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Shop Motif Display Shelf

Have I told you I’m a Gemini?  The way I see it, it’s not so much that I’m two people in one but more I have one voice saying what if…and second voice also saying what if.  Sometimes their chatter overwhelms a third voice, one of reason, common sense, and gut instinct. When that happens I end up with what you see above.
It started out as one of those generic hanging mail sorters, but I saw potential. Flipping it upside down I noticed that the slots looked like little shop fronts. The thought of little shops made me think of my daughter’s Littlest Pet Shop toys. Then it hit me, what a cute way to display them, right? I had everything done and hanging on the wall and then I insisted on adding one more thing and then another.
Stay with me and keep reading, you’ll see it was cute for about a day or two, I swear!
This mail caddy is decoratively past its prime but that doesn’t mean its trash quite yet.  Simply disassemble it by any and all means necessary.  In my case that meant first banging on it with a hammer, which wasn’t very productive.  Secondly, I tried to steam it, also not productive.  Finally I just poured the boiling water over it all.  That worked…kinda.
Then I reassembled and got busy with the paint, paper, Mod Podge and Elmer’s Wood glue…and a glass of wine.
I hung it on the wall and though the toys didn’t exactly fit on the little shelves, and it didn’t look as shop-like as I intended; it worked-see below.
That’s about the time I decided I didn’t want to just make something work, I wanted to make it better.
So I took the advice of my husband and 14 year old son and painted on windows.  Then I got the bright idea of covering pieces of cardboard to make the shelves a little bigger.  This is what I ended up with below and the photo on the top of the post.
Egad!  The pets look really desperate for anyone to adopt them.  Both Strawberry Shortcake and her My Little Pony friend simply don’t want to show their faces anywhere near these shops and no amount of purple plastic cake is going to make it better.
Back to the drawing board.

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Erin Sipes
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  1. Very cute. I never would have thought to turn the mail sorter upside down!

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. This is such a creative idea. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. My mom made something like that for us when we were kids. I loved having little shelves to display my toys. You shops are really cute and very clever.

  4. This is so adorable and I never would have thought of that! Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is so clever! I love to repurpose things. Following you now and thanks for sharing!

  6. So adorable! I was a little afraid when I saw the heart cut-outs in the wood, but this is stinkin' cute!

    "... and a glass of wine," cracked me up. :)

  7. Following you from Toys in the Dryer linky party. LOVE your blog. I'm your newest follower. My daughter has a box full of Littlest Pet Shop critters. Very fun. I hope you'll visit my blog: Kindergarten for Teachers and Parents.

  8. Well how cute is that! You are so very clever.

  9. Stopping by from the Girl Creative Blog Hop!


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