I didn’t think it was possible, but I think fate just intervened to inspire. At a thrift store.
Over the past few weeks, I have been mentally drained. Physically drained. Just drained. Bronchitis, other physical issues, stress, family problems, and just plain brain fog have plagued me for the past month.
I was even drained of inspiration. Artistic, entrepreneurial, even domestic inspiration was just gone.
My workstation has looked like a ghost of ideas.
A ghost town. And a can opener.
On Monday, I convinced myself to go to the thrift store to get some jeans. Yes, I totally wear thrift store pants. One’s in good condition anyway. I draw the line at under garments and full shoes. Foot sweat…eww. Thrift sandals are game. But I was in dire need of pants, mine no longer fit. (Yay for weight loss!)
So of course while I’m at my favorite thrift store, I have to browse at least, it’s in my DNA. I ended up picking up a couple of picture frames, and a coaster. Just one coaster. I have a weird obsession of collecting random, awesome coasters. Geez, I keep getting off track of the story. ADD in full effect today apparently.
I walked by the furniture section, and saw this lonely table. It doesn’t have a top, but I was drawn to it. I looked at it for a few minutes, but couldn’t think of anything that I could do to it to bring it back to life, so I paid for my things and left.
When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about that table.
I looked up some ideas on “DIY table tops,” but nothing really caught my eye or my skill level/price level.
Then I thought, “Hell, I could just glue a big piece of glass on the top, from a picture frame. Maybe mosaic it or something. I could do that.”
So the next day, I went back to the thrift store, hoping the table was still there. It was, but I still didn’t pick it up. I don’t know if it was a lack of confidence or just the fact that I still didn’t quite know what I was going to do or how I would do it.
An hour of browsing later, I said to myself, “If no one has snagged that table yet, I’m just going to get it.”
It was still there. So I paid my $3 for this thing and took it home.
I decided to look through my collection of unused frames to try to figure out my glass idea. The first frame I picked up fit perfectly. WITH the frame. And looked amazing.
I found some contact paper I hadn’t used and replaced the photo inside with the design. With the frame placed atop the $3 table, it was perfection.
20 minutes, a $3 table, an old frame, dollar store contact paper, and a hell of a lot of glue brought back this gal’s inspiration.
I think sometimes if we’re in a rut, even if we fall behind for a bit (or a month), we just have to start working again. Just start moving again – get the brain blood flowing. Take a chance on something, even something small, even a $3 table. It just might work out.
The $3 table that gave me my mojo back.