Diabetes Art Day

Lee Ann over at The Butter Compartment has declared September first, Diabetes Art Day. What an awesome concept! What’s bothered me for some time is the amount of waste we generate with infusion sites and test strips and plastic wrapping to name just a few. We’ve saved test strip vials pretty much from the beginning and have re-used them for multiple situations.  Hand cream in the purse, aspirin containers, even for geocaching!

I just knew we could come up with a creative idea for the insulin vials though and it hit me one day in the store looking at of all things, a set of twinkle lights made with 22 shell casings. Seriously, they put just about anything on a twinkle light these days, so why not insulin vials?

What you see below is my prototype for a fund raiser for next years JDRF walk. There is no way I can get enough made to make a difference this year but I think by next year it will be a viable option.

If anyone knows of a way to find strands of 10 lights cheapcheap, I’d be very interested in hearing about it! Hope you like our little burst of creativity, thank you Lee Ann for getting us off our collective rear ends and giving life to an idea.

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11 Responses to Diabetes Art Day

  1. Laurel says:

    Thank you Lorraine, love what you guys did with the pods as well. Very creative!

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  3. Ashley says:

    That’s AWEsome! I would SO hang those around my house :)

  4. Laurel says:

    Thank you Ashley! They look pretty cute strung up in her room right now, Hannah’s in love with them.

  5. Holy cow, do i ever love those!! What a fabulous idea! I don’t know if you had a chance to see the art at Express Your Diabetes at TuDiabetes, but someone had a picture of a small artificial Christmas tree decorated with syringes that I think is just begging to be strung with your lights! The lights are so cool, and I hope you’re able to do more with the idea because I think you’re really onto something.

    Thank you so much for participating in Diabetes Art Day. Your creativity is inspiring!

  6. Laurel says:

    I’m detecting a theme for Christmas this year! I’ll have to go check out the syringe tree, sounds awesome. Glad you like these, I’m getting the word out to the JDRF committee for our area to please save me vials so I can be ready for next year. I’m so amazed at how DArtDay took off, love it!

  7. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  8. Laurel says:

    Wow, thank you for the kind words. I’m just getting this started and you’re giving me motivation to keep it up, thank you!

  9. Naomi says:

    just saw this – Amazing! such a creative idea, I love it!

  10. Laurel says:

    Thanks Naomi! I need to work out a different glue though, it’s holding it just looks like muffin tops. HAH!

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