Isn't it funny how one little idea can change the way you think?
That happened to me last week, when I saw Jes's post at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, on linen storage, here.
I too, lack a proper linen cupboard, and struggle to find a way to neatly store our extra towels, sheets and Winter blankets.
Well, thanks to Jes, no more!
After seeing how neat and visible her pretty floral sheets were in those opaque plastic tubs, I had to replicate the idea.
Now I'm not one to leave a good idea alone, so being the dedicated Francophile and Good Traveller that I am, I expanded on her idea slightly.
First of all, off to The Graphics Fairy where I found this French Apothecary Label....
This I printed out the pre-requisite number of times for my tubs.
I then used Google translate to find the French substitutions for the very plain contents of each tub, and hand scribed them onto each label, gluing them into place with craft glue.
This one below, says 'Dog Linen'. It looks far lovelier as 'Chiens Linge', doesn't it?
Next of course, the contents of each tub (apart from our doggies'), had to be appropriately scented for storage.
I had a few small teaspoons worth of the Aromatics Elixir talcum powder that I had worn on our wedding day, nearly 20 years ago, and decided that this would be a pretty way to use it and have it preserved forever.
Next I printed out scenes of our recent and not so recent travels, and altered them using Picasa 3, and the '1960s', 'Cross Process', and 'Saturation' enhancements to give them a Vintage feel.
Do you like them?
I printed these out on A4 paper, and folded the edges towards the back to create a sachet, which I glued and filled with half a teaspoon of my Aromatics Elixir talc.
Each sachet was then both glued and stapled shut, and a toning chocolate or navy satin ribbon stapled to the tops, where I tied each into a swooping bow, seen both here below, and at the top of this post.
Now every time I open my tubs to remove or store things, I'm greeted by fabulous reminders of our travels, and the divine perfume I wore on my special day.
Very nice indeed.
Imagine baby photo sachets filled with Johnsons Baby Powder, or Christmas ones scented with Cinnamon Sticks...my brain is in overdrive imagining the variations!
Thankyou to Jes, for inspiring my new storage idea. Everything is now neat and tidy, easily accessible, and beautifully scented.
Happy me :)