Sunday, March 17, 2013

Altered Couture returns

 I'm sure you've all had an experience watching an event- a sports event, a play, a concert, a show of some sort...and you think to yourself, "Oh how I wish I was up there/in there/doing that!"  Well, in the audience at the Altered Couture Fashion Show in 2011 with my friend Brigid, I thought just that. Making fashions out of recycled items? Helloooo! That's my gig!
 You can see my posts about the show here and here. I met Susan Perrine that evening. Thank you to Susie (and to facebook) who told me about this year's show.  And the theme this year couldn't be a better fit: Packaging.

So here I am with my supplies: about 15 jute coffee sacks, and about a dozen plastic coffee bags.  I'm holding an empty cup, having just come from Coffee By Design (I can't go down Washington Ave in Portland without grabbing a cuppa). I had to submit this photo to the show organizer. Now I've got 9 days to finish my fashion item before I hit the runway on Thursday, April 4th. My plan is just to keep a caffeine buzz going all week. Rebel blend by Coffee by Design.  Drop me a word of encouragement here and tell me YOUR favorite brew.


  1. Sarah WingeisMarch 18, 2013

    Moka Java from a roaster down in Pittsburgh. I love me some CBD though. Went to Peabody over the weekend and stopped for a cup on there way there and back. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Happy creating!

  2. I can't WAIT to see what you come up with! And I will be there in the audience to cheer you on!

  3. I can't wait to see the halter top you make out of those plastic coffee bags!! It will be awesome!

  4. I know how much you LOOOOOOOOVE flavored coffee (haa-haa) so I'll have to give a shout out to Matt's (wood roasted coffee) BIRD DOG blend... ahhh... It comes in a GOLD bag...let me know if you need it.

  5. My brew is mostly herbal - or sometimes green - tea. I can't wait to see you strut your stuff!

  6. I feel honored even though of course I know very well I have nothing to do with your choices in life and very little to do with the power of coffee...which, like crafting and poetry, is addictive - hardly a matter of the too knighted "choice." I do have a dress I once poured my bank account into (found in the clearance rack at Bergdoff Goodman) that I'd like you to look at for inspiration, perhaps? I also have a variety of coffee bags to donate if you need more...pass the triple espresso with three teaspoons of sugar, please.


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