I took the plunge and loaded up my quilt box (for lack of a better term). What do you think? And by the way, the ugly carpet isn't mine - colors are way too dull for me.
I layered the bottom with a couple of really bright but cheap carpets. I used loads of acid-free tissue paper between the folds of the two large (for me) quilts that are in there. (And no, you haven't seen them full size yet in blogland, but may someday if you're good.) I was rather surprised to discover that I don't have any other quilts in these colors to put in the box. The other quilts are already up on the walls or in storage.
My sweetie was shocked that I intend to use this box as an end table. I figure it has to be functional, or what's the point. I do realize that little cat claws are going to scratch it up some and no doubt the little boogers will continue to knock water glasses over. That's life. Theoretically the box is polyeurothaned, so I suspect it'll do fine. And if it doesn't that just helps it look antique...
Now if anything bad happens to the other gorgeous, intricate cabinet I will bawl my eyes out. I love that thing. It's going to be our tv cabinet so it too will have a function. I'm thinking ahead: in Paris we will have to provide all our own furniture - whatever gets shipped from here or from storage. We didn't have a tv cabinet (left the ridiculously over-large tv armoire with the doors-that-were-never-shut behind in the house when we sold it) and now we will.
Yesterday we had a really oddly-colored dark sky here in Cairo. Wasn't a sandstorm because there was no wind. I was outside walking to quilting bee and couldn't figure out why there were groups of men standing around (that's not the unusual part) all looking up at the sky. Ah, yes, the eclipse. Of course none of the men were wearing any kind of eye protection or looking through the little boxes that I remember using in junior high when we had a partial eclipse. They're all gonna burn their eyes out. Have to admit I snuck a peak too. The sun looked like the moon. A bright white crescent.