Random Bits from AliExpress

AliExpress is one of those websites where you can buy pretty much anything, for really cheap prices, but you have to wait ages for shipping.  I do quite a bit of my shopping on there.

I have a craft challenge post that’s been in the works for a while.  And I’ve got a Wish vs AliExpress art challenge blog series that I started writing years ago and haven’t finished yet.

But I don’t think I’ve done a haul post yet.

These are not so easy to do with sites like Wish and Ali.  You see a lot of YouTubers do them, and they start off with a big pile of unopened packages.  I do NOT have the patience for that.  I tend to tear open packages as soon as they arrive.  But I figured I could set up a draft blog and add to it occasionally as things arrive – eventually resulting in a blog post.

First up is some markers.  One of my favourite Ohuhu markers is dying and I’ve been trying to find a colour match for it, because Ohuhu are silly and don’t sell individual markers.  I ordered two markers each from two different ranges – even though the Touch markers are all essentially the same.

 

 

 

The first set arrived, and I have no idea which set they are.  They are labelled neither TOUCHFive or TouchThree.  In fact, they’re each labelled differently.

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But they’re cheap, and they’re pretty and purple, and I suspect that one of them is the closest I’m gonna get to colour matching my Ohuhu.  So whatever.

I also got this very small but very cute Pikachu diamond painting kit that I might get around to soon.  Alternatively it might go on one of my many project piles and get forgotten about.  This cost me £1.95.  With most diamond painting listing on Ali you have a choice of sizes.  The smaller the canvas you get, the lower the resolution but the cheaper the cost.

 

 

I got some binder ring things, because they’re really useful.

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And tiny ducks.  Because tiny ducks.  I may or may not have a plan for some of these.

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A letter die cutter, hopefully that’ll be a little less fiddly than the last one I bought.

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Some very yummy looking stickers.

A die cutter for lots of little circles.

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Some little clear boxes that I’m going to use to display my favourite dice sets, like so.

A whole bunch of cute puffy stickers.  Can you tell I love stickers?

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Letter dies in two different styles.  It really drives me nuts that the set on the right isn’t in order, but I’m going to be pulling them apart soon anyway.

Some black sticky notes, for doodling purposes.

Some plain round stickers, also for doodling purposes.  These were a little smaller than I’d imagined, but they still work.

Another cutting die.  I have an obsession.

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Speaking of obsessions, this one combines two.  Unicorns and stickers.

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Resin molds are really hard to photograph.  This one is a pyramid shape.

And this one is a bookmark.

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I got some tiny lights to hopefully embed in a resin piece, inspired by something seen online somewhere.

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I got a couple of spare styluses, because I’m always losing the one I use for digital art.

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A whole bunch of bath scrubbies.

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A bag of hair ties.  I bought a pack like this earlier this year and they’re really good, so I bought more because hair ties is something I will always need more of.

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Some curtain lead weights that I plan on sewing into the hem of my skirts to stop my unflattering Marilyn Monroe impressions.  This is just a short length for testing purposes.

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And some Lego bits.  Because Lego.

I’ll stop now.  I could go on forever.  I have a constant stream of packages coming from AliExpress.  There are currently about four more on their way I think.  But if I don’t stop now this post will end up being waaayyyy too long.  It’s probably already too long to be honest.  Well done you if you’re still reading.

 

Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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