Monthly Archives: November 2012

Repurposed CD Jewel Cases

My good friend Patti, recently presented me with a ginormous box of empty CD jewel cases, and asked me if I had any creative ideas for them.  I love a repurpose challenge!  I took a huge stack home with me and here’s what I came up with.

We now have an awesome and free “stained glass” window in our family room.

I just stuck them to the window with double stick tape.  The edges were tricky because these things don’t like to be cut.  They’d rather crack, snap  and send pieces flying across the room. Watch your eyes!  With patience and a little finesse, I managed to cut them down to fill in the gaps.

It’s a fun and looks really cool at night. The best thing is when we get tired of it, it will be super easy to take down.

Here’s a close up of my never-gonna-be-finished Kermit portrait, that had a cameo in the first photo.

For 5 years I’ve been saying I will finish him…some day, and haven’t yet.  When I tried to donate him to Goodwill, Der and the boys pitched a fit, so here he sits ever so patiently waiting to be completed…one of these days…maybe.


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All Souls Procession 2012

I’ve wanted to participate in Tucson’s All Souls Procession for several years, but could never follow through, until this year.

If you don’t know what the All Souls Precession is click here for the history.  It was actually created by one of my drawing teachers in college, over 20 years ago.  It has grown with each passing year and is now HUGE, like-miles-long-HUGE!

It’s a wonderful way to honor those you love, who have gone on before you.

There is walking art EVERYWHERE!  Every float is human powered.  It was hard to get a lot of photos during the procession, but here are a few.

As I said this was our first year, and though I knew it would be amazing, I was a little intimidated and unsure of what to expect.

I found out one of  the great things about the procession is that you can move freely through it, if you want to step out and take a break you can, and then you jump right back in whenever you’re ready.  Because Ami’s legs get tired quickly these days (all that supersonic growing) we mostly watched.

I painted all of our faces.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I just kind of winged it.  Ami and Conrad were the hardest, because they’re twitchy and squiggly and move all over no matter how hard they try to hold still.

I like how they turned out, and judging by all of the people taking our photos at the procession, so did everyone else.

Driving in the car to the procession.  I pulled down the visor to check my makeup and a yellow butterfly fluttered out.

Derek and I both got teary eyed and I said “Hello Benny”.  It was such a beautiful moment and I will treasure it forever!  Thank you for staying with us always, Benny.  You are thought about and loved every single day!

We can’t wait to honor Benny next year with pink flying piggies.

The All Souls Procession was such an uplifting experience!  I am glad we finally made it there and we will be back every year from now on!!!  If you ever get the chance to go, don’t hesitate, just do it!  You’ll be glad you did.



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I have almost always been one of two things for Halloween.  When I was super young all I ever wanted to be was a witch and then all I ever wanted to be was a punk rocker.  This year when I had to dress up for the halloween dance at Ami and Conrad’s school, I went with what I know.  I am a creature of habit.

Derek went as a tourist, and I have no photos, because I am lame and didn’t take any.

Here’s the one and only pic I have of the boys on Halloween .  I was a total slacker.

Aren’t they adorable!  I love them so much I could just pop.


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Paper Art

I don’t think it’s any secret that I love making stuff with paper.

Recently I was wondering why that is and that’s when I started remembering some of the things I made as a kid.  Once I made an indian (that was before we were taught they are native americans) costume with paper grocery bags that I cut into faux leather clothes.  With one bag I cut a hole out of the bottom for my head and arm holes out of the sides.  I then cut the front of the bag, creating a vest look and cut the bottom into strips aka fringe.  I turned another bag into a skirt and gave it fringe too.

I also made a robot costume out of paper bags, but don’t remember my process.

In later years I would use construction paper to make 3 dimensional buildings.  I would staple, glue and tape the paper to make walls with functioning windows and doors and would construct little furniture out of paper.

Right after Derek and I got married (almost 18 years ago) I would sit for hours constructing 3D vases full of flowers, using only construction paper and glue.

So it seems I have been in love with paper for a very long time.

Here are some of my latest creations:

Paper flowers (different than the ones I made for vases).  The one above is made from an old dictionary page, the ones below are from card stock.  I made a friend a string of them as a thank you gift.

I saw this rainbow on Pinterest (follow me).  The directions were in a foreign language, but I was able to figure it out from the photos.

Who doesn’t love rainbows?

I saw this heart garland on Pinterest as well.  It’s super easy and fun to make.  Jeremia wants me to make wreaths out of it.  I love when the boys give me ideas and suggestions.  Igniting their passions to create is just one of the many perks of being a parent.

I urge you all to do something creative every chance you get.  It’s good for your soul!


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Sunflowers, Cornbread, and Apple Pie…Oh My


Sunflowers and cornbread!!

Derek made his first apple pie from scratch!  YUM!!!  Just one of the MANY reasons we’ve been married for so long…he bakes!  I don’t bake, I cook.  We make the perfect pair.

Seriously delicious!


Filed under Amazeballs, Get In My Belly, Natural Happenings, With Gratitude