so.... daiso?

Why had no one told me about this store???

I was reading The Farm Chicks blog and it kept mentioning this store called "Daiso" that Serena loved. I totally wanted to check it out, but didn't think there were any in my area. Then, finally, I googled it and found out that there was one right down the street from where I work! I had passed the sign a million times and never made the connection that this was the store they were talking about!

So I talked Nick into checking it out with me one day last week during my hour-long lunch break - Big mistake. I should have just been patient and waited until AFTER work so I wouldn't have to hurry and rush out of there. I sooo need to go back!

But I was able to grab some awesome goodies in the short amount of time I was able to spend there. Check them out!

A bag full of goodies! ♥

The haul...

Nick found a swanky tie for only $5.00!

And I got an icing/slicing/serving knife! And a pair of super thin tongs to use when dipping my cake balls in coating.

And a super cute pencil case and little notebooks [check out the creepy/cute baby!]

And adorable bookends! The red pair is staying here in the kitchen to hold up my cookbooks and the green pair is coming to work with me to hold up all the randomness that accumulates on top of my desk...

I got this froggy mask for my best friend's birthday [she loves frogs] but the more I look at it, the more I kind of want to keep it to wear when I'm baking... We'll see. Maybe I'll have to go back this week and see if they have another one so we can both be froggies!

And the most weird/awesome/hilarious find:

Hey! Get your head out of the gutter! It's a BANANA CASE! To keep your fruit from bruising and getting messed up on the long commute into work or school! I brought this bad boy back to work with me after my lunch break and showed my co-workers. They all thought this was the funniest thing ever! Steven even took a picture with it!

Such a cute store - and the best part was that most things in there only cost $1.50 or less! Sweet! I'm sure I'll be back - hopefully soon! I'll see if I can get my co-workers to check it out with me next week... I'm sure we all need a banana case of our own.


feltie foods...

The other day I was reading my latest issue of "Bust" and I came across a review for the book "Felites" by Nelly Pailloux. It looked so cute that the next day I ran to the bookstore to check it out. After I brought it home and sat down with all my feltie crafty supplies, I ended up reading it cover to cover and then being so inspired by all the cuteness that I just grabbed some scissors and thread and went to town making up my own feltie cuteness.

My first attempt was a bit of a disaster - I traced a template that I had free-handed onto some felt that I had laying around, plus I had no stuffing materials except for cotton balls, so this one is a total mess. So now it belongs to Miss Candy, our cat.

My second attempt was a bit better - I just cut it right out of the felt - no more pen marks on the fabric to deal with. And I had gone to the store and gotten some actual Poly-Fil to stuff it with so no more cotton balls!

I made a smaller version, too. I asked Nick what kind of sprinkles it should have and he chose mint green..... Okaaaaay.

All in all, they're not terrible. But I definitely have room for improvement. Lots of it!


pantry makeover!

Today I decided that this:

had to go!

So go it did.... And it turned into this:

Such loveliness... ♥
Now I just need to get some cute glass jars for all my sugars and flour...

And look at all of my random baking supplies!

Makes me want to bake some goodies!

Hope your weekend was great! ♥


christmas kisses....

We went to Disneyland the week before Christmas and apparently spent most of the time smooching!

In Disney's California Adventure...

And in Brother Bear land.....

And on our way out of the new Toy Story ride.....

And also on our way into the new Toy Story ride!

I even went in for some action at the Anaheim GardenWalk with a little statue that was hanging out on a bench....

So did my Dad!

love, cupcakes & kisses,

happy 2010!

Wow.... 2009 is gone and 2010 is upon us! And I have a feeling that this year is going to be the best yet! Especially if how we greeted it is any indication....

Sparklers and smoke in the street while the neighbors banged on pots....

Chris, trying to collect up all of our used sparklers so we didn't begin the new year by littering...

Nick & I etched some champagne glasses for the festivities... Ours said "Bubbly" and Chris and Megan's said "Fizzy."

And I totally impulse purchased a super cute gingerbread house that we were supposed to smash up and eat.... But it's somehow still standing on my dining room table, fully intact. Maybe I'll have to bring it to work on Monday and we can take out our overworked frustrations on it..... And Nick fell in love with those adorable gingerbread men! We totally have to make some next year! Or I guess we can always just make them whenever we want and decorate them accordingly... Like bathing suits and tans for summertime fun, maybe?

I'm thinking that in 2010 I'm going to:
  • get more crafty
  • give homemade gifts for most holidays
  • get my finances under control and finally start a savings account
  • bake more
  • go on more road trips
  • maybe start a family
  • change the garage from a crazy disorganized storage space to clean extra living space
  • read more
  • and have the best year EVER! ♥

So, what are your resolutions???