Thursday, January 14, 2010

Giving Thanks

I was so frustrated at work on Tuesday, that the word "quit" actually escaped my lips. No, I didn't quit, but I was seriously considering it and weighing my options. But, as usual, when I awoke on Wednesday morning, it was with a smile on my face and a whole new attitude. I am so thankful that I never stay down for long. So the theme of this post is giving thanks and being thankful.

First of all, big thanks to Emily at Em Celebrates. I won a giveaway, and she sent a package to my boys - even addressed it to them, much to their elation. Jason pulled out his 11-in-1 Cub Scout tool to cut open the package.

In that, another package.

In that, a bag (very clever, Emily, you kept them going for a while!).

And in that, some fun fabric and a book. Both perfect gifts for my little quilter/readers. Thanks, Emily.

(Do you think I could snip off a couple edges of this cute fabric without them noticing?)

Part of my attitude adjustment yesterday was to actually leave my desk for lunch. I've been working straight through lately, even though I know that isn't healthy, either physically or mentally. I got in the car, and ended up at the Habitat Resale store. I was half-heartedly looking for a bed frame when I came across this chair.

It may not look like much, but it was PERFECT! You see, I snipped this photo out of a magazine recently, hoping to customize a chair or two for my sewing studio.

This sturdy $5 chair already has the previous seat covering removed, so putting a new seat cover on should be a snap. I like the wood, so I don't think I'll paint the chair, but who knows. Oh, and to give credit where credit is due, I was also inspired by a photo from Victoria's BumbleBeans blog. I can't wait to get started. Of course, I have to work all weekend, so I probably won't get a chance to get to this right away. Grrrr! (Be thankful you have a job, Erin, be thankful you have a job...) Perhaps if I just keep repeating that to myself...

And finally, I am thankful that my husband's team won their game last night. They didn't play well, and ended up going into overtime, but a win is a win. Go Generals!

(Who IS that handsome coach!?!)


Becky said...

Great find on the chair! My grandmother's dining room table had chairs like these. Brings back great memories seeing the chair. The fabric for the fellas is just adorable. I'm sure they will find a really good use for it (and I can't wait to see what it is!!)

Cheryl Willis said...

I have two thrift shop finds in my sewing room, I like the seat your link shows, maybe I need to do a strip/selvage thing and re-do mine. looking good cw

quiltfool said...

Ugh! I know how you feel. Sometimes it is sooo hard to keep that glass half full at work. Hang in there. You're almost half through your 12 days straight. Walk away when you can. I'm sure the boys will love making something with that fabric. Lane

Anonymous said...

Your boys look excited! I love the fabric, hope they can make something fun. I need a chair for a corner in my living room. I am going to be on the lookout for one similar to yours...thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I want the selvages you know for that fabric. I mean I told you to enter. LOL Great find on the chair.

Em said...

Thank you for celebrating how connected we all are! And your husband won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAHOO!- full circle in a week and I feel like it is Christmas morning seeing your boys opening the pkg. Thank you for being a part of my life! Em

Hazel said...

Great fine on the chair .The boys look happy , can't wait to see what they make .

Linda and Piwacket said...

You are so smart to turn those frustrating times into an attitude of gratitude. We can't be up all the time, so may as well acknowledge our emotions and then just get on with it. What a great package for your boys and the chair is going to be perfect. I can't wait to see what you do with it!