Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Sticker Album

I received this sticker album for my birthday when I was maybe 5 or 6. It is easily one of the best gifts I've ever received, despite being an obvious dollar store knock-off. (The fake Woody Woodpecker and Holly Hobbie images are a dead giveaway.)

If you aren't familiar with sticker albums, they are books that have sheets of glossy paper, sometimes printed with some kind of theme, that you can stick stickers to. The idea is that the glossiness of the paper will make the stickers removable (and thus reusable), but that doesn't usually pan out. They may also have pockets for holding unstuck stickers.

My family was never very rich, and the budget for buying me stickers was basically nonexistent. Despite this, I quickly became very obsessed with collecting as many stickers as possible. If I recall correctly, this book also came with a smattering of random stickers (or it's entirely possible the person who gave it to me also gave me a few stickers to start off my collection. I can't really remember; I was 6), but the bulk of my stash came in the form of $1 sticker sheets filled with hilarious puns from the Scholastic Book Fair, the dentist (some kid's dentists had treasure boxes, ours had rolls of big, round stickers), and, as you will see very soon, food packages.

Read on for scans of the entire Sticker Album! Click on any of the pages to enlarge them in a new window.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Variety Shop Haul ~ Cheap Socks, Stockings, Make-Up & More!

My roommate has been telling me since I moved in that I need to check out Variety Shop, which she refers to as "The Eyelash Shop". I finally went last week, and she was not exaggerating about how amazing it is!

The store is small, cramped, and dusty, but it's full of surprisingly decent quality socks, make-up, stockings, and other accessories for really, really cheap. Almost everything I bought was under $3. According their Yelp review, the store is famous for carrying NYX cosmetics for cheaper than anywhere else. Read on for photos of my haul and some reviews!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ribbon Necklace iProduct Design | cuteordeath on Zazzle

I recently decided to start utilizing Zazzle. I have used Cafepress a lot in the past, but I like Zazzle's product line and interface way better. Hopefully I'll be adding more products to my shop soon!

In the meantime, check out these hime-style ribbon necklace designs I made for iPhone and iPad cases!

Ribbon Necklace iPhone 4 Case

Ribbon Necklace iPad Case

I created this design using Inkscape. It took around 8 hours. I like Inkscape (it's a free vector drawing program) but the learning curve is pretty steep, even coming from an Illustrator background. This was a pretty good practise project. ^^

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fuck Yeah New Re-Ment

I was going to open by saying that my current obsession is Re-Ment blind boxes, but truth is I've been obsessed with them for several years, I just couldn't afford them for a long time. I finally can again, so I purchased 5 new boxes from 4 sets this weekend.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A lot can change in 3 years...apparently.

I have been working in my chosen field (graphic design/web design) for the past 3 years, but my first job in San Francisco was at the Westfield Mall in Union Square. I very briefly worked at Zara, but after 2 months I was hired at the tea store across the mall: Lupicia Fresh Tea, a high-class tea boutique from Japan.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Halloween Knee Socks!

I've had Halloween on my mind lately, and since Squidboo is currently experiencing a bug and I can't post anything there, I thought I'd showcase some awesome Halloween socks I found over at my new sock haunt, The Joy Of Socks!