I am not really sad to see 2011 end. As years go, it wasn’t that great.
Jan. 3 marks one year of when everything turned upside down. I went to work, knowing people were being laid-off that day, not really expecting it would be in my area. As it turned out, it was me and my boss. Wow! I had worked there almost 9 years. I hadn’t held a job that long – ever. As it turned out, it wasn’t unemployment or even the new employment that I had trouble adjusting to.
I had the most trouble adjusting to the change in routine and schedule.
So, what did I do? Built something, of course.
That’s where I am going with this. I started my blog to be able to link to other blogs that show the cool stuff people build. I haven’t actually done that yet. Linked to other blogs. But I think it’s time to show how I worked through the funk of being unemployed.
It started with a box. I got the plans on http://ana-white.com/2010/07/furniture-plans-5-cube-tower-bookshelf.html, made a few adjustments to fit my space, turned it on it’s side and built this shelf:
The shelf was built before I was laid off…but then I read this post by Missy at My Cottage Charm: http://mycottagecharm.blogspot.com/2010/08/big-revealbuilt-ins-more.html and knew there was more work to do!
I showed it to my husband who didn’t believe I could build it but said, “Sure, you can make it, when you get a job.”
Get a job?
If I had a job, I wouldn’t have time to build anything! By this time we were at about the 2nd week of January and I was visiting my vacation home — in the lovely state of Denial!
So, we negotiated that if I could keep it under $25 I could build it.
I had an idea of using louvered doors to make the sides. After wasting my time on Craig’s List — I have already talked about this, after they finally contact you back and get the particulars, either the item is gone or it’s really not what you wanted. I ended up at my friendly, local Habitat Re-Use Store.
I found just the doors I was looking for:
and it was only:
at the Habitat Re Use Store. I also bought desk tops:
I already had two bookshelves that I would use as the base for each shelf, so now it was time to put it together.
I will put that in my Next Post!