The Real Timbuktu is in Mali, by the way

January 7th

Hello, my name is Kelli and I’m a shopaholic. My mother, in Texas, is reading this and throwing her hands in the air screaming, “Hallelujah! She’s progressed from denial to acceptance!”
Okay, I admit it. I enjoy a purchase or two. This is only a problem when I’ve organized an art fest with a use-what-you’ve-got-theme and thumb my nose at my own rules. Mea culpa.
So, if you saw me shopping at JoAnn’s this afternoon, I:
A. Used a gift card
B. Used a coupon
C. I suck.

In my weak defense, if you are playing along to this In Stitches Sew Along, you see that the project requires a grommet. I did not know what a grommet was until this afternoon. Now, I am the proud owner of a grommet tool, to which I applied my 40% off coupon.

In happier and less-guilty shopping news, lookie what I “won” today! I love eBay. While she may not be as cute as the brown birdie bag, she is a fraction of the cost and three of my favorite colors.

timbuk2 bag

LOVE! Now, the only think that might make me a bigger dork was if I was sewing a coordinating document duvet. You know it! But seriously, how cute is this bag going to be when I’m trekking through Mozambique this summer? Or hiking about Central America this Fall? Work it!


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19 Responses

  1. a lot of my friends are hooked on ebay. i made my 1st ebay buy a few months ago. i won’t let myself do it again because i know i’ll get hooked on it.
    love the bag!

  2. You make me smile!

    And so does your fab new Timbuktu! Such pretty colors…

  3. are you really going to Mozambique? admittedly my African geography is horrible. is is tropical or desert or grassy?

  4. The bag is great! Maybe I’m a really sick puppy but I really don’t see a problem with a matching document duvet–it kind of elevates the whole set to a higher level. Or, it makes me weird. Oh well, whatever you choose to do will be just the right thing to do. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  5. Ahh well. There are worse things you could be right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m right there with you girl. The coupons make it much more reasonable. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always want to use the yarn I have, but there always seems to be something new! My “knitting mentor” always says – look at it this way – you could be spending that money on booze. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’ll love the bag on your trip too!

  6. I’m still in the denial stage of my shopping addiction. I salute you for breaking new ground.

  7. Ahhh, yes, I’m sitting here with my 50% off coupon, which is destined to go towards a grommet tool. I forgot about that whole use what you have thing! Ahem.

  8. {we all shout hi kelli}

    i too am a shop-a-holic (hello $117.00 receipt from hobby lobby for scrapbooking supplies).

    love your new bag. and can i tell ya, to know someone who can say this “But seriously, how cute is this bag going to be when Iโ€šร„รดm trekking through Mozambique this summer? Or hiking about Central America this Fall? Work it!” is soooooo friggin’ awesome!!!

    have major fun on your trip and share lotsa pictures.

  9. Yesterday in Sunday School we talked (ie: ranted) about being a consumer driven society – being bombarded with advertising to buy things we don’t need (which is my profession!) Then I went to the mall. Shame! But I didn’t end up buying anything (but I would have if I’d found what I was looking for!)

  10. Sarah HB January 8, 2007

    Love the new bag!!! I looks great and will be perfect for trekking along!

  11. Very cute bag and hey – at least you’re shopping eBay and using coupons! ๐Ÿ™‚ It could be much worse….

  12. I went thrifting over the weekend & bought some inexpensive fabric, too. If the goal is to be more intentional about shopping, then I think we are both still successful.

    My friend Erin says, “Progress, not perfection.”

  13. ooooo–i want a grommet tool. (i am definitely a shopaholic in denial too!)

    nice bag!

  14. ohh…i hear you about the shopping. one of my monthly resolutions this year is an austerity month and it is going to be hard! those little purchases really add up… and when it’s online it’s hard to resist. that said… cute bag! ๐Ÿ™‚
    and i would love to sew along too on the in stitches book… i’ve had it for a couple of months but had to wait till the holidays were over to dive in.

  15. I’m an ebay lover too!! It’s just so easy to find what your looking for & the convenience of Paypal doesn’t help either.

    Love the bag by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that bag! AND THOSE ARE my COLORS! You little copy-cat! Hey who is Elizabeth and where does she lives that she shops at Hobby Lobby? Is she a Texan? Fellow crafter? Do tell.

  17. I love the logical justification approach to shopping. I mean it’s a bag. You will be traveling and no doubt you’ll need to carry stuff. Very practical Ms Kelli ๐Ÿ˜›

    As long as you’re having fun, who cares!

  18. What a great win on eBay! I rarely find anything on there that I really want… you scored! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And hey, a little retail therapy, especially when done so wisely, never hurt anyone.

  19. i love ebay.
    i love the colors of the bag.
    do they speak portugues in mozambique?