Bean X-ray

This is a desert bird of paradise seed pod.  Red speckles and tiny green veins, what’s not to love? Here’s a bloom.

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Repurposed Photo Slides aka Fake Stained Glass

I finally broke into my stash of vintage slides. They are slides I’ve been collecting, one thrift shop visit at a time, for years.

I sorted through thousands of slides and chose all of the landscapes, and proceeded to stick them directly to the window with double-stick tape.  After running out of double-stick tape, I switched to photo mounting squares from my never rarely used scrapbooking hoard.  The little white backings from the sticky squares were EVERYWHERE.  Running to the store for more tape would have been wiser, I think, but I am an impatient creator and wanted to see the finished product sooner than later.  It took several hours, 968 slides, and a whole lot of sticky stuff and I’m in love…”That’s what she said”.

Outside view at night.

Inside view during the day.

They paint the walls and my desk.  It makes my heart smile.

I love making fake stained glass.

P.S.

So much for my photo a day idea.  How about let’s try no rules?  I like that.

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Jump!

Uncle Greb helps Ami catch air.

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Cheap

Saw this at an estate sale and loved it, but not enough to pay $15.  Now I just take pictures of the things I’m too cheap to pay for.

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Photo A Day?

Thinking about just posting a photo a day….maybe.  How’s that for noncommital?

This is the view from the stone house at the end of the Stone House Trail in the Tucson Mountain foothills.

*Bonus photo:  My fellow hikers-cozy at the hearth.

*Bonus, bonus photo:  Ami compares his height to this saguaro.

I couldn’t stop at 1.  Clearly I have no self control.

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Neglect

It’s been soooo long since my last post, but rather than dwell on that, let’s look at some recent-ish photos!

Hummingbird eggs!  Right outside our front door!!!

Sadly, one didn’t hatch.  Happily, one did!

It’s really hard to get a good photo without disturbing the wee-one.

Check out the amazing craftsmanship on that nest!  I never knew hummingbirds use spider web to hold their nests in place.  I read that the web makes the nest have elasticity so it stretches as the baby grows!  Nature.Is.Amazing!

See it’s tiny little beak pointed straight up?

We spotted this big guy while hiking.  He was VERY handsome!

We have had SOOO many rainbows lately!  I see signs of Benny everywhere.

Jeremia found a heart nugget.  Then he tried to pout when his brothers wanted their pics taken too.

He couldn’t hold is sad face, and we all ended up laughing.  

Good times!

Some of the beauties we grew this summer.

 

This statue is made entirely of bike chain.  Conrad had a great time pretending it had him trapped.

My BFF!  I think he’s swell!

I love our adventures, big and small.

Why? Because, heads are cool!

This boot was out in the boonies. It made me smile.  I hope it does you too.

That concludes this episode of, whatever this was, thanks for tuning in.

Feeling ever-so-slightly less neglectful.

 

 

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Hello

I have been saving these photos to share for 2 months.

I don’t have the energy to be melodramatic and express how insanely busy my life currently is.

Self induced, organized? chaos.

So instead of all that, I thought I would share my photos and we can take a moment just to breath and think happy thoughts.  We don’t take nearly enough of those kinds of moments.

I made these Junkmail/magazine snowflakes and hung them in January to add bright winter cheer.

We took a trip to Ben’s Bells and painted beads.

Conrad’s note he wrote for Newtown, CT.

We launched more rockets.  Everybody got a turn to launch their own.

I love my life.

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