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Last week I posted about a really fun, inspiring Saturday morning trip to the Chartreuse Barn Sale in Thomasville, NC with my junkin’ friend Gloria. Although we discovered countless treasures, this very heavy metal thing is what intrigued me, and made it home in the little Jeep Wrangler.

It was displayed with magazines and wine bottles. Perfect. But I needed neither. So “the thing” sat outside awaiting a brainstorm. Eventually, I sprayed it silver, just because. Then put in in the studio in the one spot where it fit. In the process, I noticed that, due to the mounting brackets, the thing was crooked. So I rummaged in the wood pile, and added a heavy slab of lumber underneath.

How to store your sizeable stash of stencils.

The brilliance occurred one day this week on deadline, when I needed to locate the right stencil, now! Between my personal collection spanning 20 years, plus those I acquire for blogging projects, I found myself tearing my blonde tresses out during the search. Then it hit me, as I saw the silver thing next to masses of stencils piled in the club chair.

A perfect place to store stencils!

So I grabbed some brown kraft paper, tape and a Sharpie,  and proceeded to roll up and mark groupings by brand and design. I’m guesstimating there must be a hundred stencils here, with room to spare for lots more.

Last week I posted about a really fun, inspiring Saturday morning trip to the Chartreuse Barn Sale in Thomasville, NC with my junkin' friend Gloria.

Done! It’s doubtful you’ll run across the same treasure, but old wine bottle cabinet inserts would work just as well, right?

Stencil for your sizeable stencil stash.

Almost out of sight, in a corner where nothing else would fit.

Problem solved. Well, almost. What to do with all of the gigantic production stencils…? Another day, another deadline.