3.29.2007

The buttoned-up effect

Sorry for the infrequent post, folks, but I've been sooo busy lately. I haven't bought clothes or shoes for a while. Yay! I may be busy, but cursed be the Internet age, I can shop any time of the day (provided that the servers aren't down for "regularly scheduled maintenance/upgrades"). I went a wee bit crazy with buying lots of beads (OK, at least that's a business investment) and a few other useful articles. Some of them are still making their way over by the way of snail's mail, but I'm happy with what I've got and can't wait to wear them in the coming days.

I have to bring a jacket to school all the time, since it's always cold in the lecture halls. Sometimes I'd roll out of bed and not know what to wear, so I would consistently grab the same few pieces of outerwear that goes with everything. When you wear the same things day in and day out, it gets boring sometimes. To keep things fresh, I like accessorizing with pins and brooches. Sometimes I wear a few at a time, like this:

I made these lapel pins from buttons I bought during the JoAnn store closing sale a few months ago. Now I get the meaning of "cute as a button."

Some days I do cute, but some days I do cynical. While I'm not a big fan of slogan tees, I do like to make a statement with slogans discretely printed on accessories. Unfortunately, my DIY capabilities are limited insofar as my tools and materials are limited, so I actually have to buy my slogans. Joining my ever-expanding pin collection are these two buttons, which cost less than $2 apiece. Being a completely frazzled editor obsessed with achieving perfection in a very short span of time, the one on the left is perfect. Given what I plan on doing for the next who knows how many years, the appeal of the one on the right is obvious:

(Yup, that's the reflection of my camera, along with my short bony fingers. Can't be helped.)

One thing I've been attracted to lately are blank note cards. Having blank notecards may end up saving money in the long run. Instead of buying separate birthday cards, thank you cards, and general correspondance cards, blank cards are one-size-fits-all--you just have to customize them with your own messages. It's good to have a few blank cards around the house. You won't have to worry about card emergencies (when you need a card right away but don't have time to go buy one), and best of all, you won't be stuck with a bunch of single-occasion cards from an 8-pack when you really only need one card.

I've finally come to terms with the fact that I'm a shoe-holic. I may not have money to buy actual shoes right now, but I can certainly afford to buy shoe cards. When I saw these notecards in the same store I bought the bottons from, I couldn't help but snap them up:

They're so cute! Even if I had no one to write to, I wouldn't mind just putting these cards on shelves as decoration.

One highlight of an Etsy transaction is the freebie. In my case, Allegrae was sick and couldn't ship out orders as early as she normally would, so she offered to include some extra goodies to make up for it. I'll say that she more than made up for it:

The, um, button button is quite clever, and now I can flaunt my shoe addict status! The berry magnet is now stuck to my fridge, looking pretty. All in all, I spent less than $10. Since the whole package and all the other stuff in the store are so cool, I just might use that 10% off coupon sometime in the future.

More on my Etsy shopping sprees to follow as packages arrive in the mail...

2 comments:

Rebecca said...

I thought I was the only one who liked to wear those cheap little buttons. Like on St Patrick's Day when it was the only thing green I could find, and I had to take it off a shirt hanging in my husband's closet. lol

Sales Rack Raider said...

Whatever keeps you from getting pinched, right? =)

What I like about them is that you can totally personalize your outfit for very little money money.