Spent: $59 ( I CAN EXPLAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
January Financial Summation: -$47
Overall January Summation: Sigh.
So, gentle readers, here were my shopping downfalls-- explanations will follow......
So, usually I'm at the show and getting in PLENTY of trouble while I'm there, but this year I got in trouble in the shop at the sale. All the above canvases were freshly dumped in the 80%-off bin! Can you believe it? I couldn't help myself! Oh, come on! You know you couldn't resist either. Heck, that Ewe and Eye reindeer I actually already have as an XS pattern and still I couldn't leave it be!.... the stitch and thread options will be way cooler for it as a needlepoint anyway.
All that means that by the middle of January I had ONLY spent $34 on three needlepoint canvases (yes, $34 for all three canvases!!!!!), and I was already over budget. Those of you with keen eyes will note that the Thanksgiving canvas has an array of threads on it. Wellllllll, there I was $34 already spent, and then I remembered that my friend, Jean, was working at the shop last weekend and she'd done this amazing Fall rooster, so I grabbed my new Thanksgiving piece and trotted it off to have her help pick threads because the ones on the stitch guide that came with the piece were just not going to cut it. Cha-ching.... another $25 in threads for a canvas that I won't even start anytime soon (at least I think I won't, but I taped it so maybe.....).
I will fess up now that it would be even worse for me if it weren't for the fact that I pay wholesale for those threads. Can you imagine how shamed-faced I would have to be at full retail?????
Now for the Smalls SAL Report -- Also known as: Smalls to the Rescue!
After the ramifications of my two week's of shopping adventures really dawned on me, I began a frantic (and doomed) rescue campaign of trying to get some stitching done to help counteract my spending. In the last 10-12 days I have started and finished these darlings which will all become ornies for Christmas this year.:
The pair of bells is for me and my sister in honor of our mom who was in the church bell choir for years (so was I --- I miss those bells!). The pattern is from one of those 365 patterns books... I'll look it up for you later. They are done in Belle Soie save for the light red which is a Sampler Thread. For the record this is Bell #2--
I think we probably all recognize the glorious fun that is a JBW tree. In Belle Soies and it's all mine! At least for right now I think I get to keep it.
That is what I have been up to. I am now going in search of either Shopping Blinders or a spine to help me be more balanced in February.
Oh, on the reading front, I have to say that I am really liking King. I'm shocked I tell you. Shocked. I was a fan of his stance in support of genre fiction (in the face of "literary" fiction snobs), but I was always certain he was not for me -- I have a very willing suspension of disbelief which makes me exceedingly prone to getting freaked by books/TV. Mind you, it's early pages yet since I've been stitching nonstop, but I am happily impressed.
Sally forth and have a great day!