Archive | February, 2014

Inspiring Stories – Not My Inspiration

28 Feb

Yesterday I was listening to the radio in the car with a couple of friends, and the female DJ mentions “a story that is so inspiring you won’t want to miss it.”

I mention to my friends that I never find these “inspiring stories” all that inspiring – and it’s true!

Okay, so you made it around diversity. You are the first female whatever it may be. Or the first gay so and so. Or you’ve overcome your disability. That’s great, really! But to me…it’s either never really remarkable or it’s never really attainable.

Maybe I just can’t relate.

That’s not to say I don’t get inspired by people – I do – it just isn’t these stories that people make bad decisions, and overcome them, or lost a limb and can run now, or grew up in a bad part of town and are now rich.

My inspiration comes from stories about normal people, doing really normal things, and feeling really normal ways. I just watched a show about this young married couple who bought their first home and were ecstatic. Their emotion made me well up.

Have you heard those commercials talking about adopting a foster child, and how you “don’t have to be perfect, to be a perfect parent”? Those inspire me so much and make me want to spend time with my kids…and I don’t even have kids!

Even people doing things that they are already good at inspire me to do what I love.

I guess what I’m saying is I don’t need extraordinary things to inspire me – normal is good enough.

What inspires you? What’s your favorite inspirational story? 

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Upholstered Ottoman: Quickest DIY Ever

22 Feb

If you ever read about any of my DIY projects, then you probably know that they are time-consuming and take forever for me to finish. Well, I found one that took me only a few hours for a few days and I finished it.

I recently moved into a new place, as some of you know, and thus decided to switch up the decor of my living room. This is the inspiration:

turquoise and yellow

The fun part is that I have nothing that matches this. SO I had to get creative because I also don’t have tons of money laying around to buy things for this color scheme. This was my old ottoman:

It got handed down to me about 5 years ago, and then about a year and a half ago I got a dog. That chewed up section happened one night when he got bored. Originally, I was going to just reupholster it in pleather like it is, but then I moved and it went into storage. Now, I had a reason to finally complete it, but that pleather is no more!

I’ve never done this before, but I just went straight to it. This is after I unscrewed the screws and took the top off:

And you can see the brand new rug that I bought. Thirty dollars at Ross for that beauty! I was so excited. There was a black panel to cover up the staples and things, so I had to remove that. I used a flat-headed screw driver for that – they probably make a special tool that I don’t know about and is over priced – but the screwdriver sufficed. Then, I opened it up to reveal this:

I was not expecting this at all, but it actually made a lot of sense and was quite useful when I got down to the tufting part.

And then, there were a million staples to remove to get the actual upholstery off the ottoman.

So, I grabbed my rotary cutter, and cut the upholstery off.

Worked like a charm.

Then I made my buttons. I kind of half-assed it, I’ll admit. I could have bought new buttons and actually did it the right way, but I figure no one will see the back of the buttons, so I hot-glued the fabric to it. They came out cute, though.

I guess I forgot to mention – the fabric I’m using is a yellow floral damask with gray parrots on it. The one that ended up being the focal point of the ottoman looks like its sneezing for some strange reason, but I love him the best anyway.

The tufting was actually the hardest part. I don’t have pictures because it’s hard to show the process, but it required a lot of finger strength. My needle was probably too short and narrow for the upholstery process, but I made due. There were already divets in the foam where the buttons previously sat, so I didn’t even have to do any measuring.

And then I marveled at my work.

And decided that I did desperately need to paint the legs.

So I did. Took me 4 coats of paint, and I’m sure it could use another if I so desired. I decided to use a flat paint, because I’m not a huge fan of glossy white furniture – always reminds me of a child’s room.

All finished!

Disregard my now dirty rug. It’s amazing how messy DIY things can be. And here is my sneezing parrot:

She adds whimsy!

What do you think of my finished project? Ever reupholstered anything before – how’d it go?

The Scariest Thing in the World

8 Feb

Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.

 

I think Baby got it right when she said this in Dirty Dancing.

My future right now is so uncertain, in all aspects of my life – my job, housing, school…love. And with that uncertainty comes fear. I’m afraid. I hate not knowing whats to come because when I don’t know whats coming, I just imagine the worst.

That fear that she describes is a feeling of uncertainty and it’s one that I know too well. I hate it so much, and it runs so deep that it’s all-consuming. If someone told me right now, with absolution, that this fear was reality, I don’t know how I could bear it.

Whats the scariest thing in the world? Have you shares Baby’s fear?