Friday, November 12, 2010


My mother in law once shared with me this phrase,

Poverty Breeds Creativity

Well, if that's the case then I have been busy breeding and


It's true, though.

She said, "If you could go out and buy everything you wanted, you wouldn't have to be creative with what you've already got."

We were in the "struggling student" phase for 5 years while my husband did his graduate studies. I stayed home with the boys and we lived off student loans. I would guess that 90% of the items in my home have been given to us for free from kind, generous people--or things we picked up off the tree lawn and made our own. We were given this table and chairs by some students who were graduating and moving on up in the world. We were grateful to have a table that fit us all--with room to serve the food as well.

As most things go, after a few years I was antsy for a change. Not having the extra cash to drop on a new set, I decided to freshen up the old set.

The table was a honey colored wood that blended in with the floor. So, I painted it white.

Then, because I can't get enough red in my house, I decided that would be the perfect color for the chairs.

That chandelier was originally a brass fixture that hung in a different spot. A spot where it was destined to be a magnet to my 6'4" husband's head.

So, what's a gal to do?

Spray paint it.

Basically turning it from brass to beautiful in a few seconds flat.

Boy was I ever excited when I went through my mail the other day and saw the recent Pier 1 ad.

There it was,

my table.

(Well, close enough.)

$250 + 90+90+90+90+90+90 = $ 790


I think I'll stick to breeding.


  1. Love it and newest follower! And I totally understand where you are coming from---husband just graduated from Med School! :) Thanks for the inspiration! Check us out when you get a chance!

  2. I'm keeping that great quote in mind. So true!

  3. You must feel so proud of your handy work!

    I just wanted to let you know that I featured your Etsy shop on my blog today. I included a photo of a pair of earrings to go along with the link back to your Etsy store. Hope that's ok.



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