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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.


So much for my photo a day idea.  How about let’s try no rules?  I like that.


Filed under Amazeballs, Feeling Fartsy, Let's make things pretty., Thrifting

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!


Filed under Feeling Fartsy

Hidden Hearts

I love hearts, more specifically, I love finding hearts.

Here’s a heart I found in my sandwich a few weeks ago.

Thanks to Instagram for helping me commemorate the awesome pepper!

A while back I discovered that dried out Yucca seed pods look like hearts when separated, so I took to fiddling with them.

The one in the middle is my favorite by far.  Not pictured are the 20 others that I varnished and glittered and one that I turned into a necklace.  I know I’ve said it repeatedly, but there just isn’t enough time to experiment and create all of the things that are bouncing around in my head.

Finding “hidden” hearts make me positively giddy and I have been known to squeal like a little girl, when I see one.  It has caught on with Der and the boys, for whenever they see one they point it out, because they know it will make my day.


Filed under Feeling Fartsy, Natural Happenings, With Gratitude

Oh The Possibilities

What shall I make with my latest finds?

So many possibilities.

When I spotted a cool metal tackle box, I was happy.  When I opened it and found all of these cool doohickies I was elated.  When they sold the whole thing to me for $1 I was over-the-moon.

Der tells me they are diodes.  All I see is potential.

I dug through a bucket of old camera gear for all of these lens filters.  I was nervous I would dig them all out and then wouldn’t like the price they named.  I was thrilled when I got them for 25¢ each.

I have a ton of ideas.  I just need to pick one and run with it.

Vintage photo stuff is the bomb!

I should really ground myself from the thrift store until I get some of my project ideas made, but I don’t want to miss anything.



Filed under Feeling Fartsy, Let's make things pretty., Thrifting