Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Turn Turn Turn for Hodgepodge

It's Hodgepodge time again, head on over to Joyce's blog to see what other people are saying.

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?
No, I don't really do that.
2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?
Cleaning in my apartment. Now, if I would just wash my dishes at the end of the night and pick up my stuff instead of leaving it on the floor, I wouldn't have to do that.
 3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'
I don't have a lot to worry about on that account. I guess I get a little stressed and swear at people under my breath when they annoy me, but I don't come out and accuse them of it. I can't think of anything that has caused me to call the cops or anything like that.
4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it? This afternoon actually, since Christmas is coming, and I like to start wickedly early (like in January), I tend to lose things throughout the year. I'm trying to put everything in the same place and plan out who I'm missing things for. I was looking for a piece of artwork I bought my mother in January, I did find it. Unfortunately, I didn't find the other item I was looking for. I was pretty organized until I started packing things up thinking I'd have to move. There are a lot of boxes where things are just thrown into them from when I had to have my apartment clean for showings.
5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?
Honestly, I don't know.
6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.
That is not an easy question, because I don't eat a lot of fruit. Even when I buy it and it's sitting in my kitchen staring at me all week I still don't eat it. I think I'm more partial to red though, I buy red apples, when I actually buy apples, I like strawberries and watermelon. Those are probably the fruits I do eat the most.
7. The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?
How about Halloweentown? It's a nice kids movie where a 'normal' family is living in the US and grandma comes to visit every Halloween. Turns out grandma's actually a witch and mom and daughters are in line to become witches in Halloweentown, but mom wanted to raise her family normally and left. Unfortunately, there's a horrible warlock in Halloweentown that's turning everything weird and grandma gets taken and the family has to save her. I think it's pretty cute.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Speaking of Christmas (I know, no one wants to), I realized two months from Saturday is Christmas. That doesn't really bother me, because I've gotten presents for people. We're actually going to Charleston, SC over Christmas, so I'm not sure we'll be doing much around here for Christmas. I'm thinking of getting small presents and putting them into gift bags for people, I figure that will be pretty easy to transport, plus still fun.
On another note, my parents are not to pleased about November coming soon. If you've been reading me for awhile, you know that my parents bought a condo in my old elementary school and had to sell the house. In theory, they were going to be able to move in November 1st, so they're living across town in a condo owned by the people renovating the school. My mom told me on Saturday that they may not be moving in until December. I know she's stressed about that. I'm also wondering how that's going to work out, because most of their winter clothing is in storage. And then there's the whole part about having the movers scheduled only to find out they can't use them on that date and have to schedule them later out. Plus, like I said we're going to Charleston in December, not that it's right at the beginning, but I'm sure they'll still be unpacking when we're getting ready to leave. And, Thanksgiving, that's another fun issue. Normally, my brother comes in from Chicago and makes lunch, that includes soaking the turkey in a brine overnight and he has to turn the turkey because it's generally too large for the bucket it's soaking in. There's not much room for him to sleep in my parents condo where they are now, he could always blow up the air mattress. I know we're all hoping to have Thanksgiving at their new condo, but we'll adapt if that doesn't happen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Etsy Swap

Hi All,
I participated in a swap where we followed our partners through social media and bought things off their Etsy favorites site.
My partner was Katherine Lau, she has now received her package, here's what I sent her:
A bunch of floating flower candles, she said she liked flowers and bright colors. 
 A cute little notebook, doesn't everyone need one of these?
 A bird nerd from Collage-O-Rama. I really liked this, I almost bought one for myself.
 A pack of key charms from Charm Emporium, very cute.
 And a pair of acorn earrings from Ashley Elaine Designs, also very cute.
I wrapped everything, because I think it's way more fun to unwrap each present, not just see them when you open the package. Because I was lacking a bit of packing material, I also added an orange ombre scarf.  I'm still waiting on one little piece, I'm thinking it's lost in the mail.
I thought it was pretty cool that she makes papercuts, way back when I started doing art, papercutting was the second thing I learned to do, right after origami and before stamping.

My partner was Brandi from Lipstick and Tractors, here's what she sent me:
A sparkly butterfly, a couple rolls of washi tape, one is owls, the other green with spots; some metal charms, a few felt owls and some cute owl earrings. I think my favorite piece is the owl earrings. I did get all inspired to alter a cigar box with the butterfly.

I liked this swap, except for the fact that I had to pay separate shipping on all my Etsy purchases. We were all supposed to spend $25 for the gifts, thankfully the shipping wasn't too bad, but I hate paying shipping. I decided I could handle it because someone was doing the same for me. I might bow out of more swaps in the future, I've been trying to save money and sadly spending money on swaps does not save it. Maybe, if I could find more ones where I get to make things...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Grouchy Hodgepodge

It's Hodgepodge time again. I'm kinda in a funk where I'm not really caring about much lately, so I didn't participate last week, I'm still in that funk, but since I like reading other people's answers, I feel it's only fair to provide my answers as well, plus it's a bright spot in my week. So, go on over to Joyce's to see what other people said.

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why? It used to be mornings, I liked waking up and deciding on what to wear, but lately I've been waking up later and just choosing the next thing hanging in my closet. I think I like the afternoons, I'm trying to read some of the 37 books I have checked out from the library, also it's quiet downstairs (I live on the third floor of a house and the people below me have a 3-year-old who has a lot of energy).

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? I don't have any of those, but I would say maybe my toaster oven. Sometimes it stops counting down when I put the timer on it, it just sits there, and I have to reset the timer or give it a little nudge. It's pretty sad as it's only about 6 years old, I would think it should last longer than that.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy? certain things at work that I'm not going to discuss. Some things just don't make sense to me.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see? Personally, I have no interest in going to Canada, but browsing the site, I choose Calgary, because in the tiny description it mentioned a zoo.

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite? Honestly, I don't know, but I'm guessing pizza, because what kid doesn't like pizza? I still like pizza, but it generally costs more money than I want to spend on it. Right now, I'm a big fan of dark chocolate.

6. Do you cry easily? Not really, unless I'm watching a sad movie. I chose to watch Now is Good, about a girl with cancer and her last days and then The Fault in Our Stars about two teenagers with cancer, and then Soul Surfer about a surfer girl that was bitten by a shark but kept surfing, today, so my eyes did not stay dry. But, in real life I don't cry about much.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it? I started my Christmas shopping last January. I always start it that early, I've seen how stressed my parents get around the holiday time, so when I started shopping for people, I started early. I think it's more fun to pick up things for people throughout the year. My mom said we shouldn't do presents this year because we'll be going to Charleston, SC over the Christmas holiday, but I'm still doing a few small presents for people.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here. Today is my grandma's birthday. She turns 98.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

last weekend

So, last weekend, I went to a few sales and an annual art festival. Saturday, I got up and noticed it had rained overnight, when I went started going to sales, the rain had stopped for the day, and had been done for about 30 minutes. I guess since it rained overnight, sales decided to get a late start setting up and/or uncovering their stuff, three of the five sales I went to either decided not to set up at all, or were just getting to it. I left my house at 9AM because that's when the closest one said they were starting, they were just bringing things out to tables, so I skipped it, I did go back later though. The second one was just uncovering and I felt awkward going through their stuff when it wasn't uncovered yet, so I skipped that one. The third was open at 7AM and they had their stuff out and ready, I bought a TV tray from them. The fourth didn't even set up, I could see a tent from further up the street, so I went over to it, but there was nothing out, as I was leaving, someone else walked up to it. The last sale was barely setting up as well, this was very close to 10AM and they supposedly started at 9, they didn't have much out and were still pricing and setting up.
I understand it rained the night before, but I also know it hadn't been raining for about half an hour, so I was really annoyed that people hadn't gotten outside and set up sooner. These were at the last sale, be sure to click and make them bigger, they are goregeous
 Did you see the price tag? One dollar each? Like I said they were gorgeous, but I have no place to put them, so I left them behind. This week as I was checking craigslist for sales, I see someone bought them and was trying to resell them for $15/pair. I felt kinda sorry for the person who sold them last week, not only did they not to go a home that actually wanted them, they're trying to sell them for a bunch more. Oh, well, I guess that will eventually happen anyway.
Here is the TV tray I bought, along with a balsa wood box found in the free box at the last/first sale I went to.
 Here's what I bought: everything but the Hello Kitty key chain, the hexagon box, and the crystal piece were in a box for a quarter. I really only wanted the tiny caterpillars, but I liked the other stuff too.
 Sunday was the annual art festival. I had decided before going I was going to buy some collage packs from a lady who makes books, unfortunately, she wasn't there this year.
Here's what I did get
 a cute knitted creature, a wooden snowman, and a money clip with a computer chip on it.
The money clip I mailed to my brother for his birthday, he works with computers so I figured he'd find it intriguing. I doubt he'll actually use it, as I don't believe he actually carries cash anymore.

So, I decided to create an Advent calendar for myself. Every year, I say I'm gonna make a cute one with neat gifts that I pick out early in the year, and every year I don't. This year, I started collecting tiny boxes to put things in. I'm going to put in future purchases, there are a couple annual fall sales coming up; but I also scrounged up some stuff around my house that I haven't used very much, or put away and forgot about.

I spent a $25 gift card at Amazon last week on stickers:
They were so cute, but now I want to create with them and I don't know what. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Leafing through the hodgepodge

It's time for Wednesday Hodgepodge, head on over to Joyce's to see what other people answered.

1. Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall? Will you have to rake when it's all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe? They are beginning to change and fall, I love walking through them. I am not missing yard work, and will not miss raking leaves, I really loathed that chore.
2. When did you last shake like a leaf? I do when things don't go my way. I get really upset when things happen that I can't control. Monday, that happened, I won't go into more detail.
3. After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon. Jeter has been described even by opponents as a 'class act', both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job description? What responsibility do the organizations these athletes work for have when it comes to dealing with off the field behavior? Discuss. I'm not a sports fan and I really don't care.

4. What season of the year is toughest for you in terms of your health? Why? Probably fall, I usually get some kind of cold/allergies and I hate dealing with them.
5. The top six healthy food trends of 2014 according to Eating Well are- clean eating (more veg, less meat, less sodium, limit alcohol and processed foods),  trash fish (you know those fish that get caught in fishermen nets and are thrown back? It seems chefs are finding creative ways to make them more appetizing),  cauliflower (this year's IT vegetable), kaniwa (essentially baby quinoa, so like quinoa only smaller), fermentation (think pickling except with twists on flavor we're not accustomed to), and community supported food (farms operating with community support/membership). Okay-so how many of the hot healthy food trends for 2014 have you experienced, encountered, enjoyed? Any you've tried and said ewwww? Any on the list you'd like to try before year's end? I like cauliflower.
6. In seven words or less, bid September adieu. Tomorrow will be kinder.
7. What's something on your October calendar that makes you happy just thinking about it? My 5-year anniversary of being at my job will be soon, I'm thinking of baking a cake. My grandmother's birthday is coming up, she'll be 97 or 98.
8.  Insert your own random thought here. I'm so ready for a break from my life, unfortunately, I have to come back to it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It was all downhill when I saw the buttons

Hello all, so what have I been doing other than filling out the hodgepodge? Not a ton actually, trying out our new media box at the library (it's kinda like a redbox), reading and checking out way too many books.
The other day, I made myself hamburgers, I'd never done that before. I know, it's sad, I'm 31 years old and I just made hamburgers for the first time. I made them Sunday afternoon/night and had all 4 eaten by Monday night. They were really good.
 I've been wanting to spend money on myself for awhile. I know I should be saving money and I'm trying, but it sucks. I recently joined a swap where we shop for our partners on Etsy, so I know someone's spending at least $25 on me, maybe more, but I still wanted to shop.
I also wanted to do a steampunky costume for Halloween, mostly because I have a top hat, ribbon and gears to add to it. I have a flowy skirt, so I was hoping to find some kind of top and wear some boots I just bought, but I've come up empty on things. My plan was to shop the thrift stores for clothing, but the one I thought might have some good pieces didn't have any here.
Anyways, on to my shopping trip today. I saw these cute button canisters:
 I mean, how cute are those? I don't have a place or need for them, so I didn't buy them. I also found a really cute perfume bottle, but didn't buy it.
My next stop had this cute sign:
 and a handmade cyclones care bear that I almost bought. But, it was about $15 and I really don't need it. I basically wanted it because it was ISU themed and handmade. It was really cute.
My next stop was a toy store where I wanted to buy a marble, but I didn't have any cash and most of the small businesses downtown have a minimum spending limit to charge. It also seemed kinda stupid to charge $.40 for a marble, I might go back later with some cash and buy it. In the basement I found what we all need:
 a giant lego head.
At my last stop, I saw the cutest steampunk jack o lantern, only it really wasn't:
 When I walked around the corner, I first saw the pumpkin and the clock. I thought the clock was attached somehow as an eye. Wouldn't that be cool to add other things to it for a steampunk jack o lantern?
My second to last stop was where I found the buttons. Here's what I bought:
 lots of vintage buttons ( 4 bags at $2 a piece, and a jar of buttons), a brass W (top left corner, it's kinda hard to see), a jack o lantern and a pewter pig.
These are my favorites:
 My favorite of all is that one above the yellow one. It is carved dark MOP, with a tiny white MOP piece attached in the middle. Anyone know anything about it? The yellow one and green one are both glass balls. Most of these are glass. The top two I'm not entirely sure about they're pretty light, but sparkly. The black one's a little hard to see, but it's got some flowers on it.
 The one behind the green one is metal with what looks like a mirror behind it, but it seems pretty new. The pink ones, the red/white one and the other white one are all plastic. I just liked them. The large copper one is metal. The fern ones at the bottom have ferns cut into them, I'm pretty sure they're glass too.
I miss buying vintage buttons. I knew it was all downhill when I saw the buttons, and then there was a minimum of $10 to charge, so I had to find more.

This weekend, there is an annual art festival, I'm hoping to find something cool there.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Falling into Hodgepodge

So, it's hodgepodge time again. I think this is the only thing I do on here regularly. Head on over to Joyce's to see other people's answers.

1. It's fall. Y'all. My favorite season of the year! What's something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it's officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-'y'all'? I know it doesn't really mean fall, but here it totally does. A local art festival will be happening this Sunday, and I'm totally saving for that. Plus, a couple churches have their fall fairs coming up and the library's semi-annual book sale is coming up in October.
I do say y'all occasionally. That mostly started when I began listening to country music.

 2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved? A year or so ago, I stopped talking to my best friend. She didn't give me any comfort when I broke up with my ex and it kinda seemed like she had talked to him before we were 'officially' broken up. Then last year she contacted me on my 30th birthday and I thought we were good again, except it felt like I apologized more than she did. I showed her something I thought to be a big accomplishment for me and she kinda brushed it off. Then, she didn't talk to me until around her birthday (a bit longer than 6 months) and I decided she wanted me to just wish her a happy birthday on her big birthday. I didn't think that was right (to just talk to someone when it's convenient for you). So I stopped talking to her again. After she went away to college and then graduated and moved (not that far away, mind you), it seemed like so much work for her to call or converse with me (this was before I broke up with my ex), I knew we were growing apart anyways.
No, it hasn't been resolved.

3. A song you love with the word 'fall' in it's title? Free Fallin' by Tom Petty. You really can't go wrong with Tom Petty, plus it came on my mp3 player when I was in Hawaii, so every time I hear it, I'm transported back there.

4. What's something you've recently let 'fall by the wayside?' Cleaning. I'm not that great at doing it regularly, but it's getting annoying when I have to clear a path to get to the couch. Or when I run out of plates.

5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way? I feel like everything I psyche myself up for does that. For some reason I get really excited about stuff, and then I get disappointed that it didn't live up to my expectations. I'm always looking for something really cool (mostly to buy) and I just don't seem to find it. Of course, most of the reason is, that I have no idea what it would be.
6. Describe a time you said or thought, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
7. Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not? Not really, I was expecting something and it didn't happen. But, I did get my shopping done for a swap, and I started a book that seems pretty good. I got to eat ice cream for supper, and I've been wasting way too much time.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. I joined Pinterest. I'm not sure that's a good thing. I've been avoiding it because people say it sucks away their free time, and it really does. I basically joined because every time I'd go on it through people's links it would beg me to join, and I'm in a swap where I shop for someone based on their social media things. One of those was their pinterest page, and the thing kept getting in the way when I tried to look at their page, so I joined. I'm finding it a little confusing. I tried to install the "Pin it" button on my IE browser, but it didn't work.
Sadly, I'm wasting my time on it, but the pictures are so pretty. If you wanna see what I've been wasting time on, go here.