"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday- Trash to Treasure



Trash to treasure. Who doesn't like taking something that would otherwise end up in the trash somewhere and making something useful out of it.
Well this is no different but this "trash" comes with a little story. (Don't worry I'll make it short and sweet!)
On our trip back to Maine 3 years ago we were able to visit my grandparents old house. I had such great memories in this house and hadn't been back since I was 15. It had been sold to the town and had been vacant for a few years. But on our visit a man had bought it and was remodeling it. By the time we got there it had been gutted but a few key elements remained and I was blessed as a bumble bee to see it. On speaking to him he says he had saved a bunch of odds and ends and was wondering if we would like some. I was so excited. He gave us some old door knobs and 4 or 5 of the windows that came out of the house and a bunch of other stuff. I'm leaving a lot out but for your time sake I'm jumping to the point. For Christmas my husband surprised me with this. He took 4 of the doorknobs from the house and hooks from my grandfathers workshop and made me this purse, keys, sunglass hanging station. He added come wonderful pictures of the house and one of his favorites of me on the swing set and a pic. of my grandmother Mamie when she was in her early 20's. Isn't it the greatest?If you click on the picture you can probably see the pictures better and you'll be able to see the beautiful house in which these came out of. Oh how I loved this special gift! We will be doing a picture collage with the old windows next. So get your thinking caps on and make some treasures of your own.
To see what's working for everyone else go check out Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.
Hugs to you all!

25 comments:

  1. Kim,

    I am one of your readers from your old blog~you can tell how often I go on! Living in Maine the winter's allow me to catch up on everything! (:
    Your gift from your husband is fantastic! I have been wanting to do something similar. I love the old colored glass knobs. I would like to make a towel rack for my bathroom. Someday....
    It is good to see you are well.

    Jennifer aka simplehomemaker

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  2. What a fabulous idea, and such a wonderful gift!! Hubby did good!

    Happy New Year to ya!

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  3. Kimmy,

    That Brad is such a keeper. This is definitely a treasure! This brought tears to my eyes just reading the story because I remember your post about how special that house was to you!

    Wow! Just precious! Happy Wednesday, sweet friend. Hugs to you all!

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  4. That is darling. How special. A treasure for sure...

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  5. That is an awesome idea! What a very thoughtful gift.

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  6. Wow! Does he get you or what?! What a fabulous idea and pretty romantic too. Blessings to you sweet friend!

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  7. That's a gift straight from the heart. I'm sure it means the world to you.

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  8. That is really sweet. Sweet of your husband and sweet memories.

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  9. What a guy! If that isn't just the sweetest thing! A few years back, we visited my home town and found my grandparents' house - which had been the oldest still standing house in town - in rubble. A guy walked by and said the current owner lied about it having termites (or some such) and had just demolished it. I was crushed. *sigh*

    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

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  10. That is the sweetest thing! He did an excellent job and that's such a nice way to save the memories. Lovely! Have a great day, my friend!

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  11. What a great idea!!! Now, you have a piece of the house and it's useful!! Awesome:-)

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  12. How great is that!!! And it makes it even more special that he made it for you!!!

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  13. How sweet!! What a neat idea!

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  14. What a thoughtful husband you have! I love those doorknobs. Great idea, too. :)

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  15. What a sweet gift from your hubby!

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  16. He did a great job, Kim! I can imagine how happy you were to be given those treasures, too. Thanks for your sweet words on my WFW post. You are a gem!

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  17. Great gift from your hubby - and very creative! I'd love to have something like that!

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  18. What a great story and a great husband! :)

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  19. I just read your comment on awarmcupofcoffee. I'm so sorry that your daughter had to hear those girls talk to her like that. That makes me so sad. I think she has a really cool Mom, and I think you said all the right things.

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  20. He did a great job! What a neat way to remember your Grandmother's home.

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  21. I read your comment on Sarah Mae's modesty blog and it broke my heart!! I remember being 15 and how mean girls are. I hate that for your daughter. You have such good advice for her...I pray that she listens to that advice....not to Satan's lies, but to God's truths.

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