Mover, Maker & Creator


t-shirt shag rug tutorial

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in blue, buying local, Chicago, christmas, concious consumption, craft, design, diy, eco friendly, generation t, gifts, recycled, room decor, rug, shag rug, tshirts, tutorial, upcycled, waste-free | 144 comments

  Here it is, finally! My shag rug is complete. I love how it feels under my feet, and if it starts to look a little flat, I pick it up, shake it, and it fluffs right back up!  It took some time but I finished it and I’m glad I decided to make one. You can too, especially if you like to cut up t-shirts but never know what to do with the scraps afterwards. The scraps from my scarves are perfect candidates for making a rug. And this craft is very easy, even children can learn...

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Why is it so hard to conserve water?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in conserving water, eco-living, recycled, reuse, water abuse | 2 comments

“The amount of fresh water available for human use is less than 0.08% of all the water on the planet. About 70% of the fresh water is already used for agriculture… . The World Water Council report estimates that in the next two decades the use of water by humans will increase by about 40%, and that 17% more water than is available will be needed to grow the world’s food… The commission concludes that “only rapid and imaginative institutional and technological...

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Spring has Sprung in Chicago!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2010 in banners, Chicago, recipe, recycled, sewing project, spring, spring rolls, thai noodle lettuce wraps, waste-free sewing | 0 comments

  I’m obsessed with making these mini banners lately. My favorite- a litte banner that says “spring” in cute, bubble letters. I want to put it up in my kitchen, which could use a little bit of brightening, but this banner will be sent to my friend Lauren K. at the Catalpa Gift Shop at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, MN. This banner is super simple to make- anyone who can sew in a straight line on their machine can make the banner itself. The letters...

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Simple T-Shirt Mini-Banner

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in artpatchproject, Chicago art, DIY clothing, diy tutorial, eco friendly design, free speech, mini-banners, ragsbysockmonkey, recycled, tshirt, wedding decorations | 0 comments

After seeing this idea on a wedding planning website, I was inspired to create my own, but with my own twist- using scraps from t-shirts that had become scarves in my clothing line. Thanks paper n! After all, I have decided that my line should become more eco-friendly and waste less, so what better way to put smaller scraps to use. This can be easily done with any kind of scraps of fabric, in any kind of shape. Using a ribbon (vintage, I might add, from my grandmother’s...

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Crazy. Busy.

Posted by on Nov 25, 2009 in Chicago, DIY clothing, Etsy, gluten-free, monkey, omlette, ragsbysockmonkey, recipe, recycled, refashioned, scarf, tshirt | 0 comments

Life can throw you around sometimes. Lately, I’ve been feeling the tension between multiple jobs/internships/dance obligations and have not been cooking or creating as much as I wish I were. There always seems to be a balance that I am reaching for, but as I reach, I throw it off to either too much laze-around time to too much to do! Today, however, I took the day off to take care of a sore throat. I cannot say that I got a lot done at home, which is actually probably best. However, I did...

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UPDATE finally! Settling into Chicago.

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Chicago, DIY clothing, jewelry, moving, new, Paper Boy, recycled, refashioned, shirts | 0 comments

Joy of joys, the internet. I have come to realize how spoiled I have been living in Minneapolis next to my lovely neighbors. No longer. I am out in the internet wilderness and must find a way through it by finding a service provider that does not rob me blind… I’ve finally given myself the time to update my Etsy site. I feel a lot better about the status of my business after doing this. Of course, I have a lot of work ahead of me (getting the word out, making new items, finding...

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