[Saving At Garage Sales]
[Finds In Grandmas Attic]
[Bartering For The Extras]
[Decorating On A Budget]
[My One Cent Worth]
Let's get right into it! Not only does grandma have collections beyond
anything that Martha Stewart could hope for, but she has saved much of it 'just
in case' someone might need the stuff. That would be you!
It is pretty obvious what we would do with the antique rocking chair of
course. Things like that we treasure and display. But what about the odds and
ends? The stuff that all your aunts are dreading having to go through some day?
Now I don't know exactly what items your grandmother has chosen to keep, but I
do hope to spark the imagination. My grandma keeps alot of 'stuff' and she
happens to give much of it to me. This can be a curse or a blessing depending on
how you see the 'stuff'. I make it a blessing...
Cans Coffee cans are one thing my grandma can't save enough of. She covers
them with colored paper and decorates them with the theme to whichever play my
cousin is staring in at the time. She fills them with cookies (No one makes
better chocolate chip cookies than my grandma) for the cast and passes them out
for gifts at dress rehearsals.
This is why
I like them...They come in many sizes, they have lids, they're sturdy, and they
are free! Best of all, contact paper sticks to them very well. I decorate the
cans with bright colors and label them with fancy writing in permanent markers
and with stickers. These become kid friendly containers for scissors, glue,
crayons, markers, paints, and more. It makes clean up a snap after creating huge
messes on the dining room table. Making them is as easy as rolling the can along
a piece of contact paper to determine height and width you need to cut in order
to cover the whole can. Stick it on and decorate!
How about for storing batteries, garbage bag twisties, rubber bands, those box
tops for education, extra keys...the list goes on.
Plastic Jewelry Besides the obvious of just giving it to your daughter to
play with, it does have some good uses. In all cases, the jewelry has been taken
prettier beads (faux pearls, etc.) can be used in all sorts of Christmas crafts.
I like to hot glue them to miniature wreaths that I buy for 50¢ - $1.00. It's
afordable enough to have a wreath on every cupboard door, the back of each
dining chair, in baskets in the bathroom, everywhere.
as always, I come back to those rainy day crafts for kids. Although the
following examples are some fun holiday crafts.
jewelry (along with cut outs from the cards she saves from every holiday), some
construction paper, lace, and ribbon to make fancy valentines for the
grandparents and siblings. Just hand them the supplies and their imaginations
is to get some of those inexpensive clear, round, plastic Christmas ornaments
and fill them up with some of the beads and rhinestones. Glitter is a nice
addition too. If they get very heavy, glue the caps on to the ornament to keep
them from falling off the tree. You should see how this 'kids craft' sparkles in
the Christmas tree lights.