Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A shawl and a Carhartt

While shopping at Joann Fabrics, I noticed in the flyer that if I spent $25 I could buy an acrylic shawl for $10.  There were a couple of color choices, but I chose black thinking it would be good to throw on when I went out to get the mail, paper, or to take the dogs out.  Sometimes at night I wait outside them or they will putz around or find something to bark at.  Well, I just wanted something a little warmer.  So I searched through my stash and found this heart fleece fabric and made this shawl reversible.  I really like how it turned out.

My husband, daughter and grandsons all swear by Carhartt jackets.  I have never really looked at one for me because I just don't like the bomber style I have only seen.  A local store had this style in their Black Friday sale for 25% off.  I tried one on and LOVED it.  I loved the fit, and loved the color which is totally out of character for me to like Olive Green.  I prefer to call it Army Green.  There, one hurdle overcome.  But I just could not justify paying more than $100 for a jacket I just didn't really need.  Oh boy, did I battle with myself.  Went home and surfed the net for 3 days looking for a different color...had to be sure the shipping was free....convincing myself I deserved the coat whether I actually needed it or not since I hadn't bought a new coat in probably 10 years.  BUT it is waterproof, it has two zipper pockets on the front, it has a zipper pocket and velcro closed one on the inside.  I could avoid carrying a purse.  Just slide my card into the inside zipper pocket safe and secure.  Put my phone in the other one.  It is warm.  It fits great!!

So, I ordered it on line.  Same price and free shipping.  Just one click.  By this time it was no longer on sale at the store.  I would NOT pay full price.  It came yesterday.  Terry is proud of himself because he had been urging me all along to buy it. 

Do you try to convince yourself that you don't need something that you want badly?  What have you recently bought that you really don't need?  As far as the shawl goes, have you ever bought something and upcycled it into something better?

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for patience.  I sometimes need to remind myself to be patient, with myself and with others.

22 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

All the time Carol...lol Mostly its my crafting stuff ... I really don't need it but i WANT it... And i do give in waaay too often...lol You know i LOVE to upcycle.. My current upcycle is those owl lamps... Currently working on the shades.. Now others may disagree .. depending on your taste... I say i'm upcycling them , others may have a different word. :) Lov what you've done with the shawl and glad you got the jacket! Hugs! deb

Debra said...

I love how the shawl turned out-much prettier than the original! And it will be lots warmer now. Almost all my clothing comes from thrift stores, so I know it would be a battle to get me to buy something expensive. I have way too many clothes, but I like them all, and it's no big deal to just re-donate them if I want a change. I have up-cycled things before. I like doing that. I like your new jacket-it's really nice.

Cathy said...

I love what you did with the shawl! Something like that would be really handy when I just want to step out and fill the bird feeders. And Carhartt jackets are Quality!! I’ve put off buying a jacket for so long that the puffy style has come back in fashion again, LOL. Makes me look 30 pounds heavier than I am (and I hate it!). But I hate shopping even more, LOL!!

Momma Bear said...

sometimes a splurge is fun. I have a hard time spending "big" money in myself too, $40 for a t-shirt? ARE YOU NUTZ? though I will on shoes, all that ballet and gymnastics left me with old sprains and injuries that bother me now if I cheap out.
today Im thankful for my car, 12 years young and still plugging along. she needs new shoes today ;)

jenclair said...

Clever you to make it warmer and reversible! I do like that jacket--pockets are the most useful invention and more is even better. Trying to talk myself out of something I want because I don't really need it is a frequent inner monologue. Sometimes I win. Glad you won your inner debate and got the coat you wanted!

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

all the time unless it's fabric for one of my grands a quilt

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

The two cannolis for lunch as cheese/dairy and grain I admit I did not need. I am grateful I feel zero shame or guilt about my reasoning. Instead, I am grateful cannolis exist.

Henny Penny said...

I love what you did to the shawl. It looks so warm, and pretty too! When my daughter got out of the Air Force, she gave one of her AF coats that looked a lot like your new coat. I loved it and wore it completely out. Last Christmas my husband gave me a new one for Christmas. He had to do a lot of searching too. I love all the deep pockets. Hope you enjoy yours. It's very pretty.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Your shawl looks great. It was a clever idea to make it reversible. And your coat looks ideal for the Winter. I think you've made excellent buys and good bargains too. I'm very bad at buying made things (like clothes). Either I decide to go away and think about it and then wish I'd bought it or I buy something and wish I hadn't! I never seem to have any trouble with crafting supplies :D

Robbie said...

I think being women we tend to put off purchases because "we really don't need it" attitude. It's so easy for me to put off buying items...now when it comes to art or fabric techniques...that's another story! HA I'd much rather wear my old coat (same as you...haven't bought a new coat in years! I don't remember when! HA)!

Kimberley Bridger said...

Good on you for buying it. I seem to always find a way of talking myself out of something I want rather than need. But sometimes I do admit, usually when hubby bullies me into buying it anyways, that it does feel good to just buy it!

Jeanna said...

My family is full of Carhartt fans, too. I've recently made a few purchases from the Fat Quarter Shop that I'm sure I didn't NEED but had to have. Ugh, I've got to get under control...maybe that will be a goal for 2019 :)

Happy Holidays!

Rose said...

Yes I do talk myself out of buying things I want, but not near as much as I used to. I waited years and years to get a good sewing machine, then I went for several years with just it, but got to wanting either a Juki 98Q or a Brother 1500....for free motion quilting. I could not see paying that price for a straight stitch only machine. But when I got it, I so regretted not getting that Juki sooner. I actually look forward to quilting on it.

And guess what, I have a Brother 1500, too. I have my Juki 98Q and a Viking #1 down in the basement, and I have my Brother 1500 and my Juki Exceed 600 upstairs in my dining room.

I find it very hard to go to a quilt shop and not buy fabric!
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I love that coat....

Jan said...

That looks like a very usable jacket, you will probably wear it a lot for years and it will become softer with use. My complaint with Carharts is they are so stiff when new. I don't have any but have bought a few jackets at garage sales but they always end up not fitting right. Too tight in the hips or arms too long or too short. We end up giving them away to some kid. Hood is a plus for me too, here in rain country. It was a well thought out purchase for you I can tell. Enjoy it.

Nicole DVArtist said...

Your shawl turned out fantastically! Hey there is nothing better than a Carhart coat or jacket.

maureenlthompson said...

Hi Carol, The beef joint I buy is a rump roast. I am lucky that our local store has a butcher who will cut meat to my choice. So I asked him for a nice cut of rump roast about 4lbs in weight. Also asked him to throw in a bit of beef fat to cook it in. I just roast it very slowly in one of those oval roaster tins with some water in the bottom. I keep the lid on until the last 10 minutes or so. Always comes out nice and tender. I like my joints cooked all through not rare. It provides the two of us with Christmas dinner, cold cuts and I also cut it into thin slices and warm it through with barbecue sauce to put on buns. Can't really tell it's not brisket on a bun lol.

Linda in Calif. said...

I love what you did to the shawl, I never would have thought of that. I have added pockets to a lot of t-shirts, it's not much of an upcycle. I talk myself out of everything! I seldom buy things. But the last totally frivolous purchase was a dress for my dog - she was cold and needed something - that silly dress cost more than a blouse for me. And she looks so adorable in it! Hahaha

Pamela said...

Great idea for the shawl! I had a carhart when I was in the US. I really liked it, but I couldn't bring everything to Japan and it didn't make the cut.

Kit said...

Happy Holidays!! I love your new shawl. I hardly ever buy anything new, but fell in love with an advertising display case in an antique store and convinced the owner into selling it to me. I was thrilled!! Have a great season. Kit

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I must admit there are always several things that I am wasting my time coveting, knowing full well that I will never get them. It helps to live in an environment where there's a limited amount of space! Your shawl is perfect for the purpose you have.

Barb said...

My son loves Carhart in fact, he suggested I get one of my other some some of their shirts for Christmas and I did....

Sheryl said...

Hi Carol i love what you have done with the shawl i think the red hearts are perfect,well done my friend and good one you for getting yourself a jacket ,i think now that you have it it will keep you toasty warm and dry,hope you hav e a wonderful day .