Meet Katie, the artist behind Knuckle Toes! She tries to make her clothing and purses out of recycled materials. Anything from tablecloths, to pillowcases, to reused LP record covers. This not only gives her items a vintage feel, but it helps the environment, and what more do you need?
She enjoys spending her weekends and evenings at the local pub with her friends and family. She is also in business with her partner in crime, where they sell handmade clothing, jewelry, and purses (made from recycled material) at local folk festivals in the summertime.
The green plaid skirt pictured above is made from old tablecloths. It is a lime green with a yellow and orange plaid design on it.
Her side project is her second Etsy shop, revinylized.etsy.com This shop has been devoted to all of her messing with vinyl. From sketchbooks, to CD books, to purses and bowls, old unusable LP's can be made into anything, and how cool is it to recycle?
This cute purse was made from the cover of an old LP! Strawberry Shortcake came back with a smash, and this purse totally celebrates that. The LP cover has been coated on both sides with a waterproof plastic, and has been sewn into a totebag with a solid black material for the outside and strap, with a fun, bright pink and white flower patten for the liner and the underside of the strap. The strap is short enough to wear over one arm, like a tote, but long enough to put over one shoulder and under the opposite arm like a messenger bag.
I started making jewelry over 10 years ago during college when a family friend that is a jeweler taught me how to string pearls. After that I tried to teach myself everything I could about making beaded jewelry. I am self-taught, definitely not the "artsy" type. As you can probably tell, most of my jewelry is pretty classic in style. I earned my master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and I am able to incorporate crafts and beads into therapy at times with my patients.
I am a mother of two small children (13 months, and 2 1/2)that is enjoying staying at home with them while they are young. In doing so, I have been able to pick back up with my jewelry business that I love.