I was excited to be asked by my lovely friend Giovanna Lever, to make a little red clutch for her. I created Betty Bow and sent her off this week.
Here is her story:
"Betty Bow started life as a gorgeous red party frock but soon the invitations dried up and she was left alone at the back of the closet. Now that she has been trimmed with some cute vintage fabric and completely ‘rejenenerated’ into a clutch with attitude, she is longing to get back on the party scene! Beware: Betty loves to be the centre of attention so is not recommended for wallflowers…"
I am currently working on a number of clutches and will post them shortly...watch this space!
The lovley Giv has her own business called GivandTake which has been featured in Sydney Morning Hearld's Good Living and is currently being featured in Notebook magazine. Check her out on page 59!
Or head to her website givandtake.com to check out all the delicious home made treats she makes - many of which are traditional Italian recipes passed down through the generations of her family.
Giv will be making the desserts for our upcoming wedding too so our guests are in for a real treat!!
My favourite are her Pasta di Mandorle - truly the most delicious treat I have ever had! Keep up the tasty work Giv :)
I have just completed the latest edidtion to my petities range 'Lil' Lana'.
Here is her lil' tale:
"Lil' Lana started life as a striking orange handbag but years of neglect left her all beaten and bruised. With the help of some stunning vintage fabric and a pre-loved sun dress, Lana has been completely 'rejenerated' into an irresistible petite handbag. Lana was always demure in the 70's but watch out because she's ready to get naughty in the noughties!"
Lady Lola has just been uploaded to rejenerate.etsy.com
Here is her story:
"Lady Lola is the combination of a beautiful piece of vintage upholstery fabric and parts of an unloved faux leather skirt. Lined with some striking blue salvaged curtains, Lola has been completely 'rejenerated' into a stunning upcycled handbag - perfect for adding a hint of vintage chic to your life."
I'm so excited - I just received the first screen shot of the my soon to be very own website!!!
Stay tuned as it will be launching very soon...
I got so excited that I called up my lovely mum to share the news forgetting that it was way past regular people's bedtimes! Eventhough she was fast asleep, she still managed to make some postive murmurs...thanks mum :)
Meanwhile had a lovely evening with my groom to-be. We had a meeting with a wedding photographer who was so lovely and had a gorgeous portfolio. So that could be another thing crossed off the to-do list. Whoo hoo!
Then headed out for a yummy Japanese meal. I am so obsessed with miso soup it may take out a restraining order on me.
I wonder if you can get miso at 11.30pm in Balmain...only one way to find out...
Well I'm the first to admit that I have been rather laid back when it comes to the subject of our upcoming nuptials. But it's all getting a little too much for those close to me and I have received several stern talkings to of late he he he So I am in organisation mode today and have worked on locking away a few of the final 'big things'. Here is a pic of the beach we are getting married on and the gorgeous rustic old boathouse next to it that we will be partying the night away in afterwards.
I have been busily working on a new line to add to the Rejenerate handbag range and have created a line of 'petites' after alot of feedback asking for a smaller sized handbag.
Cottage Cate is the first petite to be released. Here is her little story:
"Cottage Cate started life long ago as a sweet floral apron but soon she was cast aside and eventually discarded. Now that she has been paired with parts of a denim shirt, lined with a salvaged skirt and topped with the cutest vintage buttons she has been completely 'rejenerated' into the cutest lil' handbag.Give Cate a chance at a new life and she will fill everyday with a little 'cottage chic'!"
Sorry things have been a bit quiet on the blog front of late! My stock has been getting a bit low so I have been on a 'creating marathon'!
Dotty Dixie is the first to be uploaded to my etsy store. Here is her story:
"Dotty Dixie started life as two different dresses. One was a super trendy cocktail dress and one was a daggy old granny's dress. Can you guess which was which? Now that the dresses have been completely deconstructed and 'rejenerated' into a tote with attitude...not even Dixie can remember which dress was uncool! Recycling has never been so sexy..."
Stay tuned for more designs coming soon - including my new 'petites' range. So cute!
"Urban Uma is a city gal at heart. She is a unique combination of vintage fabric, recycled vinyl and parts of a salvaged dress. The result is a stunning tote that brings vintage chic to the inner city. Take her out in the concrete jungle and watch her work it!"
Just a quick post with some pics of my latest creations, Funky Fleur (blue) and Posh Posy (pink).
"Funky Fleur is no stranger to the fashion world. She started life as a stunning sun dress, turning heads everywhere she went...so she didn't cope well when she was cast to the back of the wardrobe and eventually discarded.But now that she has been paired with some salvaged curtains and 'rejenerated' into a funky bag, she's back to her old tricks again...sling Fleur over your shoulder and be prepared for rubber-necking!"
"Posh Posy has always been a proper lady. Starting life as a pretty pink frock, she is well-accustomed to attending afternoon tea and champagne picnics in the park. In her new life she has been completely 'rejenerated' into a pretty handbag, lined with the fabric from another salvaged dress and topped with the cutest recycled buttons. With Posy at your side you'll be ready for tea with the Queen!"
Both these bags are now available in my Etsy store (rejenerate.etsy.com) and will shortly be uploaded to madeit.com.au - the best place for Aussies to purchase.
Hi. I’m Jennie Smith.
I like recycling. I like trying to preserve our amazing planet too.
I also like designing and wearing pretty things.
Unfortunately these interests are often contradictory.
So...I created ‘Rejenerate’. Just so I could, you know, get all my interests on the same page.
Now I spend most of my time hunting down vintage fabrics, pre-loved clothes, unloved curtains and recycled bits and pieces and upcycling them into lovely new handbags and fashion accessories.
That way I can still sleep at night if I have the urge to accessorise each outfit with a different handbag.
And so can you.