Thursday, May 28, 2015
Stitch from Stash May 2015
Oh yes, you read those numbers right. I hang my head in shame. I will now go stand in the outcast corner where hopefully they have chocolate so at least I can enjoy my time there.
So perhaps an in-depth explanation is called for. Here's an item by item breakdown of my spending.
A Cross-Stitch Christmas Handmade Memories- $3.89
Soda Stitch Alice in Wonderland (kitted up) - $6.03
Soda Stitch Owl Welcome (kitted up) - $7.79
Bothy Threads Exotic Birds - $6.84
Frosted Pumpkin Sale: Summer Sparkler and Pinata Party - $9.26
eBay was definitely my downfall this month. I have to grab those back issues of the UK cross stitch magazines when I can, because they are hard to find out here in Mississippi. Plus, these were from the early 2000s, and I find some of the CrossStitcher patterns I like best were from around that time, so I had to get them. I'm not as big of a fan of most of the patterns they put out lately, but the older ones, I love.
The Cross Stitch Christmas book was purchased exclusively for the Ursula Michael pattern I knew was in there, since I won the book for less than the cost of just the pattern download. I ended up being plesantly suprised when I got the book though, since there's a few other patterns in there that I think will end up as WIPs that I really liked.
As an English major, I love all things to do with children's lit, so the Alice in Wonderland pattern was a giveaway, and I've been wanting to try Soda Stitch patterns thanks to Katy's posts about them at her blog Just a Little Stitchin' this month. And if I was getting the Alice pattern, the owl pattern just kind of happened as well, because, well, as I've said before, I do love owls.
So, that was the spending. As far as earning goes, my only finishes for the month have been my square for the last round of my Frosted Pumpkin Round Robin group on Facebook (which I don't count for SFS since I didn't pay for any of the fabric/floss/patterns) and my small N I showed off yesterday. At 30 x 30 stitches exactly, it earns me an extra $2 to spend this month.
I've been working super hard on Tinkerbell, but she's not done yet, so I can't count her yet. Luckily she will count for SFS next month once I'm done, since I'm going to need all the help I can get. Since I went over budget this month, I won't earn anything next month except for what I stitch. Which in the end doesn't make a huge difference since things will reset in July with 2015-B starting. But my personal goal is to make up for all the extra spending, so even if it doesn't make a difference in the long run, I will feel better about it at least.
Here's the detailed breakdown of where I am. Luckily some of my finishes from earlier this year gave me a little bit more room so I'm not as deep in the hole as I could be.
Starting balance from April: $17.11
April budget: $25
Finish bonuses: $2
Total: $44.11 to spend in May
- Total stash purchases: $75.81
Ending balance: -$31.70
Here's to a better spending month next time...