Friday, April 9, 2021

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE?

Purpose is the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists...so I guess everything has a purpose (except maybe mosquitoes and gnats...


Have you ever stopped to wonder why God made those aggravating things?)  

But I think it’s fun to take something and use it for a purpose other than what it was intended.  Not only can it be fun, but it can also help our environment.  Remember the 3 R’s (no, not those 3 R’s...readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic)...   

Pinterest is filled with ideas for repurposing, but I thought I’d share a few of my own.  I’ve shared this one before, but it’s one of my absolute favorites...
My husband made it for me from an old frame by inserting something called hardware cloth (although I don’t understand why it’s called cloth when it’s some type of metal!)  It’s great for organizing some of my many earrings.  He also made this one for holding necklaces using S hooks...these have both saved me lots of time and aggravation!



Although I have a huge jewelry box (which is actually a repurposed wooden tool box with drawers gifted to me by my husband...and I love it), it just isn’t big enough to hold all my jewelry so I improvised with these 2 ideas...


I was cleaning out a cabinet one day and found this condiment holder and a silver tray that I never used.  LIGHT BULB MOMENT!!!  I store rings in the condiment thingie along with a few bracelets hanging in the middle, and the tray holds some of my too many bracelets.  (The tray looks tarnished in this picture but actually it's pretty & shiny:) 

I also use these pieces of glassware to hold makeup brushes and (more) jewelry in the bathroom.  The vase on the left actually belonged to my husband’s sweet-as-sugar grandmother.  The other two pieces were picked up at thrift stores.

I love to repurpose the clear 3-wick candle jars from Bath & Body Works.  They are so pretty and can be used for many different things...

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You can even turn an empty soup can into something lovely and useful...as well as pretty bottles (after you’ve enjoyed the wine:)...

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I do have to say I’m not into things like using empty egg cartons to sort my jewelry or covering empty shoeboxes with paper to use for storage.  I like my "cuteness" factor!

Here are some other repurposed items from Pinterest (where else???)...

Old chairs can be repurposed into many different items for your home.



This is neat...a bar made from an old door and some shelving.



How cute is this...an ottoman made from an old tire.


These 2 are mine...

Old chair ($5.00 at auction) turned into a planter.


Teacher gift...clean paint cans can be purchased at places like Lowe’s or Home Depot.



PS:  Does anybody know what these are used for?  I found them among some old craft supplies at our church.  There were quite a few of them, and I would love to know their purpose. 




PSS:  Did you know the lid from a Parmesan Cheese shaker fits almost every Mason jar?  So many uses!!!  You are welcome.



Do you repurpose anything in particular?  Spill the beans!  I need new projects!!!


Blogger, why are you boxing in all my words in white???  Please leave me alone!!!








 























26 comments:

  1. Wow! So many interesting ideas!!!! Lots of new ones!

    I wash/keep glass jars, which food has come in. To transfer other food, into. Safe from enticing *mousies* and they look prettier than their paper packages.

    Please may I say? I prefer the white background on your words. Your usual word background, is a rather bright yellow. Which makes reading your words, difficult.

    But when you have a white background, at least under the words, it is easier for me to read. -smile-

    Please and thank you...

    Happy Spring!!!!

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    1. Thank you...that's good to know. I don't know how to either use or eliminate the white background!!!! Blogger has done it to me before...here today, gone tomorrow! I do have to say I love yellow:)

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  2. When typing a post if you click on the A which is underlined you can change the color. Just highlight what you want changed and click on the A and pick the color.
    Hope that helps.

    Lot of great ideas. I've always wanted to do the jewelry frame thing but have never gotten around to it.

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    1. Thank you for the hint about color. I'll have to try that...I'm always scared I'll blow up my blog!!! You really should do the earring frame...it has saved lots of aggravation since I don't have to hunt for matching sets!!!

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  3. amazed when I read your profile how much we have in common! then when I saw your frame earring holder, I chuckled! I have exactly like that but its rectangular!! Even our blog names are similiar!!! small world!

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    1. Always nice to have a new reader drop by. Now I'm off to visit you at your blog:)

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  4. I have done some of these things. I save the Parmesan lids for my grandchildren:) I make things (probably too many) for my jewelry. I will share how my earring trick sometime. Enjoy your day dear friend, thanks for the tips! This post makes me wanna get busy repurposing something:) HUGS!

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    1. I'd love to see your earring trick! I still have those with the backs that I can't figure out a good way to store!

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  5. It's fun seeing how you make cute things from recycling. I'm afraid I reuse jars, use them especially as refrigerator containers, but cute they are not. Life is still fun.

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    1. I think the "cute factor" for me comes from all my years of teaching young children:) Guess I'll always be a kid at heart!!!

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  6. I absolutely loved this interesting post. So many ideas!!!! Girl, me and you on the same page these days. I too hold my makeup brushes in a pretty container. Love the earring and necklace holder! Love this post! Hugs and blessings to you dear lady. Cindy

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH, Cindy:) Wish you were my neighbor...I think we'd get along terrifically:)

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  7. Lot of great ideas, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  8. Well I love that paint can that you decorated! I know you can buy plain clean paint cans but I'm not clever enough to know what to do with them. I do know that if you buy the Walmart jar candles that are just under $5 ... they are amazingly scented and burn right down to the metal, and Pumpkin Spice is the best flavor ever ... anyway don't ever throw the lids away. They fit right into the top of a wide-mouth Mason jar. Snugly. It's like magic! xoxo

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    1. You are the 2nd person recently to tell me about WalMart candles so I think it's time I try one...gotta be less expensive than Bath & Body Works!!!! And I didn't know that about the lids. Thank you:)

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  9. WoW! Cheri, you are so creative, thanks for all the ideas, especially with the jewelry! I too use the candle jars, one thing I do is use as a candy dish.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. I "try" to be creative...the verdict is still out on that:) So glad you like the ideas.

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