Pocket ChangeIn the process of unpacking and sorting, I'm finding a lot of treasures that have been tucked away for a number of years, and a good amount of things that are destined for new homes. The yard sale/donation pile grows by the day, and I'm thinking I might start sending random things to friends who I think would appreciate them. If you're up for a free surprise, let me know! One treasure I came across the other day was an old cardboard cigar box, which I know I've had since I was probably 9 or 10, that has a bunch of coins from other countries, as well as some paper money. Some of it came from trips abroad that I've taken (Italy, Germany, Ireland) and some of it is from others who have traveled, like my Grandmother, or my Grandad. I suppose at some point I could have taken all the money into the bank and exchanged it, but a lot of the coins are neat, and I love the colors and artwork on the paper bills.
|some coins in a box. |
also known as art that hides the wireless router.
I decided I wanted do have them out on display, and as much as I love the "mason-jar-filled-with-____" trend, I have enough of those full of shells and beach glass already. So instead, I went the route of a shadow-box. I found a 5 x 5 frame that was about an inch deep and the way the mats were cut and displayed, it gave the frame a shadow-box feel. The paper bills were "artfully arranged" (that's key crafting terminology) behind a mat towards the back of the frame, and the coins were settled in the front against the glass (plastic). Voila!
I'm trying to get better about putting things out on display rather than tucking them away in boxes, never to be seen. Inevitably things need to get stored, but when I can, I am finding ways to incorporate the keepsakes I've acquired over the years into my "decorating." I think this is a good solution!
A Sticky SolutionIn the process of setting up my craft room/office/guest room (guest croffice), I acquired a seasoned (. . . secondhand. . . ) file cabinet that Dad had stored in the barn at their house. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, and a little rusty in a few spots, but the drawers work, and that's what really matters, right?
|it's seen better days, but the drawers know how to |
do the drawer thing, so we're good to go
First, I cut a piece the length of the front, with an inch or so of overlap on the top of the cabinet. There was a natural overlap on each side, since the contact paper is wider than the cabinet. I carefully (meticulously) cut each drawer-face panel, down to the handles and the lock. This wasn't hard, but I did work slowly, and first ran my thumb into all the crevices I would be cutting so that I had an indent to follow, then used an exacto knife and cut slowly. Very slowly.
|zoe-approved cutting. |
she's pouting because she can't help. it's hard to be a dog.
|ta-da! like new!|
|all tucked in, and the perfect stand |
for the printer