Guest Post by Stacy: It Is What It Isn't.

There is an old (bad) joke or maybe it's a movie line. Anyways, it goes like this: The man asks the call girl, "What's your name?" and she asks replies with a question..."What do you want it to be?".

Junk is kind of like that. Just because a piece was something or served a certain purpose, it doesn’t mean it cannot be something else.

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Recently The Weekly Six featured the stack o' luggage at Ruby Rose. They are some gorgeous pieces. People have been stacking them for night stands and coffee tables. I have two under my tv table to hold the DVD player--and they are great for storage too.

tea

I inherited a collection of teapots from a family friend and a love of tea time from my Mom. I like to mix it up and use some of my glass laboratory beakers to serve cream and sugar. They are also great for condiments at a picnic.

hillary

Last year at about this time Hillary made succulent gardens. I still have mine, which was made in an old baking tin. I have a collection of baking and kitchen things and love that this was rescued from the trash and repurposed. It loves the light on my kitchen table.

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I love the lettering on this galvanized bucket. I didn’t have a use for it but it was a deal (duh, I bought it at Ruby Rose) and it came home with me. I tried putting it in several places before I decided it needed to be the trash can by my desk. I don’t know what it was originally, but I really like it here.

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After my last living room re-decoration I realized that I didn’t have a place to put my keys. If I don’t walk in the door and put them in their place they can be missing for days. I was searching for a little table or something when I came across this vintage bird bath at Alameda. I knew instantly that is was what I needed. It's a great addition to the room and so much more fun than a side table.

Be creative. If you love a piece, don’t worry what it was or what it is supposed to be. Embrace it and find a way to make it work for you!

It would be great if we could come to all of your homes and see what you do with your Ruby Rose finds! What is your favorite repurposed piece? What comments/compliments have you received on your creativity?

Guest post: Little Monsters in L.A. by Yvonne Helm

Here at The Rose, we love our music! We all have strong opinions of who we want to listen to, and who we don't want to listen to. One thing for sure is that we are all gaga for Lady Gaga! Our youngest here at The Rose, Yvonne, a junior at San Luis High (she has amazing style), was the lucky one to be able to see her perform live in L.A....and on Gaga's birthday no less!!!! Such a lucky girl she is. This is her story...

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On March 28th Ryan Vasquez and I got the wonderful opportunity to see Lady Gaga at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. We couldn’t believe our luck that we were seeing one of our favorite artists (and Ryan’s number one obsession), but the fact that we saw her on her very own birthday was the cherry on top! Our trip got off to a rather bumpy start once Ryan realized he had forgotten the tickets just as we were approaching Goleta! But as soon as we quickly fetched them back in SLO and hit the road again we were even more excited! We rapidly got dressed in our outfits and after a few sessions of body-paint-splattering we left for the Staples Center. At the entrance there were hundreds of people dressed in the craziest outfits and many paparazzi and news casters! After entering the stadium and taking our seats the show began after an intro by Lady GaGa’s friends The Scissor Sisters. Once they were done everyone screamed as Mother Monster’s silhouette covered the stage. The whole performance was phenomenal and she even vowed to us that she never lip singed. Our favorite part was when she shared a birthday gift with us; she told us about receiving a pair of an original pair of ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz film! She gave an inspiring speech about trying out for the part of Dorothy as a young girl but a bully stole the spot, but she celebrated and was grateful that now she was the one with the slippers. It was a ten out of ten show and I wish it never ended!

-Yvonne Helm