2012 – happy new year!

Woot! This is my first post of 2012 … yay! Yet another year has passed, oh wow.

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I graduated college two years ago and it’s amazing how much stuff I still have from my college days. I really should get rid of a lot of it, because when am I ever going to pick up charcoal again? Well, considering how I hated using that incredibly messy stuff, I’d say NEVER. That leaves me the problem of what to do with lightly-used art supplies. Most have been barely touched but they’ve been opened, so who knows. If I don’t get rid of them during what’s left of my break, I’ll probably just leave them at my parents’ house for yet another year.

I wish everyone a happy new year. Time to get started on those resolutions!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

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spending money

Since I don’t have a job and there’s no money coming in, I really should not be spending money. But since I don’t have a job, I have a lot of free time to go shopping (my class is also over). It’s really a vicious cycle. So off on the sidebar, I decided to start tallying up how much I spend on these little shopping expeditions. I’m only including the money spent on non-necessities, like for crafts and such. I was going to include money spent on eating out as well, but then I figured that would be too depressing.

First up, remember how I was so upset that Wal-Mart no longer carries fabric? Well my friend X mentioned to me the other day that there was still one in the Austin area that does! So I was all excited and decided to head down there to check it out. It’s at 9300 I-35 S, in the Southpark Meadows shopping center. The fabric selection was somewhat miserable, definitely nothing worth a special trip for. At least I now know it’s there, and since there was also a Hobby Lobby nearby, I stopped by there as well.

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When I go shopping, sometimes I just can’t help myself. I tell myself I’m there to browse, and then I keep picking things up. From the cheap fabric, I got one yard of checkered light pink and one yard of purple with white polka dots. I think I’m going to turn them into aprons … we’ll see. I also picked up some forks (four for a dollar). They’re really cheaply made (obviously) so they bend easily, an attribute which might come in handy for some projects – once I figure out what kind of project would use forks. Then there were just some more random supplies for in-the-works projects.

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Next up, CraigsList finds! Woohoo! I love CraigsList, and the free section is my friend. But things there go fast, so I was pleasantly surprised when I received a positive reply to my e-mail. I picked up this paper shredder and trashcan (love that shape and color) from a girl who was moving out of her apartment and didn’t have room for them in her car. After the trashcan got a good cleaning, I decided it was too pretty to use as a trashcan, so it’s holding some fabric and rolls of cross-stitch fabric.

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Another CraigsList find, this time in the household section, are some picture frames. Twelve of them for $5, not bad. They’re all the same, outer dimensions about 9.5″ square (square!). They’re a dark kind of wood, but I think I’m going to leave them that color instead of putting in the extra effort to paint them black like I was originally planning. These will also be for a project … eventually. Maybe something with frames and forks?

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

shopping trip

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I bought a new table! It’s originally from Ikea, but I bought it off CraigsList for a mere $13. Superb. So, from now on my pictures are probably going to look a lot prettier with the white tabletop as the background instead of my nasty carpet. And I’ll have a dedicated workspace for crafting (no more floor, yay!) Hopefully now my back and neck won’t hurt so much.

This morning I woke up early (around 10 AM) and went garage sale-ing. There were a few things that caught my eye, but nothing enough to tempt me to buy. Since I was in the area I stopped by Dollar Tree (a different one than last weekend) and picked up some cheap dollar goodness. I’m lucky, right? I have two Dollar Trees to choose from, and though they have a lot of the same stuff, they do have some unique things. Afterwards I drove a few streets over to Goodwill and picked up a few more things. I took two pictures (the second after I had cleaned things up and added some mood lighting … lol). Oh, and my memory card reader worked again! What a fickle thing.

from Dollar Tree:

  • green car wash mitt ($1)
  • woven basket ($1)
  • orange votive candle holders ($1)

from Goodwill:

  • wooden square frame ($1)
  • green square glass container ($2)

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The basket went to the kitchen to hold my potatoes. Hm … those potatoes don’t look so great, I wonder how long I’ve had them. Guess I’m going to be cooking potatoes tomorrow. Today was so productive! I got home around 2 PM and then I did laundry, vacuumed the apartment, and took out the trash. Tonight I’m going to start my homework due Monday and prepare for my interview on Monday (my second official interview – wish me luck) and tomorrow morning my roommate S and I are going grocery shopping. Whew, what a weekend!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]