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Friday, February 24, 2012


I’ve always had a “thing” for using old wooden pieces in an attempt to organize some of my treasures and necessities.  I love the sections provided by a flatware tray turned on end.  This one, in my study, corrals my alphabet stamps and some other treasures.
Do you see another wooden holder on top of the silverware tray?  That vintage pencil box is a favorite of mine.
pencil case
In front of the flatware tray is the beautiful little decorated wooden treasure box I won in a blog give-away a couple of years ago.
I also love my table-top library catalog box that I have in my study.  On top of the catalog box is a little wooden shelf (more stamps ~ you’d think I was a crafter, but I’m afraid I’m just a stamp collector!)
library card box
My button box also resides in the study.  (Some day, each section of this box will contain one color of button~of course, I’ve been saying that for a long time.)  All of these buttons were around my family home when I cleaned it out!
button box
Until I started working on this post, I didn’t realize how many wooden containers are in my study.  I need a lot of stashing places in my study, cause I’ve got a lot to stash in there.  I store pencils, scissors, etc. in my butter mold in the study.
butter mold
I told ya, I love flatware holders.  I have another one in the china cabinet in the kitchen.
kitchen china cbnt
I store some of my figural salt and pepper shakers in this one.
And there’s another flatware tray on one of the shelves in our family room.  It displays some vintage doll china and children’s mugs.
toy china
This lone wooden drawer is on a table in my family room. 
tbl by frplc
It sort of serves as a second frame for a needlepoint picture.
A new favorite wooden container is my faux dough bowl.  I’ve always wanted a dough bowl, but they are always sooo expensive, and I’m soooo tight.  When Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict showed her new dough bowl on her blog, I was kind of  jealous!  When she told us that her dough bowl was a reproduction that she ordered from WUSLU Daily Deals at a fabulous price, I was even more green with envy. (Thrilled for Debbie, of course, but still green with envy)  Debbie explained that WUSLU is an on-line company that offers one deal a day.  (You can only imagine how I was bristling over missing this one-time deal.)  I immediately signed up for their emails, and was shocked and thrilled when the dough bowl showed up in one of their flyers weeks later.  I’m still working on what to put in it.  Debbie always makes hers look so pretty.  Right now, I just have some moss balls and faux apples covered with printed paper.
dough bowl
I have finally come to the “sweetheart” part of this post.  I have seen so many bloggers use vintage wooden tool boxes to display treasures, and of course, I love them.  My husband had one out in the garage.  It was rustic, with a wonderful patina.  I began working on him… “If I find something else for you to use to store those nuts and bolts, or whatever is in that box, may I have the box?”  His response was always, just let me get my stuff out of it, and you can have it.  I tried to not nag, but I had to remind him several times, because I really wanted that box.  The other night, he walked in the kitchen and announced, “I know you didn’t really want that beat up old box, so I made you one.”  Such a sweet guy, and I’m so lucky to have found him, and he did a wonderful job of building me a tool box, and I realize that he couldn’t have understood that I reeeeely wanted the beat up old box with the beautiful patina. I mean, he even sanded and buffed this darn box. He did use Sassafras wood, because he knows I love the imperfections in that wood.  It’s what I selected to cover our ceiling beams in our family room. I love my sweetheart, and it means so much to me that he wanted to make a new one for me.  So….I’m not going to ask him to put his nuts and bolts in the newly-built box and let me have the beat up old box.  I’m just going to enjoy knowing that my new tool box was made and given with love.
tool box
I currently have it on my kitchen counter with pieces we are using for meals.  (I’ve already gone to the St. Patrick’s green for our meals.)  Included are these “Made in England” plates, which I consider to be my Irish plates!
So, in this post, I have shared a faux dough bowl, faux apples, a faux scissor holder (butter mold), faux shelves (flatware trays), a faux picture frame, a faux vintage tool box, and faux Irish plates.  Please don’t start thinking I am faux!  Thank you for your visit.  laurie


Carol said...

Your hubby is a real sweetheart and, you are too for not letting on that you really wanted his old tool box!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a sweet guy your hubby is! Even if he didn't get it that you really wanted the old one. I love using silverware trays as little shelves. they are so handy for things aren't they. I'm still loving that dough bowl also. hugs, Linda

Aledia said...

Awe....what a sweetie your husband is! I love all your wooden boxes, they really can be used for so many different uses!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

These are all wonderful Laurie. I always enjoy your collections!

Happy Weekend!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a sweet thoughtful husband! :) Love the new box he made for you!

Sarah said...

What a guy! I'm really impressed, Laurie. I think your new wooden box is fabulous. Like you dough bowl find too. Well, I like all your wooden containers. I have a love of wooden containers myself. In fact, my dough bowl is currently sitting on the dining room table full of textile hearts. It's contents changes frequently. LOL
I've another long dough bowl that I filled with heart cookie cutters for the month.
I like your idea of taking a wooden utensil tray, turning it on its side and using it to hold various small things. Also like the drawer used to hold things on your table. You clever girl! ~ Sarah

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Hooray for your boxes! They are perfect treasure holders, especially small stuff.

The Tablescaper said...

Love all of your boxes. Great inspiration for how to store all of your little collections. The drawer holding the needlework is brilliant.

And your newest box is the best. It has it's very own kind of patina. You're one of the lucky few to have that kind of patina.

- The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

Dear Laurie,
What a wonderful post. And that hubby of yours is a keeper..What a lovely thing to do for his sweetheart! Very nice. I love how you used the flatware boxes. Very clever way to add much needed shelves. They look so wonderful too. Good find on the dough bowl..
Enjoy the weekend my friend..

Glenda/MidSouth said...

He sounds like a keeper.
Enjoyed seeing your collections and the way you displayed them. I also like using the old wooden containers like that.


I love wood too and your conatiners are great and with all the lovelies you have displayes, so pretty and your hubby is such a sweetheart! I wanted to link your Sat. party but couldn't find the linky, am I too late? Enjoy your weekend.

Norma2 said...

Laurie, encantada de conocer tu blog.
debes ser muy ordenada al tener tantas cajas y lugares para guardar.
Beso desde Argentina

Kathleen said...

Aw, he is a keeper, and now don't you regret calling him a block head? :)

I don't have many collections like yours, you are the queen!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh....I think that is just so sweet that he made you the tool box...I enjoyed seeing all your Faux...and I am going to join that Wasloo or whatever...cuz I want one of those bowls too!!

Denise Marie said...

Love it all! warm, welcoming and homey.

Norma2 said...

Laurie, gracias por saludarme

Debbie said...

Thank you faux sharing all these wonderful ideas!!

I couldn't resist.

And I do thank you. I am so inspired by all the beautiful ways you use things for display. I love the faux dough bowl. Now I want to look into that deal of the day thing.

My very favorite was the last picture. I have an old tool box that I recently unearthed at my mother's house. I haven't done A THING with it yet. Sigh. I need to get on that one faux sure.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love this Laurie!
Of course you would have the coolest wood thingies around!
And of course I love how creative you are in displaying them.
Your hubby is so so sweet to make you a tool cubby and I think it looks grand!
Loving the Irish too, what outstanding plates!
Hugs friend,

Dawn Marie said...

OKK after like 4 attempts I finally can comment! Thank you for coming by...I hope you come by again. I'm getting back into blogging now that I"m no longer working. I love your dough bowl.i to have wanted them, and yes they are pricey! Just gotta wait for those deals.

xinex said...

Awww, what a sweet hubby! and talented too. John wouldn't have any idea how to start building a box. I love wooden boxes too, I have them all over the house. They are really convenient for storing anything...Christine

lvroftiques said...

Sheesh Laurie is there any kind of cool thing you don't have?! *winks* I love that needlepoint displayed in the drawer...kinda genius my friend! And how absolutely sweet of your hunny to do that for you! Another plot to grab the old toolbox foiled lol! But for such a sweet reason, and I think the toolbox he made is fab! And looks old!
Love your dough bowl too!I featured pillows I got on WUSLU in my most recent post. Aren't they da bomb?! *winks* Vanna

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

I love how you used the silverware holders to display your cute items. What a great idea! I especially loved those sweet Scotties!