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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Cutlery Tray Three Ways

It isn't often that inspiration strikes so quickly but when I saw the expandable cutlery tray from Williams Sonoma, on sale at half-price, right away, I knew that I could repurpose it to do many other things.  I rushed home with it and, several gleeful moments later, had an organized jewelry drawer inside a dresser. The marvelous thing is that the tray is lined with cork so the jewelry doesn't slide around and is resting on a cushioned surface.  And the dividers slide out so that I create my own customized compartments.  To the left of the tray are shawls and vintage beaded evening bags.  I am embarassed to admit that I could devote many hours to arranging and rearranging these little shiny adornments.

Then I thought that the tray could work hung up on a wall as a modern interpretation of a printer's tray which is all the rage in the vintage world.  Picking up reminders of Nature and displaying it in my home connects me with the Earth.  Here I have fossils, crystal chunks, pinecones and little woodland creatures.

It would make a great display and conversation piece on a coffee table as well.  Perhaps it would only be of interest to other vintage lovers but, hopefully, I am not the only one who likes oohhing and aaahhing over vintage pretty things?  Here I've filled it with vintage wooden spools of thread, vintage lace, ribbons, vintage embroidered handkerchiefs and vintage mother of pearl buttons.

 As I've got a bit of a sewing and crafting theme going on here, I could display it in a sewing or craft room as well.

But besides repurposing something many different ways, I like the notion of taking a new thing and giving it a vintage spin.

Let me know of things that you've repurposed and we can inspire each other!


Gail said...

Celebrate the time you spend re-arranging these pretty things. You took time earning money to buy them, time to purchase, and, thus, take time to arrange them pleasantly in part of imbuing your whole home with thoughtfulness.

Kathy said...

This is a beautiful cutlery tray! What a deal! You've really come up with some great ideas for its use. It is beautiful to display with! Thank you for sharing this inspiring idea with A Return to Loveliness,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Now how creative is this. I love all 3 ideas. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Betsy said...

What a great idea. I'm always looking for new ways to organize all my buttons and jewelry supplies. Love all the little compartments.
I'm visiting from VIF. Thanks so much for sharing.

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