Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Splurge Weekend - Purchases!!!

Well it was the first of a very few splurge weekends that the Stitch From Stash (SFS) group is having. So I, of course, had to take advantage of the $100 budget that my wonderful man chose for us.
So what did I buy??

I got, the pattern I've been raving about forever, Turretts and Town by Ink Circles. Along with a couple different black silks to try out and see which I like best to stitch it with. I have a couple of beige, tea dyed fabrics that we are going to likely pick from when we get the threads and patterns. Right now the man and I have selected a location for this pattern.
Why is this pattern so special to have a whole plan?? (something I never have)
Because it reminded us both immediately of a town in Germany we visited called Mastricht that was just over the border from the Netherlands (where we were visiting). And we feel it's a great little stitching piece I can do that symbolizes our first big trip to Europe together.

I got a new pattern that I just love the colors and design of that was a new release at the Nashville Needle Market. It's called "Shades of Gold" by Northern Expressions. I only got the pattern as that is what the budget allowed. But feel that one pattern to add to my stash is alright, considering a normal Nashville Market for me would be like 10 patterns. (I know I had no control before, and don't really now just have a group that is keeping me in check).

And last but not least I got a little Mill Hill new kit called "Caterpillar". I love these little kits as they are fun, colorful and don't require any other supplies. They are also easy and great for me to work on when I am not feeling well or my hands are bothering me. I've probably got somewhere around 20 different Mill Hill kits (smaller like this and the larger ones). They are a great stashing item and often I do them on holidays as well.


I got a new set of red stock scissors to replace a pair of stork scissors I lost last week. :( They were my travelling scissors which is why I can't be upset that they are lost as that is how it goes. I loose lots of stuff so I use $10 scissors for my travel kits (mostly Kumihim Bracelets) to ensure that it's no big deal to replace them. I did include them in my budget for the splurge weekend.

So all total I spent exactly $100.35 this weekend. Which means that I have a whole $0.35 to report, so far, in February as spending. I couldn't be more thrilled with my restraint this weekend. I struggled a lot with what to buy (I know I'm pathetic) but it never used to really be a huge thought. I just bought what I wanted and went with it. So now that I have to report my spending, am sharing what I buy with all of you; I feel more accountable. I think this process of SFS is going to really (I hope) change my spending habits, maybe in more than just stitching. We are not wealthy people
and with owning our own home now, as well as the repairs needed to it and other projects/plans I think being a bit more accountable is a very worthy thing. So only 1 1/2 months into this challenge I feel like I can make this work. At least for the rest of the year if not permanently. Or at least today it's a positive day. Maybe because I just bought stuff. LOL.

Thanks for dropping by and all your lovely comments on Counting Bats. More to come on that project and Dragons soon! 

21 comments:

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Good for you! I really like the colors in the Shades of Gold piece. It reminds me of late summer sunshine. I'm really enjoying the SFS. Thank you!

Linds said...

Maastricht was in the Netherlands, Aachen was in Germany :) But it looks like Germany to me too.

Emma/Itzy said...

I came so close to buying towers and turrets too! But I didn't spend a penny...I am regretting it now though! haha :D

RuthB said...

Outstanding shopping! A big pat on the back for your restraint.

Karen Kelch said...

Great job on your restraint; I just got Turrets and Towns in the mail; my sweetie bought it for me with the fabric as a Valentine's gift (along with some other stitching things!)
Would you like to do a SAL together?

Karen in Maryland
kmkelch@comcast.net

Rose B said...

Those are some very interesting patterns. The turrets and towns pattern reminds me of the castles in Ireland. And the little caterpillar is very sweet!!!!!!

Linda said...

Love your new purchases Mel.

Linda

Carla Eldridge said...

I love your purchases! the first two especially as I've seen them and had to turn away before the spending happened :D

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great shopping but I'm not sure you're allowed 35 cents !!!

Theresa said...

Well done with the restraint - I like what you bought.

Bekca said...

I think a little bit of splurging has done you a lot of good Mel, I hope you enjoy all of your new purchases :)

Lyn said...

I am proud of you for staying very close to your budgeted amount on your purchases. They all look great! The caterpillar is adorable! Happy Stitching!

SoCal Debbie said...

How nice that you found a project to remind you of a special trip that you took together! I didn't buy anything on this splurge weekend but I wish I had!

Leonore Winterer said...

Hehem you used the splurge really well, good thing it was so generous :) Looking forward to seeing you start working on these!

Stitchinowl said...

Enjoy your new splurge stash! I like that Turrets and Town is meaningful to you because it reminded you of a place you visited. I am sure you will enjoy stitching it and then hanging it in your home.
Carolyn

Susan said...

Great picks! That little caterpillar is too cute! I have a bunch of Mill Hill kits somewhere - do need to pull them out.

llknbillburg said...

Thank goodness someone else spent some money! All of the other stash reports I've seen have reported no money spent. I was starting to feel like I have no control over myself! I spent all of my splurge money and then some!!Fun,fun, fun!!! Laura

Sheila said...

Love your patterns.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

It's so hard to have any restraint when it comes to Market shopping. So many great pieces came out this year. Good job!

Rahenna said...

You did good! And thanks for the splurge, like I said in my email, I really needed one! :)

Unfortunately, it seems like the money I've been saving on stitchy stash has been repurposed for nail polish stash. One day I'm going to learn to quit one bad habit and NOT pick up a new one! :p

Cole said...

Shades of Gold is lovely... you have lots of fun stitching to look forward too!

Great work on the budget!