Archive for the ‘Crafts’ Category

I’m a Hard Core Auntie because…


I Encourage My Nieces and Nephews to Make!  Okay, sometimes I Make them Make!


But not with cooking or Drawing!

This is my Mirror Identical Twin Nieces Drawing a Picture, Together, at the Same Exact Time.

Isn’t that cool?  (PS…I did not teach them to cook or drawer, but I encourage it.)

I have taught them other Creative Things….

By way of Helping this Aunt Upcycle, Rehab and/or Fix!

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I got these old, Ratty, painted gold Chairs for Free. I thought this would make a Good Learning project for my Brother’s Kids!


I was surprised, because ALL three, even the 15-year-old brother, got into it!

The took Apart the ratty seats with disintegrated Foam and weakened zig-zag Wire coils.


And with the h=Help of Uncle, they Built the Seats back up Again!


They Added Batting to the new foam, again, with the help of Uncle, and of course, Under my Direction.  I was solely Only the Project Manager on This Remake!


Then the new Upholstery was added to the fixed seats!

But we Were Not Done Yet!


After a Full, but light Sanding, they spray painted the Chairs!


When Dried, they Put the chairs all back Together again.

They were so Proud of Their own work!!


So Proud, I just Gave the Chairs to them to use at Home!

And their Creativity has not Stopped There!

My Brother was Gifted a box of old scratched up 45 Records.


My 15-year-old Nephew was inspired by Them!


He added Record Decor Along to his growing broken Skateboard Collection.


He Came up with this on his Own and I am one Proud Aunt!

And his 12 years Sisters make this Upcycling Aunt Just as Proud!

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It started with a Curb Alert Free Stuff Pile where I got to Teach my Nieces Picking 101.  Stop the Car. Get Out of the Car. Take a Real Close Look.  My nieces Loved a couple of Wood Boxes in the Pile.  And Of course I eyed a Mid Century-ish Metal Stand or Table Base.


They put the wire table together with one of the wood boxes and made a table.


Then they added a Lower Shelf!  Now they have a Bedroom Side Table that Holds their Pet Rat’s, Ink Spot and Einstein, Cage.

And Speaking of Ink Spot and Einstein…


The Twins looked up Online How to Make a Rat Cage Hammock and They Made one All on Their Own.

Look Close at the Stitching…Isn’t that so Cute.

Then there was this…


We Took her Camping and she Whittled a little Man and then added the Moss Hair.

Her Idea and Her Work.

I Love seeing the Creativity Grow in Young People and am Fortunate to be Able to see it First Hand in Some of my Nieces and Nephews.  I can’t wait until my next project with them!

Also, I Feel my Very Own Creating Mode Coming Up.                                                                So, Stay Tuned for my Next Creative Blog!

Thanks for Visiting and Do Please Come Again!





We moved closer to the In-laws and I developed a hang up for a pile of old fence boards that have sat on their side yard for ever.

I finally got brave and asked if I could have some and then My Big Hang Up Started.

Okay it started with this…

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I picked up this cool piece of wood and then made this necklace holder from it over a year ago

I make art from old leather belts, so I have a lot of belt buckles hanging around.

And then I made this out of the other half of the wood.  Rack4 (2).jpg

I realized I like making hanging racks out of interesting and unusual bits and pieces.  Although hard to tell between my cool old kitchen gadgets, the rack is made from old metal water facet knobs and big butterfly screws.

So once I had the fence boards…The Hand Ups Began!  I started to dig around in my widgets, gadgets, screws, hooks and thingies.


I went first to my mass amount of belt buckles and made a couple of my mini necklace holders.


I have been noticing mermaids a lot lately because my older sister who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer last year loves them.   So, I have mermaids around and made this beachy themed key and coat rack.


I dug deep and found these huge screw things with a nuclear-ish symbol on the ends.  I loved them and finally found a project for them!  They would make great “hooks” for a coat/jewelry rack!


I had more wood but was running out of ideas, so one day I really dug through my stuff and I did not even know I had these little red hooks.  I love the bright color against the awesome worn wood grain.

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This one makes a Great Industrial Chic Necklace holder!

I ventured out from just making racks, I made some signs too.


Vintage and Ready for Sale.  Original Handmade Art Things made from Vintage Stuff!

Easy to Make your Own and Easier to Buy from Me!

My Favorite sign is the one I made for my brother for sales we do together.


I Introduced my brother to the old fence board and now he has his own line of cool things.  Come to one of our sales!


I hope to open up an online store again soon too.  So you can shop directly from the comfort of you home!

Thanks for visiting and Come Again!




Mix an Outdoor Shower and a Visiting Sister…

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And you get Motivated to Build an Outdoor Shower Enclosure!



Our Home, The Gnomad Pad, is in Florida where Outdoor Showering is Quite Nice. This Shower is in a Corner were the Air Con Unit and Near Where We Put Our Garbage Pails so we decided to Hide it all, not only Naked Bodies.

Well, after many discussions between the Hub and I, it was decided that the Fencing Needed to be somewhat Mid Century-ish and there will be an Arbor.  Lots of sketches were made and Pinterest posts were looked at…and finally we agreed upon a Design.


The Shower area is coming together.


Fencing is done…but not the Arbor.


Using the Shower Before it was Done…but the Arbor is Up!


The Staining Process. I stained the Whole Fence and The Hub did the Arbor.

Okay, He Built 96% of the Entire Thing On His Own!


It’s Done!!!!  Even with Bougainvillea planted to Climb up the Arbor!

You may notice the far right gate door is darker.  Well, when one goes crazy staining all day without mixing the gallon of stain, the bottom of the can is darker.  What is done is done, but there you go…Do Not Do That.


The Shower Outside…


And Inside…Even with a Dedication Sign to My Sister!


I Did The Shower Floor…And I am Digging it.  Simple Blue Spray Paint, then a Wash of Light Blue Paint Brushed over it.  Rocks, Shells and there You Have it.

Had the Board Laying Around and Just Handed Painted it.   My Sister Loves Mermaids and she is Fighting Cancer, So I Made the Mermaid Bald.  She also has a tattoo of a Starfish because if they Lose Arm, they just Grow One Back which is a Testament of How She has Lived her Life.

Cancer will Not Beat This One.


One side of the shower is open to this large bush.


The Very Cleaver Hub Came Up with a Non Rusting Door Latch.  And he Made it with Love.  The Wood Had a Heart on it and he Just had to use that Piece to Go There.


That Little Blue Dot is how you Unlatch the Door.  So Cute and Cleaver.

And if You Want to Shower After Dark….


We made a Light out of  a natural Cup Sponge found on the Beaches in the Keys of Southern Florida!

Can’t Wait to See it Being Used for a Mini Family Reunion This Summer!


One Step at a Time!  Next is the Back Patio!


We did Plant these Palms Hopefully to Grow and Block Out the Neighbors Ugly Side Yard and to Block the Neighbor Out too.  All our Neighbors are Great Except this One Person, who Killed Our Orange Tree. See an Earlier Post to Find Out How I Made Lemon-aide out of that Dead Orange Tree at



Now We need No Rusting Matching Patio Furniture.  I am Making Sheer Flowy Curtains, but there Needs so Much More Work to Be Done!

Stay Tuned!


It all Started with a Large Ball of Twine.

And then Some Gray Yarn.


And Once the Sticks Got Involved…History Was Made.

I have a big wall that needed decor, so I set to making a big piece.

I knew macrame was going to be part of it, but not exactly sure how.


I attached the twine and yarn and let it all sink in.


Then I went for it, but I got stuck on what to do after the first row of Macrame.


It sat like this for quite a while, but the rolled up yarn and twine at the bottom did give me an idea.  But before I could work on that part, I had to finish the other parts.


So I continued to make these large macrame knots and my sister described the look as “Lace”.


I kept going with the big square knots and the “lacey” look.  When I finished I added something a bit different.


Some Poofs made of Twine!


I Made a Lot of Poofs!


And Not just Twine Poofs, but Grey Yarn Poofs as Well!


I attached the Poofs and Loved them….all of my Pretty Little Poofs.


I even added one to the Very Top!


And There You Have It…


This one is for my Wall, but if you are Interested in Your Very Own Poof…MacraLace, Please Comment Below.




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It all Started with the above tins that my Friend sent me.

You see, many years ago I turned tiny tins into nicely decorated pills boxes for all my girlfriends. I used to make small Christmas gifts for most of my friends every year. I guess she thought I could do something with her collection.

I had recently moved right into the inner city of Chicago. Along with the Skyscrapers, great views, museums and awesome restaurants there are also people down on their luck. I had not been in a living situation in a long time were I saw people who were homeless, out of work and/or sick asking for money in my neighborhood, every day, every where I walk. My heart was breaking for them.

I came up with the idea to use the tins to decorate and insert some  money and small things for these people, my TINS of LOVE! Then I realized they were way too small for what I wanted to do.

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I was saving Toilet Paper Rolls for Art projects. When I realized the tins were too small, I looked at a roll one day and thought this size would be better, my TUBES of LOVE!

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The plan was to start handing them out right before Christmas and throughout the winter for as long as I had supplies.

I had already been collecting 1 dollar bills and quarters to put in my TUBES of LOVE. I told a few friends and family about my plan. My Mother Inlaw, who collects a lot of stuff, sent me a box of stuff to stuff in my TUBES of LOVE! I also bought big multi-packs of gum.

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After Halloween, I collected leftover single wrapped candy from my neighbors and bought bags on sale for the TUBES of LOVE, for a bit of fun.

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I made a list of all Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Warming Centers in Chicago for each one of my TUBES of LOVE.

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On the Sheet of Paper, I wrote a Note.

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I thought of items besides the money and candy, and thought soap and aspirin could be helpful. I had some hotel soaps and shampoos. The little bars of soap were too big, so I started to cut them down to a size that would fit, wrapped them in clear cellophane and labeled them.

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I also divided a large bottle of acetaminophen into packs of 6-8 pills each too.

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I had to cut the sheets of info down to fit better inside the tubes.

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The plan was to roll it all up and then stuff it in the TP Roll/Tube!  Yes, All of the below would fit into One TUBE!

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I started with rolling the items up in a dollar bill.

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Then I would roll that up with candy on each end in the folded in inforamtion Sheet.

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Easy Peasy!

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It all Fit Perfectly!

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But just so stuff would not fall out when it was opened, I put a small piece of tape at both ends.

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After I stuffed around 30 Tubes, I then decorated each TUBE of LOVE.

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Just Basic Decorating, as I was going to Wrap them as well.

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First Round of TUBES of LOVE Ready to be Wrapped!

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Fun and Light-Hearted. Literally, there are little hearts on them!

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Stuffed with Love!

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Part of the Idea for TUBES of LOVE is Recycle / Upcycle. So along with all the other items I saved, I also saved paper bags. I cut the bags up to lay out flat.  I painted it all

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I had 2 sessions of fun using paint and markers.

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I wrapped them “candy” style using string at each end. The First Batch was Done!

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They were all handed out before we left town to have Christmas with out family. During the time away I got my nephew and nieces involved with making more TUBES of LOVE! We also handed some out in Sacramento, CA, where they live. The rest I brought back to Chicago with me. Below is two of the TUBES of LOVE my twin nieces Stuffed, Wrapped and Decorated.

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I received 3 boxes of supplies from friends and family!  I was overwhelmed and very happy.  After exploration of these boxes, I realized many of the items were over-sized for the TUBES of LOVE.

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So I went bigger, Bigger TINS, that is! It all started with tiny tins and now I was back to tins, but bigger and better! I went to the Salvation Army Outlet Store here in Chicago. I bought Tins, and Socks as I learned they were highly needed. The women checking me out, actually gave me a better deal on the items after she heard about my TINS of LOVE project.

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So Much More Love Stuffing! The tins I used would vary in size, but I do not want to go too big as I need carry them as I give them out.

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I still decorated the TINS of LOVE like I did for the TUBES of LOVE, but since many of the TINS were already nicely decorated, I now do less decorating and more stuffing!

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At Top of the Above Photo, on the right and left, you will see TUBS of LOVE. Yes, I have expanded to using Plastic Tubs/Containers/Jars as well. Happy to recycle/upcycle as much as I can!

The TINS of LOVE above are my current batch.  I am down to just a few more as I handed some out the other day.

I have supplies to make more, but I need more containers!  I will do another batch of TUBES of LOVE before I get more TINS/TUBS. I am going to Cleveland soon and will see if I can give away some of the TUBES of LOVE there.

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I will hand them out for the rest of Winter or until my supplies run out.

If you have any questions on how you can do this as well, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or if you want to donate any stuffing items to my TUBES/TINS/TUBS of LOVE Project, please comment as well and leave your email address for private communications.

By Education, I am a Recreational Therapist. I have worked with Youth a lot in this position and my favorite activities were art related, if I could include a lesson that made the project even better.  I would love to do this project with more Children. I can volunteer with programs within Chicago if you would like me to lead this project at your program!

Thank you and I hope you Enjoyed this project of mine!



Alert Alert! Christmas in August!

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Big Move to Small Place in January Has Had me Way Off My Regular Blogging Schedule…
But I’m Back at it Now.


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I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE to Decorate for Christmas.

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We live in temporary places most of time for The Hub’s work.

Last Christmas we were packing during the holidays which is a very sad sad thing to do…

For Yet Another Move.

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So I Had to Make My Own Happy…

Literally, I made my Own Happy…

Happy Signs…That Is!

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We were going to spend most of Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my parents, who no longer put up a Christmas tree.


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I was prepared to be bummed about the lack of Christmas Decor that would be around me on Christmas Day.
So I decided to do something about it.

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Let me go back a bit here, the name of the blog is from a scene in the move ELF.
That is all I will say about that, if you do not know ELF by heart by now…you better get started!

G.R.E.A.T Movie!

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I went into DIY Christmas Elf Decoration Making Overdrive!

Besides the Red Felt and Vintage Sheet Music Garland I made Ornaments!

Star Ones!

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Ones from Old Wood Thread Spools!

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Snowflake Ones!

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And Speaking of Snowflakes…

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And This One!

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And This One!

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Let Me Not Forget This Garland Too!

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And Signs…I made Signs!
This Way>>>>>

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<<<<And That Way!

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And Trees…I Made Tiny Little Christmas!

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I Made It All, Packed It All Up and Off to Momma’s House We Went for Christmas Eve Dinner!

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My Mom Has Had that Christmas Table Clothe Forever and It Just Makes Me Smile!

Full Bellies, We All Went to Bed.

And Then The Hub and I Got Up in the Middle of the Night!

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And Went DIY Christmas Elf Decor Cray Cray!

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Quietly, Like Little Christmas Elves!

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The Parental Units Did Not Even Wake Up with Our Elfing Shenanigans!

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Even When We Dragged the Tree In From Outside!

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No Space Was Left Un-Decorated!

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Even The Wrapped Presents Matched!

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If You Ask Me…


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The Best Christmas Gift Ever Was the Look on My Parents Faces on Christmas Morning!

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And Now I Bid Holiday Adieu to You, You and You and You!

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There are 141 DIY Decor Making Days Until Next Christmas!

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And to Break It Down For You, That Is…
3,350 hours, 200,997 minutes, or 12,059,813 seconds to Christmas!

Now Go Have a Great Rest of Your Summer!

If You are Interested in Purchasing any of the items seen in this blog or want me to make some of your own…
Please Contact me at OUR OWN BIG WORLD ETSY SHOP

Okay, Let Me First Say…

I am usually not into revenge, but do like humor and to stand up for myself/home/family/friends/property.

And this is how I Stood Up for my Property…

Passive Aggressively.

Pre-Story (This post is wordier than most of my posts, but I feel I must explain my DIY actions):

We came home one day and found our old orange tree cut down to just the trunk with all the branches laying about the yard.

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I asked around and no one knew who did it, until I stopped the next door neighbor driving away.  I , all 5 Foot 3.5 Inches of me, went up to his huge SUV and asked him if he knew who did it.  He got out of his, all 6 + Foot of him, standing right in front of me.  He told me it was him as he walked past me towards The Hub. He told The Hub that his father owned Orange Groves and that he cut it down so it grow back better.  We know nothing of the orange tree, so we said, “Okay.”  Until we found out what this guy has done before to other neighbors.  And the fact that nothing grew back from that tree…still nothing 1.5 years later.

In the above photo, 6+ Foot Tall neighbor’s yellow/brown house is behind the dead orange tree trunk. As you can also see in the photo, he could barely see our orange tree behind other big plants along the property line.

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I do believe this man is maybe bi-polar and does not take meds for it because he seems to do this sporadically and manically. I feel for people with any kind of health or psychological issues, but not when my property or people are endangered.

And to let you know how far he has gone, let me tell you other things he has done.

1) Killed plants along the fence of his neighbors on the other side of his property.  They no longer have any plants along that fence line.

2) The old guy who owned our house before us would fall asleep with his TV loudly on.  The cray cray neighbor threw something big (I heard a log) into that bedroom’s sliding glass doors breaking them both. The doors are new there.

3)  We live on a court and another neighbor asked him if she could put a basketball hoop on the line that boarders my yard and his yard.  He has a son that could use it too.  He agreed.  Slowly it moved to in front of our side yard, which was fine and dandy with us.  We still would see him and his son out there playing b-ball.  While we were away he took the hoop and dragged it 1/2 a block to the owners of the hoop and threw it on their driveway.  The woman (a tiny woman mind you) dragged it onto MY driveway.  He then went on our property, took the hoop dragging it back to the owners house and again throwing it back in their driveway breaking it.  This 6+ foot guy got into a verbal fight with a 5 Foot Nothing woman about it, using a lot of curse words.  Cops were called, but that was that.  The cops just told the tiny woman to stay away from him.

4) Our once lush hibiscus plants along our back fence that borders his tiny side yard (the side where you would put your trash cans), are now dying along the top…as if someone threw something over the top of their fence to kill them.  We have done several things to bring them back, and they seem to be having a hard time.  I believe the cray cray neighbor is doing something to them while we are away.  It is a good time of the year for them to be trimmed back, which we are having done by a professional, for them to grown back anew.  We will see.

Everyone is afraid of this guy.

I am not, but I am not going to push it to make it harder on the other neighbors or for him to do more damage to our property.

At first, The Hub and I decided to not cut down the dead orange tree trunk in honor of all the oranges our deranged neighbor aborted, and as protest to what he did to our poor old orange tree.

Then I came up with an idea and this is how I am now PASSIVE AGGRESSIVELY getting back at him…

DIY Style!

I needed this…

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Which so happened to be in the Basketball hoop neighbor’s front yard to be picked for free!

I then pulled it apart which used up a lot of aggression and anger!

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Then I cut the pieces up which used up even more aggression!

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I cut them up into arrow shapes!

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Do you Get Where I am Going Yet?

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I then pulled out the paint!

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I did not paint most of the wood…this one was just a mistake.

But I did write things on the arrow shaped pieces of wood!

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Places Where The Hub and I have Lived Together!

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With fun extras!

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Now, Do You Get Where I am Going with This?

If Not, Here You Go!

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There is one extra “Place” and that is all I will say about that!

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This if the view from the side yard close to our garage. It is not fully noticeable from the street.

Yet, I feel vindicated.

In one of the photos, you can see our back patio. I noticed from there you only see the back of the signs.

So next step is making signs of places The Hub and I have visited together that we love.

San Francisco and San Blas signs are already made.

Now Need more Pallet!

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I do not believe in keeping quiet and ignoring bad things/people.

A good way to fight anger and bad people/things is with love, happiness and humor.

There are times we must be creative on how we stand up!

This is How I Creatively, Funnily, Happily, Lovingly and Passively Aggressively Stand!

Hope it made you smile!

I have made other things from pallets and other old items.

Some of them are for sale as well as vintage/antique old things at Our Own Big World!


It was the birthday of a new friend…

A new picking/antiquing kind of friend.

We have an eye for similar old things.

So I made her something new from my photos of old things.

A small book of old things.

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I first picked the photo, size and then printed them all out!

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Cutting them to size was next!

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Cutting them included nice pretty corners as well!

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I then made the pages of the books.

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I attached the photos with double sided thick tape so they stick up a bit from the pages.

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I attached all the pages together with cute ribbon, yard and a tiny crown!

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And there you have a gift made special for that special someone, new or old, silver or gold!

Some of my photos are framed and for sale at OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you see a photo you would like that is not up for sale or you would like a different size,
Please comment here or on the shop.

Happy Day!


Summer Loving…

Is a Great Time to Craft!

And Since Summer is Over…

It is a Great Time to Get Back to Blogging, especially since I have not posted crafts in quite a while!

The following projects will have to do with items in the photos from my last past, HOW WE MAKE A HOUSE A HOME OVER AND OVER AGAIN .

I’m feeling frisky, let’s start in the bedroom!

Get your mind out of the gutter, we just needed some storage! I found this, yes without a drawer, for cheap!

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I saw it and had an idea which I had to talk The Hub into, as usual.

Sanding came first…

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And then the painting!

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Have I ever told you, “I don’t like painting.” But it was worth it, especially with my decision to paint this one area red as it goes with the soda crates I am going to use as storage really well!

Next Decision…

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What kind of Knobs?

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Neither one of those…
Something Completely Different!

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My Dresser, craft storage, make-up and hair do-ing area! Done and Done!

Continuing on with the Bedroom…

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The Wall Decor!

Although I have no photos to show how I did this…

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I am confident that you can take a needlepoint hoop, material and do it yourself!

The interesting thing is that some of the material I designed myself. Oh yes, I did!

You can see how I did this in one of my first posts on this blog at WHO KNEW?

Don’t mind the bikes…
They were part of the decor for a while!

Now on to the kitchen and the ever-changing lights!

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I started out with this yoke double light. I just used two small work lights, but took off the pinching attachments.

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I wound the wires around the rings for them to blend in and put the wire in the back of the yoke to hide them there as well.

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And there you have it!

But then I had more stuff and got creative…

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This is what you do with an old soda shop crate, an old colander, an old dog chain and a light fixture!

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Pretty much straight forward…
Put a hole in the colander, put the light fixture through it and then through the crate and line wire along the center chain.

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And there have it, once again.

Now, to the front porch!

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It all started with this 75 cent table that was falling apart.

Literally, it is made of particle board which was dripping apart slowly!

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I used glue, in the form of Modge Podge and an old book to keep it all together. I decoupaged underneath it where it was also falling apart!

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And I painted it.
Again with the painting!

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It has sat on my front porch for over 4 months and no more falling apart!

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“Awwwwesooome,” if I do say some myself!

The table sits in front of another one of my summer loving projects!

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And it all started with these…

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Which I painted. What is with all this painting?

In the above photo there are pieces of wood in the background which I put across the seats of the chairs.

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On top of the slats I placed lots of pillows (yard sale finds). The seating pillows needing hiding…

So I put a vintage 1970 avocado green round table cloth with fringe on them.

I am sure you are interested in why I went that color and style, right?

Well, it is the only thing I found to match this…

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Which I already had on the front porch!

But, wait…there is more for the porch.

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Look What I did to this thing to match the other things.
Oh so Matchy Matchy…

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But not too matchy matchy, right?

And here are a few more touches!

Plain ugly rug that The Hub insisted on buying….

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Meet Spray Paint and a Stencil!

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Not sure I love the turn out…
But anything is better than that the original fugley thing!

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Oh and Look what I did with the tons of twigs that fall in my yard!

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Twig Garland!

And yes, I added a mosquito net to the Porch Lounger! Love it, Right?

And I know you will love this too…

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So much cuteness mushed together right next to the front door under the maibox…
What a Greeting!

Have fun making your own stuff…
I hope I motivated and inspired you!


And just to let you know…
I sell old things and things I make from old things!

If you are interested please visit my shop, OUR OWN BIG WORLD!



We went to Northern California for the holidays!

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And Saw Tons of family and friends!

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And this is what we did with them!

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And Tiny Little Polymer Clay Colorful Snowmen!

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Including the above one holding his own head!

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And We Beaded!

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And Beaded More!

Taking a Break from Crafts…

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We Went to the Playground!

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Where There Was This Cool Play-Ride-Thing!

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I Had to Join in On the Fun!

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And it was Uncontrollable Laughter Fun!

Yes, I am the Big Kid Auntie!

Back to Crafting…

Kind of…

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Thrift Store Photo Shoot!

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For Something WE ALL Made Together!

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Thrift-mas Shopping!

Starring Mis Sobrinos!


And although the kids seem kind-of tired…
They were not!
Just shy about singing in public places!

The oldest came up with the lyrics on his own too!

And Now Some Winter Activity Fun!

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Ice Skating!

(Not sure how I made it snow in the photo…but I like it)

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On Your Mark, Get Set Go!

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No Falls For Me…
But My Hips Were Hurting!

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So My Big Sister Took Over Auntie Ice Skating Responsibilities!

On to More Activities…

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Bird Feeding with the In-Laws and Friends!

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Little Friends!

One of My Favorite Things…

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Organizing this Hot Mess China Cabinet (I Love Mom In-Law)…

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Into this Nice Display Piece!

While at the In-Law’s I also Decorated the Christmas Tree!

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And Found these Awesome Vintage Pieces!

And the Hub…

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Made Kelicha Cookies with his Mom!

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Yum Yum!

We Also…

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And Fed Babies!

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We also Danced!

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Boy, Did We Dance!

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So Did the Giant Bear!

Never a Dull Moment in Northern California!

Although I did make any items to sell in this blog post…

Feel Free to Visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD! to see things I have made and other items for sale!