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It’s time for another Step Away project! This time I took on the mailbox.

When we moved into our house 7 years ago, we inherited a plain, black mailbox mounted on the wall of the front porch. It wasn’t interesting, but it also wasn’t offensive. So it stayed, but with the plan that someday I wanted to make it better.

Now that I’m in the middle of my Step Away challenge, I decided the mailbox’s time had come. First thing I did was paint it. (So quickly that I didn’t even get a picture of the previously black mailbox. Oops.) We have a dark brown house with white trim, yellow window boxes, and a yellow door. Orange seemed to be the perfect counterpoint to all those colors and a few coats of spray paint made it so.

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I wanted it to have a little more to it, though. And I’ve always loved vintage mailboxes that say “POST” or “LETTERS”, so I started gathering pictures. But I couldn’t help but feel like the whole “vintage mailbox” thing has been played out. So I was also trying hard to figure out something else I could do.

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Then one day I  was looking at the last photo above. The one that says U.S. MAIL on the side. Suddenly the words flopped themselves in my mind and I saw something altogether new:

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And voila! Our new mailbox!

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Step Away from the Screen : No. 123

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Turn off your screen and go make something. Right now. We’ll meet back here tomorrow.

Step Away from the Screen : No. 121

Hey friends! We’re 1/3 of the way through this project!

Let’s take stock, shall we? What have you made? Anything you’re super proud of? Have you been more meaningful with your screen time? Have you tried harder to step away and do something off screen?

I would love to see what you’ve done. And I thought it might be fun for us to celebrate and encourage each other, so I’ve created a Facebook group for us. That’s RICH with irony, I realize. But there’s the dichotomy of our world, y’know? Going on screen to share with friends about the things we made when we were away from our screens. It’s complicated.

Please join me over there. And spread the word to all your maker friends.

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stepaway

Now go make something awesome this weekend. Can’t wait to see it!