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American craft stores + haul

I love living in the US. One reason is all the arts and craft stores and the big variety of supplies they sell. πŸ™‚

I remember when I lived in Germany I couldn’t find too many nice things..and when I found some, they were pretty expensive.

But here in the US it’s different. It’s a crafty person’s paradise! πŸ˜› In my state we have craft stores like AC Moore, Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s. When I lived in the South, I loved shopping at Hobby Lobby.

They have sooooooooo many cool things for every creative project you can imagine…and most of the time they have great sales going on. πŸ˜€

Last weekend we stopped at a Jo-Ann’s on our way home from a Christmas party and I found a few things I’m going to use for my envelope making and letter writing. And of course they were all on sale πŸ˜€ My penpals can expect pretty and colorful letters in their mailboxes soon. πŸ˜‰

Here’s what I got:

A scrapbook set (including album), Halloween die-cut card stock and lots of stickers πŸ™‚

I’ll be using these for my Halloween 2013 envelopes πŸ˜€

Pretty alphabet stickers

And some vintage style stickers for only $1!

Somehow I totally missed that this set also included an album πŸ˜‰ But that works for me! Not sure what I’m going to use it for yet, but it’s pretty and I love all the papers, stickers and other things included in the set!

Did I mention that I love pretty paper?!

I can’t wait to use these pretty stickers! They remind me of Valentine’s Day… πŸ˜‰

Do you have any cool crafts stores where you live?

I love Thursdays; Advent Calendar Cards and another Michael’s Shopping Haul

I’m not exactly sure why I love Thursdays…but I do! πŸ™‚ Probably because there’s only one work day left after that before the weekend begins. For as long as I can remember I always loved Thursdays. What’s your favorite day of the week?

Today I received a cute cat advent calendar from my German friend in the mail…which is funny because last week I also received one from my Mom! And I sent one to my penpal in Montana and one to Angie in Texas. Growing up in Germany I had a big advent calendar every year. It was either one with chocolate or even one with little toys. πŸ˜€ Nice childhood memories!

How cute!

And because I’m in the Christmas mood already, I stopped buy at the Christmasy Michael’s and bought some Christmasy crafts supplies πŸ˜€ Look what I found:

A beautiful snowflake rubber stamp, two Hello Kitty tapes, a clear stamp block and cute 3D Christmas stickers. Everything was on sale which – of course! – made me happy πŸ˜‰

Can’t wait for the weekend to write letters and use these nice things!

I also bought a big plastic box to store my single scrapbooking paper sheets & pieces in….

Time for bed…y’all have a good night! πŸ™‚

P.S.: Thanks for all your emails! I’m not ignoring them..I just need some time to sit down and answer them all..hopefully I’ll get that done on the weekend too! I do appreciate every message from my wonderful readers! πŸ˜€

Welcome winter time!

It’s not winter yet but last night Daylight Saving Time has ended and we set our clocks from summer to winter time and gained one hour. I’m happy about having one more hour but somehow I’m tired all day today. Probably because it’s cloudy and dark outside. So this grey day is the perfect time to post some colorful pictures! πŸ™‚

I just finished a letter to one of my German penpals and used the envelope I made with a page of a children’s book:

Now I only have to write 1 more to Germany and 2 to California but probably not today as I still have to finish some other things around the house since yesterday was such a busy day. My cousin’s baby shower was fun and I saw lots of people that I hadn’t seen in over a year, which was great. πŸ™‚ I also had a chance to talk to my parents via webcam and catch up.

In the morning I went to the post office to finally buy my Christmas stamps and I also went to the dollar store and as I promised, here’s my (mini) shopping haul:

I really liked these cute balloon stickers. I haven’t counted them but I got a big sheet full of pretty stickers for $1.

And I was happy to find some Christmas treat bags that I’ll use as envelopes, just like my Halloween trick-or-treat bag envelopes. πŸ˜‰ Unlike the Halloween package, the Christmas one came with 12 instead of 6 bags. The paper is a bit different but they still will be good envelopes. Can’t wait for the Christmas time to arrive! πŸ˜€

Thanks for all your comments on my last blog post! It’s interesting to read about your letter writing habits. πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful Sunday night and a good week!


Crafty shopping haul

This week I went to one of my favorite craft storesΒ  – Michael’s. Once again they had some great sales and I found/bought more than I expected. πŸ˜‰

I totally fell in love with this cute paper which I’m going to use to make my envelopes:

Each pack has 25 sheets, 5 of every kind.

I also found these cute Christmas/winter stickers. Each sticker book contains over 200 stickers and was only $1.

Half of the papers and stickers are on their way to a friend of mine because I like sharing nice things with nice people. πŸ™‚

On my way to the register I walked by a bin with tons of different rubber stamps that are normally $1 a piece. But to my surprise I paid only 60 cents per stamp, which made me very happy because I LOVE rubber stamps! β™₯

My favorite of all is this one:

It’s the perfect stamp for a letter lover like me and I was thrilled when I found it! πŸ˜€

And here are the other ones I bought:

I already have so many crafty things and papers…but I never can walk by great stuff like this without looking at it…which most of the time leads to buying it. Haha.

Where do you buy crafts supplies? And what are your favorite things to buy? As you can see mine are papers, stickers and rubber stamps. πŸ˜€

AC Moore Shopping Haul

Tonight my lovely cousin Christina and me went on a shopping trip – without husbands. πŸ˜‰ We finally had some time to look at all the nice paper and other crafty things…it was great!

We went to Made in Maine, which sells things made in Maine πŸ˜‰ I bought postcards there. Afterwards we went to Christmas Tree Stores (no they don’t sell Christmas stuff..only during Christmas time)…and then to AC Moore, Target and Barnes & Noble. I did most of my shopping at AC Moore since they had great sales going on and I had a coupon.

Here are my awesome finds:

Pretty scrapbook paper…8 sheets for only $1…well that’s what the price tag said…but at the register I found out that it was only 60 cents. SCORE! πŸ˜€ Luckily I picked up two..here’s the other one:

I’m going to make envelopes with these nice papers. πŸ™‚ And I’m thinking about making envelopes out of this beautiful $1 calendar I found:

The main reason I went to AC Moore were these pretty clear / acrylic stamps:

I’ve never used clear stamps before so I wanted to give them a try…I love stamps but rubber stamps are so expensive. πŸ™ These clear stamps however are a lot less expensive because for about $10 you get 13 stamps! To start out I bought the “Fun in the Sun” stamp set, a pack of two clear blocks you put the clear stamps on for stamping and some letters:

I am going to write special blog post about the clear stamps once I’ve played with them and tried different things. I’m sure they look great in letters and on envelopes. β™₯

If you are interested in seeing the postcards I have for trade you can look at my postcard gallery. Happy weekend! πŸ™‚