Ahhh...shopping...the craft stores...the mall...major hauls on YouTube...the shopping network...Amazon...it's all got to stop. Why? Because Christmas is around the corner. I don't really need anything. I've seen too many episodes of Tiny House Nation. And unless it's a Christmas present it's time to go on a good old-fashioned no-spend. And it doesn't have to be painful either. Just think M-O-N-E-Y.
MAKE IT MYSELF.Recently I really wanted some cute new little zipper bags. Then I realized, it was a great opportunity to make it myself! I have a fabric stash, I had some zippers, and I'm rubbish at sewing them. So I found a great tutorial on YouTube, and I was in business. These could even be cute gifts. AND...YouTube is good for a lot more than pining away after other people's hauls!
OWE OR UPCYCLE?
If you've been on my blog, you know I make fabric Midori traveler's style notebooks all the time. And I use what I make. But recently I really was pining away after a gorgeous leather Midori I saw in an Etsy shop. I came very close to putting that $70 or $80 on my credit card. But then I looked around my stash for some leather. It came in the form of an old, falling-apart Coach bag from the 1980's. Enough leather in this bag for two Midori's! (one can be sold or be a gift) See? It came down to, do I want to owe or do I want to upcycle!
Click here to see how I upcycled an old bag into a fabulous Midori Traveler's Notebook
"Values are more important than valuables."
|The most expensive notebook I have ever bought.|
|These little accordian notebooks are fun to make from 12X12 patterned paper.|
EAT SOMETHING GOOD TODAY?
|Zuchinni noodles saute|
|Crockpot Swiss Steak Stew|
Click here for my Crockpot Swiss Steak Stew
YES CAN MEAN NO?
|A local vintage shop I LOVE|
Also...go shopping places to just get out and enjoy the atmosphere!
|A local shop that has a lot of aquariums.|
|Outdoor festivals don't need to cost a lot!|
"Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abudance."
Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch