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In my last post I showed you my alley trash jewelry organizer, and mentioned that I might have encountered a small problem.  I had it in my mind all along that those drawer fronts would fit perfectly on each side of my triple-mirror dressing area.  I intended to measure the space, but never really got around to it before I started into the project.  I assumed if they wouldn’t fit there I could just use them somewhere else. 

Katrina of Art & Table guessed my mistake.  Sure enough, my jewelry organizers were a few inches too long to fit in the space where I had envisioned using them.  Try as I might I couldn’t find another spot to use them, so I did what I should have done in the first place…Yardsticks

It actually worked out pretty well.  With a little measuring this time and some help from my husband and his saw I was able to put the drawer-front organizer to use after all. The main casualty was the vintage button.  So sad, I really liked that button.

Drawer Fronts

We took a little off of the right side of the top one, the left side of the bottom one. 

A Perfect Fit

Now I just need to know what to do with those two pieces!

Leftover pieces

That project didn’t turn out quite like I had expected. 

My mom accompanied me on one of my recent out-of -town trips for radiation treatment.  One of our conversations on that trip was about expectiations.  I was telling her how a counselor friend of mine had described expectations as something to the effect of  ”predetermined disappointments.”  I told her that I realized some of my frustration over my recent health issues had to do with the expectation that I would be as healthy in the future as I had been blessed to have been in the past.  The problem was not so much with the reality of how things are, but with the unrealistic expectations for the future.  Somehow being healthy led me be expect that I always would be, and even that somehow I deserved to be. 

After mom dropped me at my house that day she returned a bit later with a carton of ginger ale (my new post-radiation craving) and a bundle of unopened daffodils wrapped in nothing but a rubber band.  Seems these daffodils were supposed to open up after being placed in water. We were both intrigued with these unusual blossoms-to-be.

Daffodil label

I trimmed the stems, placed them in a vase and waited expectantly.

Unopened Daffodils

Mom took some home as well.

We watched for change.


And we waited

.Daffodils in the Window

Alas,the only change that occured was when I moved them from the window to the niche.

Niche with Daffodils


Those daffodils definitely didn’t live up to our expectations, but they did provide a good laugh, a reminder of our conversation, and food for thought.

I still expect good things out of life.  But in the end those good things may look a little different than what I had envisioned. And most things come out better when I measure first!


  1. Mom
    Posted 4 Apr ’11 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I have had many unmet expectations in my life, but you have never been one of them. You continue to amaze me!

    • Posted 5 Apr ’11 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      What a sweet thing to say! I could say the same about you.

  2. Posted 4 Apr ’11 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I just finished reading a chapter this morning on expectations. Who created those darn things anyway? :) I seem to think a lot about expectations in the month of April. Perhaps it’s the excitement for spring-summer?

    Enjoy this post tons. I especially like the measuring tape/stick image toward the top. Is that little niche in your house? I think I’m having a case of niche jealousy. The godly kind of jealousy, of course… That house is a gem. No matter how many times I see it, there is always something new to discover!

    • Posted 5 Apr ’11 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

      I believe niches were quite the rage in 1929 homes, everytime I see a home in a magazine built around that time they seem to have them! I love my house too, cracked ceilings and all.
      Hope you noticed the comment from Cindi about my landing page. I love that page too, and I am so grateful to you for discovering that template and sharing with me. Thanks for all your help and encouragement.
      Always love to see what you are cooking!

  3. Connie
    Posted 4 Apr ’11 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this post! Enjoyed seeing your artwork completed! And I love that you got to spend time with your sweet mom… God is blessing you through your trials! Love you!

  4. ~Cathy~
    Posted 5 Apr ’11 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    ~*Beautiful and inspirational as always!*~ Thank you and God bless you!

  5. Posted 5 Apr ’11 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    First let me just say that I love your blog…the landing page rocks!
    I’m what my kids call a “creeper” (not as bad as it sounds) it simply means I read the comments as much as the content of the blog…long story short; your Mom’s comment brought tears to my eyes. What a precious comment. And honestly that is what blogging is all about to me…interaction between me and my readers.
    Thank you for visiting mine….I will be seeing you here and hopefully there too :)

    • Posted 5 Apr ’11 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the wonderful comment. I must give credit to Katrina of Art & Table for leading me to my blog template with the great home page. She is a talented artist and cook in addition to her great web skills. I appreciate her help so much!
      Looking forward to your future posts!

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