Boxing Day

by Stefani on 20-August-2007

Not much in the way of blogging profundity today, I’ve been too busy soaking in the last of summer with old friends and catching up with some projects to worry with being profound. (Unless you count being profoundly blessed by good friends, good ways to spend a day and the four pretty great men in my home 🙂

I finally finished the last of the cleaning projects that started earlier this summer, by attacking the granddaddy of all our closets, the coat/craft/storage/stuff-it=all-in-there-quick-before-company-comes closet.

I had 4 ginormous boxes of fabric in there, which I brought out, one by one, and organized by color on a shelf, while I got myself all up to date on the News From Lake Wobegon. Good times. It’s SO nice to be able to see all that’s been buried in there. I might even be inspired to cut some of it! Perhaps even *gasp* SEW with some of it!

I’d like to show you, but the shelf is kind of ugly and in a dark room, so you’re just going to have to trust me when I say that chunking the boxes and bringing the stuff out in the open was a VERY good thing.

After what I’ve come to call “Fabric Fest 2007”, and once I reconciled myself to the fact that I would have to buy a replacement for our lost X-acto knife, I set to work on a project that I’ve had in mind for a while now.

As you might know, we have a lot of little collections and have yet to find the perfect home for them. We got close when we bought some large glass-topped, hinged display cases on sale at Hobby Lobby. They were just about perfect accept for two things – 1) They are really expensive and 2) large panes of glass + small men = disaster. Both of ours were broken in the last month, no stitches were involved, but I’m not taking anymore chances.

I’ve been on the lookout for inexpensive, yet sturdy alternatives, and have come up lacking everytime.

So finally, I decided to use cheap acrylic frames to make our own version.

First, you use your X-acto to cut off the back of the cardboard insert, then reinforce the inside and outside of the corners with tape.

Cut

Then cut strips of fun scrapbook paper as long, and twice as wide, as each side of your box.. Fold in half, lengthwise, spray on some adhesive, and cover all four sides.

Cover

Now you can line the inside with paper, or fabric covered cork that has been cut to fit your box. Put your collections in, replace the acrylic top, and you’ve got a great, kid proof display box.

Bugs

Pennies

To prevent the flattened pennies from sliding around in their new home, we stuck them on with a little of that tacky stuff that teachers use for putting up posters.

Stack

Oh, and now for something completely random: a funny thing happened today. When we got out of the pool, we shivered. SHIVERED! To our wet bodies, the air actually felt COLD! My kids were laying (lying?) prone on the concrete, with towels over themselves, trying to warm up.

Shivering, in August, in Texas. Surely this is a sign of the end of days! 🙂

kristin August 20, 2007 at 9:01 pm

once again, all i can say is OH OH OH! yup, gonna make some of those…

Sarah Jackson August 20, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Those look great! Congrats on excavating the fabric stash. I did that a couple of weeks ago and now it’s so much easier to admire. I mean use.

Molly August 20, 2007 at 9:26 pm

I love those collection boxes; and you started your blog claiming lack of profundity. We will definitely be making boxes for our stuff (I can just imagine Avery’s flower fairies now, and maybe our origami too).

Stacy August 20, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Super looking collection boxes! Crazy weather way up north, too. We haven’t made it much out of the 60s lately. I like cooler weather, but not yet!

Sarah August 20, 2007 at 10:23 pm

profound or not, i am happy to read your post. yours has become my end of the day ritual blog, and with having two wild little boys myself i can always *always* relate!

seems as though our lives seem to coincide so often that at the end of the day it is nice to peek in here and be able to laugh at what usually had me pulling my hair out just hours ago. =)

and those collection boxes are a great idea by the way. i did catch a gigantic bug for the boys the other day and need something crafty and cute to house its impaled body in…

erin August 21, 2007 at 5:01 am

i love your shadow boxes. you are a smart cookie!

and i need to clean out my fabric stash, too. school starts tomorrow…

Sarah August 21, 2007 at 6:05 am

Love the butterflies in the box. Our bugs and butterflies are still sitting in jars on the counter!

kirsten August 21, 2007 at 6:43 am

that is such a great idea! very cute – and makes those collections look just as important as the boys think they are!

Teaque August 21, 2007 at 7:16 am

very creative… I will definitely have to go back and see what else you’ve posted on… Looking forward to getting to know you through the DT. 🙂

Anna August 21, 2007 at 8:12 am

this is a great idea! thanks for sharing. i’m sure we’ll be making some of those soon. with our current system–jars and shoe boxes–the bugs and other treasures end up falling apart.

Lisa Clarke August 21, 2007 at 10:00 am

I followed the link in your flickr photo to see more about your collection boxes (which are nifty!) but what I love about this post is the link to the Lake Wobegon podcast! I didn’t know such a think existed. I’m glad to hear of it – My parents used to listen to A Prairie Home Companion when I was growing up, and while I don’t have much interest in most of it, I have always loved the monologue. Now I can listen to it while I wash dishes or work on some other equally boring, uncreative task 🙂 Thanks!

Grace August 21, 2007 at 12:31 pm

I have seen your name floating around in blogland for a long time but this is my first time to visit, and I’m so glad I did! I’m really enjoying looking around.

Angela August 21, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Love the boxes..thanks for sharing the idea! And congratulations on the “shiver”…I sure wouldn’t mind a couple in our corner of TX–come end of times, or not!

Heather August 21, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Shivering sure does sound good. The heat wave that has hit the South in the last couple weeks is definitely affecting us, but like many, we’re hanging in there… waiting on our shiver. The collection boxes are super cool! You should just get a job on Martha’s staff.

Amy August 21, 2007 at 4:01 pm

I can see why you are a great homeschool mom — so much energy and creativity for projects like this. What a wonderful idea. Bea is fascinated by collection drawers at natural history museums with the dead animals inside… Perhaps these would satisfy her (esp if she put them in all our drawers afterwards.)

And I don’t know if I can vouch for the shivering… but I’ll take the clouds at least!

Anne August 21, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Using those boxes that way is a very clever idea. I know what you mean about the fabric pile.

Steph August 21, 2007 at 10:17 pm

The display boxes are such a great idea! Its so easy to get stuff and hide it all away never to be seen again. Flattened pennies are one of the best American souvenirs I have, they are so cool!

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