Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fragmented Freewrites- September 11, 2009

Friday has come and gone, but I'm still posting my fragments!

I've been busy this week transforming Altoid tins into mini "survival" kits to tuck away in your purse or pocket. I still need to put the tins back together, but I think they're looking good so far. I'm also still in the process of gathering goodies to put inside of them. What do you always keep in your purse, or WISH you kept in your purse?

Mod Podged Altoid Tins in progress

Martijn ordered us a new TV (also my monitor) a few weeks ago with some of his overtime. We got it and plugged it in... and it was making this horrid noise that only me (and dogs, apparently) could hear and I swear it was making my brain bleed. Since he purchased it from one of the distributors at work we couldn't return it, so we decided to send a service request to Samsung and see if they could do anything for us. After waiting several days for a new part, they sent it back and I held my breath as we plugged it in and turned it on. So far, so good.

It doesn't have picture in picture like the old one, but since Martijn is taking the old one to use for himself, we're just going to split the cable and run it to both so I can watch something if I'm on my computer (what I used to use the PIP for). PLUS since it has a digital audio input, we can get rid of the switcher box we used to switch the audio between the PC and TV. It'll just do it automatically! It's awfully shiny too. We didn't really think the old one was pretty, but now that it's next to the new one it looks a little clunky.


My friend Andrea found me some corn tortillas at an expat store here and I'm SO EXCITED I CAN HARDLY STAND IT! I love corn tortillas so much and they're really just not available here in normal stores. I have found a place online to buy the corn tortilla flour and a tortilla press but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do that yet. After I eat these, I may be seriously considering the investment. It'd probably be a lot cheaper in the long run!

Last night we watched a Law and Order: SVU episode with Angela Lansbury in it and suddenly Martijn says to me "I miss watching Murder, She Wrote." Lucky for him they show it on the BBC!

I've been trying to do a little housekeeping on my blog. I am trying to sort out my tags and then go through and tag ALL of my posts since I've been a little lax at that in the past. I'm not all that enamored with Blogger's search feature, so hopefully it'll make things a little easier to find.

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Sonya said...

Where did u find a place to order the press? I love making homemade flour tortillas but havent made the corn because they said you really need a press for it.

Love you Altoid tins!!! they are so much fun to alter. In my purse I always need chapstick,gum,pen, and cell phone...besides the obvious of wallet and money..wich I never that is:o)

brainella said...

Hmmm. Things I never have in my purse that I wish I did -- safety pins, stamps, bandaids, hand wipes. There is probably a truck load of stuff but my purse would be huge otherwise. :)

I just got the Blogging with Moxie book from the library. I'm hoping to get some good ideas about pepping up my blog.

brainella said... tins. I love the designs!

Betty said...

I've beeb browsing and I liked what I saw.
You have a lovely blog! :)

Vonlipi said...

For the survival kits: a nail file,pain reliever,cough drops and lip balm!

I really like what you made with the tins! Cool!

Grey said...

You would love making corn tortillas. You don't need a press, though it makes it faster and more fun in the same way one of those presses that makes different shapes improves your overall playdoh experience. Try it! Now! I will mail you masa if you want. It will end up being a $65 bag of masa with the shipping, but I am willing!

And at least two of those survival kits are screaming for rickrack. They're lovely boxes, and that's some great fabric!

Unknown Mami said...

I love the tins! They look great. I always wish I had dental floss in my purse and maybe a safety pin and band aid.

Amy said...

A necessity is either bobby pins, or elastics. I don't know how many times I wish I had something to pull my hair back with. And either gum or mints. Bad breath is the worst! Your tins are adorable!

Good luck with the corn tortillas. They really are the best.

thamarai said...

woow, you have some pretty intricate oainting on your tins..great job!

Smellyann said...

I love the tins! I always need Chapstick, tissues, and a ponytail holder. :)

Fatbrideslim said...

They are so cute :-)

Things I wish I kept in my bag:

A mirror
Nail clippers
Lip balm

Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

They are so cute and creative!

I'd keep tweezers, a nail file, burt's bees chapstick, a bandaid, pain reliever, and a pocket neosporin in my survival kit.

Happy belated FF!

4 Lettre Words said...

You are just so creative! I'm gonna follow you so I can visit more often. :o)

Kirby3131 said...

I have one altoids tin that I was thinking I needed to do something with -- funny you should mention it. Now I need to go find it LOL I need dental floss in my purse, as well as tweezers, eye drops and kleenex.

I've tried to keep my tags to a minimum, but I think a third of my blog is labeled Misc. :) not terribly helpful, huh?

Kristin - The Goat

Mrs4444 said...

Yeah, here it is Sunday, and I'm finally getting to your Fragments!

I think homemade corn tortillas would taste wonderful. You should go for it!

The tins are adorable!

I could not live without lip balm in my purse. My absolute favorite is some that I used to buy from an actual beekeeper, but he moved away and stopped selling it :(

Sharinskishe said...

I love the tins! These should be really popular. I think that everyone has covered the essentials: lip balm, hair elastic, bobby pins, tweezers, bandaid, would also need super glue and chocolate- maybe mini m&m's!

Have a great one..............

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

I LOVE the survival kit...what a great idea!! I would include things like chapstick, bobby pins, tweezers, super glue, tylenol, ponytail holder, and band-aids.

And I like your new tv...very nice! Happy (very LATE) FF! :)

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