Tag Archives: art

Inspiration Wednesday – Cardboard Creations

Anthropologie holiday catalog

Liya Mairson’s Pop-Up Cardboard Playhouse

Giant Cardboard Robot Arms

Oliver’s Cardboard Box Train Party

Chris Gilmour microscope

Lisa Fontanarosa Lion Crib

Strode College’s Art & Design Department student project

House of Six Cats Giveaway (Meow!)

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The first time I mentioned House of Six Cats my family and I were headed on a mini vacation to the Oregon Coast. It seems fitting now that the second prize in my Giveaway Extravaganza is from this same shop and comes right after getting back from another little mini vacation, but this time it was to the Columbia Gorge at the base of Mount Adams. The Pacific Northwest is such a scenic locale and Bill, the artist behind House of Six Cats knows how best to frame that beauty.

After an absence of 1o years, Bill was inspired to pick up a camera again by the birth of his daughter Cyan in 2007. He and his family moved from New York to Portland, Oregon in 2008 and now he tries to find the unseen beauty and elegance in the ordinary and pedestrian. Besides making beautiful, functional art with his photography, he also runs the POE (Photographers of Etsy) Street Team.

If you are local to Portland, make sure to check his work out at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar Nov. 27, 28 & 29th and Dec. 4, 5 & 6 at the Portland Expo Center. You can also see him at the OHSU Heart Research 2009 Holiday Bazaar in the OHSU BICC Gallery (3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road)¬†on Thursday Dec 10 (10-6) and he is work is on permanent display at the LOVE ART Gallery on the corner of SE 13th and Spokane. House of Six Cats is also a proud member of the NW Handmade community. If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won, just remember to type “The Handmade Experiment” into the seller’s notes during checkout and get a 10% discount until 12/6.

Now for the giveaway!

Bill has been generous enough to offer up one set of coasters featuring his own wonderful photography. Thank you, Bill! To win, simply go to his shop and have a look around. Choose which set of coasters from the ceramic coaster section (the ones using Bill’s photography) you would like to win and come back here and comment. For more chances to win twitter about this giveaway or share it through some other social networking site making sure to comment here a second time letting me know what you’ve done. Thanks everyone for helping me support handmade and our great Portland artists!

I’ll leave the comments open until Sunday night the 29th at midnight PST and let everyone know who the winner is on that Monday. This week should be pretty busy since PZ doesn’t have school and no classes either. If I don’t get a chance to post again – Happy Thanksgiving!

*Note from Bill – “WOW!! I am truly flattered by what everyone has said!! I am amazed by the amount of comments. Seriously, I had no idea the response would be this big! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I can’t wait to see which one of you wonderful people wins!! Good luck to you all! I also hope you have all had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!”

Inspiration Wednesday – Wardrobe Refashion and Trashion Nation

Wardrobe Refashion is this great blog all about restyling something unwearable into something fabulous. To join the fun, you must take a pledge to not buy anything new for 2,4,6 months etc. up to LIFE (you choose how long you want to pledge for) and to restyle something from your closet or the thrift shop at least once a week posting about it on the blog. You are allotted ONE Get Out Of Jail Free card that you can use every two months just in case there is some awesome sale or some item you just can’t live without. Here are some of my favorites.


Men’s suit jacket refashioned into flattering cowl-neck ladies tunic. By Pieces of You.


Tiny dots t shirt, ruffle jumper & psychedelic tights made by Astronette.

outsaPop Trashion

Dress made from men’s ties handsewn together and a secondhand corset. The train is 2,5 m long. By OutsaPop Trashion.

OutsaPop Trashion also helps admin the Trashion Nation – New Stuff From Other People’s Trash Flickr group. I found some great artists here doing everything from clothing and accessories to sculpture, furniture, and toys. It’s truly fascinating!


Carney Baby vintage toy xylophone boy 1000 Pieces no. 108 by Cat Bishop.


eco.scarf made from a glorious repurposed vintage linen tablecloth, and quilted with fresh new batting. By rikrak.


Cut from the sides of various beer and wine bottles–aspen, elm, ginkgo leaf mobile. By Western Art Glass.
I’m not sure I’m quite ready to take the pledge at Wardrobe Refashion yet, but I’m working my way there. I’ll have to get better at BIG girl clothes first, not just kid’s stuff. I do like to recycle as much as I can in my projects, not only is it cheaper, but I can’t help but love all the old vintage fabrics and notions. I did my time working and running resale clothing shops, so for me that is “old hat”. Ha! But some of the stuff these crafters come up with is just amazing. I’m so inspired. How about you? What inspires you to create? Do you have a favorite recycled material?