COLORFUL AND HAPPY AND FUN

Are you in the mood for something FUN and COLORFUL? So was I.

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My Betsey Johnson suitcase, purchased for this recent trip when I realized my suitcases were all too small. I did not pay the $200 it is listed for on Amazon; I bought it for $69.99 at TJ Maxx, plus I had a $10-off coupon. Of course after just ONE trip through the airport luggage system the white background is SCUFFED AS HECK. But whatever: I knew going in that that would happen, and I had/have made my peace with it. Elizabeth helped me pick it out, and we both felt it was Worth It.

 

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K. Bell Sneaker Socks. I take off my Converse sneakers, and I am still wearing Converse sneakers! …Sort of.

 

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Eyelike Stickers: Colors. I DO like stickers. I really did buy these for no reason other than COLOR. They are sitting in my bill-paying pile, waiting for me to figure out what to do with them. I’ve stuck a few on bills.

 

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Craft Tape Dispenser. There is approximately zero chance of me paying nearly FORTY DOLLARS for ten rolls of colored tape. But isn’t it pretty to look at? A++ marketing.

 

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Rainbow Curlie Spinner. I am ON BOARD with curlie spinners. I have this one in two sizes.

 

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Parakeet Sticky Notes. In my cart since 2011. (I hardly USE sticky notes. If I had EXTRA-SPECIAL ones, I’d end up hoarding them.)

 

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Page-marking Post-It notes. I put these in high-school-kid Christmas stockings.

 

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Natural Histories: Postcards of 60 Rare Book Illustrations. I ABSOLUTELY have enough postcards. I still bought these when they dipped under $11.

 

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Happy Pencil Cases. I saw them; I bought them; I can’t really explain myself further.

 

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TeeHee Striped Crew Socks. My mom wanted socks for her birthday. She likes stripes. I got her these.

 

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Felines in the Garden Puzzle. In addition to striped socks, my mom likes cats, and 300-piece puzzles. I got her this 300-piece cat puzzle for Mother’s Day.

 

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French Bull spreader knives. I really have no use for little spreader knives. But if I DID have a use for them, these are the ones I would buy.

 

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Pop Beads. I had forgotten ALL ABOUT Pop Beads! I’m getting these for Elizabeth for Christmas.

 

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French Bull Yoga Bag. On my wish list. I’m not using it for yoga, though.

 

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Sharpie Assorted Markers. You BET I have a set of these. It bugged me that they didn’t put the purple in rainbow order, but WHATEVER, you can take them out of the package as soon as they arrive.

 

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Forever Pet Stamps. I bought four books of them. Gotta pick JUST the right envelope for the snake stamps.

16 thoughts on “COLORFUL AND HAPPY AND FUN

  1. Nancy

    Ah, I am having a crappy day at work (I had to move desks, from a nice desk next to a window, to a desk near to a door that is opened and closed every few minutes all. day. long.) and this cheered me up immensely. I might go out at lunch and buy myself something bright and colourful and fun to continue the therapy.

  2. rbelle

    I HAVE that Target bag. I looooove it. I’m considering getting another one so that I can have a backup when my current one inevitably wears out. I got it as a replacement for a diaper bag as my kids aged out of me needing one, but now I carry the yoga bag instead of my purse. I find it incredibly multi-functional.

    The funny thing is, when I bought it several months ago maybe one person remarked on it, so I’d kind of forgotten how eye-catching it is. But my daughter started kindergarten this past week and over the various school events I had to attend, I must have gotten at least four separate compliments on it, including one woman who made me look up the brand so she could get one of her very own. It made me happy like buying it new all over again. I hope somebody gets it for you!

  3. Stephanie

    That package of Sharpies is $3 at Office Max/Office Depot this week – I hope you have a store near you :)

    1. Blythe

      NO WAY. Really?! My school provides plain black sharpies and the most boring of the Expo markers (blue/black/green/red), so I just can’t quiiiiiite justify buying the colored versions for full price.

      But for $3? Yes. I could do that.

  4. Kara

    We bought a bunch of those whirly rainbow things at the Dollar Store. My kids have them hanging from the a/c vents throughout the house. It drives the cat insane, because they’re just out of her reach!

  5. Anne

    Number of items from this post I added to either my wishlist, the wishlists I maintain for my wife and my son, or my holiday gift lists to buy for other people: SIX. A+ post, would read again.

  6. Superjules

    I read this post and then went IMMEDIATELY to Amazon to look up this “French Bull” brand and oh THERE’S all the colorful melamine stuff I didn’t know I needed!

  7. hope t.

    Just yesterday I had an idea that involves sticky notes but have to run it by you and your readers because I can’t decide if it will actually work. None of the children living in my house DO anything. Examples: they do not place a new toilet paper roll on the holder when the old one is empty (ditto replacing tissue boxes); they do not empty wastebaskets when they are overflowing; they do not turn out lights at night even though some of them are teenagers and stay up later than their old parents; they do not check to see if the green light is glowing on the dishwasher indicating that it is clean; they do not close the door to the garage. My idea involves putting sticky notes on everything. If the tissue boxes and light switches and dishwasher and towel rack and wastebaskets and doors all had colorful sticky note reminders on them, then the children would do all the things, right?!?

    1. Elisabeth

      I did actually sticky-note the shelves in our pantry so people would stop putting things away all over the place. It works really well for my husband, decently well for the only kid I have that reads, and makes absolutely no difference when my mother-in-law comes to visit.

  8. Nowheymama

    I was uninspired about fun little gifts for an upcoming fifteen! year old’s birthday (We have a Big Gift, needed little gifts). One of the bird sticky notes looks just like her pet bird! Bird-themed gifts! Of course! Many thanks.

  9. Carolyn

    My mother in law sent my kids that masking tape dispenser thing and I thought it was just the most ridiculous gift ever. What on earth would a 5 and 3 year old do with colored masking tape? It turns out, what WON’T they do! They’ve spent HOURS folding paper and taping it up, and using long strings of tape to wrap around furniture that they’d turned into Christmas trees or taping little chairs together to make trains, and I don’t even know what else. I certainly wouldn’t pay $40 for it, but as a present that someone else paid for, it’s been AWESOME. If it were masking tape I had purchased I could have been stingy about how I let them use it, but they’ve had so much fun creative play time using tons of it (and there is still plenty left!).

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