Deconstruction Crafts is the intersection of social uprising, homesteading and self-empowered/informed options for living, creating transformational new visions and accessible and sustainable beauty. I stand for crafting to truly create something.

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Super productive lately! I finally posted up my about page on my Etsy shop and I’ve been testing out some new methods for my jars. Super Sunday!

Super productive lately! I finally posted up my about page on my Etsy shop and I’ve been testing out some new methods for my jars. Super Sunday!

Building a throne for my toothbrush… or how I outsmarted my inner teenager

Every time I go to the dentist I hear the same dark warning that I need to take better care of my gums.  Specifically, I need to floss more.  Gross.  I don’t know what it is, but flossing daily has always sounded worse to me than dentures.  Flossing has as much allure to me as licking a chalkboard.

Well, maybe it is the consistent forwarding of time, or hearing dental horror stories of those around me… but for some reason I really took this warning to heart this time.  I finally admit that I am not exempt from dental emergencies and I know that my not complying with these warnings only adds up over time and I am only getting older.  So I made some major investments (for me).  I got my wisdom teeth pulled, and invested in a toothbrush that was smarter than me.  This machine self times itself and counts the regions of my mouth.  It instructs me when I’m brushing too hard, and not enough. It’s kind of ridiculous, and looking back, probably too much… but it helps me remember to submit and stop resisting what’s necessary for my health.

I’ve always hated the look of electric toothbrushes, and now it’s this big bulky thing that has no place to sit in our tiny one-person-at-a-time bathroom, much less a place by the outlet.  I resented it for a few days, as something that dominated the bathroom, destroyed my decor, and then of course also told me when I was brushing incorrectly.

So I decided to build it a throne.  It and the floss could hang out together, and perhaps I could make it work for me aesthetically and outsmart my disinterest in the routine.

I found this cabinet at the salvage yard and cleaned it, painted it, and decorated it.  It turned out being the perfect home for all of my dental items.  I’ve been brushing my teeth 2 minutes every day, and me and floss are finally getting to know each other.

Although my reasoning for liking and disliking things can be superficial, ignoring them wasn’t helping me make changes I’m committed to.  Perhaps I need to add lots of honey to my green tea if I want to switch from my coffee and cream habit. Perhaps I need to make my bike super beautiful in order for me to consider riding it. Instead of trying to downplay my preferences and power through into new practices… I’m trying out listening to my preferences, and making it work for all of us (myself, my ego, and my inner teenager). This is helping me follow through with my intentions, and embracing every part of myself (no matter how much a roll my eyes at it).

From my blog blog at deconstructioncrafts.com

I often get paralyzed when confronted with the sheer complexity of the networks that surround me. There are so many infinite connections and intersections between institutions, concepts, power structures, seemingly fragile structures of interdependence in our bodies, not to mention the balance of life and our ecosystem.  When I completed my Masters program in Women’s Studies I decided that I didn’t want to tango with the networks of academia and politics, or dive further into identity politics, and changed my mind on teaching the subject once I got so overwhelmed by the complexity of all of the pieces that I only got to see the very tip of the iceberg in when I finished the program.  I don’t know if this is a common feeling, but the more that I saw the vastness and complexity of life, the more I feared messing up the structure, and simultaneously felt small and insignificant.

With guidance from Erin Ross of Get That You Matter during my Leadership Training with Terces and Matthew Engelhart and Cafe Gratitude, I was invited to do a vision board and I saw the opportunity for myself to create something I was committed to, instead of turning away from what I was scared of or overwhelmed by.

Out of that exercise, I created what I consider to be my most prized masterpiece, and my mission– in art quilt form.  I spent several weekends creating this with the help and guidance of my mom (a masterful art quilter in Sonoma County).

The front reads, “You have something to say”, “Dive inside and reveal what you feel”, “It does not need evidence”, “Open into your inner most powerful energy and connect across the network”.

The quilting, along with some prominent orbs represents ripples of various major thoughts, agreements, institutions, communities…. anything that has a ripple affect, and each intersects with the next, creating what I’ve always seen is a beautiful and overwhelming series of networks and connections that I am typically too worried to impact.  Instead I hide out and try to play out a small life, essentially balling up all of my own personal energy and power through the internal network system of my body and mind.  I hide out, much like those figures on the very bottom, who are small, sitting out, balled up.  To create vibrancy, my mission is to remind myself and others that life is a beautiful mess, and it takes intentional action to create any change, and to contribute what is vital to movement on the planet.  Thus in my quilt those images on the bottom are all standing up and expressing themselves wildly, extending their inner energy, which is their passion, their hearts.  This creates a ripple affect, and impacts all.

On the back of the quilt, it says, “You have something to say. You have something that scares you, something that angers you, that ignites passion in you. I am here to support your full creative expression of what you feel deep inside. What you believe in is vital to the movement of all people, of the planet. What you have to express does NOT need evidence or validation or containment. Leave your ego along the roadside and take a long trip to where it is that you want to take us. I am here to serve you. We can help you find your way.”

I hung this up on my wall overlooking my workshop table and desk, to remind me of how perfect it all is, and how vital it is to constantly create and interact with the world in the biggest way possible.  Creating this very quilt was an undertaking for me as a practice in going full out in a medium I was not familiar with.

Freshly squeezed from my blog at DeconstructionCrafts.com

beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood:

Homemade fruit leather is easy to make from surplus fruit! Click HERE for the recipe

Top of a suitcase as serving tray.
Chair backs as bed headboard.
Mix it up mix it up mix it up.

Top of a suitcase as serving tray.

Chair backs as bed headboard.

Mix it up mix it up mix it up.

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urepurposedwhat:

Home decorating ideas by BHG.
Really love these!

urepurposedwhat:

Home decorating ideas by BHG.

Really love these!

Working up the nerve to make my bedside lamp/phone charger from books & a bottle. Anyone feeling lucky today who wants to join me?
Combination of this tutorial and this tutorial with an over the top addition of bottle… how?  I’ll figure it out.

Working up the nerve to make my bedside lamp/phone charger from books & a bottle. Anyone feeling lucky today who wants to join me?

Combination of this tutorial and this tutorial with an over the top addition of bottle… how?  I’ll figure it out.

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My BIG FAT FABULOUS Website just went live today!

Do it.  DO IT!

Did you find some exquisite vintage pillow cases at the thrift store? Here’s eight projects with pillowcases!

1:  Market bags from Vintage Sheets Blog

2:  Toddler nightgown from Prudent Baby

3: Self Rolling market bag from Jordynn Mackenzie

4: Shorts/boxers by Creative Kismet

5: Skirt by Lemon Jitters

6:  Monks bag/purse by Croq Zine

7:  Frilly Top by How Joyful

8:  Dress by Junkshop Bride

Check out what you can do with your Sheets at Heather’s Vintage Sheets Blog!

DIY Ottoman

nights-in:

Step-by-step instructions available on Better Homes & Gardens

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No Way. SillySleepy: come over and make this with me.  We need to drink more wine!
foodieaffair:

Wine Bottle Planters via
 creativeinspiration:
http://topit.me/album/314324/item/1722051

No Way. SillySleepy: come over and make this with me.  We need to drink more wine!

foodieaffair:

Wine Bottle Planters via

creativeinspiration:

http://topit.me/album/314324/item/1722051

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emmmaahh:

Felt Rain Mobile

emmmaahh:

Felt Rain Mobile

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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Géraldine Gonzalez.
French sculptor Géraldine Gonzalez has some really beautiful medusas too, some of which involve crystals and LEDs and others of paper.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Géraldine Gonzalez.

French sculptor Géraldine Gonzalez has some really beautiful medusas too, some of which involve crystals and LEDs and others of paper.

Linocut block print.  First try and not too bad!

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