Archive | September 2012

Inspirational Decorating Projects

String Word Art

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Quotations

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Clothespin Gallery

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Animal Images

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Instagram Wall

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Shape Garlands

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Branch Weaving

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Inspirational Organizing Projects

What a month it has been! I have been remiss at posting lately because of a very exciting new project that we are going to launch in October/November. Though I can’t officially announce the new project yet (waiting for the funder to say it’s okay) I can share with you some of the inspirational ideas I have been researching that will help with said project. What I can say is that there will be art supplies and shiny new toys to play with (think toys with lenses and hard drives) and that it involves the kids from the youth group and will help tourism in our town.

This first batch of ideas is helping us to design the work space where I will be teaching/mentoring/creating. We want to organize the books and supplies in ways that are inexpensive (free is best), inspirational, and innovative. Here are a few ideas that I’ve found from around the DIY universe. Click on the titles of each item to visit the website where I found it. For even more ideas, make sure to check out the following sites:

Scraphacker

Shelterness

Babble

Happy DIY-ing! Mari

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Rope Shelves

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Tin Can Organizer

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Paint Brush Hooks

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Ribbon Storage

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Plastic Bottle Pencil Cases

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War Bowl

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Book Bookshelf

Bottle Cap Mosaic Video

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Another inspiring video about how to turn trash into treasure. Excited to see how the youth at Neo Juventud can take this idea and run with it as part of our clean-up campaign.

Enjoy, Mari

Creative Kid: Caine and His Arcade

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How inspiring is this kid? Thanks to **Frankie** for sharing this on FB.

Enjoy, Mari

International Coastal Clean Up!

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Last weekend we participated in another beach clean-up event with over 100 other people from our town as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean Up. We cleaned up Palmar’s long stretch of beach, classified what we found, and kicked off a larger campaign to educate the population about maintaining a clean coast line. More details on the larger project to come but I can tell you that the larger campaign we are doing with the youth foundation is thanks to a grant from Disney and Youth Service America! Above, you can see some of the youth participants taking pride in their town and in their beach.

Enjoy, Mari

Dear Aldrich Elementary

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The Peace Corps has three main goals.

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

As part of my third goal activities I have been corresponding with Spanish classes taught by Ms. deBoer at Aldrich Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska through the World Wise Schools Program. We started trading emails last spring when we had recently arrived at site and now that the school year has started up again we can continue.

Tomorrow, Ms. deBoer will be showing the above slideshow in her class as we video chat live on Skype! I am so excited to hear the questions the students have for me. Last school year they compiled quite a list ranging from what kinds of foods and holidays we have here to how kids are the same or different in Ecuador. I’m sure they have tons of new questions for me and maybe I can teach them some of my favorite Ecuadorian phrases in Spanish like, “ya mismo” or “no sea malit@.”

Enjoy, Mari

For Mad Men Fans!

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I couldn’t resist passing along this video…Thanks to **Jena** for sharing!

Enjoy, Mari

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