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.

 

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

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

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.
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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. 

Goodwill – Art for Everyone

I love a wall of art.  I love it best when it is a well curated mix of fine art, kid art, smallish bold graphic pieces and outsider art.

artwallThat is why I LOVE this event put on by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.  It is a curated second-hand art sale in a beautiful old church.  The images below are examples of art that will be on sale this Friday – December 6th, from 5 to 8 pm in the beautiful Cathedral Church of St. Luke on 143 State Street in Portland, Maine.  You can read all about this event on the Goodwill of Northern New England website.

vintage paintingsI got the images above from this article in Maine Today.  Go and get some art!  “Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Goodwill services across New England; helping people achieve personal stability, engage in the community, and create a more sustainable environment.”

artmixThis image above and the first image in this post can be found on my decorate Pinterest board with links back to the original source (sometimes).

ANTIQUES JUNKIE

My new favorite junk shop is the Antiques Junkie on 125 Brewery Lane in Portsmouth, NH.  T.F. Sloan, the proprietor,  has created an inviting space with unique pieces at great prices.  Check it out — just don’t buy the blue bench or the red cart.  Save those for me. :)

AJ-1000-collageYou can follow the Antiques Junkie on Facebook.

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