Thursday, September 16, 2010

Idea for Creation thanks to Polly!

It's been awhile since I have done an Idea for Creation post so I thought I would share one with you to bide some time until I have something else worth posting.  Sorry, it just ain't me to troll the net for pictures of great houses and use them as a blog entry just to post for the sake of posting.  Now if that is your game, play on playette.

In the past I've used items from Etsy as my fuel for these posts but this time I thought I would profile a fellow blogger, Polly from Sassafras Stuff. Have you met Polly?  If so you'll know she's a gem, so sweet and bubbly, and fresh she's a little dose of human 7UP!  She's one of those women who makes an adorable black shirt with rosettes and denim capri's look posh and adorable. 

Recently Polly posted her updated-for-fall booth from The Olde Shoe Factory in Lancaster, Ohio.  This is one of my favorite pictures from that post.
I just love the umbrella's and the cards. Whimsical and lighthearted yet artsy.

This photo is where the Idea for Creation comes into play.

While there are lots of things in the picture you could take and run with I'm going to address that
D-I-V-I-N-E dove grey vintage laundry basket.  Just imagine all the things you could do with that baby.  Speaking of babies, wouldn't it be cute in a nursery as toy storage?  Because trust me, if we ever procreate there will never be a Dora or Bob the Builder theme in our home, sorry kiddo, go cry to your friends that you mean evil momma won't let you have a corny themed room.

I digress.

Here's some other options, let's see if I can come up with 10 of them:
  1. In the den as a catch-all for blankets and pillows.
  2. In the living room as a catch for the decorative pillows on the couch that always get displaced when company comes.
  3. Or in the bedroom to store your decorative pillows instead of having to put them in a closet. (Or on the floor, don't lie, you've done it.)
  4. For what it was meant to be, a laundry basket.  Seriously, how posh would your dirty under-roos look in this baby? And it's so much better looking than the plastic ones that break on the edges and then pinches your belly fat when you're carrying it.  What?  That doesn't happen to you? Liar.
  5. In the guest room to hold towels, extra blankets and pillows.
  6. If you have a ranch home, or open concept it would be a great means for your kids to actually help clean up, to transport toys from bedroom to living room. 
  7. Or maybe if the kids knew they could wheel their clean clothes from laundry room to bedroom maybe those little booger eaters would actually put them away!
  8. Since the basket has some pretty sturdy wheels on it, I was thinking you could use it as a transportation device.  Say you're having a bbq, you could use it to haul your plates, chips, cups, etc to the backyard if you have a ways to walk or if you're like me and lazy and don't want to make 37 trips. 
  9. Or during said bbq, put a watertight plastic tub in it, fill it with ice and use it as a cooler. 
  10. Let's say you have a garden or orchard, line this baby with plastic bag or tub and you have a bounty basket on wheels!
There, I did it.  10 ideas.  I'm sure if I had a cup of coffee and more time I could think of some more but those 10 should be enough motivation for you to rush out and buy this baby......but can't....I already bought it!  Yep, I'm a tease like that.  This baby is MINE!

Sticking with my new theme of naming my favorite pieces, I think I will call her Poppin.  As in Mary Poppins, since she wore a glorious grey dress and helped clean up after people.  Yes, I am just that cheesy!

Right now Poppin is doing what she was made to do, holding dirty sheets.  She has saved me from swearing and tripping already.  When I change the bed I just wad up the dirty sheets and usually have a straggler that I end up tripping over, cussing and cursing Eric for not doing this chore for me.  This time, I just wheeled Poppin into the bedroom threw everything in her and wheeled her back down the hall to the bathroom. Easy peasy, laundry basket squeezy!

My plan for Poppin is to use her in the laundry room once it's repainted (which I started last night, that post will hopefully be coming soon.)  I am planning on replacing our washer and dryer with front loaders and thought having a raised basket would be helpful to transition laundry from one to the other, very a la laundromat! Classy, huh? Actually with Poppin, it is sort of classy.

Don't worry, Polly has tons of other great items like this glorious owl cookie jar.

Which I must admit I'd want to paint white.  I can't help it people, it's an obsession. And all of this....cue glittery, magical music....

Just look at all the potential.  Like that little white locker.  How fun would she be in a girls room? Or in the bathroom for extra storage? Or in the laundry room to hold detergent and such.  Uh oh, I might need to run back to Lancaster this weekend now that I thought of that!

Don't try to buy those two little grey planters on the table by the lamp, they too are mine.

This handsome ladder came home with me as well.  I won't go into details, but expect a post about him soon!

I have to admit that I often buy stuff because it's cute or a good deal or a favorite color and then think "crap, what am I going to do with this now?"  That's how you get to be on Hoarders.  I'm trying really hard to change that behavior and when I see something that I like I try to think of three ways I could use it.  Then I think of what I have and try to think of ways to use what I have instead of adding something new.  Yeah, that last part usually doesn't happen, but I am trying!

So, stay tuned to see what I do with that ladder which I think I will name; Beekman.  I'll explain why later.



  2. There are some great things there!
    When I buy something, I also try to think of a place I could put it or how it would be used, otherwise, I know it will end up getting shoved aside with no real place for it. It took me 40 yrs to figure this out. ha!

  3. Human 7up!! ha ha!!! love it!! I am totally changing my blog name to Human 7up! I will chuckle about this one all night long!

    Seriously, Beth, you are so sweet to do this little shout-out on your blog! Thank you! I am so glad you love your new treasures! That laundry cart is awesome!

    Again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You made my day!