Saturday, July 21, 2012
It's been a year.
Actually it's been 12 days over a year.
Since I decided that for one year I would not buy myself any clothes.
I decided that I would make do or do without.
And I'd say that overall it was a success.
But here are my confessions; my failures if you will.
And as anyone can guess, I have my excuses.
First Failure Item: White Shoes
I found these at a garage sale for $1 about two weeks after I started this challenge. Two weeks in and I failed, but seriously, how often do you find brand new shoes in women's size 10 for $1! Some deals are way too good to pass up.
Second Failure Item: Purple Maternity Shirt
Goodwill purchase at the end of February not long after finding out that baby number 5 was on it's way. It was on sale for $2.50.
Third Failure Item: Grey Athleta Skirt
Garage Sale purchase in June. $1. I've gotten the Athleta catalog in the mail before, this is a $30 skirt and I've worn it at least twice a week since I purchased it. I think comfy skirts are a must when you're pregnant and I was lacking in the comfy skirt department.
The total for my failures is $4.50. Not bad for a year.
So how did I make it? Well, luckily I have two sisters that give me hand-me-downs and buy me clothes for Christmas and my birthday. I also asked Erik for a sweatshirt for Christmas and I did end up making myself a few things from fabric in my craft closet.
And it helped that I got pregnant in January and I've been able to dig out my tub of maternity clothes; it's like a whole new wardrobe!
So am I desperate to go on a shopping spree?
Still don't have the money to do that, and I've learned that I can be creative if there's something lacking in my wardrobe. Though the last dress I tried to make didn't end up turning out like I planned so I may be searching for a comfy maxi dress....they've got some great maternity ones at Old Navy. :)
at 10:15 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A month ago or so my mother in law sent us a little money to find a dresser for the girls' room. So I've been scouring craigslist and garage sales and Cart'm. Cart'm came through again.
Found this beauty last Friday and put a hold on it, then changed my mind and called and had them take the hold off but I kept thinking about it this weekend and so I dragged the kids there when they opened Monday morning, praying that it would still be there.
Next stop, the fabulous Salt and Paper in Manzanita for a roll of fun wrapping paper (inspiration from this blog and this one), then a dig through the leftover paint in the shed. I used the same paint that's on the wall in the girls' room; "Australian Morning", or as Hannah was describing it to our neighbor Karen, "It's like the color of your foundation only not dirty." (it's a gray/green).
A little Modge Podge to put the wrapping paper on the drawers and voila!
An adorable dresser for the girls for just under $25.
at 10:34 AM