The only thing I knew when I started decorating my wooden U is that I would paint it turquoise and put my “I want my Rocky” pin on it.
Then I scoured through my dresser drawers and visited craft and hobby shops. On a road trip to Jackson and Grand counties with Secretary of State Wayne Williams I bought a “I ♥ Colorado” key chain to glue to the side of the U. “I think I’m up to $60,” I told the boss.
The secretary is handing out the U’s as part of the @UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web page, Facebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.
See that “L” on top of my U next to the miniature telephone? I was thinking of spelling “Lynn” out on one of the U legs but the block letters were too big. I liked the L next to the phone because I am always on one. The sack of letters cost around $7 and I’ve got a whole bag of them.
I particularly like the dogs. Those were plastic buttons from Michaels and I cut the backs off with a wire cutter I borrowed from our IT department. I also bought a tiny dog food and water bowl, but decided not to use it.
I’ve got a clock on one side because it seems my whole career I’ve been on deadline. I’ve started decorating the back and I have an ace and a king of spades to represent my love of playing cards. I also have a state flag of New Mexico, where I first worked in journalism.
I’m still on the lookout for things to put on the other top. Charlie Coyote, perhaps, in honor of the University of South Dakota? A duck for Cottey College? An old-fashioned typewriter? And of course NAU in Flagstaff. I just keep checking for miniatures.
I’ve seen a zillion tiny firefighters and gear but haven’t seen one that seems right. (I think the lack of a mustache on the figurines is throwing me off.)
As I was writing this, I remembered that I handed out a box with the wooden U to the League of Women Voters of Denver when I spoke to members last last month. I said I would be heading to craft stores right after that. I wonder how their decorating is going.
At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter and by scrolling through this blog. You’ll see U’s decorated by county clerks, former Gov. Bill Ritter (Govs. Hickenlooper and Owens, we’re still waiting). journalists, lawmakers and more.