Thursday, July 24, 2008

My Pink Box


I am definitely not a hoarder. I like to purge and clean and organize too much to qualify for that category. But I am not an minimalist either. You should see my armoire full of fabric and the boxes full of crafty goodness. And my bed has tons of pillows which require my removal each and every evening before I can fall asleep. It's sort of a pain but it looks pretty so....

A few years ago my friend Little's grandmother passed away. She and her parents went to Grandmother's home to clean it out and get ready for a sale. Granny apparently had a LOT of stuff. A lot for them to keep and cherish and a LOT to get rid of in any way, shape or form. I was living in DC at the time in the tiniest apartment (but totally the most awesome- oh how I miss my tiny home on the Hill) and Little called to ask if she could send me a box of craft stuff from Granny. Um, of course! I love craft stuff- old, new, wrinkled, whatever. So a week or two later three large boxes arrived. Three. And they were filled to the brim with every imaginable odd and end. Tons of fake but fun beads and pearls, ribbons, cigar box hand bags, baskets, lace and more. It took me forever to sift through the boxes and decide what I wanted to keep and what just needed to be tossed (she told me I could toss whatever and that she just sent it all to me with that in mind). Of course I kept most of it. Clothes I can purge but craft supplies, Heavens no!

Over the years I've used various items from Granny's stash. The first thing I did was take apart all of the old pearl necklaces. That took eons and was crazy messy. But it gave me bags of pearls to make three necklaces and bracelets. One for myself because I love me some pearls. One for Little and one for Little's cutie momma. It was both a thank you and a way to remember Grandmother in a more up-to-date fashion. Old red ribbon was used on Christmas gifts one year. And the baskets have been used for just about everything one can do with a basket. But my most cherished possession is this pink box. The moment I opened this, I gasped with delight. It was my version of crack to a junkie or candy to a four year old. Vintage. Jacquard. Ribbons. And lots of them. Tiny prints, large prints, never before seen prints, now duplicated and crazy expensive prints, and drool I am in love with you prints. I've used some of the ribbon on belts and gifts over time. But if you receive something from this pink box, you know you are the bees knees in my book. This is the box I open and play with but rarely use. I just love it all sooooo much. Do you have a "pink box" in your life? Something that you use sparingly because you want it to last forever. Part of me thinks I should just use the stuff. If I kick the bucket tomorrow, all that saving was for not. But you can pretty much bet I will continue to use the contents of my pink box sparingly until I find a "worthy" cause. I think I am secretly waiting for a little girl to come into my life so that I can decorate dresses and keepsakes accordingly.











But that's not to say I don't love new jacquards too. I do. Just yesterday this arrived from JCaroline. I can't wait to see her new ribbons that she is having produced exclusively for her fabu online shop!



And last but not least..... For anyone in the Capital Region (or Bennington or Manchester or wherever....) who is without a pink box and too impatient to wait for an online purchase, run to the Walmart up on Hoosick Street. Their fabric department is leaving and everything fabric and ribbon is 75% off. I went this morning because I was told (in a very hush hush manner I might add) that today all fabric would be marked down to 50%. But when I arrived, it was all 75% off. They still had about 3/4 of that back wall full of fabric. And all of the ribbon was still there. Or until I gobbled it up anyway. Let's just say that this year everyone will be receiving some sort of made-by-me Christmas gift and I also have every ounce of ribbon needed to wrap said gift. I seriously got fabrics for under $0.50 and polka dot ribbons for $0.08 - $0.15. Too crazy to pass up. I wouldn't wait until tomorrow though because women were calling friends and family from the store to inform them of the markdowns. I was laughing so hard. It just struck me as rather funny. Of course I was in line not once, but twice to get a huge pile of stuff cut too. I love getting the discount but do you know that they are taking out the fabric department so that they can have room to sell beer? Yup! As if we need another location to buy stinkin' beer. Ridiculous! I mean, I didn't get much fabric there (until last week when I found it all 25% off and then today....but I digress) but I would rather see pretty fabric than beer any day of the week.

16 comments:

Prep-E Girl said...

Oooohhh...pretty ribbons!

-E

Kappa Prep said...

Uh, I just LOVE this post. You should post a pocture of the neckalces you made, they sound darling. I am obsessed with ribbon too. I just buy so much and enjoy just staring at it. Sometimes I cannot bring myself to use it; it is just too pretty!

PS did you get my email!?

Kristin said...

All I can say is that I am very jealous of your pink box - and if it was me, I would be waiting for just the right project too!

Preppy Mama said...

Oh, that is a treasure trove if I ever saw one. I have a "pink box" too, but nothing like yours!

Kate said...

I love all the ribbons, especially the one with anchors :)

Wila (aka Ali) said...

What a great way to keep these treasures! I think that's so sweet. And you got me in so much trouble...I went right to the JCAroline web page...$60 later, I can't wait for my goodies to get here! Now that I have all this fab ribbon coming, I would be so thankful for any ideas on what to do with some of it!!! :-)

Always Organizing said...

What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing with us!

GrannySmithGreen said...

Those ribbons! I'm seeing headbands, belts, etc. By the way, I've enjoyed your blog--so I tagged you. grannysmithgreen.blogspot.com/

Lauren said...

The ribbon is beautiful! I am sure your friend and her mom were so excited to receive pearl necklaces.

Enjoy your weekend!

Shannon said...

Hi! Unfortunately, Oops is in Northwest Arkansas. :) But I was told they have a website, oopsdeals.com but they don't have any of their cute stuff on there. They just started it so maybe they will add some stuff later.

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh Miss PPC... Holy Cow Ribbon Lady!

You said it! when you said "and drool I am in love with you prints." That is like a dream discovery! And oh yes, we would love to see any photos of necklaces if ever available!

And a big 'thank you' to you for writing this post and sharing such a lovely story. It definitely made for a sunnier morning here, and I bet it did the same elsewhere.

Thank you!

The Pink Putter said...

What a treasure you have with that pink box!

Sew Biz said...

I love the pink box - I am such a fabric and ribbon junkie!! My grandmother was a quilter and my mom gave me a box of her quilt pieces that she was working on. While I am not a quilter - this Christmas my mom will get something made from those pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Pink Lady Bug said...

What a wonderful legacy to have of your grandmother. You have obviously inherited her love of crafting.

My mother did a similar thing with my Grandmother's 3 strand pearl necklace. She made three separate single strands - one for me, one for her and one for my cousin. So all my grandmother's girls could have something to remember her by.

Happy Homemaker said...

What a cute post! I love that you restrung the pearls for your friend, her mom, and yourself!

Rue said...

My "pretty pink box" is actually a bottle of salt. I'm not even kidding. The stuff was 30 bucks for a tiny bottle, but it makes food taste even better when I use it. It only goes in foods that are for special occasions LOL

Yes, I'm odd :)

rue

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