Free Play

I am an avid reader of SwissMiss. I especially appreciate her Friday Pack Link. It’s always a well curated list of fresh things that I haven’t seen before.  This past Friday I saw this teaser below.

- The Overprotected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

I followed the link over to the article in the Atlantic. It’s about a new kind of playground taking hold in the UK called “the Land” that allows for risky play.

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At the Land playground, adult “playworkers” watch over the children, but rarely intervene. (Hanna Rosin)

It looks like a documentary is being made about the Land.  The director, Erin Davis, lives in Vermont.  Wouldn’t it be great if this documentary could be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October 2014? It could inspire a Land playground on the Seacoast!

The best part of this whole story is that I shared the Atlantic article on FB, and my Aunt Hep (by marriage) emailed me the message and photos below. Talk about inspiring.

Hi Jen,
I was interested in your Facebook posting about playground ideas, and thought you might be entertained with photos of a playground we built at the local elementary school in 1972.  Our parent teacher group had $600 to spend and found that we could buy one slide, so we decided to go DIY. We solicited materials from the town DPW and got lots of retired power poles, used tires and one nice piece of conduit pipe.  We had a meeting where people could make hands on designs from bits of dowel, O rings and other stuff.  Once designs were selected, the designer was captain of the team to build his or her item.  We had a work day.  We were lucky that the town had dumped swept up road sand in the area for years, so it was an easy surface to build on.  After everything was built, we had another work day to paint the poles in order to minimize splinters.  All ages pitched in that day.  Money was spent on paint and metal rods plus the balance beam which was good lumber.  The playground lasted about 20 years.
xox
Hep

Just look at these pictures.

Playground 1, '72

Playground 2, '72

Playground 3, '72

playground 4, '72

Playground 5, '72playground 6, '72

Playground 7,'72

The balance beam is my favorite.  I CLEARLY remember making my own balance beam in my yard when I was a kid.  I made it with found cement blocks and a plank of wood.  I imagined I was practicing my Olympic routine, over and over and over again.  I remember it as clear as day.

Pale Denim

I’m loving pale denim lately. The ensemble below is by Rachel Comey.

rachelcomey-pale-denimThe top above got me searching on Etsy for similar tops.  I found this one (below). I love the style, and the price is right — only $28.00.  Seems a little heavy and big for summer.  Maybe it would look good with layers in the Fall.

denim-jacket-etsy-475I love this jean-on-jean look below.  So easy to re-create with a secondhand man’s denim shirt.

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And if you are crafty you can try to turn it into a State-like smock.  Check out their fun styling video.

state-smock-450I’m also liking pale denim bottoms like these drawstring jeans below.

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I bought a couple pairs of elastic-waist, pale denim, granny jeans.  They only cost about $2.99 a pair. I guess no one else wants them. Go figure. Below is a pair that I hemmed and pegged.

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Look at how cute Frankie has styled her granny jeans.

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The images in this post and more can be found on my pale denim Pinterest board.

Condo for Sale in Dover, NH

Dover NH Condo

BTW – My sister is selling her super cute condo in Dover, NH.  It is easy walking distance to downtown. It is the top floor of the barn in the back.  It faces a big back yard. I believe pets are allowed. Double check on that.  The porch is the best part.  It feels like you are in a tree house.  Great mix of sun, shade and privacy.   Contact the realtor with questions please.

Freak of the Week on Crispina

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I am the Freak of the Week on Crispina’s website.  Click on the screenshot above and see what it’s all about. Crispina offers great looking workshops.  Someday I hope to take either the Sweater Chop Shop or the Potholder Rug Weaving Workshop, or both.  Her workshops for 2014 are posted on her website.  Below are examples of Crispina’s work.

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You can follow Crispina on Facebook and Twitter or visit her Etsy Shop.

 

5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap

Hey Look — Kirsten and I made a fun little video to get everyone excited for the 5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap.  The Swap is this Saturday, May 3rd from 10am-2pm at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Join the Swap FB event page and invite your friends.

ALSO — Join us on Thursday (May 1st) at 6:30pm for a free screening of Party Girl.  A preview of early donations will be on display.  Wear something fabulous and let’s talk swap.

BTW — the video I made with Kirsten was totally inspired by this Prada Video.

Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive

May 10th & 11th: Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive with Shabd in Kittery, Maine!

11-5pm each day : $250 for the weekend : Sign up with a friend (or your mom!) and pay $450 total for both people.

Class size limited to 13, sign up by May 1st [Updated] and get a silk scarf to use your new skills on.

Join us in Kittery at the BUOY gallery space for a weekend of craft!

In this fun-filled workshop, Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes on a variety of different natural fibers. You will learn various tying, dyeing and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. It will be fun, and colorful and bright! Discover the dyer in you and design your own dye patterns. Students will create swatches to perfect technique, and then have a chance to focus on individual projects. Materials are included, and students are encouraged to bring their own garments for personal projects.

Saturday’s class will focus on immersion dye methods, and Sunday’s class will focus on direct application and multi-colored dyeing methods. Each day will include instruction on all tying techniques, with a focus on the best variations to use for each dyeing method, and will include time for both samplers and personal projects.

This class is structured as a fun jumping in point for beginners, or a way for more advanced students to receive guidance and special tips on personal projects they’ve been wanting to tackle.

SHABD SIMON-ALEXANDER is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer. Her clothing line, shabd, is carried in high-end boutiques and art museums around the world. She is a professor of textiles, has led hand dyeing workshops all over the world, and taught Martha Stewart how to tie-dye. Her first book, Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It, came out in June.

Click on the book in the sidebar to register for this workshop.

Questions.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com or call 603-502-8497.

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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mustard table runner

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.