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Friday, the most lip curling prestigious honor was bestowed upon me by my boss. I was assigned to decorate stockings for our department unit of 13. As you may have already concluded, I don’t just “decorate.” I embellish, garnish, adorn, jazz up, festoon and beautify; obviously he had no idea what he was asking of me because this won’t just be glitter and felt. I then, in turn,  drafted another unsuspecting willing coworker to help.

I don’t know if I am confident enough in our abilities to actually post “before and afters” of our stockings. I mean, we’re dressing-up 13 stockings in 4 hours; I guarantee they all won’t be worthy of a Smithsonian exhibit. But I may as well be thoughtful enough to post some of the *inspiration* for my designs. (You know, just in case your boss decides to give you the same assignment…)


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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