Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tiny Seashells in a Thimble box

Well, that’s what the lady at the thrift store called this. She said it was a thimble display case.

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But the cubbies are a little bigger than I think thimbles would need.

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Of course they are perfect for some of my special seashells.

And I recently found this angel top, so I found a bottle (salt shaker) it would fit, filled it with tiny shells and tied pretty ribbon around it to enjoy on my dresser.

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Another pretty mermaid sits next to my earrings and other pretties.

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I’m joining Thrifty Things Friday!

Also Katherine’s Corner,

Jeannie Marie’s ,

Ivy and Elephants,

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and Jann for Share Your Cup !

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New Smyrna Beach, FL 

I must be missing the seashore.

So do you think that is a thimble display case or do you have other ideas?

45 comments:

Leave It To Davis said...

I do think that was it's original intention. We used to sell them at the drug/gift store I worked at for thirteen years. My owners mom painted thimbles (and other things) for a hobby and sold them there, also. I don't know why they make the cubbies so large...maybe for TEXAS sized thimbles? lol But, I love YOUR use of the display box!! Very pretty! And I would imagine that you're going to miss that view!!!!

J said...

That thimble case "shore" is pretty! I love the way you utilized it to show off your shell collection....far more decorative than a set of "nervous" little thimbles all lined up doing nothing but waiting their turn to be used!

Susan said...

Such a pretty display case for your tiny sea shells. You have a knack for finding special items, XOXO

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Its a perfect shell display case!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

I think its a little collection cubby hole box..
You have made it into a super shell collection box.. i like the idea..
Those kind of boxes one can put all kinds of memorabilia that is small in them.
I would not have thought of shells..but i am thinking now, what a great idea..
love your finds.. you always show something nice.
happy Wed.
val

Diane said...

The thimble/whatever shadow box is perfect for your shells! Good eye!

Stephanie said...

What a lovely and unique idea for displaying shells :) I have some seashells saved up in a glass jar, but I like your idea better :) By the way, your header is wonderful - I love it!

Hugs!

Linda H said...

I think it makes a LOVELY display case for your beautiful shells! Love your "re-purposing"!!

Della said...

It probably was used for thimbles, but I like the way you have used it. It's perfect for shells!

If you are missing the shore it's time for a trip ;)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

You found the perfect display piece for your pretty shells!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You know I don't have much room for collecting and displaying...but oh I would love that seashell display case (no idea what it would have really been for, but perfect for what you are doing with it!)

Vee said...

You have got to be right...that is much too large for a thimble display, but it works perfectly for your seashell collection. Demitasse cups? I can't imagine what else might fit there. Salt and pepper shakers? Oh I'll be thinking about this all day. Thanks, Diane!

Jemma said...

You found the PERFECT!! I mean perfect way to display your seashells! And by the way they are a lovely-great find!!
Warm Hugs,
jemma

Vintage Gal said...

Diane ~ I think it's perfect as a shell display case ;-)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I love it for displaying your shells. You certainly have a wonderful collection.

Kathy said...

I agree that the compartments seem kind of big for thimbles but it is perfect for your shells. Love that little mermaid on your dresser, too!

cucki said...

It is looking so pretty and perfect shell display..
Big hugs x

ImSoVintage said...

Looks like a thimble case to me, but love it as a way to display your pretty shells. You have some great thrift stores. xo Laura

Diann said...

That little cubby cabinet is absolutely perfect for your pretty seashells! And I love what you did with the angel! thank you for sharing at TTF!

Elizabeth said...

Very pretty! Thank you so much for the kind words, prayers and cards!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Diane, I don't know what it is, but your seashells look so pretty displayed in it. What a wonderful way to be able to see the beauty of each shell. Great idea. How smart of you to put the angel top on a salt shaker filled with shells, and the mermaid with the shell is so pretty too. Yep, you and I are both beach dreaming this week. laurie

Sarah said...

Nope, I think it is a shell display! '-)
Glad you found it because you have beautiful shells to display.

Happy@Home said...

I think it could be a "whatever you want to display case" It works perfectly with your shell collection.

Susie said...

Maybe it's called a thimble case...because it can only hold small things. I have seen thimble cases that each cubbie can actually just hold a thimble. But I like your shell collection in this one. xoxo,Susie

beachcomber said...

WOW! what a great find. i love how you've filled it with shells :)
x

Jeanne said...

I think it was meant to by your shell showcase! It looks beautiful.

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

I don't think it matters what kind of case it is, it is now a sea shell case! Cute. Love the pic of the beach too...I also miss it!

Hugs, Lynnie

Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh I just love the seashells Diane.
Sadly, I wouldn't attempt such in our island home...I am sure you know now why since my last post!

Icy BC said...

You've found a great use for it, and lovely display of sea shells..

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It does seem a little large, but not being a thimble collector I can't really say. HOWEVER, it is perfect for shells and I love it!! You know how I am about cubbies!! If I see one of these, it will be mine. Thanks for joining TTF this week.

hugs,
Linda

NanaDiana said...

I thought the rack looked like a printer's rack. It could also have been one of those mini-display boxes created in the late 70's/early 80's to display all that country cuteness that was so popular back then. Great finds though! xo Diana
ps. I LOVE New Smyrna Beach!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your seashell collection. It looks perfect in this display case. Have a good weekend.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I have no idea what it was originally used for, but it sure is perfect for your shell collection!

bj said...

Your collection looks awesome in the great cabinet.
Love your header.
xoxo

Musings from Kim K. said...

You know I love displaying mini things. Love this sweet collection.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Diane..I've seen lots of thimble display cases, and that is NOT one of them. I am not sure what it was used for but certainly not thimbles. You have utilized it perfectly! It's lovely and looks made for those little shells.
Nope. Not a thimble display case unless those thimbles were awfully big! :) Hugs,
Mona

cynthia lee designs said...

I think the cubbies are a little too big for it to be a thimble holder...but I sure love it! I have a thing for any old wood pieces that have cubbies. Your seashell collection looks great in yours.
hugs,
Cindy

Suzan Sweatman said...

I think it IS a thimble case but I love it so much more with your seashell collection - that is just gorgeous and makes me want one !!!
XOXO

Laurie said...

I don't care what it was made for , your shells are perfect in it! My mum had one that was made for the figurines that came in Red Rose tea, the shelf was sold by that company, I think I would like this shelf laid flat with glass over it on a table as well, love your mermaids!

DogsMom said...

I love the idea of setting your angel on a shaker. Very creative.
I have seen thimble displays that look like your cubby box, but I think they had small dowels in each space to keep the thimbles from tumbling out.
It also resembles a type case, where printers would keep the individual type pieces. If it was that, it would have ink in the cubbies.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I think your shells look amazing in that case. You have such a great collection of them.

Donna said...

I'm so jealous! I would love to find a box like that and have been on the lookout for one for years! LOL, if you see it missing off of your wall, you can be rest assured that it is Marty's fault!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love the display case (definitely not for thimbles!) filled with your gorgeous shell collection. I "sea" you have a kind of beachy theme going here! Thanks for "shoring" with us!
(Must be my day for bad puns!) LOL
Hugs,
Patti

Linda Walker said...

I am always amazed at what you find at thirft shops! Really love the angel (I love angels anyways as you know) and your shells look great in that thimble display case.
Linda
sewwhat!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Diane, I do think it is a thimble case. Only because my mom had one almost identical that she displayed her thimble collection in. Works great for your wonderful seashell collection. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
hugs,
Jann