My own personally signed copy
My sister Ki arrived late last night with a signed copy of the new Flea Market Style magazine in hand! It may sound a bit corny, but I have become a collector of Ki's junking achievements. She has become my Junk Mentor. She has taught me to look beyond the obvious and see the possibilities in all things rusty and crusty. I have learned through her to appreciate the history, stories and love that a certain object may hold. So when I saw that magazine in her hand, I was just down right giddy with excitement!
"Shirt off his back"
Ki has the junking talent and I have the sewing talent in our family. That makes for a good team. When a sewing project comes up she'll call me in distress and say " Karlaaaaa, Can you make this for me? Oh! I need it by tomorrow." I just shake my head. I know Ki too well and have usually allotted time for the "I need it tomorrow project" even before she calls. The pictured items above are the result of one of those phone calls.
The Flea Market Style magazine was in the works when Ki had this great idea to give recycled men's shirts a new purpose. The phone call came and I had my next " I need it done tomorrow project". Off to the local thrift store to purchase the above items, and snatch six men's shirts, dry cleaning tags still attached off the clothing racks.
What you see here are the idea's that didn't make the cut for the magazine. The first idea was to simply Mod Podge strips of torn men's shirting around an inexpensive $1.00 tissue box. My first and last attempt into the Mod Podge world. I thought it turned out pretty cute, Ki with her critical eye gave it a thumbs down.
The next idea handed to me was to make a liner with ruffle for a wicker beach type tote. This project, I was excited about as it required sewing skills and not Mod Podge skills. I found the perfect wicker tote at the thrift store for under $3.00. After some creative thinking I figured out how to get that ruffle around those handles and still have it removable for easy cleaning. I really liked how this project turned out and sent it off to Ki. Nope, another thumbs down. (Check out the magazine to see what basket liner did make it !) I have to admit, that other liner was cuter than mine but mine was a beach tote not laundry tote so give me a break.
Insiders peek at the new magazine