Manly Ingenuity meets Mom Craftiness

There are many different types of craftiness out there but, for my husband’s sake, I’ll refer to the first part of this post as Manly Ingenuity instead of craftiness. Much more masculine, don’t you think?

When we moved into this house we were so excited to have a completely separate space to call our office. It’s been through a few different layouts but I think we finally have the set-up mostly organized. After a trip to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore we came up with a much more efficient desk that incorporated a $30 piece of wood-finish melamine and our pre-existing filing cabinet. This new desk space gave me much more work space, my printer/scanner right beside me, my Mickey Mouse phone (a necessity in any mom’s office, let’s be honest) and a nice task lamp. I was SO happy!

Then a small seed of dissatisfaction took root in my head. The view. There’s a window immediately above the desk but it’s up kind of high and doesn’t offer much to look at; treetops, hydro lines and clouds. Don’t get me wrong – I love to look at trees and clouds (not such a fan of hydro lines) but in my peripheral vision while I was working on my laptop, all I could see was the grey wall. I picked the grey and I love it but it can be a bit uninspiring. Time to merge Manly Ingenuity with Mom Craftiness! I asked my mom to take apart an old frame (originally used as a tray) and cut a piece of foamcore to size – note, my mother is an awesome custom framing specialist and a great resource for my crafty supplies! My husband found me some strips of metal he had stashed in his workshop (I don’t know where they came from or why he kept them but I’m happy he did!), which I taped onto the foamcore in 2 rows. I then covered the foamcore with fabric that has been anxiously awaiting a use for years. Tada! Instant magnetic art board! Now I get to look at a rotating exhibit of my kids’ recent artwork instead of a solid grey wall. Much more inspiring!

Truly a team effort and I’m so happy we all came together to make it happen. I spend a lot of time in here and it feels so cozy and inspiring. Now I just have to find time to make these awesome Polaroid-style magnets to use on it!



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