A peek inside. That's what you are getting today. Now, if I were a photographer, I'm sure these photos would be much more interesting, but since I'm not...well, you'll just have to make the best of the 'peek.' I hope you enjoy seeing this stuff as much as I enjoy playing around with it all. And, bear in mind, it didn't all appear at my house in one fell swoop, it took years to gather all this stuff together. In the last few months, I have had some friends visit Bird Nest Cottage. Some had been to my previous house with the studio, and some were visiting me for the first time. I'm sure it is a shock when they come in...as I am a hoarder. Last Thursday, I had a delightful visit with my friends from Mountain View, Kay, Linda, Susan and Joan. All but Joan had been here before, but you'd never know it....all the funny oohing and ahhing. Without saying a word, they gave me the idea for this post. You see, for some reason, when people come here....they just want to look at every little thing, know the stories, see and touch, so I just tell them to open any door or drawer they want to and look around. I enjoy it very much.
For some reason, that day, they were drawn to the closets in the bathroom. I have an odd bathroom, it's big and there are four closets in it. I'll explain as I go. For instance, when you enter my bathroom, there is a closet on the left...see it there with vintage clothes hanging from the door. There is also another closet just past it...there with the mirror. That closet there...the one with the clothing on the door - I call it the 'Bead Closet.' There is much more in there than beads, but that's what I call it...for short. Susan and Joan opened it and that is when the fun began. They made me laugh...which is a really good thing. So...here....let's take a look. I'm not sure how to go about showing you this...so, in a round about way...here is what they saw: (Remember to click to enlarge if need be.)
Now...my house has great closets and that day...discovering what I had in them was a goal and like I said, they had permission to look anywhere they wanted. I think they liked the thread storage, but when they both stepped INTO the closet at the same time, it became FUN!
Beads, broken jewelry for embellishments, all kinds of stuff. And, the trays are actually commercial embroidery thread shelves...labeled Star Six Strand Embroidery Cotton, 5 cents. This time, they are filled with embellishments of all kinds...some in very good condition...some not so much, but useful, nonetheless.
And, a few other things besides! The two wooden jewelry box hutches are from my friend, Jim. He knows I love little cabinets, small drawers.....doors and things with little shelves.
And, when you run out of space...start attaching things to walls!
The top three drawers in this stack of plastic storage drawers, holds all my DMC embroidery floss.
Years ago, I posted my way of storing and organizing my DMC floss and I still use that method today.
You can read all about it HERE .
Here you can see the rest of the closet and the sewing thread in it's entirety.....It's all tucked away nicely and makes it very convenient for me.
Another photo of what is above all the bead storage.
It really made me laugh to see and hear Susan and Joan in the bead closet!
Right across from that closet is a vanity. One of two in that bathroom. Now remember...I live alone. There is no reason for me to have two vanities....so below the sink is towel storage, etc, but above is stuff that is totally not necessary....for instance...a few things just to "look at."
A tiny little "pie safe." With small spools of rayon ribbon, some books - one to one and a half inches tall. And, a tiny, tiny cup with my name on it...another gift from Jim.
You will have to enlarge to see.
Well, I couldn't!
And, on the towel rack, a beautifully stitched vintage linen hand towel.
Be still my heart!!!
Now, that brings me to the medicine cabinet. Well, I only need one of those, so this one is "an extra."
Knowing me, you know there isn't anything in there that is 'supposed to be' so let's peek in there.
(Yes, a string of vintage buttons hanging from the knob.)
And, here is what is stored in here...a treat for anyone peeking into this cabinet!
Vintage sewing thread! And, a tiny crocheted pin cushion. A button card, so cute!
You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at how many folks just do NOT see this as a treat...but rather, something on the weird side!
(I don't mind that they don't 'get it.')
Vintage crochet thread!
So, there you are!
And, I LOVED that my friends enjoyed the peeking as much as I did! They GET IT!
Here they are....what a fun day we had! Thank you girls for the visit. You drove a long way to stand in my closet and entertain yourselves. WHAT FUN!!!
Susan and Joan. And, they were giggling like young girls.
(A GOOD THING!!!)
And, there was Linda and Kay....doing their own giggling. Enjoying, I think, that 'odd' medicine cabinet.
Just made my day!!!
Just look at Kay's expression and Linda pointing. Oh yes, it was a very good day!
I loved it!!!
THANK YOU, MY MOUNTAIN VIEW GIRLS!!
And, I hope you out there in blogland enjoyed the peeking too!!!
Bird Nest Cottage
until next time