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.
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.
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!
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.