Years of Use

02 May Years of Use

Here are examples of the the value of purchasing items that you can love for years and find different uses for.  One of my favorites is my “hand-scraped” wood bowl. You can usually find these at antique fairs of shops, but I found this particular one at T.J. Max. I only paid $24.99 for it, so it was a bargain compared to similar ones seen in some of the expensive catalogs! First I would like to point out the beauty of wood. The hand- scraped treatment is what make this bowl stand out. I am also including another of my favorites, my wood trough. Jerry bought that one for me on a Birthday trip to Chicago probably ten years ago. I still love it just as much as the day he gave it to me. You have probably even seen it if you have ever visited one of our parade homes. So my first tip/suggestion is to purchase something that is wood and quite large. Even if you live in a small home, large accessories work well. Sometimes they even help make the space seem larger than it is. I have taken my bowl and given you a few ideas to update it through the year! Then it becomes a new piece many times over. 

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      The first is as it is right now in my kitchen. After Christmas I just left it as it was. I had used some wire balls and just thrown in a bag of winter potpourri. The next is just for summer with some decorative glass balls. Next, is my Easter theme with a lavender plant purchased from the grocery store and some plastic eggs. Finally I put candles and sea glass in the bowl. You can find white pillar candles reasonably inexpensive and the sea glass is very inexpensive at craft stores. I included one of my other wood baskets to give you another idea. Enjoy! I hope you have as much fun with it as I do.

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