Archive for January, 2011

I Will Not Hoard. I Will Not Hoard. I Will Not Hoard.

January 26, 2011

I swear this recent move of ours has cured me of hoarding!  We have been in our new house a little less than three months.  I was determined to not have this garage become a storage unit.  When we had that extra cold spell back in November, I cleared a spot for Raoul’s car.  And after some more garage purging and organizing, my car fit in there this week.  I seem to have lost my tolerance for clutter.

Now we still can’t open our car doors very wide yet.  So I’ll continue to peck away, and keep thinning my stuff.  And if I start to veer off of this road to a simpler life, I’ll look at this picture of our former garage. 


RE Store’s 10th Annual Recycled Arts & Fashion Show

January 24, 2011


Call for Recycled Art, Functional Designs or Trash Fashions

The RE Store presents the 10th Annual Recycled Arts & Fashion Show, the Pacific N.W.’s largest sustainable art happening, with four juried galleries, four trash fashion shows, hands-on workshops and more. Gallery partners include Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Western Washington University, New York Fashion Academy, Blowing Sands Gallery, Smith & Vallee Gallery, and The RE Store.

Submit your art, functional designs or trash fashions via the online web form by no later than March 4, 2011:

Learn more about the show and view online galleries from past years:

Simple Fun

January 21, 2011

I am really enjoying exploring our new neighborhood on my morning walks.  Finding this tire swing on a planting strip of a side street brought a big smile to my face.  And best of all, it is a really small tire hanging close to the ground.  It reminded me of simple, pure fun.

Penny Bowling Ball

January 19, 2011

Here’s a simple garden art project, that is wonderfully mindless.  Use a strong glue to attach your surplus pennies to a thrift store bowling ball.  It would be a great project to do with your kids on a rainy day.  For the glue, my favorite is made by Amazing Goop, and I use the Home and Garden or Marine formula, because they are UV resistant as well as waterproof.

This is an idea that has been around for ages.  I certainly didn’t think it up.  I put my penny bowling ball by our front door after our recent move.  So many visitors comment on how much they like it.  I like it because it requires zippo maintenance.  Although, during the move, it rolled out of my car onto the driveway (thank goodness, it didn’t damage the brand new paving), and three pennies fell off.  Not bad.  And gluing them back on went lickety-split.

I Can Shrink Anything

January 17, 2011

Who says you can’t shrink a sweater in a front-loader washer?!  I felt bad wrecking my husband’s sweater in our new washing machine.  He was a good sport about it.  I was then happy to cut it up for some projects.  The bottom is going to be an endless scarf.  The collar I am going to fool around with – maybe add some other felted wool pieces to make it a top or a dress.  Perhaps trim it some, embellish it and have it be a scarf/neck covering of sorts.  The sleeves became these wrist warmers.

I’ll be more careful about what I put in our new washer.  Poor Raoul is down one nice sweater, but I’ll have toastier hands.

Ruffles and Rust Workshops

January 10, 2011

I’ll be teaching two new classes at the upcoming Ruffles and Rust show on February 19, 2011 at the Monroe Fair Grounds.  Here are the descriptions for the:

Spring Fling Necklace

A big, foofy flower created from an antique, French lace bedspread, handmade lace, and real pearls adorn this necklace, and can be removed to wear as a pin!  Twists and turns of chains, snippets of French lace, and dangling pearls create some swag and sway.  More strands of chain are attached to a section of a vintage metal belt, anchored with a keepsake wooden French rosary bead to make an eye-catching tassel.  It’s a romantic look with a little edge, and a lot of style.  We’ll do some simple sewing and easy jewelry techniques, and have a bunch of fun.

All materials will be provided in a workshop kit.  Please feel free to bring any special trinkets, charms, jewelry bits and bobs you might want to add.  The color palette of your kit will be in neutral shades of creams and ivory. 

Tools to bring – two pairs of chain or needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters and a pair of scissors for cutting lace and threads.

Cost is $75.  Class size is limited to 25 students.

Blossoms and Buttons Cuff

You’ll wrap your wrist with ribbon flower blooms, vintage rhinestone, mother-of-pearl and glass buttons, all anchored to a gorgeous white velvet ribbon base.  The chic clasp, created from a vintage metal finding nearly steals the show.  If you can thread a needle, and do a simple running stitch, you can fashion these shimmering blossoms.  Attaching a few jump rings will be the only easy jewelry techniques needed.  We’ll spend a couple of hours stitching, and sharing a couple of really fun hours together!

All materials will be provided in a workshop kit.  Please feel free to bring any special buttons, ribbon segments, jewelry bits and bobs you might want to add.  The color palette of your kit will be in neutral shades of creams and ivory. 

Tools to bring – two pairs of chain or needle nose pliers, and a pair of scissors for cutting ribbons and threads.

Cost is $55.  Class size is limited to 25 students.

For more info about how to register, and some exciting perks for taking these classes, please visit Come Junk With Us.

And please feel free to print this coupon and share it with all your friends:

The Revolutionary Yardscape

January 5, 2011

The Revolutionary Yardscape is a terrific book!  I just received it yesterday, and have done a quick scan.  I am excited to read it cover to cover, and start trying some of the projects out in our new garden. 

I am even more excited to meet the author, Matthew Levesque, at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 23 – 27.  We will be judging the Funky Junk competition at the show, which should be great fun and right up our junk-loving alleys.

Here’s a small excerpt from Matthew’s book:

“Hunting for and gathering materials and then saving them for that perfect project involves some measure of what can best be described as hoarding.  No one sets out to be a hoarder; it just creeps up on you when you’re not paying attention.  As a charter member of the Over-Gatherers and Collectors of North America Society, I know this from experience.” 

Then Matthew goes on to share some really useful advice and wisdom for keeping this tendency organized and under control.

For more information about the seminars given by Matthew, and one by me, please visit The Northwest Flower and Garden Show’s website.