A favorite neighbor was moving today. I wanted to say goodbye and headed outside where I ran into my best friend/neighbor who had the same idea. Not sure if I should be glad I did as now I have a multitude of projects to work on.
When moving, our neighbor couldn’t take all his things and knew he’d get in trouble by management if he left a sign on them saying free out front. So they were going off to the dumpster when he smiled and spotted us coming out. Here’s what I saved today.
Here is a foam mattress cover that would fit a queen sized bed. I will cut off a piece and cover for a mattress for the littlest grand daughter when she comes to visit. The rest will be saved and used for other crafting projects as they come to me.
Then there was his clothes rack. I didn’t know at first what to do with this, but didn’t want to see it tossed. I figured we could take it a part and use the wood for something and so on. Then someone mentioned using it out back to hang potted plants on in summer. I was off with plenty of ideas from then on, which include hanging a hummingbird feeder among the plants.
Then there was a cabinet. It’s in very good condition and something my daughter-in-law has been hoping to find for her office where she can store all her supplies out-of-sight and away from the little ones. Her search is now over, as this will be going home with her today.
Of course the largest item will be coming indoors for some TLC. I can picture this with a contrasting color along the back. Baskets on the adjustable shelves for toys, movies or whatever and a nice cushion and pillows in the larger open area, meant for a TV (using some of the found mattress pad and fabric I already own) for a quiet seating area for a small child to curl up and read in.
I’m not sure if I will have a taker for the entertainment center, so I will tinker with it and if no one mentions wanting it by the time I am done I’ll list it online for free and find it a new home.
We had to check the dumpster for more items that could be saved. We found plenty of cardboard boxes from packaging that should have been in the recycling bin and moved them to be recycled. We found the gift bag and a plastic kitchen sized garbage bag that had never been used, and two paperback books. Thank goodness people don’t make a mess in the dumpster or these items could have been ruined.
Sitting next to the dumpster, we found this strange mushroom. I couldn’t capture the beauty of this in the picture, but the center top is so gold it reflects in the sunlight. The gold is surrounded by white and the edges are so black and gooey it resembles tar that had been painted along the edges.
My good deed has been done for the day and I feel good having saved several large items from cluttering up more of the earth. I’ll show you pictures of the finished projects as they are completed. But I’m also sad to lose a valued neighbor.
How is your weekend starting off for you?