Friday, August 6, 2010

A day out and about

This is not a very exciting post, although I always appreciate my friends stopping by for a visit.

My day began with this photo of my friend Sally and her FOUR pieces of luggage. I had her all packed with two, and she added another two with shoes and four jackets. Not sure how many shoes she packed, but a lot more than I even own! I keep reminding myself what a low maintenance person I am.

I tried to get a shot of Sally and the Sky Captain moving through the revolving door under really low light conditions. Here is the original shot.

So you have a bit of art today, I changed the picture up a bit by surrounding them with a liquefying filter in Photoshop.

Next, I used a rain filter. OK, it isn't much, but I was having fun playing and it IS art.

Next it was off to Home Depot, where I was actually looking for a space heater on one of the hottest days of the year. None until September, I was told. To compensate, I got into the organizing mode.

Then I looked at dehumidifiers. I took lots of pictures so I can compare features. Tip: when comparison shopping, get detailed photos, then compare at home at your leisure.

For some reason, I was also on a tape kick.

On my way to WalMart, I saw a Target. Now don't fall off your chair, but I had NEVER been in a Target in my life before yesterday.

Although I was hell bent on buying advertised school supplies, I couldn't pass up looking at yet more dehumidifiers.

Then it was off to WalMart, where I was highly disappointed with their Rit dye selection. I have a few colors I want to try (by mixing colors), but you can see the selection is so limited, I probably wasted my time.

I didn't show my Home Depot purchase, because you saw it earlier. Here is what I got at Target. The best deal of the day were the colored pencils which were $0.50 AND you got the crayons FREE. Even the checkout gal couldn't believe I had read the sign right. Everything I bought was a little over $2.00 (about 1.26 pounds in UK, 2.03 Canadian dollars, 2.62 EUs, 2.71 Singapore dollars, and almost 172 yen). And YES, that's a pink tape measure I plan to cut up and use in pink art.

I really must be in an organizing mood because I couldn't pass up these two cute little plastic containers in the Back-To-School section that weren't even on sale, something really unusual for me. In fact, nothing I bought was on sale, so that was why the bill was so high. I won't even tell how much I paid for these, but it was well in the double digits. Just had to have the colored duck tape and clothes pins, though. Wendy was NOT impressed. By the way, I knew when I saw them how I would use the little blue containers. I am going to keep sewing supplies in one and pens in the other. Tip: always have a plan in mind before investing in organization pieces.

Today is another web site. I know it seems I've been spotlighting more web sites than blogs this week, but the reason is because when I feature a blog, I notify the artist. I go back at least five pages to make sure the art is inspirational and the blog is worthy. It takes awhile, time I simply haven't had. Luckily, web sites are easier and all I need is to check out the site and list the link. I promise to get back on track next week, when life is a bit calmer and (HOPEFULLY) the weather is a bit cooler.

For those of you who love fiber art as much as I, you will be blown away by the Fiber Artists Collective. I promise there is something for everyone. Areas covered include wall art, floor coverings, and sculpture. Among the wall art, you will find some mixed media artists, too. I promise, although my comments above might read like I'm taking a shortcut, this is one inspirational web site.

Have an awesome Friday and a great weekend.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

It sounds like you had a fun day rummaging through various stores- ALL favorites of mine! I must admit to being a Target kind of gal even though I prefer Walmarts prices.
And the photoshop shots are great- I love playing with filters too!

Halle said...

Too funny that you went to Target yesterday...cause I went to Wal-mart. Some I never do. I was looking for a sushi bar sign for the fish tank. The only thing I bought was some Krylon spray paint for plastic on clearance.

Healing Woman said...

You created an amazing look with the liquefying filter on photoshop. I also went to the web site you gave and enjoyed a beautiful array of quilts. They were some of the best I've seen.

Thanks for posting.

Batu said...

Hey - great tips - I loved the take the photos and compare at home one....

Tammy Freiborg said...

Looks like Sally and Sky Captain are moving through a porthole to another dimension. I have to wonder what dimension you're living if that was your first Target visit. Hope you enjoyed the experience!

Patti said...

I can't imagine looking at a space heater without a barf bag - yesterday was the hottest day in three years here... but, I admire you for being able to make all those stops and still feel creative about it:)
love your art, your sentiments, your energy!

minnie_mac said...

So many people talk about Home Depot so it satisfied my curiosity to see a picture of one, and see that it does indeed look very much like a B & Q or Homebase in the UK !
Not sure that you would want to know, but I hate to think of your curiosity not being statisfied - Gaviscon is an indigestion remedy !

Terri Kahrs said...

Looks like you had a very busy day, Elizabeth! At least most of the shops and stores you visited had air conditioning! LOVE that pink tape measure! Happy Weekend! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Margaret said...

You're so lucky to havr such a great choice of supplies! Love the first pics, kind of swirly effect you get by dropping oil colours into water! margaret

Darcy said...

wow you got great deals on the school stuff, that little lot would have cost 10 times that amount over here.

Mar said...

i went to a target for the first time in april
when i went home to i was just a little ahead of you
good deals today!!!

Cheryl said...

well hun I have never even,heard of target,so you got me stumped,great post though interesting,just wanted,to let you know hun,that OSAAT stands,for one,stitch,at a time,thanks for poping by my blog,hugs cheryl xxxxxxxx

Lori Saul said...

It's funny how the back to school stuff at the stores this time of year always put me in an organizing mode as well. I used to love to get a new binder, pencils, pens and dividers to start off the new school year. Things always ended up a bit messier as the months wore on but I think that lovely feeling of wanting to start fresh is a healthy, hopeful thing. What a fun post and you can find some (amazing) things at Target if you really look! Have fun Elizabeth!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ah so that's the trick, have something already in mind when buying LOL
Love the liquified pic. Great post Elizabeth. I take it Wendy didn't accompany you to keep you on the straight and narrow ;-)
Anne xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

a couple of your pics almost look melted which sounds quite possible in the heatwave you are having! I bet asking for a space heater got a few raised eyebrows LOL

the colors of duct tape are SO amazing aren't they!