Better late then never right?! Well anyways here is a recap of my No Craft Supply Spend July just a little bit late...
So No Craft Supply Spend July didn't go perfectly, but to be fair I only cracked twice.
Here is what happened the first time:
I bought washi tape on the 5th. I had done so well prior to that, going to Michael's and not spending any money. I cracked at Marshall's right at the register when I spotted washi tape out the corner of my eye. I couldn't pass up the bargain it was to buy it. I mean a whole tube of washi tape for $3.99, I would have been crazy not to buy it.
The second time:
I cracked at a bead store in Rockport, MA. I had never been to this bead store, and couldn't pass up the beads they had. I didn't spend a lot of money which is good, but I still did spend money.
So all in all I didn't do horribly. It could have been a lot worse, and it was way less than I would normally spend on craft supplies in one month. I also realized that if I decide to do it again next year, to not do it in July, because all of the chain craft stores have wicked good sales. So now that it is August, I have ordered some stuff craft supply wise. I mean I do have a show to get ready for in just over a month!
Happy July everyone! I can't believe 2014 is halfway over!
I decided from now on in 2014, I will set at least one monthly goal. July's goal is a No Spend challenge, specifically on craft supplies!
It's no secret I love shopping. I have not only shown pictures of everything I have bought, but also how often I go shopping (for the most part). So I have decided that for the month of July I will not spend any money on craft supplies. I am doing this to force myself to use what I have first, because I have more than enough projects to get me through a month at least! If I feel so good about it I may extend it to August too. I've seen this on other blogs where people don't spend any money at all on like anything, like going out to dinner, drinks etc. I catered it to myself, knowing how much I spend on supplies a month, how much I can save if I don't spend it. I can then put that money towards a down payment on a house or a vacation.
The only exception to this is if I got an order for something that I can't fill with my current stock. Orders do have to take priority. But I will not use it as an excuse to buy extra or sneak in a trip to Michaels/Joanns/any other fabric store near me/any internet website, aka any type of craft supply place in the world.
I have big dreams, goals for my life. They involve both my jewelry, but also my nursing career as well.
One of those goals include buying a house. A goal that will both require work from both my nursing job and my business. I have been working hard to save up money so that I can afford to buy a house. I want a house, besides the equity portion (yay adult life), but also so I can have 24 hour/ 7 days a week access to my jewelry studio. My studio is currently split between my apartment (where I do beading, wire wrapping, knotting etc) and my parent's house (where I do my soldering, hammering, rolling, and drilling). Not that I don't mind coming home to make jewelry, I just wish I had more time to get stuff done.
Pinterest (yes I am obsessed, 13,000 pins and counting), has been helping me to plan out what I want my studio to look like, as well as ideas for the rest of my future house. Follow me on Pinterest (link is in the upper right corner of the page), to see what has been inspiring me lately.
While this goal is a big one, breaking it down into smaller steps while keeping the big picture in mind helps me stay focused on the WHY, by working on the HOW. I am a big fan of to do lists.
So while it may not happen right away, I know that a house is in my future, and I am going to work really hard so that I can obtain this goal. I also want to go to Greece soon, but that's a whole other goal in itself!
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