Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Today was particularly difficult with the urge to
a) go buy lunch at my favorite Thai place
b) check out what new wool Colleen had brought in
c) BUY CHOCOLATE!
But I held steady. I was a little disappointed that a neighbour I helped out with a lift to town a couple of days ago who said "I owe you big time" didn't actually come through when I said chocolate would be more than enough recompense. Maybe I should have made it clear the deliveries of chocolate RIGHT NOW was the only practical option.
Oh - and the odd thing is I'm seriously considering giving myself 24 hours off (to act like a normal human being with friends in town and also buy some much needed grocery supplies) and then heading straight into another week of Fiscal Fasting. How mad am I?
(Eternity picture taken on the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk)
Money spent since last Saturday: $0
(Listening to: Jimmy Somerville, Read my lips)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Here's the lovely John at Das Kapital pouring me a wine at an industry function this afternoon. (I'm impressed - I haven't been in since last month and he remembered which wine I liked...)
Day Five (and I'm still alive)
(Listening to: Jane Siberry, When I was a boy)
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
(For all you homesick Kiwis in Australia this is actually Hansells chocolate instant pudding masquerading in different packaging. If only they had the coconut flavour as well....)
The Shopping Sherpa's Fiscal Fast day four results:
Amount spent: $0
(Listening to: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Universal)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I took my pirate jumper to work on...and achieved rather a lot!And since the club provides free tea and coffee I didn't have to be tempted to fall off the wagon to buy a drink. Which was excellent! (Unlike the tea but what do you expect for free?)Dollars spent so far: 0
Fudge remaining: 0 (Drat!)
1980s pop stars spotted: 0 (Double drat!)
Monday, March 26, 2007
* and, most importantly,CHOCOLATE!
Yesterday afternoon saw me decide that desperate times called for desperate measures and so out came the 1972 Edmonds Cookbook and I whipped up a batch of chocolate fudge which should hopefully tide me over... (Please take note of the "scratch and sniff" tendencies of the recipe page)
Total spent so far: $0.00
(Listening to: OneTwo, Item)
Sunday, March 25, 2007
So I decided to do the equivalent of a fiscal detox. For the next week, starting from right now, I'm going on a Fiscal Fast. I'm going to try to spend no money whatsoever. Not a cent*.(*You knew there'd be an asterisk, didn't you?! OK, I've decided I can spend money on claimable stuff for work and pay any bills that might fall due during the week. I'm also trying to decide if I get a "Get out of jail free" card, especially as Princess B and The Queen of Maryville will be down this Saturday for Cirque Du Soleil)
(Listening to: Nordic Lounge Vol 1)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Above is one of my favorite displays, which I've seen before and always always forget to take a note of the title and the maker. Loving the garden gnomes all lines up on their toadstools ready to watch the footy and the look on the human's face!
New this year is Shop til you drop by Charlenewho takes the theme quite literally!Charlene and her husband Robert are Brindabella Miniatures. Once again I ended up spending the lion's share of my mini budget with them, for good reason (thumb tack added for scale. Yes, the pieces really are that small!)
All three pieces were originally bought as a final touch to a very very belated mini swap with Elisabeth in Sweden but already the candle has decided it's staying right here thank you very much.
I also did a special order with Brindabella for a full set of five of these canisters. The smallest is littler than my little fingernail yet they all are hollow with removable lids...The only other purchase I made was this wire dress form to add to my shabby chic mini bedroom (wouldn't that candle look just perfect on the dressing table next to it?)And in case you think the only shopping happening round here is of the 1/12th variety, may I present this week's frugalled haul:* 2 tins: $1 each. I love love LOVE storage. Especially cheap plain metal storage.
* 3 books: total $13. What would a frugalling week be without a book (Or two. Or three)?
* 2 balls of wool: $1.50. As if last week wasn't enough. But all those bright colours need some plain backing and I've almost used up my last ball of white.
* Lovely silky Asian fabric and thick wintery moss green cord fabric. $16 total.
* Guru's Jazzmatazz street soul: $3.50. Excellent, have been wanting this for a while.
(Listening to: oddly enough, Guru's Jazzmatazz street soul!)
Friday, March 23, 2007
It went like this:
I walk into the car stereo shop and tell the chap behind the counter that I'd like to (finally) buy the JVC car stereo he showed me in January. Which, of course, has gone up in price (but only by $3). While I'm waiting for him to see how long it would take to install I wander over to look at it and admire its sleek minimalist lines.
Except it's actually switched on (unlike on my first visit). And there's some sort of mad disco thing happening with the display.
"Ermm... does it always do that?" I ask worriedly.
The sales chap looks at me as if I'm mad (which seems to be becoming a theme for me in places to do with CD players) "Well that's in display mode but it will show you blah blah blah (OK, so my brain switched off when it came to the intricacies of what output would be pulsatingly displayed on my stereo.)
I look around wildly and spot a Pioneer stereo for the same price which is also switched on but sitting there so much more sedately. "Can I have that one instead?" I bleat pathetically, happy to have narrowly averted having a non stop disco installed in Miss Daisy which (I'm sure) would have been most distracting and thus terribly terribly unsafe.
The chap pulls his calculator out again and plays what looked like a game of Space Invaders on it. "It will cost you an extra $30" he mutters.
"How come when they both have the same price tag on them?"
"I gave you a discount on the first one"
Bloody typical. I cough up the extra $30. It's worth it. To paraphrase William Morris: Have nothing in your car which is not useful or beautiful. (Preferably both - that's my addition)And, just in case you're interested, the very first track I played on my brand spanking new CD player was this.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I think I'm so used to racing through life at top speed with several plans, back up plans and mad schemes on the boil that when I'm forced to slow down I can't quite comprehend it. You'd think by the age of 40 I would have figured out that sometimes you just have to throw your plans out the window, take to your bed with a pile of good books, CDs and some knitting, wait til you feel human again and sort stuff out from there.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
2. If I wear the top as a night shirt, the pants with a black T shirt and use the bag as a shoe bag when I'm travelling I can say I got TWO lots of nightwear for $17.50 each and a bag for $4.95. Bargain!
3. They match the candles Princess B gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago which live on top of the TV in my bedroom. And it's vitally important that you match your decor, right?
* 1932 edition of A Child's garden of verses (with beautiful illustrations): $1.
* Monica McInerny's Family Baggage (the rest of her books are Irish/ Australian rollicking good reads, I hope this carries on the tradition...): $4
* (Cue the applause soundtrack) 4 Maxwell Williams White Basics dinner plates: $1 each.
* Various pieces of vintage fabric (ex curtains, sheets and doona covers): $18 total (see below for my favourite two patterns)
* U2 by U2 sans dust jacket: $8. I can cope without a dust jacket if it means saving at least $36.95 on the Big W price (or $67 on full retail)!
As promised, here's a closer look at the cot sheet (with robots) and the curtains (with daisies):But wait! There's more!
1950s shabby chic style magazine rack: $7. I'm not sure if the gold bits are original or an afterthought. Either way I think I'll be trying to repaint the flowers back to white:190g Anny Blatt 70% angora/ 30% wool: $10 the lot. Each 20g ball has an original David Jones wool department price sticker of $19.95 on it. That was one fiendishly expensive wool!And, finally, here's a collection of vintage buttons and buckles I bought for 5 cents each:It wasn't til we were back in the car that Princess B pointed out that I'd bought them off Monica from Playschool. As usual I'm crap at spotting famous faces. Especially from TV...
(Listening to: Roddy Frame, Surf)
Oh - I almost forgot to mention - if you're in Sydney and after Stella McCatney for Target clothing we stumbled across three racks of it at Target at Burwood Westfield.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Princess B and I went to IKEA today. I bought some good things. But things too big to cram into an overhead locker on a Dash 8 so Princess B and The Queen of Maryville will be delivering them when they come to Canberra in two week's time for Cirque du Soleil. I also bought very cool PJs on sale at Holy Sheet. (I must have left The Voice of Frugal Reason at home in Canberra - hurrah!)
I've been dodging The Snot Monster all weekend, trying to tell myself it's actually an allergic reaction to...errr... plane trees. I could actually be correct about the allergic reaction as I've all dried up and cleared up since I landed at Canberra Airport. Unfortunately I also had the Blood Nose Monster (a very old friend of the family) visiting fairly regularly while I was in Sydney which has not made for a very relaxing time at all.
(Listening to: Everything but the Girl, Tempermental)
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Lovely Tim Burtonesque scenery, too, by the way...
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
But instead we've got a very important 75th birthday party to attend in Sydney.
(Listening to: Erasure, Loveboat)
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
* Convincing the Nibbsmeister that my knitting needles aren't something that needs to be killed.
* Breaking in a new pair of the ubiquitous Target black ballet flats (also for winter).
* Wearing my new frugalled denim skirt for the first time. New (old) clothes are very exciting.
* Receiving a letter from Cuzzy C in Nuw Zuld
* Knowing that L has headed off to the USA and UK where she has strict instructions to buy me Method hand soap refills and Boots toothbrushes.
* Drinking cheap Banrock Station wine because I'm out of $1.99 bottles of white.
* Doing a little lunchtime frugalling (details to come later)
* Catching up with AU marie claire, UK Vogue and US Elle. And being very excited that the one piece of winter clothing I bought new (from Target) for this year is featured on page 196 of AU April 2007 marie claire. I may be broke* but it would seem I still have style!
(Listening to: Enigma, MCMXC A.D.)
*Actually not broke but in severe "pay off debt" mode. Same thing, really....
Monday, March 12, 2007
Howard Jones?! What on earth is he doing playing Canberra? And, even more perplexing, The Southern Cross Club! (more widely known for it's jazz concerts rather than acoustic tours of 80s Synthpop stars. An oxymoron if ever there was one)
How can he justify $45 for a ticket when you can see the (reformed) INXS and Simple Minds (plus Arrested Development) at the AIS Arena the night before for $90?
Has anyone in Canberra even bought a Howard Jones album in the last 20 years? (Well OK, I bought a tape of his 12" album last year for 50 cents but I don't think that counts)
And, most importantly, does he still wear those huge colourful fluffy handknitted mohair jumpers? If so, maybe we could arrange a special Stitch 'n' Bitch outing on the night....
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Remember I bought a pile of green wool a couple of month ago to make this jumper for E?
When I pulled out the pattern (which has been lurking for over a year) I realised it only went up to a 9 month old size. And E turns one next week. So, once again, I was in Jumper Based on a True Pattern territory. As usual.
I used a hoodie pattern I've used before for him, but knitted it up in the biggest size so he should be able to wear it through to about 3 years old. And, not being able to leave well enough alone (also, as usual) I changed the side opening pockets to top opening pockets (all the better to keep 3 year old's treasures in) and added button holes to the front instead of a zip.
The only part of the original pattern I used was the dinosaur spikes. Which, of course, I changed as well.
And today I finally finished it (except for the buttons which I suspect will require a trip to HobbySew as I want five buttons of the same design but in red, yellow, blue and green):
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Queanbeyan is a frugaller's dream, with 4 good op shops within a couple of blocks of each other. The local Salvos, which I call Little Salvos (which was packed as they had a half price sale today):
So what did I find this week?From left to right: