Today was a beautiful spring-like morning and I was totally feeling energetic. I moved the couch around to sweep under it, and dear daughter cleaned the big picture window (in and out) to let the sun through without being hampered by the dog/baby smudges. After our little burst of cleaning and little mister’s normal morning routine, we decided that we needed to get out and do a little shopping. I have been trying not to spend money lately, so it had been quite awhile since I’d treated myself, and since I finished my thesis module, I felt like I deserved a little splurge. Jessica wanted to pick up a portable DVD player since little mister H-A-T-E-S riding in the car and she’s taking him down to Oregon this weekend. She’s hoping that he’ll take a nap, but she wanted the DVD player with a Baby Einstein video as a backup. So we went off to Target. I got a much-needed new purse (smaller) and a wallet (mine were absolutely driving me crazy). I also picked up Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits cd (on sale) and a couple of things for my nephew’s Easter basket. I didn’t do a lot of Target therapy today because I was saving myself for the scrapbook store.
I don’t know what the stores are like in your area, but the stores around here are severely lacking in my estimation. There is a great little store called the Paper Muse, which is in the neighboring town of Sumner. She has a lot of great things, and I highly recommend going to her shop if you are in that area. It is adorable, but she doesn’t consider herself a scrapbook store. She does have a lot of Tim Holtz stuff and some 7 Gypsies which is hard to find. There is a Ben Franklin craft store not too far away from us, but often it is hit and miss with their products. Michael’s and Joann’s never have what I want as far as papers, so it leaves me with Scrap & Book up on South Hill. It is a big store, and I always can find something to spend money on, but I’ve been more and more disappointed with what they stock. I think they try to please the masses, and they spread themselves too thin. The other problem with the store is that they are completely unorganized as far as keeping product lines together. They appear to sort things by color/design, but then you have no idea where things are (and they really don’t know either). I really wanted to find some major Crate Paper goodies, but they only had two different little spots of it, so I was disappointed, but did manage to find a couple of things from CP and some from Echo Park. Here are the lovelies I picked up today.
I don’t know if it is being in Shimelle’s class or what, but I’ve really wanted to work on an actual paper layout (rather than digital) the past couple of weeks. But I realize that I really don’t have the embellishments I would like as far as a real layout, so I think I will use my papers elsewhere.
I signed up for Amy Tangerine’s “Get Those Creative Juices Flowing” class at Big Picture Classes. It turns out that it is a very similar (but simpler) version of the Remains of the Day class I also signed up for (see sidebar for link). Anyway, I think I’m going to use some of these new papers in a journal that I’m going to start tomorrow. I’m heading over to a friend’s house for a 3-hour arts/crafts session. She’s setting up tables for each of us to work on and we’re just going to bring what we want to work on (and a snack) and have fun. I’m looking forward to it.
Do you have a great/favorite store where you can pick up supplies that make your heart sing? What supplies are you loving these days?
Do you have anything creative happening in your neck of the woods? What is on your horizon for the weekend?