(long post warning - but if you make it to the end you could win something!!)
But first a little story called The Birds Eye Maple Dresser.
I have this dresser mirror.
Why just the mirror you ask? (Since you asked)..It was my father's as a child and he gave me the dresser with the mirror and because I am an idiot, I sold it at a garage sale. Typing that actually makes me a little sick. Ya see, I didn't think I had use for the dresser and even if I did, I would have wanted to paint it and painting wood is sacrilege to my father. But, it upsets me that I got rid of it for a couple reasons. First, because my father doesn't throw anything away. He's from the era that you keep things, mend them, reuse them, hand them down - but never throw them away. I think growing up he only owned 1 pair of pants and 1 pair of shoes at a time. So not only is he careful with his belongings, he's nostalgic. I know the things he keeps remind him of of the good times in his life and this was the dresser he had in his bedroom growing up. So selling it was kind of like me pinching him - just mean. I wasn't trying to be mean, but I get into these "I don't need it, I won't use it, get rid of it" moods and sometimes I "get rid" of too much. The fact that I sold it is still a touchy subject with my Dad. I wish I had kept the piece and used it in one of my daughter's rooms somehow. I love furniture pieces that have a story behind them. But we probably would have ended up with a family dispute and lots of eye rolling because I would have painted it.
Anyhoo - after I sold the dresser, I immediately hauled the mirror inside to keep it from being sold. The woman who bought the dresser actually came back later, after the garage sale was over to see if she could buy the mirror part as well and I told her I couldn't do it. I considered asking her if I could have it back and giver her her money back because I felt so bad that I'd sold something that my father had given me. Not to mention- it was pretty darn cute too! So now I have an old, Birds Eye Maple Dresser mirror and I am DETERMINED to use it one way or another.
This is where you come in....
I am not at all worried about fixing the scroll work - I kind of dig it's "battle scars", but I have thought of re-silvering the mirror and hanging just the oval mirror part horitonzally in my dining room (but then you loose out on the beautiful scrolley woodwork). I have contemplated making into a stand alone dressing mirror and creating some kind of base for it. But I KNOW that there are so many more creative minds out there with better ideas than I have and would LOVE the input!
I have been dying to do a giveaway and have been waiting until we have 100 followers, but not really sure why I that has to be our benchmark for the first giveaway - so to heck with that idea! Who wants to win something? Behind door #1, is a burlap ruffle wreath OR behind door #2, is a set of countdown blocks! I can make either item with fabric for Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas!
If your idea is chosen you can choose what you'd like and give me your details including which holiday you would like your prize for and I'll send it right over! Thanks for your ideas and for letting me get my guilty story off my shoulders! You can bill me for your counsel! ;)