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New Uses for Decorative Bowls

Tell me your homes have decorative bowls of confiscated and forbidden items on the mantle.

I crack up every time another article makes it into one of these bowls on the mantle. To qualify to make it to the bowl you have to be:

  • thrown
  • put in mouth and “a chokable”
  • unsafe
  • sharp
  • medicine
  • or something that just needs a “time out”

At one time one of the bowls housed desert sage and the other, seasonal candies. Now as you can maybe decipher from the pictures they are currently home to:

Bowl #1 houses:

  • Wooden bead necklace that was being swung around like a nun chuck
  • Cat toy that was being chewed on, not by a cat
  • Choke hazard toy measuring device
  • Magnets
  • Oral Gel
  • Cars pieces that are way to small
  • Nail clippers
  • Thermometer

Bowl #2 houses:

  • Two bundles of desert sage
  • Lip Balm
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Two Pez dispensers (Mini Mouse & Pooh)
  • Pez refils
  • Ping Pong ball
  • Mrs. Potato heads ear ring

When in doubt, if you cannot find something…check the bowls on the mantles.

3 Responses

  1. Our bookshelves are multi-purposed. The primary use is for (imagine!) books, neatly ordered by subject matter; the secondary use is to store all those knick-knacks we can’t have the kids/dog/cats getting into, and the toys that are in time-out because they’ve been used to do naughty things. (My son’s grandparents gave him a wooden mace from the Ukraine when he was three. I don’t know what they were thinking….)

    • Oh, good…I was worried it was just us. Those are the things that make it to the bowls, the top of the mantle is also used to put the “time out” toys…like the music sticks they usually end up bashing each other over the head with or hitting the flat screen tv with. The guitar, puzzles that have had their pieces thrown, you name it. It took me a half hour today to take all the stuff off the mantle so the cleaning guy could dust tomorrow. You can actually see the mantle now 😉

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