...but this seriously does not mean a month without crafty happy mail! :-)
In order to get ready for holiday gift shopping, and have time to focus on making handmade gifts for the holidays, I have entered No Shopping October. I don't call it a No Spending month because I have monthly subscriptions that will keep coming, and that is money spent!
I should probably post this on the Pink Chair Studio blog, instead of here, because all my monthly subscriptions are for papercrafts!
My husband, Michael, is quite difficult to buy for.
is a master bargain shopper, and it doesn't hurt that he works across
the street from a massive shopping center! He is always coming home with
things from his convenient shopping trips to Home Depot, Office Depot,
Target, Marshall's, Ross, and Kohl's. It is difficult to compete with
that since I would have to do a lot of running around on our side of
town to hit all those stores as often as he does but it is one-stop
shopping for him. LOL
He has specialized needs for his
hobby (cycling) that are better left to his choosing. Trust me...I have
tried! ;) His birthday is June 9 and last year I got him a pair of Nike
sunglasses he loves (and wears daily) and JBL speakers for the desktop
(that he also loves). This year I was completely at a loss! :/ So many
options but what would he REALLY want?!!
crazily offered him something he has been asking for for many years now.
;) A month of NO shopping...on my part at least. I pay for most of my
own goodies and am a relatively good bargain shopper myself, but craft
goodies are my weakness and they don't always come cheap. ;-) I suppose
we both thought I had a shopping addiction.
get several monthly stamp and craft subscriptions, even Stamp of the
Week from Unity Stamp Company, so I knew I would not be deprived of at
least some new craft goodies for the entire month. :) Still...the first
week was hard. I forgot about yearly warehouse sales and 'cleaning out
stock before inventory' sales. :( I have missed out on some good
stuff...and much of it won't be available ever again. Ah well...not like
I don't have a craft ROOM filled to the brim with enough supplies to
last a lifetime...almost.
A view of my craftroom studio from the doorway. The other walls have tall shelves packed with goodies! lol
I am now on my 14th day of no shopping. A week was a huge milestone.
Heck, three days was a HUGE milestone. If I get desperate I have a gift
card for Joann's and $12 in credit to spend on Amazon.
I can also say I will not be able to do this for more than one month. lol
These two weeks have taught me a lot already though. Things I've learned:
1. Stock up on printer ink before a month of 'no shopping'.
2. I have more willpower than I ever suspected.
3. I am not addicted to shopping but I am addicted to happy mail!
4. I LOVE cardmaking...and miss doing it more often.
I can be more creative with my current supplies if I'm not always
thinking what to create with the new goodies that are on the way!
6. No shopping means I have more time for blogging! ;-)
were some surprise craft goodies from Michael on the 11th as a gift for
our 23rd 'being together' anniversary. Do you and your special someone
celebrate multiple anniversaries?? Our wedding anniversary is in
February. I might have done that on purpose to get extra gifts in
addition to Valentine's Day (just kidding...our wedding was spur of the
moment...less than a week of planning total).
The anniversary presents from Michael.
$1.49 THICKERS!!! ;-)
Here are the other goodies I have gotten so far - without having to shop - during my experiment at No Shopping June! ;)
are my monthly subscription kits (Card, Project Life, and Scrapbook)
plus other miscellaneous items purchased during the last week of May at
Studio Calico! So much AWESOME!!!!
Unity Stamp of the Week and JUNE SMAK kit.
Two more weeks to go! ;-)
Thank goodness for lots of support on Instagram!!!! Thank you my crafty friends!