cake tins and pin cushions

We are downsizing and blocking off the Barn and Gin Gan to make a 3 bedroom house to let.  We have a lot of floorspace that now the girls are growing up and leaving home we don’t really need, and with an old stonebuilt house like ours it costs a small fortune to upkeep and to heat so the extra income will be good too!

However, that means we have to move our decluttering up a notch.  The great post flood declutter of 2013-14 has made the job a whole lot easier, but there is still a lot of crap that needs to go.  Most of it is now going to the charity shops, but in the interest of reuse before recycle I found a little gem in the Reloved magazine this month by designer Kate Beavis.  I have added her link to the list on the right.

Ta Dah!

tin-tidy

 

I had a set of unused cake tins which with a combination of

  • 500mm x 10mm threaded rod
  • copper piping
  • 8 nuts
  • 8 large washers

I created a vertical desk tidy which I now used to keep essential sewing bits (scissors, chalk, pens, pin cushion etc.) bits and bobs related to work in progress and interesting little things I have found recently but haven’t decided what to do with yet.

The instructions say to use as large a washer as possible to give stability, particularly to the bottom tin.  I think I will replace the washer with a metal plate as it could do with a bit more support than even my large washer.

An afternoon’s work, though I suggest that you do it outside unless you want to drill through the kitchen table!

Love Gillie x

 

4 thoughts on “cake tins and pin cushions

  1. Clever. Good work. I hope it proves much more useful to you in this way–and that the ramped up decluttering goes swimmingly. Nothing like a good motivator, right?! Not that you’ve been waiting with baited breath or anything, but I do have a post in the works about your repurposing challenge from a couple weeks ago–now to stay put long enough to take the accompanying photos and finish it!

  2. You are losing your girls and decluttering as a result. I gained my daughter and her entire family back about 20 months ago, putting stuff in storage to accommodate them and some of their stuff. It has made me realize how many other items don’t get used. Some have found alternative purposes, many have gone to the charity shop. Just took a load this morning.

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