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Wednesday Inspiration – Junk to Funk

Junk to Funk Trashion Collective started out in 2006 as an annual competition of wearable art and Avant-garde fashion created out of trash, produced in Portland, OR. Since then they have expanded their program to include youth summer camps, in school artists in residencies and after school programs as well as Trashion for Business, Trashion for Entertainment, and Trashion for individual commissions. Their overall mission is to inspire individuals towards responsible consumerism, creative re-use and conscientious disposal by providing unique fashion based entertainment and educational programs. See how you can get involved here.

Very cool! Here are a few of the designs from the 2008 Junk To Funk fashion show.

Hospital Gown Revised created by Elaine Jane Cole and Laura Fieselman, worn by Laura Fieselman is composed of 15 yards of “blue wrap,” or polypropylene woven material used to cover sterilized surgical instruments, many feet of blue latex wrap, 14 plastic disposable tweezers, plastic tubing from an irrigation pump and a disposable surgical clamp.

18th Century Fox created and worn by Amy Hyatt is constructed out of 1,128 dryer sheets collected from friends, family, and neighbors and a few dried centerpiece flowers.

Twilight Before the Fall created by Cory McMahon and worn by Liz Slint-Somerville was made using  recycled bike tire tubing for the bodice and used sewing patterns were layered to make the skirt.

Mistress of the Sea Weeds created and worn by Julie Yanko is made from crab pot ropes and buoys she cleaned off Oregon beaches.

Alotta Gelato – Alotta Trash created and worn by Emily Hyde was made entirely out of colorful gelato cups, spoons and sampling utensils.

Crown Royal Gown created by Colleen Miezejeski was made through the systematic dissection and reassembly of close to 500 crown royal bags.

Must Make Monday – For the Kids’ Room

I may be a bit biased, but I think this weeks must make list is particularly inventive and creative. Not because of anything I’ve done, but because of the truly inspiring crafty ideas from these wonderful bloggers. Each one makes me want to get crafting and I know they are items my kids, AND YOURS, will love! Enjoy and happy spring to everyone!

People with those unresellable recalled cribs take notice! Notes From a Very Red Kitchen had the great idea for upcycling your old crib into a chalkboard easel.

Part of Ashley’s MISTER Make it and Love it series, she’s put up this great tutorial for a cardboard guitar! Rockin’!

Do you know what happens when I sit on a bunch of cute tutorials? You get three from the same crafty blog! Here are three great tutes from one of my favorite blogs, Giddy Giddy. This first one is her super cool fashion paper dolls. (Note to traveling families: I bought a book of punch out paper dolls for my 2 and 5 year old girls and it kept them busy for a good hour on the airplane back from Hawaii. Think how much longer this little project would take. Just a thought!)

These cool characters are actually coat hooks. How awesome is that! I totally want to create some of these.

Last, but certainly no least, are Giddy Giddy’s beautiful handmade kites. I’m sure these are great for flying on one of these blustery March days, but I think they’d be just as cool hanging from the ceiling above my daughters’ bed.

If your kiddos aren’t into paper dolls, maybe these felt ones would do the trick. Smile and Wave shows us how to make a felt board and gives templates for creating the dolls and clothes.

For even more felt board fun, check out this more toddler friendly wall board and shapes by Red Shoe Girl.

Some folk’s creativity is so inspiring. Matstake and this stuffed fox lamp is a great example. Just think what you could do with an idea like this!

This toadstool stool tutorial from Tao of Craft is adorable and would be a great addition to any kid’s room. Maybe now that it’s spring you could even take this great stool outside for a Tao of Tea party!

Feel Good Giveaway – Sesame Seed Designs

In true Portland fashion, Sesame Seed Designs makes home and personal accessories that are not only fun and attractive, but also environmentally friendly. As an ecologist, fiber artist, and mother, Casey makes functional, nature-themed items using recycled wool and cashmere sweaters. Cozy and eco-friendly!

If you are local, check out Sesame Seed Designs this weekend (Dec 13) at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale and next  (Dec 19) at SCRAP’s Holiday Bazaar. For those not in the Portland area, make sure to check out her shop and newsletters for further updates.

Perfect for stocking stuffing or even an early Santa gift for yourself, Casey is generously giving ONE winner the choice between a pouch or coffee sleeve. To win, leave a comment here before Sunday Dec 13th midnight PST. Tell me which you choose and I’d love to hear about a favorite gift from recycled materials that you’ve either given or received.

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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?

Must Make Monday – Upcycled

Hubs and I were talking debt today. Eeeekkkk! Nuff said.


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Weekend in the Country – your Must Have Monday before the weekend even begins

Ah… we haven’t been on a getaway in over a year. I’m so excited! A dear friend has invited us to her mom’s in rural Washington. I’m anticipating bike rides, long walks, perhaps a picnic, loads of great food, lots of laughs, and maybe if I’m lucky a cat nap or two.



Whether you’re a regular gypsy or just a once a year vacationer, it won’t matter. Lobotomatics’ Baroque luggage has its own story to tell. Upcycled and beautifully painted, this bag is so authentic it makes my thumbs itch. Continue reading