Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Step by step

Sometimes people say things that inspire me. I've spent quite some time on Knock Off Wood, a fun blog that provides plans for "knocking off" popular pieces of wooden furniture. From Ikea to Pottery Barn, Ana White delivers the plans and shows off her own examples of furniture building. But maybe the best part is all the space and attention she devotes to all her fans and readers, people who set out to make their own wonders using her plans. They showcase some spectacular stuff, and here are just a few examples:

Ana came up with this lovely shelf in no time using some discarded pallets!

And here we have an amazing child kitchen, made by Ana's guest blogger Kirsten from Crafting Chicks

For more great furniture ideas you should definitely pay Ana a visit, but going back to my original statement, Ana is also a very interesting women with plenty to share. I was personally touched by how she sees life: taking one day at a time and managing everything step by step, definitely what I'm trying to do now! You should read the whole post, but I think it sums up into this:

As we look at this mountain in perspective, this hike seems incredibly amazing.  But in actuality, everything amazing is merely a combination of very ordinary steps.  Never once did I look ahead, and think, I am going to climb to the top of that mountain.  Oh no, it was more like, I am going to make it to the next drainage without being carried.  And when we would reach the next drainage, I would think, I know I have one more drainage in me.  And before I knew it, there was no more drainages.  We were on top.


  1. i would love tht child kitchen ^^

    shame im not short enough T_T

  2. As I've said before, kids get all the best stuff :(

  3. Ahh, such a great idea with the first shelf! I'm filing it away for my future home!

    And the child's kitchen is just perfect, I wish I had one so elaborate when I was young:)


  4. It's great, isn't it?

    A cousin of mine, whose father is a builder, had her own REAL playhouse. It was a mini stone house, full of play furniture, with its own little stone pathway, amazing! My older cousin and I used to hide out in there when the rest of the family tried to get us to sing (true story, that's what happens when half of your family is Irish!).