Saturday, January 8, 2011

Guess Where I Went!

Yep!  The only Hobby Lobby in California opened up about 25 miles from my house!
Road Trip! 
(Well, that's not much of a road trip, but still!)
 This used to be a Mervyn's which was a department store in California similar to Kohl's.
Ummm.....not the prettiest architecture I've ever seen.  
Sort of mid-1970s mall style, wouldn't you say?
Uh oh - apparently every one else in California decided to come to the one and only Hobby Lobby too!
Ahh - not really - but it sure was crowded!
Hamina, hamina, hamina (try reading that out loud and you'll figure out what I mean) I loved these!  
Maybe because I have only seen the sun one or two days during my three week Winter Break.
 Ooooooo......this ended up in my shopping cart and I used my 40% off coupon. 
This is a garden finial and that faucet top just cracked me up!
I was tempted, but I resisted.
Anybody need a jar?
And that isn't even all of the glassware they had.  
Canning jars, apothecary jars, candle holders, and on and on!
They even have doll houses!  
I mentioned to Worker Bee that I want a doll house and he said, and I quote here, "Why the ______ do you want one of those?"
(I don't usually need to use a blank to quote my husband, so you can tell how excited he was by this idea.)
I'm not sure he's willing to help support a second household.  What do you think?
This also landed in my cart.  Couldn't use the coupon because it was already on sale.  This is for Baby Bee's birthday at the end of February.  I'm going to use it for the invitations.  Yeah, I'll let you try to figure out that one while I try to figure out how my plan is going to work. 
 Now these spoke to me, especially the black ones, but they also didn't end up in my cart.'s all of California at the check out line.  Or maybe it just felt like it.

So, dear friends, what's the BEST thing you've ever picked up from Hobby Lobby?

Oh, I forgot to show you the paper clay I bought so I can make a snowman head like Elizabeth at

Well, I've really got to get back into the school groove because I'll be seeing my darling third graders on Monday!  I've missed them.  Hope they've missed me too!
Oh! And I haven't written my thank you notes yet either!  Better get to it!

Thanks for buzzing in and thank you all my new followers!  
I'm making my homemade macaroni and cheese with asiago, gruyere, and cheddar cheese for dinner.  Should I set a place for you?

Also, I probably won't be able to visit and post as much this next week as school starts back up again!
I'll miss you guys, but I'll be back!


  1. I'm just dying here as I live in Southern Ca. Long Beach to be exact, I guess that would be a real road trip for me Boo Hoo. I'm sure glad you had fun and now I have bloggy drool all over my keyboard! Have a great weekend! Hugs Marilou

  2. you are sooo lucky! Florida's nearest HobLob is 3 hours north of me right by Disney. My hubby talks about taking a trip to Disney and I always ask if we can stop and let me shop on the way home ;)

  3. No HobLob's near me, think I might google it for giggles and see where the closest one is though. Have jun:@)

  4. I love Hobby Lobby! And, yes I'll be over for some of that homemade mac and cheese! :)

  5. I love our local Hobby Lobby...did you know they are a Christian owed business? They play Christian music on the overhead speakers and you won't find them open on the Lord's day here in Texas...they also pay 10% tithe to the church...Enjoy...your Hobby Lobby. Blessings to you on this cold rainy Texas Lord's day! :)

  6. I have only been to a Hobby Lobby once in Georgia and was totally in love but alas we were never to meet again...too bad, so sad....My sweet, retired hubby goes everywhere with me and it has really curtailed my shopping. I fight for a few things but no impulse purchases your cute post today.

  7. I have a Hobby Lobby just 2 miles from my house! Look forward to July when they clearance everything out so they can restock for the fall! You get incredible bargains, then. Enjoyed your road trip!

  8. Oh, I am glad you finally got to experience Hobby Lobby. Being from CA, I remember Mervyn's. One opened in our area the summer I graduated from high school and many of the girls I went to school with went to work there....when they closed some 20 years later, there was still a couple of those girls working there.

    Getting back into the swing of things....hope it all is smooth sailing :)


  9. I'm so glad you finally got a Hobby Lobby!! I could spend a day there. Have fun looking, dreaming, and shopping.

  10. Not to make you feel bad, but I now have two Hobby Lobbys in my area! I shop the sales mostly! Love the after holiday markdowns. I think my best buy from them was last summer when I got my favorite Flamingo for my deck!

  11. I love Hobby Lobby! There's one right here in my town - well, it's about 15 minutes to town, but you know what I mean! Anyway, I especially love strolling around, taking my time and realizing at some point that I am humming along with an old favorite hymn - I love that they play Christian music!

    I got a $60 gift card from hubby for Christmas, and I bought mostly cardstock (50% off) and some fabric, glue, etc. But reg. price everything I got would have been over $100, so I was very pleased with my bargain shopping! My favorite deal of the day? A core'dinations cardstok stack regularly $30 for $15 - love it!!!

    Thanks for sharing your road trip with us!

  12. I am so jealous about Hobby Lobby but
    that would mess with my pledge to be more frugal right? Well, there's coupons I guess. And yes, the plates are Nantucket basket. My MIL gave me 12 plates she picked up at the outlet. I would love to finish out the set with cups saucers and the like but whew they are pricey. Don't know that I will. I need to go to the outlet myself and look.

  13. Girl, I'm just going to admit that I have two Hobby Lobby's within 10 minutes of my house and I rarely go. Obviously I need to go more often!

  14. Girl, I'm just going to admit that I have two Hobby Lobby's within 10 minutes of my house and I rarely go. Obviously I need to go more often!

  15. Good for you! I love our Hobby Lobby. We have so few resources in town, but things are getting a bit better as we grow. John is great about going to HL with me and we just made a jaunt a couple of evenings ago. I needed another skein of yarn for my Sadie Blanket which I will post about soon. I also picked up an adorable mug (need to take a pic) to use at school. It has the cutest cupcake on it! Happy crafting and don't forget to post your snow people. I would like to make those too. Too bad we are not back door neighbors, then we could craft them together over a couple of cups of coffee.

    Hey! I recognize that architecture. What city is the new Hobby Lobby in? I am from N Cal and miss is all so much. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  16. I love Hobby Lobby. When I was recuperating from surgery a few years back, I would sometimes visit two times a week.

  17. You better watch out!!! Hobby Lobby is addicting!! Char

  18. Oh, we love Hobby Lobby too! Our closest is 90 miles away and I get there every month! LOL Coupons rule! I just love Hobby Lobby.:)

  19. Yea! You made the trip. We're planning on going on Saturday. How exciting! I love the glass jars and the heart frames. Have a great week with your 3rd graders!

  20. I went to Hobby Lobby too!! I was there Monday. Oh my gosh. It is amazing! I didn't spend much. Just bought some paper. I totally missed the dollhouse aisle. Where was it? I'm going back soon. I saw a few things I need to bring home!!

  21. That's about how close our Hobby Lobby is! So I've only gone once, because until I started blogging, I had never heard of HL. So much fun! I was just thinking yesterday, yes I really was, that I need to make a return trip!

  22. I was at our Hobby Lobby Friday night! I love that place, mine is almost 40 miles away.

  23. I am so envious! I have never been to Hobby Lobby, but I hear about them all the time in blogland and I want to go! Good luck with school on Monday. I am going back to teach monday too, but my student are not cute 3rd graders - they are obnoxious high school students.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me nice comments!

  24. We don't have Hobby Lobby here in the arctic. You must have a dollhouse. Believe me, you NEED a dollhouse. It's the only household I can control!

  25. I know my husband thinks the same thing about all of the toys and dolls that I have. I recently acquired two tin dollhouses from the 60's and I'm sure he was thrilled! ;) I also saw those dollhouses at my local Hobby Lobby and my creative juices started flowing too!

  26. Lucky you! For some reason, Hobby Lobby sounds like so much more than Michael's or Joann's.... not sure why, maybe because half of the blogging world seems to have one and I (we) don't here in Washington!!

    Looks like you had a great time, even with the crowds.


  27. i WANT a hobby lobby!!!!!!! you are lucky!

  28. My first trip to a Hobby Lobby was in Cookeville, Tennessee. We now have one in my town. How exciting. I see many road trips in your future.

  29. I am cracking up...Hobby Lobby's are just about in every city here in Tx.
    I think I need to open a travel agency with Hobby Lobby tours after reading all the comments here..lolWe are soooo used to them.It's hard to imagine crafting without one.
    I am thrilled you get one will have a blast!

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  30. I love me some Hobby Lobby but sadly the closest one is over 70 miles away:(

  31. Spill it girl! Just where in Cali is this Hobby Lobby? If it's 25 minutes from you it can't be more than about an hour and a half from me! And I'm hoping it's more on the hour side of your place. Am I the only one who didn't know and wasn't there? I need to come out from under my rock more often!

  32. How fun!!! Road trip for sure. I will have to go and check it out. I went to my first Hobby Lobby last Sept. when we were visiting my sister n law in IL. It's a great store.
    Maybe they will open one in Modesto where our old Mervyn's was. I only live blocks away from there..wouldn't that be "fun".
    Big hugs, Elizabeth

  33. I have one about 5 minutes from my house. I'm there so often I've become friends with one of the worker ladies.

  34. I'd love it if you saved me a place! Glad you got a HL-they are really great! We have the big 3 here, HL, Michaels and JoAnns. Don't know what I'd do with out them. Good luck going back to your kids.

  35. so that's hobby lobby. there are zero in my neck of the woods so i'm happy you shared pics. i can see the "hamina" factor!


  36. You're going to have alot of fun with that store! It looks like you may have even more good stuff than we have in our huge one here in Dallas. It's addictive, for sure!
    Thanks for your visit,

  37. I have to drive several miles to the nearest Hobby Lobby so I don't go very often but I love to make a trip and spend a couple of hours roaming the store...they have the best stuff!

  38. I really like Hobby Lobby. Sometimes I buy fabric there, but usually it's seasonal stuff. My favorite purchase is a "shabby chic" kind of box I bought for the kids' bathroom. It sits on their counter and holds lotion, brushes, etc. I also have a sewing caddy from there, it's actually a utensil holder but it works perfectly for me.

  39. Oh, Woo Hooness for you! A Hobby Lobby! That's wonderful! I have to drive a little over 30 miles to get to the one closet to me - I don't care and make that trip at least once a week! :)
    Love all your finds! Hope your school ti,e is going well.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  40. I wouldn't be able to pay my mortgage if I lived near a Hobby Lobby.

  41. It's nice to see what's keeping everyone busy out there. LOL. We're going to be busy ourselves shoveling mucho snow tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and for the fun tour. We don't have that store here so I always enjoy a little cyberbrowsing. Jane F.

  42. Just found your blog and was checking it out when I saw my DOLL HOUSE on your picture. Yes I bought my self a doll house and my husband also said what the ----- and why do you want a doll house. I am a child at heart and will share a picture when it is done. Nice to get to know you.

  43. I really like Hobby Lobby and missed shopping there when we lived in California.So glad to have one close again!

  44. ha! Welcome to the Hobby Lobby addiction! The one we have was also a Mervyns. Interesting .... Any hoo!
    I have posted your give away in my side bar. :)

  45. I live in CA, too - so I will have to figure out where this new store is! LOL! This was a really fun post! Hugs, Patti

  46. My favorite store! We have at least three here but the closest is about 24 miles. I live about 25 miles outside the city limits on a lake. So every day of shopping is a road trip! Blessings, Debbie

  47. HOBBY LOBBY!!!!! Oh my, the drug of choice for me. I bought a dollhouse kit from there about 5+ years ago and this was done while on a shopping trip to find a dress for oldest daughter's wedding. Now don't ask me how we ended up at HL, but we did and the box was so heavy my youngest daughter helped me hide it under my bed. My husband slept over that box for a year. He was bored the next winter and I told him I had a job for him...he didn't grumble (oh he would have had he been with me when I bought it) but he was more amazed that it was under the bed that long. He got it together in about a month's time. I love I just need to decorate it, I have the stuff, just never seem to have the time. There is a picture of it on my blog...come see it when you get a moment :) Love your blog.


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