Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keepsakes

I collect old cardboard suitcases and use them for storing various items in my studio - I like them SO much more than a plastic tote! One day I found an old metal suitcase that was pretty beat up and had several dents in it. I brought it home and decided to give it a little love - so I went through some old quilt magazines and cut out pictures of various quilts that appealed to me. Then I coated the surface with some Mod Podge and started attaching the pictures all willy nilly - followed that with another coat of Mod Podge. Inside of it I keep a lot of the birthday cards, Mother's Day cards and other little mementos that I have received through the years from my family and friends.


One of my favorite items in there is a pair of teeny tiny socks that DD#2 gave me to announce her pregnancy. I enjoy sifting through these tokens of love from time to time and thinking about the people who gave them to me.

16 comments:

Nedra said...

I sent some old suitcases to DI when we moved a few years ago, and now I wish I had given them to you!
What a wonderful place to keep memorabilia.

Trace4J said...
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Trace4J said...

Awesome idea!!
Thanks for sharing Gayle.
Hugs Granny Trace

www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com
*stop on by I am having a giveaway!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Great idea Gayle! I, too, use old suitcases to stash treasures in - works wonders in a small home because your storage becomes part of your decor.....But you've "upped" it with the cute little modge-podged quilt treatment....LOVE it! Smiles & Hugs, Robin

cross stitch kits said...

wow I love the old suitcases, great idea!

LiahonaGirl said...

What a great way to store your stitching / quilting supplies! I am one who uses the plastic totes -- but at least they are (for the most part) in cupboards and out of sight. Just bought some black fabric-colored containers at Target that hold the WIPs that aren't in the cupboards.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a great idea!!! I love it. I collect RED suitcases but they are so hard to find.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
You have the most clever ideas!
Happy Memorial Day.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Wendie Scott Davis said...

I am late to the suitcase party, but do admire them every time I see them.
I guess it's never too late to be inspired and your "podgy" case is definitely that.

debra said...

What a great idea--and I have all those old quilt magazines just waiting for a project like this.

Wool-Stitches said...

Gayle,

I love this idea! Might have to give this a try someday.

Marilyn said...

I didn't know you collected cardboard suitcases--so do I. I have them as far away as Paris to Washington state and New Zealand. We have covered hard suitcases for many years. I have 7 stacked in my bedroom and just 2 days ago got out a round one to put quilt cards on. Yours looks wonderful!!

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MARCIE said...

That is such an adorable idea! It is as special as the bounty it contains!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is gorgeous! What a perfect place for keepsakes.

Angie Berry said...

LOVE it! Love the vintage, primitive look to it! I have kinda been on the lookout for old suitcases but not real hard. I can't believe I never thought of doing this.. what an awesome idea! I've been wanting some for craft space storage. Can't wait to do this, thanks for another great idea! =]