A love of books goes a lot farther than reading for 32-year-old Caitlin Phillips.
Her first job was working at a used bookstore, where she saw how many books were damaged and relegated to the trash. In 2004, Phillips created Rebound Designs, rescuing old and unwanted books and turning them into one-of-a-kind accessories such as purses and electronics cases. Originally from Gaithersburg, she now calls the Artists Lofts in Mount Rainier her home. You can see her work in person at the Downtown Holiday Market Washington this week or when she comes to Baltimore for the American Craft Council show at the Baltimore Convention Center in late February. Here, Phillips gives b the scoop on podcasts, leggings and the excitement of thrift stores.
Worst pet peeve? When cashiers hand me my change on top of the bills. It's the tiniest thing, but it drives me mad.
What's on your iPod? I love podcasts! I listen to "The Clockwork Cabaret," a very funny steampunk music podcast, and I love all of Tina Seamonster's TV podcasts. I recently started listening to "Boars, Gore, and Swords," a podcast about "Game of Thrones," and I am hooked!
What song is best for getting your creative juices flowing? I love "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by the Decemberists.
Last concert/gig you went to? I tend to go to less music shows and more variety shows. I'm a big fan of burlesque and sideshow, which is fortunate because Baltimore and D.C. have a great scene. The last show I went to was a Tilted Torch variety show at the Red Palace in D.C.
Your worst habit? Not cleaning up immediately after myself. I tend to put things in piles to do later for maximum efficiency, but then I end up with giant piles of dishes and laundry that take much longer to do.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Put a bird on it! I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for arts and crafts with bird motifs. But the general awareness of the trend has made me so self-conscious about all my bird things that I wish it would go away for a while.
Last movie you liked/disliked? I utterly LOATHE the entirety of the "Twilight" series. As for a movie I liked, the new "Muppets" movie was beautiful and hilarious!
Last video that made you snort with laughter? I do love a good cat video, but the video that made me laugh harder than any this year was "F--- me, Ray Bradbury," a lovely comedic music video about [video creator Rachel Bloom's] passion for Ray Bradbury, which I share.
Favorite book you recently read? The most recent book in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series: "A Dance With Dragons." I also enjoyed "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline.
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Leggings as pants are the worst. I love to layer leggings under tunics and dresses, but if your underwear can be seen through the leggings, you might want to consider real pants.
Favorite quote/saying? "Not all those who wander are lost." — J. R. R. Tolkien.
Best source of inspiration? Thrift stores! I love seeing what others have discarded and imagining all the ways I could reuse it.
Your best artsy find? A trove of old cast iron sewing machines in an abandoned building. Just don't ask how.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The open weirdness! In D.C., people are much more circumspect about their weird side, but in Baltimore it's all out in the open, and it never fails to make me smile.
AS TOLD TO LAURA LEFAVOR, B
If you go
What: Downtown Holiday Market
When: Noon-8 p.m through Friday
Where: 8th and F streets N.W., Washington
Info: rebound-designs.com and downtownholidaymarket.com