Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh My Handmade Goodness New Year

If you follow @TrashN2Tees on twitter you may have caught word about Oh my! Handmade Goodness
Yes, its that awesome. I'm excited for 2012 and can't wait to see what is in store- I have a few new designs up my sleeves and once the warm weather returns I hope to be hitting the streets and spreading the TrashN2Tees love locally.  I promise to give Vlog (video blogging) another go and am currently brain storming some innovative ways to intergate videos into your shopping experience. Imagine this: me, lots of fruits and veggies, a reusable produce bag, and scale! Its on. Seeing is believing. Check back later this week for a complete list of goals. For now, I'd love for you to check out my submission to the Ultimate Entrepreneur Giveaway. My entry was inspired by my little black composition notebooks I cart around- you never know when inspiration will strike and I doodle designs and ideas often. Okay... all. the. time. I hope you'll enjoy it- 
View it here!

11 Ways to Repurpose Corks: New Years Edition

 New Years Eve is a good excuse to get together with your friends drink some bubbly and play with glitter. This year is no different- but instead of tossing those corks into the trash here are 11 ways to repurpose them! (Be sure to check out these awesome Green Party ideas perfect for New Years Eve too!)
  1. Make your next party fancy with wine cork place card holders! Just cut a small slit into each cork and slide the place card right in. Bonus points if the place cards are made from reused material, too. (cereal boxes?!)
  2. Scratch proof flowerpots Glue slices of cork to the bottom of your pots to keep from getting scratchy scratches and helps with drainage too!
  3. You can slice the cork into rounds that would work wonderfully as beads for a necklace, earrings, or  bracelet!
    betinaworks on etsy
  4. duh! make a cork board!
  5. Bust out the blender- Shred corks and use them in the garden as mulch
  6. Or- Sow a seed. Keep your green thumb clean and have even sowing holes and the same time.  The next time you are sowing seeds in the garden use a wine cork to create your small holes.  If you want to be faster attach several wine corks to a board spaced out according to your planting preferences.  Just flip the board over and press the corks lightly into the ground; lift and pop your seeds in all of your new holes.
  7. Corks make great stamps! Check out Elaine’s awesome cork stamps
  8. Do you have a ton of old corks that need a new life? You can slice those suckers in half lengthwise and attach them to the wall along the floor or at waist height to make a cork chair rail!
  9. Pin cushion- stick it.
  10. suggests that you keep old corks in a sealed jar filled with alcohol.  When you are ready to light a fire, place a cork or two underneath your kindling and newspaper and light them with a match.
  11. auroamae on etsy
  12. Set down your wine, and pick up your needles- I found upcycled cork stitch stoppers from auroramae on etsy. (picture up top)
Please feel free to share your tips and ideas for reusing cork or suggest a good bottle of wine (because I still haven't found one I really enjoy) I'd love to hear how you'll be ringing in the New Year tonight too!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hod Rod Birthday Party- Handmade Ideas

Many of you already know my family loves anything with big wheels and a big engine- so it's no surprise that my son S wanted to celebrate his 6th birthday with in hot rodding fashion. We held the party at our local Gatti's Pizza (think arcade/buffet) and everyone had a great time! There weren't a whole lot of hot rod/drag strip birthday ideas so I wanted to share some of the little handmade accents that helped make our party a success.
all applique designs are my own- © TrashN2Tees

Here we are in the planning stages of S's special birthday tshirt- I really wanted to give it a funky edge and liked the striped grill. I run pretty much any new car or truck designs by Mr. TNT... even though I don't always like what he has to say he helps me to keep the designs authentic. He liked the car but made the suggestion to remove the bumper and black out the grill. Many times muscle cars and dragsters black out the grill for various reason- some believe it makes the car more intimidating. I think it probably had something to do with running from the cops after a race and camouflaging into a dark alley when you make your great escape.

The table had been set up to let the kids play and explore different types of fast cars and muscle cars from the 1960's as they arrived. We brought along Hotwheels cars from our own personal collection and I picked up a few packages of little pit crew (think green army men with gas cans & wrenches) sprinkled through out the room. A few books were set out as well including Cars of the 1970's- they were intended for the kids but I found the grown up guys hogging them.
The room was decorated using a simple checkered flag pennants and the handmade cupcakes sat on our lazy susan that had a spiffy make over. (You can see it in the background of the previous picture) The car gummies and cupcake flag were ordered from Oriental Trading Company.
Upon arrival all we handed out "Pit Passes" that were personalized for each of our guests who RSVP'd using a photograph that their mom or dads sent to me via email. The passes were placed in plastic sleeves and hung on checkered flag lanyards. After the party each everyone got a $5 'credit card' to enjoy games in the arcade- and it was really important to me that they get a unique and practical party favor- alas the checkered flag wallets! They're perfect for Yu-gi-oh cards, a few hard earned allowance dollars, and business cards from the local RC hobby shop (ask me how I know?) If you're looking for a simple boys wallet tutorial- I found this one from Noodlehead.
Of course we didn't want to leave out the little brother- he got a special race themed personalized Trashn2Tees tshirt and hot rod necklace from 3VsKidsJewels on Etsy. It was fun to take a theme we really enjoy and run with it- from designing the cupcakes and tshirts to sewing over 10 wallets in the middle of my holiday rush. Next year birthday crafting will take place in September! Everything came together really well and I know his birthday party was a success. Please let me know if you have any questions- I would be happy to answer them.
All applique designs are Trashn2Tees original work made using reclaimed materials, if you are interested in placing a custom order with TNT you can find more information right here Past designs can be found on my Flickr- Please read content & disclaimers

Friday, December 16, 2011

I have a confession to make.

 Here is something you might not know about me. I'm secretly a history buff. Yep, it's true. I can spend hours on end watching documentaries and biographies on just about anything. I love watching how different types of relationships and actions can impact the future. I love learning about new (and old) cultures, their society, beliefs and traditions. This morning TrashN2Tees upcycled tshirt bow/eco gift wrap option was featured on the Charming Gypsy blog where she shares origin of gift wrapping and how the tradition developed. I thought it was interesting and I hope you do too. Be sure to check out the bow tutorial at the end of the post- you could repurpose magazines and other colorful paper to give your gifts an added pop this season!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Handmade Holidays Handpicked Gift Guide: For your Best Friend

Whether you're best friend lives 700 miles away (like mine) or just down the road, you can find the perfect gift right here! Follow my favorites on Etsy or Pinterest and catch up with the Handmade Holidays features here: The Gift Guide for Girls and The Gift Guide for Boys 


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