Cranes & Crates

I got all excited at Joann Fabrics yesterday when I saw two crates that looked like they would be PERFECT for record storage under our TV stand. I even had the guy take them to the fabric counter and measure them to make sure they would be wide enough for records.  He told me they were 12.25 inches wide (records with the sleeve are 12″) and I nearly shouted I was so elated.

Then the doubt started to creep in… did he give me external dimensions?  Probably. If so, was the wood on the sides bigger than an eighth of an inch? Probably. Would I be horribly disappointed when I got home? Probably. Needless to say, the man had already left to help another customer and the lady at the fabrics counter didn’t appreciate me trying to sneak back there to measure the crates myself. So I decided to take a chance… after all, I measured those records ages ago and maybe I had rounded up a little to 12″ to make it easy to remember.  Welcome back optimism!

Annnnnnd….. cue sadness.

They didn’t work.  My doubt was right. He gave me external dimensions plus each piece of wood was a quarter of an inch (making the internal dimension 11.75 inches).  And records with the sleeve are 12″ on the dot. The crates were a MEASLY .25 inches too small!  Bahhhh.

My disappointment disappeared pretty quickly though because once I knew what dimensions I needed, I was able to find some pretty sweet options online.  I will keep you posted!

The one thing I didn’t fail at yesterday was making Walker smile with a little surprise project waiting for him when he got home.

Let me explain… we both have been feeling a bit homesick lately. That always happens this time of year when Christmas seems so far in the past and future visits still seem so far in the future. So I decided to bring a little of Nebraska to our apartment. This month hundreds of thousands of Sandhill cranes migrate through the Nebraska Platte River Valley on their way north.



Walker’s family took a trip out to see the cranes this week and since he couldn’t join them, I brought the cranes to him. It’s silly and cheesy and the cranes aren’t even that well made, I know.  But it’s the thought that counts, right?

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  1. erin

    March 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    AHHH! I had the exact same experience with those wooden joann crates a few years ago. It was really disappointing! If you can get your hands on any old apple/fruit crates at a junk/yard sale they are the perfect size! We use them right now and they’re so great because you can stack them like bookshelves, then just flip them over and carry them by the handles if you ever need to move them/bring them somewhere.

    • Erika

      March 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      That’s a great idea! My big find yesterday was Some of the 6 bottle crates would do the trick but I think I need to look into your idea more because it sounds better. Thanks Erin! :)

  2. Brhea

    March 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Rats! I got the coolest vintage milk crate for our records and same problem. But I just have them store sideways

    • Erika

      March 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Haha so glad I’m not alone here! We can’t store them sideways because they are in the floor in the living room and I am afraid they would get ruined. So sadly that means I have to return these and get something bigger. :)

  3. Susan

    March 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Love the cranes! Hope you can see (and hear!) the real deal some time soon!

    • Erika

      March 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Susan! I hope so too! Walker and I are already plotting and planning to see if we can plan a visit for next spring to see them for real. I hope you had wonderful trip!

  4. Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic

    March 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Boo for the crates being a smidgen to small!

    The cranes are cute! What a sweet little project.

    • Erika

      March 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Brandi! :)

  5. Susan

    March 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    It looks like the crates might work if you stood them on end, then lined up the albums.

    • Erika

      March 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

      I was hoping that would work! But the inside is only 11″x11.75″ so both ways are just a bit too small. :(

      But I think we found some 6 bottle wine crates that would work instead so I will probably return these and try something new.

  6. Lisha @1house1couple

    March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    so sad those ones didn’t work out. good luck with the new crates Erika!

    That’s some cool info about the cranes. wow. awesome. cool pics too :)

    Glad you were able to get a sense of home from that.

    And right now I want to acknowledge the awesome coincidence that this post is both about crates AND cranes. Love it when things like that happen :)


    • Erika

      March 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Lisha! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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