Yuck – what an awful wet and dreary morning in my part of the world… I don’t think I’d have gotten a better picture this morning as I did in the dark using the flash last night – so I’m not going to bother re-taking them because nothing has changed on the desk.
Even the cat hasn’t been on and scattered everything on the floor, so it must have been a cold night… (I put one of those wheat packs in her box, wrapped up in an unwanted pillow case, and wow – does she love that or what?!). Oh, the very box that the Grand Calibur came in, that I sent back to C&C… no, not the product box! the outer box – the big brown cardboard box that she decided to move into. Isn’t it marvellous, all the proper cat beds and stuff they’ve had over the years, and she decides that she prefers the cardboard box… We did try to swap her into an Avon box, but it had no flaps on so she wasn’t having any of it – so I swapped her back and she was happy again.
Right, back to the desk. Yesterday evening, I decided to make a box to fit a couple of my CD ROMs in – a box similar to the kind you get a box set of something in. I made it out of sturdy cardboard from a dog food box: I’d tried the dogs on something new so got a smaller box of it – the food comes in a bag so I whipped that out so that I could have the box – they are really great and far thicker than cereal boxes, so great to work with.
Here are the pictures before I started:
Starting to prepare the area and getting my stuff out… (roughly translates to: moving all the mess backwards and sideward and trying to find what I need amongst all the mess)
Anyway, my hard work and patience (yes, I do have some) paid off because it all worked out great first time, so I was quite pleased with myself because I had to make all the flaps myself for the top and bottom of the box and of course it was made out of two separate sides of the box, so a bit of engineering and measuring was required – but that’s the fun of it for me – the challenge of making it work by using your skills of measuring and knowledge learned perhaps through putting a die cut box together, or deconstructing something to see how it works/ I do this with small boxes like the teabag boxes and tablet boxes etc. just to see how they’ve used the flaps etc. (sad I know!).
Anyway this is what the desk looked like afterwards…
Just one more thing I don’t think I’ve show you before… In absence of being able to afford one of those lovely carousel thingies that you put you distress ink blender handles on, I’ve made something so that I can always find the right blender pad straight away. I did this a few weeks ago and was going to make it a separate post – but didn’t know whether it quite warranted one! Here it is:
Unfortunately, the flash bounced off the polypocket that it’s in, so I couldn’t get any picture better than this one!
I made a table of all the distress inks (well, the original ones), making each box big enough for the pad (the one on the Ranger site didn’t quite work so I had to do my own – but kept everything in the same order).
Once printed out and tried out to make sure the pads fit each box – (it was very tight - I had to get rid of all 4 margins), I laminated the sheet.
Once laminated, I attached a small piece of the hook side from some hook and eye tape (aka Velcro). I didn’t need to attach the other side because the pads are already for attaching to the ‘hooks’ on the blender handle…
I attached all the pads (that I currently have the ink pads for), then placed it in a polypocket. Why? you may ask. Well, I learnt from experience (as soon as I had stood it up on the back somewhere), that it might fall on to a project I’m working on and get ink all over it… yes, it did happen! Lesson learnt and all that!
Well, that’s this weeks peek at my desk. If you want to peek at more desk, please go HERE to our host of this ‘link party’ or ‘blog hop’, whatever you will, and see what its all about. Last week 149 people linked up – I was number 148 for quite a while. It’s quite a novelty being last on the list…
Please leave me a comment to say that you’ve been and read to the end (if you had the stamina that is)!!! I can the return the favour and visit you back – although it might take a while. I do try though – but often ‘stuff’ gets in the way – I know we all have our ‘stuff’, that’s why I appreciate your comment all the more – because it took your precious time to leave it – which makes it precious to me!
Paula x x x x
Paula x x x x