failures (and exceptions)

Almost immediately after telling the universe that I wouldn’t be buying anything  this month, things broke.  And other things presented themselves.  And then  we….well, we bought a car.  I also confess to buying a pastry blender while antiquing in Indiana.  And fabric. But!  I did notice something.  When I was able to leave the house alone yesterday, I went straight for shopping.  Apparently I don’t know what else to do with time away from the house.  So a new goal (in addition to understanding the stock market, learning Russian, and conquering gardening…) is to find things to do that don’t involve money.  Enter: our new car.  We now have two cars, which means I can leave the house!  This is huge.  I have been planning so many visits to friends and strawberry patches and swingsets.  Huge.

   Other than car buying, I have been sewing.  Lotsa sewing at night this week, just like I said I would (whoa how I love to say things and then actually do them).  Night 1, I made the baby some shorts (jams?).  Night 2, a floor pillow.  Night 3, I cut out a gatrillion pattern pieces which I used last night to start a top for baby.  This top, depending on the outcome, could be his birthday shirt.

   If your brain has a hole where your organization skills should be (like me) you should try this: get a 3-ring binder.  I swear this is the answer to everything.  Get one for every room in your house.  Kitchen?  Binder for recipes.  Office?  Binder for bills.  Studio?  Binder for sewing patterns.  I bet even the bathroom could have one for…something.  Er.  I’ll have to think about that one.

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Making do

I would like to say that I am not tempted to buy new things (yellow cardigan I am talking to you), especially things I don’t need, but that is just not the case.  I’m able to curb any completely insane wants, like 350.00 boots, but really all it takes is a trip to Target and HELLO SUPER SEXY SHINY THINGS I MUST HAVE NOW I SAID NOW!

“What’s the big deal? Buy the crap out of some new earrings from Etsy and call it a day,” my 20-yr-old self says.  Well, for one, I am trying to spend less since I’m not working (for money…I work for sloppy baby kisses I guess?) and for two, I’d like to grow up into a real-live responsible human one day.  You know, the kind my grandmother turned into?  The generation who lived and breathed prudence and could make a week’s worth of meals from like, a can of beans and a Saltine or two.

So for June, I will not be buying anything new. This is so fifth grade for some hardcore dumpster-diver types, but I have to start somewhere, right?  I’m not trying to win any awards here, just trying to take a look at my habits and adjust them accordingly.  I won’t even cheat and go to my favorite thrift store.  The saying “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” is such a good reminder from the Olden Days.   Thank you Olden Days for your clever sayings and tin lunch buckets!

So then.  Let me know if you are taking the challenge as well.  Maybe we can swap bean recipes?