As I was de-cluttering my only drawer in my kitchen last week, I came upon a set of plastic sticks from a gift I received more than a year ago. My two sisters had bought me an edible bouquet. If you don’t know what this is, this will show you. Nice thought, but not really appreciated when I know what these things cost.
Anyway, I just couldn’t bring myself to toss these out, until last week. They went in the bag of things I would be getting rid of. Then I read this post by Green Dragonfly and had to dig them back out to use!
Here’s the stash I had been storing, for no other reason than they couldn’t be recycled.
I had this all worked out in my head, I’d pull out some scraps of fabric (boy is that bag diminishing!), and sew the pieces together to make a really special tent for my grand daughters smaller dolls.
Right! Have you ever crafted with a 4 year old? They listen to you explain what the project should entail and then take over and do it their way 🙂
Here’s what she came up with. The white fabric is the front door opened up.
We pulled out the masking tape to join the plastic sticks for the frame, as you can see it doesn’t sit flat, but she’s over-joyed with her accomplishment so I didn’t point it out to her.
Of course the thread was too slow and the masking tape was used instead to attach the fabric walls. She even used her scissors to cut a scrap for a pillow.
I want to give a huge thank you to Janette at The Green Dragonfly if you craft with, or for, children you will love this site. Janette also has free crocheting and sewing patterns available.
That was the fun part, now for the frustration part of life.
January Money Diet Update
If you have been reading my blog for any time now you will know I rarely shop. The only time I really “blow” my money is when it comes to groceries. I tend to pick up that candy bar at the checkout, or buy treats for the grand kids to have when they visit. In November, I fell victim to the bakery section of the store when they had freshly made pumpkin rolls available, it was the only time I’ve missed having an oven.
So knowing I over spend at the grocery store I thought I would take on the January Money Diet. While I normally don’t think about spending money on a regular basis, I know it’s there if I need it. Instead, this month I am thinking about not being “allowed” to spend money as I run into things I feel I need to buy. Here are a few of the things I’ve run into.
- I need a gift for my daughter-in-laws birthday which we will be celebrating on February 4th. What I want to get her I will need to order as I found it on Etsy.
I have a jewelry box I am working on for my grand daughter, which I would like to take to her on February 4th. It needs knobs for the drawers and while I considered making something, I want it to hold up for a long time. I left this rather plain to allow it to grow with her into adulthood, and had wanted to use something (don’t want to give it away yet) that would last as well. Again I found what I wanted on Etsy, but that would involve shipping time, I don’t have.
- We were having some cold days and my one craving became yet again hot chocolate. I finally broke down and bought a container, two days later it warmed up to spring like temperatures. Sure I had things to drink here, tea and water being what I normally drink, but I just wanted the comfort that tea can’t give in the form of hot chocolate. Total cost $4.
- I’m dealing with the loveseat. I just don’t let myself look at the bottom where books keep it level after the leg broke. The need to have it repaired has been replaced with other frustrations.
- I have a vanity I am supposed to be working on as well. I can’t as I was asked to use white paint and I’m out of white. This isn’t a big deal as I a have other things I can be working on, but having a money diet has forced me to choose which project gets my attention this month based on which one I have the supplies for rather than which one I want to move out of here the quickest.
When I took on the January Money Diet it was with the stipulation of only buying necessities. I can so easily convince myself that each of the above items is necessary. I am still struggling with this issue and may have convinced myself that the birthday gift and the knobs on the jewelry box are necessities.
If I wait until February to purchase these, I will, first, probably find something else at the last minute that costs more than what I was going to buy for the gift. Secondly, if I wait to buy the knobs for the jewelry box that means I will need to hold on to it, and find a place to store it until March. Living in a small apartment means I really don’t want to be storing things here for any longer than I need to, no matter how small they may be.
- If you are trying to get a handle on spending I encourage you to check out the January Money Diet, if for no other reason the wonderful ideas you can get daily. Here is my favorite inspiration so far, for someone like me who enjoys up-cycling things.
- After all my complaining about the money diet, I would be leaving you with a possible bad taste in your mouth when considering whether or not to attempt this in your life, whether it’s January or another month. I’d love for you to visit Frugal Trenches, who has been having a wonderful month of no-spending with her children. It is a joy for me to read her daily posts on how this is positively affecting their lives.