Monday, April 4, 2011

A few weeks ago, I had the rare opportunity to stop in at our local Savers store. I don't go there often because, for the most part, they just have clothes and shoes.

But every once in a while I find a treasure there.

This was one of those occasions!  

In a bag, hanging on the wall, I found 12 sock forms.
 Now, they aren't anything vintage, and they were painted in some funky colors,
 but I could see these would be pretty easy to make over. :)

Here is the before picture.
I'm not sure why there are so many holes in the smaller ones.
 My guess would have to be for some decorative purpose....?

**Thanks to my blog friends, I have been enlightened about the holes in the sock forms...They are ventilation holes for the drying of socks. I let out a great big DUH! when I read their comments.
Leave it to me to completely miss the obvious! ;) 

 So, I got out some of my trusty spray paint colors and started spraying.

I found a place for one in our guest bathroom.......

A couple more in our family room.........
I got this wall hanging from Kimberly at My Brown Bag Studio.
We did a swap a while back. I loooove it!
And don't mind the dust....I live in the desert, and dust is just a given.

And more in the upstairs hallway.
Boy!  I sure do appreciate an easy make over project!
Onto some other stuff......

I have a dear friend, whom I have known for years, that is organizing a service project for some of the children of Africa. Her son is serving a mission on the Ivory Coast. Given the fact that our son, Mark recently returned from serving a mission in Uganda, it was easy for me to want to contribute.

  It goes without saying that there is such need in's hard to even put a finger on one thing that is needed. But, Sindy heard about the teachers who were trying to teach the little children some church songs, but didn't know the tunes. They hadn't heard the songs before, and without a piano, they had no way of knowing the tunes. Sindy immediately went to work organizing a project, collecting children's hymn books and CD's containing the primary songs (in French) to send to Africa.

Then, as most projects go, it got bigger. More people wanted to participate so Sindy decided that she wanted to put together 100 tote bags that included a picture of Jesus, a CTR ring (a popular piece of jewelery in our church that has the CTR emblem on it, reminding the wearer to "Choose The Right") and a Book of Mormon in the French language.

Since I have a hoard of an over abundance of fabric,
 I decided to sew up some tote bags to contribute to the cause.
  I know I'm not alone in saying that there isn't a better feeling
 than knowing you have done something to help someone else.

It sorta just makes you look for the next time you can serve, right?!

:)  :)  :)  :)

One of my favorite sayings......

Give without Remembering,
Receive without Forgetting. 

Have a blessed day!


Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Jo-Anne, you silly..... they are sock dryers and the holes are for circulation. I would love to have run across that deal! They are funky colors but spray paint is an easy cure for that. I love how you are displaying them. If you feel the need to pass some of those on, please remember me! I think they are awesome! And I think you are awesome, making all the totes. I'm sure they will be loved, appreciated and used! Bless you! Love the saying at the end.

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

What a find! They look great painted! Sock dryers (stocking stretchers ) often had holes to let air ventilate so what you found is not umcommon at all.

Giving is indeed the best feeling. There are so many worthwhile causes~ the hardest part is choosing how to give of your time and funds since we can't help everyone!! I think what you did is a great idea!!