Friday, July 17, 2009

EtsyTrashion Summer Sale & Giveaway

Summer Sale & Giveaway The Etsy Trashion Team is having a Summer Sale and Giveaway to promote Environmental Awareness! For just one week... July 20 – 27 Visit the following Etsy shops from July 20~27 To save on fine and funky upcycled goods...
. 20% off everything in shop 15% off everything in shop 15% off various items in shop 10% off everything in shop 10% off everything in shop 15% off everything in shop 15% off everything in shop doedoe birds with every purchase 10% off everything in shop 20% off everything in shop 10% off everything in shop 20% off everything in shop 20% off everything in shop 10% off leaf collection "little yummies" magnets with purchase 20% off everything in shop 20% off everything in shop Find other promotions and participating shops
To enter the giveaway, visit one of our participating shops then comment on an item at the Etsy Trashion Team blog You may make up to five entries. Or…Make purchases in participating shops to receive additional chances for every $10 you spend! The prize winner will be randomly selected on July 28th. Check back to see what Trashion Treasures are in the goodie bag… The Trashion Team is a group of artists that creates art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from materials that were leftover, discarded, or found, and sells them on Etsy.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr... The Printer

Did you see the Etsy blog about Mr. Paul Amos Kennedy, Jr.?
If not, you should check it out and be inspired!
The gals at Brown Finch Films
have created a wonderful documentary.
I was so intrigued by this man and his work I had to see more...
So, I checked out his website and
found a couple of posters I just couldn't live without.
They arrived today.
I've been smiling since.
Images © Amos Kennedy Jr.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Hey, check out my Rescued Rubber Skull & Bones Belt!
I was a new wave chic back in the 80's, big white mohawk, and the greatest pair of Doc Martin™ skull & crossbones boots. Well, when they were finally danced to death and no amount of electrical tape could keep these babies together they had to be retired!
In true Trashionista style I saved those skull & crossbones buckles.
My funky yet useful™ belt is made from rescued rubber roofing, freecycled aluminum posts and the skull and bones buckles from the black leather Doc Martins™ I wore in the '80's. I knew those buckles were too cool to throw away!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Think Again Notebooks™

I'm really excited to have my first tutorial posted on
the EtsyTrashion Team blog! Learn how to make Matchbook Notebooks!

I love working with paper, especially recycled paper. Sooo, I thought I might tell you a little about how I make my Think Again Notebooks™...

It all starts with the cover.
I'll use any printed card stock material that has an interesting graphic that's headed for recycling. Cereal, cat food and frozen pizza boxes are my fav's. I've found old BINGO! games and playing decks with cards missing that make great notebooks too! Sometimes I find bags of flattened boxes waiting for me on my doorstep. Too fun!
All of the potential covers get cut down on my handy-dandy paper cutter and filed so I'm organized and can find what I need when I need it. I have a giant 2 drawer office filing cabinet that I got from a local freecycler that's filled to the brim with covers just waiting to be made into books!
To make my covers more durable I drymount them to a piece of mat board scrap that I get from a local frame shop or onto chipboard which is a recycled material.
Now comes the paper...
I collect paper from a lot of different places. Most of my notebooks have plain paper. Some of it's collected from daily life... mis-prints, etc. (envelopes too!), and some of it is new 100%pcw recycled paper.
Some folks just have to have the lines!
So, that paper comes from mis-bound school journals.
It all gets cut down, by me, on my handy-dandy paper cutter.
As you can see in the photo sometimes the paper isn't just cut in half...thank you very much!
I'm often left with really odd sized strips of paper.

Like most trashionistas I take my upcycling very seriously!

Sooo, this is where playing cards and my Make A List!™ and Make A Note!™ notebooks come in to play!

If you're interested in making your own upcycled notebooks...
check out my shop for a do-it-yourself starter kit.
You can also have custom upcycled books made to order!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

rikrak Celebrates her 2 year Etsy-versary!

My fabulous EtsyTrashion team mate rikrak is celebrating her
2 year etsy-versary! Join in the fun by taking a chance to
win an amazing give-a-way!
She's also having a Buy 1 get 1 Half- off Sale in her shop...
Check it out!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009