"I try to bring something modern to contrast with the vintage," said Carenbauer, who is the director of business services for a state government agency. "The vintage pieces have a new life and are reinvented with artistic appeal."
Carenbauer finds materials at flea markets and antiques malls. She talked excitedly about the possible uses for a jar of cut glass beads, most likely from an old chandelier that she recently picked up.
The elaborate pattern of a black necklace was fashioned from rings of inner tubes, held together with washers. She's used dominoes and checkers in other designs.
A pair of cufflinks becomes a set of earrings when Carenbauer files the posts off the back of them.
"You've heard of boyfriend shirts, but how cool is it to have earrings made from your father's cufflinks?" she said.
Instead of flea markets, Jennifer Workman scours riverbanks and beaches for materials, such as driftwood, to use in her primitive-inspired woodcrafts. She also uses pallets, wooden boxes and scraps of wood that a contractor friend provides her.
From the large, more gnarled pieces of driftwood, she makes votive candleholders. Spindly sticks and rough wooden strips form a sunburst pattern around circular mirrors, her best-selling item.
Her daughters, one who lives in Virginia Beach, Va., and another in North Carolina's Outer Banks, comb the nearby beaches to supply her. The rough wooden strips that break off from slat and wire beach fencing serve Workman's purpose, as does driftwood.
"About half of what I make is beach-inspired. I love the beach," she said. Workman plans to bring a large mirror, which she's rimmed with a large collection of seashells to "Mixed Greens."
Workman's been making wooden items since 1992 when she lived in Ohio. When she first started, she purchased the wood for her crafts.
"I noticed that there was a lot of wasted wood. What I do now is eco-friendly. I'm not hurting the environment with anything I create," said Workman, who works at Heritage Trucks in Cross Lanes.
"Mixed Greens" is the first show featuring recycled goods in which Workman has participated; she has signed up for others that were canceled due to lack of participation.
Part of the challenge of using recycled materials is the time required for gathering. A trip to the hardware store requires much less effort than walking a beach or picking up cast-off materials.
"Dealing with recycled material is very time-consuming. Our society wants everything to be easy. They don't want to do anything that takes time," Workman said.
Despite the demands of their day jobs, these women make time for their creations. "When you really enjoy something, you just get lost in it," Carenbauer said.
Their commitment to giving new purpose to items that might have been discarded shows in their creations as well as their words.
"Mixed Greens" will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20 and from noon to 5 p.m. April 21 at the ReStore. The ReStore will remain open during show hours.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.