4.07.2009

Shopping Hiatus: 12 weeks down

This officially marks the end of my shopping hiatus. I hope to continue with the mind set of "do I really need it?". As for this past week, I did well. Over the weekend hubby and I took the kiddos to an air show. We walked for miles, ate horrible food, and had the very best time. On the creative end of things I decided to re-cover our benches in the dining area. They were starting to look worn and I wanted something fresh...



Yes, I did have to buy the fabric, but it is from a local business that is going out of business so I got it less than $10 a yard and I only needed a couple. At first I thought it may turn out too traditional, but with the green trim I added I think it turned out more youthful.


The best part of my week was that I won this letterpress print from Angela of SeeSaw Designs. I absolutely adore it! I did buy the frame, but I used a gift card I had. To get your own print be sure to visit here. I also love their blog. Really she and her team just rock.


Okay, so I also bought the two crewel pillows on sale from Pottery Barn and used up the rest of the gift card plus $10. Whew!


Oh, okay maybe I should change my week from well to decent. I fell head over heels for this lamp that I found at Home Goods. I found a slight crack in it so they brought the price down to $29.99. This came out of my own pocket, oops. The funny thing is all the above has been up since Thursday and the hubby still has not noticed.

29 comments:

Gracie said...

Well done on your shopping hiatus. Hopefully it has helped you. Those are some good buys thought. The chairs look great. The print and frame are lovely. Those pillows are pretty and I love that lamp!
You have a great style going on there =)

anonymously chic said...

sounds like you did really well with your finds and they're all great! the benches and the toss pillows are lovely and you picked the perfect frame for that print. well done.

Mrs. Filly said...

that is too hilarious! you have ended this hiatus with a bang! cute cute stuff though i love it all and it was all bargain shopping too! good job! we need to get together soon!

ms. less is always more said...

Love the lamp! A little splurge at the end of the hiatus isn't so bad...

Blair said...

Congrats on getting through the hiatus! I love the benches and that lamp is just too fun. Also, you can NEVER have too many throw pillows:) All of those items do seem very well priced.

Rachel said...

The husband and I are implementing our own shopping hiatus for a month.. wish us luck and a lot of prayer!

BUT, I adore adore adore that lamp. Did they happen to have anymore at HomeGoods? I think I shall pay them a visit!!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

that lamp is fabulous!

bluehydrangea said...

Love the lamp and you have to buy it when you see it or it will be gone. Good job!

jess@thehomebound said...

Cute stuff! Gift cards do not count as spending. They were gifts to you, so you totally did well.

Hanako66 said...

haha...Hub doesn't notice anything that I buy either! I adore that lamp!

Jennifer said...

at least you got everything on sale! it looks great and I bet the little changes will satisfy the "urge" for a while.

Jenny said...

Great buys, Paula! Love it all and great job on your benches!

Jenny

wide open spaces said...

ummmm. I know I should be supportive of the shopping hiatus and all - but your purchases rock. If I move to Alabama can we go shopping together. And will you teach me how to sew? And will your husband teach me how to take pictures?

.caroline armelle. said...

thanks for your nice comment!
and, that print is so cute! i love it!

melanie said...

You did awesome! Love the covers for the benches! You have such lovely taste! :)

please sir said...

Looks wonderful - love the lamp - such a find!

Pink Wallpaper said...

love the bench!

PS~Erin said...

Okay, you're making want to shop! So many great finds and updates. The benches look great!

Heather said...

I love the green trim. I makes it a little funky.
The shopping hiatus is rough. I keep trying, but let's just say, last week didn't count!

Rachel said...

The recovering looks great! And a nice deal at a local business is always money well spent.

wunderbug said...

is *everyone* doing a shopping hiatus?!

i don't blame you whatsoever for getting these few little pretties. i'd do the same (particularly for that lamp - LOVE it!)

Miss Aimee said...

sooo many amazing purchases. oodles of goodness!

Jennie Bee said...

I love your new Layout! it looks cute!
I love that coral lamp. Good job on the shopping hiatus hopefully it helped you for the future!

Rachel Mallon said...

That yellow fabric is really pretty with your wood dining table. I can't believe you did this for 12 weeks! Great job!

angela hardison said...

thanks for the shout out! glad to see the print is getting used - it looks great in your lovely home.

i love those pillows.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

You are an inspiration! I'm definitely in awe of your jedi-like non-shopping skills.

And I think that lamp shouldn't count. It's just too pretty!

P.S. I posted your signature style entry today!

megan said...

love all the updates! has the hubby noticed yet?!

Joslyn said...

those are lovely new purchases...so much more special after the hiatus, no.

p.s. my hubby does the same thing...it takes him weeks to notice new stuff in the house ;-)

Julia said...

Well done, well done! And beautiful picks!