Friday, 17 December 2021

Blogmas - Advent Day 17

'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful' ... a very famous and oft repeated quote from William Morris.  

I feel this way about most of my stuff and that is why in the latter stages of my decluttering journey things have slowed right down.  When you get to the nitty gritty of your possessions you really have to think.  Some things I would never part with and two of them are my gorgeous old wooden boxes.  I don't have the keys to either of them as they were both car boot sale purchases and cheap because of that, but in my eyes they are both beautiful and useful.  After all you can hide a multitude of sins in a gorgeous wooden box. 😀

The top smaller box is actually a money box with two slits in the top, why two I have no idea as there is no divider in the box itself and one of the holes is very slim, so slim that no coins will fit through ... a puzzle that I quite like.  The much bigger and equally beautiful box is full of small candles and tea lights ready to replenish any that I burn, it's nice to have them handy.

I think I could honestly say if I had to choose just 100 possessions as some true minimalists do, then these two boxes would be among that number.

The little drawer for Day 17 of the Advent calendar gave me a bottle of perfume ... sadly I really do not like the scent of this one. 

  If any of you happen to know you like this particular Aldi scent and would like it yourself please leave a comment (I will then ask you for a second comment which I will not publish) and then post it on to you, it seems a shame to waste it.  Sadly this must be for UK readers only due to postage costs.

Now claimed - thank you. 


Sue xx 🎄



20 comments:

  1. Sweet of you to re-gift that. I love your little boxes. They remind me of some I had in my younger life. Mine held odd assortments of things but were sadly lost in a move. I never thought of a candle stash, that is a great use. Have a good weekend.

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    1. I love that you can all sorts of things in a pretty box or basket and a shelf can still look nice and neat. 😃

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  2. That's kind of you! Apparently this perfume is a dupe of Lancome's La Vie Est Belle - so yes, please, I would love to be in the draw. Thank-you.

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    1. It wasn't a draw, so as you were the first to comment, it's yours. 😃

      Just send me another comment with your address ... I won't publish it for all to see ... and I will pop the scent in the post. ❤️

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    2. Thanks for sending your address Julia. You were second to comment but the first to say you would like the perfume, so it will be on it's way to you later today. I will delete your address comment as soon as I have copied it onto the parcel. xx

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    3. I am so thrilled - thank-you!

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  3. That's a kind thing to do Sue. I love your wooden boxes. Could the small slot on the top mean that the box is really old as old coins were much thinner? Just a thought...

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    1. I have tried old pennies and halfpennies in it but no joy, maybe florins or farthings were thinner, but I don't have any of them to try. The box isn't deep enough for paper money to be posted into it as old banknotes were much larger than even our old paper ones, so the mystery goes on. Maybe tickets of some description?

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  4. Those are lovely boxes and I like how you have set them up with that cute llama and sweet little tree!
    Now I am curious about the two slits in the top of the little box!?!

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    1. Every home should have a felted Christmas Llama ;-)

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  5. One of my favourite William Morris quotes, he was such an inspirational and principled chap! Those boxes are gorgeousand that cheeky little llama is a sweetheart. xxx

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    1. He really is isn't he. He was one of two new Christmas ornaments that T fell in love with last year.

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  6. Sometimes a particular scent just does not suit us. How wonderful of you to regift it.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm afraid no scent suits me as I am highly allergic to perfume. My skin bubbles up as though you have poured acid on it ... yuk :-(

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  7. Definitely one of the best Morris quotes, and one I have used many times.

    Like you I am constantly decluttering although mine is not as obvious (or successful) as yours. When I am casting around for more things to remove I ask myself "Dog forbid I lost this in a fire, would I want to replace it".

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    1. My only fear for lots of the treasures that I have kept is that they are made of wood, and if 'Dog' forbid I had a fire ... they would fuel it beautifully!!

      Sorry I couldn't resist your worship of 'Dog' :-)

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  8. I love your wooden boxes there both beautiful and practical. They remind me of old world living, I can imagine someone storing old black and white photos in them or long thin white candles in the big one the type they would put in the candle holders and use to walk up the stairs to bed. The small one I can imagine holding an old cloth drawstring purse in with old coins in.

    Id love an old wooden box for my treasures can you tell lol

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    1. Definitely old world living, vintage things have always appealed to me since having my first antique shop and being able to keep lots of things myself for a while before selling them.

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  9. Ps is it possible there was a divider in the 2 slot box but it was removed? Maybe just a wooden piece that was wedged in but could be lifted out? I know some money boxes featured a save and spend section for budgeting reasons.... Just a thought

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    1. There's every chance it did have a divider as there are slight marks, but the question still is what fitted through such a slim gap. Something no wider than a piece of paper, so my guess would be small tickets or tiny receipts.

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