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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Cute shoes----> Even Cuter. on: December 17, 2004 08:08:09 PM
So I bought these shoes at my local Urban Outfitters, where they were on sale for 20 dollars, cheaper than the online sale price 0f $28, for some reason.

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/jump.jsp?itemID=5988&itemType=PRODUCT&wshoes041213&6


If I could make shoes myself I would. But I can't, so the least i can do is buy a simple pair and spiff them up.

These are made of wool, so I'll be able to affix appliques (probably felt) on them with needle and thread. They could also be embroidered or beaded, but I don't have the patience or time for that right now.

The best part is, it will be removable and changeable so I can update them at will.

I probably won't get around to this till the new year, but thought I'd pass along the idea.

--portobello
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Billboards on: December 01, 2004 03:48:36 PM
So, long ago when I went to burning man my camp aquired old billboards from some place near the freeway in the Bay Area. We used them to make shade structures, as they are a thick plasticy tarp-like material. Whats neat about them for small scale projects is that the image on it is so large that when you cut out a small piece it retains no semblance of it's original purpose. I made some neat bracelet cuffs out of the material and forgot about it untill I saw purses being sold in a clothing store made out of it, and being marketed as being reused billboards.

Anyways, its a great tuogh material to make bags out of, and you could probably make neat corset/bustier things with it, although a really tough sewing machine/needle would be necessary. The colored patterns on them have a very futuristic/punk type feel.

Last I heard you had to jump over some fence here in berkeley to get some, but a little research may yield them in your area without much effort. Find out where they go when theyre taken down in your area.

--portobello
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