a painted desk organizer is my fave

September 13, 2012

I was falling down an Internet hole of self pity/general crankiness yesterday so I decided to walk away and make. I had seen this pencil holder and knew I had the materials on hand (sometimes it pays to be a supply hoarder) so while Beck slumbered soundly, I sat and painted and glued.

I just used glass jars, tea tins, acrylic paint, a wooden board and super glue. Craft therapy.

What have you made lately?


  • On September 13, 2012 , natalie @ The SoHo said:

    So cute! I love the colors you chose.

  • On September 13, 2012 , robyn said:

    looks great-would look brill on my teacher’s desk!

  • On September 13, 2012 , Kelly said:

    This is such a cute idea! I love seeing a peek of the gold tin on the inside. The colors are fab, too.

  • On September 13, 2012 , Janssen said:

    That is DARLING! Brainstorming what I could use to make something similar.

    I just painted this Halloween carafe and I’m ludicrously proud of it: http://www.everyday-reading.com/2012/09/easy-diy-halloween-carafe.html (which tells you how not crafty I am).

  • On September 13, 2012 , Janae @ Bring Joy said:

    “I was falling down an Internet hole of self pity/general crankiness yesterday so I decided to walk away and make.”

    I too, find if I spend too much time, or get lost in the “hole” that is the internet I get cranky & disatisfied with life. Making (or baking, as I tend to do) is a great way to feel better about things.

    I love the shades of green.

  • On September 13, 2012 , Karen said:

    Natalie stole my comment – love the colors you chose! Crafting and baking therapy are the best types.

  • On September 13, 2012 , Elaine Ramos said:

    I like that you added a container for a flower! πŸ˜€

  • On September 13, 2012 , Kelly @ Studio DIY said:

    Love the color scheme Melanie! This would be awesome in super duper long form as a table centerpiece… now look what you’ve done! I have to go make one! =)

  • On September 13, 2012 , sarah said:

    Looks beautiful. Craft therapy is the bestest…apart from when it turns out crap! I’ve been making some fall garlands out of pine cones, my hands look like I’ve been in a fight with a feisty kitty!

  • On September 13, 2012 , Kelsey Elizabeth said:

    My little sister will squeal when she sees this! Her accent wall is currently borderline neon lime green, this will complement it perfectly!


  • On September 13, 2012 , Jessica Thiessen said:

    This is cute! I’m with you – whenever I become a Debbie Downer as a result of looking all over the internet, I practically slam my computer (poor little Mac) and run away. You handled the “Internet hold of self-pity/general crankiness” perfectly.

  • On September 13, 2012 , Sara Strauss said:

    Such a great idea! Love the colors and ombre look!

  • On September 13, 2012 , Gina said:

    I was totally crafting yesterday too! It was so much fun.

  • On September 13, 2012 , marcella said:

    so sweet
    pretty colors

  • On September 13, 2012 , Lena said:

    This is darling, and so clever! I’ve got squared acrylic accessories on my desk at work, which match the surroundings but don’t say very much about me!

  • On September 13, 2012 , Heather said:

    What a great idea. Looks really cool too!

  • On September 13, 2012 , Hallie said:

    I have some leftover paint AND some old, unused tins. I guess it’s craft time! πŸ˜€

    p.s. The images are lovely, Melanie!

  • On September 13, 2012 , natalli said:

    LOVE this idea. Why have I been trying to paint glasswear from the inside??? I just made this cardigan for my little guy:


    Makes me feel better to be doing something besides keeping up with the Kardashians while I sit at home all day.

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  • On September 16, 2012 , Design your life said:

    So simple idea and great result. I love it!

  • On September 18, 2012 , how2home said:

    Love it! Really love the different shades of green!

  • On September 25, 2012 , Mariana said:

    Love this!! Great idea, simple and beautiful.

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