I'd have to say that my most favorite part of my glorified junk
business is right at the very beginning. Yes, the very moment I first spot an item that for whatever reason, seems especially interesting or vintage. Looking at old castaways in a
thrift shop, flea market, or yard sale, seeing it with fresh eyes, and
then, having an idea suddenly spark in my mind of how I can envision
the treasure recreated. My eyes glaze over and my head very nearly spins as I my brain goes in a
million different directions. I am filled with a burst of
sudden and complete energy and inspiration. I cannot wait to get the new-to-me item home and begin making a large mess creating a masterpiece.The next thing I know,
three hours have passed (although it feels like twenty minutes) the item is completed and priced and I am so excited I could stay up all night doing project after project, and I find myself repeatedly sneaking back to the item I reinvented, just to gaze at it and smile with a huge sense of satisfaction. Seriously.
Now that I think of it, I guess I just covered almost every aspect, start to finish, of what I do in my business of bliss.
I'm just sharing this because I am wondering if any of you experience this phenomenon as well. Surely I am not alone. It's completely exhilarating to me.
The picture above shows an example of one of the latest gems discovered on a thrifting excursion recently. You see, I got not one, but two of these charming little iron lamps a couple of weeks ago while out thrifting in the biggest little city with the other Tracey.
Okay, they didn't quite look like this when I found them. They were pretty scuffed up and had no shades, or ribbons, or doodiddles decorating them. (Let's just say that they were in the "rough" stage of the diamond in the rough category)
I could see their potential right away and was thrilled to snag them for a makeover before we head to Alameda this weekend. I can just picture one of these on a table in an entry, or in a corner of the kitchen, or even on a powder room or bathroom counter, can't you? (Talk about mood lighting. The perfect little muted light to take a bubble bath by, if you ask me, and I am somewhat of an expert on the proper atmosphere for bubble baths.)
*sigh* See why I love doing what I do? Now, if only I could do it full time.