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memories of a printer’s drawer

when i was growing up, my mom had an old printer’s drawer hanging on the wall in our living room. the compartments were filled with little trinkets and momentos from my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond. i remember that every-so-often my mom would let me and my sister pull a few things off the drawer. we would sit at the front of the fireplace and play with our favorites (usually with a bit of make believe). my go-to was always a tiny metal toy gun that was my father’s (which luckily did not impact my feelings on real guns) and my sister’s was a mini corked glass jar filled with ph test strips.

to this day, that printer’s drawer remains to be one of my most cherished memories of childhood and in recent years i’ve been thinking about that drawer quite a bit. each item in it had a story and it connected me to those stories and the people with whom each item came from. at nearly 33, naturally life is a lot different than it was when i was the child that admired each of those little things – my parents divorced when i was in my 20s, my grandparents have all passed away, and i live 10,000 miles from that house i grew up in. holding on to these types of small memories (like the printer’s drawer) reminds me of all the amazing times i had growing up and how truly lucky i am to be connected to a group of such wonderful people.

sometime last year i mentioned to my mom that i wanted to get a printer’s drawer of my own and curate a meaningful collection of items from years past. to help start this, i have a few small things that i’ve held onto over the years – items that i hope someday will make it into the hands of my family’s younger generations. then even better… last month when i was home, my mom surprised me with a contribution to the drawer + a box full of those very items that once hung on the wall when i was a child. i was elated.

this past weekend i stopped in my favorite shop (rock n rustic) here in adelaide. the owners had recently spent a month in the u.s. sourcing antiques and “picking” as the pros call it. just last month they unpacked their shipment which contained several printer’s drawers. during my visit, i inspected all the drawers to find one with the perfect compartment sizes. after about 15 minutes, i found exactly what i was looking for. yesterday i attached a chain to the back, mounted it to the wall, and started filling it with all my mementos. i couldn’t be happier with it. i look forward to adding (+ sharing) more memories as the years go by.

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my new printer’s drawer filled with old mementos

lovingly made in the u.s.a.

it’s been a while since i’ve had the time to sit down and post, but alas i have a plan-free weekend. this is my last full week at home for a while, so I plan to enjoy it with every inch of my body. today’s loose agenda includes (and has included) waking up, sitting on the couch reading blogs and listening to van morrison with the doors open, hanging my new printer’s drawer on the wall and filling it with little items my mom pulled together for me, eating lunch at adelaide’s best american restaurant (plant 13), drinking wine, and crafting. ok, maybe I do have a plan – but it sounds pretty relaxing to me!

i hope to spend a little time here on the blog this week. i’ve got some great new finds and want to make a few things. speaking of making things… i just cracked open a box of sweethearts. the side of the box says “lovingly made in the u.s.a.” – how sweet. i love that.

have a wonderful weekend all!

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christmas vacation reading.

i thought i’d share a couple of my most recent book acquisitions: junk genius by juliette goggin and stacy sirk + homemade gifts vintage style by sarah moore. (i also had to include in the photo this really cute little felt owl pin cushion which was handcrafted here in adelaide by fleecidesigns).

i plan to curl up on the couch this afternoon with these reads and start bookmarking some fun projects for the house, gift-giving and to share here on the blog. anyone read or completed projects from these books?!

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new craft room signage

the latest addition to my craft room – a 15½ x 12½ vintage cafe sign made of chrome, felt and push letters.

a great buy from phatdog vintage on etsy.

loving this + it looks so cute on the freshly painted beige walls. i plan to change up the messaging here and there depending on the project…

craft room sign

whimseybox: a diy of the month club!

a DIY of the month club…. ummm, could getting the mail get any better?!

whimseybox offers a monthly subscription for DIY and craft lovers. those that get on board will get a box with craft projects along with a project idea sent to their doorstep each month.

i just signed up!
hi mom, the first box is coming to your house! (us & canada shipping only.)

if you’re looking for a last minute gift giving idea for the craft lover in your life… i think this might just be it!

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so what do you get in your monthly whimseybox?

  • DIY + Craft Supplies
  • Project Ideas + Instructions
  • Signature Organization Box
  • Collectible 5×7 Art Print

what’s the cost?
just $15 a month – and a bonus: free shipping! subscriptions can be purchased as an automatically-renewing monthly subscription or a 3, 6 or 12 month term subscription.

learn more about whimseybox!

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