Wants and Needs

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  November 4, 2013 — 10 Comments

I really don’t buy much for myself these days. Money is on the tighter side since I’m not working full time and the lion’s share of my discretionary spending goes toward cute stuff for the house (after living here for more than three years decorating is still my favorite hobby!). I splurge on a cute top or a professional haircut now and then, but most of my clothes come from the thrift store and most of my bang trims come from yours truly. So when Christmas season rolls around and loved ones start asking what I want, I’m often at a loss. This year I’m starting early with the curation of my list. Behold:

I don’t often take my DSLR camera out of the house with me–I prefer to leave it home and use my iPhone when we’re out and about so that I don’t have to worry about breaking or losing the camera I spent months saving up for. But occasionally, especially when we travel, I do like to bring the fancy camera with me and so far I don’t really have a good method of transporting it safely. I would love to have a handsome leather bag to carry and store it in, and of course vintage wins my heart for style and price.

Also related to photography: I feel like I am constantly moving my memory card back and forth from camera to computer. On one of the rare occasions I brought my camera with me because I really wanted to get some pictures of a friend’s home to share here on the blog I actually forgot my memory card at home (in the computer). Moving the card from camera to computer and back again is one of those little tasks that adds up to be really, really annoying when I am doing it every day for my blog and shop, so this nifty invention would be immensely helpful. It’s a memory card with built-in wifi, so it will automatically send photos I’ve taken on my camera to my laptop with no hassle on my part. It’s one of those things I would never buy for myself but would love to receive as a gift.

Continuing the trend of practical wishes, I’ve been coveting a rotary cutter and mat for ages. This would make cutting paper and fabric for my craft projects so much easier and more precise.

And finally, something with no practical use whatsoever. A friend of mine has a simple necklace similar to this one with her son’s name on it and I absolutely love it. I’m not sure where she got it from, but this one on etsy strikes my fancy just fine. I’m not sentimental in a traditional way but I think that Jack’s name stamped on a necklace as lovely as this would be sweet.

Are any of you lovelies already making your list and checking it twice? I’ve bought my first gift of the season already! I wasn’t looking for anything yet but I saw something at an antiques shop that I knew would be just perfect for someone I love so it came home with me. I’d better start shopping for Nick soon, because he’s so hard to buy for that I’ve come close to giving up. I hope you each had a wonderful weekend and a magnificent Monday!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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10 responses to Wants and Needs

  1. I just added the Wifi card to my list! WOW!

    I love the Fiskars cutting mat but their rotary cutter dulled pretty fast, which made me :(

    On my list: I’d like to get my 50mm lens repaired, get some of my favorite perfume, and get a Lampe Berger! I’m a little obsessed with them lately.

  2. This in unrelated to your post, but I just noticed your new picture at the bottom of your post…..You look stunning!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap November 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Awww, thank you Katie!!! I’m a contributor to a local moms blog (Red Stick Moms Blog) and we had professional photos taken recently. I liked my head shot so much that I put it up everywhere!

  3. That’s exactly the one! I love it soooo much! I have two friends that have gotten one in the last few months. One got some after the birth of her daughter for the grandmas with their grandma name on it. And the other got one with her daughter’s name on it (only to find out she was pregnant again!). But I guess you cross that bridge when you get to it. First borns get all the glory. :) You should def get one–you won’t regret it!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap November 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

      I’ve thought about that! I have a friend who can stamp metal so maybe I’ll get him to add another name when the time comes. Would you believe that I don’t have a baby book for Jack for that exact reason? I knew I’d never make one for the second kid and didn’t want to feel guilty later on!

  4. I asked for an eye fi memory card a few years ago and loved it! It’s a 4gb and when my fiancĂ© bought a camera that was better than mine, the 4gb wasn’t enough space even with it uploading to my computer. So if you take a lot of pictures at one time then definitely ask for as much memory possible. Lol. I still will use it if I’m using his camera for silly stuff around the house but when we take it with us to important events then we use our larger memory cards. I also wanted to try out the GPS marker service they have but never had the extra money to sign up for it.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap November 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Good to know! I think this one is 8gb but after hearing this from you I think I’ll definitely keep my larger memory card in the (currently nonexistent) camera bag for when I’m away from home.

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