Skowhegan Quality Goods

I recently visited Skowhegan Quality Goods in downtown Portsmouth. Have you been? This is the couple that owns the place; Katie and Todd. Cute, right.

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This photo is from their Instagram page.

skowhegan1The place is chock-full of stuff. If you visit, take your time and ask about the products. Many of the items have a good story behind them.

skowhegan2They have novelty socks which I’m kinda obsessed with right now.

Skowhegan4They carry beauty products. I bought a charcoal cleansing sponge.

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skowhegan7They’ve got some good old fashioned toys for kids.

skowhegan6My favorite products in the store are the cleaning products. Not sexy, I know. They carry The Simply Co. detergent, dry mops and dusters by Sladust (not pictured), and Bog Berry dryer balls.

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Good solid stuff. You should check them out.

xo jam

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DYEING

I’m curious about tie-dyeing and natural dyeing.  I recently purchased TIE-DYE by Shabd.  My boys and I have done some simple tie-dye projects in the past.  This book will help us attempt some more challenging projects.

tie-dye-bookI’m also curious about natural dyes.  I checked out Harvesting Color by Rebecca Burgess from my local library.

harvesting-color-bookI’m particularly interested in this project called Spring Dye Starter.  Basically you get a sample of blossoms, place them under prepared fabric and whack it with a mallet. <see below> Let the fabric dry and then iron it to help it set. The dyed fabric swatch would make a precious keepsake or a lovely wrap for a tiny gift, tied up with string.   This project hits that sweet spot where kids would have fun and be learning at the same time.

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