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« on: February 10, 2013 02:26:17 PM »

I got The ManFlesh a subscription to Cook's Illustrated magazine for xmas and he's been getting lots of use and enjoyment out of it (well, we both have).  They're on a shelf in a cupboard in the kitchen and that's fine, BUT I needed a Valentine for him.  I really like Valentine's Day, but I have a hard time coming up with ideas for him for some reason.  Maybe my brain is just crafted-out after xmas, I don't know. 



Anyway, I realized I had picked up this plain wooden mag holder at the thrift store a couple years ago and it was still in my stash and that I could decorate it up for him to keep his subscription in!  Whew!



I used an acrylic stain/sealer in Dark Walnut that I had to finish the exterior. 



Then I scanned and printed some images from an old "encyclopedic dictionary" and decoupaged them sort of roughly inside.  I wanted this to look old, but not particularly worn.



I tried to use food-related pages so I have types of cattle, various butchery charts and info on how both milk and flour are processed.



I added the little bit of label hardware to give it a little something special on the exterior (top photo).  Luckily, I was able to find this in a still-packed box, because neither of the closest 2 hardware stores had them or even were sure what I was talking about!  I was kind of shocked and definitely disappointed; I swear I could have found this in at least one size and finish in both tiny little hardware stores in my old urban neighborhood.  I guess rural and small-small town hardware stores have less actual hardware and more actual bottled elk urine.


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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013 08:55:06 PM »

I like what you did to the magazine holder especially the idea of lining it with pictures of beef cuts. And glad you found a label holder because it really is the finishing touch.

Had to laugh at the Elk Urine.  I would never in a million years thought of going to a hardware store for that. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013 01:50:29 PM »

Thanks!  I'm currently having lots of fun trying to make things from only materials I have on hand, so this was extra great.

I'm all about the DIY, but I think if ever I'm in the market for elk urine, I think I'll buy it pre-bottled.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013 09:21:59 AM »

Elk urine, never heard of it, lol.  Got my chuckle of the day from that one.  Oh, and by the way, I love what you've done with the magazine holder.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013 01:54:52 PM »

Elk urine, never heard of it, lol.  Got my chuckle of the day from that one.  Oh, and by the way, I love what you've done with the magazine holder.

I didn't even know elk urinated.  Huh.  Thanks!  Hopefully he'll like it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2013 05:32:01 AM »

You use elk urine for hunting.

Love the inside-great thinking!
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2013 09:42:51 AM »

And since our hardware store have mounted deer and antelope heads, but not guns or ammo or camo, it makes sense.  Also scents.

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