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Ok. So far I stink at the whole blog thing. I intended to post once every week to two weeks, but man oh man my life is busy! Nonetheless, I'm determined to continue. Part of my problem has been that I have several ideas in my head for posts, but a few require a little bit of research and then it's hard to decide to which to commit, etc. Well I've got a great one and it's all about taking a fault and turning it into an assest. Yep. Taking the bad and using it for good!
See, anyone who's known me for about 5 minutes knows that I'm quite easily distrac-SQUIRREL!!!. I'm sure I have one friend who just fell out of her chair. ; ) Yes, a little bit easily distracted. Normally this is an annoying thing. For others that is. It doesn't really bother ME that much. My conversations tend to go all over the map and I suppose the flip side is that if I bore easily, then I also like to change my focus to something new often. Perhaps this is why I find so many different topics interesting? Who knows, but today I will give my very best attempt to stay focused on my occasional lack of focus.
Recently, while browsing Pinterest one morning, I saw an interesting coffee table. Normally while perusing all the wonders of Pinterest my mind goes from, "I want to cook!" to "I want to sew!" to "I want to build that!" to "I want to take pictures!" and so on. I know I'm not the only one. I pin many different types of things. And I do have a pretty good memory, so my brain keeps a decent "file" of what's on my boards, so when I want a good ab workout I can go look back at my fitness board to check out that cool thing I pinned a couple of weeks ago. But every now and then a pin is SO interesting that I just must follow the picture to it's original destination and see what it's all about. This coffee table was one of those. And not because it was sooo spectacular, but because it had a look that I really gravitate toward AND looked like something I was perfectly cabable of doing myself and finishing in an afternoon (or two). I suppose it should go without saying that since I'm so easily distracted I also struggle to finish projects once I start them, so I do my best to police myself to only take on a minimal number of projects as "active" at any given time. The rest that are in my head go into a spread sheet where they patiently await their turn. And my super-handy friend (the same one who fell out of the chair) even showed me a nifty way to number my future projects so I can easily re-number them. Much the same way that one re-numbers the movies in their Blockbuster Online queue. But I digress.
So back to this coffee table. It used a simple wooden top and metal plumbing pipe and fittings for the base. I thought they had spray painted the base because it was a nice dark charcoal sort of color. Upon further research I discovered that no, that was the actual color of the pipe. Great! I looked online to see what my nearby big box store might have in stock and sure enough, they have black iron pipe and fittings. Can you tell I am about to burst out of my seat in excitement?! Well, the thing is I don't have a coffee table and do need one (I know pitiful me, right?), but that's not what I want for my living room. However, I have two or three other spaces in my home where that look COULD work. One of which is my office/studio. I wouldn't allow anyone to see it at this moment (it has become the catch all for too many things like a cluttered garage and that mess will go bye-bye by Spring Break), but mess aside, it's totally not decorated. I have some old "that will do" type furniture in here and no cabinetry or shelving. So I desperately need a bookcase or something for my architecture books, product guides, etc. After a little bit of looking at what they did for the coffee table and some geeky math involving the golden ratio I had my own basic design for a bookcase with the same look. So this project has taken priority over many others. Partly because it is meeting a need that is quite urgent, partly because it is relatively inexpensive and a quick project, and mostly because I'm really excited about it and can't wait to start!!
But since this post is about being easily distracted (I hear a helicopter and have to go see what it is . . .) (Well THAT was strange, I heard it rather loudly and couldn't see a chopper anywhere!). Well that thing had good timing for me I suppose. What was I saying . . .oh yes, easily distracted. How, you say, do I use this evil for good??? HOW??!! Well, when one thought continually leads to another instead of staying where in the heck it's supposed to, it often leads to grand creativity. See, I also need storage/cabinetry/shelving . . .SOMETHING in my laundry room. It's almost a blank slate right now. As I was sticking in a load of laundry a little while ago I had a brilliant idea. I can use my bookshelving skills (IF that works out that is) and do a similarly inspired "structure" in my laundry room. Woohoo! And for now that's as far as I'm explaining and I'm going to attempt to not do too much planning until I see how the bookshelf goes.
I will surely share photos of the bookshelf (unless it's an utter failure) and we shall see where future projects lead me! In the meantime, I should get back to work after I eat lunch. My tummy tells me it's time for . . .oh yes, and I have a package!
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