23 February 2009

spending hiatus - week #1

So, this was the first week of my spending hiatus and I must say, I was a little off my game. It was a busy week, so that meant less time for shopping (which is good), but also less time for cooking thus more eating out (which is bad). I have to say that reading all of my favorite blogs, following lovely link trails and trolling through etsy are not helpful things to do because all I do all day is make lists of projects I could do if I just went out an bought the right tools or supplies or found the right piece of furniture. But I do love all of the inspiration! Also, I was inspired this weekend to go through my fabric stash and see what I could work on without having to go out and buy anything. I have a few things in the works that I should have ready for display next week.

So, I avoided the thrift store and the fabric store and the target clearance rack. I also was proud of myself when I decided not to order out, but instead, make dinner at home, on a particularly hairy night after a jam packed day. I work from home 3 days a week and this makes it easier to not splurge on lunch and fancy coffee drinks, but today I actually made myself a cup of coffee at home to take to the office with me and avoided the coffee shop on an "in the office" day as well.

Now for the confession... I didn't think ahead too far when joining in. This week was our Annual Artini Art Auction at the Missoula Art Museum. I have been a part of the Artini committee for a few years now and I had decided last fall that this year, I was going to take the plunge and buy a piece at the auction, if the stars aligned and I could afford a piece I really loved. J and I have tried to be more deliberate recently in donating to organizations we believe in and this was part of that endeavor. So I showed up to the event with no thought of my hiatus. We had an amazing event and some fabulous art was created. The energy was incredible and when my favorite piece came up for bid, I didn't even hesitate, opening up the bidding and following right on through until it was mine. So, yeah, probably not a necessity, but pretty cool none the less. We had a blogger at the event all day and here is his post about the piece I got and the artist who made it...

The good news is that next week, I will not spend a chunk of change on art, I'm sure of it...

Edited to add: this is the piece I won. It looks so small and cute here, but it is actually about 3x2.5 feet.

1 comment:

dig this chick said...

I so love that you made the decision to buy a piece of art last fall! And that you got it! I adored watching you bid and was so psyched you got it! And that you are being deliberate about how you spend your money....I am always trying to do the same. MAM is so lucky to have you on its team.

Sorry I didn't get back to you about a Sunday hike....I was in the fetal position on the floor. Well, not really, but it kinda felt that way. Anywho, soon.