Growing up, I spent many hours at my Grandmother's big old rambly house. She had a penchant for stowing away little treasures in every corner. Everywhere I poked my nose, whether it was in little drawers, or boxes, or bins, I'd come upon something wonderful! It was pointed out to me that I now do the same thing, and it would make an interesting blog entry to show you some examples.
These tins are in my kitchen, and have become collecting spots for corks and bottlecaps. Someday I'd like to make something from them, not sure what yet. I love outsider art made with odd things like corks and bottlecaps, so I just started tossing them in there.
There are actually more, I bought two sets off eBay years ago. The cookie cutters were my Gram's. I remember spending hours sitting at the table in the middle of her kitchen, eating sugar cookie dough while she was baking cookies. Her kitchen was red and white, and I have a hunch that may be why I like red so much.
In my bathroom, this hatbox came in handy to raise a squatty little lamp up higher. I have six or seven of them in various sizes, they all have different things stashed in them. Most of them have sewing-related things in them, like ribbon, cording, seam tapes and rick rack. Those I keep in the sewing part of my studio.
This one is full of vintage gloves from my Gram's house. I am still trying to figure out how to use them. Women used to have such tiny hands, there is no way I could ever get some of them on! The workmanship is beautiful!
This one is my favorite. Its an old... really old box, I can't remember what the material is called, but it has this gorgeous old silk lining in it. I think it came from Ro's grandmother's house, but I'm not sure. If I remember what the material is called I'll edit this to say what it is.
This is where I have stashed all my paper dolls! These come from all eras, from when I was little, and some new reproductions. Friends know I love them so every now and then I get one as a gifty. I have several sets of Shirley Temple, but my favorites are the animals, like this little cat, and a set of Peter Rabbit paper dolls.
As usual, there's lots more, but I really have to get back to work!