Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trash to Treasure: Storing my pictures


Welcome to Trash to Treasure on Tuesday!

I hope Mr. Linky works...it wasn't as easy as I thought. LOL

As the old saying goes, "One man's trash in another man's treasure."

In my opinion, a Trash to Treasure is anything that you've bought or had given to you that someone else didn't want and you really like! It could be from a garage sale, thrift store, or a bargain from a retail store. In other words-a thrifty purchase-just use your imagination! If you don't have anything new to share, feel free to link an old post!


I'm going to keep my first post really simple... so here is my Trash to Treasure for this week:
I bought this cute little suit case this past weekend at a yard sale. Since I've started blogging, I have been thinking of different ways to use things. I love the shape of the box and the size, but didn't really care for the car on the front.

So using scrapbook paper, the computer to print a title, and Mod Podge, I redid the top of the suitcase and plan to use it for family photos. The inside is lined with black felt, and large enough for 2 rows of 4 by 6 photos.I am going to cut cardboard for the inside to divide it into two sections. I think it's much cuter than the photo boxes that you buy for photos. Now if I could just run across a few more of these! I need more than one to hold all my pictures!

For those that are new to linking to Mr. Linky, here are the directions:

1. Create your post and publish it. Please include a link back to my blog by typing in my blog address http://diane1876.blogspot.com You can type in the name of my blog, and highlight the words by a right click, then click on the paper clip to type in the blog address.

2. After you have your post ready and published, click on the title of your post. Then right click on the address in the address bar at the top of your browser. It should turn blue, then right click 'copy.'

3. Go to my blog and type your name in on Mr. Linky and right click on the http space and click 'paste'.


4. If you have problems, just email me or leave a comment, and I'll try to help fix it.
Thanks for visiting and for participating!

51 comments:

Angel said...

Very crafty, Diane. It is definitely a treasure now! Great idea!

Melissa Wertz said...

A very good use of the suitcase and it looks good too! You can set it anywhere in your house and it is a decorative piece! Great job!

Melissa Wertz said...

You are welcome! Less than $55 bucks total! Plus any prisms I put on there.

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oh how cool, and a great Tuesday challenge! I have so much trash around here... where do I start, ha!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Diane...what a great idea...love how you repurposed that item for family photos! Very clever!
I will try and join in on your Trash to Treaure sometime in the future. Wish it was Trash to Treasure Thursdays then I could join sooner. Right now I'm still hosting Tablescape Tuesdays for a while longer. :-) Susan

beth at aunties said...

Diane,

So creative! It looks so nice and to be able to store so many family memories in it, is priceless.
(In case of a disaster all you have to do is grab the handle and run:)!

Good luck,
Beth

I too want to join your 'Trash to Treasure' probably every other Tuesday and alternate it with "Tuesday Post an Oldie".

Dawn said...

Diane you are just so clever!!! I love how you changed the look! It looks so much bigger than you described. I hope you find more too!

take care,
Dawn

Darlene said...

Morning Diane,

I LOVE how you turned that suitcase into a picture holder....very CUTE and great idea!!!!

Southern Lady said...

Aren't you smart, Diane! I love your idea of using old suitcases for photos and yours couldn't be any cuter.

I hope to try out "Mister Linky" next Tuesday and share one of my old "trash to treasure" stories.

Bo said...

Hi Diane...Well, looks like your cute idea is off to a great start! What a neat thing to do with your photos...Love it, ;-) Bo

Lorrie said...

I love your trash-to-treasure idea! I'm enjoying visiting others to see what kinds of things they've done.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

OMGosh! That was so creative! :)

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Diane,

I love what you've done with the suitcase...very clever!!

Jan

Debi said...

That is so incredibly awesome! If I had something that cute to hold my photos, I might just give up scrapbooking.

I love this "trash to treasure" column...how fun!

Picket said...

Morning girl....ohhh this is so exciting! I love how you transformed this little suitcase....I need some of those! lol I off to check out everyone else's post....have a great day girl!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Diane, that's a great idea for a photo box! It's adorable and great thinking out of the box, ha-ha!

Deb said...

I love your little transformed suitcase Diane. What a cute idea! I've posted my first Trash to Treasure post. Thanks for hosting!

Deb said...

I love your little transformed suitcase Diane. What a cute idea! I've posted my first Trash to Treasure post. Thanks for hosting!

Ramona said...

Diane ~ So creative! I love this idea...if the photos are out and about...everyone will look at them...I am a suitcase~a~holic and this idea is just my cut~of~tea! Great job!

Smiles ~ Ramona

pammiejo said...

Great idea and I love participating! I like that suitcase - I'll have my eye out for one like it. PAM

Pat said...

Hi Diane!

Thanks for adding me to your Mr. Linky this morning! I had to wait to vote on a long line this morning and didn't get online till almost 10 AM.

You turned this suitcase is such nice box to hold photos! It's nice enough to leave displayed on a coffee table as it is quite a conversation piece.

Glad you liked my treasure!
Hugs, Pat

ceekay said...

Diane...your suitcase turned out so cute. Great idea. I didn't know you were doing this on Tuesdays. I hope you will be for a bit. I think I will join in next week.

jeanne said...

Diane, I think I can join your new idea for a post next week. I am thinking of some things to post in view of your explanation today of what we can post. Remember the candle holder candy dishes I did. that would have been perfect.

I love your Family Photo suitcase conversion. Just an awesome idea.
Count me in next week. Now I am having fun visiting the players today.

Hugs...Jeanne

beth at aunties said...

Diane,

I too decided I didn't want to miss your party and post on your premier day of Trash to Treasure!

I hope it becomes a big hit as we see the creative ways we can turn our not so pretties into a thing of beauty:) or at least useful!

Happy Party Day!

Beth

Bella Casa said...

That suitcase is too cute and perfect for holding photos, great thinking, love it :)

Bella

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Ooohhh...I have a LOT of trash to treasure projects piling up in the shorhouse basement. I'm in next time for sure! For now I'll enjoy the others on Mr. Linky. Great idea!

Home Sweet Hideaway said...

Such a good idea. I love seeing trash to treasure transformations. Your suitcase looks great!

Amy from Texas said...

Great idea. I forget to take photos of my transformations. I'll enjoy looking at everyone else's though.

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi Diane, great idea using the suitcase for family photos.
I love the idea of showing our trash to treasure projects. Take care, DebraK

Mom2my9 said...

Hi Diane!
I'm glad you like my blog carnival list. I created it for other bloggers to use as a reference, so I'm glad it has helped! I will DEFINITELY add you on. This carnival sounds like fun! Thanks for the invite and I will see what I can come up with!

Mom2my9 said...

Hi again,
I tried to enter my post into Mr. Linky, but it didn't show up! Did I do something wrong or is it just my monitor?

Mom2my9 said...

Hi again,
I tried to enter my post into Mr. Linky, but it didn't show up! Did I do something wrong or is it just my monitor?

Smilingsal said...

Yipes! The day was so busy, I almost forgot you. Then I went on Melissa's site and remembered. What a great turn-out for day one! Good for you!

This suitcase idea is a winner.

ksarra said...

Oh, I LOVE this idea. I have an old wicker sewing box that I use to keep old greeting cards. I love old suitcases, they have such personality! I have collected some pieces of dark blue Samsonite. And you are right, they are so much sturdier than the photo boxes!

Alex said...

Hi Diane...I love your trash to treasure chest!! wow! Cute idea. :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Diane, Great transformation! ...and I'm sure is quite handy, too, housing family photos! ~Rhonda :)

Mad Red Hare said...

That is absolutely adorable. I hope to get something finished by next Tuesday.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Diane- love what you did with the suitcase!!! Love the idea of the trash to treasure - and also know how hard Mr. Linky is. I am doing a "30 days of contentment therapy"
session and it took all day to get the link working- in fact the guy who does that had to take my info and do it for me because he couldn't get it working on my end!

I plan on joining your trash to treasure after this month!

blessings to you! :) mary

sarah @ a beachcottage said...

Hi Diane

I love what you've done with it and I love your trash to treasure idea, as you can imagine I think most of my cottage could fill that category, lol

Sarah

bj said...

Well, that suitcase is just PERFECT now, with your talented touch to it. I am totally impressed, Diane...YOU DID GOOD, GIRL.
Yes, I am going to join you on your venture with Trash to Treasure...it sounds like so much fun....I'll link up for the next one...
love, bj

bj said...

I just finished looking at all the postings and I say you have really picked a winner with this weekly fun activity. Everyone seems to be bursting at the seams with ideas to share and I am included.
Thanks so much for coming up with this...it is PERFECT for all us thrift shoppers !!
love, bj

Christina said...

so fun. I posted about a chair that Victoria (my sister-we blog together) pulled out of a dumpster. She cleaned it up and added her touch for it to fit in her living room.

Love how you fixed up the suitcase to make it just perfect for your photos. Great idea!

Jen r. said...

That suitcase looks great! What a great party idea!

Joy said...

Your suitcase makeover looks fantastic!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

That's a good ideal Diane.Great job.

Jen r. said...

Diane I still love the suitcase! Thanks for joining in on the party! :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Absolutely adorable!

Blue Castle said...

That's really great! You did a fantastic job.
I'll be back to check out your meme, this looks like fun. :)

cindy said...

So very, very cute!

c

Paula said...

OH MY LOOOOVE it! What a great idea! I never would have thought to do something like that. Thanks for the idea.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Oh that is adorable! I love it! What a great storage option.