Bags, bags and more bags of gaudy holiday sweaters. We are very busy cutting them up and crafting them into skirts!
I think this is such a genius idea when it comes to thinking outside of the box and reusing materials. And lets be truthful here, the whole Christmas sweater phenomenon has been turned into a faux pas, only acceptable to wear in public if you are a teacher. So what do the rest of us do with these sweaters, we search through thrift stores to find the most hideous one and then wear it proudly to a Christmas sweater themed party.
But Green3 is turning that mindset around. Yes, we are still searching thrift stores for these sweaters, but we are successfully giving them a breath of fresh air! Our skirts are a bit of holiday, mixed with seasonal pattern and color. We use 3-5 Christmas sweaters per skirt. The panels on the skirt are not always from the same sweater and each skirt is unique.
When the process is complete we are able to reuse about 85% of the sweaters leaving us with very minimal waste! Yeah, us!
With food on my mind and Thanksgiving a day away I wanted to share one of my favorite soups. Chicken and dumplings. The dumplings are made from scratch and not only are they D-LICIOUS, but super easy too. This is such a feel good recipe. Reminds me of cold days and a warm, happy belly. The chicken can be substituted with leftover turkey or for my vegetarian friends, tofu.
Here’s what you’ll need: (I like to use as many organic ingredients as possible)
2 large boxes of chicken broth, 5 chicken breasts,1 small onion (diced), 1 cup celery (diced), 1 cup carrots (diced) 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1 teaspoon curry powder.
In soup pot, pour broth, chicken and onion, Boil for about 20 minutes. Remove chicken from broth and cut into small pieces or shred with fork. Place cut chicken back into the broth. Add celery, carrots, seasoning salt, curry and boil for 15 minutes. Prepare the dumpling batter.
Egg Drop Dumplings:
1 tsp. salt, 2 cups flour, 2 eggs, 1 cup boiling water, 1 Tablespoon butter
Put salt, flour and egg in medium bowl. Pour boiling water with butter into flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Drop the batter in by teaspoons into the center of the boiling water. Boil for 15-20 minutes more. Serve and enjoy!
A few weeks ago one of the local news stations, WLUK-Fox 11, came out to our building to write a story on our company. There was definitely a different buzz in the air, mostly excitement but also a bit of nervous excitement too. It was a fun morning meeting Rachel Manek and smiling for the camera! The segment aired this past week, but if you missed it you can catch it here.
We received a lot of great feedback after the segment and are thankful that Fox 11 chose to run our story. Such a fun experience for our company and a great way to let the community know how passionate we are!
Gallery Walk 0shkosh
On November 5th, we had the opportunity to participate in the Downtown Oshkosh Gallery Walk. The first Saturday of every month, our downtown comes alive with a variety of showcased art. Thirty to fourty downtown businesses participate in the walk each month. On this particular Saturday, we set up at Limelite Photography Studios to feature some items from our fall and holiday line.
November’s walk was themed “the progression of art.” and to show how our products have progressed over the years we showcased all of our catalogs. From our very first brochure to our catalog today. We showed the beginning to end transformation of our holiday sweater skirt and featured some of the original hand drawn artwork used on our organic t-shirts. We also featured our suite totes and how the parts of a men’s sport jacket are used to create them.
All-in-all the event was a wonderful success! We had over 100 people walk through! A great night that we hope to repeat with our spring 2012 line!
Yarn Bombing! Also known, as graffiti knitting is a phenomenon taking the country by storm.
Let me start by giving you a bit of background. Knitters are quietly leaving their mark on city streets, buses and even nature. Breathing life and brightness into ordinary everyday eyesores. I can’t get over how beautiful this whole movement really is. These women or men do this “graffiti” during the night and as the sun comes up their artwork is revealed to the world! Yarn bombing is considered to be illegal but there have yet to be any prosecutions because the art/graffiti can easily be removed.
Pretty cool, right?
Recently, I came to find out that one of our seamstresses yarn bombed a small rabbit weight in our office. Doesn’t the little guy look cozy?!
So take a look around, maybe an object near you has been yarn bombed! We would like to come up with another fun object to yarn bomb at our office, perhaps our front door handle or maybe our mailbox. Whatever it is, we’ll be sure to post pictures. Have a great day!
Rabbits, foxes and raccoons, oh my! Our faux stoles are quickly becoming a season must! With a fun and friendly animal design these adorable knit scarves, hats and mittens make a statement. I especially love the floppy and relaxed style of the hats and that these items give off a not-so-serious vibe!
I can just imagine wearing this bunny hat down the ski hill this winter while giving new meaning to the term “snow bunny”!
You can view these items in our online store using these links:
All are made with 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 25% acrylic.