Archive for August, 2008

Clutter Rampage

Recently, I’ve been on a cleaning rampage. Mostly, it’s going through boxes of crap (turns out that most of it is at least), and tossing/donating things that I’ve kept over the years. I’ve also been tackling old fileboxes filled with old bills, receipts and credit card statements.

Well, I’ve started shredding old receipts (unless they’re bigger ticket items) along with old bank and credit card statements (because I can get them online). I’ve also signed up for electronic statements (for some that I never got around to canceling the paper statements).

I must say that several bags of shreddings later, it felt pretty good. The upside is that I’m saving the paper that the statements are printed on, the envelope that it gets mailed in and the stamp that the company saves. Not that the stamp savings will get passed on to me, but hopefully they don’t raise rates if they save enough money with more and more people signing up for paperless statements.

I Still don’t know what to do with my box o’ wedding crap along with leftover wedding things, but maybe I can unload that to some friends getting married. Then again, there’s always the free stuff section on Craigslist. Anyone having a fall wedding?
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Birthday Celebration Gifts

So my brothers and I are throwing my mom a mini celebration dinner for her upcoming 60th birthday. In a way, it almost feels like planning a small-scale wedding, minus a whole lot of details, but some elements are still there: banquet, invitations, menus, gifts (favors), corsage (only for her), cake, photography (just me taking pics of all the guests w/ my parents).

For gifts/favors, we decided to go with a cute avocado-colored 2-cup teapot for each family. We bought them from Teality.com. They all come in a fairly sturdy, but plain yellow-ish brown cardboard box.

The thing is, we didn’t want to wrap every single gift because that would use up a lot of wrapping paper (not very green) that people end up throwing away. Also, we couldn’t just give them a plain cardboard box because then that would be too plain.

Teapot

So what are we going to do? Well, I designed this sorta card/tag thingy that I’m going to stick on top of the box. It’s not quite wrapping paper, and it’s not totally plain, so that’s my compromise. Instead of using a roll of paper for all the gifts, I’m using 4 sheets of letter-sized cardstock.
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Parking Karma

So I’ve been in a car going someplace with some friends, and often, people talk about their “good parking karma.” Now, I know that it means basically to have good luck with finding a parking space. The thing is, how do you build up this parking karma?

How do you do “good” when it comes to parking such that some day you will be rewarded? Perhaps one way you can charge up is by letting someone else take a space that you got to first. Then one day, when you’re late, and you REALLY need to find parking NOW, the parking space authorities will smile upon you.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Ambidextrous Wiper

Okay… this is probably bit off my normal topics but… when you do #2, what hand do you use to wipe? I’d say people probably use the same hand as their wiping hand. Well, have you ever been so sore in your dominant arm that you couldn’t really use it to get the job done? And if so, did you ever use your other hand?

Haha, this was just one of those random thoughts I had when having a random discussion with J.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Martha Stewart Crafts DIY Invites

I must say. Those people at Martha Stewart’s company sure know how to make things appealing on the shelves. I recently went to my local Michael’s craft store and perused the items down that aisle as I usually do on my trips to Michael’s. All the bright colors and nice photography say you, “You can make this too.”

I’ve only bought one item before, a post-bound scrapbook, which came with really cheap screws. When I was unscrewing the binding so that I could remove some of the extenders, the screw was stripped. Eek! I ended up having to buy new screws for the scrapbook.

Anyway, I was walking along the clearance aisle and recognized what looked like “Martha Stewart-ish” boxes. I decided to check it out and saw some invitations (wedding and otherwise) for over about half price. Some of my friends are getting married next year and I told them about it. They were able to snag enough for themselves, and the price scanned lower than the marked one. Yay! It ended up being $9 for 24 invites.

So I examined a set of the invites and the materials are definitely not stationery-store quality, but they are definitely adequate to sending out for not an uber-formal wedding. But hey, you can’t beat 40 cent invites that have done most of the work for you.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Day of Coordinating

So I coordinated my very first wedding over the weekend at my friend’s wedding. It’s one thing to photograph a wedding or be involved with helping the bride pick out a dress or make invitations, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you’re partly responsible for all of the moving parts.

I’d say it’s fun to watch a plan come together. I looked over my friend’s schedule and I knew she had given a lot of thought to things and tried not to cram in too many activities back to back. It’s good that there was a bit of flexibility since there were a few delays by the vendors.

Overall the event went smoothly and everybody had fun. I definitely can say that when you’re coordinating (if you’re also a guest), you don’t really get the full guest experience since you’re hopping out of your seat every 5-10 minutes to check on something. However, if you’re a hired coordinator, then you’re only there to work, not mingle. I’d say I would consider doing this again. Depends on the couple of course and how organized they are!
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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