Tiered Serving Plates

If you haven’t been able to tell by now, I am a collector. Of many things and for a variety of reasons. Most things have some connection to my family and great childhood memories. I guess I keep coming back to trying to recreate those good feelings.

One of the things that I have collected is china. One of the downsides of being from such a large family is that when family treasures are passed down, there has to be a way to share with all the grandchildren. In the case of my father’s mother, she had a LOT of grandchildren. Luckily, my dad was her youngest (and from what I have been told, favorite) child. So her china went to the oldest daughter… unfortunately not me. But me and my youngest sister, did get one place setting of her china. So, I quickly went about collecting enough for a a dinner party of eight. Then ten. Then fourteen. I think I have enough to host a dinner party for at least twenty now.

It’s a beautiful pattern, actually produced for distribution as a promotion at gas stations during World War II. It is called Bermuda, by the company Johnson Brothers. My Dad used to send his mother money while he was serving in the Navy and she slowly collected a set during his service time. Unfortunately, she was never able to add the serving pieces, apparently they had to be purchased directly from the company. So, I was able to find most of the pieces: platters, serving bowls, gravy boat, tea pot and a coffee pot, demitasse cups, two handled bowls, shallow soup bowls, desert plates… you name it, I found it. I invested a lot of money and time and I love feeling like I have a very small piece of my grandmother.

One piece I never found (not actually sure they made it) was a tiered serving plate. So I decided to make one. A few years ago when I was actively collecting the china, I found one online from another pattern that had a broken bottom plate. I actually collected several of differing patterns, looking for the most perfect one. I finally dug them out last weekend and put together the piece; this one was three tiered. I think it turned out fabulously.

Before I actually attempted to drill through my antiques pieces, I decided to try my hand at my everyday dishware. Of course it’s red, a heavy duty square pattern meant to be really used from one of my favorite stores. It’s only two tiered but gave me the confidence to drill my grandmother’s china.

When we baked cookies on Christmas Day, we put the first two dozen here. It’s now one of my favorite pieces and I hope to use it often.

I have another pattern from my maternal grandmother and my mother’s china and actually my own china. So I have a few more to create. They’re easy and fun. All it takes is the hardware, a china drill bit and a drill.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project. Happy Crafting, y’all!

Displaying family photos is an art.

Somehow I became the genealogist for my family. Well, it really all starts with me. And got serious with the arrival of the Kid. I wanted him to know where his heritage lies. I started out slowly in the satellite offices of the Mormon church in Los Angeles, hanging out in the dark, dusty basement archives on Saturdays. It grew slowly with the interviews of my family and then Streeter’s Dad’s families. It really took off when I found http://www.ancestory.com. And then when my parents got sick and we had to clean out their house and distribute most of their stuff, I ran across two drawers in my Mom’s china hutch crammed with birth, wedding and obituaries cut from newspapers, birth and graduation announcements and funeral fliers. In their guest room, I found boxes of Christmas and birthday cards, letters and notes from family and friends. In the living room, was a chest hand made by my Dad, that was filled with photo albums and individual photos. Hundreds and hundreds. It was one thing that I was always happy about, that my Dad loved to take pictures of the family.

I have spent hundreds of hours going through those photos with various members of my family. Most we were able to identify and I have marked most of the photos. I had the Kid spend a good chunk of last summer scanning the photos into the computer, although I’ve barely made a dent in the enormous cache. I sorted and mailed off a large percentage of the photos to my surviving seven siblings and it has left me still with thousands of photos. I don’t know exactly what to do with all of them, but I love each one of those photos… evidence of my heritage. I have chosen some very special photos and had them enlarged and framed, even had some very unique photos restored. My home is crammed with photos of my family and my son’s father’s family.

This is the main hallway downstairs, about 30 feet of wall that houses some of my favorite photos. I love the eclectic assortment of frames dotted with five small shelves that house some very special photos of my (step) grandchildren.

My favorite photographic subject, of course, is my son. Or as I refer to him here, the Kid. When he was born, he became my whole world and I took a million photos. The upper landing of my staircase is for some of his photos, mostly him in his Halloween costumes (all handmade, by the way) and some school photos. He is such a photogenic boy, the camera just loves him.

The walls of my home are covered with projects, photos and art. Some may say that it is cluttered, others use words such as “busy” or “messy”. I like to think that my home is cozy and comforting and comfortable. I like to think of my home as a great big hug and it holds me close whenever I am within it’s walls.

I moved to Missouri about seven and a half years ago from California and was financially able to take a year off from working and put my heart and soul into building my dream home. My signature style is all over this house and I hope to share with you pieces of it from time to time.

This was taken about a year after we moved in. And about six months after adopting our puppy, Ashla, that’s her near the mailbox.

Thanks for dropping in. Happy Crafting, y’all…

I love red…

Today’s post is another that highlights previously completed projects. And my love of red.

This project is modeled after a piece of furniture that I had seen in a catalog. I wanted something to store extra pieces from the kitchen that aren’t used a lot, but enough to justify not storing them in the downstairs kitchenette. (Someday I’ll have to show case the basement finish… I designed it all and did a lot of the work myself, I am really proud of myself.)

So this cabinet was created from two upper kitchen cabinets. It was easy to connect them side-by-side and added some trim around the bottom. I debated whether to try and match my kitchen cabinets and figured that I would never get it to match, the kitchen cabinets are an ash wood and a light finish and the cabinets that I bought were a pine base. And of course the floors are a medium oak hardwood. So, I started thinking about painting them to match my choice of accessories in the kitchen: “Kitchenaide Red”.  I’ve never been one to be afraid to use bold colors. First, I primed the cabinets and then painted with two coats of the color.

Then it came to the top. I didn’t want to use the same Formica countertops that were used in the kitchen (someday I will be replacing those countertops as well). So, I opted to create a wood top, since a solid piece of wood would be very expensive. I used 2×2 pieces of wood and attached them together. I sanded the top and then routed the edges gently for a rounded edge. I used a combination of walnut and oak stains (leftovers from other projects) and it came out very beautiful. Used the stain on the feet as well (picked them up at Home Depot). To hide a little unevenness I bought and painted some ‘rope’ trim under the top. LOVE the way it turned out.

This is a simple table topper that I made out of red and white fabrics that I had in my stash. It’s a simple quilt pattern called “Dresden Plate”. It is lined with red felt and I used a satin stitch on the seams to finish it. Sits in the middle of my round table with a beautiful red vase. The table is never this clear… it becomes the place where everything gets set before it gets put away (and sometimes it takes day or weeks to get put away).

This is a larger view of my dining area in all its red glory. I recovered the chairs with fabric that matches the pillows that came with the sofa and oversize chair in the living room. Over next to the sideboard is a stool the Kid built me in shop class in high school. Of course painted in the same Kitchenaide Red” (haven’t gotten around to staining the top to match, the problem with custom stain creations).

I spent a few hours last weekend re-potting my house plants. Most of them are cuttings from existing plants or from runners. I have a green thumb without even trying and I tend to get overrun with houseplants. I try to give them away occasionally, honestly, I don’t like the amount of time it requires taking care of them. But I like the ‘life’ that it brings to the house. I want to put up a shelf across the picture windows and get them up off the floor. So far, I have been lucky that the dog stays out of them.

And yes, I have one orange one, breaks up the monotony. Makes me think of someone special, too.

It seems that I have about a hundred projects started, and need to work on getting some of them finished. I hope you are enjoying this journey so far. I hope you come back again.

Happy Crafting, y’all!

Recycled Chimes

I love wind chimes. Always have. Heard once when I was little that wind chimes keep bad spirits away from a home. And I love the way they sound, especially if there is just a small breeze. Just enough to make the chimes play.

I especially am a fan of the deeper tone chimes. They generally are larger in diameter and length and remind me of church organ music. These are what generally decorate my decks, both outside the kitchen and the master bedroom. But alas, as with most things that decorate the outdoors, the weather wears them down. I have found the chime tubes on the deck, on the ground below, even all the way out in my garden. Sometimes I can repair the chimes, sometimes not. I have kept a number of the tubes and finally got around to creating a new chime with the collected chimes.

As you can see, the chime tubes are different colors and lengths.

I was able to cut a rectangle with rounded edges out of a 1×4 piece of pine. I drilled holes down each side and started threading a synthetic heavy string. I used plastic beads on each side of the tube as well as on top of each thread.

Once I completed one side, I draped the tubes over the edge of the counter and clamped the frame down. This enabled me to thread the other side without difficulty. The whole process took less two hours. I then used two pieces of leftover chain from another project and attached to each end to hang the whole chime.

I had originally planned to use the piece of wood cut from the middle as ‘clanger’ or the thing that hangs down between the tubes and allows the tube to strike it… but it broke and I haven’t found a replacement yet. The tubes seemed to create enough sound just banging into each other, so I may not need it.

Hanging next to it is a chime I completed a few weeks ago. I had seen something similar in a catalog – made with a tea kettle and cups and spoons – but I wanted to do something in red and white. I actually had the pan lid from my parents’ estate and started from that point. I purchased the enamel splatterware spoons and the ladle from different sellers on eBay and then used the same heavy synthetic string and red and white beads. Only the lid and the cup at the top needed to be drilled, all the spoons and the ladle already had holes at the top.

It actually has a great sound, almost like listening to my grandmother in her kitchen on a cold winter day cooking.

The third chime came from an idea I saw on Pinterest.com. I have always been a ‘saver’, never been able to throw out or get rid of interesting and old pieces. I collected all those old pieces and added a couple of ornaments that fit into the same category and assembled into two different, yet similar, chimes. I found an ornament of two brass-looking bells to use as the base, drilled the holes around the edges and using a variety of chains I picked up from Ace Hardware, I put together these weathered looking chimes.

It seemed a little fragile to actually hang outside, the ‘clanger’ is actually a glass ornament. So I installed a rustic looking hanger in my bathroom. (The window is actually glass block making it difficult to photograph.) I gave the other one, very similar to this one, to a friend. It doesn’t actually cause a ‘twinkling’ because there isn’t a breeze, but I love the way it looks anyway.

Well, I’ve pretty much used up everything I was going to use to create chimes and have once again lined each side of the eaves of the decks on both the kitchen and master bedroom. I think I am set to keep all the bad spirits at bay.

Happy crafting!

Yes, I quilt too!

Another crazy day and night and no opportunity to do more crafting. I am getting a little anxious, I think I am having withdrawals!

I had talked previously about my love and obsession with quilting for the past ten years or so. I probably have made more than two hundred and have another two hundred upstairs waiting to be finished. I love the creative process and trying new designs and colors. I can spend hours and hours wandering around a fabric store, choosing fabrics and buttons. There is something very therapeutic about handling fabrics and the process of putting together a quilt.

I started my quilting career about a year about the turn of the century. I read an article about ‘millennium quilts’ to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000. The quilts had 2000 individual pieces. Most were so large and complex that they required both sides of a over-sized king sized quilt.

Now, for anyone who knows me, they know I never do anything the easy or simple way. I jump in with both feet into the deep end. So, I would start quilting with a millennium quilt. But not any old millennium quilt, but a charm millennium quilt. A charm quilt is one that uses no two pieces of the same fabric twice. And I was going to make a quilt with 2,000 different pieces of 2,000 different fabrics!

I immediately set about collecting the fabric. I opted for quarter yard pieces of fabric. I quickly learned that the best fabric to use for quilting, generally, is 100% cotton. I started searching and finding fabric and hobby stores and learned that locating and buying 2000 different fabrics would be a challenge. But I am always up for a challenge!

The pattern I chose for the quilt is one called ‘A Thousand Pyramids’, essentially  consists of 5″ triangles. Looks something like this:

A Thousand Pyramids Quilt Pattern

After cutting the one triangle from each fabric, I was finding I had a lot of material left over. I started cutting it into as many squares as I could, collecting one of each size into packets that I would sell on eBay for others to make charm quilts. But there was still a lot of fabric. I started making quilts.

Simple block quilts became mundane very quickly. I started buying books and magazines to learn new patterns and styles. It wasn’t long before it became a full time obsession. I really loved the creation of the quilt top, not so much of the quilting that holds the sandwich of the top, batting and backing together. So I found a woman in Arkansas, Gloria, who has a long arm quilt machine that started doing my quilting. I would pack them up, about 10 – 12 at a time and shipping to her, she would quilt them and send them back. I would do the binding, sew on my personal label and they were ready for gift giving or use.

I rarely keep quilts, having made those that I needed or wanted early on (the Kid’s room boasts at least five alone!)… so I regularly give them to friends and family. But occasionally, I complete one that I really like. This one was a first attempt at a bargello quilt and I loved the shades of blue. I have it hanging proudly in my upper stair hall.

Bargello Quilt

I don’t have photos of many of the quilts that I made. Just never thought about taking the photo before giving it away. I usually asked the recipient of a photo that included them with the quilt as “payment”, but only have a handful. I will occasionally share them as time allows.

When I loved to Missouri in 2004, I was able to build my ‘dream house’ which includes a large quilting/sewing/crafting room. It houses my fabric collection and my sewing machines and embroidery machines. It is a very fun, creative yet organized room. I probably will include a photo tour of the room in future writings as well. If you ever cannot find me when I at home, just head upstairs and you will likely find me hanging out there.

Well, that’s about it for tonight. Hope you enjoyed this quick look into my creativity.

Come back soon! Happy crafting!

Round mosaic mirror in shades of blue.

Once I finished my crafting supply cabinet last night, it didn’t leave me with much time to really get anything new started, or get anything else finished. So I will continue to showcase some of the more recent projects that I have tried my hand at.

One of my favorites is this mirror. I had always been fascinated with stained glass, but there always seemed to be more skill and initial cost than I was willing to invest without access to someone with talent and experience that I could ask questions. But my interest was piqued with the prospect of using glass for a project. So I decided to start with mosaics.

A huge portion of my basement has been finished into a movie viewing room. Well, that is what is was initially, but has steadily been taken over my teenager. It now houses his video games systems – Wii, PS3, PS2 as well as his toys. But there is a beautiful wall-to-wall media and storage unit that houses a huge television and media system. In front of this is the pieces that set the decorating tone for the whole room: a denim sectional sofa. So when I decided that I needed some wall art and wanted to do this mosaic framed mirror, I wanted it in shades of blue that would match the denim. This was easy to accomplish, as it seems there are literally thousands of shades of colors in glass… and it seemed I wanted it all!

I finally settled on a range of blues and would use white grout. I then cut a large circle out of a piece of plywood and the inside circle as well. I had a round mirror that I got from some yard or garage or estate sale, so I cut the inner circle just slightly smaller than the mirror. I set about strip cutting the glass and then random pieces from these strips. It was just all trial and error until I liked the design.

I started at the bottom and worked my way across. Then would turn the whole thing a quarter of a turn and again, lay the glass across the bottom. I love the way it turned out, randomly planned. I had this one glass star that I had picked up somewhere that just seemed perfect at the top. Gave the mirror an “up”. Once the mastic dried, I simply used some leftover tile grout (and the grouting tools) that I had from laying the bathroom tile and grouted the whole thing. Honestly, I bought flexible trim to wrap around the edge of the mirror, but while affixing the glass with the mastic, I managed to slop it over the edge, so I continued that all the way around and liked the way it turned out. So I left the trim off.

I am not exaggerating, this piece is heavy! It requires some heavy duty hardware to hang it and it had to be hung on a stud. If I had to guess, this was at least 50 pounds, maybe heavier. I didn’t want it crashing down some night and damaging everything in its path. So, if you decided to do this, take care in this final step.

This mirror actually hangs opposite of the media center and above a beautiful stereo console from the late 50′s or early 60′s that I picked up from another estate sale. I will probably showcase this piece in another blog entry. I have a habit of trying to recapture things that I had a fondness for as a child. The stereo console is one of those pieces. I remember having just such a piece in the hallway as a child and I would put Skeeter Davis on the record player and sing up and down the hall like it was my stage. I still know all the words to “It’s the End of the World”.

Well, thanks for coming back and checking out my crafting. Over the years, I have tried and been successful at many things, but only fell completely in love with a couple of things that I wanted to do more than once. So my house is full of one-off projects. Makes things fairly eclectic but that’s okay, because I love it.

Happy crafting, y’all!

Julie

Crafting Supply Cabinet

The first “big” project was really born out of a need for crafting “stuff” storage. Since I haven’t really hit on the thing that really piques my interest, I have been dabbling in a little of everything. So, as I collected ingredients, I just kept them in a relatively tidy pile on the floor in front of the television. Well, we all know that wouldn’t work for long, being the fastidious and insanely organized person that I am. I soon graduated to baskets, but was using several large ones and that didn’t lend itself to keeping things grouped for their intended projects. One day as I was wandering through Target, I ran across these awesome red (yes, if it’s in the living/dining room and kitchen, it would have to be red and/or white) pails that I scooped up for a buck apiece. It went quickly from 5 to 10 to 15.

Of course, now they occupy way too much of the floor space and is just aesthetically just a mess! This just wouldn’t do. Thus was born, the first big project.

Now, I have always been a big fan of estate sales (much better than garage and yard sales) and usually contain the entire contents of a person’s house. From the mundane to fantastic finds, it is all based on what you’re looking for.

The most recent outing, about three weekends ago, I stumbled onto an interesting collection. Two big things caught my eye. I usually am interested in smaller items such as sewing notions and buttons. Books, dishes, cookery, old linens (especially unfinished embroidery towels and pillow cases), picture frames… these are the kinds of items that catch my eye and my fancy. This particular sale had a fair amount of furniture and not the fine antiques and never sat on chairs. One piece caught my eye… an old china hutch I estimate being from the 30′s… it wasn’t very large or very deep, built for those small 900 square foot homes. It stood about 5 feet and just had the most awesome wood carving in the front of the piece. I had to have it!

Most estate sales will have a 50% day and sometimes even a 66% or 75% off day… usually the last day and usually towards the end of the day. We were a day early for the 50% day and they were still asking for $100. As I looked at it and envisioned what could be done with it, I found a small pile of more items that I would like. I soon had collected nearly $250 worth. This was just too much to spend. So I opted to leave what I had collected and take the chance at coming back the next day.

It paid off. Everything that I had wanted was still there and was able to negotiate it all for $103! And I remembered to bring the truck so I could cart my treasures home. I had also found a charming old rocker (you can kind of see it next to the china cabinet below).

So, of course the style doesn’t match my contemporary style of my house, although the finish is spot on. There was a bit of damage to the bottom right on the front (hard to see in this photo) but there was some work to do on this. I argued for several days with myself about painting it to match the sideboard I built out of upper kitchen cabinets last year. As a whole, the china hutch was gorgeous but I could envision it in (as I call it) ‘Kitchenaide Red’ that is in abundance in the large open living area and kitchen of my home.

Eventually, I chose to go with the red. I started by removing what was left of the shiny top coat of the wood stain with help from the Kid. Made it easier to lay it down on a folding table in the garage where I could maintain a safe temperature and not have to move it out of the way while it was wet. Once the cabinet was safely prepped, I applied the grey primer. I let it sit for 24 hours so that it was ready for the first coat of red. I had three quarters of the gallon left over from the sideboard project from last year as well as more than enough primer. It was destiny, I am sure.

On went the first coat of red paint and left overnight to dry. I had to go back a few times and fill in small spots and corners I missed as well as the backs of the doors. I got a little panicky sometimes that it looked more pink than red, but I think it was just the first coat over the grey and the really bad lighting in the garage after dark.

Second coat of red went on Sunday morning, with the usual touch ups and missed spots. Let it sit for a few hours and then me and the Kid moved it inside to dry. Oh, and inside the upper section of the cabinet, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. First, I primed it right along with everything else and then opted for white. But I think that will draw too much attention to itself. So, I went back after that dried and used a matte black. I am going to replace the wood shelves with glass and install lights on top, so that my treasures will really stand out. (Note to self: buy glass shelves and lighting components).

Still have to do the accent painting in the carving, tough to see in the photo above, install shelves and lighting and put on hardware. Right now I am wavering between clear glass knobs and pulls or going all out and getting black. Not sure if that would be too much or not. Guess I will just have to try them both and see which fancies me.

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Update: Three weeks later… it seemed like it took forever to find a place to cut the glass shelves. The Home Depot and Lowe’s no longer cut glass, something to do with insurance. I finally found this great place in Gladstone that cut them. Took a week for them to be ready though. In the meantime I received the black glass handles and knobs and they look awesome. I used a paint pen to fill in the carving and I love the way it pops. The color turned out spectacular, if I do say so myself.

The finished craft cabinet.

So, I am really happy about the way that the cabinet turned out. Even after (almost) eight years, I am still in love with my ‘Kitchenaide Red’ everything and am sure that I will love living with it for a long time to come.

Well, that’s it for today. Now that the cabinet is finally completed and I have been able to get all my crafting supplies stored neatly inside, I can move on to finish some of my other projects.

Come back and check out the blog when you can, and have a crafty day!

Julie

Recent projects: Bathroom rug, button wall decorations and cross stitch projects.

Haven’t had a chance to do much crafting this weekend, so thought I would share some past crafts I completed. Most ideas were found on my favorite site, http://www.pinterest.com. Check it out.

So the first one is a recycled towels into a bath mat. It is so warm and fluffy. And it looks great in my bathroom. I did it a little different than the directions that I had found, I didn’t actually knot each pieces after pulling through the grid, the knots tended to make the rug too ‘hard’ feeling and it was more difficult working with the pieces. So, to keep it from coming undone, I sealed the back with an adhesive used for just this purpose.

Next up, was a fun little project that again, was inspired by something I saw online. Only I wanted to do it bigger and better. I am a quilter and sewer for many years, and one thing I use to decorate by sewing/crafting room is buttons. Hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of buttons sorted and organized and on display in beautiful apothecary-style jars. So when I saw the large button wall art, I knew I was going to have to do this too.

So, I kept my eye peeled for round cutting boards. I found a couple at the large box stores, but they were expensive, so I would look for anything that might work while I visited estate sales and garage sales and thrift stores. I was rewarded with three large round cutting boards. Painted in bright, happy colors, and then drilled holes and threaded large upholstery rope to simulate thread. Aren’t they great?

I have also found that I enjoy cross stitch, but really never found any pre-printed patterns that I liked. They always seemed so, well for lack of a better word (and not to offend anyone), too mature. So I set about printing my own patterns. I would search for things on the internet that I enjoyed, and then could print them with my ink jet printer onto the grid material. I was surprised how simple it was.

The first one was for my son, he is such a fan of the show “Futurama”, that I found this wonderful image of the main characters: Leila, Fry and Bender.

Once completed, it was easy to stretch onto a cardboard backing and fit into a frame. This frame was another of my estate sale finds, spray painted with an intense bright red. My son loves it.

The next one was based on my own interest (or maybe you might call it ‘obsession’) of Farmville game on Facebook. I couldn’t really find one that I liked, so I took components and put them together and created my own image in Photoshop. Again, printed it on the cross stitch fabric and completed it using standard embroidery floss.

Again, got lucky with the frame, a wonderful two part frame that I spray painted gold and red. Shortly after finishing this, I swore off playing the game. It started to consume way too much time and I found myself, at times, calling my son to harvest crops before they withered. Yep, it had turned into a full blown obsession.

Okay, so that is a few more of my finished crafts. More to come. I am really close to finishing my one big project, the thing that I am calling ‘my craft cabinet’. I hope that you will come back and visit.

Happy crafting, y’all!

Julie

Friday Fun… Got My Nails Done

I have a great friend Jessica who I met at my last job. She and I (and occasionally our other friend Julie) try to meet regularly to get our nails done and gossip. We found a wonderful nail salon downtown Kansas City that we meet.

Normally, I just do french tips in the gel. Today I decided to do something festive for the holidays. Even though I don’t really celebrate any specific holiday, I love all the festivities and hope to go somewhere fun for New Year’s Eve. So, I went all out on sparkly red polish and added a snowflake on each ring finger nail.

I love the snowflake design. Not too much on one nail!

So here’s props to our salon, Polished Nail, in downtown Kansas City. And a shout out to my good friend Jessica.

Magnetic Scrabble Tiles

I am going to try to be a little more diligent about posting. I have a lot of projects that I have completed, just haven’t gotten around to taking the photos. And I will be a little disappointed with those projects already completed, because I won’t be able to show any “in process” or “how-to” photos, since they’re already done. I’m doing better with the new projects.

This week we managed to use all the tiles!

Here is one I did for my office. There are times when my job becomes a little stressful and it is fun to take a little ‘mental break’. And I love Scrabble. So, I bought a couple of sets of Scrabble tiles from eBay and glued (using E6000) little disk or ‘button’ magnets on the back. The first set I did used magnets from Michael’s and were pretty reasonable. But wandering the aisles in Home Depot a few weeks later, I stumbled on a selection of the magnets and they were much stronger and cheaper. I will probably get all of my magnets there from there now. They have a really good selection, at least at the one close to my house.

We play on the outside wall of my cubicle.

Each week, someone gets to chose a topic and we play through the week. Everyone can play. The only score we keep is how many points are remaining at the end of the day on Friday. The clear portion of my cube wall is where the “rules” are written (not sure you can see this in the photo). Jason sits across from me and he is the unofficial referee for words. He is very diligent!

Hope to see you soon!

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