Recovergirl Holiday Wish List 2015

The holiday season is probably the least sustainable time of the year. My recovergirl reaction to that is to shop for local, handmade, sustainably designed items, and/or up-cycled or vintage versions of things I desire.

Like I’ve said before my list wish is not a hint to anyone in my family. These are things that I will probably get around to getting for myself in the future if my budget allows. Here goes:



  1. Serpent and Bow bra and underpants set. I’m so inspired by this designer and her work. You need to follow her on Instagram.
  2. Minimalist balayage highlights from Alex at Pinup Hair Studio in Dover, NH. Image source and more hair inspo can be found on my  Hair Brained Pinterest board.
  3. I think everyone should do their grocery shopping with gold Tyvek bags by Maybebags London. I know, right.
  4. A friend of mine at work has been recommending I try coconut oil for years. Maybe I’ll give Conscious Coconut a try.
  5. I have a king-sized bed and yet I still use twin and queen sized blankets. Someday I’ll invest in a full set of linens from Rough Linen.
  6. I would live in a pair of Clyde pants from Elizabeth Suzann.
  7. For whatever reason I’m back in love with the Prada fake fur scarf from 2011. I’m on the lookout for a vintage or handmade version. This one on Etsy isn’t too bad. #muppetchic
  8. I love all things Jenny Pennywood. This unique pillow would fit right in with my decor as if it had always been there.
  9. I just want gold brogues. I can’t explain it. These ones shown are actually for kids. I don’t like any of the adult versions on the market — too stiff looking. I want a comfy version. I may try to find a beat-up pair of old Doc Martins and paint them gold and then add a new pair of laces in a pop color.

I hope you enjoyed my list and are inspired to think more sustainably when shopping this holiday season.

Happy Holidays + Cheers! xo jam


Megan Stelzer Metalworks

Over the last several months my son Alex has expressed an interest in jewelry design. On his own he has sketched out ideas in his notebook and talked about creating jewelry for his Granny.  I wanted to help feed his curiosity so I asked Megan Stelzer, a local jewelry designer, if she wouldn’t mind giving my son a lesson in metal work. I was delighted when she said yes. Megan is gentle and wise, patient and kind. She has exactly the kind of energy you want around kids who are trying to find their way.

alex and megan

Alex ended up having three lessons with Megan. In each lesson he made a pair of earrings. The first pair he gave to Granny. The second pair was for his Auntie Diane, and the last pair (I hope) are for me.

I didn’t stick around for the lessons so I don’t know for sure what Alex learned, but I do know that in the final lesson Alex got to rummage through a box of metal scraps. Alex found five similarly shaped metal pieces. Megan helped Alex realize his design concept (seen below). One earring is intentionally left longer than the other.


I am someone who appreciates when things are a little off, and I love designs that make use of scraps.  Alex refuses to say if these earrings are for me. I’m crossing my fingers that I will find them under our holiday tree-pee on Christmas morning with my name on them.

If you are not already convinced at how kind and generous Megan is, this will surely convince you. Megan has designed “Pennies for Poverty” earrings.  ALL of the profits (80% of the proceeds) go to two poverty-fighting organizations, and Don’t you just love this concept? And look at these earrings. So raw and beautiful.


Megan has a studio in the Button Factory. Back behind her studio are working train tracks. She is literally placing donated coins on the tracks to be flattened by passing trains.


Below is a pair of penny earrings that caught my eye in her studio. I love the imperfections.


She is offering several styles.
– Small copper on larger silver
– Small silver on larger copper
– Small copper on larger (and darker) copper
For more details visit her Etsy page.


If you are someone that needs to touch something before you buy it then you should know that Megan will be selling these and her other designs at these upcoming craft shows.

Craft Fix –  Sunday, Nov. 30th from 10am-5pm at Buoy
Button Factory Open Studios – Dec 6 & 7 from 11am-5pm
Picnic Holiday Sale – Sunday Dec. 14 11am-6pm in Portland, ME

Buy a pair (or two) and show your support in the fight to end poverty.

xo jam