Earlier this year I steered you guys towards threadless.com, a website devoted to promoting your t-shirt designs. I found another, slightly less interesting site which does the same thing. If you are a t-shirt junkie and even Threadless can’t meet your needs, check out uneetee.com. Pictured below is my favorite design, Dream of the Flying Geisha by Edno Jr.
My favorite Project Runway challenge of all time has to be from Season 3 when Tim Gunn takes the contestants to a recycling plant in New Jersey and tells them that they have to make outfits out of what they find in the bins. Recycled crafts are amazing to me, because they say so much. Sure, we all love Joann’s Fabrics, A.C. Moore and their ilk, but using recycled materials is a total different beast. It takes a special kind of creativity to look at something that’s already a full formed object in and of its self, and be able to not only mentally deconstruct it into raw materials, but then reconstruct it into something else. And, on top of the creative elements, the ecological message it sends is awesome. Almost everything can be reused. The days of consumption and discarded waste are through. We have to move towards reinventing what we have in abundance: trash. This long diatribe is build up to a fashion designer named Nancy Judd and her “Recycle Runway” project. Judd creates haute couter out of such non-traditonal materials as junk mail, rusty nails, the phone book, ribbons of VHS tape and more. Her fashions are traveling around the nation in a series called “Recycled Runway: The Airport Project,” where they are showcased in airports nation wide. See a sample of her work below. She made this cocktail dress by cutting out shapes from old coke cans and sewing them to fabric. How divine!
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After writing the post about “The Womanly Arts” last week, I independently received a photo of these “slippers” in my email. Do I sense a fad coming on?
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As the big C holiday presses down upon us, most of us are no doubt in a rush to finalize our gift giving plans. Here’s an idea that almost any female gift recipient would appreciate: customized Pirate Barbie, seen here on The Crafts of Destiny blog. My favorite part has definitely got to be the full back ink she’s sporting.
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Totable totes, baggable bags, and clutchable clutches abound at U-handbag, an online shop based out of the UK dedicated to handbag supplies. Things like handles, frames, and latches are easy to find and fun to dream over. Want to make the perfect bag? Their free instructions will help get you there. And, if you’re not sure exactly what type of bag you’re looking to make, head over to the inspiration gallery and check out what your fellow craftsters are up to. My favorite so far is the Carnival Time, Basket Style Bag, pictured below.
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Oh, how I WISH I was a knitting queen! Because the patterns at Vintage Purls are so cute they make my toes curl. Maybe I can talk my mom into mentoring me through one. My favorite, the Ladies Lace Detail Jumper from 1954 is pictured below.
I’ve been so all over the place that I’ve forgot to tell you guys that if you haven’t seen it for yourself already, Issue #2 is up and running. I would be ever so greatful if you checked it out and emailed some feedback. We’re always looking for ways to make it better, so your suggestions are more than welcome. Happy reading!
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Found a new blog, but this one is all about saving money on top of the line goods. Although I myself have a chip on my shoulder about most major retailers, I thought that some of you might need a few cupons to help get you through the Christmas season and Budget Diva has a crap load. Unfortunately, a lot of them have come and gone, but there might be one that’s still helpful and it might be just the one you need. So head on over.
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Although I’ve never seen them in person, according to the internet Times Square is full of spray paint artists. While the outcome of their efforts can be a little cheesy for the tourists (dolphins jumping out of the water, intergalatic skylines over the city. You know, the kind of things you would see on a poster from Spencer Gifts) the process is phenomenal. Here’s a link to catch a video of them in the act: www.spraypaint.tv
Quick magazine update: It’s ready and rarin’ to go, I’m just having a few people eyeball it to make sure there are no glaring errors. You can look for it some time tonight. Thanks for your patience.
If you are at all interested in recycled craft, then probably at some point you have looked at your tampons and thought “I know what you’re suppose to be for, but what have you done for me lately?” Well, check out the post at Craft Gossip on how to make your own tampon crafts, like the party lights shown below. If reinventing tampon uses isn’t for you, also check out their links to tutorials for handy carrying cases.