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.

split hem sweaters

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I’m digging the exaggerated split hem trend.  It makes me want to buy a second hand sweater and cut up the hem. I would carefully hand sew the edges to keep them from unraveling, of course.  I think it would make the sweater lay nicer on the hip.  And with a soft long sleeve tee underneath it would be warm, comfy and stylish.

Images. via Fringe Association / Tess Giberson / Suno / Derek Lam / Vintage Virtu on Etsy

PAPER MACHE PLANTS

My boys and I have cabin fever.  It has been too cold for too long.  This weekend I ignored my chores and focused instead on creating an activity that would keep us busy.

I stumbled upon the image below via Pinterest.  Apparently, what you see here are Paper Plant Character studies by Adam Frezza and Terri Chaio. I know, right. #genius

Frezza-Chiao_PaperPlantCharacterStudy_Composition2_700pxIt was just the inspiration we needed to dive into a project.

alum-plus-paper-macheWe started with wire hangers. We bent them by hand into plant like shapes and stuck them into foam.  Then we covered the wire with aluminum foil and then paper mache. We let the paper mache dry over night.  The next day we painted them.  It was that easy.

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Designed and painted by our neighbor, Lucia (age 12)

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Designed and painted by Douglas (Age 13)

This last one was a joint effort by me and Alex.  We plan to give it to Granny for Valentine’s Day.  Shhhhh.

paper-mache-plant-alex-and-meThis was our first attempt. We hope to make many more.  Well worth the little effort involved.