Aries: bath bombs Taurus: buying an expensive telescope because if that doesn’t get you laid, what will Gemini: fluffing up your vinyl collection Cancer:the target holiday section Leo: dozens of those fucking gourmet cupcakes Virgo: student loans Libra:overpriced martinis with fancy names Scorpio: the “Secret Sister” facebook gift scam Sagittarius: up your nose Capricorn:In-App purchases Aquarius: Star Wars collectibles on eBay Pisces: what paycheck
As you can see, my room looks VERY different than the one on the box. The room the kit is meant to make is sweet and hyper-feminine. I am not. I prefer bold colors.
It’s easy to see here that I changed the wallpaper and fabrics used, while keeping the floor, rug, and colors of the wooden furniture other than the pegs on the hanger-shelf. Those are meant to be made with a toothpick but I had trouble getting them cut evenly, so I used the paper stick from a cotton swab instead. I also turned the lampshade inside out and colored the lace that goes on it yellow. There was a bit of left over lace, so I put it on the candle holder on the table, too.
I made many substitutions and omitted a lot of decorative things. Both because they didn’t fit my personal sense of style, and because I have manual dexterity problems. I left out some of the more difficult pieces to keep the kit fun instead of frustrating. Cutting out the parts for the roses would have hurt too much, for example.
I’ve swapped out the pictures inside the frames with images from the 2016 Target Holiday Toy Guide. The fabric on the tops of the jars was changed from baby pink floral to brown with colorful butterflies. There was enough tubing and polyclay cane from the box of cookies that I was able to make a third jar and fill it with the remaining cookies.
Instead of making the vine, I used the leftover parts from the potted plant on the shelf to make a second, leafy plant to put on top of the curio. They’re hard to see against the background.
And I didn’t bother with the acrylic cover because I spent a lot of time and worked hard to make these little things and I want to be able to pick them up from time to time.
Despite leaving out a lot of the decorative pieces, the room feels very full and cozy, perfect for the Li’l Woodzees blind pack figure (Cheery Chipmunk!) I picked up at Target yesterday.
One last change:
By default, the battery compartment (it takes 2 AAA’s) is meant to lay on the table behind the box. That makes moving the whole thing a bit of a pain, so I built a very simple, paperboard container to hold it and taped it to the back with the Sookwang double sided tape.
This kit was a lot of fun to put together. I got to try some new things, and am happy that my design choices worked out and that the room doesn’t look under-decorated since I had to leave so much out.
So it’s that time of year to start buying presents, but this applies to people who are also just collecting toys of any kind. And as a Monster High collector I know how this goes.
So Target has a WISHLIST app if you use this you get 10% off the items on the list. You just need to start an account and add things to the list, as long as it’s on the list it will give you the 10%.
There are going to be lots of COUPONS until the holidays today the 25% for toys ENDS and there will be a new coupon starting tomorrow. Check the website, the toy magazine at the front of the store, and in the toy isles there will be signs saying “TEXT ______ to TARGET” the current 25% off is TOYS1. Again this coupon expires today NOVEMBER 7TH
REDcards get you an extra 5% off your total purchase. This is totally up to you and I get why people are hesitant but listen to your cashier as they talk about it and they can give you more info. PLUS the cashier will get a small bonus for each one they get people to sign up for. A free coffee is always a nice treat for the shit they have to put up with.
Have PHARMACY REWARDS. Every 5 prescriptions gives you a 5% off coupon that you can use for one day as many times as you want to. This comes with the REDcard, but I believe you can also set it up with the pharmacy, but I am not 100% sure on that.
CARTWHEEL is a phone app that has % off items. Everyday until Christmas there will be on toy that goes on sale for 50%. It’s 100% free and saves you a shit ton of money. SERIOUSLY for everyday if you shop at target GET IT. You just need a smartphone.
It updates throughout the week, there are a set amount set for Sunday to Saturday and then some that are good for Wednesday to the following Thursday or so. As well as others that last for a few weeks. (Like for instance this week was 25% off women’s clothing, 10% off socks and tights, and last week there was a one day 40% off boots.)
Bonus: you work for target and get your discount on top of it all. (Hellyeah)
The best part? You can use these all together. Yesterday I helped someone who was buying a toy for her daughter, it was $99.99 (crazy right?)
It was on Cartwheel for 10% off, she used the 25% off coupon and the 10% from wishlist she got it for $58. But if she had the REDcard and pharmacy rewards she would have saved more money.
So yes go forth and buy toys!
If you have any questions feel free to message me~
Target x Neiman Marcus “Holiday 24” Campaign 2012 Photo: Craig McDean Leading stylist: Alex White Hair stylist: Orlando Pita Model: Karlie Kloss Latex: House of Harlot
The Target x Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection included 24 CFDA members: Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marc Jacobs, rag & bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese