Hello, everyone! It's that time again....time for the weekly roundup that is! For this week's theme, I decided to go with Office finds...things like furniture and other basic necessities you need for setting up and office area in your home or actual office space. I tried to stay away from stationery because I could make an entire post just strictly that--I'm a freak for paper products :) I'm still working on getting my area set up like I need it so I can blog and work in the same zone, but so far I've only got a small space. All this browsing has given me ideas! Shall we get started?
Item #1 is from Jshafferwoodworks
So, one thing we all definitely need in an office space is...drumroll please.....a table! I really like this table specifically because it's simple, and it doesn't have all the cross bars that get in the way if you're storing things underneath. I'm also really liking the wood top--which comes in espresso or weathered grey. I do have a suggestion for crafters or anyone making anything---get a glass top or something similar to protect the wood. Creativity is messy, and I personally would like to preserve the wood. It's definitely a sturdy table with its rebar legs, but some assembly is required--don't get scared...it just needs the legs attached--no big deal there!
Item #2 is from ChairWhimsy
First things first---I love the color combination! The cushiness and arms are also a definite plus for me because I do have a habit of perching in whatever chair I sit in. Of course, I learned the hard way that I must have a chusioned chair because I bruised my ankles by sitting in a regular, no padding chair. Chairs like this one are good if you have to sit a while---so your butt doesn't go numb. After reading the maker's about page, I've learned that she went for her dreams of creating! You go girl! She's done an excellent job with all the pieces in her shop, and I am so glad to see older chairs being repurposed instead of tossed!
Item #3 is from allaLittleNuts
I don't know what it is about these types of writing utensils, but I'm really drawn to them! Maybe it's because they're so different from what you'd normally see..I like different. Each pencil is also a little different because the maker uses different tree branches in the process. So neat! Just a little note: You can't sharpen these with a regular sharpener---you've got to use a knife or other cutting instrument for sharpening. That's how my grandfather used to sharpen all his pencils.
Item #4 is from HelloConcrete
Since you've got pencils and pens, what a better item than a pencil holder? You have to corral them all somehow! I've got pens and pencils everywhere---three shoeboxes full...no, I'm not a hoarder, but I like unusual pens and gots to have them! I've been highly fascinated with the concrete trend for a while now. It looks so smooth but can still have so much dimension and texture. The maker has also added some color for a little pop.
Item #5 is from foxandcloverboutique
We all have computers, right? We need mousepads to go with it, so the mouse actually work. I tried to go without one for a while---not advisable if you don't want to be terribly angry and frustrated. I love the bright colors the maker has used in this particular mousepad, and even though I'm not a fan of florals, I like this one! They specifically mention that no glitter or sparkles are used--thank God. Glitter is like herpes...once you've got it, it never goes away. I go outside if I absolutely have to use it, but it still manages to get inside the house. Anyway--enough glitter ranting. All the designs the shop offers are matte--great choice! I don't know how I'd feel about a shiny mousepad..hmmm. Check out their shop; they've got great designs! In addition, I may have to make a purchase...getting a bit tired of my solid black one.
Item #6 is from IceyDesigns
Planners are a necessity unless you like using a digital calendar. I've tried the digital route, but I've never been able to get to the point where I actually like it. Paper always has my heart I guess. It helps me to see it physically on paper. The maker hand-letters the quote on the front, and the binding is hand-sewn. It includes monthly pages, weekly pages, and monthly goals.
Item #7 is from HuckleberryVntg
I know, I know...I've already shown an item that hold pencils; however, there are other items and do-dads that we have to keep together. What about scissors, files, cards, etc? I'm not totally mad--I don't think..haha. I love the distressed, shabby chic nature of this piece as well as the carvings. It's vintage AND handmade. The maker took a piece sanded, painted, distressed, and sealed an old organizer. It's definitely a process and not one for the impatient.
Item #8 is from parvumopus
It's really neat to see six accordion files inside a durable notebook! Many of the ones I had while I was in college weren't very durable an tore up really easy. Each of the accordion files are handmade with acid-free cardstock (I'm assuming it's also lignin free). In case you're wondering why acid-free cardstock is a plus, here it is--it doesn't have the acids that destroy/yellow paper in it. If you've got anything important, always opt for acid and lignin free files/photo albums/boxes. The notebook part of the file was created using patterned paper and bookbinder boards with a grosgrain ribbon for closure. Very well done in my opinion!
Item #9 is from WallWooden
What's an office without some sort of wall art? You've got to have something visually interesting on the walls because it will look flat and unfinished otherwise. I really like this piece not only because it's reclaimed wood but also because there is dimension among the wood blocks. The texture is amazing as well with the grains going a multitude of ways. The colors are also very calming--good for if you get frustrated. The makers are willing to work with you on size and colors as well. They've outdone themselves with there pieces!
Item #10 is from PrintableWallStory
For the final item an office needs is a framed saying on the desk (The frame isn't included). I really like this quote because it makes me feel like I could do anything...like I'll move mountains in a day. We all need something like that. The maker from this shop has designed the sayings, and you just print them out after you purchase them. Simple as that!
I hope you've enjoyed this edition of Weekly Wednesday and gotten some ideas for you own office area! The options are truly endless! Hop on over to your favorite handmade sites and show some makers some love! Comment and let me know what your essential office item is or if I forgot anything!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.