Saturday, October 04, 2008

Celeste's Books and a Ode to the Dollar Store

So I'm addicted to the Dollar Store. It's right across the street and I feel comfortable to let Brooklyn roam around freely, knowing if she'll break anything its....... ONLY A DOLLAR!!!! Ha Ha the power!!! So embarrassedly I go there about 2-3 times a week.
If you want to know what's at the Dollar Store- just ask, and have the WHOLE inventory in my head. String? Nope. Shoelaces? Yes!
You can even start building your 72-hour kits and get a gallon of water for.... A DOLLAR!!!
Sooooo... I have another passion... decorating for the holidays. Especially if I can MAKE a crafty thing for the holidays. So combine these two passions and what to you get..... TOO MUCH MONEY SPENT AT THE DOLLAR STORE!!!
So Here on the few things I've boughten this year to decorate and make....

These garden-steak-post things were really ugly at the dollar store, so I repainted them. Spiderwebs of course, and a creepy gravestone, with mummy hands coming out.!! Booohhaaa!!

A Halloween tree- Only $6 to create this look. (plus an old pot)

Wreath- Walmart ($3), All others- Dollar Store........for a grad total of $6!!!

Haunting Witching Tree- ($4) 4 witches for a buck each!! Fantastic!!

I'm worried that it's only the 5th of the month and I have 24 days to go till Halloween. Sooo I'm glad I get paid on the 15th because there is still so much more the dollar store has to offer!!!

On to Some Reading

*** Loved it
** Liked it

** Time Paradox- Mix in some more fairies and skipping around in time and you have some more Artemis Fowl fun. Enjoyed this more than previous Artemis books.

**Year of Wonders- A womens courageous struggle while stuck in a village during the black plague. Good historical fiction.

** Mysterious Benedict Society- Children who are more brilliant that for their own good, are inducted to a society where they must solve adult problems. Very fun- and keeps you guessing.

*** Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey- Fun mystery adventure where the characters you've grown to love, are faced with more challenges and puzzles. I liked this better then the first one.

*** The Pillars of the Earth- Read the whole 1,000 page book in 5 days. Couldn't put it down. the characters were my friends and I couldn't' just leave them hanging- I had to see what happened! Its a depiction of the Dark Ages, while trying to build a cathedral sooo.. Warning- some scene are pretty "R" rated, so you might want to skip a few pages.

**Poison Study- Romance, adventure, action, this book has it all. Young girl is condemmed to die, and is offered to be the king's food taster for poison. Brad even suggested the book to me, and I was so surprised cause the protagonist is a girl! Shocking!! (I think he mostly like it cause the girl was hot on the front cover.)

** Magic Study- 2nd book in the series. Still as enjoyable with a little more fantasy elements.

** Fablehaven- Grip of the Shadow Plague- 3rd book in the series. These books just keep getting better! Excited for the 4th book!


Sarah said...

Have I told you that I love you and I am glad you are my sister "in-law?" Because I do and I am. Have a great day, you rock

Aqualung said...

Celeste you're caught up in a perfect storm. Imagination, a dollar store, and four major holidays in a row. Take lots of pictures and keep us updated, Brooklyn is so lucky to grow up in your fun home.

Kristin said...

So, Pillars of the Earth has been my favorite book for fifteen years. I used to talk it up all the time in college but no one had ever heard of it. Imagine my surprise when Oprah announces it for her book club! Finally the masses will want to read this book. Don't you think it would make a great movie? We should write letters to movie execs. :) Awesome craftiness by the way.

Mel said...

Super impressed with the decorations!! Gotta love the dollar store-I always love your book reviews!

Tiffany said...

Awesome decorations! We will have to take a walk over by your place to see them in person.

Lisa said...

Hmmmm. Now I know the secret to your always-in-season house! Did you get your Easter decorations at the dollar store too? I have to say, I never would have guessed that's where you get your decor. Way to go!

Spitzer Family said...

I always love reading your book reviews! Especially because I am always looking for a good book. I have thought of doing book reviews, but there is never time-you are so on top of things! I just finished Breaking Dawn today...sad it's over.

David said...

Brandon sold the movie rights of Fablehaven to Avi Arad, the producer for all the Marvel comic movies. It might still take a little while, but it should end up on the big screen.

b-ryce said...

you freaking rock Celester. I'm so impressed with your reading.

Mikail said...

As always, I'm at a loss as to what to read until I ask you. So that basically means that for the last five years, I've had nothing good to read! Where have you been? Don't worry though, I found you! This is Mikail. So glad to see you, looking beautiful as always.