so much money, I just decided to catch up on a few things while my computer's up.