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.


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

upcycled shirt on wall

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.


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.


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.

half moon pouch grey

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.


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.

split hem sweaters


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

all you magazine

All You magazine. Issue 10, October 18, 2013. Page 13.

All You magazine. Issue 10, October 18, 2013. Page 13.

My sweater blanket was featured in the October issue of All You magazine.  I like the fine print at the bottom of the page — “This idea comes from Jennifer Moore in Kittery, Maine, who blogs about sustainable style at recovergirl.wordpress.com.”  That’s better than a stick in your eye.  xo jam


I was cruising craigslist/newhampshire/furniture to find a side table or whatever.  I came across this person in Hillsboro, NH that makes outdoor furniture out of solid hardwood pallets.  I like the primitive look.


Especially this simple side table.small-pallet-table-450

They remind me of the Tom Dixon offcut stool.


Alls you’d have to do is buy inexpensive primitive furniture locally and paint it in a fabulous pop color.  Presto — Chango — and you have a fabulous statement piece.


via Door Sixteen

Tom_Dixon_Offcut_Stool_2via Live with what you Love

a mad tea party with alis benchvia A Mad Tea Party with Alis

I know. Right.

xo jam


We have a small grill that we use quite often throughout the year.  We could use a sturdy outdoor shelf for it.  I actually like the idea of this up-cycled tailgate as a grill shelf.  It is big enough to allow for our small grill plus room for utensils and platters.   There is room on the wall of our shed that would allow for it. What do you think?  Is it bad?  What if I painted it a vintage mustardy color?

dodge ram shelfI like that it folds up out of the way when not is use.  I can’t find the source of this image.  I found it on Pinterest but when I click the link it does not take me to the original source.


I’m a little obsessed with the Kenzo eye motif.  It might inspire a DIY project.  You can read more about it here.   And here is a link to a video of the whole runway show where the two designers behind Kenzo talk about their inspiration.

kenzo-eye-jacket kenzo-sweatshirtssssFor whatever reason I wanted to paint the Kenzo eye on some wooden discs we had laying around the house.  I tried to get my boys to paint with me.  No luck.  They preferred playing with the hot glue gun.  I have to say — it was very therapeutic to just keep painting the same thing over and over again. #art-therapy

my-kenzo-eyesImages via Style.com.  Sweatshirt back view image via luisaviaroma



squamlove-2013I went to the Squam Art Fair last night in Holderness, NH.  I got a pin cushion from Cal Patch. It was funny to meet her in person.  We have her book at the Portsmouth Public Library.  I also got a handmade ceramic mug from Elizabeth Benotti.  I like her style.

I’m inspired to make stuff.

smilebooth backdrop

smile booth backdrop

Image via Dolci Odille.

I am planning on creating a photo booth backdrop for the 4th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap.  I’ve tried to capture pictures of swappers myself in the past but I always get too busy.  It’s like trying to take pictures at your own wedding.  This year I want to create a backdrop and invite swappers to take pictures of themselves and share them on Facebook and Twitter (with the hash-tag #portswap).  I saw this picture above over on  Dolci Odille and it got me to thinking about post-it notes.  What if I buy an assortment of colored post it notes, chop them into triangles and arrange them into this pretty pattern onto sheets of kraft paper?  It just might work.