Or, as The Nester says, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." Just like my little blinkie button says over there. Reading this phrase over and over has helped me overcome my fear of failing to make things in my home beautiful. It doesn't have to be perfect! Make it my own form of beautiful! I have gained courage to start working on things I have wanted to for years, knowing that imperfections only make it more "mine." For that, I will always be grateful to Nester.
Here's my imperfectly beautiful piece. The fabric is from an old (I mean ancient...from 1970!) mattress that had been in my Mimmie and Grandaddy's home for years before I somehow acquired it. We really needed to get rid of the mattress and box spring, as it was just not serviceable anymore as a bed. But the thought of getting rid of it made me so sad that it stayed propped up against the wall in the guest room, preventing anyone, including non-guests, from entering the room.
Reading The Nester and Kimba has helped me come up with new ways to decorate my home, to make it my own. With this frame of mind, I came up with the idea to cut off the fabric covering the mattress set and re-purpose it. The fabric is not all that pretty, and it's definitely not designer, but to me it is beautiful because of where it came from.
As to what I'm going to do with it, I have a couple of ideas so far. As soon as I can get some fringe to hot glue (okay, since I got my sewing machine to work, I may sew it) on, some of this fabric is going to cover a pillow. My sister told me I had better be making one for her, too. Another way I'm going to use it is to take a picture of these robin eggs and place it in this frame with the fabric peeking out from behind it. No, it won't be professional. No, it won't be perfect. But it WILL be beautiful. In my eyes, at least!
Every time I'll see that frame or pillow, I will not only be reminded of my beautiful-if-imperfect grandparents and the memories of their home, I'll also be reminded that in my home, perfection only keeps my heart in bondage, unable to let its creativity out! THANK YOU, NESTER!
Now, y'all head on over to The Nesting Place and see everyone else's imperfectly beautiful lives!