Thursday, November 3, 2011

For as much as I talk about collecting, I never really talk about what happens when you realize that you now have 136 hankies and 54 aprons in your possession. Those were just random numbers and items I threw out there as an example. I'm not speaking about my personal collections. Okay, those were direct numbers on some of my collections, but I'm sure you knew that. Lets get to the point of all of this.

I remember sitting one day, and thinking about how I had all of these pretty things, but for some reason I had them all tucked away. That is just silly. All of my hankies were neatly folded into squares and were placed in rows in my favorite desk drawer. My aprons suffered the same fate, and were neatly rolled into little bouquets and placed in my closet. But soon that all changed. The first thing I did was choose my two favorite aprons, and use them as curtain ties. Since my curtains were a nice thick white cotton, the beautiful patterns on the aprons looked as sweet as could be next to the airy white fabric.

I moved to the hankies next. I placed two or three of my favorite hankies on various nightstands around the house, and then proceeded to put my collections of pillboxes and cat figurines on them, ( Its embarrassing, but its real. Lets forget about it ). Using my hankies set the stage to put other parts of my collections out on display. Hankies can be used for tons of other things. For example, a lot of people make curtains out of their hankies. I personally hate to ruin the original state of the hankie, so I don't do this, but boy do I love it! Here's a picture of one person's hankie curtains. So sweet!

Hankies can also be used to make pillows, which are equally as cute as what is pictured above. I often times will tie a hankie around my neck as a little scarf. The delicate pattern makes for a feminine touch that can be added to any outfit.

A lot of my friends have amazing jewelry collections tucked away in 2 or 3 jewelry boxes. This goes out to you all! I have found the perfect use for an old shadow box or type drawer. Ta da!
Look how wonderful jewelry looks displayed out in the open! Its a really practical way to store your pieces, but it also just looks amazing. These were just a few examples of how to turn your collections into things that you can use, look at and experience every day! I hope that you all got some new ideas that inspired you! If you have any neat ways to display collections, or any ways to re-purpose vintage items, let me know! I'm super interested to hear about them. Until next time!