I think that Spring has finally arrived to stay in Colorado. We are not expecting anymore snow storms just a few rainy days here and there. So I anticipate working on some garden projects in the near future but this weeks project comes from the craft cave last week when I was still dreaming of spring.
I like to think that I am a fairly organized person but lately I seem to keep forgetting to pay my bills until the day they are due. They often seem to disappear into the void that I call my desk. I am not proud of the fact that there are time when the afore mentioned desk does take on some of the attributes of a black hole but there, I have admitted it anyway.
Now most sensible folks might just resolve to keep their desks a bit more tidy but having lived with myself for close to 50 years now I have come to accept that I am not the tidiest housekeeper. So my solution to my bill problem is to stop putting the bills on my desk at all.
I had the top of an old metal TV Tray. Are you old enough to know what I am talking about? They were popular back when TV channels went off the air and switched the the test pattern at 10:00 pm. I would be giving away my age if I hadn't already told you how old I am.
After a couple of coats of chalkboard paint it looked like this.
I used a wire hanger, pliers and some elbow grease to make the somewhat acceptable hanger shape.
And then used E6000 Glue to attach it to the clips on the back of the TV tray.
In honer of spring, that I was sure would show up at some point even during last weeks snow storm, I made some flower magnets. I still have quite a few scraps of t-shirts from my 20 T-shirt Challenge so I used some of the scraps to make the flowers.
Then I decorated some Altoid tins to hold the chalk and erasers.
So now I just have to see if this resolves my bill paying tardiness.
I know you are thinking I should just clean my desk.
This project is very simple but it does take a little time. All you need is an empty Altoids tin, some blank sticker paper that you can send through your printer. (I used blank labels that were originally for floppy disks remember those?) some glue, a ruler a marker, some scissors and finally some magnet sheets. We get magnets on the front of all of our phone-books you know the ones that advertise somebody or others plumbing company.
Speaking of phone books.... Does anyone have a good idea on what to do with them? It seems like we get a new book every couple of months. But I digress. I will have to contemplate the upcycled phone book project later. Any way back to the magnetic poetry. Gather your supplies.
I guess I forgot to mention the last and most important thing you need is a list of 250 to 300 words that you like. Type them into what ever computer program you use and then print them. I had to cut the words out to fit them on to the magnets and then I cut the magnets since my sheets were all different sizes.
I also decided to cover the top and the bottom with a magnet sheet. Using the marker I traced around the top and the bottom of the tin and then cut out the shape and glued it to the tin.