I initially began searching Craigslist for an affordable and space-efficient dresser—my room is about 10" x 12" so space is tight given my queen size bed and knitting kit. For those of you who have never lived in Florida and tried to find affordable furniture on Craigslist...Everything is overpriced. Even the really nicked up dressers that are missing knobs, don't open smoothly and smell like animal urine are a minimum of $30.
Then, I wandered into our front room and gazed considerably upon the dresser that was being used as a television stand. I vaguely recalled that we had owned a dresser that you couldn't even open on account of bad tracks. To my surprise and delight, this dresser was not that pile of crap dresser I recalled. All three drawers opened smoothly and I decided to claim it as my own (as I'd already done to a vintage nightstand that now holds my knitting works-in-progress, books I'm reading, candle and coaster for my beverages).
This weekend, I plan to revamp it. As you can see from the photo below, it's missing several knobs and the remaining ones don't match.
And as you can see in the second photo, it's got a good bit of wear. HOWEVER, it has great bones to it and the dresser is sturdy—compared to some of the cheap 'assembly required' laminate furniture we've owned (and destroyed) in recent years.
After some sanding, wood filler, paint and new knobs, this dresser will be golden and I intend to do as much of the work as is possible this weekend. Hopefully by Wednesday, all my clean clothes will be stored in said dresser and the laundry baskets will begin—once more—to do their job of ferrying dirty & clean laundry to and from the laundry room and nothing more. :)
AND finally, we have my novel in progress "Temperance & the Duke." I officially have commissioned an artist—a friend I met in my freshman year of college—who has resolved to spend her year during 12 pieces of free art (one for each month) for friends or family members who might ask it of her in hopes of getting her name out and about. I've given her a deadline of December and a badly rendered Paint-created cover sketch of what I'm hoping for. She then sent back the challenge of writing up a synopsis for the back cover.
Also, to further assist in the development of my novel—and following advice from Becca about creating a map to help orient readers in my world—I created a map of my world (gee, bet you didn't see that one coming. *grin*). Here it is, in all it's smallish glory. I am so proud of it, so I'm going to splurge on the details of how I did it.
The rest of the map is a result of taking a map of the world and playing around with the continents in paint. I took pieces that interested me visually and flipped/rotated/moved them around until I was satisfied with the effect. After that, I pasted in the work I'd already done so that everything would fit properly and proceeded to tab my way back over to GIMP, where I underwent the same process for that part of the map that I had for the upper section.
<shameless plug>Isn't it glorious? Doesn't it make you want to swoon and read the book? </shameless plug>