Friday, September 5, 2008

SHOW & TELL #25 - What Not Display

It's Friday again and you know the routine! If you don't, please go here to read & learn all about it.

During the 7 years we lived in Albuquerque (1984-1991) we ran a little craft store for 2 of those years.


It was called Crafter's Showcase.
(Click on all pictures to enlarge)

We made up these What Not Displays from yardsticks. The opposite side (which I did not show) has the phone # & address.
This What Not Display hangs in our computer room above Mickey's desk.

The totem pole on the top is from our trip to Alaska. The little male & female Amish wrought iron figurines are from when we visited the Pennsylvania Amish country. The thimble belonged to my mother. The little yellow creature we picked up in Arizona the winter we travel there.

The nail I bought at a flea market in Arizona. It has "37" printed on the top of it. I bought it because I was born in 1937! The little plastic Mickey Mouse is just because & we've had him for ages. The wrought iron hook we bought when we toured the John Deere Museum in Illinois. The balloon & Mickey Mouse stamps represent our ballooning days and our 2 balloons, Suzy Blue & later Pink A Boo. The red creature was gotten at the same time as the yellow one above. Two nails in the bottom slot. One is rectangular in shape, rather than round. The other one is similar to the one above but has "32" printed on it. We purchased it at the same flea market in Arizona because Mickey's birth year is 1932!!
Thanks for letting me share another little piece of what adorns our home and some of our memories.

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34 comments:

Carla said...

What a neat mini display! I don't know what cooler, the ruler shelf or the goodies on it! I love when goodies have a history!

nannykim said...

You know, I think I have seen something like that before!! What a tiny mini display!!

Anne Fannie said...

What a great little display case! I like the yard stick idea and of course, all your cute little treasure finds!

Gattina said...

That's a very nice display, never saw one like that and all these little things inside, how nice !

Dawn said...

Very clever! Love the minis. Someone else posted tiny things today, which made me think of the miniature shelves I bought both kids when they were young, and had full of fun goodies - wish I could remember what happened to all of them! So sad that I don't.

Charlotte said...

What a great "keepsake". It is interesting to have a story behind each thing.

ceekay said...

I had a display like that! I had forgotten. Funny how I posted mini items today also...

Carrie said...

This item is so very personal and nice...made from yardsticks from your own store and displaying items with memories of your travels. Just great!

Carrie said...

This item is so very personal and nice...made from yardsticks from your own store and displaying items with memories of your travels. Just great!

A Hint of Home said...

That is such a cute display for those small, important keepsakes. Very cute.

Lori said...

I enjoyed seeing your yard stick display.
I bet that was fun to run a crafters shop. I love to do crafts..but don't find much time to do them anymore.

Melissa Wertz said...

What a nice piece! And it is so unique!

The Olson's: said...

Such a creative idea - making shelves out of yard sticks. I like how each item represents a memory from your lives. Thanks for sharing with us!
~ Leanne

Kitty said...

Just when I thought I'd seen everything!! That is so cute =) Boy I wish you and your store were still here, I would be shopping there all the time!!

Yes, I do remember the story of the woman polishing the motorcycle. I am so glad you shared that story with me. Things like that pop into my head at just the right moment. And he loved the blanket!! =)

Tammy said...

These are so clever, Susan! Love them, and how you can personalize them, too!
Hugs,
~Tammy

JanMary said...

Those are wonderful - thanks for sharing their story/history.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

What a clever idea!! GREAT!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I think that is what is going on in the picture of mine too.
Sandy

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Susan, thanks for sharing your great items with us..and the history behind them.. a true family heirloom. I have seen so many neat things today on Show and Tell...

Have a blessed week-end. hugs, Baba

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Susan, that is just darling and you made it? Everything you placed in it has a special meaning, I enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing.

Have a Fantastic Friday!
Kathi :)

Dianne said...

Ah, we have some things in common with the Amish thimbles (I live close to Lancaster, PA.and I am suppose to be some distant relative of John Deeres-my m. ggmother's maiden name.

Thanks for visiting my liberal blog-lol ; )

MightyMom said...

pink a boo??? pink a boo?????

you haven't told us all about pink a boo!!!!!

you been holding back!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

That's really cute, and special memories that it holds!

Since you spoke up, I have decided to speak out about my political choice too, I would like for you to read it!

Katherine

Maxine said...

Susan, you just have the most interesting things! That is so neat! The best part are all those little precious memories. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Kelli said...

That is so neat! I love all the tiny things you have displayed, too!
~Kelli

Lisa Ann said...

Those are so cute. Very unique.

Amy said...

Fun! I love the things in my home collected over the days and trips of my life. Not valuable sometimes, but such good memories.

Ross' Cottage said...

I like this piece of memory that you hang in your home. I like that this is simple and yet it brings a smile. It is so much better to have these memory of treasures in a place that provides joy, instead of in a drawer getting lost!

Linda said...

Susan,

Very cool idea display! My step-mother is quite the sewer and quilter - she would love a "what not" to display.

diana said...

what a perfect little place t display the little things you collect along your journeys.

thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

Mary said...

What a cute little What Not and it holds many precious memories. Thanks so much for sharing.

Blessings,
Mary

PEA said...

I love anything miniature and this is such a great way to display them! I love it that everything you have in there represents something you love from your life:-) xoxo

Pam said...

I LOVE things like this! I had an antique one hanging by our school desk at our old house. On the shelves were the following:
A small wooden Bible covered in black felt, a wooden apple painted red, a wooden carton of milk, and a fe other miniatures. I wish I hadn't sold it at my moving yard sale!

Ivory Spring said...

What a cute display, Susan! I enjoyed looking at it.

Shirley said...

Love it - I really enjoy miniature things! Thanks for sharing!
Shirley