I received an email from a dear reader, Michelle, who wanted to know where I got my crystal Q-tip container from. This fancy schmancy piece came from..........Pier 1 Imports! It's actually variegated glass and I found it in their kitchen wares section because it's.........a sugarbowl. But at only $6.00 and sized perfectly to hold little cotton swabs, I think it was destined to come live with me.
I think at one time or another, we all have been forced to think creatively when it comes to finding non-traditional uses for items. While I am the complete opposite of a packrat, I can't help but hang onto to these little bowls and catchall dishes that I've accumulated over the years. The green soapdish has a home on my nightstand for my ring and earrings (I can't sleep with stuff on, not even my ring.). And the little white bowl to the left used to be a dip bowl but I needed something to hold garlic bulbs in the kitchen, so there it is.
I also use the blue-tinged glass plate in the upper right corner as a "catcher" for our pepper grinder, to catch all the little wayward pepper flakes that drive a clean freak like me crazy. Hanging in my closet is a wall-mounted coat rack from which I've draped my necklaces and bracelets like this. I've turned an old plastic pasta container like this into a vessel for holding plastic grocery bags and doggie bags for picking up poop (I know, refined huh?). A cookie jar houses Hiro's dog treats.