Thursday, February 15, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 65



I loved the illustrations in Little Penguin.


I liked this I Can Fly book cover.


I thought the cover of The Paper Doll Wedding was interesting.



The Saggy Baggy Elephant had cute illustrations as well.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Girl Scouts Vest


I was never a Girl Scout. I know you do stuff and get patches to show that you did that something (and that you then sew those patches on a vest). That's where my knowledge ends.


I was thrift shopping and caught sight of this Girl Scouts vest and had to take photos because of these patches. Some of these patches made me so sad. They're just not cute. [Pause.] Or they're just plain confusing.

I realize that some of the topics for these patches must be hard to design for. It can be difficult to distill a thought into an image. I know this because I look at the patches on the front side of the vest, and I don't know what a good chunk of them mean.


My best guesses to what these patches mean:
  • "Please" with hearts = learning how to say "please" to appease
  • Green cloud with color rays = superpower rings coming together to create a poof of energy (in my head there's some connection to the cartoon Captain Planet)
  • Sun, cloud and rain = I live in the Pacific Northwest and this is what the weather is like
  • Earth surrounded by black oil spill = cloud of evil surrounds Earth (like in A Wrinkle in Time)
  • Three bears in a circle = dancing bears are awesome!
  • Gold circle-like shape = pirate gold!


The patches on the back seem more self-explanatory. Sewing, food drive, scrapbooking—there's no mystery there. Although, I'm curious what "Thinking Day" is…is it something about how to save the planet, maybe? And the Princess Zip patch? No clue. However, I find the Build-A-Bear Workshop patch to be the most perplexing, as it is a brand and not a concept. It feels very out of place to me. As if suddenly I saw a product placement in a movie. This vest brought to you by Build-A-Bear Workshop. Find a location near you.

To me, if you can't immediately understand what something is by looking at it, then at least make it pretty. I just wish the patches looked better by themselves as well as with one another.



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thrifted for $6.69


I got these two tops at a thrift shop—they were on sale and together they were $3.50. I loved the color of this purple Ann Taylor Loft blouse. I liked the details on this top and the bit of texture of the fabric. I think it will be a nice light blouse for warmer weather.


I also got this navy Ann Taylor top. It's a simple jersey top. The most interesting part is the back that has a gold zipper that goes a third the way down the back.


At another thrift store I got a mason jar, three small bowls and two tops for $3.19. I thought this mason jar was cute.


Three more Pyrex small glass bowls. They match some bowls I bought previously.


This black and white top was interesting to me—it's kind of retro. I'm not sure when it's from, judging by the sizing, maybe a couple decades back.


Finally, I got this navy Banana Republic anchor sleeveless top. I liked the pattern and the detail around the collar.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Vanilla for Christmas


This year I made vanilla for Christmas gifts. Since vanilla is super easy to make (just putting vanilla bean and vodka in a bottle), the packaging took the most time (and truthfully, I didn’t spend that much time doing it either). I kept it pretty simple. I just made a tag that said the ingredients and when it was bottled. And a label that said what it was—vanilla. I have yet to try it…so I hope it tastes okay.