Over the years, I will admit I've probably driven my family crazy, saving this and that. Those items that I "might use in a project". Lots of fabric, from wee snippets to a yard or two. Broken glass and tile.
In my studio is a box labeled "Organics". What is in that, pray tell? My collection of elk hooves that will some day, in my spare time become a wind chime. Crushed walnut shells for dirt. Crushed almond shells for lighter dirt. Bottle caps...never know when you'll need those. Tickets. May want to incorporate those in a painting. There is more. It's an eclectic collection.
Today, I'm working on a window panel. Now these are all sewn fiber that is then painted. I needed sand for the bottom area of "Koi Pond". Yep! Right there in my "Organics" box is sand. And it was just perfect!
So ya never know when you need just the right thing. I'm going to have to get a bigger box!