Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Making a Silk Purse From a Sow's Ear
I'm all about a sale! All about a deal! But where I can go wrong...
regrettably wrong... is letting the price override my true love for
something. This has happened quite a few times, resulting in my parting
ways with things at Goodwill. You know the adage, what is one person's
trash is another person's treasure! So I say "goodbye" with a twinge of
guilt over wasting my money. And that is where this story begins....
I knew as Annie (the only other female, besides myself, in a house filled
with men.. doesn't matter if she has four legs instead of two!) aged, she
would feel better eating and drinking from bowls that were elevated off
the floor. My princess is not a diva therefore nothing she-she or frou-
frou would do. And heaven knows, I wasn't about to drop a bundle on
it! After pouring through catalogues, shopping at pet stores, looking at
places like TJ Maxx, I finally found something that might work and it
was....ON SALE! Done deal! Brought it home, placed an uncoordinated
placement underneath it, and instantly knew something was amiss.
It didn't settle with me. It was "mahogany" wood. Not me.
It looked like it fit in a traditional home. So not me. Annie was happy...
I wasn't. Driven by the "deal" and not the look, I was right back where
I have been before. Dissatisfied. I had been feeling like for some time.
Until this past weekend.
Annie's new dining area
This is the result of a surge of creative inspiration. A distressed,
glazed piece coated with 3 layers of wax to protect it. And the
"unfortunate placement" was replaced by a heavy feedsack cut
to size. No need to "age" it as it already had unfortunate looking
mishaps that marked the fabric. I bound the edges to keep its
shape. Cute, huh?
patched letter "A"
I even replicated a "patch" using a letter "A" that was stamped on the
feed sack. How lucky was I to have the right letter! The tension is
now gone whenever I look in that direction. It fits in with my style
and I'm a happy woman! And Annie?????
"For me??? A present for me???"
She's forever my grateful, loyal companion!