Category Archives: Let’s make things pretty.

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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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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Rainbow Paper Suncatchers

I freehand cut blue sheets of paper into clouds.  Then I cut their centers out.  I cut 2 at a time, so there would be twins that we could stack to match.

After cutting tissue paper into thick strips, I gave each boy 1 in every color.

Conrad’s friend, Gavin, was over again and was happy to make one too.

The photo’s pretty self-explanatory, but you outline the cloud with glue and overlap your tissue paper on each previous piece.  We made sure to leave plenty of tissue hanging out the bottom of the cloud.

As you can see we used white glue, but glue stick would have been better.

If you look closely at the tops of the clouds, you can see the hanging string we glued to the tops, in-between the paper.

The cloud shape is clearly visible through the tissue paper, so it was easy to see where to put the next layer of glue, in order to attach the twin cloud.

The boys gently tore any tissue poking out of the top.  Scissors would have created a cleaner edge, but this way was much faster.

Rainbows are so happy!  I love them!

I also love how the different colored paper overlapped creates new colors.  It was a makeshift course in color theory for the boys.

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Organize Me Happy

Our friends, Lynda and Graham, are off having adventures, on the other side of the world.  Before they left, they liquidated everything, with several moving sales.

On our first visit, I saw this wood tool chest and immediately wanted it.  I had no idea where I would put it though, so we decided to think on it.

Der and I walked through the house, contemplating where we could put it, and what function it would serve.  Finally, my brain clicked and all things fell into order.

We had been looking for the perfect microwave cart.  Our microwave had been on top of the fridge which was kind of a pain.  Having it so high up made it a challenge to get things in and out of it.   This chest would bring the microwave down to a better level, PLUS give us tons of utensil storage, and do it all with style.  SOLD!!!

It’s so nice not to have to dig through a pile to get whatever tool I need.

Good, straight forward organization is something that calms my nerves.  Disorganization gives me ulcers.  True story.

Thanks, Lynda, and Graham, for giving us deals galore on some really great stuff, stuff I didn’t know I was missing, until we brought it home.

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Paundry

We recently finished (mostly) our biggest undertaking in home improvement to date.  Over the course of our marriage we have done tons of house painting, light fixture changes, ceiling fan installations, and other small fixer upper kinds of things.  This time though, we took out a wall.  Albeit a small wall, but a wall just the same.

Before:

Our laundry room/pantry or as Derek likes to call it paundry.

It was cramped and bursting at the seams.

The laundry room shared a wall with an unfinished storage room that has been the easily forgotten abyss, since we moved in.  It was only accessible from outside.

The door had gone missing long before we bought this place last year, so it was open to the elements.  For those reasons it was a poorly used space.  So we decided to knock the wall down and make the laundry room bigger.

If we had known how much work it would actually be, I don’t think we would have been so gung-ho.

Before we tore the wall down, Jeremia asked if we could draw on the wall with sharpies.  What a great idea!

Conrad and Ami are still young enough that they don’t care about being photographed in their underpants.  They may protest that I posted these once they are older, but for now they don’t mind.

Once the wall was sufficiently graffitied, I declared it to be photo shoot time.  Ami and Conrad were all-in, Jeremia took some cajoling.

And then the wall came down.

And Derek drywalled his pants off.  He’s a novice, but I think, all things considered, he did a bang-up job.

We still have to do the floor and light fixtures, but for now I am perfectly happy with mismatched cement and lights.

Do-it yourself projects always seem to take longer and cost more than you plan, but it’s so lovely when it’s done.

I’m in love with the color we chose for the walls.

If I happen to find a good deal on 2 small vintage chandeliers, I am totally putting them in there!

Coke anyone?

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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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Vintage Film Slides!

Not too long ago I was lucky enough score multiple boxes of film slides.

Slides are just cool.

Most are from the 60’s with a few in the 50’s and 70’s.

I really want the red chairs in this one.

The people who took these photos traveled extensively. So far the vast majority of them are of scenery from the places they traveled.  Scenery can be hard to date and somewhat boring.  For the love of Pete, put someone in the photo, it makes it more interesting.  If it weren’t for the date on the slide, I would be clueless as to when many of them were taken.

When there are people in them, I get excited and my mind wanders.  I wonder where they are now and if they remember that photo being taken.

I’ve only looked at about 20% of them so far.  I like to savor the treasure and drag it out as long as possible.

There are some military photos.  There are even a few of men hanging out in bunkers.  I imagine their fear about the uncertainty of the future and think about loved ones  anxiously awaiting their safe return.

It’s easy to get lost looking at them.

There are over 1,000 slides all together.

I was ecstatic when I found them, because I have been wanting vintage slides ever since I saw this on Craftster

Details about how it was made can be found here.

Instantly, I knew that I needed to make my own and set out in search for slides.  Finding slides isn’t hard, but finding slides that don’t cost too much can be challenging.  Good thing I love the hunt.

I plan on making my own curtain with all of the scenery slides and saving the people slides for a project that’ll be a little more protected from the sun.  Now I just have to decide which window to make it for…

When I do finally get around to making it, you all will be the first to know.

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