Even though this blog looks like my old one, Debbie-Dabble, "Debbie-Dabble Blog" is my new Blog that I created on June 23, 2016, after my old one was hacked through my Debbie-Dabble Face Book Page which I have now deleted!!

I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the middle 70's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before it closed in November of 2018 and have been a nurse for almost 41 years, with most of that time being full time!!! I recently had my knee replacement surgery done after putting it off for 6 years... I am NOW officially retired!!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Making Something Out of Nothing!!!!

Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!
I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

They say necessity is the Mother of Invention ..........

For years, I have had this wicker shelf unit in the Powder Room which I have used to store brushes and combs in since I usually do my hair downstairs in this Bathroom......
The bottom part of it is used for storing extra toilet paper.......

When my sons were young and I would be getting ready to go to work for 11PM at night, I did not want to wake them up by getting ready in the upstairs Bathroom so I got ready downstairs and that habit just seemed to stick......
For many years and yes, I do mean many, I have just put the brushes and combs haphazardly in this area...

I decided it was time to put some sort of container in this area to hold the brushes and combs in an orderly fashion......

I did not want to buy anything and looked around the house and could not really find anything that would fit here......

Then one day, I was opening my box of Probiotics that I take and took a good look at the box......
Who would have thought that this box would fit perfectly and it even had 2 compartments......

I first thought that I would maybe cover it with fabric so I used white duct tape to cover up all the print on the box.......
I even taped the inside of the box to reinforce it.......
I then looked in my stash of Scrapbook papers and found this.......
I thought ...PERFECT!!!

I used hot glue to attach the paper to the box.......
The sides.....
The back......
I decided to trim out the box with a black gimp and black satin ribbon roses......
And Wa La........
Here it is........
I now can even keep a magazine or 2 in place with out it flopping out.....
I was inspired by my fellow Blogger, Alessandra, over at My Romantic Creations!!

Alessandra is amazing at what she can create out of the most mundane things......

These are just a few of her wonderful creations and what she actually made them out of!!!!

 From this......
 From this.......
Out of this.....

 From this......
And these........
 Out of this.......
I was so inspired by Alessandra and that made me think of using an ordinary box.....
And turning it into this......
I wish I had thought about this much sooner.......
 I hope this inspired you to Make Something Out of Nothing!!


I am doing fine after my Knee Replacement surgery........

I went to my first Out Patient Therapy appointment on Thursday, less than 3 days after my surgery......

The Polar Care Ice machine that they sent me home with is a life saver when it comes to decreasing the swelling.......
You fill what looks like a cooler with water and ice and it circulates the cold water through a pad that you wrap around your knee and stays cold for about 6 hours!!!!!
My Ortho Surgeon put this dressing, which is called an Aquacel dressing, on the morning after surgery and it will stay on until I see him for my first return office visit......
It provides a water seal closed dressing.....
 Also a barrier against infection....

It is starting to itch a bit.......

Okay, that is the last time you are going to see this much of my lovely legs!!!


I am getting around pretty good and doing all my exercises.......

I have been able to cut back on pain medication too.......

So all is going well.....

Once again, Thanks so much for all your well wishes and prayers for my recovery!!!

They are greatly appreciated!!!

On another personal note......

I also wanted to share a few pics of my beautiful great niece Cortney's  Junior Prom.......
 Aren't they a charming couple???

Cortney's hair was done by her 14 year old sister, Caitlin.......
 I was amazed!!!!

This is Caitlin.......
 And this is their little sister, Carly.......
 Thanks so much for your continued prayers for them and their Mom and Dad as their Dad wages a tough fight against cancer......

Well, that's it for today......

 I hope you will stop by to visit again soon!!

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  1. So glad you're recovering nicely from your surgery! I guess you made this lovely container before you had the surgery! Can't believe you're in the mood to craft! Lol! Your container looks fabulous and you'd never know it was made from an ordinary box! So cool! It blends in quite well with your wicker shelving - a perfect match! Love it!

  2. Super cute artworks...But YOU are an inspiration!Good recovery and blessings!Your nieces are adorable too!

  3. Your organizer is so cute! How creative to come up with that. Best wishes for a full recovery and healing of your knee.

  4. So glad you are doing well from surgery! Oh I bet that ice thingy is a life savor! Dang, I need one of those for my neck. LOL! Praying for a total recovery. Girl...I love what you done with that box! AMAZING at how it turned out. It's the simple things in life that bring us the greatest pleasure! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I have heard ice machines are a dream. Glad you've got one. I'm so impressed with all those examples of making something out of nothing. The black one is probably my favorite. Thanks for sharing at #heartandsoullinkup

  6. You are very, very clever! And three cheers on getting through the surgery and on your way to recovery. I send you all good wishes for a very speedy and easy recovery.

  7. Glad to see that your knee recovery is going well. Hoping your recovery continues. Like the ideas of using used containers for useful storage.

  8. How clever reuse! It's amazing how you turned out the organizer. Thank you very much for your kind and sweet words, I'm really glad that I inspire you... And you inspire me!

  9. I am so glad that the recovery process is going well for you Debbie and continues. I love that box you decorated to look so pretty! Take care.

  10. Hi Debbie, I am so happy you are doing well. You are still in my prayers as well as your family who is struggling right now with Cancer. God bless you all. I love the cute box you created from a box that would have ended up in the trash. Way to re-cycle!. And I checked out your stained class. Oh my what beauty. I hope the healing continues to go well for you. Hugs.

  11. the basket came out wonderful! Beautiful family and I'm glad to hear your knee surgery is going well.

  12. Debbie, I am so glad that you are coming along after your surgery. PT is a b---- though, isn't it. Especially right at first. I love your reincarnation of a simple box. So pretty and creative. Cute prom pics. Your family is darling..Thanks for your visit and keep up the good work..xxoJudy

  13. Loved the box AND the fact that you are ambitious enough already to be crafting! I have been making gift boxes/bags out of cereal boxes by wrapping them in Christmas paper, punching holes for yarn/ribbon ties and adding a tag. Have made some for our November bazaar. Our dump no long recycles plain cardboard so this upcycle pleases me. I can next a small box inside a brownie box inside a cereal box and have a set! Christmas wrapping ought to be a breeze this year!

    1. Kathy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Glad to hear that you too are recycling boxes...Sounds like a great idea to make boxes for Christmas gifts!!

  14. I did something similar to hold my bills on my fridge. Hope your knee replacement recovery goes well. I had to share your pictures with my mom in law since she is laying in bed at this moment with her polar ice thing keeping her knee cold! She had her surgery 3 weeks ago!

  15. So glad to hear the knee replacement has gone well -- especially that there is less pain than before. Prayers for continued smooth recovery. That bandage sounds like a great idea -- and so simple! Could have used one of those a couple of times in my life in different locations! Your "something out of nothing" project turned out fantastic!

  16. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

  17. Lovely to see all of your photographs here.
    I am very pleased that you are doing well.
    Prayers for you and your family …

    All the best Jan

  18. What a wonderful way to upcycle that box, Debbie! I'll be featuring it. Thanks for the updates on you and your family, I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

  20. That is very neat what you did, and how you were inspired! I made a tote from a detergent bottle by crocheting a top to it.... It's a lot of fun, isn't it?! https://www.b4andafters.com/durable-tote-bag-from-upcycled-containers/ Thank you for sharing at Best of the Weekend! I will be featuring you tomorrow!


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