The month started off rough. The first couple days were hard. I wanted to start new projects but didn't have what I needed. So I had to remind myself that it would have to wait. Now thinking back on it, I can't remember what it was I wanted, which goes to show me that I probably didn't need it anyway.
I worked on my walker bags that I sell at a local pharmacy. I used what I had to finish up 10 bags. I took them up last Thursday and sold them. They handed me $125 in cash. Now the rules were that I couldn't spend any money in our household budget for any crafty stuff. BUT if I sold crafty stuff then I could use that money to buy more.
Immediately I knew I had a workshop coming up which would take at least $30 out of my paycheck. That left me with $95. I spent $20 on a new sturdy desk for my craft room. While this is technically not a crafty item, it was purchased for my craft room so I will count it. Now I am left with $75. Then I spent an additional $21.75 on scrapbook paper. Now I am left with $53.25. Then I went to a consignment sale and found a bold of awesome fabric to make walker bags with for $7.90. I bought that. It was 5 yards of upholstery fabric. I couldn't pass that up. Now I am left with $45.35. I put that in my pocket for later. I made a donation to the local library of $5 but I am not counting that. Included in the donation was a bag of books that I could choose from an array of books. I chose some great novels for myself and my family but also included some crafty books and magazines that were there too. I am not counting this because I didn't buy the books. It was a donation and the books were a "gift" because of the donation.
I still need some thread and some lining. I will wait on that for a bit because I don't need it right now.
What I have learned.....
- I am an impulse shopper. (when I see a great sale or a great deal I buy it)
- I am an impulse creator. I have a terrible habit of seeing a new project on line and want to try it out. I start the project to see what the pattern looks like, feels like, etc. Then I put it down partly done and go on to the next one.
- I thrive on creativity and I really do need a budget. I lucked out this month because I could sell some of my items to get a budget for the month. But the reality of it is that I don't sell my walker bags each month. I sell them once every couple months. So I can't rely on an $125 monthly budget. I need to figure something else out.
Plans for the rest of the month:
- I want to create some things for Easter.
- I want to finish up the knitted blanket that I started.
- I want to reorganize my yarn stash. Currently it is in piles and in plastic bins all over my room.
I will post again in a week or so and let you know how I continue to fair.