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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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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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