Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Snail Mail Cafe - Postage Required

Stationery Organizer
You gotta love what technology has done for our day-to-day communication.  It's changed our lives so much.  We share new "Polaroids" [hello, Instagram], get immediate status of our BFFs and kids [how fast can you "tweet"?], view virtual bulletin boards of our favorite things [Pinterest], post photos and commentary ([Facebook], and of course, email--you can write me at dozeedo[at]gmail[dot]com.  And I didn't even mention blogging
However, I digress.  This post is really about my latest altered artwork project, the Mail Cafe

While recently thrifting at a local Salvation Army, I came across this beauty.  It looks like it was a wall organizer for a pad of paper and outgoing mail.  Yes, as in post mail, the kind that gets delivered right into your mailbox.  [The kind you need postage stamps for.]
My home can always use a little more organization, but this piece is a little too worn and dated for my liking.  I decided to spruce it up starting with a light sanding and a fresh coat of paint. 
I purchased a Silhouette Cameo last year, which to be honest, is intimidating.  However, I finally decided to give it a test ride.  After a little a lot of practice, I cut out "Mail Cafe," and adhered it to the top of the wooden board.  Then I coated the entire board with Mod Podge in the satin finish.  

With a bit of black & white dotted Washi tape, a few acrylic arrows, a fancy key, pretty glass knobs and red & white twine, I brought the organization board back to life. 

Needing a place to quickly get my hands on stationery and postage items, I gathered kraft and white folded cards and envelopes, my mini address book, address labels, business cards, a roll of postage stamps, stapler, and a pen. 
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I adhered a stick-on pen holder onto the side of the board to hold the pen (embellished with Washi tape and twine) and added a snarky memo pad to the front. 

And now all the items I need to mail you an actual letter are neatly organized and accessible.  Of course, it's not instantaneous like today's communication tools.  However, last time I checked, 45 46 cents can get a letter to you in just a few days.  Sometimes, good things come to those who wait!

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  1. What a cute transformation ~ love it! Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ I'll be pinning this to the party board.

    Have a great week!

    Mary Beth

  2. Great Re-do! It is such a fun and cute idea. I am your newest follower from the Crafty Blog Stalker Blog Hop :)

    Justina @

  3. Good find and cute makeover...not to mention practical too! I love the notepad sentiment! ha! Thanks for sharing your talent at the Shady Porch! Blessings, D

  4. What a great transformation! I love the Washi Tape accents and the "snarky" notepad :) Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend!


  5. I love mail. Real mail. Your cafe is adorable!

  6. Good grief, I love what you did with that caddy!! Thanks so much for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. :-)

  7. Oh wow! The after is soooo cute!
    I'm visiting you today from Make It Pretty Monday. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Spring Hello

  8. Amazing what a little paint and elbow grease can do! Looks great!

  9. Hello Doreen!
    What a great idea and you did a wonderful job on it. I love making something old into something new and useful again!
    Thank you so much for linking up to my party as well as following me. I am also your newest follower!

  10. That's really cute! I'm still a huge fan of snail mail!

  11. Fantabulous transformation Doreen! Wanted to let you know I'm featuring it as part of my link party tonight!

  12. How cute, I love what you did! I love sending letters and cards and really need to organize all my stationery nicely, I love what you did! Very cute, and practical!

  13. So cute!! This year I've made it a goal of mine to send a birthday card for all my girl friends. So far, I haven't missed a birthday. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  14. What a CUTE idea! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  15. Great idea. This is super cute!
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!
    Hope to see you again this week.

  16. What a fantastic idea and transformation!


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