Category Archives: Goodwill

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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Ram

I didn’t know I wanted a ram head, until I saw it.

The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it was coming home with me.

Once home, I introduced it to the magical powers of spray paint.

It’s been thanking me ever since.

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Amazing Homemade R2D2 Costume

Jeremia loves, loves, loves Star Wars, so when he found this homemade costume at Goodwill, he was thrilled.

The price was too steep for me, so I snapped a few shots with my phone, and we will make our own.

Whoever created this is a genius!

Now we just need to be on the lookout for a cheap, white, plastic trash can and a large metal mixing bowl.

Ami and Conrad have declared that they want to be R2D2 now also.  We’ll see what Jeremia has to say about that, since I doubt he wants to be all matchy-matchy with his brothers for Halloween.

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Scrabble Letter Magnets

I love Scrabble tiles.  I’ve always wanted to make something with them, but could never decide what.  The crafters block ended last week, when I found two Scrabble games, at my favorite thrift store, for a smokin’ price.  It finally hit me-such a simple idea-why hadn’t I thought of it sooner?!

Magnets!

I got both games, took myself to Michael’s, and got a giant roll of magnet tape.  When I got home, I sat for two hours cutting strips of magnet to fit the backs of both sets of tiles.

My first thought was to put them on the fridge, but then I started thinking about the kids being congregated around the fridge all of the time and quickly decided to come up with a plan B.  Der and I checked out sheet metal, but I was too cheap for that.  Then we went to Auto Zone to look at their drip pans, because I remember seeing somewhere on the vast internet that a mom had used one to create a play center for her toddler.  For only ten bucks, the price was right.

Der hung it on the water heater closet door, just outside the kitchen in the hallway.  The lighting isn’t that great for photos, but it is the perfect out-of-the-way, but still visible place.

I had originally planned on using both sets of letters, but quickly realized that one was plenty, so I will put the other set on Etsy.

The emblem that’s pressed into the pan wasn’t doing much for me, so I made a simple magnetic sign to hide it.

They have been playing with it ever since, practicing their reading and spelling skills and having fun doing it.

This would be great in a classroom!

It’s fun for adults too.  I took a bunch of the letters outside and played with them on our old rusty electric box.

That quote is one of my all-time favorites!

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How I managed to forget to post the following pic and story yesterday, I can’t say, but here it is a day late.

The cherry on top of an awesome Mother’s Day was a fun, family trip to Goodwill, where Conrad found this shirt.

It says, “Super mom, super wife, super tired”, but what Conrad read was “Super mom, super wife, super TURD”.

We laughed, and laughed and laughed.  He kept asking me if I was going to get the “super turd” shirt.  I think he’s the super turd, and I love him madly!

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Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary Of The English Language

I bought this behemoth of a dictionary at Goodwill thinking I would use it for art.  Now that I have it home though, I don’t think I can do it.  It’s in rough shape, its binding is held together with tape, it has issues, but I can’t bring myself to dismantle it.

It’s 8 years shy of being an antique, has 2,808 pages and is 5 inches thick.

I doubt anything I could make with it would be worthy of it.

 

How many different fingers passed over the pages searching out words? My imagination runs wild pondering it’s past.

Would further destroying it in the name of art be a crime?  For now and perhaps forever it sits on my shelf untouched.

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Globetastic!

Check out the GIANT vintage globe I scored at Goodwill.

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Old, colorful, metal globes are so cool! AND it was only 5 bucks!

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Ornament Wreath

I finally made one.  I have been seeing them for years.  There are tons of tutorials online.

I think it’s adorable. There is no way we aren’t going to break it. I will be shocked if it makes it to next year, but I had to try.  Plastic would be smarter, but didn’t feel like it would be as cute.

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Aside from the hideous tile backsplash, I am loving our mantel. And all but 2 things in this shot were thrifted!

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