Sunday, December 27, 2009

more inspiration from junk to funk

continuing on...... this little number was make of scrap fabric. but the best part was the bustle in the back. constructed of shredded paint bucket lids, it gave this dress the drama it needed. some of the bustle was lost, mid-strut, but no matter. still the greatese wedding dress of all time.the was one of my top three. can't see it really good, but this dress is made out of all those mesh bags that your avocados, tangerines, and fruit come in. the hat has a lovely "mesh veil" over the front of her face, and the bustle is piled high with colors of red, green, orange and blue.

the quintessential bridesmaid's dress. or, a night on the town, or casual friday at the office, or riding a horse, or hunting wombats, or..... you name it, i would wear it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

more junk to funk

here is another lovely that blew me away. her skirt is made with all sorts of stuff i can't quite remember, buuuuut, the jacket she is taking off actually turns into a shoulder bag. now who doesn't love versatility? no?

junk to funk 09

seriously people, marcy and i always go to this gig and wonder how these artists can out do the year before. behold.....the above pic was my favorite of the whole show. you are looking at all used coffee filters that have been dip dyed in berries. the corset is also coffee filters,but is a molded shell around her body. the back of the corset is a pink ribbon criss crossing up and down her back

here is a pic of her onstage struttin that dress. i swear, most of the outfits i would actually wear out.
this is the back of the stage. all made with styrofoam, you know, that crap we can't recycle. they spray painted some of it green,and then let the lights do the rest of the work. i have more pics coming. trying to post more often.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

first bazaar of the season

my girl marcy took a nice pic of me at my booth at the St. Anthony's Bazaar in Forest Grove. i have all my books out and my kanzashi flower pins. you can't see the tote bags, but they are there. it was a lot of fun, and i always something i look forward to.

stay tuned for Junk to Funk pics, and a few other things.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

oooo new neat website to share

since i have been on a sweet tooth kick, this little website and blog will make your heart sing.

click here and be inspired. i love the colors. makes me think of all the fabrics i have, and how to change them up.

oh, and stay tuned. there will be new posts by my partner in crime.... Bubbles.

she is having a hard time trying to figure out what to wear.

Monday, November 2, 2009



click on it,,,, i dare you..seriously,,,,, it's not porn, don't worry, but something much sweeter. and the little shop just opened in Newberg. i smell crafty gatherings here in the future.

head on over.....i dare you!:)

Monday, October 5, 2009

bubbles is the giver

when i was busy making this little number, it just needed something. you know, that project that needs a little "snap", but you can't put your finger on it. well, bubbles came through when she suggested i take a cutting of blue tulle from her skirt, and use that to embellish the bottom of the pocket. what a giver she is. saving the creative day like that.

anyhoo, i just love this. i am learning how to use fake flowers, and the effect is pretty cool.
as usual, bubbles is all "atwitter" about her suggestion.

more later

Thursday, October 1, 2009

books revisited

this little number was a fun one to make. all scrap and scrap ribbon, it can be used to look at fondly, or to write in. i also have a tie in the front that adds to the allure.cute one!!!!!

congratulations to Shannon. she is the first entry to follow my blog. i think a prize is in order.! don't forget everyone, this weekend begins the fall harvest tour in yamhill county. me and my girl marcy will be out there.....

Monday, September 14, 2009

you like bag grasshopper?

this is a new item i made last week. some great denim, and a polka dot oil cloth for a pocket.
the straps are re purposed karate belts. don't ask me how many needles i broke on my machine trying to get those on. i have heavy fabric dreams, but only a tinkerbell sewing machine.
bubbles had a ball modeling these. she had a great summer, even for having no head.

i will show more soon.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

back in the saddle

i have a new computer, and tons of inspiration, not to mention i am in Crafty Wonderland next weekend. been busy in the studio, and cranked out this little number. it has pink balls on the bottom and a cool pink Playboy belt. i thought the fabric was so cute. little pink fish, and scuba diver girls. i will post more later.

Monday, August 31, 2009

to be continued

i have obtained a new computer and am still yet to toss over all my pictures. there will be more to come very soon. please check back.


i will be at Crafty Wonderland on september 13th from 11 to 4pm

Friday, August 14, 2009

farewell , old friend

today we are getting our cooktop torn out and a new, shiny one installed. this is a little wistful for me. this is where i learned to flip pancakes when i was a little girl.....a gateway to enjoying breakfast. this is also where my dad, brother and i made the infamous anchovy, pimiento pasta as well. another gateway to trying new things. it as also the testing ground for my now famous wine pairing dinners i throw once a year.
it's 38 years old, and the front burner is broken, but i can't help but remember the memories of all the good food (and my dad's fire with the beans) that was cooked and enjoyed here.
this is also the place i make my wheat paste for the wonderful books i have been so obsessed with. so, i say farewell buddy......out with the harvest gold, and in with the white. you are still useful, and definitely never forgotten. thanks for the memories. sniff sniff

Sunday, August 9, 2009

more books

another book made out of repurposed skirt leather. this remains my most favorite book and it is also the most un fussy.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

flaxin waxin

i took a beeswax collage class, and of course, got obsessed with that too. found these great "stop sign" shaped wood pieces at the Goodwill, threw on some pretty paper, an avocado sack and beeswaxed the top. turned out really "gorg", no?
this one is sort of leaning toward Italy, which as you know i have definitely been there!!! i have more fun doing all this stuff than should be legal in 3 states.

Friday, July 31, 2009

purty eh?

my obsession continues with this stitch. it is the coptic stitch used in the 15th century. i love the exposed spine. i picked up this gorgeous hand marbled paper at a book show and i just love it. i havc this book sitting on my bedside table. it makes me so happy to just look at it.

Friday, July 24, 2009

ooooooo i love the repurposin'

book making is now a full blown obsession. these little beauties were made with some reclaimed leather i had layin around. the brown one is actually from an old leather skirt i found at the Goodwill store. the buttons are a dollar store find, and the paper is cheap enough. you likey?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

book makin'

since i have been taking so many great classes on bookbinding, i thought i would go in another direction and make this is made out of my own hand pulled paper with my mom's dried flowers.
the white paper was given to me, but all else is mine. i had fun with the binding!

this is a small book with an exposed spine. i think showing off the work in the stitching is important, because it takes a while for this step . i made the book cover and back as well. this paper was kindly given to me from my master book binding teacher. she has a ton of scraps that i have used for everything.
pretty, no?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

new website discovery

since y'all know i am into the re use thing, i found a new cool website that has projects, reports and ideas for what to do with all those so called "throwaway " items. it's called Crafting in a Green World.

check it out here


Monday, June 1, 2009

take a guess

Bubbles has bee so helpful modeling things for me lately, she felt it was time to show off this super find. guess what it is?
that's right, a drape tieback. i found it at a scrap store. doesn't it just scream necklace? y'all know how i love to reuse stuff, well, this item is going to have a happy second life.


i had the greatest weekend.....spent two days in different art studios taking classes. had lunch with my best girlfriend Sarah, and i am plumb tuckered out. with as much creativity as i unleashed this weekend, i am stymied about what to do with these wooden bracelets.

any ideas?

Monday, May 25, 2009

reuse, reuse, repurpose, repeat!

erica gave these to me from her wedding down in mexico. she just knew i could make something super fancy with them..
nothing like a little scrap fabric sewn up with some lavendar pods in it....

it made the most sublime sachet, no?
now when i open my drawer, i see the old mexican man staring back at me saying "Put me in your underwear drawer chica!"
more to come

side by side comparison

the picture below is me, before college graduation with my nephew.... i could pick him up. now the shoe is on the other foot. he has grown, and he could probably pick me up now!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


i take a moment away from crafty business to salute my nephew. today my mom and dad surprised him with A CAR for his graduation present. he was smiling from ear to ear. we made him put cap and gown on to take a few pics of him, the car and a few with me. this pic is important to me, because in 1994, there is a pic of he and i when i graduated from college in my cap and gown. he was a tiny boy back then, and look how far he has come. when i find the picture i will post it here, and you can see how he has grown. later.....

Monday, May 18, 2009

bookbinding as obsession

the bookbinding class i took last winter turned me into a bookbinding fanatic. now that i know how to use fabric as the bookcloth, my world is all opened up. marcy found this cool "Project Runway" fabric, i used it for the main bookcloth, an the white strip is white denim jeans i ripped apart!!! Fabulous, No?
i have this thing about eyes. made a collage piece out of scrap paper, and threw some rinestones in there for extra glitter. kinda looks like a whacked out eyeball, but still cool.
Bubbles the dress form was a little irritated when she found out she wasn't going to be modeling these for me, but due to an unfortunate "Chrystal Light" commercial that went awry, she has no arms. she refuses to talk about it. we will stick to the jewels.

Friday, May 15, 2009

re-purposed beauty

Bubbles the dress form is all a twitter about my new button necklaces. this is an entirely re-purposed item here folks! the rectangular frame is a belt link, old buttons, a great pink button from an old jacket, and some lovely ribbon. i have had a ball creating these. there will be more for your viewing pleasure.

for those of you who are dedicated to viewing my blog, and have missed me ( including my own self), i am comitted to updating this "bad girl blog" from now on. i have so much more to come.

also, OCAC is having their ceramic and metal arts show this weekend may 16th and 17th. just a heads up.

ttfn: sandi the fabulous

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

i love this woman

the crafty chica has been around longer than most of us. but i must say, with work being a little slow, and the economy the way it is, she is a warm, vibrant partner to have in hard times. i picked up her new book "Crafty Chicas Guide to Artful Sewing" at the library, and have been divinely inspired. if you don't sew, or even if you sew, like, hardly, she has some great ideas and fun projects. also has her own product line as well.

everyone knows i have an unhealthy obsession with glitter, but Crafty Chica takes it to the nth power. check out her website if you want, or even if you just need a little smile

and i promise, i will update my blog more often!! really, i will.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

check this out!!!

i have always wanted to try this: marbling paper at home....well, now you and i can.....this is so easy it's crazy. a little liquid starch, acrylic paint, paper and a plastic tub, and you can have these beauties. i was looking on a cool "how to" website and this "sista" knows what's up!!!!!!

i am going to be trying this in the near here for instructions.

or click the pretty picture......

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

link broken, like my heart!!

ok, now try it:{

shamrock fun!!

something fun for the whole family....... making shamrock pretzels!!! who can turn down a massive thing like this? so easy and fun to give as a gift to all sorts of people: your neighbor, your garbage man(preferably not in the garbage), your friendly racoon, or even your own damn self.... click here for the recipe. or try clicking the shamrock too. i think i can link pictures now.

also, you could make other shapes too. i will leave the creativity up to you!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

aren't they cuuuuuute?

Michael's had a bumper crop on magnet blanks. i had buttons. this is the birthed baby. soooo cute. and cute for the fridge. i made about 20, because i just couldn't stop myself. these would make a great hostess gift. or get out of jail gift......whatever.

happy sunday!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

it's been a while!!!

what with all the running around, working, driving, working some more etc. it has been a challenge to get in the studio for me. i made it a priority this weekend. and since i am doing my part to keep Bubbles (my mannequin) employed, she donned this gorgeous new bag i banged out today. a little tulle underneath the pocket adds a little frosting on the cake.

Monday, January 19, 2009

shrinky dinks

remember shrinky dinks????!!! that is the piece you see here. i shrunk the circle, and then added this cool cardstock lettering i found. and decided to add a little ribbon for good measure!!

here is what it looks like on "Bubbles", my new mannequin. a few fresh water pearls and green faceted stuff in there too. Bubbles likes it.