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Lightning Round with Rebecca from 3rd Life

August 27th, 2009

I met fellow Ottawan and Etsian Rebecca, the creative-head behind 3rd Life, a few months ago at the Ladyfest Spring Craft Sale — we already followed each other on Twitter, so it was nice to put a face to the name. Rebecca creates funky accessories with recycled and vintage materials; her pieces also really well-made… and tempting (this, coming from a girl who doesn’t own a purse)!

And with that, I’d like to welcome Rebecca to the hot seat…

1. When and how did you learn to sew?
I pretty much taught myself to sew and to do things my own way. For one of my first sewing projects I used my grandma’s sewing machine to put floral fabric down the sides of my cut-off jean shorts, I was the envy of the trailer park. No, seriously.

2. How was 3rd Life born and how did you decide on the name?
It happened pretty naturally, I was given a secondhand sewing machine and I needed fabric so I raided my closet and started cutting things up, it eventually took off from there. I chose the name 3rd Life because I am committed to giving new a life to old materials.

3. What was the first concert you ever went to?
I went to a bunch of concerts with my Mom as a kid, but by my own choice the first was Furnaceface.

4. You’re a fellow Ottawan (woot woot!)… what’s your favourite thing about living here?
My favourite thing is probably wandering around the market, but very soon I will be trading in my Ottawa life in for a small town one!

5. Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla please.

6. Happiest kid memory?
Summers at the lake, swimming all day and collecting rocks.

7. What do you moonlight as in your day job?
I am a custom framer.

8. Congrats on being a new homeowner! What’s the best thing about your new abode?
The best thing is that it’s mine.

9. Got any party tricks?
Hard to describe, but I can hold my hands behind my back and bring them to the front without letting go, and I can turn my feet around almost backwards!

10. Worst job you ever had?
Wearing the same Halloween costume for 2 months while blowing up balloons.

11. Where do you find and buy your vintage fabrics and materials to upcycle?
Garage sales and thrift stores are my favorite place to fabric hunt, and I get some great donations from my friends and family.

12. How do you decide what form/shape a fabric will take when you get it?
Often the finished product is determined by the shape and size of the garment I am repurposing. I also draw my ideas in a book and look at them when I need inspiration.

13. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I want to learn more fine art skills, I’m going to be taking a print making class and I’m pretty excited about that! I’d love to learn more about business and someday get over my fear of the telephone.

14. Most often visited website(s)?
etsy.com for sure

15. What is your kryptonite?
Iced caramel macchiato

16. How did you come up with bicycle top tube pads?
They were a request from my friend Jose of Joe Mamma Urban Cycles.

17. Dream job and dream location?
My dream job would to be an artist, living anywhere near water and trees with a high-speed internet connection, and my husband can come too :)

18. What are you most proud of right now?
My shed.

19. What do you like best and least about running your own business?
The best part about my little business is seeing a customer’s eyes light up when they see something they love – that makes me so happy. The thing I like least is taking care of paperwork.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
…working on my zombie escape plan.

You can check out more 3rd Life creations via:

Thanks Rebecca — hope to see you at another craft show soon!

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  1. August 27th, 2009 at 07:29 | #1

    AWESOME interview. 3rd Life is a new find for me and what a great one

    Thanks for sharing M. That first purse is awesome and of course, I love the eco factor.


  2. August 27th, 2009 at 14:24 | #2

    LOVE this interview! And all that tweed is simply wonderful! Yay for eco.

  3. Annette
    August 27th, 2009 at 20:53 | #3

    i luv your responses and your business philosophy – Jm has yet to read; i wish you the best of luck (and hope you keep a foot in IOB)!

  4. sara.k
    August 31st, 2009 at 12:18 | #4

    LOVE the interview! so many of your responses made me smile :) MISS YOU but so glad to see 3rdLife blooming. congrats! (p.s. i hope you keep a foot in IOB too)

  5. September 2nd, 2009 at 11:57 | #5

    love this interview! great stuff, i’m off to check out her shop :)

  6. Laurie Warren
    February 1st, 2010 at 01:16 | #6

    I am Rebecca’s mom and she grew up in a house with plenty of sewing. I remember one winter taking in sewing such as replacing zippers, patching work pants, hemming and taking in pants, adding in material to create bell bottoms out of straight legs..the list goes on, All this was to earn money to heat the house but it escalated when I started doing embroidery on my jeans and jackets, soon I started getting all kinds of requests for embroidery on jackets and produced a few masterpieces for a pretty penny. Then I started doing some leather work. All of this was very hard back breaking work and I just wanna say that I am very proud of my daughter! I know the hard work and the hours that goes into this kind of work and she has a brilliant mind to pick up an old piece of material that has been tossed aside and see a beautiful piece of art that is worth something and create it. That’s so green. Oh ya, and her first concert was Alice Cooper and the Cult. Love Mum

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