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Scrap Crafts : Barkcloth Bookmarks

March 15, 2010 01:57 by ehouston

I don’t know about you guys, but I not only have a ton of textiles I also have a ton of scraps.  You may think, well why don’t you just toss them away?  For some reason when it comes to vintage fabrics (especially) I just cannot get rid of even the little bitty bits.  I have been known to save scraps so small they cannot hardly be considered for sewing.  However, a while back I gathered some of those little pieces together and created these…

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…little bookmarks.  There is something about vintage barkcloth.  I just love the texture and the fun patterns.

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Don’t you think the selvedge makes for a neat border?  (Maybe that’s just the textile junky in me)  As you can see I also had some fun with my sewing machine’s different stitches.

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This last version is my favorite because I am total fan of the really mod, atomic type patterns of barkcloth from the 1950’s. 

This craft project was almost a total “Green” project.  I say ‘almost’ because the backing fabric used was newer cotton canvas, however it was just the scraps left over from another project.  I used cardstock I had gathered from the recycling bin at work to create an inner piece to add some stiffness and stability.  The ribbons and rickrack were all vintage bits purchased from estate sales and thrift shops.  Basically all the pieces were to be discarded, but I was able to bring them together into something useful…and pretty cute, I might add!

So, do you have any projects created from what you swept up off your craft room floor after another project?  Do you have TONS of bits and bobs laying around and waiting for a way to be used?  Are you really just a Hoarder?   Come on, you can tell us…  Do we need to call TLC for an intervention?  ;o)

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PS- I have sold all but one of these bookmarks.  Here is the lone survivor in case you are interested.  I hope to create some new ones soon!


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One of My Favs- Necessity Is the Mother!

March 20, 2009 07:22 by ehouston

I was so excited when I saw the latest Featured Artist on Etsy.  She is one of my teammates from the Retro Handmade Etsy Team and she makes some of the coolest clothes evah!  I really do adore the items that Arielle creates, and the fact that she goes to great lengths to recycle cast-offs.  What a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle!  Something we are all hyper aware of these days.  Please, please take a moment to check out all her Fancy Clothes at her Etsy shop and read her story on the front page.

Rick-Rack dream of a dress!  The Good Cook Pinafore by NecessityistheMother.

If I was just a little smaller in the middle....darn growing baby!  ;0) 

The Robin's Stripe Pinafore.

Happy Shopping!

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March Treasuries Begin!

March 9, 2009 02:22 by ehouston

I have been working hard to help promote the Retro Handmade Etsy Team with themed Treasuries.  Of course, right now we are working with the upcoming St. Patty's Day holiday and looking for all things lucky and green!  Check out the latest Team Treasury.  It's green in more ways than one!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=44832

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How this all started....

May 8, 2008 04:27 by ehouston

So, I have been creating since I was a little kid.  Sometimes with the aid of a parent or teacher and other times on my own with stolen, make that acquired tools from said parents or teachers.  The idea of making something not only from my heart, but through the use of my mind always fascinated me and held my attention for hours.  I would often deconstruct something just to figure it all out.  I could not always reconstruct the item, or if I did it might not look exactly the same and there could be some extra parts left over, but I would at least get the gist of it all.  Throughout the years, I have created, collected, refurbished and reinvented everything from junk parts, to clothing, furniture and other odd castoffs.  To make something new and useful out of something that is, well, technically trash in someone else’s eyes is a very rewarding task.  The business of doing so, even more rewarding and I have attempted it, as a way to support my hobbies, many times over the last 10-15 years or so.  Part of my desire to recreate from the old and unused was due in part to being raised by thrifty recyclers and re-inventors.  It also came from a love of being surrounded by items with a past and a story.  Once on my own, I also discovered that making that cool, newly acquired (bought this time, not stolen) piece of furniture or other home décor item meant trying to fit it into a palate built for a more modern era.  The average suburban track home leaves much to be desired when trying to outfit the interior with vintage pieces and retro found objects.  Then there was the issue with needing new items to cozy up a home with an older aesthetic; a concern a good friend brought to me when attempting to merge a nursery into her vintage bungalow.  None of the items that were readily available were a fit and everything screamed, THIS IS THE KID’S ROOM, rather than blending in nicely with the rest of her Arts & Crafts furnishings.  All these experiences came together a one point and made me realize there is opportunity here to create not only what people want, but what they need.  That is how KitschDesigns.com was born.  Over the years this little made by one woman, cottage industry has taken on many different projects to infuse retro chic into apparel, accessories and home décor.  Most recently, it has become a moniker for any and all of my creative passions and this site is just another outlet for me to express my love of the old, the new, the once loved and the recently reborn.  I hope you enjoy! -E


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