My husband has had me on a spending freeze (to be known as s.f. from this point forward) since Sunday. My girlfriends know exactly what I mean when I say this term, because my husband likes to put me on them quite often. Granted, I don't necessarily follow his instructions. Sometimes it's more of a...frost instead of a freeze. Regardless, I've been on one this week, and it's been tough...to say the least. Today the s.f. has been lifted, and what better way to spend money and feel like you're not spending it than by going to the Dollar Store!?
While I didn't necessarily walk out with bags-full, I feel like I got some really good stuff. For all you math wizzes out there, you will see that I spent $5.00. The rest of you? Just take my word for it. ;) I bought this adorable tin (the bigger one was out-darn it!) for my classroom. Buying items for my classroom allows me to have an extremely girly outlet. I figure I'll put eraser tops in it. (Note to moms of teenagers: Add eraser tops to your back-to-school list...kids never have them.) Plus, it's always humorous to see my teenage boys getting into such a girly box for supplies. They HATE it.
The wrapping paper is my favorite! I am a FAN of all things wrapping. Don't let this proclamation fool you, however. I generally spend all this money on wrapping supplies only to run into the store on my way to a party and "wrap" it in a bag and some tissue in the parking lot. Some day I will get my program together and actually use this stuff more regularly.
Until then, my favorites tend to be....no, ARE...solid papers. I prefer things to be simple. Plus, with solid colored papers, you can use all these fun ribbons to decorate it with!
Perhaps you're noticing a pattern (literally) with all the polka dots and stripes. Yup. Plaid, stripes, polka dots, and toile--can't get enough of them. This picture leads into my question for you. How do you store your ribbon? I've seen a lot of people wrap them around clothes pins, but I don't think that works as well for large ribbon (width wise). For now, I keep them like this:
I'm not necessarily happy with it, but it will do for now. Add it to my list of projects, I guess. Until I get started, hopefully you can give me some suggestions (or not)! Can't wait to hear from you...please?...anybody?