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Michael's Haul #5 & Christmas Shopping

**NOTE** My apologies for the lack of post yesterday. I apparently scheduled this post for the wrong day without realizing it. Next time I'll double check!

Last week (Tuesday & Wednesday), Jon and I headed to the city to do all of our remaining Christmas shopping. I also had to get some things to hopefully finish my Christmas cards this week, and a birthday gift for my niece's birthday this Friday. We took his mom's Toyota Venza because it had the most space but was still enclosed. It was a wonderful idea because it was packed full.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen this picture posted yesterday on our way home from the city.

The majority of that was Christmas gifts, and also 19 bags of popcorn twists for Jon's aunt to make caramel popcorn twists with. They're super addicting by the way. There was also two packages of wrapping paper, and a bunch of things just for me from Michaels and Treasured Memories in Edmonton.

I tried to snap this so that even if a family member reads this, they won't know what they're getting for Christmas. Here's the Christmas gifts we have so far. A few are still coming in the mail, and some were too large to fit onto the table.

Like these. The yellow and black box is a saw stand and the bag has my niece's Christmas and birthday gifts in it.

The saw to go with the stand is in the other room sitting in front of the TV.  The cat took it upon himself to lay on top of the box last night while we watched a couple movies. The saw and the stand were giant boxes and they took up most of the space in the back of the car. We had things falling out when we opened doors, and at one point we just rolled down the windows to shove more stuff into the car. So glad we're finished our Christmas shopping. Even for each other. Jon bought mine online, and I bought his during this trip. He picked it out from Michaels.

Here's the majority of my personal purchases. The only things missing from this is the sweater I picked up from Addition Elle, some items from La Senza for myself and my sister, and the CD's I picked up in HMV (more about the CD's later though!).

Jon found this adorable Christmas photo box, and said I could put my Christmas cards or gift tags into it. He's a genius and that's why I love him so much. Or he's just the king of pointing out the obvious.

I also picked up some Kraft cardstock. I love this paper (though I have yet to use it).

I couldn't leave without some Christmas paper. I only had two stacks of Christmas paper, so I needed to add to my collection.

I love the papers in here, even though some of them are better suited for full page layouts, others will be perfect for my cards and other projects.

Another Christmas stack and a My Mind's Eye paper stack. In case you haven't noticed I have a slight paper addiction. Hopefully I have enough space for all of these.

Jon tried to order my a couple of PL albums online for Christmas. They were all sold out, so I picked up these two from Michaels. The left one goes with the Kraft edition and the Right one goes with 5th & Frolic edition. It says "Remember this the story of us". I plan to use that one starting in January to document the first year in the house. Maybe exciting things will happen.

I hate glitter, but when I want to use it, I can never find the colour I want in the stash I have, and since my options in town are limited, I picked up this Martha Stewart 24 Pack. 

Couldn't pass up some Christmas stamps that were on sale! The wooden ones came from the $1 bin.

I needed foam squares and the glitter letters are for a couple of door hangers Jon wants me to make for the nieces. We decided to make a couple for the nephews but assumed they wouldn't want glittery letters.

After debating the thin rolls of washitape for a few months now, I finally picked them up. I also snagged a couple rolls of Christmas tape (I thought I had a couple more, but I guess not).

Picked up silver and gold ink, and some smash book stamps. They fit nicely into my letters for penpals.

I was also looking for little things to make the house feel a little prettier for Christmas. I bought two of each vase at the top, and one of the owl candle holders. Now I just need to get some unscented candles.

I buy my white cardstock from Staples because its cheaper. I use a lot of white cardstock. I don't buy pre-made card bases, I make them myself from cardstock. I also bought ink and another hanging file folder for my stationery. I keep it in file folders in the deep drawers of my one desk.

I also bought a bunch of post it notes (you can never have too many right?) and adhesive chalkboard labels and chalk for a project in the kitchen.

We went to Treasured Memories in Edmonton (my favourite little scrapbook shop). They have $2.50 washitape (regular $5.00), couldn't pass it up so I got a few. I'm in love with  both of the cloud rolls!

I also bought a few stamp sets from her that I can use for my Project Life.

I mentioned a bunch of CD's earlier, and I have a couple that I recommend you at least listen to. The first is The Piano Guys. Either of their albums are amazing. They're a Cello/Piano group, and they do covers of popular songs. They're beautiful. I also recommend the new Katy Perry (Prism), the new Hedley (Wild Life) and the debut album from Lorde (Pure Heroine) I've been listening to them on repeat while I write this post.

That's it for today! Have a wonderful day!



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