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Represent.Us Faux Newspaper

Check it out:

I spent the last two days putting together this fake newspaper for Represent.Us
I’ve been volunteering in the 435 Project, an activist movement to fight the corruption in the U.S. Congress.

I’m part of the MA District 7 team (including Cambridge) and we put together this hilarious satirical newspaper for an event on April 12th called “Representation Day.” The idea is to question where our tax dollars go, and whether our Representatives work for us, or for large corporations who donate billions of dollars to election campaigns.

And you all know how I feel when the little people get screwed! Small business power!!

Presenting, The Washington Roast!

The Washington Roast satirical newspaper for Representation Day - by 9000things

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Shop Handmade, Shop Local

Hanging out at a show in Boston on a really hot day, I made this hand lettered sign to encourage everyone everywhere to support local, handmade small businesses rather than large (probably evil) corporations.

Feel free to share :)

Shop Handmade | hand lettered signage | 9000 things

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To Vacation Or Not To Vacation

I’m so torn between getting a million things done or just ditching and going to the beach. Though going to the beach often leads to thing like this:

Vacation means something different to a compulsive designer - 9000things

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Earth Day is Every Day!

Okay, Serious Post for a second here.

9000things, the small independent business is just over a year old now, but the idea behind it has followed me around since forever and ever. I’m not exactly sure when I first realized that far too many useful things make their way to die a lonely death in a landfill far before their time.

Maybe it was influenced by my father’s questionable habit of taking hand-me-ups from my sister and I as we were growing up. He can still be found chopping fire wood from the forest behind our house sporting my mother’s stretched out floral turtlenecks, wide leg jeans from when I went through my grunge phase, and a red and pink hat with knitted hearts that belonged to my sister in the 90s.

Perhaps I grew up a little too close to my mother’s light hoarding of broken things, just on the edge of being functional, that became open ended repurpose projects.

My grandmother, who grew up in the depression, felt perfectly comfortable passing off plastic milk caps, empty glass jars, calendars from years gone by, quality control rejected tshirts missing a (fairly essential) neck hole, and dead june bugs from her Florida winter home as totally normal kid’s birthday presents.

There’s my aunt, the first person to introduce me to the idea of early morning trash picking for furniture from the neighbors.

Another aunt got all of her clothing from thrift shops and did not mind telling us all about it.

As kids, my best friend’s dad woke us up at 5am on Sundays and threw us in the minivan in time to be the first at the flea market to scour for valuable antiques that were priced far below the market.

In short, I’ve been indoctrinated my whole life.

Most of the projects at 9000things involve some amount of upcycling or reuse or repurposing. But I’ve been at this for a long time and I strive to make the most beautiful new things out of the old and ugly.

I saw this post on the blog at Twice and in celebration of Earth Day, wanted to share:

Twice Blog - Used clothing saves the earth

Read about what they do here!

This stuff is so fun! Yay Earth Day!

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Boston Marathon 2013

Yesterday’s events on Boylston Street are still unbelievable to me. My beautiful city is permanently and physically scarred. The trauma sustained by one of the most positive and inspirational public events in the country is devastating, and my heart goes out to every single participant and spectator of the Boston Marathon who had their day – a gorgeous early spring day in the city – utterly ruined by shock and sadness.

Heart Boston - 9000things

Photo of downtown Boston at dusk, including the two Hancock towers – old and new – taken from the Mass Ave bridge.

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