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.

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.

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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.

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.

 

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.

upcycled milk crates

This shipping crate sideboard (below) has been blogged about for years.  I’ve never heard anything more about it.  It doesn’t appear that it has ever been reproduced.  Too bad.  I love it.  According to Design Squish it was designed by Linda Jose.shipping-crate-drawerI just recently stumbled upon the up-cycled milk crate sideboard (below) on the Desire to Inspire blog. I would style it to be lighter and brighter than it is styled here but I love the concept. It doesn’t look the the milk crates hold anything which is too bad but it is a nice conversation piece and a handy sideboard.
upcycled milk crate sideboard
The best discovery from searching around for up-cycled milk crate furniture is that I stumbled upon Combo Colab and their XTOOL (below). You must watch their kickstarter campaign video.  Their campaign is fully funded and is now closed.  I LOVE this simple design. Great colors too. I’d love to have one of these as a side table or put two together to act as a coffee table. I hope they become available for purchase sometime soon.

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upcycled milk crate furniture

And don’t even get me started on their truck-a-float project. 

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

COMMUNITY – ATHENS, GA

I am so inspired by Community of Athens, Georgia.  I found out about them through Pinterest but it looks like word is spreading quickly about them because of an article in the  New York Times about the city of Athens, Georgia.

COMMUNITY-SHOP-450This is how they describe themselves on their website: Community is a boutique centered around the concept of sustainability without the sacrifice of style.  Opened in 2010 by Sanni Baumgärtner, Community seeks to bring chic clothing to our clients while encouraging them to buy locally and sustainably.  Community Service is our in-house brand of redesigned vintage clothing. Designed by owner Sanni Baumgärtner as a way to merge vintage fabrics and designs with current fashion.”

community-service-athens-georgia-collageI especially love this Denim revamp event they hosted.  What a great way to bring the community together and promote sustainable style.

denim-revamp-day-450-wideThe images above were taken from the Community website and  Community Facebook page.  They are also on Twitter and Pinterest.  Now that’s what I call Community Service! <someone had to say it>

UPCYCLED TAILGATE SHELF

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.