Unintentional…. furniture theme this month, thanks to inspiration from Houzz Ideabooks. My August 2nd post featured a reproduction “Ice Box” used for shoe storage/dresser plus a link to “Savvy Shoe Storage”. On August 16th, I posted a photo of a pair of upholstered barrel back chairs paired with link to “Antiques Today” from Houzz.
Here I go again. My favorite small desk from the Houzz Ideabook is number 4, the drop-down secretary from Pottery Barn. Surprise! maybe not… I have this small cherry drop-down writing desk of my grandfather’s in our guest room. It is paired with a chair featuring needle point seat cover made by my mother.
Cherry writing desk
Old school…..decades of albums, prints (multiple sizes), boxes, negatives, framed….meets digital. This project is brought to you by my “27 cubic feet” reduction goal (of personal papers and stuff). Photo archives account for nearly 3 cubic feet.
- Sort 2. Scan 3. Save for others
Scan, scan, scan….also, rather than disposing of most of the vacation, birthday and holiday prints…I chose three albums to reconfigure with photos selected especially for three adult children. Perhaps that just stalls my effort or mission. My hope is it will bring smiles and fond memories…. without the hours of searching to find their precious moments. ;)
Albums with personalized content
From Indy Star
Animal portraits at the 2016 Indiana State Fair
Today August 5th
It all started in May….with three seedlings. Just one of God’s miracles!
Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.
I claim using #10 and #12 plus a pocket system on bedroom door for dress shoes. I also use this cabinet in my home away from home. What is your system like?
Replica ice box (antique refrigerator)
Goodwill promotes that vicious cycle “Shop, Donate, Shop, Donate”. TLC’s “What Not to Wear” had Stacy and Clinton demonstrating weekly how to make over nominee’s wardrobe/closet. Cuyana promotes lean closets as a business plan by including a mailer for clothing donation with each clothing purchase.
For the past fifteen years, I have travelled often, primarily to three destinations. For me the “twist” on lean closets is to have three functional closets in three different states with the goal to reduce luggage plus packing and unpacking. (Easy laundry access at each place makes this workable.) 1) Home base 2)Farm 3) Warm weather. As time goes by, transfers between closets wring a little more use out of my clothing.
I have an example for extending the life/value of clothing.
I still love the colors and pattern of culottes I purchased 25 years ago. The waist was always a little snug. I had it altered professionally to raise the hem and expand the waist. The alteration was very well done. However, the change was awkward because the culotte style tended to bunch up. My remedy removed the excess material and sewed it back as a true skirt.
From culotte to skirt
For a much more involved projects, check out “Go Green” Sew News Feb/Mar 2013. One article illustrates “Giving an old scarf new life as trim on a fitted sweatshirt jacket” or “Mix and match worn sweaters of a funky up-cycled shoulder bag” …..ahhh the possibilities…
Less than 5 of 72 shower caddies to complete for the ladies at Wheeler Mission for Women and Children. The shower caddies will be functional gift bags filled with personal care products this Christmas.
We had a jump start this year with a donation of outdoor fabric in the form of new (rejected) cushion covers. The cushion cover seams were ripped and the fabric cut and sewn into 15 of the 72 caddies. The caddies are cylindrical bags with four external flared pockets. The bottom has three button-hole slits for the occasions water needs to drain. The handles are top stitched. Each caddie is made from one third yard of 54″outdoor fabric purchased from fabricguru.com.