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turning inspiration into action

March 16, 2013

sometimes you just gotta do it…

stop over-thinking and take action.

one of the things that i have always loved about charleston farmhouse

is that the artists acted on impulse–

when they had an idea they acted on it instead of getting caught up in planning.

as a (former) habitual planner,

i’m getting better about acting on impulse.

in fact, that’s pretty much how anything gets done around here any more.

after going through my photos and reliving some of those inspiring moments of travel,

i knew the time had come to capture that inspiration and turn it to action.

so, i decided to start with something manageable,

something that i could do myself with no help

and that would brighten a small out-of-the-way spot.

i chose the rather functional, utilitarian shelving in my pantry.

everything was white (-ish) and i craved a pop of color.


i grabbed these and got to work.

immediately i realized that the rough surface of the shelf edge

was going to make things far more difficult than i had (not) planned.

i managed to get the base coat on with a brush,

but it was pointless to proceed any further with the small brushes i’d need in such a confined space.



necessity being the mother of invention, i came up with plan b:

q-tip art, people!

i may not be a planner, per se, but i am also not a quitter.

once i started, i was determined to finish.


i found a few other tools to work with,

but the design was primarily accomplished with cotton swabs.


two shelves with each design.



the other side has only one board which,

being behind the freezer, presented interesting logistical challenges.


i was not exactly happy with the imperfection of these attempts,

but not unhappy enough to redo it.


there’s hope for me yet.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2013 3:11 am

    i’m totally convinced that you and i are related: kindred in spirit and heart and soul.

    * love *

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      March 17, 2013 3:18 am

      hope for us both yet, hey?
      for the most part i had fun doing it, but now i totally understand how boring it is watching paint dry…

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