Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.

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I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

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Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.

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I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.

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The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely. She has a couple still available in her shop.

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half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap

The 5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap Facebook event page is up. Join in and invite your friends. The swap is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd 2014 from 10am-2pm at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Bring a bag of clothing and accessories and leave with a bag of new-to-you items. All leftover items will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  In the spirit of giving we ask that you give more than you get.

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Questions? Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com

China Pig Vintage – UK

I’m back in love with vintage.  There was a while there when I felt like I needed to grow up and dress my age. I tried it and it didn’t feel like me. Recently, I stumbled upon China Pig Vintage.  Her ensembles make me want to play with fashion again.  I want to wear a cross between crazy vintage fashion and librarian-chic outfits.

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I, of course, will wear more sensible shoes. :)

Dyeing Workshop w/ Shabd in Kittery, Maine

I am so excited to finally announce that Shabd Simon-Alexander is coming to Kittery to teach a dyeing workshop.  Amelia Davis of Folk and I will be hosting the workshop at Buoy Gallery on Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  Shabd is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer.  Her recently published book — TIE DYE — is a must have for modern crafters.   More details very soon — but for now SAVE THE DATES!

shabd-grid-450-wideIf you have any questions about the workshop or want to reserve a spot for you and a friend email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Shabd will be staying at the newly renovated Hotel Portsmouth for the weekend.  Follow The Hotel Portsmouth and Shabd on Instagram to get the inside scoop.

Danish Modern Furniture Auction

I went to my first auction today.  It is the annual (I think) Regal Danish Modern Auction which is held in Franklin, NH.  I’ve known about it for years but was never able to go before, for whatever reason.  The actual auction was intimidating but I can easily see that if you do your homework and know what you want then you can really walk away with a good deal.  The piece I was most attracted to was something I literally have no room for in my life.  It was a Danish granny-chic sofa that I would put in my imaginary second-hand wedding attire boutique called – Hello Again.

regal-auction-photosTo see lots more pictures of what went up for auction visit the Regal Auction website.

P.L.A.N – Post Landfill Action Network

I was just reminded of this guy (Alex Freid) because I just saw that he is being nominated for the 10 to Watch: A Celebration of Young Professionals program. 10 to Watch is a joint venture between Catapult and the Portsmouth Herald. Alex Freid is the Founder and Director of the Post Landfill Action Network in Durham, NH. #impressive #inspiring.  The recovergirl in me hopes he makes the top ten.