Flower Power

Not to complain about the weather, but we're complaining about the weather. Forty-nine degrees? In August? Seriously?

At least we have these recycled felt and fabric scarves from MABird to warm our thoughts. Last week, they wouldn't have even crossed our mind, but they've returned with a vengeance. We discovered Bird's work at the Common Ground Fair a few years back — her felted barrettes are an adorable accent to a messy French twist. But ever since we saw this scarf at Archipelago in Rockland, it's been on our mind.

Mary Alice Bird is a retiree who lives in Spruce Head. When Bird's daughter, a textile artist and environmentalist who lives in Austin, Texas, told her mother about all the wasted textiles that sit in our country's landfills, Mary Alice decided to do something about it. Something really lovely. The scarf is just the beginning — Bird also makes gorgeous Christmas stockings, hats and children's clothing from repurposed fabrics.

But today, what we really need is a scarf. A long, pretty, felted wool scarf.

MABird's flower scarf and other accessories are available at Arhcipelago. For more information or to drop Mary Alice a line, visit her Web site.


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