Monday, March 28, 2011

Brandon Alleman, the super talented plastic melter!

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I just wanted to share a little bit about Brandon and his passion for plastic.  Last year? or two years ago he made me this super cool crochet like weave for an outfit to submit to Junk to Funk's trashion show.  I came up with the '60s go-go design, but he soldered it all together.
I made the black liner out of picnic tent mesh that was left for garbage on the side of the road.  I trimmed the edges of the liner with the zipper from that tent.  I also took the zipper pulls from the tent, which was a Columbia tent, and made earrings with those.  I completed the look with the go-go boot spats and the laces are from the same tent.

He soldered the plastic together with a soldering gun and a lot of patience and some good old Brandon methodology.  Pretty cool.
I love this dress and have worn it for a number of occasions.  Here I am, Halloween two years ago as the girl from Planet Claire, you know, the B-52's awesome song.  I think there is mention of red trees on Planet Claire.

I would also like to note that Brandon's latest interest has been fusing plastic bags.  So I do this as well and I make wallets, but he fused some bags together for me to sew some lunch bags.  Here are my first prototypes.  I don't think I will mass produce them, but they are pretty cool.

One of Brandon's favorite projects over the winter were creating shrinky dinks out of number 6 plastic to-go containers.  He has a wonderful collection of sun catchers out of his own illustrations.  I love the colors.

I also love the photo he took of these sun catchers.  You can check out more of his photography on his website -
- it documents his work over the past 10 years at various national parks.  There are some amazing photos.
So there you have it, the very talented Mr. Brandon Alleman.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Pin It Now! Well, I had quite a buildup of random crafting supplies procured from SCRAP or from friends over the winter.  My crafting space, which is in the attic, was a bit chilly this winter and so I spent most of my crafting time downstairs.  I would just bring the things down that I needed and then take them back to the attic when I finished.  Needless to say all of the winter collecting and carting back and forth left my craft space a skosh disorganized and messy.
This last Friday I decided it was time to clean up.  My room is now clean and reorganized and I feel like getting a lot more crafting done.  I get so much more accomplished when things are tidy :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stitching in Circles: Literary Love -- Valentine's Day Cards from Old Bo...

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I just found this project on a fellow Eco Esty member's blog and I love it. So I am sharing it with you and also saving it as a reminder for myself. Thanks, Tina, for the lovely project!

Stitching in Circles: Literary Love -- Valentine's Day Cards from Old Bo...: "I made a set of Valentine's Day cards for my sister, complete with envelopes, as a gift for her birthday, which is at the end of ..."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Light Switch Covers

Pin It Now! So I mentioned yesterday that I was making light switch covers while watching Pin Up Girl.  Truly made the comment that she wanted to see the covers.  Well, here you go.  Thanks for the comment, Truly :)

Two of them are for sale on my Etsy site right now.  Eventually they all will be. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pin Up Girl

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Well, there's only one thing to do on such a rainy spring day and that is to craft and watch old spectacular musicals.

That's exactly what I did.  I worked on four light switch covers and I watched Pin Up Girl, which is totally fabulous and I highly recommend it.  In the very beginning there is a musical number with the most amazing roller-skaters that you have ever seen.  Anyway, this movie is for rent at the Multnomah County Library.  Here are few enticing photos for you.

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