Friday, November 21, 2014

The Gang's All Here


Look who arrived in the mail:  Santa!

We put in the order for the Bumble (actually...we think we ordered three of them somehow!), so hopefully he's on his way to our house via the USPS.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rudolph 50th Anniversary Collectible Figures


We picked up these guys (and Rudolph!) at Menards over the past few weekends.  They each have a belt buckle that you can push and make them say their catchprashes (like..."now....this won't hurt a bit.").

There are four of them in total that you can purchase: Hermey, Rudolph, Yukon and Santa.  We had three, but not Santa.

The issue?  Inside each of the boxes is a 'puzzle piece' that you put together and get a special order code for a exclusive Bumble figure that you have to mail away to receive.

Think of this as kind-of a new-age "D-R-I-N-K  Y-O-U-R  O-V-A-L-T-I-N-E".

We *had* to get the Bumble.  *Had* to.

So...off to Ebay I went.  Found a Santa for a bit more than they sell them at Menards and I pulled the trigger.  We're waiting on him to arrive (hopefully today!) and then the girls and I will assemble the puzzle and see how we can get the Bumble.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Got a Stripped Screw? Try the Speedout. Seriously.


I am the KING of stripped screws.  Putting screws in.  I strip them.  Taking screws out.  I strip them.

We're getting some painting done and I had to take down some bookcases.  I took out a bunch of the screws, but encountered one last one:  and it was awfully stripped out.

But...fortunately...I had this little kit on hand called "Speedout".  

See that screw in the top photo?  That's AFTER I finally got it out of the wall.



The Speedout is a series of 2-sided bits.  You pop the "a" side into your drill/drive and you bore a slightly bigger 'hole' into the screw head.  Then, you flip the bit over and use the 'b' side to 'grab' the screw out.

I received the Speedout from my in-laws for my birthday earlier this year and I had not used it before this weekend.  Now?  I'll keep it in my work-bucket and use it all the time.

Watch this video.  I swear...this was my exact experience.  It was *almost* magical!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mayor Jane Byrne Memorial At City Hall


I was walking through City Hall this morning and came across this Mayor Jane Byrne memorial set-up.  On each of the end tables there was a book and nice pen where people can leave greetings for the Byrne family.

In the minute or so I stood there, a handful of people walked up and checked out the book, but none of them signed it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vintage Christmas Carolers Spinning Music Box - 2014


These three little music-box carolers were too neat to pass up.  They play 'Jingle Bells' as they turn and they came in their original box (see it below).

Someone - back in the day - bought this at LeeWards in Elgin for $4.49.  It is a bit delicate, but since it is a music box, it seems like these guys need to be 'out' and not tucked into the glass cabinet with all the other treasurers so folks can hear the tune and see them spin.



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vintage "Merry Christmas" Squirrel and Chipmunk Pot - 2014


It wasn't all felt and cardboard that we bought last weekend in the latest binge on vintage Christmas stuff.  We also bought some pottery - which is what the bulk of our collection is made of currently.

These little guys have a nice Japan sticker on their bottom and are all smiles as they carry a big present away to their next Christmas party.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Vintage Cardboard Sparkle Snowman - 2014


We also picked up this little guy over the weekend from AA in Naperville.  He's not a Santa (which I give preference to), but he is awfully cute.  With arms made out of pipe cleaners and bedazzled in glitter, he'll look great right next to rest of our vintage Christmas finds like that Christmas Tree lighter.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vintage Christmas Felt Mice - 2014


We picked up these two little guys over the weekend as part of a big vintage Christmas haul from Affordable Antiques in Naperville.

They're, unfortunately, not destined to have a permanent home in our place.  Nope.  I bought them with someone very particular in mind as they kinda remind me of something from my childhood Christmases past.

I think they'll make a nice St. Nicholas' Day gift...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Menards Lionel Tank Train Car Goes Political


Menards comes out with a handful of Lionel O-Scale train cars each year.  They typically are Menards-related like flatcars with a Menards pick-up truck on it or a car with roof trusses on it or something.

But...this year...they came out with a new military-themed car.  It had a tank on it.  And...they even included a backstory.  I guess these aren't really meant for kids (the whole train thing is for middle-aged and older dudes like myself?) but the politicizing ('the vast military background' of the President) seems strange?  I don't mind it, and guessing.....the majority of Menards' shoppers don't mind it, but....seems odd, right?


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Babe Creates Some "Big Hero 6" Fan Art


We went to see the movie 'Big Hero 6' late last week and over the weekend, the Babe whipped up her fan art of the six heroes all from memory.

That's Wasabi, BayMax and Hiro on the top.

Go-Go, Fred, and Honey Lemon on the bottom row.

She's a genius!
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