Friday, October 20, 2017

Oct. 20

The very boring project is over!  I'm disappointed though, because the production manager who seemed so concerned about getting this done *never* checked in with me all week.  Even today, the last day of it, I walked right past her at 3pm and she never said a word to me.  It all just kinda brings those doubtful thoughts more to the forefront of my brain, like 'What was this really all about?'  But oh well, I did exactly what she'd asked, and I even made it through seven straight days of work.  And THAT is something I have not done in a loooooooong time.

Now I'm off for a whole week!
I'm super excited to work on some crafty stuff, both making things and getting the Etsy shop going.  I've been thinking about things like that pretty much all day today.  I even got in the craft room this evening and got one card made.  I also ordered from Newton's Nook today because it was their winter release day and some of the things were too cool to pass up.  I also got a few older things and a fall thing or two.  Newton's Nook is the stamp company that features the cat that I like to use.  Since I found out they are a Wisconsin company I like them even more.  I've never ordered directly from their site before.  Hopefully shipping is quick.  A haul post will be coming soon!

I heard a thing on the radio this morning about the healthiest Halloween candy choices, as well as the most unhealthy.  Candy corn is the worst.  What surprised me is that Smarties is on the healthy list?!  Aren't those little sugar bombs too???  I love Smarties.  I was addicted to them this summer but it tapered off.  I'll have to get some more now that I know how healthy they are.  lol

As I was looking through the Halloween pics I've been posting, I came to the realization that I think the ones posted as 1998 and 1999 are actually the same year.  I think I took two pics of them because Casey had his regular costume, but also had the handmade devil one from his grandma.  Not such a big deal here on the blog but in my actual photo albums it's going to bother me to no end now.

Tonight's throwback pic is from 2008 and features the first time we ever used those little pumpkin carving kits.  You know, the ones with those little flimsy looking knives that you'd think could never do anything?  We were absolutely amazed by how well they work, and how much detail you can do!  I hope we're in the mood to carve some this year.  We always have good intentions at the start of October but by the time Halloween rolls around, lately we've been like 'Bleah, forget it.'

Well, it's too early for bed and if I go read I'll fall asleep, so I need to find something else to do for a while.  Perhaps some Wizard101 . . . 

Do you like Smarties?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oct. 19

Only one. more. day. of this boring project at work.  It's been easy work but oh my gosh, sooo boring!  I'm very much looking forward to having next week off.

As I was driving home today I realized the area that I live is actually exploding in fall color right now.  I thought we were past it, that it had been a very bland year.  But nope, the trees that haven't already dropped their leaves in our up and down weather are just now showing their beautiful colors.  The cornfields are wonderful fall tan colored.  One place on my route home has two trees with bright red leaves in the yard and pumpkins growing seemingly wild along a hill on the edge of their property.  It's all so gorgeous!!!!

Hubby and I had some discussion about the whole Achy Joints thing this evening.  Work is definitely slowing down out there in/on the shop.  I asked if they're already losing interest, and he assured me that no, they're not.  There are still so many things to work out and decide, and it's overwhelming for both of us at the moment.  But, even so, I'm 99% sure now that I'm going to open an Etsy shop for my cards.  I need to figure out a better photo setup first before I dive back into shop ownership.

My Halloween II dvd arrived today but we didn't watch it.  We were busy discussing things and now the football game is on.

Tonight's pic is from 2007, when we had some fun decorating.  There are four wooden, painted yard signs in this display.  Hubby cut the shapes and I painted them.  This is one of the things we want to be making again when Achy Joints gets going.  The two white tombstones were nods to our main characters in UO at that time.  Hubby's was Hagar, who was a bard, and mine was (and still is) ChiChi, a mage.  I so soooo miss those days of us playing endless hours of UO.  Getting way off track now though . . . 

Okies, off to read my new book!  I finished the second book of Hex Hall last night and started the third one today at work.  Look for a book review soon!

Do you decorate outside for Halloween?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct. 18

I've made it to hump day of this week long project at work.  It continues to be ridiculously boring but today was better overall.  Yesterday and today I was with the other 12 hour crew, people that I don't normally work with.  It was enlightening to see how they do things.  I'm kinda dreading tomorrow because my regular crew will be working and they are a bunch of whiners and drama queens.

Casey was supposed to be here today when I got home so I could help him do the open enrollment for insurance from work.  He never showed up though.  He'll get a spanking next time I see him.  Ha!  So I spent some time online looking at crafty things and getting inspired.  One of my favorite stamp and die companies is having their winter release on Friday and there are some reeeeeally cute things I'm pretty sure I need.  Or maybe just want.  One bad thing about looking at all these Christmas things is that I've totally lost the Halloween vibe.

I'll try to keep going on Blogtober though.

Tonight's pic is from 2003.  Casey was a Grim Reaper and Ty was a demon or ghoul of some sort.  I'm pretty darn sure *this* is the last time they went trick or treating, and I think the only reason they went this time was because a good friend of ours at the time wanted company while taking her daughter trick or treating for the first time.  Halloween pics get scarce now in my photo albums.  The boys were done with costumes and we weren't really doing much for it anymore.

I'm thisclose to finishing that book I'm reading, so I'm outta here.  I couldn't finish at work today because there was a dramatic part that had me fighting off tears.  LOL
So yeah, I will finish that bugger tonight!

What's your favorite candy at Halloween?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct. 17

I've lost one blog follower.  It always makes me wonder who it was and why they left.  I tend to take it way more personally than I probably should too.  Sorry I've bored you into leaving, whoever you were!

I'm starting to doubt those earlier exciting hints and thoughts about a possible new job at work.  Today was the second day of this project I'm doing and not only is it way more boring and annoying than I'd thought, but the boss I'm doing it for has never checked in with me to see how it's going or what sort of info I've gathered.  I'm trying to be like 'Maybe she's just busy,' and 'It's only the second day,' but still.

I'm still trying to decide if I want to dive back into an Etsy shop for my cards or if I should give the Facebook group/page more of a chance.  I don't know how to get it going though?!  I don't know how to draw people in, or spread the word.  I do not want them linked to this blog so how do I spread the word?  I'm just not social media savvy.

We haven't watched any spooky movies in many days now.  Wow, just realized I haven't even taken my Halloween decor pics yet!

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1999.  Ty is some sort of ninja again, and Casey is a devil again but this time his costume was handmade for him by my mother-in-law.  I wonder whatever happened to that one?  I wonder if I have it tucked away with things I saved from their childhood years?  Hmmm.

Alright, as usual, I'm outta here to read now.

Do you get trick or treaters where you live?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Oct. 16

First day of my project done and wow, it was actually kind of a miserable day.  It was hot in the room I was working in, my body was achy from the weekend shifts, people couldn't understand that I was not doing my regular job, and the machine decided to run great.  I mean, yeah, you want the machine to run great, right?  But not when you're doing a downtime study.  LOL  Because there was nothing happening to study and document, it just made for a really long day and made all the other things that much more uncomfortable.  Oh well, here's to a better day tomorrow!

Even though I got done at 3pm and had great intentions, I didn't do much of anything once I got home.  I was just feeling so achy and blah, and decided to just try and relax.  Hopefully tomorrow does indeed go better because I'm feeling a creative urge returning and would like to try and get some Thanksgiving cards made.

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1998.  Both boys were ninjas of some sort.  I don't know if Power Rangers just weren't cool anymore by this point or if these were just cheaper costumes or what.  And Casey does not have a makeup face for once!

I'm off to read now.  I'm almost done with the second book in the Hex Hall series.

Is there a costume you regret dressing up in?
Tell me allllll about it!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oct. 15

Today was my last 12 hour day of work for the next two weeks.  Woot!  Tomorrow I start that project, working 5 days but only 8 hours a day, and then I'm on vacation for a week.  Wheee!!

So, did anyone watch football today?
Yeah, I think you know what I'm referring to.  And all I can do is scream "YEAH!!!!!!"

I'm in a really great mood this evening but I can't think of anything to post about.

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1997.  Casey was 3 1/2 and a skeleton.  Ty was 6 1/2 and Hercules.  I think this *might* have been the last time we actually went trick-or-treating.  I remember my sister being with us, and there was one house where someone jumped out of a garbage can near the door and it scared the heck out of Ty.  The boys were never really into trick-or-treating anyway.  They liked the costumes and the fun at school but not that actual tromping around town begging for candy.  Weirdos.  lol

Okay, I'm outta here.

Do you carve scary pumpkins or cutesy ones?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oct. 14

Not much to report today.  I worked.  It's been sprinkling and drizzling most of the day.  I was feeling some Thanksgiving warm fuzzy vibes.  I was thinking about the Etsy thing more, and tried browsing to see how much handmade gift tags sell for.  Got nowhere on that because I kept getting interrupted by coworkers.  And that's about all I have for today.

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1996.  Casey was a little devil, and Ty was some sort of ninja thing.  It's funny how Casey's always had makeup on his face for his costumes and Ty has always had masks.

Okay, I'm off to read for a bit.

Do you dress your pets for Halloween?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Oct. 13

OooOoOooooo, Friday the 13th!  Are you superstitious?  I heard all these random facts on the radio today about Friday the 13th.  Apparently people actually shop less, travel less, spend less money in general on this day for fear of something happening.  Also, the Knights Templar disappeared on this day?

I forgot to mention in last night's post that I played Wizard101 quite a bit yesterday.  Like my Halloween selfie?  I love going into this area (Firecat Alley) because it always looks so festively fall there.  And now they have Halloween quests going, and I dyed my outfit and bought a fun Halloween pet.  Yeah, I had some fun.

Today I made pumpkin spice Rice Krispie bars.  I think this is only the second time in my life I've made Rice Krispie bars.  What a sticky gooey mess!  These taste pretty darn good though!  Of course I added some fall sprinkles on top.

I also did yoga today.  Yes, yoga.  Years ago I'd bought a beginners dvd and was actually doing it quite regularly for a couple months.  It's a very simple program but even so, I was amazed at what a workout it actually was, and also with how much flexibility I was already feeling in that little bit of time.  I quit doing it somewhere along the way, but I'd been thinking more recently that I needed to start again because I'm just soooooo stiff and achy all the time now.  So yeah, this morning I hauled out the dvd, shoved the coffee table out of the way, and forced myself to stick with it all the way through even though I could barely do the moves.  Once again, I'm amazed how much it loosened my up even by the end of this one session!  Of course, my body is screaming in protest now but I do intend to get back into doing it regularly.

More and more siding is up on the shop now, even though work is really slowing down these days.  It kind of feels like the excitement of it all is wearing off.  Hopefully they start puttering on some actual craft pieces soon.  As far as my end of it all, I'm really not liking the Facebook group/page idea.  I don't have the patience or ambition to try and make that work.  I'm thinking of opening an Etsy shop instead.  I was originally avoiding that idea because there are fees and hassles associated with it, but I've done it before (back in my soap days) so I am familiar with it.  Etsy already has a big following so it'll be easier for people shopping for handmade cards to find MY cards in their browsing, unlike a Facebook page.  Ugh, I just don't know what I want to do with anything anymore.  UGH!

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1995.  This is a neat little spooky scene hubby and I had made in an empty fish tank.  We'd built it in there to keep cats and little boys from messing with it.  We actually still have many of those pieces!

I'm off to play Wizard101 or go watch TV or something before bed.

Are you in a Halloween mood yet?
Should I open an Etsy shop?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oct. 12

A couple posts ago I'd mentioned that we discovered something pretty exciting.  You know I've been struggling with my job for some time now.  A couple days ago I was all down and out about it again and hubby suggested I just quit there and go back into soap making.  I've always avoided such tempting thoughts before because there is comfort in reliability of weekly paycheck.  It's been my goal the past year or so that I will try to stick it out at my job until our house is paid off.  That was the last of our debt, so that was my goal.  Well we got sidetracked this year with the tractor and the barn project, and I thought it would be delaying my goal.

Well!!!!  The same day I was all mopey, hubby was looking over the home loan bill that had come in that day's mail, and discovered we owe way less than we'd thought.  Say what?!  I usually don't even look at it, just send the payment.  He looked it over though.  Yeah, we must be over that hump where all the early money just seems to go nowhere, because the balance is shrinking fast now.  We did some math and I was excited beyond belief to find that even with our current setbacks, I'm looking at far less time than planned at my job!  Oh lordee, I was soooooo freakin' happy Tuesday night and Wednesday because of this!

But wait, it got even better today.  Remember I said my production manager wanted me to help her with a project?  We are going ahead with that next week and I had to go in for a little meeting about it this morning.  At the end of that meeting was a very curious bit of conversation that seems to strongly hint that I might get called upon to do more projects!!  I spent the whole morning nearly freaking out, going over the conversation, wondering if I'd just gotten more out of it than there really was, and letting myself getting excited about the possibility of moving out of my current position that I physically have a hard time with these days.  Could things really be this great?  Have the stars aligned or something?

Or . . . what will happen to bring me crashing back down to reality?

My gosh, I need to just let it go for a while and think of other things because my head seriously hurts from it all.

We haven't watched any Halloween movies these past couple days.  I did order two while I was ordering a couple other things from Amazon though.  Halloween II and the original War of the Worlds should be arriving soon.  Wheeee!

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1995.  Casey is a cute little skeleton, and Ty is, yes, a Power Ranger.  LOL
Alrighty, I'm off to bed to see if I can sleep this headache away.
What's in your current Halloween candy dish?

Oct. 11

Crap!  Forgot to post last night!  It was a work day though, so I know I'm forgiven.  Found out a 2nd shift guy was recently fired for stealing things from peoples' bags and purses.  I wouldn't have guessed something like that from this particular guy!  Also on 2nd shift, a drama queen girl flipped out and attacked a guy out on the production floor.  She ended up quitting but I think it was an option of 'quit or be fired.'  I don't know why she attacked him.  He wasn't hurt.

I have to go in Thursday morning for a little meeting with the production manager about this upcoming project, which will indeed take place next week.  I'll work my regular 12 hr. shifts this Saturday and Sunday, and then Monday-Friday will be 8 hr. shifts doing the downtime study.  I'm imagining easy days, which is the only reason I agreed to work 7 days in a row.  lol

Today's throwback Halloween pic is from 1994, continuing Casey's first Halloween.  He was a little biker, complete with skullcap, chaps, and vest.  People thought he was a messy pirate though.  *sigh*  Ty was, yes, a Power Ranger.  LOL  That kid and his Power Rangers.  Ty was 3 1/2 years old, and Casey was 8 months.

How is your October going?
Are you avoiding the Christmas decorations that are already out?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oct. 10

A super quickie post tonight.  I got home from work almost an hour late because of several things going on, and then I had a ton of stuff to discuss with hubby.  We discovered something really exciting (to us) today.  I'll have to tell you more about it when I have more time though, cuz I'm beat and wanting to get to bed.

We're back to chilly and rainy here, which brought back the Halloween vibe.  It was 49 degrees when I left for work this morning, and 47 degrees as I was coming home.  I don't think we made it out of the 50s during the day.  The Halloween vibe was there but for whatever reason I was really into a Thanksgiving mood.  Weird?!

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1994, Casey's first Halloween.  He was eight months old here, and I *think* that's the same pumpkin outfit that Ty wore.  I think we managed to cram Casey into it for some pics.  I do know that's the same little plastic pumpkin.  And we still have those other three plastic bucket things too.  They were from McDonalds Happy Meals.

Okies, this person is off to bed now.

Do you still have any childhood Halloween items?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oct. 9

Happy Columbus Day!  Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!
In celebration, I went to my mom's today and did her laundry and took her shopping.  LOL

It was sunny today, and a little warmer.  All the fall bugs are showing up in force now.  The ladybugs and box elder boxes, looking for nooks and crannies to crawl into for winter.  The bees and wasps getting slow and dumb and crabby as fall firmly sets in.  So even though it was warm and sunny, being outside was a pain in the butt.  I should have mowed the lawn today but, um, well, I didn't feel like it.

I did putter in the craft room though!

I'm focusing on fall and Thanksgiving cards now.  I put my Halloween stuff away and have been itching to make some just plain fall things.  I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with this pumpkin spice set when I started, but I quite like this end result.

The first siding went up on the barn workshop today.  Yay!  They got a good chunk of it done today.  At this pace they should be done by the end of the week.  I can't wait to see it then!

The Vikings play tonight so I'm hurrying to get this posted, and get supper ready before game time.  Sorry if it's brief and rushed.

Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1993, with a 2 1/2 year old Ty dressed as a little martial arts expert.  He was sooooo into Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles already by this time, so it's no surprise.  In fact, you can see his little action figure laying on the floor there.  It's either April O'Neil from the Turtles, or Trini from the Power Rangers.  lol

Alrighty, posting this and inhaling supper.
Hopefully you're cheering for the Vikings!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oct. 8

Happy Sunday!  Hubby and I had to make a trip to Menards this morning to get some things for the barn project.  I ended up getting two Halloween decorations, but I'll show them later when I eventually get decor pics taken.  It was chilly and wet this morning so when we got home we decided to just relax for the day.  He ended up logging on to Wizard101 and helping me complete the third tower in the Halloween quests.  That was fun, having someone here to play the game with, but he's still not wanting to get back into playing regularly.  After that we just sort of lounged around and watched football all afternoon.  The Vikings don't play until tomorrow night.  Hopefully they win!!!!

We did not watch any spooky movies today because of football.

Tonight's throwback pic is from 1992.  This is Ty again, a year and half old.  He was a little bear for trick or treating.  I remember we did go trick or treating for a little bit, but we also made a trip over to my mom's to show off his little costume.  I think he was about ready for bed after that.  lol

Did you do anything seasonally festive today?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oct. 7

So that work thing that I mentioned in last night's post . . . 
Yesterday our production manager (my supervisor's boss) called me into the office.  They recently had some things done to the machines to be able to collect data, and they've been going over this data for a couple weeks now.  She was telling me how this and that does not match up to the actual paperwork operators are doing, and how they're trying to figure out why things are so out of whack, yadda yadda.  They also want to try and figure out areas we can improve in and ways to make those improvements.  What does this have to do with me?  She asked if I'd be willing to study the situation and give my input.  She asked if I'd be willing to change my schedule to 8hr days, 5 days a week for a week or two, and devote my time to studying the situation, documenting anything and everything I see, and providing my thoughts and observations.  She said they'd get someone else to do my actual job and I only need to study the situation.  She told me she wanted it to be me because I've worked there so long, I'm probably the most familiar with those machines, and because she trusts my perspective and my input.  I was floored.  I told her yeah, I do this.  She's not sure when yet, has to make arrangements for someone to fill in my spot, but said maybe it would start the week of the 16th.  I'm kind of excited about this!
It was another cool and rainy day, very fitting for a continued Halloween vibe.  I did my shopping this morning and helped hubby in the barn/shop for a while.  I tried to get some coloring done so I can make some cards but didn't get very far.  Today is World Card Making Day.  A lot of craft vendors are having sales and events.  I'd wanted to at least get one card done today but nope.  Anyway, as we were puttering around with coloring and things, trying to relax throughout the later afternoon, we were flipping through channels and ended up on the Lawrence Welk Show.  And we left it on there for probably 20 minutes!  LOL!!!!  We were horrified by what we saw, yet strangely entertained.  We were talking about childhood memories, grandmas watching Lawrence Welk, Hee Haw being on Saturday evenings, and Wild Kingdom and Disney being on Sunday evenings.  And all the while, this sickeningly wholesome Lawrence Welk show continued while we reminisced!

In Halloween news, hubby and I watched the original Halloween this evening.  We even turned all the lights off and turned our flickering Halloween decorations on.  It was very festive and frightful.  lol

Tonight's Halloween pic is Ty again, still from 1991, this time showing off his loot from his first trick-or-treat adventure.  We'd only gone to a few places in our little hometown that year, just close friends and family since he was only 4 1/2 months old.  Even so, look that haul!  It pays to be a cute baby!

How was your Saturday?
Got your pumpkin picked yet?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Oct. 6

Something very interesting happened to me at work today.  I'll try to tell you in one of the weekend posts though, when I have more time.  For now though, I'm just rushing to get this up and then heading to bed.  I'm beat!

It was cool and rainy today, and now that it's dark by the time I get out of work, it's all put me in a very Halloween-y mood.  For whatever reason it feels like the start of a holiday weekend or something, but really, we have no plans for anything.  Weird, but I'll take it.

Awwww!  Tonight's throwback Halloween pic is from 1991 and that is little baby Ty-Ty!  He was 4 1/2 months old.  The little orange pumpkin top hat was crocheted for him by my mother-in-law.  The little plastic pumpkin on the right was in my family when *I* was a kid, and I still have it now.

Okay, happy Friday!
Anything exciting happening for you this weekend?

Oct. 5

I worked yesterday and plain ol' forgot about doing a Blogtober post so I'm sneaking this quickie one in early.  I warned you this would happen!  lol

We ended up watching Children of the Corn for our spooky movie Wednesday night.  It was chosen with a feeling of 'Let's get all the crappy ones out of the way first,' and it was funny to realize that one is actually pretty good.  Of the three we've watched so far this Blogtober, it's been our favorite by far.  I don't think I've ever seen the remade one.  I heard it's a lot more shocking.

Today's throwback Halloween pic is from 1990.  Hubby and I had been together almost a year, and were living in our first apartment (over a bar).  These were our first two pets together, black cats of course.  That's Bono on the left, and Molly on the right.

I'm dashing off to work now.  Hopefully I remember to post tonight!

How is your Halloween season shaping up?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oct. 4 - Craft Haul

Today's post will be much longer, and hopefully make up for the lack of effort in last night's post.  I'm posting earlier in the day, while the mood is still good and ambition is still here.

I was going to go shopping with Casey this morning just for something to do but when I got to his place he decided he didn't want to go.  He was tired from work and has been battling a sore throat, so we just chitchatted for a bit and played with his crazy kitty, then I came back home.  Ty was already here doing his laundry so I still had company.  His laundry didn't take long but in our nattering, one conversation lead to another and another and another, and he ended up staying till nearly 2pm.  It was cool though because I don't see nearly as much of him as I do Casey.  And we talked about some interesting things, like how we can't seem to find anything to really interest us and keep us entertained like we used to.  You know, something you look forward to, something you think about all day, something you dive into as soon as you get home from work.  We used to be that way with UO and World of Warcraft.  I used to be that way with soap making.

We talked about Achy Joints things, and work things, and family relations things.  He admitted that he misses playing Munchkin and hanging out on weekends.  We talked about trying to do it mid-week instead, although we all have work schedules that just don't make it easy to get together.  Ty works every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and has Mon-Thursday off.  I work every other weekend.  Casey works 3rd shift.  Matt works either 2nd or 3rd shift, depending what the situation is.  And hubby works 1st shift but has to be to bed early because he gets up so early.  Ugh!  

Anyway, moving on.  I received two more packages today and one of them was super exciting to me, so I thought I'd share a collective craft haul today.

First is this Tag, You're It die set that coordinates with the winter tags set I showed recently.  I'd had to order them from different shops because they were sold out from the place I got the stamp set.

Go ahead and laugh.  Yes, I bought planner stamps.  This is the Plan On It stamp set.  I had grand ideas when I placed the order but now I'm feeling kinda like 'What was I thinking?'  But wait!  It gets better!
Cuz I also got this Plan On It: Calendar set!  Annnnnnnnd . . . 
This Plan On It: Birthdays set!  What the heck was I thinking?!  LOL
There are some elements that I am looking forward to trying, like the check boxes and lines.  A lot of these though, I think would be excellent for building your own planner, like the undated ones.  And I could have sworn when I ordered I'd seen one that said 'work' but now I don't see anything like that.  Maybe I was looking at another company's planner stamps, not sure.

(Have I started using my planner, you ask?  Why no, I haven't.  Doh!)

Someone showed this on YouTube and I had to have it.  How cute are those foxes?!  This can be Christmas-y or just wintery.

The same YouTuber also showed this set and I was like 'Aaaaaaaah!  NEED!'
So I got it.  How stinkin' cute?!

This next thing is the one I was super excited about.

I happened to catch a post on Instagram last week about this Hurricane Relief project.  Many craft vendors and big name crafters had donated tons of supplies and money to make surprise boxes.  There are different levels of donations: $10, $25, $50, and $100.  Each level has a bigger box.  What you get in the boxes is a surprise.  It's all craft related, but it's a surprise, and the boxes are different.  Like, all $10 boxes do not contain all the same things.  So while the money is going to a great cause, it's the excitement of the surprise that really drew me in.  These things sold out within minutes!  I was lucky to get this $10 box.
It's just a small box, and opening it up I found this lovely tissue paper wrapped bundle.
Inside the bundle was this package of Lawn Fawn woodgrain notecards in the color Navy.  I have not tried any of their notecards yet but I adore Lawn Fawn and am happy to have these.

The bundle also included this Alpine Carolers stamp set from Mama Elephant.  I like the sentiments in this set.  It looks like all the little hands of the kids will line up with each other if placed in a row, so that's cute.

And last in the bundle was this really cool set of Fall Wreaths dies.  I have that wreath die from Lawn Fawn which is pretty cool but this one looks like it'll do better layering because the leaf groups are spaced out more.  Looking forward to trying this!

That's all my crafty stuff for now.  I need to try and hold off ordering more things for a while because the barn project debt is starting to hit us hard at the moment.  I'm still quite lacking in nice Thanksgiving sets though, so if I see something awesome I can't guarantee I won't snatch it up.  lol

Today's retro Halloween pic is that only one I could find from 1987.  This was the pumpkin I'd carved that year.  Kinda cool for being back in the days of those fancy little tools and stencils that are so common now.

Well I have to finish up some things before hubby gets home, so we can try and watch another movie tonight.  I'm not sure what it will be.  Maybe The Grudge.  Or the original Carrie.  We'll see!

Have you started watching spooky movies yet?