Afternoon fun at the Scrap Exchange…

Posted in Main, outings at 9:20 pm by carrie

Today, I visited with some of the girls from the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild. They have a monthly meet up and a quarterly art outing… this quarter, it was at the Scrap Exchange in Durham, which was totally cool and like nothing I have ever been to before! (To Alicia’s credit… she’s been dying to take me there and we never made it… of course I get over there when she’s in L.A!!!)

They had bins and bins of just odds and ends. Little tiny bottles, plastic flowers, test tubes, fabric bits, bolts of fabric, stickers, wallpaper, wallpaper sample books… with every turn there were strange new treasures! Oh, and each item was totally cheap…

Random old mailboxes, rolls of sticky plastic contact paper, butcher paper… mirror, glass and wood scraps… old 16mm films for like, 75 cents. All in neat little buckets and on shelves all in a row.

The guild rented a crafting room for the day. Some people browsed the Scrap Exchange, others visited and many others made Artist Trading Cards. And did you know that Strathmore now makes Artist Trading Card Blanks (Hey, Babs, these would be AWESOME traveling mini-canvases!)?!? Canvas, bristol, illustration board, watercolor paper, all in trading card/baseball card size… wow. I got 2 free packs courtesy of Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh, which I must totally check out immediately. From what I understand, you can make ATC’s, submit them via the Carolina MM Art Guild and your card(s) could possibly be chosen to participate in a gallery show. The pressure :) hehe. I know that Sue T. has had her ATC’s travel the country… and it’s oh so very exciting!

Speaking of Sue T., she’s been sending me some carefully picked antique jewelry care packages which are chock-full o’ inspiration. I hope to breathe some new life into those clustered clip-on earrings and other shiny goodies everyone’s grandma had piled in a box and forgotten somewhere. It’s a touch of creativity and engineering because you need to find out how these puppies will attach to each other securely, yet beautifully. Because, you know, I would like to say…”nice to meet you, I’m a jewelry structural engineer”.

I met so many nice and creative people today… as I get acquainted with the guild (just joined over a week ago), I’ll post blogs and info… yay!

Otherwise, just doing art, loving that the weather is cooling down and I cleaned all evening. Holly understands the pain of cleaning ;) (Check out her blog because… it’s quite nifty).

Oh, and I want to do what Sandy just did. Wow!

Okay so now my “to do” list is just really shorter than it was:

1. Buy house
2. Open cute little store (again), only a few miles from said house
3. Plant random wings (see Sandy’s blog) every 3 miles… or put them in every Starbucks, (same thing).

hehe :)


  1. Kelley said,

    September 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you for posting about The Scrap Exchange. I am the current board president. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. Please come back soon.

  2. Kristina Lynch said,

    September 17, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    We are so going here my next trip out!!! Sounds like Nirvana to me “)

    P.S. Love that you have new art up for your Violet Cottage site!

  3. Kelley said,

    November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I read your blog and saw that you are a fan of The Scrap Exchange. We are having a fundraising event this weekend and would love to have you attend or pass this notice along to your friends and family.
    Thanks and sorry for the intrusion.
    Scrap Exchange Board President

    5th Annual Charity Game Night for The Scrap Exchange
    Mission – Promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through creative reuse of industrial discards.

    Date: Saturday, November 8
    Time: 7pm-10pm
    Location: The Scrap Exchange Store, 548 Foster Street, Durham, NC

    -No-limit Texas Hold-em is the game of choice.
    -Beginner and veteran poker players welcome.
    -For every $20 donated to The Scrap Exchange, players will receive $200 in poker chips and a tax deductible receipt.
    -No need to pre-register but reserve your space by emailing Kelley at kdennings@gmail.com
    -The player at each table with the most chips at the break and end of the night will receive a prize.
    -Drinks and snacks provided.

    Current prizes include gift certificates from: Carolina Rollergirls, Barnes & Noble, JJill, Drag Bingo, Phydeaux Dog Supplies, Frankie’s, Consolidated Theaters, Galaxy Theater, Red Lobster, Nice Price Books, Sarla licensed massage therapist and more added daily.

    Can’t attend – Make a donation here – http://www.scrapexchange.org/donate/financial.htm

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