Interview with Maura of lilgreenshop

Name: Maura

Shop name: lilgreenshop

Shop address:

Other sites:

What draws you to using trashion materials?
I am a diehard hoarder that hates to throw anything out - because it's a cert that once I get rid of something I'll find a use for it or need it within a month! Murphy's Law. Plus I hate to see anything wasted - so as well as my own stuff I adopt other peoples "trash."

What trashion materials do you use?
Mostly fabric, old buttons and jewelry, discarded canvas, picture frames, placemats etc, seat belt ends, stones and shells.

Do you remember the first thing you made using the trashion concept?
Yes - I re-tiled my fireplace using broken tiles that I found in a skip (dumpster) mosaic style. I was in a hurry so it wasn't very refined or artistic but that was what started me off on recycling some of my "stuff."

What are your current projects and what is on the horizon?
I recently did a glut of sewing - brooches and cuffs and am trying to wean myself away from the sewing machine - it really is addictive! I have lots of picture frames and placemats I want to decoupage next ... but the reality will be lots of different projects on the go at the same time. (Haphazard is my middle name!)

Anything else you'd like to add?
I don't think I should in case I scare folks away sharing the inner workings of my fragmented mind! Um, I guess should say my other interest is screen printing and organic fabrics. That's what the greenworks part of me does. I wish someone had warned me that Etsy can lead to split personalities. As greenworks I co-founded the Etsy Organic Team and that takes up a fair bit of time - but we recently restructured so hoping the new structure frees me up more.


GreenWorks said...

Thanks for featuring me!
Maura said...

In addition to all of Maura's talent in her 2 shops, she has amazing wisdom and insight and is so helpful to everyone she encounters!

Kraken said...

im so with Maura's first answer! i ALways find i need something i may of given away or thrown out. I tend to horde boxes of stuff

mostly computer stuff but i have a whole closet full of stuff i've "adopted" or salvaged
She has made lots of pretty things.

zJayne said...

Hi Maura... nice to read more about you. I have a soft soft soft hemp hoodie from this shop owners greenworks etsy store. Thank you!

~waving with a smile.

Jane aka zJayne

Gabrielle said...

Really enjoyed the post and enjoy working with Maura on the Etsy Organic Team. Love organic fabric, too!

That Girl Ang said...

Maura, I'm there! Love the interview!

Elise said...

Hello, I wanted to leave a comment for you because I've really enjoyed having a nose around your site. You have great pictures and you write really well too.

Thank you for sharing and best wishes, have a lovely weekend

GreenWorks said...

Awh I'm flattered by the nice comments.

Thanks everyone! :)

lesleyanne said...

beautiful brooches! great feature, good luck to you, Maura!

Siberia said...

From your blog I've learned many new things, thanks.