So I really really really wanted this neato organizational tool that I saw online and that many of the crafty ladies online have in their dream scrap rooms.... Here is a pic of what I really wanted.... You can find all the pieces and add ons here: http://www.clipitup.com/products.html
So after you were to add all the clips and tags and a second unit on top to make into a two-tier unit - It would cost me about $100. Well, if you know me personally - I am kind of a cheap skate with things like that. I would rather just spend $100 on cute scrap stuff than something to hold it all. So I got to thinking - and I knew exactly what I could do...
Before she passed away, my beloved Grandmother had given me a (to put it lightly) a rather unsightly old lamp that had been broken and had a terribly dusty and tattered shade on it. Obviosly quite outdated - but I knew that I needed to hold on to this item because it had been by my Grandmother's side for a long time, and throughout her long battle with cancer. I had planned on refurbing the lamp base itself - but had completely discounted the shade - but couldn't bring myself to get rid of it yet.
Here is the lampshade base that I started with - quickly getting to work tearing away the tattered shade fabric.
Here is the bare lamp shade frame that I ended up with -
Here is how my new sticker and embellishment storage system ended up... I tried several different clips - but the paperclips seemed to take up the least amount of space.
Not quite the fancy schmancy one that I originally wanted - but not bad for free and recycled from something that was given to me from a dear loved one that I really didn't want to end up in a landfill....
Here is a closup of my bent paperclip hangers. I am planning to add dividers when I find the right type - everything I have tried just falls to the side - so I think I will just tie on tags with fancy ribbon. I also plan to add a lazy susan underneath as soon as I find one with a big enough base. It will be great to have some swivel action :-)
So the next time you see a hideous lampshade at the thrift store - give it a second look. Especially the really tall ones - they would work even better for some of those really long sticker assortments...
Have a great week!!!