First of all - I wasn't nearly as good in February as in January, but I guess that's allowed as long as I keep to the budget - which I suppose I did but I haven't actually calculated that yet, so this might come as a surpise for me as well! Let's just start with a picture of everything that has arrived so far:
First off we have 'A Cross Stitcher's Oriental Odyssey', a wonderful book by the wonderful Joan Eliot, containing amongst others the patterns of the three Oriental Ladies I'd really like to stitch some day. Sadly it's been out of print for a while, but I managed to snatch a very well preserved used one for the breattaking amount of 3€, which is great and I'd love to stitch almost everything in there eventually ^_^
Then, I finally ordered the Kreinik Cord I will eventually need for PT - my favorite online shop is truely awesome, because they don't normaly stock this kind of floss but the ordered it especially for me at no extra cost - which is another 1.99€, and since I didn't want to pay shipping fees for just this one article, I also got the starting supplies for the Game of Thrones bookmarks - a 15.5"x17.5" piece of 16ct antique white aida (2.99€) and a total of 8 skeins of DMC floss à 95ct - I only got the colors for two out of nine bookmarks and I will order the rest with my next bigger order from the US.
Finally, the Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Collection: The Lion King kit you can see in the picture was my gift for myself for the splurge weekend; I had so much fun working on The Little Mermaid that I want to make the big ones too; all of them, eventually, even though that probably will be work for a life time. But I'll start collecting the kits now before someone stops producing them (*shoots a nastly glance at Zweigart and DMC and all the others who think that stopping to make certain supplies is a neat idea*). Anyway, that was $29.99 for splurge weekend, + horrendous amounts of shpping which thankfully doesn't count for SFS, but I realized that buying those kits here for the ~45€ they usually cost is not really more expensive once you add shipping and import taxes.
So, my total comes to 15.58€ which equals $21.28 at today's rate, plus $29.99 out of $100 from the splurge weekend. I also ordered two small kits for 4.50€ ($6.14) each that I want to make for my grandma's birthday, but if they arrive soon and I start working on them right away, I (hopefully) won't have to add them to my total.