Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Citizenship is for Everyone: Creative Communities

I always giggle a little about how the world works around us- sometimes it's easy to see a common thread weaving in and out of your day while others that life lesson can be less pronounced. Always fueling my fires, tickling my thought train- is the amazing community of creatives at Oh My Handmade Goodness. For those of you who've been following TrashN2Tees and my personal journey over the years- you know very well how much these connections have impacted my life. Professionally and personally. Occasionally I contribute businessy goodness posts to the Oh My blog where I talk about real mentorship and fostering thriving communities.

Contributing, in any form- is the least I can do to give back to a community that has nurtured my soul. There's something to be said about working together as a collective for the common good of all. We've built up our resources, collaborated on stellar projects, and mastermind world take overs- sometimes all in the same day. Nurturing the seeds of what we has a community of makers, a legion of human beings need- we've made a space that invites you to explore, asks honest hard knocked questions, and inspires you to reach for the stars. Today, we at Oh My! have opened our doors to offer a give what you can payment plan- because our community cares. We are leading by example and show community isn’t something to sell, it is something to give.

If you have ever alone in the world, in business, if you've ever had questions to ask but google didn't find the answer, if you've ever wanted to know what I had for breakfast, if you have views to share about the state of handmade or a view of coffee. If you're working a 9-5 and managing a crafty empire into the wee hours of the night hoping to one day make it a full time job, we understand. Trying to juggle the balance of running a business (home/creative/otherwise) comb your hair, and feed your kids something more than premade Smuckers PB&J- we would love to invite you to join us.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Empty Thread Spools Are Recyclable:

There's nothing worse then sitting down to finish a sewing project only to find that you're spool is. almost. empty. I've made the joke that if genie granted me one wish it would be for magic thread that never runs out and changes its color to match whatever I'm sewing. Seriously- that would be great.
Until then, we're just going to have to deal with the occasional empty spool. Just last night I was browsing some of my favorite groups when another lady posted the question:  
"What do you do with spools that are almost empty?" 

Some of the responses included crafty reuse, which I'm always a fan of- check on Pinterest or Craftgawker from some great inspiration! But for a many few of you... empty spools add up quickly. I was flabbergasted that some responses suggested throwing them away. Wahhhh! People we are in 2015. Plastic thread spools are made of polypropylene which is a recyclable plastic product. You can toss empty spools right into your recycling bin! The shrink wrap packaging around your new spanking spools- that stuff is made from PET (the same thing as recyclable soda bottles) and can always be recycled. Take a moment to comment on the blog post below and tell me what you do with empty spool threads- I'm excited to see what creative ways you reuse them and/or if you knew they were recyclable too?

For more sustainable sewing alternatives check out this article in Through The Needle Magazine. Be sure to follow @TrashN2Tees on Instagram so you don't miss out on any weekly #TIPS2SEW.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Memories of a T-shirt Quilt

Nearly 2 years ago I made this quilt for Nick from over a dozen t-shirts he, his mom, and his step father had acquired from years of attending World of Outlaws dirt track racing events. They had gone ever since he was little. Long after he was grown, Eldora Speedway was one track we'd all go to meet at- us driving up from Kentucky and them from New Jersey. Memories I'll always cherish. Some of the shirts dated back to 1980's (and some vintage shirts I kept for myself because they were too good to cut up!) It's one of the best gifts I've been able to give him. Yesterday I had a chance to shoot some photographs of it- I got all mushy and sentimental thinking about how much more meaningful this gift is today compared to the day I made it. You see, just a few months ago we lost his mother to lung cancer. It's a comforting reminder that her legacy will still warm the boys hearts (and tiny toes!) for years to come.

In my upcoming book- The Upcycled T-shirt I collaborated with Britta Folden to design and construct a unique quilt made from tees. It's unlike anything you've seen before. I can't wait to see what you guys think of it... can.not.wait! If you are interested in having a custom made t-shirt quilt made check out Queen B Quilts or sew one yourself using this easy memory tshirt quilt tutorial from Pellon. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Revamp your V-day Wardrobe- Easy DIY's for Valentines Day

Love. Love. Love. With all warm and fuzzies floating around why not lend your families wardrobe a little extra yummy TLC in time for Valentines Day? I've put together a collection of do-it-yourself-mad-skills-not-required projects for mending a hole or an occasional broken heart. Hey. We've all had to kiss a few frogs along the way. Am I right?


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