Thursday, September 12, 2019

Minion mail

Sunday: Finally used one of my days off to stay at home and avoid people. I didn't do a lot other than watch movies, read books and get some art stuff done.
The background for this card was sent with my birthday card from a friend asking me to do something with it. It only took me two months:
 I really like how it turned out.
Fall ATCs:
 The only idea I really had for these was the pumpkin spice everything.
Monday: I knew I had my International Blessing box subscription coming, mail was delivered really late and I hated the anticipation of waiting for it.
 It's a subscription box that promotes fair trade. We have a store here that does that, so I thought it'd be about like going to the store and spending $30 a month.
What was inside:
 paper bead bracelet and necklace.
Not sure how much I'll use these as I don't really wear jewelry. Thought about giving the necklace to a friend, though I'm not sure.
 lip balm
This is really strong smelling, but I'll probably end up using it. I always need lip balm.
 earrings.
I like these, I don't have any black and white earrings, so I'll probably use them.
I was kinda hoping there'd be more decorative stuff, but I signed up for 6 months, so we'll see how it goes.
About 20 minutes later the rest of my mail was delivered. I'm not sure why they were delivered separately, that box wasn't that big, though they nicely just threw it on the front porch right where you'd walk if you were coming up the steps and not paying attention. I'm not sure why some mail carriers keep doing that, you can slide it behind the lip of the front porch so the whole world doesn't see we have mail, or this box would have fit in the mailbox.
Destash:
 I'm not really impressed with this one. There's a couple cards I'll use, but that's it.
SMS Unique:
 They were supposed to send something new. I'm a little bothered that I reported it to the moderator and she didn't do anything about it either.
Surprise:
 Random cards you bought at the store? It was a surprise, but not a good one. I've only got one really good thing for the surprise tag and even though I love sending this one out, I don't think I'm gonna do it anymore.
Tuesday: Woke up early due to rain. Put together some things to mail out.
Flat Crafty mail:
 We had to send 15 pieces of flat crafty items. The first time I got this together, I had them mostly new and it was a parcel. After seeing a few things people had sent out, I downsized and it got sent as a large envelope.
Happy Mail:
 Totally used some of those handmade envelopes from the destash tag.
Dollar Store:
 I always have a hard time with this one, I'm not sure why, I also seem to be getting not great things back, so I shouldn't do it anymore.
Scavenger Hunt:
 Triangular: makeup wedges (from the last incoming scavenger hunt), Hard: pineapple piece (from a secret sister), Miniature: tiny ice cream charms (bought those), Funny: magnet joke book (from another scavenger hunt), and Flavored: lip balm (bought this, too).
Sea themed flip book:
 I had a hard time with this one too, also not sure why.
Junk Journal clusters:
 Not entirely sure why I signed up for this one because I don't do junk journals, I do mail journals, which is where they will end up. Also, had a hard time figuring out what to create.
Wednesday: Got caught in a downpour on my way to work. My hoodie, bag and sandals were soaked as was the bottom of my dress. I'm glad I have shoes at work and the rest of me dried while I was working, the other things not so much, but they dried at home.
Mail was even later on Wednesday, got it about 6pm, found a wish of sticker flakes:
 Some of these I wouldn't consider sticker flakes, just stickers, but I still like them.
Thursday: I went to Goodwill as a last place to find a Harry Potter book, I didn't find one. I found a few other things, though:
 horror movies: Black Xmas, Cabin Fever, Hostel, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ($2.49 each), stickers (59 cents and 79 cents respectively, not sure why they were different prices, they look about the same), Halloween stickers (79 cents), stuffed owl ($1.09) and a Halloween bow (79 cents).
Apparently I was in a horror movie mood. I really liked the stickers and the owl, and I totally picked up the bow solely for the cameo in the middle of it. My total was a little over $14, but I rounded up to $15 for their cause, figured I can afford it, why not?
The mail actually arrived at a decent time. Crafty flat items:
 Not entirely sure how I feel about these, there's a lot of felt and vintage book pages that I'm not going to use. I like the fabric and die cuts.
Minion tag:
You can never go wrong with minions. I wish she hadn't waited so long to mail them.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Touchdown

Friday: I had planned to get up and go to a few garage sales, but I woke up feeling like crap. I had a headache, I was really hot, and my tummy didn't feel very good. I took some ibuprofen, ate breakfast (my stomach actually started feeling bad after eating), and sat in the dark trying to cool myself off. Once I cooled off, I felt much better. Not sure what that was about. I had to go to work for a quick hour long meeting. 
The city painted an all inclusive crosswalk on Tuesday/Monday, so I stopped to take some pictures of it. This one is white, pink and blue:
 These are trans gender pride colors.
This one is the rainbow:
 These are a minority-inclusive pride rainbow.
This one is yellow, white, purple and black:
 These are gender non-binary pride colors.
And another rainbow to finish out the intersection:
 There's been a lot of controversy over this. I think it's great they decided to do it right next to the library.
I read a bit, and watched some movies. Found a couple pieces of happy mail in my mailbox.
SMS layered stickers:
 NOT layered, but the person who sent to me left the group, so I won't be getting any replacements. I did buy some layered ones at the Dollar Tree on Thursday, I guess that's what I'm getting.
Orange crafting items swap:
 Lots of interesting items in here.
The rest of it:
 Al lot of papers, that big orange piece in the middle is actually felt with the word thanks in it.
I got a couple things ready to be mailed.
I did a private swap for some Harry Potter ephemera and I sent her some writing paper:
 Pink Happy Mail:
 Saturday: I got up and went to my garage sales. There were 4 on my list and they were pretty spread out. On my way to the first one, I had some guy blow a yield sign, it's a good thing I didn't walk in front of him hoping he would obey the traffic signals.
What I bought:
 Total spent $1.95, the cards were 25 cents each, I had a couple of the top cards with the birdhouses, a pansy thank you card, one with a neat tree and a nice birthday card. I also bought a bunch of tiny crafting supplies:
 A bunch of lacy bits, a package of blue/gold items and some Halloween wood pieces.
The next one was a bit harder to find, as it was on a street that branched off a bunch of times. I didn't think they had a lot of great directional signs. It turned out to be a bunch of kids stuff, which was fine.
 I picked up a bunch of tiny animals and was told they were from the free bin:
I had just cleared out all the tiny items I've collected from blind bags and told myself not to buy more. So much for that. I love those little squishy candy things at the top. Also, Ariel is my favorite Disney princess. Also, there's an Ugly Doll in there.
I saw a sign for another sale on my way to the third one, all the stuff looked like it had gotten rained on and there was other random stuff strewn throughout their front yard, I was a bit afraid I'd trip on it while looking at things. I didn't buy anything there.
I saw a big group of what looked like hawks circling about, but still moving north as they were circling. They were so far up, they had to be hawks as big as they were. It was kinda weird.
Third sale, there was another sale that was supposed to be near it, but it was only Thursday and Friday, which I thought was kinda strange.
 I paid a buck for the reindeer and was told the rest was free. Not exactly sure what the green piece with the eyes is.
Last stop:
 Everything was 5 cents, but I gave them a quarter and we called it good.
I went by our local farmer's market on the way home looking for some pastries, but again, didn't find any. I hit 10,000 steps before I made it home. Took a shower and changed my clothes, and threw my hair up in a French braid.
I had to mail one of the items from above, so went out to mail that and checked out the Pride fest. I got a $5 massage, I thought it would be a bit more intensive. I bought an eggplant/caprese sandwich and a Mountain Dew for lunch. I wasn't expecting the sandwich to be warm and it was very messy to eat. I was hoping for some more vendors and was looking for some rainbow earrings. It was fun to check out, but might look into going with a friend in the future.
I had eaten a Power breakfast of a oatmeal like thing that had quinoa instead of oatmeal and I didn't feel tired until about 1:20, even after walking my 5 miles for the garage sales. I'm thinking of buying more for those days where I know I'll be doing a bit in the mornings. I had an apple one the other day that I wasn't impressed with, the one I ate this morning was maple brown sugar, I liked it much more.
I found a T card in the mail when I got home:
 She also included a bunch of die cuts:
I had received a letter that was meant for someone else, the name wasn't mine but the address was. I'm not exactly sure how she got the wrong address as we have a random person in between us on the name list. Wrote a not at this address note and will throw it in the mail on Monday.
This is the 3rd day of my 4 day weekend, I was supposed to be taking it from people after my 3 weeks straight of working. Thursday, I went shopping, Friday, I had to go out for a work meeting and Saturday (today), I went to the farmer's market and Pride fest which both had a bunch of people. I'll probably spend all of tomorrow at home. I'm more enjoying that I don't have to work and get to do whatever I want without a schedule.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

shopping

Monday was pretty productive, I got a few books read and some movies watched and a few things ready to mail out.
Destash:
 Happy Mail:
 Galaxy:
 I picked up a paint by sticker book a few weeks ago at a garage sale, the theme is masterpieces. Here's what I've done so far:
 The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
 Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect by Claude Monet
 Bedroom in Arles by Vincent van Gogh
 Still Life with Applies and a Pot of Primroses by Paul Cezanne
 Flaming June by Frederic Leighton
 The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
They're very fun to do, but you have to make sure the stickers are exactly in the places that are labeled for them, otherwise there's white gaps, as you can see on The Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect. I've also found that sometimes the stickers aren't cut very well so they don't always fit in the spaces. I bought it for relaxation, but putting the stickers in the exact right places is a bit stressful.
I had planned to go to bed at a decent time, but by the time I got my last picture done it was after 10:30, so that didn't happen.
Tuesday: I put a few more things together to mail out.
A wish for fuzzy socks:
 Orange crafting items swap:
 And a giant sticker swap, we have to send 100 loose stickers:
 10 single sheets of stickers:
 And 10 new packages of stickers:
 I checked my mail early, which wasn't a great idea, I like to open my mail at work, it makes the workday more fun.
Igrab of stickers:
 And again, I'm reminded why I don't do loose sticker tags, because they are mostly kids stuff.
A trim swap:
I was hoping for more since we didn't have mail yesterday. Oh, well
Found this at the library and had to buy it:
 I grew up on this. I didn't really want to spend $20, but I really wanted it.
Wednesday: nothing exciting. Didn't get any mail, but finished another paint by sticker:
Breezing Up by Winslow Homer This one was the hardest by far, it had a ton of tiny stickers.
Thursday: I went shopping. I've been wanting to for awhile, but didn't want to spend my money at the bookstore, and I'm still on the hunt for Harry Potter stuff.
First up, Overflow Thrift Store:
 Everything was 50 cents. stickers, cup for a friend, minion because why not, necklace and doily were part of plan B for my project, the whale was for a friend, but I'm thinking of keeping it. And I just liked the bug kit. Total spent: $4
Next stop was Target:
 Found a bunch of the Grumblies blind bags on clearance for $1.18, originally $3.99. The squishie thing was $2.48, originally $4.99. The other thing is a bulletin board trim, $1. I love Grumblies, they are grumpy looking pencil topper things, I just don't want to spend $4 a piece of them. The squishie thing is weird and full of strange bubblies and sticky, not sure how I feel about it. I picked up the bulletin board trim to cut apart the cute animals. Total spent $14
Next up was Walmart:
 Stickers ($13), tape ($7), confetti ($1), stampers ($2)
The stickers said they were on sale for $10, but I didn't notice I was charged the regular price until I got home, and I didn't feel like dealing with it. I've been eyeing this sticker pack for awhile, it was just a matter of time before I bought it. I have to buy a pack of this tape every time I go to Walmart, unfortunately, the price rose a buck. I love the cute little ghosts in this pack. These are Harry Potter stampers they have the 4 houses on them. Total spent $24.
Last stop was Dollar Tree:
 chips, stickers, lip balm, panty liners, calendar, wood pieces, glue.
I didn't read very well, I don't like corn chips, these will be going to work. I have these stickers, but I haven't used them cause I don't want to use them up, maybe now I will. The Trolls lip balm is for me, the other one for a swap. I wasn't going to buy things for my swap groups, but I needed something flavored and I'd have to buy something either way. I needed the panty liners. I figured this calendar was as good as any, since people never seem to have a variety of cute animals on their calendars, and I do like Trolls. Again, thought the ghosts were cute. I haven't seen this glue at the Dollar Tree and needed some more anyway.
 notebook, stickers
Remember a couple posts back, I said I could find better things for the scavenger hunt, this notebook was for one of those items. I always need notebooks and this one was rather cute. Loved the cacti with googly eyes. Again, loved the wooden stickers. I picked up the other two packs half because they weren't Dollar Tree and half because they were layered and technically I get two of each.
 socks, tape, toy, tape, trinket dish, pencils, notepads, crackers, magnet.
I rarely find fun socks at the Dollar Tree, but these had narwhals on them. Also, found a ton of good tape today, I don't really like Dollar Tree washi, but these patterns were too good to pass up. Bought Wonder Woman for my desk at work. Also loved the trinket dish and the pencils and the notepads. I like these crackers and loved this fake succulent.
Sometimes I feel my Dollar Tree has nothing, today I feel they were in the middle of stocking (there was more coming, you could see all the boxes) and I got a bunch of good stuff.
Total spent: $27
This is what was in that package of notepads.
I got home, had lunch and got a text from a friend about going to Salvation Army. Barely had time to eat my lunch before we left.
Last stop: Salvation Army
 moose, minion, stickers, cupcake.
Not really sure how much everything was individually, but I spent $2.06. I picked up the moose for a friend that likes them. Couldn't pass up the minion of the frog cupcake box. Picked up the Hello Kitty stickers for my group.
My friend didn't have much time to hang out, but it was fun to get together with her and shop and catch up a bit.
Mail came late, but I had a galaxy tag in it:
The pencil pouch has Saturn with a shaker of confetti stars in it. I could play with it forever. Also, love those stickers on the left and the cuttlefish sticker