Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I want to check this place out..

TAP Plastics: Portland, OR
2842 NE Sandy Blvd.Portland, OR 97232Open: Mon-Fri 8:30 to 6, Sat 9 to 5.Phone: 503.230.0770Fax: 503.230.1275

I stumbled across them while reading about cabochons on the Not Martha blog. Hmmmm...

Monday, March 27, 2006

scrap is awesome!

Michael & I went to
SCRAP 3901A N Williams- in PDX yesterday. I can't believe I have lived so close and never been there before. It is also conveniently located next to Pix Patisserie- purveyors of some of the most deliciously made treats of the white death. (Oh sugar- we battled this weekend and you won. I still love you, sugar.)Anyway, SCRAP is amazing! You really need to see it for yourself, but I found little tins and got them for 2/25 cents. I also got two boxes of photo slides. One set was dedicated to recylcing and will make a wonderful lamp. Michael scored a booklet of sample wood tiles- well "shmood" really. But, they look lovely and the all fit together with a snap-groove, so he started on a large light/shelf/sculpture/wall hanging out of them- picture to come later. He also mostly finished converting an old hi-fi cabinet into a lightbox with handmade paper and copper mesh as a screen. We got a huge sheet of cream-colored handmade paper at SCRAP for a quarter. Cool things we saw at SCRAP included:
memory foam
little tins
foam core
picture frames
handmade paper
upholstery fabric samples
fabric by the yard (for really cheap, too!)
office supplies
scrap metal and wood
ceramic and granite tiles
excitingly random objects.
The place is non-profit and had classes/workshops. Volunteer-based. Go! Go! Go! Support SCRAP!
check out SCRAP's flickr set:

Friday, March 24, 2006

bacon & eggs, belle & sebastian

Last night I made this little breakfast-themed trivet. It was very fun and soothing- much softer and easier than the plastic- which is on hold until I wrangle more grocery bags. Tonight I didn't make anything because Greg and I went to see The New Pornographers and Belle & Sebastian at the Roseland downtown. Fri night I'll go see The Double. I also have a staff meeting at work all weekend- they keep calling it a retreat, but we have to sit in a conference room at work for two days. i want to get my craftspace going at some point. I also want to cruise around and go to the places I mentioned in an earlier post. Mainly I want to check out Knittin Kitten, but I also want to cruise Alberta.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

little red & blue bag

This one was pretty easy and fun. Scrap yarn that I can't do much with became this little purse. I put the corners that Ruby's mom showed me into the bottom and I ended up with a rounded little bucket look because of the way I stitched the sides up. It's perfect for carrying a bottle or random stuff. I didn't bother lining it, but if I make more, then I probably will for the sake of pens, keys and other pokey things carried in purses regularly.

My hands started to finall feel worn out last night while working on the taupe America bag. More yoga tonight, then maybe back to a slide lamp or some sewing. Really, what I need to do is clean up my space. yeeesh!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

America bags

I also started another crochet project- making shopping bags out of old plastic shopping bags. It's another idea I found at the ReadyMade blog. I'm calling them 'America Bags" because when Michael touched the first one, he said, "yes, it feels like America." I started two, and I actually didn't have enough bags since Greg and I don't really shop at very many plastic bag places very often, and we both use cloth bags all of the time. The first bag is gonna be really big and is made with whites and blues and yellows. The other is that taupe color which Michael thought was really "doughnut" colored. The taupe one is looking really good. I just need to find more plastic bags. I'll be picking through my friends' bags this weekend. I started doing yoga again last night. It kinda kicked my ass in the moment- but I'm not really sore today thank god. I'm also going to try to steer clear of sugar again. I was so happy when I didn't eat that delicious white death. Oh yummy white death. hmmmm... I'll post updated photos of the bags when/if finished:

Monday, March 20, 2006

Robot with a vag and a cupcake

Last friday I crocheted a little green robot with a vag and a cupcake for my friend Ruby. Ruby's mother showed me the ultimate trick for making the bottom of a knit or crocheted tote or bag square. It's great, and very simple. After you sew or stitch the bottom together, simply stitch off the corners into the edges of your square and fold them over inside the bag. I'll try to draw it and post it later.
On Sunday, the other devils and I went out to Fabric Depot to look at all the splendor. We picked out some patterns. Anneliese and I are talking mumu right now. I'm thinking two for me and Michael for Easter made out of these christian tapestries we found at a Goodwill in Vancouver. I bought some remnants that were all 50% off and a tub of random buttons also 50% off! I only spent 6 bucks and I got a pretty good haul- including some orange gingham print oilcloth to make a little purse or wallet out of. I also read more about felting in one of the books. I didn't realize that it was so damn easy!
I am craft-obsessed lately. These are the places I want to visit in PDX- maybe on friday:
Frock (2940 NE Alberta
Retrospect (1532 NE Alberta
Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.3934 SW Corbett Avenue
Knittn Kitten (7530 NE Glisan
SCRAP (3901A N Williams
JoAnn Fabrics (1928 NE 42nd
Lint- 1700 NW Marshall St

current flickr set of some stuff I made:

I would like to get off my ass and crochet a narwhal. Been meaning too for ages. I really miss my craft wife Lindsay Arnold lately. We used to make a ton of bullshit together. She has mad skills. I made her mom an iVag without labia for xmas.

I did a goofy job of stitching her name on the side. I thought Ruby would like it all silly.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Oh Iggy...

Oh Iggy... Just when I was going to crown him the world's biggest tuff-guy-turned-pussy, the little m**f**ker punctured my arm so many times I looked like I'm a cutter. I still can't resist the urge to hold him like a baby. Something so cute, yet so mean. Viva la tuff-stuff Ignacious!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A family of iVag's

Or would the plural form be iVagi?

vagina iPod cozy Posted by Picasa

original Posted by Picasa

frigid Posted by Picasa

Smurfette's vag Posted by Picasa

Hallie with her new iVag for the Nano. Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 10, 2006

Tammy illfigure screenprinting for Tammytown

We're trying to unload the rest of all this stuff on etsy. Please! Go to
and order them. They are priced to sell!

young cuntry panties Posted by Picasa

black tammytown tee Posted by Picasa

ol' Illfigure raglan Posted by Picasa