This past week I decided that I was going to stretch my creative side a little by purchasing something that was "outside of my comfort zone" and hopefully transforming it into something a little more appealing to me. This meant that I wanted to spend very little on it, bc I wasn't entirely sure it was going to work. But I was willing to put faith in myself, despite the fact that I'm incredibly reluctant to let go of my money for silly things, and would much rather be spending it on more important, reliable things like candles and mascara.
I walked into the local Willy, as my grandfather calls it, and after much turmoil/anguish/self-doubt, I emerged with this:
It was in great shape and cost $5.99. This was more than I had intended to pay for whatever it was I purchased, but with what I envisioned for it, I decided it was worth the price.
I didn't want to let the snowman go to waste, so I decided to give Friday a new friend. However, since Friday is a naughty boy, I knew that if I simply gifted him with the snowman-friend, he'd pretend to like it, would carry it outside, and that would be the last anyone would see of it. So I decided that since Friday is a naughty, sneaky boy, I'd place the snowman-friend in the one place Friday finds irresistable: my little black rocking chair...
Please keep in mind that this chair has to sit empty at all times, bc no matter what I put in it, naughty, sneaky Friday will tiptoe into the room like a thief in the night and quickly chair-nap anything sitting in it. Many needlerolls, primitive dolls, and Blackbird-Designs-pillows have met their demise by being lovingly placed in the chair. Old Sparky doesn't hold a candle to it.
Let us watch quietly as the thief takes the bait:
Mission accomplished, both for Friday and myself. Now that Friday has chair-napped the snowman-friend, he will keep it inside the house and prance around like one of the Queen's horses, parading his find in front of all of us, daring anyone to take it from him. He thinks the gauntlet has been thrown, so we all humor him by acting shocked and dismayed that he's claimed yet another treasure as his own.
On with my Willy purchase...
If you remember, here is what I started with:
Then I headed to Hobby Lobby and bought a bunch of clearance autumn floral stems (66% off!), and finished my project. Here's the final result:
After spray-painting the entire basket black, I sanded the weave in one direction, all the way around. Then I arranged the stems, attached a ribbon, and voila! I don't know what I'd pay for this if I'd bought it pre-made, but the whole project - basket, paint, and flowers - cost me $13.00. And I had a really fun time in the process!
I'm definitely going to be challenging my creative comfort zone again soon, bc I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would. It took me 11 months to do it, but better late than never! And I plan to keep going until it comes naturally to me. Hopefully. :)
Until next time!