If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – I love art work that uses unusual mediums. Not just art work either, but repurposed items too. Give me a tin coffee can and the best I can do is nail it to some driftwood and call it a planter, so people who can turn flatware into a work of art have my vote. Check out the images below for some truly interesting artwork!
The big holidays are over, but other small ones are fast approaching, and this begs the question: How are you going to send home leftovers from that party and get your storage containers back? I hate sending leftovers home for just that reason, because those little containers are pricey!
Well, that’s an easy fix! Last year, I bought take-out containers. That way, I send home food so it doesn’t stay in my house and get tossed, and I don’t worry about having to go out and buy a whole new slew of plastic storage containers! And I really hate having to do that…
The beauty is, you can get whatever you want, for whatever budget you have. You can get foam food containers, in a one compartment, two compartments, or three compartments. You can get plastic deli containers or aluminum containers. Heck, you can even get foam trays and just use plastic wrap to seal it up.
Personally, I like to use the little Chinese restaurant containers for a funky touch, or you can get the paper food trays like they use at fairs and festivals. With Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day coming up (my husband and his family are Irish, so we have huge St Paddy’s Day parties), I have to dig my containers out of storage for the occasion. That’s another plus! They last forever, unless of course you throw massive parties with 300+ people! Party on, and send home leftovers without fear!
It’s no secret we at ReStockIt love office supplies – we work for an office supply company! Binder, file folders, pens, organizers, printers…we love it all. We love to personalize our desks too, with toys and figurines and funny posters or magnets. Sometimes though, we have to break from the ReStockIt inventory and find funky stuff on our brethren sites.
Today, I’m going to showcase the top 10 items I’ve found mining on other websites; some of them are fun, some are functional, and some are fun AND functional. And they will all probably end up on my desk in the near future. Enjoy the selection, and have fun today! It’s Friday!
How much fun are these? You can find them here, and turn anything on your desk into an inanimate object of expression, and you too can be Tom Hanks and Wilson, without all the hair and not eating.
File Folders that speak volumes, sold at one of my favorite sites. And a *little* bit of the truth, admit it.
Whimsical and fun, these bird clips are a conversation starter worth squawking about. Sorry, I had to. Find them here.
Another great find at Paper Source.It’s Panic Pete, need I say more? Squish him and his eyes and ears bug out! How is that NOT stress relieving??
Yes, I am fond of file folders, especially those with words of wisdom and wit. It just makes it fun to actually use them. Buy them here.
A stapler with a “meh” face? Perfect. I think Urban Office is going to be a fave of mine.
Yes, yes more file folders, but aren’t they pretty?? I love this site!
Okay, this is one of my favorites, because its gremlins and steam-punky all in one. And its a neat little game to play when you have those rare moments of office boredom…you can find it here.
Magnets are just fun, period. And functional. And these encompass those qualities and more, along with nostalgia for some vinyl. You can find more retro items here.
A miniaturized Skee Ball game. ‘Nuff said. There’s more desk top games to be found at this site though, if Skee Ball isn’t your game. Weirdo.
Once a week, I like to blog about trivia and just general goofy stuff…mainly because I like to laugh and have fun at work. I am very fond of useless trivia. I’m one of those annoying people who do fairly well watching Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and all those other trivia shows. I’ve won Millionaire in my living room twice. Twice! Getting my pie slices in Trivial Pursuit is usually a piece of cake.
But enough about me! The word trivia has come a circuitous route to stand for meaningless information. In Latin, the meaning of the word trivia is “A meeting place of three roads”. Inconsequential facts abound! And what does trivia have to do with meetings and roads? Nothing. That’s the point.
Trivia has grown to be a large part of our culture, although after the scandals of the late fifties, it lost popularity for a while when it was found that quiz shows were rigged. A movie named “Quiz Show” starring John Turturro & Ralph Fiennes was even made about the scandals, and was even nominated for a slew of Academy Awards. How’s that for some trivia?
So to kick off your fabulous, fantastic Friday, here is some trivia for you! Enjoy!
- Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
- 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
- The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.
- Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.
- There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
- Giraffes have no vocal cords.
- Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour (and causes brain damage, I’m sure).
- The dot over the letter ‘i’ and ‘j’ is called a tittle.
- Every person has a unique tongue print. (Say “aaah”)
- Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.
As anyone who reads this blog knows, I like art made from office supplies. I like traditional art as well, but that’s for another blog. I’ve blogged numerous times about art and office supplies, but it’s just such a fun subject! Maybe it’s just my lack of drawing capability (I can craft and photograph, I don’t need the artistic tri-fecta) but I LOVE creative ways to bring art to life.
I’ve tried to paint and draw. I gave it the old college try. I bought Prismacolor chalks and pencils. Pastels and oils. Watercolors and acrylics. Paint brushes have grown like a grove of trees on my desk, and palettes and trowels work double duty as organizers and letter openers. In all these years, the only thing I can draw/paint/sketch is a horse head. I learned the hard way that having the right tools don’t an artist make.
I’ve also learned to channel my need for creativity into Google searches. In my search for various office supplies, I came across one picture that blew my mind. I have no idea why I keep getting surprised by the things I see online, but I just do. I’m in love with creativity and in its thrall when I see new examples of it. So I saw this whiteboard art, and I quickly searched for more…
And found all of these! AMAZING! On a whiteboard. And windows. Should it maybe be call dry-erase art instead? The whiteboards are just incredible, and the window doodles crack me up! Makes me wish I had a window to draw on. Or mutilate with color, as it were. So fess up, do you doodle at work?
We are a fun office. I mean that sincerely. This has got to be one of the most fun places I’ve ever worked for. We laugh, and go out, and have parties, and celebrate milestones together. We take care of our own.
Once a month, we gather together and celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. We have food (mostly healthy.Mostly.) and drink (not that kind of drink) and we crack jokes and embarrass the birthday person, all in good fun. We talk football, movies, TV shows, basketballs, college anything, kids, houses…whatever! We play games and laugh at each other. And we enjoy it. We enjoy being with each other.
Some department heads take their individual employees out to lunch for their birthday, and our Customer Service department gets together outside of work every other month or so for a night out. We have holiday parties and gatherings, give atta-boys at our weekly meetings, and generally foster a sense of camaraderie.
When one of us gets sick, we all team together to take care of their duties until they get back. If one of us ends up in the hospital, we visit and send cards and flowers. We make sure they’re taken care of because when one of us is down, it affects us all.
It helps to love where you work. It’s awesome to have a company that is more family than employer and it’s fantastic to have co-workers whom you honestly like! How can you make your office more like family? What can you do to make your work space lively?
We all know how to finish that sentence. Even though its been around a long time, most of us equate it with a smirking Jack Nicholson with crazy eyes, and frankly that’s not a look I’m going for. Its been proven that a little bit of “play” during the work day makes for a more productive employee. You get some break away time, take a fifteen minute break and put a puzzle together, or surf the internet for a new pair of shoes (a woman’s way of playing, for the most part). No matter what it is, outside of illegal activities, people need some play.
Even if you love your job, you reach a point where you need a non-work related distraction. Something to clear the mind, turn your focus to something besides the spreadsheet or document that you’ve been staring at for two hours. A lot of companies have a no Internet policy, so you can’t do that, but you can have a desk toy!
For the longest time, I have wanted a desk toy. A mini billiards table, that obnoxious ball clacker thingy, even a zen garden would work! But I keep procrastinating (like I did with my hurricane preparedness kit), and still haven’t bought one. Seeing as though I don’t want the Jack Torrence look of insanity, I decided on Friday to finally look for something, and I came across tons of toys I can use at my desk. Now I just have to choose one…
Okay, so I may be a day or two behind…er, okay, maybe a few years behind, but when Blu-ray came out, I refused to update my movie collection- AGAIN. I had just gotten every movie I had ever wanted in my collection and then BAM! here comes a different format. I was sad. Because I knew I would not buy another movie unless it was on Blu-ray, and I didn’t want to cave and buy a player. It’s not a money thing, it’s the principle. Never mind that they were promises great things to come for Blu-ray…
The tide started to change when we got our PlayStation 3 system. It had Blu-ray integrated. So I bought Pirates of the Caribbean on Blu-ray, and had family fun night. Whoa what a difference! Amazing color, awesome extra’s, and the picture was so crisp I thought the images were going to leap out from the screen. So I bought another movie. Then another. You have to understand though. We take our movies very seriously in our house. My husband and I are walking movie trivia buffs, and we speak in movie lines. Our son is following in our footsteps and can recall any actor or actress that he’s seen in a movie or show even if it was a bit part. Maybe it’s not healthy, but I promise we do actually leave the house and see sunshine occasionally.
At this point, I still hadn’t purchased a stand-alone Blu-ray player. Our movie collection grew, and we started to replace older movies as they came out on Blu-ray. My husband started to protest that his gaming system was now a movie system. And then I signed up for Netflix streaming. And found out that you can get a Blu-ray player that streams Netflix. That was all she wrote, folks. We are now the proud new owners of an LG Blu-ray player, and we live the movies, not just watch them.