Saturday, June 18, 2011

It might just come in handy some day

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

My office was once a bedroom, although not in the 18 years I've lived in this house.  Therefore it has a pretty good sized closet.  Not long after we moved in, I had shelves installed, since I had no intention of hanging clothes or storing shoes in it.

I have a lot of boxes in there (mostly shoe sized), and all of them are neatly labeled--otherwise I'd forget what's inside.  I have boxes of my books, boxes of stationery (I seem to collect note cards), and office supplies, and what not.  And I have a large, clear-plastic tub of craft supplies.

The odd thing is ... I don't do crafts.

I love to look through that craft box, which houses my glue gun (handy for quick fixes), ribbon, darning yarn, needles, thread, sewing machine parts that I picked up in a box lot some years ago and didn't know what to do with, but kept them anyway.  Popsicle sticks. Rubber stamps.  Embroidery floss and Aida cloth  (I used to do counted cross stitch . . . before I got carpal tunnel syndrome).  Buttons.  Fiberfill.  Glue.  Cloth for pillows that will never be made.  You name it, that tub has at least a scrap of it.

I always think that one day I will find the time (and talent) to fix things.  To create things fun things out of bits and bobs.  It isn't going to happen, but I like to think that one day it might.

Have you got a box of stuff that pleases you but has no real value?

15 comments:

Aurian said...

Yes, I have a box with stones and crystals I colleced as a young girl. Sometimes I pack them all out and look at them, admiring them again, and then I put them all back carefully. You can't do anything with it, but I also don't want to throw them out.

Aimee said...

I have a small box of antique buttons from two decades ago when button bracelets were all the rage. My mother and I were going to make one. We never got around to it.

The 10th anniversary of my mom's death is in September. That little box of buttons is very precious to me now and I know I will never get rid of it.

Sue said...

I have a box of my old Barbie and Ken dolls. Sometimes I still take them out and the girls and I change their clothes and play a few minutes then put them back in the box and close the closet door.

ev said...

The only Barbie clothes I kept were the wedding gown and veil my mom crocheted for me and a ball gown made out of dark red taffeta with a black velvet cape. Everything else went to a friends grand daughter. My daughter used to break the heads off the dolls and stuff them back on- no neck Barbies. They were usually casualties of war with the GI Joes.

HelenF said...

Boxes and boxes upon boxes and boxes.

Dru said...

I have a tin of buttons that I have no use for but can't part with.

Danielle said...

I have a small box of fortunes from fortune cookies.

Barbara said...

I have a bin full of yard, embroidery thread, and scraps of material. I really should make something out of all this mess but probably never will.

signlady217 said...

Did you say "a" box? I wish it was just one! We're not even gonna go there. :)

Linda said...

I have a clear plastic tub with embroidery and needlepoint kits I always think I'm going to complete. I keep it all because I like knowing it's there I guess! I have discovered that I like to read more than I like to do crafts, scrapbooking, and needlework.

Vicki said...

My family moved every year or two growing up so everything was always in a box! Still have boxes of keepsakes from friends and the dreaded crafts box but that one is dwindling at long last! Quilt fabric stash is growing so no progress.

Jeannie said...

Yes, I had boxes of cross-stitching patterns and threads and canvases. So, finally when it dawned on me that this was in my past, I donated the entire stash to a local needlecraft store trying to get noticed. Sometimes I miss my stash but now I'm collecting the most fabulous book collection!

Sarita said...

I have my mother-in-law's sewing machine attachments. Totally useless to me but they make me smile so I'm keeping them!

Debra said...

No boxes and stuff with no value. Instead I have a whole room full of expensive stuff, i.e. yarn. My sister says I have a yarn shop in there.

Griperang/Angela said...

my two favorite boxes that I have that I love getting into contain my bookmark collection and my post card collection. They are fun to look at and provide great memories