31 Days of Lovely Limitations Day 8 :: Use Your Mad Skilz


You know that chair with the broken seat and the ugly fabric? You don’t have to wait till you learn how to sew, buy a yard of fabric and figure out how to use the jigsaw you don’t own, to cut a new board for the bottom.

Refusing to learn a new skill but being open to using the skills you have in a new way is one method to get things done.

I don’t know how to reupholster, but I know how to hot glue.

Don’t focus on what you don’t know how to do, instead think about how you can use what you know for a different purpose.

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  1. The Matisse quote is strong and real. Good post!

  2. Because of you, I now keep upholstery tacks and hot glue sticks in my cabinet like I keep bread and milk. I just ran out of tacks the other day and about had a panic attack. I don’t sew or use a jigsaw but I can hot-glue and tack like nobody’s business.

  3. I’ve wasted WAY too much of my life obsessing over things I can’t do, when all along there were some pretty good things I could do. I appreciate the way you’ve helped me to understand that going ahead nad doing what I can and enjoying the process is a much better way to live than agonizing about what I can’t! Side benefit: I’ve learned that some people are sitting around wishing they could do what I can do! Who woulda thunk it?

  4. This is a great post. Really. Focusing on what I can do instead of what I can’t changes my whole outlook. Thanks for reminding me to accentuate the positive.

  5. I LOVE DIY projects! they definitely make me feel accomplished and productive! your chair looks absolutely fabulous, i might add.


  6. I have learned a lot on the computer, but feel drawn, after reading this . . . to learn a new skill besided that. I wonder what it will be?


    31 days of Christmas Wonder

  7. We were enlightened when we finally tried our hand at making furniture. So surprising when something isn’t as hard as you made it out to be! Trying to decide which skill to try out next!

  8. One of my favorite quotes: “You do not need the acquirement of fresh knowledge half so much as to put into practice that which you already possess.” -Fenelon

    I’ve been in a rut for several months. Thanks for the motivation!

  9. I’m really enjoying your series. thank you!

  10. I’m all about this! It’s such a healthy way of enjoying life. But I still try to learn new things, just not worried about it.

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I have a sewing machine but don’t sew a lick and it has always been frustrating for me thinking I can’t do that and comparing my skills to others but this helped me realize I don’t have to sew I just need to use what I’ve got.

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