In addition I’ve had time to catch up on a few projects that have been waiting for me to get to and calling my name pretty loudly. So here’s what’s been going on around here.
It’s funny how I find myself having preconceived notions about what I expect from a book. This week I found that of the two books I’ve read (okay I haven’t finished the second yet) I have been dead wrong about how I would feel about each one.
The first one, which I did finish was the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I really wanted to like this book. I think happiness is the most important ingredient in life. I need humor and laughter around me most of the time because I love to laugh. While this ended on a high note and I could finally see where she was going, the first half or more I kept repeating, “It’s not this complicated”.
I know this book is popular online, and I wonder if you have read it and what you thought of it?
The second book, which I am half way through is The $100 Start-Up by Chris Guillebeau. I was sure I was going to hate this book, but again so many people have talked about this book that I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I have to say I am engrossed by this book and find myself nodding at some of the comments in it. Of course it doesn’t hurt that I can see myself in some of the book, especially when he talks about having an idea but never getting it off the ground. I’m famous for that.
Even with cold and rainy days, I haven’t spent all my time wrapped up with books. There were plenty of other things waiting for me to attend to.
Yesterday, dil, the two grand children and I went into town to visit a consignment shop. I told her before we left that I was still looking for a floor lamp for the one corner of my apartment and a 5 X 7 frame for a picture I was waiting to frame for my grandson of the Lion King.
I found both for a total of $13. Not particularly thrilled with the gold on the lamp, but it was the size and shape I wanted, even had the swing arm that I had hoped to eventually find. I have time to change the gold. I’m actually considering using fabric to cover the metal. Have you ever tried that on a lamp? Think it would work?
She found a pair of Spiderman boots for $2, and a Frankenstein toy for 75 cents for her son, a Cinderella dress and shoes for her daughter for $3 (although it needed a little mending and alteration to make it stay in place, but I took care of that last night) to add to her dress up collection and for Halloween, and a Barbie doll for $3.
She was a little disappointed with the cost of the doll but other than that was pleased with her purchases.
The winter boots or the Halloween costume (when you are told your child wants to be Cinderella) would cost more than she spent on every thing.
The kids were so excited they immediately had to try them on. Since there is no snow yet mud had to do. Boys will be boys they say.
Do you remember the rocking chair I redid for the Little Cove? With the damp and cold weather it has been relocated to my grand daughter’s bedroom. Only fitting since she was the one who painted it. I brought the outdoor cushion in and with the mending I pulled out fabric I picked up earlier this summer for a dollar. I only needed half of it to cover the cushion. I think it’s going to be adorable in the her bedroom. Here’s the before and after pictures of the cushion
This is a Waverly fabric and is heavier than most fabrics, not as heavy as upholstery fabric.
I left the cushion as it was underneath so it could be uncovered and used outdoors again if they want. I used a simple stitch that would be easy to remove with a seam ripper and used the original ties to secure to the rocking chair.
The garden still needed to be checked
The rains were still holding off when I returned so out to the garden to see what might be ready. It’s now a trickle but it’s something. I found 3 ripe strawberries and 2 green peppers. Snack time.
That was my Wednesday. How was yours? Any good ideas for what to do to my lamp other than paint it? I’ve always painted lamps and am looking for something different.