My Rockin’ Moroccan Spool Ottoman in ReadyMade Magazine

Once upon a time there was an old wooden electrical spool from Lowes that was transformed into the Rockin’ Moroccan upholstered ottoman. By the way, not my golf shoes and not my dog.

Whether it’s a shortsighted goal or not, one of my goals when I started creating and restyling furniture was to one day have a project appear in ReadyMade Magazine. It’s happened. My little Rockin’ Moroccan Spool Ottoman makes her debut not once, but TWICE, on the pages of the April/May 2011 issue of ReadyMade.

You can read all about the ReadyMade100 contest here, but I’ll give you some highlights.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2010, I was dragging my feet with the thought of designing something for the ReadyMade100 contest. Honestly, I was feeling intimidated by all of the ultra clever ReadyMade readers who create, make and design. They all seem so tech and electrical savvy, I shrank at the thought of competing with them.

As the deadline of December 15th approached, I reconsidered. There WAS the Rockin’ Moroccan Spool Ottoman I made but had not yet posted on any blogs; and there was a furniture category.
Hmmmmm…well, what the heck? I set up my camera and began snapping away. (I’ve learned that a good contest really gets the competitive juices flowing.)

I wrote up the project and sent in the above photo. Not a word from ReadyMade until one cloudy day in mid-January, or thereabouts. I received an email from Alexa at ReadyMade. They asked me to ship my baby out to their Iowa offices. With as much excitement as I could muster at the end of January, I slushed over to Kinko’s and sent her on her way. Two days later, Alexa confirmed her arrival and said she looked better in person. Phewww! She was on her own now.

A month ago she was dropped back off on my door step. What did that mean??? I kept Googling the contest to see if they had a contest winner. They must threaten to behead employees if they leak info, because I’m pretty good at digging up info, but there was NOTHIN’.

Yesterday I found out RM (Get it- – ReadyMade and Rockin’ Moroccan) was a finalist. They congratulated me and told me I’d receive a copy in the mail.

Pfffft! Do you honestly think I was going to wait for the US Postal Service?
I was at Barnes and Noble first thing this morning. TA DA! She looks swell, don’t you think?

So, if you have the chance, enter your creative work in a contest. DO IT! It adds exciting anticipation to your days, especially the dreary days of January and February, and you get your stuff out there. It’s a thrilling shot in the arm to mix it up with other like minded folks. I’ll always remember this past winter as The ReadyMade100 Winter.

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6 Responses to My Rockin’ Moroccan Spool Ottoman in ReadyMade Magazine

  1. Woot woot! Congratulations to you! A HUGE honor and accomplishment. What a gorgeous ottoman you created. You’re famous now…there’s no turning back. Way to go for it!

  2. cat says:

    You must have been soooooo excited when you saw the pics in the mag! CONGRATS!!!! Fabulous ottoman


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  5. Just featured this on my blog. WELL DONE. I’ll be keeping an eye on what you are creating. Great stuff.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    There are a lot of great ideas and information here. I am redoing pieces of furniture, will check back for advice.