Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Create Change on Kickstarter

If you've been following along as I've revealed my top secret plans to change the world, you already know the fundamentals for the Create Change App. A free app that will give you inspiration and know how to repurpose items that we otherwise would throw away... into our landfills. I've spent countless hours researching EPA statistics and even hung out at the Central Kentucky Landfill: where 70% of the items can be recycled or reused. It's crazy to think that we throw so much away without ever wondering how it might affect our future generations.
Don't be fooled, our waste/consumption problem is affecting us right now. Did you know that babies are born with over 250 industrial chemicals already in their bodies? This is a direct result of environmental pollution. 

The Create Change app will revolutionize the way we view our trash and instigate a movement to change the way we consume and create. While we may not be able to completely eliminate the garbage coming out of our homes, if we find creative ways to reuse materials (along with recycling) we will cut back on the amount of trash we produce while injecting color, textures, and wonder into our lives and communities. We all know that we should reduce our consumption, reuse what we have, and recycle the rest. So why is it so difficult? It doesn't have to be: Create Change makes it fun & easy. With innovative DIY tutorials accessible at your fingertips, you'll be able to find inspiration wherever trash happens.
I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the development of this app- which will be available on iphone and android markets. If your not familiar with Kickstarter- its a crowd funding platform. You can back a project at various levels (for as little as $1!) and you are not charged until the project ends & only if the goal is met. We have until August 29th to raise $17,000! Interested? For supporting the project you are showered with limited edition collaborations from a few of my favorite handmade artisans!

What? Did I just say $17K? I know it sounds outrageous- but the cost of app development is. One company actually quoted me more than $50,000!
I'm always curious about where the money goes when I back a project, and it's important to me to that you understand the budget & know exactly what you are funding.
$12,000 design and development of the app. The app will be available on both android and iphone platforms. 
A little more than $2,000 budgeted for backer rewards + shipping costs
Approximately $1,700 in fees (paid to Kickstarter + Amazon) 
$1,000 for build costs
Keep in mind the tutorials featured in this app are all going to be original content. The build costs include investment in tools and materials. I've invested my time and skills to this project and have team of volunteers to help create. This budget is the bare minimum needed to launch the Create Change App. Any amount raised over the goal will be used to give the Create Change Movement a permanent website home, plan live events in YOUR town, host a launch party and possibly treat the team of volunteers to dinner and wine!

Send out some tweet and tell the world we're ready to create change. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

6 Ways to Get Back In the Moment


Here we are almost through the month of July... Where     did     the     summer     go? I've been working extremely hard on laying down the fundamentals for the Create Change App Kickstarter & Pledge event in November, rebranding TrashN2Tees (what do you think?) , networking, sewing and to be honest there have been moments when I had to catch myself and get a reality check.

When I sat down to write this blog post I was going to talk about how I sometimes feel the need to disconnect to reconnect.

 Like taking a break, 
                             and soaking up a moment.

You might feel this discombobulation when you're under stress, looking for answers, sleepy, grumpy, creatively blocked, burning dinners regularly, and overall being an under productive human being. Have you ever felt like this?

I make every effort to live my life .in. the. moment. It doesn't always come with balance, sometimes I have to remind myself with a nudge, kick, or push of the cliff shove. Here are 6 ways I get back in "the moment": 

1. Be Grateful.

2. Focus on what is in front of you. 
Right now there are eruptions of laughter and the thumping footsteps of giant scary monsters just a room away.  

3. Acknowledge & Release. 
Dwelling on an emotion is never healthy, alas we've all done it. Recognize it, give it a name, and let it go.

4. Emerse yourself in conversation. 
Just listen. Intently.

5. Remember to breathe. 

6. Repeat your mantra. 
Remember that you're awesome. You have unique genius- and you do it better than anyone else can. 

I really think its easy to go through the motions, get caught up in plans & chasing dreams- but I don't want anyone missing out on right. now. because truely those are the only moments you can live in. 
I can type this with such conviction and yet I sometimes find myself off kilter & out of wack. I hope you'll share your tips for un-funking, re-centering, and being in the moment in the comments below. Unless you care to tell me what you're smelling right now... that might be fun too.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Kids Cuff Upcycled Tshirt Tutorial

What you need:
Rotary Cutter/ Scissors 
Steam a Seam or Pellon fusible webbing 
Tshirt scraps (I used 1 tshirt sleeve & the initial cut from another shirt) 
Sewing machine or needle + thread
10 minutes or less 
1. Cut through both layers of sleeve creating a long rectangle.
2. Sew 2 rectangles together + fuse initial onto center of rectangle (be sure to follow directions)
3. Fold rectangle in half & sew ends together- (serge or zig zag stitch if you prefer) 
And you're finished!

a few tips:
Instead of fusing applique on to cuff you can sew down for more durability.  
For a super fast project, just cut  few inches off the end of sleeve & hand sew or use fabric markers to add design.  (as seen with the purple "e" cuff) 
6" measurement works well for 4-6 y I had to make the cuff a little smaller for my 3y.

I think this is a great project for birthday party favors or costumes and is the perfect scrap buster project.  They boys are really excited about the Ninjago marathon going on this weekend and I whipped up a few of these in a matter of minutes. What will you be putting on your tee cuffs?

Don't forget to upload your latest upcycled creations to the <create change> flickr pool- A movement to change the way we consume & create. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What gives Montana, Utah, and Wyoming?

I can almost say, I've shipped to all 50 States, 10 countries, on 5 continents. But I can't- because Montana, Utah, and Wyoming aren't yet pinned on my map. What gives? So in order to meet you folks in the Wild West I'm extending you an exclusive discount: M4TBGD at check out will snag you 20% off! Valid only if you are a wild wester in Montana, Utah, or Wyoming. Meanwhile, check out all amazing placesTrashN2Tees has been, it's been quite an honor!- Pinmarks free with purchase.

View Oh the places TNT's Been in a larger map

Monday, July 2, 2012

Counting down to Kickstarter

I'm very excited to share that TrashN2Tees will be launching a Kickstarter in the upcoming days to fund the development of an iOS application. The app offers a creative database of tutorials that will walk you step by step through creatively reusing items you might otherwise throw away.
Please join the <Create Change.> movement and revolutionize the way people view their trash and inspire everyone to find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need- injecting color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. 70% of the items in our landfills can be recycled or repurposed.

The Kickstarter project will be launching in the upcoming days- but you can already join the movement & inspire change with the way we consume and create.

Join & Share your own upcycled work on the <Create Change.> Flickr Group http://www.flickr.com/groups/2037609@N22/
((Images shared here will be used through out the campaign- with your credits, and shared with backers of the project))

Love Pinterest? Need inspiration? <Create Change.> is there- responsibly pinning tips & tutorials to recreate using discarded items http://pinterest.com/trashn2tees/create-change-movement/

Follow @TrashN2Tees on Twitter or watch for hashtag #createchange. to find out more about the movement & how you can take action.

Makers, I want to share your genius with my backers! You can help change the way we consume and create with a handmade contribution. Email me at contact@trashN2tees.com for more details! 


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