When a great gift idea didn’t go as I expected, I got creative and the great gift became even cooler…
On a work trip to Boston in January, I stayed with an friend from college, and she gave me a book, “Practicing Peace in Times of War,” by Pema Chödrön. Really. great. book. like, awesome. So, I got copies for my dad and for my brother on Amazon. I like sharing used books because I think it’s a great way to recycle, and to save some money – but it’s dicey when buying as gifts for others because you really don’t know what you are going to get.
So, the books arrived. I must have missed the remark about no dust jackets – oops. But then on the back were these huge ugly “used book” stickers that wouldn’t come off unless I tore apart the whole cover. Grumble! I was really bummed. There is no way I can gift these wonderful (on the inside) books with such ugly covers!
Then, laying in bed one night, it occurred to me. Wow, that blank white/grey ugly covers of those books sure do look like blank canvases WAITING to be created upon.
So I did some experimental sketching and noting color ideas….
And then I finally got to painting!
I tried some experiments with colored paper squares, but I didn’t like the way it was working out so I nixed the idea and went for ribbon instead. I used a toothpick to draw some of the fine lines, and puff paint for the glittery stars. I would have done things a little differently if I could start over, but learned many things and would totally try this again.
Lesson: If life gives you lemons – get creative and make lemonade! (sorry to be so cliche)