A few weeks ago...
"...One man's trash...is another
man's ... maria's...um...I mean...man's treasure."
Joining Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday meme
for this week's "T" post!
Next door to the dental office I work at, there was a flooring shop. I don't know the particulars, only that they were relocating. During lunch, I noticed there was a huge rubbish bin and a few men filling it up with odds and ends floor samples, shelves, light fixtures...
I had to ask... if all that was going to the dump.
It was, and they said take what you want...
So, in my scrubs, during the last few minutes of my lunch break...I am picking through and setting aside some wonderful "treasures"!
My sweet hubby got a call from me to please stop on his way home from work and pick up some wonderful stuff for me... (I drive my mini so there was no way I could put a shelf in there).
Now I have to say that My Handsome Honey is Mr. Organizer and has been working diligently in our garage, going through boxes and getting rid of stuff that I tend to hold on to. (He has been doing this without my help, cuz if I were going through the boxes and stuff in the garage, I would be "saving" more than I should).
Well.....there was a whole lot of stuff that those guys at the flooring store were still tossing over the next few days!
Two days later, I was off of work, but drove by to see if there was any other treasures to discover.
Here's my trusty little workhorse...
I do admit that as I was driving back home, I did wonder how low to the ground I was with all that heavy tile!!! The mini rides low already!
The passenger's seat was full, as well as the back.
There were about 30 back boards of tile samples...I'm thinking some of this could be used to do mosaics.
And...there were two full boxes of 20 -8x10 tiles each.
Aren't these two tiles gorgeous? ...these and some of the other unique ones could be used in-laid into a table top. ...or a wooden box cover.
Here is the shelf that I had my hubby bring home in his truck, along with wood floor samples. The shelves have some other tiles that I had hauled home in my mini...there are about 60 or more tiles!
And then there are the back boards with carpet samples...all which are bound and ready to use...
See? Here is one of them at the door to our garage from inside our laundry room.
Now...this one was a carpet sample on a display that was to simulate stairs.
(I think that my Handsome Honey had about enough of all my treasures! And the fake stairs was the last straw! haha)
So, I said that I would take it apart and bind the two unbound edges.
So...with a lot of muscle and handy-dandy wire cutters, I was able to get that off the fake stairs.
Gee! They secured that thing on with a bazillion heavy duty staples!
...but ta-dah! I had success!
Here it is in front of the drawers that I keep some of my art supplies in. (You can see that each end still needs to be bound so that it doesn't unravel, but it is really plush, thick and beautiful.
Here is a close up of that carpet sample that I got off the fake display stairs.
The flash made the color a little different...
...the actual color is like the previous photo.
Here it is from another angle.
Oh..here is a close up of the beautiful, hand-woven rug from Iraq.
...so...thank you for stopping by to see some of my "finds" :o) What would you do with a bunch of tiles?
My hubby is pretty patient with my "finds"....but to a point! If they don't become something"useful"...they will have to go! :o)
Here are some recent orders:
This monogram for Erin and her hubby Chris is under what I call "Calligraphics". Each initial in the monogram is composed of the name that the initial represents.
This Delta logo was drawn for Bret, who works with Delta airlines. This is the current Delta logo.
Please check out my facebook art pate and I'd love if you become a "fan" by liking the page.
& Next week I will finally post the instructions on the cathedral quilt. If you have any suggestions or short cuts, please do come by next week and leave a comment.
Thank you for visiting and your kind comments. :o)
I will be sure to return your lovely visit.