Monday, October 26, 2009

Falling for Fall

The fall or Autumn Season is truly beautiful here in the mitten state. Taking road trips across the state reveals miles upon miles of shocking color as the sugar maples and burning bushes put on the show of the year!



This is my back yard where it seems all the trees turn yellow. I wanted to make something that celebrates a serious yellow.




So I made another yo-yo necklace.



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I took the pictures outside in beautiful cool crisp air.
And then I went for a roll in the leaves…




Such Fun!!



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Junk Mail… Revisited.

On Sept. 14th I posted about how I had received my first ever junk mail! Read about it here.

The package had mostly copper wire insulation as IvyTalagaDesigns (who sent the package) makes jewelry from reclaimed copper wiring. There were also some random bits and bobs that had no purpose… yet.

This is where I come in! It’s my calling to make treasures from junk! So here are a few of creations.

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Flower hair clips made from copper wire insulation

the long blue spacers are copper wire coating.


made from the scrap silver findings I received.

There is still a lot of insulation left, and plenty of ideas.
There are also some fun and exciting findings still to see!
Check back in and see what else is cooking!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Just call me the JUNK MAIL AVENGER!

I should wear a cape! But honestly I have a vendetta against the stuff, and it’s relentless! I think if all of man-kind were wiped out in some cataclysmic disaster all that would remain would be cockroaches, Twinkies and JUNK  MAIL!!!

Anyway, here are my methods, mad though they may seem.

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I roll paper beads! I show those catalogs who boss!


okay who’s the slightly less important boss…


inside those little rolled paper beads are advertisements for services you don’t want and products you don’t need!


I mean seriously who needs a contraption that sharpens your knives AND polish your shoes WHILE brushing your teeth!


So this is what I do. Well some of what I do.

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This is how I combat those mass mailers who in the face of rising postage costs still send out ridiculous amounts of high quality images of low quality goods!


Mwah Ha ha ha ha haaaa!

to see how you can make your own rolled paper beads and be a junk fighting hero click here.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009


There are times I really miss Africa. I miss the sound of the birds, I miss the smell of braai, I miss the warm endearing voices of relative seldomly seen.

Africa will forever have a special place in my heart, and to commemorate that I thought I'd share some of my favorite pictures from the 6 months I worked in Zambia at Children's Town.

The Children made it worth it. The joy they had, the LOVE they showed towards me, even though I was there to love them, they out did me every time!

I taught music lessons to the grades 1-3

I helped build a rope pump for a new well!

Finally! We got water, it was muddy for the first two weeks and then it cleared as the sediment settled and the well calmed. Fresh clean water was now only a few yards away!!

I was a celebrity everywhere I went... just because I was different!

Two of my favorites! Jane and Kennedy!

The Children overjoyed at the Donation of 20 Tonka trucks!

The Glorious Victoria Falls

The even more glorious Namibian Falls!