Dollar Tree, Brutus Monroe & AliExpress Haul–Watch Me Break Something

Here are the things I’ve gotten in my latest haul:

Brutus Monroe:
Embossing Ink
Raven Ink:
Icicle embossing powder (clear)
Alabaster embossing powder (white):
Dreamcatcher kit products, that are still available:
Catching Dreams Stamp set (from kit)
Monthly stamp kit:

Stamp Positioner…I don’t recommend this product, as the hinges broke when I used it the first time.  I don’t think I was too rough with it, but have already been refunded for the broken hinges..I do like Aliexpress for their customer service..
Brushes for blending

Dollar Tree
4 x 6″ index cards
Hand Sanitizer 3 pack:
I couldn’t find the link for the apple pomegranate gift set, sorry
Mini Lights –
White acrylic paint:
Headbands–couldn’t find the link
Clip board:
Snap closure pockets: These are the ones I should have bought but didn’t find them..

Dollar General
Paper clips:



I finished the art journal pages I’ve been working on…One of the pages I liked, the other just OK….The video is really long though and I don’t really know how they get to be as long as they are, and it’s frustrating to me…

So I made a second video that was a haul. How long could that video be, you might ask?  It’s long enough that I think it’s over twenty minutes.  I wish I was better at condensing what I’m trying to say, but apparently, I’m what I’d like to call long-winded.

It’s Valentine’s Day so we’re not going to focus on my faults…let’s just think about the fun  couples are having today…I hope that a lot of you are out celebrating Valentine’s Day and having a wonderful time.



I have been working on my art journal, trying to make it look like something interesting.  So far I’m happy with the results, and you’ll be seeing it in an upcoming video.

The weather has been really rainy, and I don’t know about you, but drizzle turns me into a slug.  I don’t know where that term came from, because I believe I’m more of a sloth than a slug.Image result for slug

Since a sloth moves so so slowly, I have to say, I can relate.   I especially love how sloths always look like they are smiling…I think they must know a good joke, and wish they could share it with us.   I would love to know what they are thinking.Image result for sloth photo

I watched a video of a sloth trying to cross a road, and there were a bunch of people taking photos and (I thought) bothering the poor sloth.  They finally picked up the sloth and put him into the woods on the side of the road, and for some reason, the sloth appeared to be waving, as if to thank the people for getting him/her to safety.  Most of the video bothered me, as I think people can forget that wild animals don’t understand why people are surrounding them, and the animal was probably frightened, wondering what these people would do to him/her.  But when they laid him in the forest and he waved back, I felt like he was as relieved as I was to see him/her so happy.  I still wish the people wouldn’t have been so loud and aggressive…here’s the video in case you’d like to see it.   You’ve gotten real insight as to how my brain works and what I think about when I should be in my craft room…I hope the end of this video makes you smile.

DIY Dollar Tree Manicure Gift Set

Let me apologize in advance for being out of screen for so much of this video.
One of my viewers asked me to make a gift holder for a Dollar Tree manicure set. I used:
1. Wet and Wild Base Coat and one color of nail polish in a squarish type bottle (you need to use this style of bottle if you want it to fit in the box we’re creating)
2. Dollar Tree’s manicure set that has no packaging, but is plastic wrapped
3. Sassy & Chic Nail Grooming Kit-make sure you buy the one with the butterfly nail files.

I used the back cardboard from a paper pad for this project.
The measurements for the nail polish bottle holders (and you’ll need to make two of these) is 4 1/2″ long and 1 3/4″ tall. Score on the 4 1/2″ length at 1 1/4″, 2″, 3 1/4, and 4″….again you’ll need two of these. Cut decorated cardstock the same size and score it in the same places.
The manicure set is 6″ x 1 3/4″ tall scored on the 6″ length at 1 7/8″, 2 3/4″, 4 5/8″, 5 1/2″ …cut and score a piece of cardstock the same size to cover it. To apply the cardstock, I put tear tape on either side of every one of my score lines and one the ends, then add wet glue (I used Tombow Mono Glue.) and make sure you lay it so the scores are matching (the cardboard and decorated paper). Once the paper is adhered, you’ll want to put glue on the underneath of the small end flap and make sure that end flap is on the outside of the box, then put a clothespin on it to hold it until the glue sets. Then put lines of tear tape over the back where the flap is…take the backing off and I lined my three boxes up so they are side by side and they should be right above the second score line fro the bottom…You want to make sure that when the box is closed, the bottles will sit flat on the bottom.
To make the case, you’ll need to cut the cardboard to 12″ long and 5 1/4″ tall. Score it on the 12″ length at 5 3/8″, 9 5/8″ and 10 3/4″. Cut and score two sheets of decorated paper to match as you’ll cover the front and back with it... I rounded the top corners above the 10 3/4″ score on the cardboard and paper…I use the Kadomaruo Pro corner rounder from Amazon and love it.
I put rows of tear tape on the box on either side of every score line and add extra rows at the top and bottom and in the middle section the has a lot of tear tape as we’re learning our boxes against it. I did the same on both sides of the cardboard..
I put ribbon under the top of the box (on the outside,) as I had issues when I tried putting it under the inside paper of the box and had to remove put it under the paper on the outside of the box in the same spot as before and that worked.
I put a lot of tear tape on the backs of my boxes and on their sides so they are glued together then centered them inside the box and adhered them.
I bought Velcro from Joanns that were small circles, and laid one over the magnet that didn’t work and put one on either side lined up so they are on the same level as the magnet, but close to the outer edge.
I cut acetate 4 1/4″ tall by 5 1/4″ wide. I thought I could use tear tape on it, but you can really see it through the plastic, and eventually used Beacon Fabri Tac to hold it in place, as the Tombow Mono Aqua didn’t hold it after it was dry.
I bought a nail grooming kit for the nail file that fit in my kit.  I took a piece of 90# cardstock instead of cardboard 2 3/4″ wide by 1 3/4″ tall and score it on the 2 3/4″ length at 7/8″ and 1″ and 1 7/8″ and 2″…do the same for decorator paper the same size and same scores, then put tear tape on either side of the scores, then add wet glue to it and adhere both together with the tab on the outside (this tab is much longer than the others…put glue under the end tab and glue it down and put the nail file in it and then put tear tape on the back and glue it into the box on the flap the is the top of the box on the inside…
I bought ribbon at Joanns for $1 from Wyla and glued it with Fabri Tac glue from Beacon then added another thin layer of ribbon over it and added butterfly stickers from the Dollar Tree.


I’m going into the craft room and work on my art journal.  I think I’m going to do a butterfly and then fill it in with ripped pieces of napkin and Mod Podge it in place…or maybe I won’t…So far that’s my plan though.  Rich is editing the video of the manicure set.  I love it and hope you do too.

Did I tell you that we had another weird bear incident?  I’m pretty sure I talked about the bird feeder that disappeared and it’s shepherd’s hook was bent in half (giving us a pretty good idea that a bear took it–either that, or a really strong squirrel.)  Rich and I looked all over our yard for the bird feeder and it was gone.  It’s bright yellow so you’d think it would be easy to spot..A couple days later (maybe even the next day, ) the bird feeder showed up, in the middle of our back yard.  There’s no way we would have missed it when we were looking…wasn’t that considerate of the bear….Eat the contents and return the feeder?  Weird.

Yesterday morning, I got up and we had snow that covered our patio.  You could see all kinds of tiny bird foot prints (paws? no, I think they’re feet)….That’s beside the point…I looked at the middle of the patio that is 12 feet from front to back and about 21 feet wide. In the middle, but closer to the house, so let’s say at least six feet from the grass, there was one big foot print with claws on it.  Big like a man’s foot.  And no other big footprints in sight  So did the bear hop on one foot…or jump in and jump out on one foot?  It’s weird…That bear definitely gives me things to consider.   Next time I am going to either video tape or photograph the mystery, so you can see what I’m talking about.  I know I sound dumb…like the bird feeder could have been returned by a neighbor, but wouldn’t you think a neighbor would put it on our patio (that’s not enclosed), or on our front porch (also not enclosed), instead of depositing it in the middle of our back yard?  I know it sounds odd that I think an animal returned it, but so far, it’s the only explanation that makes sense….As for the foot print, could it be a bear missing a leg?  I’ve never heard of one in our area, but you never know…So now I’m on a quest to find a three legged bear that’s super considerate, returning the bird feeder after he/she is done with it, or a Sasquatch aka BigFoot….either are fairly reasonable conclusions (for a crazy person.)

Maybe I should stick to talking about crafts, but where’s the fun in that?


I decided I had to finish the manicure set “purse,” so went to Joann’s, and bought Velcro, then came home and put the final touches on it.  Then I watched the video clips to write notes for Rich for his editing.  And that’s when I found some serious boo boos….I just got a new video camera a couple of months ago, that has a remote and a great screen, so I can make sure I’m always in screen…I’m so used to not having access to what’s really on screen, that I didn’t look at it….and that was a HUGE mistake….I had videos where almost everything I did was not on screen, and then other clips where I had zoomed in to show a ruler, then forgot to zoom back out, so it was not only fuzzy but also, again, out of frame.  I had to re-video  lot and then I realized when I did the new video, I forgot to turn on the microphone, so did it again.  I can’t tell you how sometimes when doing videos, when it rains, it definitely pours.  I think I worked out most of the bugs and tomorrow Rich will do the editing and we’ll put it on YouTube.  I really like this project and hope he can piece together the video so others can follow my directions…

Tomorrow I think I’ll either work on my art journal or play with another monthly kit.  I’m not sure which one gives me the most inspiration, and I’ll decide in the morning.  I’d really like to do something that truly inspires me, like the manicure kit…that was challenging and fun, and I really felt like I was making something useful…I’m hoping viewers give me more ideas for things they’d like me to make.  I definitely enjoyed the challenge, and right now, a break from card making is a welcome relief.  One of my friends makes cards for her church, and she’s making over 130 birthday cards for the month.  That’ amazing, and I wish I had the inspiration to do that, but I’m getting a little burned out on cards and want to try some new things.


I’ve had one of those days where you smack yourself on the head and say “what was I thinking?”  I normally get a few emails from friends on a daily basis.  The last couple of weeks I haven’t been getting any.  I thought maybe they were busy, or not feeling well, but it never occurred to be to check spam.  How could I be that dumb?  It wasn’t like it was one person…it was every individual that sends me emails…Of course I got the stupid sales pitches from every crafty store I’ve ever visited, but nothing personal.  I should have thought about it logically, but apparently logic went out the window.  Fortunately, one of my friends was smart enough to put a note on my blog, and THAT forwarded to email…and then my brain kicked in.  I feel idiotic, and I know I hurt some feelings and that just devastates me….I went to spam and found all of the emails and responded to them and made my apologies, but still….shouldn’t it have occurred to me?  Geez!!

I’m almost finished with my manicure “purse.”  But I need to decorate the front and wish I’d get the Velcro I ordered, but we all know how these things work.  You get the things you really want, last.  I did however, get a lovely ballerina die yesterday.  What do I need a ballerina die for?  I have no idea, as I don’t think I ordered it..It’s the mysteries of being me.  You know I’ll be going back through my orders to figure out if I did order it, and if so, what the heck was I thinking?  I’ll let you know if I did order it….and then we’ll all scratch our heads about my sanity…