This frame was a fun little thrift store find, adding up to a whopping $6.00! We slightly repurposed this baby to hike up the charm factor. Inside the original frame was a picture…a creepy picture…a VERY creepy picture that we just had to say bah-bye to (not sure why I don’t have a photo to validate all of that creepiness). We popped it out, painted over the picture with chalkboard paint and voila!! A rustic and warm addition to our store entrance. Do you have a favorite thrift store find?
Continuing with our store front stories I want to talk about this cool display that our art director, Jane put together. We put up that white wall divider to divide the space (how clever, right?) between our office space and our storefront. We wanted a way to hide our office space further by displaying something over them. We had some unused canvases on hand that were purchased a few years back from a garage sale, so our super creative team decided to use leftover denim and sweater material as well as a few of our t-shirts to brighten up the canvases. Jane stretched and stapled the materials over the canvas to achieve that look.Unfortunately the fabrics alone looked, well, lonely; but the t-shirts looked cool. So to remedy those lonely fabrics we opted to print out some pictures from our photo shoot and center them on the fabric. I think this idea could work for you at home too. Try using family photos or kids’ photos pinned over a piece of leftover fabric. Parents or grandparents would love a gift like that for Christmas!
Take a look at this photo we used for the wall:
These donkeys were present at our fall catalog photo shoot but weren’t too keen on being photographed. Our photographer tried to befriend these two asses with hay, carrots, whistling and even baby talk, for a close up. This was the only picture that actually turned out; at least they are both looking at the camera.
Can you see the zigzag thread framed around the donkeys? Jane printed the donkey pictures onto recycled card stock, cut and then sewed them back together for a handmade feel. I think the extra effort was worth it. Didn’t it turn out great? We would love to hear of any creative canvas projects you’ve done!
A big part of our company goal is to always be aware of things that can be restored or reused to make beautiful quality items. In fact, when we were brainstorming ideas about how to decorate our new storefront, we again put this idea to fruition. We always have a lot of scrap fabric on hand (who’d have thought?) and decided to cut some of it into strips and then wrap around balloons using paper mache.
Thankfully during the summer we had a high school graduate interning with us. She loves being creative and spent a few days prepping these for display. Aren’t they cool? This display may change with the seasons since we are always looking at new ways to be creative. Here’s another similar idea:
You can make these, using yarn, balloons, and a half-glue half-water mixture. Dip the yarn into the mixture and wrap around the balloon. Ever tried this? These yarn balloons I found on Pinterest (originally from here). If you have yet to hear about this website check it out. There is so much inspiration on their pages. Maybe we’ll tackle the yarn balloons for spring. Have you done any fun projects using paper mache? Do you love Pinterest or does it send your mind into spirals?
This past summer Green3 moved to a new office and warehouse space.
After several years at our previous location we just had to give up the lake views because we were simply busting at the seams. It was time to expand into a place that provided more room and a space big enough to include our warehouse. Our new location affords us the ability to have everything at our fingertips: shipping and receiving, processing orders, a semi-private sewing room and a better layout for the offices, plus there is now room for a storefront. Over the next week I will share the crafty way we decorated some of the space in our storefront.
Hey there! We are happy to officially have our new website and blog up and running! This is a great day for our company as we have been working hard to deliver great items to our customers and with our updated website we can continue to maintain that promise! I want to keep you informed on everything that’s happening with our retail store and our company both based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. We have some great blog ideas that we hope you’ll enjoy reading and responding to. From recipes to thrift finds, we’ll talk about many subjects near and dear to our hearts.