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Monday, 7 January 2013

Jumping on the Bandwagon ...

They jumped on the printer’s tray bandwagon at the weekend,
and lined little man’s tray with vintage Beano comic strips. 
He had been wanting to do this for sometime,
but just the thought of all those fiddly little squares made it 
very easy to find a whole raft of excuses to do other things.
However, after seeing the wonderful efforts of 
she felt guilty and could put it off no longer.
Thankfully, he didn’t want his tray painted!
And so, they set to cutting out Dennis the Menace,
The Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx. 
And gluing … and cutting … and gluing … and cutting … and gluing …
Hours later they finished.
It’s not perfect by any means, but he loves it – 
and that makes them both happy.
102 teensy compartments ... 
homes for found objects, 'hoover horrors'
the little things that boys squirrel away in their pockets,
after a day at the seaside,
or a walk in the woods.
teeny treasures, boyhood memories, 
the weird and the wonderful.
Little Lego folk, Farmer Fred,
and their paraphernalia,
living in a high rise tower block ...
presided over by Tintin, 
their landlord ...

23 comments:

jill said...

Oh it looks lovely bet your well pleased.xx

YeamieWaffles said...

This is amazing! I used to love the Beano so I know that the guy is going to definitely appreciate this, such a cool idea.

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Very cool! Love it!

Alix said...

That is fab! I have loved those on all three of the blogs you mention, but it's nice to see this masculine twist on the craze. I think the unpainted wood really complements the Beanos too! It will be something little man will treasure way beyond childhood!
x

the vanilla squirrel said...

woo hoo this is FANTASTIC!!!! wow that must've taken some patience...but it paid off as it looks brilliant....makes me nostalgic because me and my sister both had old printers trays for our teeny tiny bits as children......wonder where they are now? well done it is truly fab x

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Well done you both, it looks fabulous. They're old(ish) Beanos too aren't they? Dennis the Menace looks far too cutesy these days! xx

Jelly Jam said...

This is fantastic! you must hav had so much patience to cut those rectangles. I cheated and took the back off mine!
Love all his tresures. It's certainly a great way of keeping everything off the bedroom floor.
Ellie
x

Flaming Nora said...

This makes me feel like a bad mother for not even thinking about doing it with my boys before. How has something like this never occurred to me? Then again, it looks like quite a lot of work, so may be I won't mention it just yet.....

June said...

This is great. A wonderful display. I purchased a printers tray like this one about 20 years ago - must go looking for it!
JUne

Maria said...

Hello and 'Happy new year!
What a great idea and I bet you enjoyed doing this together...Well done both! Sending kind thoughts , Maria x

lemonade kitty said...

Aw you must have bags and bags of patience, it's lovely, Lucey x

Kristie Franklin said...

Hi Marina,

What an adventure this must have been...an all day one! But it turned out perfect for your little one. It doesn't have to be perfect for him to love it because it was made with love!

I say it is perfect just the way it is with all of his little treasures that now have a perfectly wallpapered cubby with his favorite papers. So sweet! What a great mom you are!

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Ooh the best one I've seen so far!!
my favourite!!
d x

Jen said...

I love it! Now I want to do one.

Josie-Mary said...

Looks fab!! :) x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

It's wonderful, it didn't need to be painted, think that would of spoilt it- I love it! Did you keep reading the Beano? :) x

In My Wild Eden said...

What a wonderfully fun try. It's amazing. Such a perfect place for small treasures. I hope you are having a fabulous week!

gillyflower said...

Amazing result! Well worth all those hours of fiddling, but a real labour of love!
Happy New Year!
Gill xx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

i remember that Beano artwork really well. What a fantastic idea, it looks great!

Anne said...

I love this storage idea, its brilliant for little things to keep them tidy. Fab idea to use the Beano too!

nilly said...

Ah - the Beano! I was brought up on this and the Dandy, mainly because my father didn't have a boy so insisted on ordering them for me. Thank goodness I had boys, no need for me to miss Dennis & co.

Tammy Chrzan said...

Very very cool!!!
I wonder where I could find a box like that?

Angy is my name. said...

Brrrrrrillllllliant!