"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Turning trash into treasure

I saw on Better Homes and Gardens an idea for making an organizer for my bills using a bird cage.  I've had my eye out for a cheap birdcage for a few months now.  About a month ago, my neighbor had moved and the landlord was cleaning the mess left behind.  I asked her if I could have the nasty, rusted out birdcage that had been sitting in the yard for a long time.  With a strange look she gave it to me.  I forgot to take a before picture though.
I scrubbed it and painted it blue.

I then cut a couple of cardboard cake boards to fit.  Found some pretty scrap book paper and decoupaged them on my "shelves".
Custard helped me cut down the cake boards.  She has a fetish of all things paper and cardboard.

My husband helped me by tying twine under the shelves and using a dab of hot glue to keep them in place.
Oreo with his fetish of all things string tried to help too.

I tried to keep the string away from him but he still managed to get it in his mouth!
The top shelf will be for bills paid this coming paycheck.  The second shelf for items to be paid next paycheck and the bottom for bills that have been paid.  I will keep it on this shelf right in the corner of my office area in the dining room.
I tried to find the original idea, but could not find it.  I did come across someone else's version of it 

I have an update about my health for those who have been praying for me.  I went to the specialist.  He does not think it is cancer but a "very advanced case of endometriosis".  The 5 1/2 inch mass has squished everything in my abdomen and may have attached itself to other organs.  I will be having surgery on May 26.  They need to do a complete hysterectomy and possibly remove the appendix and part of the bowel.  They will test the mass for cancer while I am on the operating table.  The doctor said I will be in the hospital for four to seven days.  Please pray for me, the six week recovery period will be very hard for me because I cannot sit still.  I am not worried about the surgery because I know God is in control and I am in his hands, but would still appreciate your prayers.  I also wanted to let ya'll know why it will be kind of quiet on here at the end of the month.

Have a great day!



Heidi said...

The bird cage is brilliant. I love organizing ideas and getting to repurpose a cast off item makes it even better.

I am sorry you are facing surgery. I will keep you in my prayers.

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear of your upcoming surgery. Will keep you in my prayers.
BTW...I love the bird cage. It's beautiful and just my color :-)

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear of your upcoming surgery. Will keep you in my prayers.
BTW...I love the bird cage. It's beautiful and just my color :-)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Cute idea. Keep you in my prayers. It is tough to stay down when you are a wiggler. Hand work, and books to read.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Sending prayers! I'm so sorry you have to go through this but thank goodness that they found it before it got worse. I hope you'll be ok. Maybe you can iron on some embroidery transfers before your surgery and set up an area that you can reach your supplies. At least you could keep your hands busy and end up with some blocks to quilt later. If you can get on your computer we can keep you company too.

Quiltsmiles said...

MIssy your reinvention of that cage looks marvelous. Good luck with your medical issues, I'll be saying prayers. Sitting still for that amount of time will be so long, perhaps some knitting, crocheting or cross stitch may help keep your calmness all the while you are healing. God bless,

Michelle said...

Hi Missy. I had this surgery in December of 1998. If you want to 'talk' you can email me iluvlou@mchsi.com.

Sarah said...

I dont get many paper bills anymore but I should be able to find some purpose for it since it fits my general bird theme perfectly! I must start by finding a cage...
Good luck wirh your surgery!! I suggest hexies to keep ur fingers busy. Wink.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute bill holder. I already have your surgery date on my calendar. You won't be able to lift anything more than 5lbs for a while, so, prepare (if you are like me, empty that purse).

Angie said...

Continuing to keep you in my prayers. Love the re-purposed bird cage!

Jusmom1 said...

Will keep you in my prayers!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I wil pray. Isn't so assuring to know that a sovereign God has this?

barbara woods said...

Hugs and prayers

QuiltShopGal said...

Surgery is never anything anyone desires, but I'm so happy that your doctor doesn't think it is cancer. From a surgical perspective I'm hopeful he is preparing you for the worst and it will be an easy removal of the cyst. My heart and prayers to you and your family.

Big hug,

Your new quilt is lovely too!


Dora, the Quilter said...

I'm so sorry, Missy. I hope you will have a speedy recovery that will surprise you.
You'll have to make sure your treadle irons are well lubricated so you can get back to treadling soon.

julieQ said...

Missy, I am praying for a quick recovery and complete success for your surgery!

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8