E.T. can't phone home...because I stole the phone cord!!
This may look silly, but I really do use this. It prevents little sticky fingers from stealing my scissors, because they are always attached to my ironing board. If it's a hassle for anyone to remove it, they'll pass it by.
Sometimes I use my ironing board as a work surface...not just ironing. I always have a pair of scissors there, ready and waiting. Now if I had the necklace on with the scissors attached or the apron with the scissors in one of the pockets, this phone cord wouldn't be necessary. However, I need scissors everywhere!
In this era of cell phones and cordless phones, I'm sure a lot of you still have a couple corded phones stored somewhere in the house. As a little side note: did you know you really should have one corded phone hooked up somewhere in your house. If you lose your power, cordless phones need the power at the base unit so there won't be any service. If the power goes out for an extended time, you won't have the power to recharge your cell phone. Ok, sorry I was side tracked with that public service announcement!
Back to phone cords...steal one from one of your old phones or you can also buy just the phone cord at the hardware store for a few dollars. You will also need 2 large key rings that open up, not the ones that you have to twist the keys around.
Here is the cord. At this point you can decide whether or not to cut the little plastic plugs on the ends. If this is the cord you'll be using when the power goes out, don't cut it, because your husband will be some ticked at me for these crazy Tool Time Tuesdays. If you do cut it, then he can't call me, so I'm safe!
Open up the rings...
and thread part of the cord onto the ring.
Do that to both ends.
Hook one end onto the handle of your scissors and close the key ring.
Take the other end and attach it to your ironing board. I have one of those metal things that holds your iron and water bottles, so it hooks on there. If you don't have one, it will hook somewhere underneath on one of the legs.
This picture is of the metal rack that I have at the end of the board. I had to drag this up from the basement where my sewing room is. It was a little brighter upstairs for the pictures. It was gray and raining this morning, so the pictures aren't that great. See those cute little boxes on the floor...see the next picture for a close-up pic.
These boxes are from Harry & David. If you've never had anything from Harry & David, order something, anything...it's delicious. Their fruits are amazing and the food and candies are yummy. It can be pricey, but thankfully my sister-in-law sends them to my dad for all the holidays. (My dad lives with us and he has Celiac Sprue disease, which is a wheat and gluten allergy...so no foods containing any type of flour.) When she sends him fresh or dried fruits, candies, soup mixes etc, they come in the cutest gift towers. Different sized boxes from smallest to largest that are great for stacking, storing and decorating. They don't have any writing on them and they are decorated for each holiday. I have the prettiest set for autumn...great patterns and colors. These big boxes below had the biggest, sweetest fruit you'll ever have. I just love the vintage colors and design of these boxes and they match my bedroom. They fill in this little nook next to a small desk. Ok, side tracked again.
One more off topic...This is Annie, our 9 year old yellow lab. She is the sweetest dog ever and follows me around all day. She went with me to the basement to get the ironing board and up 2 flights of stairs to the bedroom to get these pictures. She was resting at my feet, so I thought I would snap a picture of her. We also have a tortoise-shell cat named Hallie, no picture of her yet, because that's like trying to take a picture of the wind. Someday I'll try and get a good one her.
Well, I hope this Tool Time Tuesday didn't bore you...it's simple but effective. You could probably hook the scissors or any other thing you want to keep it handy. So let me know your thoughts ladies, because remember...I'll post your ideas on "Friends on Friday".
I also want to let you know that I try and answer all comments that I have received. The problem last week was I had a give away along with a TTT. It may take me a while, but I'll respond to you I promise!! I really appreciate every visit to this blog, they mean a lot to me...more than you'll know!
Have a great Tuesday,