In the corner of our dining room we keep an elephant - a great big white one....
Ok, ok, I hear you all shouting, has this woman gone nuts?
But here in the UK we use the term 'white elephant' to describe an item which is unwanted, a waste of space etc but too valuable to discard.
When Nigel and I got married we had two separate houses worth of belongings and so struggled to draw up a list of wedding gifts - in the end we decided we'd rather like a good quality china dinner service and so picked a pattern we both liked and encouraged guests to each buy maybe just a single plate or something.
One of Nigel's aunts, who is not without money, thought that, instead of buying maybe a couple of plates or whatever, she'd buy us a hostess trolley. Needless to say there wasn't one of these on the list
We were obviously somewhat taken aback by her generosity but of course it then created the dilemma of where to store this particular piece of furniture.
It's never had a proper home, probably because we never use it. I believe we used it once for our first Christmas and the plug has never entered a socket again. I know some people find them incredibly useful but it just doesn't fit in with our lifestyle.
It now resides in the dining room alongside our china dresser slotted into the corner.
This is fine - it's not in the way there but of course it's just an invitation for people (particularly the smaller variety) to dump things on top of it as you can see from this picture.
This practice drives me mad - we're naturally an untidy family, not particularly prone to putting things back where they belong and an additional surface for junk collection is an additional irritant to me
So I decided I'd make some sort of mat to place on top of it to try to discourage my family of 'flytippers'
I really liked the purple pyjama fabric I picked up the other week
Once the borders are all on - who knows I might even do some applique.....