Saturday, October 1, 2011

Before Photos, Elbow Grease and a New Creation

Most of us enjoy "the hunt." Many of us enjoy the process of transforming an object that has been cast off - revising it into a useful, beautiful object that we may use in our home. 

Some of us sell our items to someone with less vision or time and a better manicure.

A lot of us see beauty in patina, flaws, cracks and chips. Some of us painstakingly repair and restore these items, while others celebrate the flaws. Both styles are acceptable - even admirable.

Some of us see a perfectly wonderful or acceptable item, and envision it in a new way. We use our skills and creativity to give it a new life - sometimes one that was not imagined by the maker, not part of the original aesthetic or purpose.

Most of us don't mind buying something needs patching, painting, or mending. We actually enjoy doing the things it takes to make these items precious!

We buy things that are dirty. 

 Because dirty things can be bought dirt cheap!

Sometimes we find things that only need a fresh coat of spray paint, and a little elbow grease to clean them.

This act of revision and recreation helps us create cozy, unique homes for our families. It contributes to our income. It grows our skill sets and our creativity. It encourages others to do the same. It brings us joy, satisfaction, and confidence - more than any perfect manicure could. 

Word for the Day:

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Thank you to those of you who have encouraged me without ever knowing. 


Linking this with:  (Saturday Nite Special)  (Would you Buy it Wednesday)


Kristen said...

Revi, thanks for stopping by. I see we are of a similar mind right now! I love your inspirational words about why we do what we do. Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

You just described me! I love the hunt, the revisions and restoration and occasionally the cleaning (not my favorite part though).

Thanks for sharing the verse too!

Ricki Treleaven said...

*nice* finds

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love how you put into words why we do the things we do! I remember the days of nice manicures (sigh)!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Great finds and makeovers!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Such a thoughtful post! You've captured the essence of creativity for many bloggers. :) said...

LOVE this post today. You really said it so elequently:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

A Vintage Vine said...

Great post! I love your lanterns, you gave them new life!

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Good works are coming out of your faith, Revi!

Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog.


outjunking said...

I see good things a head for that frame. You know it's kinda funny how going out to buy 2nd hand items has brought so many people together.