Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:30 PM
I like both those mottos. I did plan on spending less, and probably came close, since 2011 was my first full year out of my dark ages and so I had a lot of catching up to do. I would have spent considerably less in 2012 except for two things. First, the Walmart modular sales in October. Buying a bunch of Grand Emporiums, Town Halls, etc, even on sale, does tend to blow the budget. The other factor was rebrickable.com. Once my son discovered that we had 92-something percent of the pieces to build all sorts of cool Star Wars sets, he pretty much insisted that we BrickLink the missing pieces. Who am I to resist? That probably accounted for a few hundred dollars of BL orders, but still a lot less than buying all those SW sets, especially the old ones.
I have resolved in 2013 to not buy sets unless they are 1) a really good deal, and 2) I really need the parts or the set is an instant classic. Otherwise, I'll just BL the pieces I need. That should keep the expense down. Except for the collectible minifigures -- I'll probably end up buying a ton of those.
My building was up and down. I got off to a good start with some really big (for me) MOCs for Guilds of Historica in the winter and spring, but then the really good summer weather this year in California meant we were outside a lot, and building suffered (although I'm not complaining). Work has been busy in the fall, so only in the past few weeks have I gotten back into building. So the first half of the year was great; second half not so much. My building tends to closely track the kids' interest -- if the kids are building, then so am I, otherwise I'm doing something else with them. My son's building is really advancing, so I'm looking forward to finally being able to do real co-building with him on EB-MOC-quality builds. That may or may not happen in 2013.
For 2013, I think I'm going to focus on more and smaller builds. And also when I have a good idea, just start building.
Tafik Regex Marmota, Kaliphlin Guild, Master Cartographer