Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pick a Project

My garage cabinets runneth over with good intentions.  During my reorganization mission a
few months ago, I sorted through most of the little treasures stored in my garage cabinets, boxes, and drawers.  It was fun getting reacquainted with everything and it sure felt good to get organized, but now some of it just needs to go.

This metal box full of small unfinished projects will be coming with me to the Pleasanton Antique Faire on Sunday.  I've been pretty good about fixing up or repurposing the majority of the junk that I bring home, but it's crazy how the little stuff just keeps multiplying. There's a lot more where this came from, so I'll save the next box for the next show.

How long is too long for something to sit around waiting for inspiration to hit?  I need a fresh start.

I had good intentions, really I did.  Oops, that Lufkin tape measure ended up in the wrong box.

Those funny looking wood pieces on the left and right were once part of an old bed frame.  I already turned the two decorative center supports into shelves, but these have me stumped no matter which way I look at them.  It's time to clear my mind and my cabinets of the junk that just isn't happening.  Not everything needs a new purpose, some junk is cool enough just the way it is, right?

Two projects have been pulled from the box so far.  I decided the rusty orange box and the funnel didn't need to be fancied up, they just needed to be planted.  The funnel already had a hook on it, so I attached it to the old piece of molding with a cup hook.  I'll probably get so many good ideas about what I should do with this junk and everything will end up back in my garage.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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25 comments:

  1. Wow! Been looking back at some of your projects. You really can make something from nothing. That's creative. I love it all. Love salvaged pieces in a basket or a crate or a jar, but have no idea how to put it all together. I'm sure your finished products will be great!

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  2. What a great idea for that funnel and the toolbox too. I love the green leaves against that vibrant orange. I'm sure you will sell your project box pretty quickly! Hope you're having a lovely Memorial Day weekend.

    Blessings, Vicky

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  3. I need a good dose of your creative talent. LOL
    Hope you are enjoying the Holiday Weekend.

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  4. Oh, I know just how hard it is to let go. You KNOW someone will buy one of these goodies, and share their idea and you will think "why didn't I think of that"!
    Good luck with the show on Sunday!

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  5. Oh Betsy, Can you really let go these cool things? Don't part with the wheels unless you have another 100 laying around ;). They will always be great for a crate or other small containers. I'm in love with the pulleys too. They would be wonderful parts of pendant lights. I'm also intrigued by that round metal piece with the holes. Maybe that could become a lamp too.
    Have a great Sunday and Happy Memorial Day!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  6. Fun! Maybe we just need to trade our catch-all boxes. :) I DO have an orange (or red) metal box like that --and a blue one! I think I'll go find them.

    Hope the show is well-attended and successful. Happy Memorial Day.

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  7. The pick a project box just flat out charmed me! It's okay to send a few bits and pieces out into the world nekkid, really it is!

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  8. I think that is a great idea! There are some great pieces in there to inspire others and you get your fresh start, love it!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  9. I love your junk, and I want it! I wouldn't know what to do with it, but it's so fun! Love what you did with the funnel! Keep sharing your pictures so I can have more vicarious junk! Have a great day!

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  10. Sometimes just re-sorting and moving things around gives new inspiration. You are wise to purge and refresh. Happy sales today!!!

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  11. Your box of junk just might spark someone else's imagination. Hope you have a great show this weekend!

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  12. You know I always enjoy seeing your creative ideas. Love the planted tool box and funnel. I have some old things I think need planting...soon! :)
    hugs,
    Linda

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  13. Hope you're having a great long weekend Betsy - ours was last weekend! Those pulleys are wonderful! I would definitely grab those just for decoration!

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  14. I hope you had a great show! You have the best stuff. I love that funnel planter!

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  15. You have the coolest stuff! Wish I had some it to create with. I'm sure you'll come up with some fabulous creations as usual, friend! Happy Memorial Day! xoKathleen

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  16. I've been going thru stuff too. Thinking if I haven't made anything out of it in years...most likely I never will.
    ~Cindy

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  17. Love all your pieces! I feel like that is lots of potential there to make "something"...lol. I pick up things here and there and i'm not sure what I might make with them, but feel like it can be "something!" :) Good luck with your wonderful box of treasures! The flowers looks pretty in their planters! :) Happy Memorial Day! xo Holly

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  18. LOL I'm getting ready for a show in June and I am AMAZED at what I'm finding that I forgot I had! I'm really trying to use up all that I have before hitting up any garage or estate sales. I love all of the "stuff and pieces" you have -- those won't last long at your sale!

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  20. It was so nice to see you and I'm happy I was able to lessen your junk drawer lol although I do see some items I missed out on ha ha

    Xo

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  21. I'll add your garage cabinets to my list of things in your house I'd like to get my hands on! So many interesting doodads. I imagine it must be inspiring to pull it all out and see it paired with other forgotten treasures.

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  22. Hi. I came here from The Polka Dot Closet and am now following via GFC and Feedly. What interesting and fun posts! Great jewelry. Love it!

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  23. Your reorganizing looks like mine-
    but as hard as I try, I can't seem to get rid of everything!

    Enjoyed visiting,
    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  24. Such fun...I really need to do the project with the funnel!

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  25. Oh, this box just gets my juices going!!

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