In upstate NY we finally had a few, very few days with temperatures in the 60s! I was even able to finally work in the flower bed! But then, Easter Sunday we woke to the ground covered with snow.
Now, the Crocus’ are springing up as well as the Tulips, Hyacinth and Daffodils. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the beauty of the spring flowers in the near future.
Since today was still chilly, I spent the day in the garage cleaning out, reorganizing and discovering what is stored in the rafters. I found treasures that have been moved and stored for many years. The two items that caught my attention were two old trunks. One has a raised top and the second is a short, flat topped trunk. These were my husband’s grandmothers! He remembers them in his Grandmother’s bedroom being used to store blankets. We, on the other hand have had them stored for 19 years doing nothing.
I decided it was my mission for my next project, to repurpose one or both of the trunks.
My Grandmother, who I was blessed to have 16 yrs in my life, was a very simple lady. She never had much and struggled to make ends meet. What she lacked in material things she made up in her wise, loving and caring self.
When I look at something that has been stored and not used because it’s old or there is no place to put it, like the trunks, I remember a promise I made to her.
I was helping clean her apartment one day and commented on a handmade quilt that was folded on a stand. She asked if I would like it, and of course my reply was “Yes!”
She told me, “It’s yours but you must use it. The quilt is old but needs to be used, not stored away.”
When items are put away to either bring out for special occasions or even just keeping them for a memory, they are not enjoyed.
I wanted to keep my promise and enjoy and use the quilt. We had it on our bed to use, play with and display. The quilt eventually wore out but it was well loved and a reminder of all the happy memories of my Grandmother.
This Spring, while you’re cleaning out your drawers, totes, closets, cedar chests, attics and garage rafters. Think about how you can use some items to give them a purpose and create memories. They may not last as long, but what good are these things when they’re out of sight?
Now…Its time to work on those trunks!