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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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Hand Carved Eraser Stamps

These are so much fun to make.

I sketch a doodle directly on the eraser and then, with my trusty exacto knife, carefully cut it out.  Imagine what I could do with the appropriate stamp carving tools!

I bought some of those “big mistake” giant erasers at the dollar store after carving all of the erasers we had at the house.

It’s so simple and fun, you should definitely try it…mind your fingers.

 

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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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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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Easy Homemade Stickers

Due to my old broken book fetish, and general love of all things paper, I have accumulated quite the collection of paper.  As you all know I have made beads, bowls, jewelry, creatures, and more with my abundant paper supply.  I am always on the lookout for what else I can make with my medium of choice.  Recently I came upon someone with handmade stickers made using vintage maps.  I got to thinking how I could make my own.

Here’s what I used:

Cute, fun, or interesting paper

Full sheet sticker labels-These can be pricey.  I luckily had some leftover from fundraising projects we did years ago.

Die punches- These can also be spendy.  To save fundage on these I waited until they went on sale at Michael’s for 50% off.

A glue stick *Edit*  I have discovered that rubber cement is much more reliable.  With the glue stick there is a 50/50 chance it will give out.  No matter what glue you use, it is imperative to peel the sticker away from the backing slowly and carefully.

First, I cut the sticker paper to size with my chosen paper.

Next, I thoroughly coated the back of my paper with glue, being careful to cover the entire thing.

Then, I slowly smoothed the glued side of the paper onto the label, pressing firmly.

Finally, I punched out my shape.

Voila!  A one of a kind, super cute sticker was born!

And then I kept going…

and going…

and going.

I was unstoppable.

These are going to go on the summer craft list for the boys.  I know we have some chewed up Dr. Suess books, courtesy of a certain rotten dog named Bug, that would lend themselves nicely to fun stickers for the boys.

If you like the stickers, but don’t want to fuss with making them, check out my Etsy shop and buy some for yourself.  Each sticker is guaranteed to be a one of a kind.  They would be great for letter seals, scrapbooking or just adding cuteness to any old thing.

AND, because I love you, I will be giving away 30 stickers to a random commenter.  So leave a comment and you could be 30 stickers richer by the end of the week!  Don’t be shy, you know you want them!

You have until midnight Wednesday, May 9th to enter.  I will use a random number generator to choose the winner and announce it on Thursday.

Good luck and “may the odds be ever in your favor”.

Shout out to the “Hunger Games” for being a good read and super quotable.

** Update 5/9/12 

I’ve decided to extend the timeline for the sticker giveaway.  You now have until midnight, May 14th to enter.  This will allow late readers time to enter.  I’ll announce the wiener (snort, snort) Tuesday the 15th.   Don’t think that you can’t enter to win just because we know each other.  So far I know at least 50% of my readers on some level.  Some of you are old friends from school, some are cancer world friends, some are family-don’t let that stop you.  The winner will be chosen at random.   Oh and don’t worry, commenting doesn’t sign you up for mailing lists or any other such nonsense.  And free stuff is always awesome, soooo enter, enter, enter!

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