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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.


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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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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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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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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.



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I am over the moon for foldable vintage yardsticks.  They are so cool and you can spell stuff with them.

We had an ocean of white brick over our bed so I decided to fill it with a little love.

I haven’t decided if I “love” it there or not.  Time will tell.

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Say Hello To My New Friend

She’s my newest dress form.  I like her imperfections.


Thanks Goodwill!


I have no idea how old she is.  She has no markings.  Google did not help. Anybody have a guess?


I love the painted fence so much.  It makes the perfect backdrop.  I hope you aren’t tired of seeing it yet.





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