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"Kristi, Everything You Touch Turns To Gold"

I hear these words quite often from Matt. He is absolutely the most supportive and encouraging husband in the world. But one thing’s for sure…he’s delusional. How do I know? Because sometimes, projects go like this:

First, I get a grand idea in my head. A project, a beautiful project…and in my head, it looks simply fantastic. Sheer perfection.

So I go online to find inspiration and helpful info and tips.

I plan, I shop, I gather the supplies and tools.

Then I make four more trips to JoAnn Fabrics because I don’t have enough supplies.

Then when JoAnn Fabrics is out of the supplies I need, I beg the manager to break the rules by ordering the supplies from another store, rather than the vendor, so that I can get the needed supplies the next day, rather than five days later, and he obliges…although a bit begrudgingly…because I’m such a regular customer and I spent boatloads of money in that store.

And then when I realize that I STILL don’t have enough supplies (because I’m mathematically-challenged, and have a hard time with sums greater than 10 since I only have 10 fingers), I twist the manager’s arm once again to break the rules for me, and he obliges…again.

And then I work…for hours…on the project, getting everything just right–measuring with precision, cutting so carefully, measuring again, pinning, gluing, ironing, stapling.

For hours…days.

And when the project is done, I step back, inspect my work, and my reaction is…

UUUGGGHHHH!!!!

What the HECK?!

THAT’S NOT HOW IT LOOKED IN MY HEAD!!


Bedside table FAIL.

I tried to make them work. I tried to convince myself that in the “big picture” they would be fine. But my brain wouldn’t allow it. It kept nagging at me…eating at me. When I looked at the tables, I could swear that they were laughing at me…mocking me.

Nope, I couldn’t take it.

To fix the problem, it took me all of about 15 minutes to find the fabric I liked (and that’s just because I wandered around the store looking for fabrics for my own bedroom as well), and about 45 minutes to make (and it took that long only because my gathering thread broke and I had to start the gathering over again).


Bedside table SAVE!!

So…yeah. When Matt says to me, “Kristi, everything you touch turns to gold,” I thank him and tell him how sweet he is, but inside I just laugh. The truth isn’t nearly so flattering.



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13 Comments

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    Scientific Housewife
    August 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    It looks great! I love the stripes!

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    Nichole @ Parlour
    August 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Such a cute post, and table skirt. My hubby tells me the same thing, and I feel the same way as you. At least we can fool SOMEONE! ( =

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    g.m.smith
    August 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I guarantee your original idea will reappear somewhere down the road, because it's so classy and sophisticated. But I have to admit I love the "re-do," because it looks more cozy. You amaze me! Love your posts and blog!

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    Carmen
    August 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    haha…sounds like my creative process.

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    Karen
    August 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    When gathering, I recommend doing a zig zag stitch over some thin cotton embroidery thread. It doesn't break.

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    Kim - A Creative Spirit
    August 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I love the fix.. I don't "HATE" the original but the final product is much softer looking….

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    jengenev
    August 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I'm dying to know your fix for the gold shower enclosure…..as I approach week 4-ish of my shower being dismantled because I too had a grand idea…..to paint our gold enclosure. Seemed so much easier in my head 🙂

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    Green Gracie Home
    August 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I agree with Kim…no one else might have noticed the first one, but I love the second one…nice save!

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    Laurie
    August 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Good save- Nice to know I am not the only one out there. Love the second one.

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    Jean
    August 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I agree. I like the first one, but I love the fix. And, Karen, thanks for the gathering tip! Why didn't I think of that??? 🙂

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    Custom Area Rug
    August 30, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    This is so funny and so true!! I'm amazed at how often something turns out COMPLETELY different from what I saw in my mind! Still, even the "mistake" looks awesome!

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    jengenev
    April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I'm dying to know your fix for the gold shower enclosure…..as I approach week 4-ish of my shower being dismantled because I too had a grand idea…..to paint our gold enclosure. Seemed so much easier in my head 🙂

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    g.m.smith
    April 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I guarantee your original idea will reappear somewhere down the road, because it's so classy and sophisticated. But I have to admit I love the "re-do," because it looks more cozy. You amaze me! Love your posts and blog!

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