Lately I have been focusing on better organizing my dwelling so that when I am working progress is made in a more uninterrupted fashion. Since I am easily distracted by the smallest of things this has been quite the undertaking.
While working at my writing desk one evening (it had been my grandfather’s desk) I thought I had organized everything to the best of my ability. However, whenever I had to pivot or change the position of the letter writing station (I’m not sure what else to call it) these two small magnifying glasses which I use to inspect my prints kept either disappearing into the sections where the pens are stored, or falling off of the station altogether.
Due to this I found it necessary to augment the little writing station. I wish I could say that I built it myself, however I happened upon it just a week or so ago at the Goodwill store just next to the Columbus Farmers Market. I thought it looked nice and as it so happened I had just committed to writing more often, and this includes writing letter to my friends and loved ones.
Call it coincidence or call it fate or call it what you will. Either way I picked it up for what must have been $2 or less. I like everything about it. There is felt on the bottom so as not to scratch the surface of the desk. It has leather (faux leather), which I suppose adds a hint of sophistication, as well as prevents the pens and pencils from making too much noise as they are dropped into the side storage areas. And the center, slanted area is perfect for holding 4×6 and 5×7 cards and envelopes.
My only contribution to its design– the only thing that I felt would make it more useful to me was the installation of two brass picture frame hangers. I’m sure you know the type. They are the sort of inexpensive hardware that often accompanies (equally) inexpensive frames (of questionable quality). I figured that aligning two of these on top of one another could provide a suitable holster and guide to situate the magnifying glasses better.
Luckily I happened to have some small nails and the frame hanging hardware in my toolbox (which was also passed on to me and had been my grandfather’s). With a bit of focused measuring and tentative hammering– it was a bit late and I did not want to be a bother to my neighbors–I had installed the small brass hardware and voila! Not only do the small magnifying glasses have a place to rest, but I think it all looks rather good.
Could it have been better if I had matte black hardware to go along with the other metal bits (more visible in the image below)? Probably, but this clearly looks like an attachment added “after-the-fact” by the user, and I like that about it.