Take something you really love: a letter, envelope, photograph, a ticket stub. anything - to a printing place like Kinkos and have them blow it up for you to hang as art. An old recipe from Grandma would be great for the kitchen! love this envelope idea
There are so many ways to use old ladders - use my boys old bunkbed ladder is already a towel rack for guests - I have seen them repurposed as book racks, pot racks, blanket bars hung onto the back of linen closet doors, shoe racks, etc.