Monthly Archives: April 2008

The *ART* of the Deal

I admit it…I’m a garage sale addict. It’s one of the things that I look forward to each summer. Even better now that I have Sienna to shop for. On Saturday I set out on my first trip of the season. I have a few ‘rules’ to follow when shopping…

1. Set a budget, I start by going to the ATM and getting 20 bucks. I can up it if I find a piece of furniture I’m looking for.

2. Only buy things on my list…baby clothes and toys, baking glassware(you can never have to much Pyrex), cheap jewelry, yarn, and storage items that work in my studio.

3. Always, always negotiate on prices. I usually consider the max I want to pay and what I would sell it for, and then take a couple of bucks off of that figure. Then it’s on…I usually say will you take…$X for this. This strategy works best if you have a couple items.

4. Be willing to walk away from anything.

5. Go early and be done by 10:30. I can’t wait until we start our Summer work schedule and I can start shopping on Friday aft.

You know there are no guarantees on what you’ll find at sales. Just like in other areas of life ‘you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince.’ And Saturday was no exception, just as I was reaching the end of my time limit and still had all of my money in my wallet, I stumbled onto a block sale and one of the families had great taste in girl clothes. I was able to get several cute things for Sienna, including boots like these…

and a rocking horse like this(sadly no saddle, but riding bareback is always fun) It’s so cute it makes sounds like a real horse.


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Video Thursday

I admit this one is a little disturbing, but if you ever need motivation to take the stairs instead of the elevator here you go…


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Another week end layout

See I was kind of productive at crop in Ft. C… We brought in a new company after seeing them at CHA in Feb. I love the name — Pink Paislee— it combines two of my favorite things. MK asked me to put together a layout with this great orange grid paper…it’s perforated to you could use the edges for a seperate project. Super cute stamps and embellies too…

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Yeah it sucks…

but you have to admit it can be a little pretty to see snow on the tiny buds of spring

or not…here’s hoping this will be the last storm of the season.


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10 on Tuesday

Those who have known me for a long time, know I’m a first class procastinator. So it’s no surprise that I put off doing my taxes until last night. For the past few years I’ve been paying, it looks like this year I’m getting a refund…thanks to the ‘economic stimulus’ money. I’m sure I’ll end up paying taxes again in the near future so here’s my wish list of things I would want my tax money to go.

1. Universal pre-k
2. Paying down/off international debt, I’m no economist but borrowing substanial funds from China seems like getting a payday advance from a loan shark
3. Health insurance for all children under 15, regardless of parent income levels
4. Fresh fruits and vegatables for families on assistance
5. Community capacity building grants for US communities that are still living in the 1800’s(in the world’s richest country it’s hard to believe there are still places without running water and electricity in every house)
6. Research and tax breaks for alternative fuels
7. My little road plan from a previous post
8. More educational funds dedicated to alternative ed
9. Mentoring programs
10. Tax breaks for single middle class women who don’t have kids or own a home

and why can’t I claim Tanner as a dependent? He eats, goes to the doctor and day care occasionally?


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Another Layout to Share

not much to say, but a little something to share from the weekend.

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Weekend Wind Down

Yesterday was a wonderful day of scrapbooking in Ft Collins with the Pea group. I love these ladies! Amanda P was a wonderful hostess. I came home with 3 prizes, maybe some of Rachel’s luck in rubbing off on me. Plus, thanks to a miracle of pre-planning I came home with 5 finished layouts. I think that might be a record for me for such a short crop.

Here’s the first of the layouts to share…

Align Center

is there anything cuter than tiny baby body parts? Look a little different than my usual simple style…totally, that’s because it was for a 2 Peas challenge hosted by Ducky. As tough as it was it felt good to stretch my style.

Since it was such a long day, Tanner went to Camp Bow Wow for the day and night — gosh it was strange not to come home to his happy face.

Today was a work day, we had a teacher quit just a we were wrapping up CSAP and a week before grades were due. That left me to pull her grades out of the curriculum and into our grading software for 180 kiddos. Not particularly my idea of fun, but someone had to do it. Also noticed she was behind on her grading of student writing. When it comes to our educational system nothing depresses me more than reading writing samples of high schoolers who can barely write. I wonder what the world will be like when it is run by people who believe an essay needs only to consist of two sentences, void of capitals and punctuation. I’m not the only one who wonders, ironically I clicked on this link on Arleigh’s page and found the post End of Eloquence.

For the waning moments of the weekend I’m content to watch Iron Chef…battle garlic. Yumm-O. Here’s your parting thought…”Garlic is the ketchup of intellectuals”


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