After spending some time settling into my new room, I realized that storage (that is, attractive storage) can be a real problem. So after struggling for not a little while to find something suitable, we came up with these solutions….
Cigar Boxes- oh, I know that seems funny. But you see, when my mom was in junior high, she knew a girl whose father owned a cigar store. Mom still has boxes that her friend gave to her in the late 70s! And they are really very cute and colorful. Not to mention very inexpensive. Be sure to get the wooden kind… they are most durable!
Glass Cracker Jars- these are so cute, and a very convenient way to store pretty objects like ribbons or buttons or beads. At $3 to $5 dollars each, cracker jars are perfect for the frugally minded. However, I must warn you… the lids are silver. So I spray paint them! These want to be turquoise, I think.
Plastic Woven Baskets- I found these Rubbermaid baskets on clearance and bought them before I really had any idea of what to do with them. But they have turned out to be such a blessing! They now house sheets, extra sweaters, papers and memorabilia, Christmas presents (those go on the very top shelf!), and other little items.
Little Flea Market Finds- This category is definitely most fun! The little jars and dishes found at flea markets or garage sales are often so unique that they really make a statement. And they can be bought for literally pennies! Some of my favorites cost me less than $1 a piece. They are great for things like pens, pencils, scissors, seam gauges, jewelry, and hair barrettes.
Photo Storage Boxes- These are great, too! We have them in the sewing room for miscellaneous notions like thread, zippers, adhesives, embellishments, and purse handles. Both JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby carry these in a wide assortment of colors. (The boxes shown below are in the sewing room, but I plan to find some colored ones for my bedroom.)
Once you really start looking, storing those little odds and ends becomes easier. It’s always exciting for us to discover some clever way to hide our less-than-pretty necessities!
The Lord continues to bless us in ways that astonish me! After struggling with the advertising dilemma, He has graciously dropped a wonderful opportunity right at our feet. Sometime in mid to late December one of our pleated cottage aprons will be in a giveaway on Crystal Paine’s blog! We have been encouraged by Crystal’s blog for quite some time now, and are very excited about the giveaway. We’re working on a diaper bag for her as well, and in return are receiving a whole month of free advertising! It’s been such a joy to work with Crystal… she is so sweet. I am very thankful for this opportunity. In the last several months, the Lord has prospered our work so much and allowed us to do things that I would’ve never imagined!
posted by Apphia