It’s happened again, my restlessness to leave things be has encouraged me to re-haul another one of my past projects. Specifically, my DIY Mosaic Lamp. After its makeover last year I wasn’t very convinced that using resin was the best option for the lamp. However, I decided to live with it for a while before deciding to completely ditch the new design. Well, I lived with it for about 6 months, moved it from room to room (it even lived in the basement for a bit), and now, a year and a half later, I decided it was finally time to fix it.
So let me tell you about that fun little book rack that’s sitting on my awesome new comic book shelf. Now, you might look at this and say, “Hey Shannon, why would you drill into a perfectly good book just so you could hold up other books?” Well this particular book has one goofy secret…
My boyfriend David almost always has his nose in a book. Any genre will do but his latest favorite? Comic books. The book lover in me is so very happy that he’s reading but the organization freak is going nuts over these tiny little books. They are everywhere! They are scattered about the house, stacked in precarious towers on shelves, strewn all over our coffee table, and shoved into nooks and crannies. He’s subscribed to four different books meaning new ones are always joining our book library. So in an effort to save my sanity from comic books I decided to get creative and build David the perfect comic book storage shelf!
I know I talk about it a lot but I was practically signing the lease already when I saw the bay window at the front of this house. I guess you could say it was love at first sight.
The charm, the character, the archway… I adore it. But I don’t adore the window coverings. Mini blinds and roller blinds? Fairly effective at blocking light when desired but not enough and definitely not attractive. However, it wasn’t at the top of my projects list because I thought it would be too expensive and I had no good ideas because my list of requirements was tall. Working with the obstacles (as I did a couple of weeks ago) was going to be a delicate dance. Here’s what I wanted…
When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to live only 0.5 miles down the road from my grandparents. They live on 70 acres of land that is best described as a kid’s wonderland. My mechanics-obsessed grandpa has a massive workshop filled with enough tools to make anything you could imagine. This is where I learned how to build things, how to shoot guns safely, how to make a cat dance, how to use power tools, how to nail a nail, how to saw a board, how to put a worm on a fishing hook, how to change oil, how to drive a tractor, and much more. My kid imagination was vastly endless and my grandpa was always up to any challenge. And he still is. So last week when I asked him to help me build a bench, I could barely give him the dimensions before he finished the project for me.
I am so excited about the project that I’m sharing today! I am still job-less except for temporary positions here and there so I am pinching my pennies anywhere that I can. This means I’m only shelling out my precious clams for things that I definitely need such as paying rent for my home, a couple of bills, and groceries. Therefore, I have been spending my days creating free fun! Going on walks around the neighborhood with the pup, checking out books from the very close nearby library, digging out gift cards to use for any purchases, and, most importantly, crafting only with things that I already have on hand. So get ready because this awesome project was completely free!
Want to see where this project started and how it turned out?
My Refinishing Project is FINALLY done!! I started a couple of weeks ago thinking that it would be a breeze to sand and stain. Boy, was I wrong. Sanding took several days. Then I spent a lot of time at the store looking for a good thinner to get the nooks and crannies. Then I spent a lot of time, a.k.a. 3 products later, failing. The final step took only 2 days: staining and applying the protective finish.
I ate cereal at this table while I watched cartoons when I was little. I was caught trying to use it a footstool way too many times.
I colored at it. I spread out all my Algebra homework on it. I read all my teen girly magazines at it.
Riding bikes makes me feel carefree like nothing can touch me as long as I can keep peddling. It’s a great stress, sadness, worry, or anger reliever. But most of all, it’s fun!
It’s even better when you’re riding through bubbles according to my wise 3-year-old friend. And she is definitely right.
Over the weekend, I visited my wonderful family, including my mother and kitty, Skate, shown below. The entire clan lives in my hometown except for me. So trips home are hectic trying to fill every spare minute seeing everyone.
Besides seeing family and friends I had several objectives to finish over four days: 1. Buy beads for an upcoming jewelry project to be featured here very soon, 2. Buy a children’s book at Barnes & Noble for a homemade Kindle Fire case also to be featured here very soon, 3. Find a gorgeous spring wreath at the flower shop where my mom works (she handmade me one in the end) also to be featured here soon, 4. Redesign my handcrafted desk into a bookshelf with the help of my amazing grandfather to be featured right now!