Nine years ago today, 10 days after 9/11, I had a baby. My youngest of 3. The baby of my babies. When he was a toddler and we would take walks around the neighborhood, every group of older kids we past or saw from down the block, he would call his friends. "Those are my fwends Mom." It cracked me up and broke my heart a little bit at the same time. Through the years he has grown into a real, 9 year old, Renaissance man: he is funny, smart and loves to read and draw. He can take things apart, figure out how they work and put them back together again. He is a LEGO Master! He's on his 3rd year of piano lessons with the promise of guitar lessons to follow, is a dedicated athlete and a great sport. My little Joe is a loving son, sweet brother, and a very good boy who now has lots and lots of friends.
I got this little nightstand at the Goodwill "bins" for $5.00. For those of you who are not lucky enough to have a Goodwill "bins" store near you, or brave enough to venture into it if you do, (for the record I don't blame you!) the "bins" is the place where all the stuff that either did not sell at the regular Goodwill or was not good enough to sell there in the first place, ends up. Going to the "bins" is an experience unto it self, and not for the faint of heart or germ-a-phobes. I have seen people in there with dust masks and gloves sifting through the giant "bins" on wheels looking for that one amazing find, while other folks line up to be the first lucky ones to rummage through the "new" stuff they roll out every so often. These are serious "pickers"! While I haven't gotten to the mask and glove stage, my own precautions consist of staying mainly to the furniture side of things and keeping my hands in my pockets until I find something worth taking the risk to touch. I felt this little nightstand was worth the risk; it is in great working order, heavy as hell, the hardware is fun, and the price was right. Now I just need to figure out what to do to it to make it live up to its potential. Any ideas?
You might remember the little dresser I bought earlier this summer for $20.00. It was pretty beat up and needed new drawer pulls, but I love the lines and the wood grain and and for such a small piece it has tons of storage. (ok maybe not tons). I cleaned it up pretty good with "The Guardsman" and now just needed some new pulls. I was hoping for something art deco or lucite but after looking all over the internet, and spending some time at Hippo Hardware, I learned that this size pull (1 & 1/2 inch on center) is hard to find and I didn't want to drill new holes. Nothing worked. Well, once again while I was early to pick up my son from camp, my daughter and I drove by a local thrift shop that we pass by at least once a week, promising ourselves every time that we will stop someday. Well, with time to kill, we finally did and I'm so glad! I showed the clerk the one working pull I had been carrying around in my purse for weeks. She went over to a cabinet and out came exactly what I needed. They were so close to the old ones and only $2.00 for all 4. The funny thing is they are originally from IKEA where they were probably only slightly more expensive then the 2 bucks I spent. Yay!!
I'm really excited about this next project! I've seen a lot of bamboo furniture pieces showing up lately on design blogs and in decor magazines. OK, I know this Rattan chair is not bamboo, but I think it has the same tropical wood feel and a similar handsome, Hemingway-ness to it. There were 4 of them at Goodwill at $14.99 each, but the others were pretty beat up so I just bought the one. It broke my heart to leave the others behind but I know that sometimes a piece looks grander when it breaks from the pack, it becomes less common, and more unique. The practical side of me was attracted to this chair in part because I knew the seat would come off easily and I could cover it myself with a beautiful fabric and my handy staple gun. I searched online for a purple Ikat that I had seen before on a chair I fell in love with, but alas it was not to be found anywhere. I did find this gorgeous indigo at Calico Corners online and honestly I like it just as much or better, its truly more practical and will fit into more places in my home. I'm going to sand down the shine and spray it satin black, I think a gloss would make this more organic piece look too garish. I can't wait to get started! Stay tuned!!
I thought I would show you just where the Gum Drop Pillow made its home. It landed in my daughters room as an ottoman for the pretty pink chair. That little gum drop took a ton of fiberfill, more than you would think, it just ate it up! But it was totally worth it because it looks great in there. My son wants one for his room too and I might make one for the basement t.v. room... if your smart you would buy stock in fiberfill!!
"Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else."
Leonardo da Vinci
"No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told their pretty, even if their not."
"I was about half in love with her by the time I sat down. Thats the thing about girls. Everytime they do something pretty... you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are."