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I redeemed two of the gift cards I'd gotten as holiday gifts over the weekend: an Old Navy gift card which I put toward some clothing for Laurel and a Barnes & Noble gift card (despite their dismally fluffy selection) which covered most of what I gleaned from speed-reading my way through the store and trying to avoid children running up and down the aisles.

For those curious about what books I bought:

We stopped at Michael's on the way back to pick up floss bobbins to invoke the "hair of the dog" law of finding missing items and replacement Xacto blades for Vogon. We left after finding those and scoring a set of Knifty Knitter round looms on sale, an inexpensive set of sparkly-handled nylon paintbrushes to keep with my walk-around face painting palette until I draft a pattern for and sew a palette case and matching brush roll for my nice brushes, and a bunch of little (2-3" diameter) terra cotta pots to use for sprouting seeds.

I'm slowly working my way through winding my loose floss (some extra skeins from finished projects, mostly skeins from the wonderful holiday package princessbunny sent me!) onto bobbins and have been pleasantly surprised to find Biko is completely uninterested in the floss, relieving me of worries that she might play with or eat any of it. Whew.


More links I'm blogging for later reference...

My latest object lust:

Still thinking about:
  • the PCStitch Pro upgrade; it's half the price of the full version but you need a coupon code to access the option to purchase an upgrade and the latest one is PCSPROUPG;

  • choosing between N-Style ID's children's bracelet or one from American Medical ID, which is one of the state's approved vendors for DNR identification devices and offer an Online Medical Registry for a one-time cost of $29. What I'd want on a medical ID bracelet isn't that lengthy (latex, papain and penicillin allergies, state DNR) but the easy access by medical professionals to additional information would be nice.


And simply too weird for me to make up:


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Jan. 24th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
The naughty cakes book looks cool. I want to open an erotic bakery after I move to Dallas... that and a few other things but that is somethign that I think would be a ton of fun, would be profitable, and wouldn't take a huge investment to get off the ground. I worked part time at a regular bakery for a few years so I have a pretty good idea of what it would be like. I just need to take some decorating classes and increase my skills to the point that I can decorate really really well... and then go from there.

Cool cookie cutters. That's one thing I have too many of but most of mine are the cheap plastic kind... and none are cool like these. I also like the lamp. A bit too fancy looking for me at the moment but someday I'd like to having something like that.
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Most craft chains (Jo-Ann's and Michael's for sure) offer Wilton cake decorating courses. They're fun and fairly inexpensive. If you don't already have a set of icing tips, I have duplicates of most of the ones I own that you're welcome to use.

When you're ready to make the investment in time and money ($950 for registration and tuition, plus travel and accommodation), you can take the Master Course at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating in Darien, IL. For what it's worth, that course is on my list of things to do before I die.

I have a ridiculous collection of plastic cookie cutters, made worse by buying the Wilton 101-piece cookie cutter set for myself a few Christmases ago. I've stopped buying plastic cutters except for fondant cutters, so my collection is growing at a more modest pace.

I want the lamp because Vogon has so much stemware that we'd have a lot of options with the larger chandelier and we'd get a lot of cabinet space freed up.
Jan. 24th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
The tags thing was interesting. I found it odd that they assume, for part of it, that the plural form is "wrong" rather than asking what it might encode. (E.g. I would use "blog" for an entry, but "blogs" for an article about blogs.)
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)

After reading the article, I've been thinking about internal vs. external tags... and that I should get my ducks in a row to go to library school after I finish my undergraduate work.
Jan. 24th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
You find some very cool things. I especially love the puzzle cookie cutters and the glassware chandelier.
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. I found both of those through Better Living Through Design, which is a blog about affordable modern design. I think an awful lot of it is expensive, but it's usually pretty and sometimes just makes me boggle -- like the Ran-Over-By-Car Vase. I can't believe people would buy that when they could make their own!
Jan. 25th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Wonderul books and neat items on your lust list. You're an interesting gal.... :-)
Jan. 28th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
I'm a sucker for a good book.

Most of the lust items came from food and design weblogs I read. I would have a hard time if I had to radically change my diet one day because they give me such interesting ideas, like the nearly lethal smores tart that called my name from brownie__points earlier this week...
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Yay, I love gift cards. :)
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
I like gift cards, but they're a challenge when they're for places I don't normally shop, like Old Navy. If they didn't have kids' clothes, I would have given the gift card to anyone I know that shops there.
Jan. 25th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
It looks like I'll be joining you on all noted levels of object lust. Those are all fantastic!
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
Someday when my budget nears my design dreams, I'm going to have a very interesting home.

I found "Fun with Alphabet Pal!" so funny I'm tempted to go out and buy one just to make it sound out the naughty words it doesn't block.
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