Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dactyl Den

I've officially settled into my Portland apartment and my workspace. I've also officially decided I have entirely way too many things. I had to get rid of my wonderful writing desk when I moved to Oregon but it has been replaced with a useful (ugly) desk.

A few weeks after moving into our apartment, there was a tenant in our building selling all of their furniture. We scored that IKEA bookshelf thing from them for only 5 bucks! I knew it would be perfect to store all of my supplies and little knick-knacks. I also put up some art, postcards and random things people have sent me. Everything is coming together!

My mail sorter sits on the bookshelf and is one of my favorite things ever. I purchased it from a clearance rack at HomeGoods. It was basically destroyed during the move, all of the slots came unglued & it broke in half. I made sure to bring it with me when I went to Vegas because I knew my mom had all the supplies to fix it. The original sorter was painted all white so I decided to paint it purple & gold while I had it taken apart. To customize it a bit more, my brother & I decided to stencil on a pterodactyl.

I have a small mailbox collection on the bookshelf. The larger space mailbox was sent to me by Becky and is the favorite thing I've received in the mail. A mailbox sent through the mail, how could it not be? The other two little mailboxes are stamp holders. Currently unused as I do not have the funds to buy rolls of stamps at this time! Obviously I have a pterodactyl collection because when you're name is TARAdactyl, people buy you pterodactyls. I love each and every one. 

These two shelves hold my book collection. These are all the books I've purchased over the years to cut up and use in collages. I had cut myself off from purchasing any more but I found 3 yearbooks while living out here and couldn't pass them up. One of the yearbooks is from 1923!

Here is my Leaning Tower of Pisa. This beauty holds everything I could possibly use while making collages.
From top to bottom:
  • Lino cutting supplies
  • Rubber stamp carving supplies
  • Envelope making supplies
  • Stickers
  • Address labels
  • More stickers
  • Ink pads
  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Rubber stamps
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Collage pieces
  • More collage pieces
  • Washi tape!!!!
To the left of my Tower is my misc mail rack! It holds all of the blank postcards, envelopes, paper and other letter writing things I have. Mostly it is just postcards.

I have things. Lots of things.


  1. Aw shucks, thanks! Hope all is well with you!

    1. Of course! Give credit where credit is due :)

  2. Holy cow!!! I love the leaning tower! :D

  3. Totally in love with your mail sorter! <3