Category Archives: Thrifting

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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Rockets!

Jeremia scored a rocket set at Goodwill.  He got $50 worth of rocket gear for a whopping $3!

We went to the park and had some scientific fun with a little physical education thrown in.

He wore lab glasses to make the whole experience feel more authentically geeky.

Countdown…5…4…3…2…1…

liftoff!!!

So fantastically fun and cool and educational!  I highly recommend it.

The science part is launching the rocket.  The P.E. part is running to catch it all the way across the park as it parachutes down.

While they were chasing the last rocket I snapped this shot of the gorgeous sky.

 

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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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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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Fun Find

A whopping 3 bucks is what this cost me.

Not only is it cool looking, it’s fun to play with.  Now I just need to find a fun, brightly colored, vintage typewriter for cheap.  My eyes are pealed

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Fiddling

Remember those diodes I found thrifting?

Well I fiddled with them and made these:

I have no idea what to do with these delicate creations, but had fun making them.  There are still a gazillion of them left, so I wonder what else I will think of.

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