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.
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.
Here's some other options, let's see if I can come up with 10 of them:
- In the den as a catch-all for blankets and pillows.
- In the living room as a catch for the decorative pillows on the couch that always get displaced when company comes.
- 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.)
- 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.
- In the guest room to hold towels, extra blankets and pillows.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Or during said bbq, put a watertight plastic tub in it, fill it with ice and use it as a cooler.
- 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!
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.
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.