Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tidbit Redo

So...I have a serious obsession with tidbit trays.  I don't know why.  Perhaps it's because I don't ever remember having one when I was growing up, or because they always seem to be such an elegant addition to a cocktail party, or maybe because they utilize vertical space thus preserving precious table space on your buffet.  Whenever I see a tidbit tray (TBT) at a thrift shop I have a hard time passing them up but, really, how many of these marvels of snack service does a gal need?

As fate would have it, I was cruising one of my local haunts and spotted a new-in-box TBT setting upon the shelf.  At only $1, I had zero chance of resisting.  As I pick it up I had a thought...why not change it up a bit?  Records!  Since I have boxes of albums (33's and 78's) this would be easy.  I knew that I wanted to have graduated sizes for each level so I went on the hunt for a 45 to be the smallest top tier.  I'm sure it's been done before but it was quick, easy and oh so cute!

My original plan was to use a 33 for the bottom level, a 78 for the middle and a 45 for the top.  Unfortunately this tidbit did not come with a base and I felt that just having an album in the bottom with no foot to sit upon would just be too unfinished for my taste.  Maybe, just maybe, I would be able to use another 78 for the base and set it inside the lip of the actual tray.
Shazam!  That worked brilliantly!
 The next issue to conquer was that of the large center hole in the 45.  How would I fill that?  Just then I spotted a compact 33 in the vinyl bin.  It's the same outer diameter of a 45 but with the same center post size as the other albums.

Now with all of the kinks worked out, it's just a matter of assembling it all..  The bottom screw connected to the lower rod, the lower rod connected to the center rod...Sing it with rod connected to the top loop....


I think the finished tray is super adorable.  It will be a great addition to my ever growing collection!

'Til we meet again,
Ms Adventure

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