Vintage Suitcase Table

It’s been over a month since I posted last … and I apologize for that.  Just know that I was thinking about this blog challenge – I didn’t completely forget about it.  Some things came up in my personal life and I had to address those issues.

Project:  Turning a vintage suitcase into a table
Expense Level:  $
Challenge Level:1 star2 star

Anyway, today I completed my FIRST task off of my bucket list challenge.  I did a craft that I’ve been meaning to do off of Pinterest.  It was something that I pinned a while back and sort of forgot about.

I went to a flea market yesterday and I picked up this vintage suitcase for only $15.  I knew right away that I had to have it.  I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.  There was/is very little room in my bedroom to display a suitcase.  So I went on Pinterest and saw that I had pinned this craft idea a while back.

So how did I do it?

First I went to Menards and bought 4 of the 5 3/4 inch table legs.  I also bought a can of metallic gold spray paint and 4 top plates made by Waddell.

I measured out the distance between the plates as I set them on the back of the suitcase and made sure that they were even.  Then I drilled holes in the selected areas and attached the plates.  Finally, I screwed in the table legs, which I had already spray painted metallic gold.

And VIOLA!  I was done.

I really enjoyed doing this project.  It was almost kind of fun drilling the holes into the suitcase and attaching the legs.  I also enjoyed spray painting.  It is something I definitely think I would do again.

On top of my suitcase, I have a few books, as well as a deck of cards with 52 great travel ideas.

On the inside of the top of my suitcase I clipped and strapped in some pictures of my friends and I.  Oh, and of course, my dog, Ava.

And here is a closer look at the inside of my suitcase.

The suitcase has an attachable piece of cloth which is used to separate the bottom of the suitcase from the top.  It’s used for more storage.

Here is a look inside the bottom of the suitcase.  I decided to put some books in the bottom since I am running out of shelving space to put them in my room.

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The Shawshank Redemption: A Movie Review

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

Title:  The Shawshank Redemption
Director:  Frank Darabont
Release Date:  December 23, 1994
Rating:  R
Genre:  Crime, Drama
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star5 star

I watched The Shawshank Redemption with full knowledge that this movie is rated number one on IMDB, as well as various other movie rating sites. I was also aware that this was quite possibly going to be the third movie in a row that I have rated five stars.  I was not going to watch it for this reason.  However, I was “conned” into watching it by my boyfriend who insisted that I would absolutely love this movie.

The Shawshank Redemption, according to IMDB is about “two imprisoned men [who] bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.”

The movie stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

Some background about me:  Last year, I was part of the Criminology club at the University I attend.  We visited maximum security prisons all over the country … but mostly here in Illinois.  Last year, I walked through the cold halls of Stateville Prison, as well as a women’s maximum security prison in Dwight, IL.  Both left me feeling a little ‘weird’ and ‘unsafe’ the rest of the day.  Mostly because the people that I met in these prisons all looked like your average person walking down the street.  There was no distinguishing these men and women as felons, that is, of course, for the different colored jumpsuits that they wore.  The irony of all of this is … even though I was surrounded by prisoners, it was one of the times in my life where I was actually the most safe.  There were security guards all over the place.  Literally nearly every direction I turned there was someone watching over the prisoners.

Now I’m not claiming to be a prison expert.  I’ve only been in a prison on three different occasions.

With that being said, The Shawshank Redemption was not as realistic as it could have been.  However, I realize that for the purposes of Hollywood, you sometimes need to stray away from what is real.  Real is boring.  People don’t like watching what is real.  I feel that this movie had the potential to give the brave people who work in prisons a bad name.  While yes, I’m sure that there are some horrible people out there in this field of work.  People who abuse their rights as well as the prisoners day in and day out.  I’m sure that there are prisoners out there who fear the people who are there to keep them safe and everything under control.  I’m sure.

And that is my only complaint about the movie.

The rest of the movie was fantastic!  The storyline was adapted from a Stephen King novel titled, ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.’  I have not read this book, but it appears to be a very well-written novel, after looking at a snippet of the book.  Of course, this is Stephen King.  He rarely disappoints.

The movie is about friendship, freedom, loneliness, hope, and of course, redemption.

While most films about prisoners focus on alienation and the miserable lives they live, The Shawshank Redemption gives the viewers a glimpse at the brighter side of prison.  As I read on urgentessays.co.uk, “It  projects prison walls inside a human mind and shows how slavery and liberation, enslavement and redemption lies within.”

Remember that weird and unsafe feeling I told you about that I get after I visit prisons?  I can easily compare that feeling to how I felt after watching this movie.  It really takes you inside the prison walls and you can see how the characters in this prison live.

I recommend The Shawshank Redemption to anyone and everyone.

Movie Challenge:  3 down, 7 more movies to go!

SIDE NOTE:  I have got to stop choosing movies from the top rated movies lists.  I need some so-so movie recommendations.  If you know of any, let me know.  I’ll watch them!

No Internet

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As you can probably tell from my title, my Mac’s internet is not working. I’m taking her to the Mac Hospital (the Apple store) tomorrow morning to see if they can fix the problem for me. I haven’t been able to watch any new movies or shows since I’ve been back at school. HOWEVER, I have been reading. Expect some reviews and other updates really soon.

Until then, I’m just going to focus on school and reading. Maybe I’ll even try to watch a show I’ve never seen before.

What is your favorite television show?