My Blogging Stash

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in organization, outdoors, playhouse, thrift store, yard sale | 51 comments

It seems that I have always been a collector of sorts.

I have always seen the potential in some random piece and feel the need to hang on to it.

I have always loved a good yard sale or thrift store.

That passion (problem) has only grown since I started this blog!

I am fortunate that I have my own little “playhouse” in the backyard to hold my treasures.

I let it go for a couple of ย years and had quite a mess on my hands.

There was a lot of, “I am not sure what to do with that? ย Just throw it in the playhouse!”

Well, when you do that for too long you end up with chaos!

I had plans to totally redo the inside and have a big “reveal!”

But, then it occurred to me. . .

This space will NEVER be finished!

This is where I house all of my “works in progress!”

So, I thought that I would share its most recent transformation.

Here is my “treasure house!”

Ok, I know that it still looks incredibly full, but this is the before.

Should I really show you this?!


The first thing I did was move it all outside!

It looked like Goodwill had exploded in my backyard!

Can you believe that all of that stuff fit in there?!

I did a major clean out!

Only keeping those items that I thought would be makings for a really GREAT project!

I had already done a lot to spruce up the outside.

You can read about the new paint here, the doormat here, the new lanterns here and the banners here.

After everything was out, I gave her a fresh coat of paint on the inside.

I love how the lighter walls really brighten up the space!

These little guys are going to look great with some ASCP!

I really like a collection, and that takes a minimum of 3. . .

So, I am still on the hunt for another great chunky candlestick!

I love to bring in fresh flowers when I am setting a table. . . so, I tend to keep a lot of vases!

I am really liking the look of old brass, so that collection is beginning to grow!

These great frames are a recent find.

I already know what project awaits for them!

I have seen so many projects made with old sheet music, so here is my stash for when inspiration strikes!

I also know where that chair is going.

Just needs a little ASCP and a new seat!

The “dream” banner is a recent craft.

It will stay here until I figure out where to put it!

I look through these shelves and I see endless possibilities. . .

The embroidery hoops in the baskets also have a project that awaits them!

And, more frames await more projects in this corner!

The dishes. . .

What can I say?

I am a sucker for old dishes!

I am not sure what I am going to do with the old ice cube tray.

It was just too cute to pass up!

Any good ideas?

I now love to open this door and see all of these great projects that await!

I am not a blogger that is afraid that they are going to run out of ideas!

I am a blogger that needs to make my mind slow down for a minute so that I will complete a project!

This space makes me happy!

ย I had been thinking about painting the floor, but had decided not to.

But, after looking at these pictures. . .

Maybe a nice diamond pattern?

Life to the full to you!

Here are the places that I party!


Southern Hospitality

Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer



Cowgirl Up

I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple

Making the World Cuter

Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Boogieboard Cottage

Kelly’s Corner

The Dedicated House


Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Primitive and Proper

Tip Junkie handmade projects



Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Faded Charm

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

Crafty Scrappy Happy

Somewhat Simple

Southern Lovely

House of Hepworths

The 36th Avenue

Restore Interiors

Ivy and Elephants



Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

The Brambleberry Cottage

Chic on a Shoestring

AKA Design

Katie's Nesting Spot




My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkieย Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Family Ever After

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge

Liz Marie


Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

It’s Overflowing

Be Different Act Normal


Thrifty Decor Chick
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  1. Oh lucky you with your own stash space!

  2. You are so fortunate to have your own place to store your stash! Beautiful transformation – it looks like a store ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Love how you spruced up the playhouse, and wow, what a wonderful assortment of treasures! Looking forward to all the transformations you do in the future.
    Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It looks like a little shop, Melissa! When you get too overloaded you could have a sale. You’ve got some great stuff here. Those ice cube trays would be great for crafters to hold small charms, beads, etc. or even to hold jewelery. Maybe painted up with something on the outside to make it look pretty, but the sections would make a great little catch-all. I love your space as it is, but I know how it is when you want a change.

  5. I love it! Your own little anitique/thrift store in your backyard.

  6. Why not just use the ice cube tray??
    How cute it will look in your freezer or when company comes over pull that out — tres chic!

  7. LOVE your sweet little playhouse! How fun to have a place to stash all of your finds!

  8. Melissa, I’ve been looking for one of those ice cube trays! We should have a junk swap some day. I loved seeing your before room, because I had a similar situation, moved it out for company and now it’s all back in there, plus some, and it’s a huge mess. So funny seeing it in the yard. The best thing is that you call it “the treasure house”. Much better than “junk room”.

  9. How cool! You have your own ‘thrift store’ in your backyard!

  10. What a relief to know I’m not the only one with a giant stash of “upcoming projects”! Mine’s certainly not as organized as yours, though ๐Ÿ™‚ What a lovely, and aptly-named, playhouse! (Found you through Transformation Thursday)
    P.S. What is the paint color you used on the interior? It’s perfect!

  11. Holy Stash Busters! That is one awesome space! Even your future projects look great!

  12. Your stash house is so adorable! I know what you mean about slowing the mind down. Mine runs faster than my hands most of the time :)! I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Come visit and check it out.

  13. First of all I love you shed/stash house. Cute! I so laughed at the Goodwill exploded….It did kinda look that way..but you got it all organized great…wish I had a stash room!!

  14. This is pretty cool! Great collections! I think the candlesticks are my favorite!

  15. Thats too funny!! Mine would have the exact same Before pic but worse!;) Thanx for coming to party!

  16. What a great collection!

  17. I envy you with your own stash space!

    I’m a new follower (craft junky blog hop)

  18. Love your playhouse! I have a craft room that looks like your before picture. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know where everything is…

    Love, love, love the after. I bet it makes you smile.

    have a great weekend,

  19. Just found your blog and so happy I did. Awesome space. Wish I had one…oh! Wait! I use my garage. Wish mine was this organized. Love what you did. I too have an ancient ice tray. I keep it in the kitchen and use it to freeze herb and flower ice cubes for parties and tomato paste when I only use a bit from the can.

  20. Awesome place for storage ๐Ÿ™‚
    Greetings from Australiaโ™ฅ

  21. Ok..I confess..I am a wee bit jealous!! What a great place to put everything!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. This looks great! Now you can get down to work when inspiration strikes! I can’t believe all the good stuff you’ve got in there!

  23. This is so cool–you’ve got a “room of one’s own,” as Virginia Woolf would say! Love it.

  24. This playhouse ROCKS! Love the makeover…just beautiful!! Love the clock too…awesome!

  25. Ok, That does it. I need my own playhouse….

  26. I found myself SHOPPING your shed ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job!

  27. OMG…a playhouse with a fan!! And I LOVE the floors! That was the thing that struck me first as being so awesome! And I agree that the new wall color is perfect! Awesome job!

  28. What a sweet space! Has anyone mentioned using the ice cube tray as a little seedling starter? Alsoโ€ฆI do believe that I have the lidded version of the pretty little tureen you have in the stack above the tray. In imperfect condition, I use it to hold kitty combs & brushes. : )

    I hope you’re having a sweet weekend!

    Julie M.

  29. I want a playroom!!! what a great place to play!!

  30. u have made my i am working on a storage building full of stuff. i am so trying to get it organized. i was so happy to see other people have lots of stuff’s not just me…..
    edna salter willow spring nc. only on face book.

  31. What an outstanding way to house your ‘stock!’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I so get it and often wish I had an exterior building for mine. Clever fix!

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 143. ๐Ÿ™‚


  32. Oh my goodness! You’ve just hit the nail right on the head for us “collectors!” Love this!

  33. WOW, I must admit I am a bit jealous of your awesome space!! Thanks for sharing! Sue

  34. I have a very similar situation but no playhouse! So alas my items are in the office, the porch, the garage, everywhere!

    It looks beautiful now, congrats!

    Fresh Picked Vintage

  35. I had to do the exact same thing, my space could not be walked into. Now it’s arranged like yours all on the outer walls. It took a bit, I went through every single thing.

    This looks fantastic, so much easier to work/play/decorate, when you can SEE what you have =)

    Enjoy your space, it’s fabulous!!

  36. Man, I wish I had my own room like that. I would settle for a large closet. You’re a lucky gal/

  37. Your turned this into such a beautiful room. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  38. I adore your cottage full of your loved stashes! I also have been collecting till I am full to the brim and I need to do a major clean-out to clear my work space.

    I should just take it out like you did to the yard and make some major decisions! Unfornunatally, I don;t have enough space to just straighten and make new vingettes but I love seeing them and feeling them as you do!

    I am following your blog now and glad I found you, I also G+ you because you deserve it!
    Smiles, Cyndi

  39. I forgot to tell you I found you from “Funky Junk Interiors” on Facebook!

    Smiles, cyndi

  40. I’m with everyone else about your little cottage room. How adorable is that? What a great place to house all of your treasures. I’m sure I could use one too.

  41. Love your little house! I would use the ice cube tray in a sewing basket to separate buttons, different colors of thread, etc. I saw that you had plenty of baskets-I’m sure there’s one it would fit in. Keep up the good work!

  42. Love your space and your collections! I just organized the unfinished part of my basement that serves as a workroom. It is so great to be able to find things quickly and I am so much more productive as a result.

  43. So many pretty things!

  44. I love your inspiration room, and you have some great things inside awaiting a new beginning. My craft room looks like your before too, so don’t feel bad. Every time I walk in there it stifles me instead of inspires, need to tackle soon! Can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to with all those treasures. So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best!

  45. I have a “treasure house” too…only mine looks more like the before than the after ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!! Laurel

  46. Now THAT’S a playhouse!! I’d love to play in your treasure house. What fun!

    By the way, I know it’s hot in Middle Tennessee–is your treasure house air-conditioned? Or are you just tough? ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Thanks for sharing your stash room on Simple & Sweet Fridays. We all have a collection of treasures, love how you have a little cottage!


  48. I have a prop room like this! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  49. Wow! My stuff is all scattered in different places. I’m the same way – hanging onto things because I know I’ll need it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What an amazing treasure chest full of goodies! Love it!

  50. My husband wishes I only had one place for my ‘stash’. I’m in an upstairs bed room, the basement and my own ‘stash house’aka garden shed! None of the three look as organized as yours~~~good job, and I’m jealous of some of your finds ๐Ÿ™‚

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