bag o' skulls

I was having one of those antsy days, the kind of day where I have too much energy and not enough ambition.  So to keep myself from going stir crazy, I decided to take a walk to my local Dollar Tree.  (It’s about 4 blocks from my house – dangerously close!)  I find it impossible to walk out the door empty-handed.  Here is the collection of goodies I came home with. First stop:  Halloween aisle.  It’s still pretty sparse right now, but there were a couple of things I couldn’t resist.  I ended up shopping on a skull theme, grabbing one large plastic skull and a package of 9 smaller skulls (shown above).


bath net bands

Since there wasn’t much else that caught my attention in the Halloween supplies, I surfed around the store looking for other things in Halloween-appropriate colors.  Black items are easy to find, but orange can be tough.  These net bath bands were meant for scrubbing hard-to-reach places, but I have an alternative use in mind.  (For now I will have to leave you in suspense, but stay tuned next week to see what I’m up to with these!)

wicker wreath

Having satisfied my Halloween cravings, I took a look around for other supplies.  I think my best find of the day was an 18 inch straw wreath.  The holiday season is wreath season, and I always end up making at least one every year.  If you are a wreath lover, this is a great deal; my local craft shop sells very similar wreaths for $5 and up!

smart fit buttons

Second place for find-of-the-day goes to these faux snaps.  They are actually tack pins that look like the buttons or snaps on a pair of jeans.  They will make perfect fasteners for no-sew fashion projects.

photo frames

I’ve had a door curtain idea floating around in my head for a while now, but hadn’t found the right supplies for what I had in mind.  Until now!  I found these paper photo frames next to the regular picture frames.  They come 6 to a package and are suggested for use as place cards or party favors.  I think they would be great for all kinds of paper crafting projects, including scrapbooking and card making.  (They are not acid-free, so if you use them in your scrapbook, treat them with a pH neutralizing archival spray first to prevent fading and yellowing of your photos and other mementos.)

feather boa

File this feather boa in the I’m-not-sure-what-I’m-going-to-do-with-it-but-couldn’t-pass-it-up category.  Hmm, what can I trim in bright purple feathers?  Any ideas?

polka dot ribbon

And finally, one of the things I keep on hand at all times:  Wire-edged ribbon.  I already have a ton of it (possibly literally), but I was drawn to the fun shade of blue and I’m a sucker for polka dots.  Almost everything looks better with a big, structured bow on it, right?

Aside from keeping me sane, my trip to Dollar Tree infused me with the ambition my day was lacking.  I spent the rest of the afternoon with a pair of scissors in one hand and a bottle of glue in the other.  Retail therapy works every time!