Author Archives: rebeccacreates

About rebeccacreates

Making things makes me happy. Making things for free, upcycling, repurposing, and being generally clever makes me even happier.
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Day Twenty-Four: “Carambola Flower”

  Busy Monday…simple project.   I have been wanting to try this origami challenge I found on Pinterest, so I did.  This was my first try, but I think it turned out okay.  I didn’t quite get the last couple of

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Day Twenty-Four: “Carambola Flower”

  Busy Monday…simple project.   I have been wanting to try this origami challenge I found on Pinterest, so I did.  This was my first try, but I think it turned out okay.  I didn’t quite get the last couple of

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Day Twenty-Three: “Wall Hanging, Number Four”

  Part Four of my Four-part series of upcycled cardboard tube wall art. Sundays in February have caused me to settle at the dining room table with a bag of toilet paper rolls, scissors, glue, and clothes pins…and for the

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Day Twenty-Three: “Wall Hanging, Number Four”

  Part Four of my Four-part series of upcycled cardboard tube wall art. Sundays in February have caused me to settle at the dining room table with a bag of toilet paper rolls, scissors, glue, and clothes pins…and for the

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Day Twenty-Two: “Another Saturday, Another Doodle”

  Saturdays are busy:  basketball games, parties, carnivals.  I like unwinding with my bowl of cereal and my doodle journal on a Saturday night while I wait for my hair to air-dry a little.  It’s a nice habit I have

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Day Twenty-Two: “Another Saturday, Another Doodle”

  Saturdays are busy:  basketball games, parties, carnivals.  I like unwinding with my bowl of cereal and my doodle journal on a Saturday night while I wait for my hair to air-dry a little.  It’s a nice habit I have

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Day Twenty-One: “A Mended Announcement Board”

Or is it Amended?  Because what I did here was fix this awesome, but unusable announcement board at my church by adhering cork roll under the gray felt.  The felt had been just on bare wood, and therefore resistant to

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Day Twenty-One: “A Mended Announcement Board”

Or is it Amended?  Because what I did here was fix this awesome, but unusable announcement board at my church by adhering cork roll under the gray felt.  The felt had been just on bare wood, and therefore resistant to

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Day Twenty: “Ten Meals in Two Hours”

Here it is:  what we have all been waiting for.  For What did I use the items from the extensive list on Day Seventeen to prep on Day Nineteen?  The Answer:  to make TEN meals in one night…in two hours.  Boom. Yes, it

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Day Twenty: “Ten Meals in Two Hours”

Here it is:  what we have all been waiting for.  For What did I use the items from the extensive list on Day Seventeen to prep on Day Nineteen?  The Answer:  to make TEN meals in one night…in two hours.  Boom. Yes, it

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Day Nineteen: “Fully-Prepped Groceries for Something Big”

  I’ll admit, this is a horrible picture:  blurry, indistinct, messy.  But that is indicative of what it is like to prepare the nearly 20 pounds of meat and various choppped veggies that I had purchased on Day Seventeen.  I’m in

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Day Nineteen: “Fully-Prepped Groceries for Something Big”

  I’ll admit, this is a horrible picture:  blurry, indistinct, messy.  But that is indicative of what it is like to prepare the nearly 20 pounds of meat and various choppped veggies that I had purchased on Day Seventeen.  I’m in

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Day Eighteen: “New Upgrade to an Old Project”

  Last fall, I made my mom a sign for a window she was designing for an antique mall.  I guess you could call it a “commission”, though I loved doing it for her, and it made her really happy.

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Day Eighteen: “New Upgrade to an Old Project”

  Last fall, I made my mom a sign for a window she was designing for an antique mall.  I guess you could call it a “commission”, though I loved doing it for her, and it made her really happy.

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Day Seventeen: “An Elaborate Grocery List”

Well, Mondays are my “Reset Days”.  After a weekend of fun and frolic with the fam, I find myself in a pretty messy house with some laundry, dishes, and empty kitchen cabinets.  So, Day Seventeen was all about making things

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Day Seventeen: “An Elaborate Grocery List”

Well, Mondays are my “Reset Days”.  After a weekend of fun and frolic with the fam, I find myself in a pretty messy house with some laundry, dishes, and empty kitchen cabinets.  So, Day Seventeen was all about making things

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Day Sixteen: “Cardboard Tube Day, Part Trois”

  On this third Sunday of February, I found myself at the table once more with scraps of cardboard tubes.   No elaborate plan.  Just trying new things with tiny circles and ellipses and swirls. Got a little side-tracked during

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Day Sixteen: “Cardboard Tube Day, Part Trois”

  On this third Sunday of February, I found myself at the table once more with scraps of cardboard tubes.   No elaborate plan.  Just trying new things with tiny circles and ellipses and swirls. Got a little side-tracked during

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Day Fifteen: “Doodle + Cookies”

The children got a decorate-a-cookie kit as a Valentine’s gift from my folks.  Here are the results of that endeavor:  While helping them decorate the cookies was a wonderfully fun project, I couldn’t really claim that as my thing.  Not only did

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Day Fifteen: “Doodle + Cookies”

The children got a decorate-a-cookie kit as a Valentine’s gift from my folks.  Here are the results of that endeavor:  While helping them decorate the cookies was a wonderfully fun project, I couldn’t really claim that as my thing.  Not only did

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Day Fourteen: “More Basketball Snacks”

How romantic, right?   Well, thankfully, The Husband and I were able to create some uninterrupted conversation in the form of a Date Night.  And also thankfully, these are the last basketball snacks I’m going to need to pull together

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Day Fourteen: “More Basketball Snacks”

How romantic, right?   Well, thankfully, The Husband and I were able to create some uninterrupted conversation in the form of a Date Night.  And also thankfully, these are the last basketball snacks I’m going to need to pull together

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Day Thirteen: “Valentine’s Surprise”

Confession: I did not make anything “new” today. Consolation:  The Three Offspring have a surprise waiting in the dining room when they awake in the morning. And it is sort of a walk down the Valentine Memory Lane…   Valentine’s

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Day Thirteen: “Valentine’s Surprise”

Confession: I did not make anything “new” today. Consolation:  The Three Offspring have a surprise waiting in the dining room when they awake in the morning. And it is sort of a walk down the Valentine Memory Lane…   Valentine’s

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Day Twelve: “Paper Mosaic”

I had some paper squares left over from last summer’s mosaic project…   …and I had some blank paper with a cool cross from a magazine…   …and so I made this today.   Free and easy and pretty.  I

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Day Twelve: “Paper Mosaic”

I had some paper squares left over from last summer’s mosaic project…   …and I had some blank paper with a cool cross from a magazine…   …and so I made this today.   Free and easy and pretty.  I

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Days Ten & Eleven: “Reading Packets for Mrs. K”

Coming from a family of educators, I have loads of respect for teachers.  The three teachers that have each of my three children are exactly who they need to have this year, especially the Eldest with Mrs. K. A while

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Days Ten & Eleven: “Reading Packets for Mrs. K”

Coming from a family of educators, I have loads of respect for teachers.  The three teachers that have each of my three children are exactly who they need to have this year, especially the Eldest with Mrs. K. A while

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Day Nine: “Cardboard Tube Upcycle, Part Deux”

Trying to recreate the magic of Day Two’s project, I turned my attention back to the stash of toilet paper rolls…   [or as one blog called them, ” Cardboard tubes,”  which is just nicer not having the word “toilet,”

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Day Nine: “Cardboard Tube Upcycle, Part Deux”

Trying to recreate the magic of Day Two’s project, I turned my attention back to the stash of toilet paper rolls…   [or as one blog called them, ” Cardboard tubes,”  which is just nicer not having the word “toilet,”

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Day Seven: “An Experiment in Stars”

And that’s exactly what it was…some versions of “winging it” and some origami puffy stars from this tutorial:  http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Puffy-Origami-Star Not necessarily failures, but a good start with loads of room for improvement.  And that’s good enough for today.  

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Day Seven: “An Experiment in Stars”

And that’s exactly what it was…some versions of “winging it” and some origami puffy stars from this tutorial:  http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Puffy-Origami-Star Not necessarily failures, but a good start with loads of room for improvement.  And that’s good enough for today.  

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Day Seven: “Orange Basketballs”

The Eldest is supposed to bring snacks to the basketball game tomorrow.  So, to be clever, I created basketballs from little oranges. And to keep with my paper theme, I made treat bags…   Long, busy, tiring day = a

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Day Seven: “Orange Basketballs”

The Eldest is supposed to bring snacks to the basketball game tomorrow.  So, to be clever, I created basketballs from little oranges. And to keep with my paper theme, I made treat bags…   Long, busy, tiring day = a

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Day Six: “Year of the Horse(s), 100th Day T-shirts, and a Nice Fire”

So, the children woke today to find the deer and the alicorns from last night, followed by shrieks of delight.  I had found also the Year of the Horse project (http://papermodel.jp/eto.html), which they couldn’t wait to try themselves after school.

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Day Six: “Year of the Horse(s), 100th Day T-shirts, and a Nice Fire”

So, the children woke today to find the deer and the alicorns from last night, followed by shrieks of delight.  I had found also the Year of the Horse project (http://papermodel.jp/eto.html), which they couldn’t wait to try themselves after school.

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Day Five: “Paper Craft Critters”

One theme I’m trying to stick with during this year’s Thing-A-Day challenge is paper crafts.  Another more unofficial theme is “Pinterest projects I’ve wanted to try a long time, but haven’t yet…until Thing-A-Day!” This time, Macula Art’s downloadable templates.  Find

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Day Five: “Paper Craft Critters”

One theme I’m trying to stick with during this year’s Thing-A-Day challenge is paper crafts.  Another more unofficial theme is “Pinterest projects I’ve wanted to try a long time, but haven’t yet…until Thing-A-Day!” This time, Macula Art’s downloadable templates.  Find

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Day Four: “Bound Books for Book Group, and One for The Boy”

With some amount of practicality in mind, I set out today to make some study guides for my book group.  The Only Boy saw the production and marveled. “Oh, Mommy,” he pleaded, “I would LOVE a book like that.” Very

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Day Four: “Bound Books for Book Group, and One for The Boy”

With some amount of practicality in mind, I set out today to make some study guides for my book group.  The Only Boy saw the production and marveled. “Oh, Mommy,” he pleaded, “I would LOVE a book like that.” Very

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Day Three: “Book #4 for the Eldest”

A few years ago, I attended an art journal seminar where I learned to make my own art journal from common materials such as cardboard, duct tape, paper, and string—a lesson that has proven to be quite handy. I made

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Day Three: “Book #4 for the Eldest”

A few years ago, I attended an art journal seminar where I learned to make my own art journal from common materials such as cardboard, duct tape, paper, and string—a lesson that has proven to be quite handy. I made

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Day Two: “Upcycled TP Rolls = Wall Art”

  So, I must admit this is not my original idea—I only wish to be so creative and original.  (Thankful for Pinterest and the flood of inspiration that comes from it).  Here is the site from which the original idea

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Day Two: “Upcycled TP Rolls = Wall Art”

  So, I must admit this is not my original idea—I only wish to be so creative and original.  (Thankful for Pinterest and the flood of inspiration that comes from it).  Here is the site from which the original idea

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Day One: “Memories & Doodles”

Oh, my! TAD, How I missed you last year. I have been so excited to start this back up again and planned to spend my afternoon hunkered down with one elaborate creation. However, Life Happens. When The Husband and The

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Day One: “Memories & Doodles”

Oh, my! TAD, How I missed you last year. I have been so excited to start this back up again and planned to spend my afternoon hunkered down with one elaborate creation. However, Life Happens. When The Husband and The

Day Twenty-Nine:  "Almost the End of Something"

Day Twenty-Nine: “Almost the End of Something”

The last day, and all I have to show are more little upcycled magazine wheels.  I’ll turn it into something….we’ll just see what happens. I even had an extra day this year, and I still can’t believe the challenge is

Day Twenty-Nine:  "Almost the End of Something"

Day Twenty-Nine: “Almost the End of Something”

The last day, and all I have to show are more little upcycled magazine wheels.  I’ll turn it into something….we’ll just see what happens. I even had an extra day this year, and I still can’t believe the challenge is

Day Twenty-Eight:  "Momma Bird Nest Pendants"

Day Twenty-Eight: “Momma Bird Nest Pendants”

#1:  Not my idea.  Thank you, Pinterest. #2:  So much easier than it even looks. #3:  One of my favorites that I’ve made this whole challenge.

Day Twenty-Eight:  "Momma Bird Nest Pendants"

Day Twenty-Eight: “Momma Bird Nest Pendants”

#1:  Not my idea.  Thank you, Pinterest. #2:  So much easier than it even looks. #3:  One of my favorites that I’ve made this whole challenge.

Day Twenty-Seven:  "special beads"

Day Twenty-Seven: “special beads”

I’m the first to admit that today’s “thing” is nothing short of lame. I painted about 60 beads with either a cross or a star for another project.  I also must admit that on day twenty-seven, I thought I would

Day Twenty-Seven:  "special beads"

Day Twenty-Seven: “special beads”

I’m the first to admit that today’s “thing” is nothing short of lame. I painted about 60 beads with either a cross or a star for another project.  I also must admit that on day twenty-seven, I thought I would

Day Twenty-Six:  "Mug Decor"

Day Twenty-Six: “Mug Decor”

Using paint pens and $1 mugs…souvenirs from retreating…   I made others, but neglected to take pictures of them.

Day Twenty-Six:  "Mug Decor"

Day Twenty-Six: “Mug Decor”

Using paint pens and $1 mugs…souvenirs from retreating…   I made others, but neglected to take pictures of them.

Day Twenty-Five:  "More of Something"

Day Twenty-Five: “More of Something”

On a retreat this weekend, and had a little time to make a few more magazine medallions…

Day Twenty-Five:  "More of Something"

Day Twenty-Five: “More of Something”

On a retreat this weekend, and had a little time to make a few more magazine medallions…

Day Twenty-Three:  "Signs of Retreat"

Day Twenty-Three: “Signs of Retreat”

Leaving for a retreat this weekend that I helped plan.  Just made some little signs from construction paper for a nice welcome….

Day Twenty-Three:  "Signs of Retreat"

Day Twenty-Three: “Signs of Retreat”

Leaving for a retreat this weekend that I helped plan.  Just made some little signs from construction paper for a nice welcome….

Day Twenty-Two:  "Paper Plate Rose"

Day Twenty-Two: “Paper Plate Rose”

Came up with this today from scraps out of another project…had cut the middle out of a paper plate and then was playing with what I cut off…voila. I’m sensing a theme here…

Day Twenty-Two:  "Paper Plate Rose"

Day Twenty-Two: “Paper Plate Rose”

Came up with this today from scraps out of another project…had cut the middle out of a paper plate and then was playing with what I cut off…voila. I’m sensing a theme here…

Day Twenty-One:  "Toilet Paper Roll Flowers"

Day Twenty-One: “Toilet Paper Roll Flowers”

Made very late, but something was made on day twenty-one.  Easy project, and I could keep going with it….we’ll see what happens.

Day Twenty-One:  "Toilet Paper Roll Flowers"

Day Twenty-One: “Toilet Paper Roll Flowers”

Made very late, but something was made on day twenty-one.  Easy project, and I could keep going with it….we’ll see what happens.

Day Twenty:  "Cross Rocks"

Day Twenty: “Cross Rocks”

Made some little souvenirs for my fellow retreaters this weekend….55 rocks with five different cross designs painted with paint pen….

Day Twenty:  "Cross Rocks"

Day Twenty: “Cross Rocks”

Made some little souvenirs for my fellow retreaters this weekend….55 rocks with five different cross designs painted with paint pen….

Day Nineteen:  "Transfiguration Sunday Doodle"

Day Nineteen: “Transfiguration Sunday Doodle”

Confession:  I doodle in church.  Yes, me, a grown woman, doodling.  I can’t help it, really.  I tend to listen better if my hands are doing something.  I’m not checking out the spots on the floor or wondering how I’d

Day Nineteen:  "Transfiguration Sunday Doodle"

Day Nineteen: “Transfiguration Sunday Doodle”

Confession:  I doodle in church.  Yes, me, a grown woman, doodling.  I can’t help it, really.  I tend to listen better if my hands are doing something.  I’m not checking out the spots on the floor or wondering how I’d

Day Eighteen: "Barbie's Dining Room"

Day Eighteen: “Barbie’s Dining Room”

A joint-venture with the girls this morning, and all of it is still a work in progress.  The Eldest created the art studio on the left.  The Littlest contributed the art on the back wall of the dining room.  Gonna

Day Eighteen: "Barbie's Dining Room"

Day Eighteen: “Barbie’s Dining Room”

A joint-venture with the girls this morning, and all of it is still a work in progress.  The Eldest created the art studio on the left.  The Littlest contributed the art on the back wall of the dining room.  Gonna

Day Seventeen:  "A Clean Dining Room"

Day Seventeen: “A Clean Dining Room”

Yes.  A clean dining room is something you actually have to MAKE happen, and it is quickly undone.  But it happened today…for a moment, it was clean.

Day Seventeen:  "A Clean Dining Room"

Day Seventeen: “A Clean Dining Room”

Yes.  A clean dining room is something you actually have to MAKE happen, and it is quickly undone.  But it happened today…for a moment, it was clean.

Day Sixteen:  "Making More Memories"

Day Sixteen: “Making More Memories”

Spent the day with the only boy.  Way too busy to actually make anything but excellent memories.

Day Sixteen:  "Making More Memories"

Day Sixteen: “Making More Memories”

Spent the day with the only boy.  Way too busy to actually make anything but excellent memories.

Day Fourteen:  "Paper Heart Garland"

Day Fourteen: “Paper Heart Garland”

Made with my kids… (Paper, Crayon, Staples)

Day Fourteen:  "Paper Heart Garland"

Day Fourteen: “Paper Heart Garland”

Made with my kids… (Paper, Crayon, Staples)

Day Thirteen:  "Attempted 3-D Art"

Day Thirteen: “Attempted 3-D Art”

I’d like to explore this technique more, but this will have to do for today…   (Paper, Glitter Glue) 

Day Thirteen:  "Attempted 3-D Art"

Day Thirteen: “Attempted 3-D Art”

I’d like to explore this technique more, but this will have to do for today…   (Paper, Glitter Glue)