Since I haven't been able to get to a garage sale since 2012 I went to my local Habitat for Humanity store and found this vase for .25:
My mom has had a vase identical to this one since I was a kid! I also got that o-ring to put my discount store cards on for a nickel. Turns out I shop too much so this ring ended up being too small. I had to buy a second, larger one for a dime. Anyone need one of these? ;)
Then I found a garage sale on my way to Ikea. I got those four things for $5. The large martini glass shaped things are flower holders for the church altar during our wedding. The small trifle bowl was just so darn cute and if I end up needing further containers for our wedding candy bar this would be perfect. The rocks are for a different wedding idea.
Now if I can get up before 1pm one of these weekends I may actually get to a real garage sale!!!
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Blockbuster is having a "Buy one, get one free" on used movies. Since joining Swapadvd my price point on movies is $6 and these were close enough for me!
There were a TON of cheap blu-rays! The following are blus I own but wish I'd waited for this sale to buy:
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter 9.99
Amazing Spiderman 9.99
Cabin in the Woods 9.99
In Time $6.99!!!
There were a ton of these movies I don't want to own but are worth a watch:
Men in Black 3 8.99
Hunger Games 9.99
Check out this thread for more titles. Pretty much if it was a big hit in the last year or two you can own it for $6.50 or less on blu-ray through this sale.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Too wordy? Want something simpler?
This program does a surprisingly good job. It lightens so you end up with fewer odd shadows. On the downside it also creates very light lines. Bring into photoshop and fix as needed.
I am working on these for coloring books for our wedding. So far everything is super cute!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Its that time of year again - Apartment Therapy's Small Home Contest! My interest is always one half voyer - one half inspiration. I currently live solo in a two bedroom apartment but that doesn't mean there isn't space for me to learn.
Check out this studio apartment: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/emilys-brownstone-studio-small-cool-contest-189500 Her entire home is 224sq feet and used to be the living room of a Brownstone in Boston. She has gorgeous windows and a fireplace but is only a few steps up from dorming. Don't get me wrong - I like her place but her furnishings suggest this was the best she could afford.
On the flip side you have this 300sq foot apartment in Chicago: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/leslies-enchanting-sunlight-small-cool-contest-189548 The size difference isn't substantial but the wallpaper and furnishings suggest this chick is "slumming it" for now or has had a downturn in finances. She obviously has an eye for decor.
Then you have folks who gutted their entire house and chose to have this home but still say things like "I am constantly brainstorming how to work around its slanted walls and the awkward spaces they create. There is a lot of wasted space behind furniture, which makes the living area even smaller and feel more closed in." This is my lack of sympathy: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/haleighs-aframe-cottage-small-cool-contest-189067'
Others hired interior decorators to sort out their spaces. These homes are beautiful but the "thrift store" homes couldn't possibly compete against them. Even though the grand prize is $3000, I think AT should have a separate category for professionally designed homes. Winning would offset some of the cost of hiring!
Here are all the entrants: http://community.apartmenttherapy.com/contests/smallcool/2013/entries
Monday, May 20, 2013
Its been TEN years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air!
This show carried me through five (don't judge) years of college and was the impetus for my first two websites. Its sad to look around my apartment now and not see anything referencing something that was so important to me for so long. Even in my last place I had my Buffy the Musical poster framed and hung.
Maybe I can find a piece of collectible nostalgia that fits into my love of glass and silver - perhaps a petite sword?
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Check out what BzzAgent sent me last week! Its a battery operated weed sprayer! I've used RoundUp weed killer in the past but lets face it - finger gets tired of that infernal spray bottle.
I have had my sprayer for a few days and the instructions indicate to use on wet soil, preferably at night. Its been raining almost daily here and I didn't want it to be washed away so finally went out with it today.
Set up is easy peasy. See that little bottle on top of the spray gun? That is the weed killer. The kit also included one for pest killing, one for weeds and one for grass and weeds.
The refills get attached to the gun, you fill the regular gallon with water and it automatically mixes and disperses the stuff. The nozzle at the end is angled for reaching through to roots. Reach was pretty decent too - at least five feet.
It took me about half an hour to use the whole gallon up. I hung by the mulch, cracks in the driveway and along the garden. RoundUp shrivels and kills weeds in minutes but so far my weeds are as thriving as ever. I figure if this doesn't work I can still use the dispersal system with other kinds of poison. I really dug the battery operated laziness!
I saw this set in the Home Depot ad this week for $12 with one refill and further refills for about $11. Not bad - if it works!
Sure I could have yanked the majority of these weeds in the half hour it took me spray but our wedding is about a month away. My dress is sleeveless and I don't fancy starting married life photoshopping tan lines.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Check out this Design House Stockholm Block Lamp! I love glass, ice and lighting so this is obviously my new favorite lamp! Its teeny and would look awesome anywhere. Unfortunately its $140 so I will wait for the Ikea version.
At $40 this adorable nightlight is much more my speed. Its the Glow Brick Night Light and made of resin. I don't have much (any) luck with rechargables but how can I screw up glow in the dark?
my green bedroom but I would love seeing it hang out on my desk, next to the tv, in the bathroom, etc. This little light would be my adult version of Elf on a Shelf!
Both of these items are from Erie Drive but I have hopes of finding that night light for less elsewhere. The Sun Lamp I bought months ago (what a disappointment) costs $40 here but I paid about $4 from Fab.