It's a printers tray! I don't know the whole history of them, but I am rather sure that it is what printers used to use to put their letter and number stamps in before the world got all technological and showy-off-y. I seem to remember my brother having one when we were little to put his crystals in, and I have always been strangely attracted to them. They usually sell for around £15 so, having a small purse, I hopefully asked the guy on the stall how much it was. "Two quid" was the reply. I didn't need to haggle.
Whilst it was lovely as it was, it wasn't nearly colourful enough for me! So as we had some colourful papers lying about the house, meant for cardmaking, I set about covering each little whole in a different pretty pattern. This particular pad of papers has sticky backs so I didn't even need any glue! (Lucky, I don't think I would have been patient enough to use glue. Just adds to the fiddlyness.)
But anyway, I think I will let the pictures do the talking from now on. I hate to say it, but I am pretty proud of this.
I fnally put it up today! (With the help of Mummy Nana.) A week after finishing the prettifying stage.
(Ten points if you can count the giraffes in this picture!)
And it have me a place to put the rules of my room up!
Harry Potter had to make it in somewhere. It just had to.
Ooh! Bet you didn't see that giraffe before!
And it would be wrong not to include some of the stamps contemporary to the actual object they are displayed inside!
Ahhh all the colour makes me so happy!
The whole thing was very fun, and I highly recommend you do the same! It's very nice knowing that this is totally unique. And there will not ever be one that is even nearly similar because all the objects are hand picked, but also random. And it will take a long time to fill up, so the fun hasn't stopped here just because it's now on the wall!
If you don't want to join in the fun and play, and if yopu see a printers tray thats £2.... give it to me...?
What follows is Mother Nanas trays she has done!
These ones are great because they have different shaped wholes. While I do LOVE mine, I have found it a little bit harder to find things that fit inside. I even bought a very old looking Royal Mail toy van today and it was just too big. I donated it to Mummy Nana. These pictures of hers were taken a while ago and have filled up significantly since then! But still lovely!
Even Aunty Nana has purchased a couple of printers trays and we had done then up too. I forgot to take photos though. It was silly of me.