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I kept seeds in a basket on my desk for years until I realized I bought three packages of extra-dwarf pak choy. That’s a lot of pak choy in a climate which gets hot early in spring and stays that way until fall.
Seeds aren’t cheap, and that’s no way to treat them. I searched on the Internet for a box to meet my needs, and I found several which were very organized.
But, how do I put this? They were made for people with a whole lotta of left-brain attitude. I’ve finally embraced the fact that I’m a right-brain, red-dirt girl. Therefore, my seed box needs some pizzazz and even a bit of bling. On Etsy, I found recipe boxes which dazzled my senses and could be altered to use for seeds, but they were expensive, so I decided to make my own.
I am not a perfect crafter, but I’m competent. I craft by necessity. If I need or want something, I make it. I loved scrapbooking when it was in vogue, so I see my box as kind of a three dimensional scrapbook.
The following is what you’ll need for this project:
• Photo or other storage box with dividers
• Craft paper or fabric; I used four papers for the inside of the box, and four for the outside and lid.
• Glue or spray fixative. I used glue, but I think spray might have been easier.
• Fiskars orange-handled scissors
• Fiskars SureCut™ Paper Trimmer, or you could go “old school” like I did and tear the sheets by folding them back and forth and using the scissors as a knife edge for smooth tearing. Okay, you got me--I couldn’t find my paper trimmer.
•Fiskars pretty gel pens-Glossy or matte spray to give the box a more finished appearance.
• Newspaper or something to protect your table.-Bull clips or, in my case, chip clips to hold the paper in place until the glue dries. Actually the chip clips worked great because they were long and held the papers along the length of the box lid.
The hardest part of the entire project was the corners. I treated the box like my bed mattress and wrapped its edges like hospital corners. Does anyone even remember hospital corners? Perhaps not. In Girl Scouts, they taught us how.
As for the section dividers, I wrote planting instructions on them because my children or grandchildren might need them one day. My grandmother taught me to garden and to cook my favorite treats. Her handwritten recipe book is now a treasure because I can hear her voice as I read the recipes.
So when I wrote, “It’s good to start a garden in late September once the heat is past . . . .” I wasn’t reminding myself. I was thinking of the future and of them.
My seed box isn’t perfect, but it not only solved a problem, it is a reflection of me. Making it made me slow down, get off the gerbil wheel and think of those I love most in the world, my family.