March 01, 2008

Love nor money.

In the last two weeks in Portland I have found and purchased:

  • A cabinet door
  • Three-inch wide plaid ribbon
  • Tiny screw-in hooks
  • Flowerpots
  • Molding hooks
  • Those awesome little expandy pellets that you can plant seeds right in
  • Iron-on fusible webbing
  • A French-toast-flavored donut

I have not been able to find:

  • Shoes

I'm convinced there is something about this town that I am just not getting. Probably if I went around thinking very hard about how useful shoes would be in some kind of craft project, they'd show up for sale all over North Portland at 25 cents apiece.

Posted by dianna at March 1, 2008 04:53 PM

Since your current boots are basically only usable for crafts, and certainly not for walking, maybe you need to go looking for an exact replica of same. What's the name of the scrap store in your general neighborhood -- the one we walked by 15 times trying to find that Ethiopian restaurant? If unwearable boots are what you're looking for, I bet they have them.

On another note, what the heck is iron-on fusible webbing? Right now, it's an amazing example of one of those phrases where I can figure out what each term probably means, but am totally baffled by their combination.

Posted by: katie at March 2, 2008 02:00 AM

That would be SCRAP: School Community Re-use Action Project. Doesn't it sound like the poorly-Anglicized name of a Japanese band?

I was there yesterday (plaid ribbon; the aforementioned fusible webbing) and they did actually have a shoe. It was a combat boot that had been made into a purse, and it was on display as a craft idea. Hot, but not useful.

Iron-on fusible webbing is a grand invention for the sewing-challenged: you stick it between two pieces of fabric and run an iron over 'em, and it's just like you've competently sewed them together. Cheaters use it for hems. I plan to use it to put plaid flannel cuffs on the unraveling finger-ends of my fingerless gloves. It's an idea that is too punk-rock not to be done, but I'll be damned if I have the patience to do it properly.

Posted by: Dianna at March 2, 2008 01:53 PM