Thursday, September 9, 2010

The School Room And A Typeset Tray

I wish I could post something pretty. Maybe tomorrow. I have a little project that doesn't take long, but I have to wait for paint to dry...then sand...then I'll have a little mod podge to apply...and dry...these things seem to take forever.

I've been a little busy getting our homeschool underway. I wrote up schedules for the month on Tuesday and our first official day was Wednesday. Today went very smoothly, which bodes well for the year.

Tonight we are rearranging the "back room" to turn it into the official school room. We call it the back room for lack of a better term and because it's at the back of the house. Right now it's a mess with books piled everywhere so we can move the bookshelves. I should be in there working, but I needed a break.

Please ignore my son's foot...he's playing Xbox...and heaven forbid I ask him to turn off the game and move in the middle of a "mission."

We've always just "done school" all over the house...usually the kitchen table and the living room, but I'm tired of moving piles of books to set the table and stepping over books and papers in the living room. We had a couple of shelves in the office, two bookshelves full of books in the back room, and bits and pieces everywhere. I'm sure the boys will still do their reading in the living room, but now they will have a better place to keep all their books and supplies.

Our oldest son has pretty much taken over the back room for his Xbox. Sorry Tyler, but we don't have the luxury of an Xbox room in our little house. I'm taking it back. You'll get over it.

While I was rearranging I found this typeset tray that I picked up at a fund raiser sale this summer. I'd forgotten it was tucked in a corner of this room. I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet. Any ideas?

I love the handle with the name "Hamilton Mfg. Co. on it.

The room is going to have to wait until tomorrow to get finished.  I'm too pooped tonight!  Oh...Great news!  Our new window (that's been waiting in our barn for 3 months) is finally getting installed tomorrow.  Yessssss!!!   Pray no one drops it!


  1. I have three of those trays... would love to see some ideas!!

  2. I'm also watching this post as I have a small (10 inches by 14 inches) repro tray. Yours might make a nice table top with little items placed inside and a glass top over it.

  3. I love the tray! I like what Granny J said, maybe you can make it into a table with the glass over your small treasures, maybe some beach rocks, shells or whatever!!
    What a great back room! I cant wait to see what you have done with it! Have fun and have a great weekend!!!

  4. Oh, I wanna see what you do with the typeset tray.

  5. I can understand your purchasing that tray. There is just something about them. Sorry I have no ideas for you, but do like the suggestion of making it a table top display with glass over it.
    Can't wait to see when you are finished with the room. I'm also in the planning stages of trying to pull my creativeness together via organizing instead of being all over the house.


  6. Hi Deborah,
    I was just reading another blog belonging to a home schooler. I really admire all of you. If I had to do it over again I would keep my son at home with me. Of course, hind sight is 20/20...
    Good luck and have a good school year!!!

  7. I echo Lindy's comment above....have a good school year. I admire you for taking on that responsibility. I know I could not have done it.
    I have several typeset drawers and I've been trying to come up with a unique new use. No luck yet but I'll keep my thinking hat on!
    Have a great weekend.

  8. Love that typeset tray... where are all of you finding them? I feel so left out. *sniff*sniff*

    Anyway, it has loads of potential. Can't wait to see what you do with it! Also, my Favorite Things Friday blog party is going on if you want to join in!


  9. Thank you everyone! I do love the table idea Granny. I'll have to see if I have room for another table when I rearrange things.

    Jane and Lindy, thank you for your positive comments on homeschooling. It is definitely a calling, not something for everyone. Some days are a struggle and I wonder what I am doing, but the good days, like watching the light go on as they suddenly "get it," is worth every minute. I must have done something right, because my daughter graduated from our community college with a 4.0 GPA. Actually I can't take credit...she's just really smart and really applies herself.

  10. I love that tray. I've been keeping my eye out for one. They can be quite high. But I'd love one for a shell display. I am now following you. I'd love to see what you do with it.


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