Monday, April 25, 2011

Wow! Where have I been?

Finally, just before the holidays I switched jobs. No more driving mega miles for me! I now work based out of an office 10 minutes from my house.

Cue peppy music and happy dance!

In all seriousness, it has given me new life: my hyper-stress level is virtually non-existent, the daily anxiety is gone. I actually have time to clean our house, cook real meals (as opposed to a myriad of fast food) AND get started working on my little projects. The downside is my income has seriously gone down, but for now it's still SO worth it.

I've been scouring our local thrift stores for interesting things to re-do and not spend a ton of money in my spare time. And finally I've actually finished something!

This little bookshelf was $4.00 at our Goodwill. It's homemade and was pretty darn beat up with a hideous brown paint which I'm guessing was an oil based enamel because it was so shiny and hard, it didn't even want to be sanded!

But now, a little paint in the color Creamy made it much prettier!

I got the brilliant idea to put fabric on the back to brighten it up and also to cover the hole at the bottom (the little dark spot that shows). I decided to use Mod Podge to adhere it to the back. I spent over an hour cutting the fabric to fit exactly but what I didn't consider was that the fabric would shrink when it got moist from the Mod Podge. I'm learning as I go, I guess. Note to self: preshrink fabric...

So anyway, making lemonaid out of lemons, I found a bright orange trim to cover the gap and I'm loving the look! Here's she is, all trimmed up though I must say the trim is not dayglow like it looks in the picture:

Can't wait for the garage sale season to begin!