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.