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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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Skylines Now Available in the Shop

Skylines are now available here!

As always, if you’re looking for a specific color or design, contact me because I have significant back stock that comes to shows with me and isn’t online.

But check it out!

<3 A

Boston Skyline Art - Upcycled Wallpaper - by 9000things

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Dia de los Muertos Costume DIY

Geez, it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since my last blog post. This fall was BUSY. Updates to come, but let’s get going with a last minute Day of the Dead costume!

It’s all about the flowers and the makeup. A little strapless dress with flashy tights is all you need for a base. But the accessories make the outfit.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY tutorial - by 9000things

The wig is optional, but just an all-around good idea. The number of strangers who will take your photo is directly proportional to the height of your beehive. Fake eyelashes, on the other hand, are obligatory.

All that and the makeup aside… Here’s how I made the really simple accessories:

First, go buy a ton of fake flowers from the dollar store.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

For this project you’ll want the flowers with plastic coated wire stems so you can bend them around the belt.

Supply list:
bendy stem fake flowers
belt with lots of holes (or punch the holes yourself!)
textured plastic headband (textured for hot glue to grab onto)
scissors (probably)
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
wire cutters

Optional:
dollar store skeletons and twine
cheap plastic skull rings
sharpies

Separate the stems and clip them off close to the base.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Having way too much fun with fake flowers…

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

I totally scored when I found this slotted belt at Marshall’s for 10 bucks. I was planning on doing a whole lot of wire wrapping and hot gluing, but I recommend trying to find a belt with holes, or buying a thin leather belt and punching the holes yourself. So. Much. Easier.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

This part is as simple as threading the stems through the slots and wrapping the wire around the belt a few times to hold it in place!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Keep wrapping more and more flowers! Where the stems are threaded close together, the flower belt will get thicker (do this towards the middle). To taper off the ends, leave more open holes between flower stems.

Optional: I found this hanging skeleton garland, cut them apart and loosely tied them over the flowers on my belt!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Next! A matching crown of flowers! I opted for asymmetry though it’s customary to go the whole way around with huge multi-colored blooms. The key here is the headband with some texture so the hot glue has something to grab onto. Otherwise you’ll find the flowers falling off everywhere…

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000thingsDia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Use a generous amount of hot glue. Just pour it all on there.

And for a little bonus, I found these cheap plastic skull rings at the dollar store – 50 for a buck! – and with a little sharpie magic, made some Dia de los Muertos knuckle rings:

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Ta da! Dia de los Muertos accessories for the best Halloween ever!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - 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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Crazy Ringgg With Phone Jack

Alexa from House of Cach has awesome style and now owns this crazy Ringgg with the phone jack still attached. House of Cach sells these crazy studded leather cuffs and a lot of other blinged out accessories at SoWa in Boston.

Ringgg with phone jack - by 9000things

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Learning to Weave on a Loom

By the way, I’m also taking a weaving course right now. Here’s my very first attempt at weaving!

Learning to weave on a loom - 9000things

I’m going for an ombre effect, from cream to mint green to turquoise with a bold pink salmon/peach stripe at the neck of what I assume is going to be a scarf?

Weaving is fun! Highly recommend.

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Junk Jewelry Score #1

Seeking old/broken jewelry for reuse!

Huge score with this assortment of vintage, broken and junk jewelry from a friend in Somerville, MA.

Here’s the trade agreement: a big bunch of old/broken/out-dated jewelry in exchange for one finished necklace made from the pieces (as well as other things I have laying around).

This awesome trade has crystal chandelier teardrops, funky vintage wood slice beads, bejeweled buttons, some old chains, two 70s looking clay earrings and lots more!

Junk jewelry for upcycle necklaces - 9000things

Junk jewelry in ombre pink and gold - 9000things

These vintage faded pink wooden beads, when arranged from high fade to low, make an ombre gradient that will make a nice one of a kind recombinant necklace.

UPDATE: Here’s Amanda’s finished necklace made from some of the things she gave me!

Remix Necklace from old and broken jewelry | 9000 things

This box of goodies had a lot of loose beads, vintage buttons and silvertone chains. The jeweled leaf on the left hand side is a piece from a vintage bracelet. The blue and green beads and the clear button with the crystal were all in there too!

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Ringgg: With Bling

Check out the Original Ringgg Collection here.

Shortly after launching Ringgg, I started experimenting with new materials and came up with these blinged out beauties featuring Czech glass beads in bold colors and geometric cuts.

They’re so fancy looking!

Jeweled Ringggs Sneak Peek 9000 things

Not sure where the idea for these came from, but I was playing a whole lot of Bejeweled around that time… hmmmm

These sparkly Ringggs are so fun and I just love how they catch the light and the attention of people passing by. Ringggs with bling from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection are on Etsy here.

Enjoy!

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Ringgg: The Beginning

Used Telephone Wire: Design Project

In February 2012, I first launched Ringgg on Etsy. This design project has roots in my art school days when I made sculptures from parallel cable wires and other discarded materials from the IT department.

So I had a big bag full of used coiled telephone cords left over that were collecting dust in my closet. Telephone cords can be recycled, but the minute amount of copper that is captured is barely worth the process.

Weeks of cutting rubber and stripping wire and it came to me that the materials were perfectly suited for making repurposed rings. Several iterations later, I had an elegant and simple solution and thus Ringgg was born.

Reused telephone cords become colorful rings - Ringgg by 9000 things

The most surprising thing about these old wires is the large breadth of colors used throughout the history of telephone cordage. Contemporary wires are grey and white. Boring.

But back in the 80s, a creative engineer somewhere decided to go heavy on the neons and by the 90s we have some pretty awesome color combinations including lime green and magenta. The 2000s introduced clear coated copper (so futuristic) and variations on that theme.

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