Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hodgepodge Vol 298

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's thrift store excursion

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

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

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Package in the mail

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

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Life happened

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

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

What's up with everyone else?