Thursday, September 29, 2011

Web Design

i'm a thief.  
i stole some spider webs the other day. 
i remember capturing webs in kindergarten with Mrs. Donahue but i couldn't remember how we did it so i made up my own way.
first i jiggled the web so the spider would scoot away to the edge.
then i used gold spray paint and sprayed both sides of web with it.
after that i placed my paper behind the web,
and started pulling paper toward web back, toward me,
while spraying from the front with spray adhesive.

you could try different colors of spray paint and different colors of paper.  or use blank cards to make stationary.  lots of options.
what will you try?

sewing at Smashing Rubbish World Headquarters and trying to catch up on baby and birthday gifts,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Boots- Sorta

altered rain boots!

found these old Helly Hanson rubber boots at a tag sale recently.
loved the orangey brown and yellow.
but the rubber was so vintage that it had started to crack down the back.
can't have cracked rubber y'all!
so i took my trusty heavy duty scissors to them and did away with the top cracked part.

hmmmmmm....what to do with some short rubber hacked up boots?
add fabric trim.
of course!
i had, in my massive stash of fabric, textiles and scraps, some cashmere and silk.
who wouldn't want to pair rubber with the finest of natural fibers?!
my most excellent and awesome new industrial sewing machine was able to help me get the majority of the fabric attached to the rubber.
but because of the shank in the boots foot bed, i was not able to bend it in a way that allowed me to sew entirely around the top cut edge of the boot.
no worries!
fabric glue to the rescue!
i found, also in my massive stash of trims, ribbons and bindings, this perfect green bias tape.

add a little glue, get out your paper clips(!), and get to work!

i love how these turned out!

my "new" luxurious winter rain boots!

what are y'all repurposing, altering, upcycling these days?
do tell!

rearranging Smashing Rubbish World Headquarters for the umpteenth time this week,
it's a good thing!,

Friday, September 16, 2011

What's New?!

Hey Friends! 

many new treasures are being added daily.  above you see a small selection of what has come in over last week.  i am shopping today and tomorrow so even more will be out by next week!  come take a peak and don't forget we have awesome and unique gifts at Smashing Rubbish.  come make your wish list!

putting the finishing touches on my "new" boots.  will show y'all soon so stay tuned.



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Random Goodness

Pepper James with gma

check out this article about How to Talk to Little Girls.  also helpful for talking to little boys.  found via aesthetic outburst, via a cup of jo.

enjoying the wonderful weirdness that is Walter Potter's Menagerie found via TeenAngster.
anthropomorphic taxidermy fantasticness!

making this Peach Tart as soon as possible.

and loving the photography of Iain McKell and his The New Gypsies series.  it's incredible!
via: i cant remember where!  sorry!

doing a major reset in the shop this weekend.
come check it out next week!

making "new" boots (will post about them soon!),

Saturday, September 3, 2011


got some new ink last week.

this is what it looks like after you take the plastic wrap off the next morning.

gooey and slimy
blurred from the liberal use of my handmade herbal tattoo salve.  i'm convinced my colored ones are still so bright because of my herbal tattoo salve.  just sayin. 

and then when you wash it off you can see your words.
my words.
that help remind me to be nice.
nice to myself and others.
easy does it.  we're all human. relax. and be at peace.

it says:
"I choose authenticity.  I am brave, vulnerable and imperfect.  I am enough."

the calligraphy was commissioned from the ultra fabulous Betsy Dunlap.  she is an amazing artist that i have been following for a few years.  she happens to live in tucson but i did not discover her there. 

there was another sentence that got left out for lack of room but i will have it put somewhere else.  it is, "I live and love with my WholeHeart."  totally inspired by the work of Brene Brown that i have been deep diving into over the last 7 months.  yep.

all of my ink is done by Tom, the owner of Tattoo Evolution in Everett, WA.  He's a rock star in the ink world.  truly.

3/4 sleeved now and have a few small spots to fill in.  when this is done healing i will begin dreaming of the next piece of work.  maybe i need a Smashing Rubbish piece. hmmmmm.....

mending, in more ways than one,