Imperfect is Perfect to me.…

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old util­i­ty cart at Frisco Mer­can­tile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walk­ing up and down each and every aisle look­ing for some­thing to put in this very spot. I knew I need­ed it to be a cer­tain width and height, want­ed it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stum­bled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold.

Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still lev­el) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imper­fec­tions are what makes it per­fect. This util­i­ty cart does every­thing I need it to do. It holds my sup­plies per­fect­ly, it’s open, it’s bright and cheery and it’s the per­fect size. And I even got a lit­tle bonus because it reminds me of a sim­i­lar one my grand­moth­er had in her kitchen.

Utility Cart

This cart is filled with lots of vin­tage items I’ve received and col­lect­ed from all over. I love fill­ing my work area with items that remind me of friends, fam­i­ly and my love of thrift­ing.

Top Shelf

The top shelf of this cart has the twine, yarn and thread I like to use quite a bit. Give me just a lit­tle time and that blank spot will be filled. I dec­o­rate just as I cre­ate… I fill every last spot with some­thing… details are not only in my work but also in my dec­o­rat­ing. Although when cre­at­ing and have a fin­ished project I don’t have to dust in between all those lit­tle details. Dust­ing real­ly is a chore in this house. But again, I’m a col­lec­tor of things so some­day’s I just over­look the dust and some­day’s not so much.

Middle Shelf

The mid­dle shelf stores tins my friend Lau­ra of Lau­ra’s Vin­tage Gar­den found for me. She is my roomie at CHA and we have loads of fun. She has an amaz­ing etsy shop that has loads of vin­tage trims, flow­ers, etc. if you do not know about her shop you real­ly need to take a peek. The tins are filled with embroi­dery floss and vin­tage threads. The glass jars are filled with glass vials and bot­tles my mom and dad found for me dur­ing one of their flea mar­ket vis­its.

The adorable dog­gie salt and pep­per shak­ers were giv­en to me by Chris­tine Drumheller, own­er of Cocoa Daisy. I just love these lit­tle cuties. The lit­tle milk glass jar behind the dog­gie salt and pep­per shak­ers were found at Frisco Mer­can­tile for a lit­tle of noth­ing. Then the pink glass serv­ing pieces were found at Frisco Resale. I got the entire set… a plat­ter, a large serv­ing bowl, sug­ar & cream­er, a small serv­ing bowl and a small plat­ter for $15.00. I love that the mon­ey made from items sold at Frisco Resale goes back into our com­mu­ni­ty to help those in need.

Bottom Shelf

The bot­tom shelf of this cart holds more tins from Lau­ra that are filled with jew­el­ry mak­ing sup­plies and mini Maya Road chip­board embell­ish­ments. The clear glass piece that looks like a vase is actu­al­ly what they used to put straws in long ago. Can you imag­ine pulling a straw out of that thing… ahh­hh, which just reminds me I have some red and white paper straws Car­o­line gave to me that I must place inside it. That lit­tle pop of col­or will look amaz­ing.

You can also see the pink glass sug­ar and cream­er I men­tioned above. Then there is anoth­er milk glass jar I found at Frisco Mer­can­tile and the real super awe­some trea­sures on this shelf are hid­den inside the wood­en box­es. Each box is filled with a set of let­ter press alpha­bets in dif­fer­ent sizes and font styles. Be still my heart. When my dad found these in an Antique shop in Sour Lake, Texas and asked me what I thought I instant­ly said, well my thought is I think I must have these. They are per­fect to press into Jew­el­ry Clay and oth­er like medi­ums as well as ink and stamp.

Love this beauty

And this is how I see it when I’m sit­ting in my big blue com­fy chair. It’s imper­fect­ly per­fect and makes me smile.


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