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Sometimes you just have to throw that Gucci over your shoulder and save that broken umbrella!

See, it’s not so hard saving a broken umbrella!

Incase you haven’t noticed all the pink, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Fellow females, you are never too young to get a mammogram, stay informed about your lady bumps, get checked!

…And while you’re booking your appointment,  check out this terrific treasury on Etsy by user BuySomeLove that features all Breast Cancer Themed Products, including our Breast Cancer Ribbon Broken Umbrella Shell that can be transformed into a custom made dog coat, a eco chic women’s rain HOOD, a cat toy or anything else your little heart desires! Shoot me an alchemy request to make a custom product!

 

Nothing goes better with Phillies baseball than an Upcycled Umbrella Beverage Cozy!

Well it’s that time of the year again; autumn is in full swing, the weather is sweater-like and and we here in Philadelphia are, once again, singing the sweet songs of playoff baseball!

 

Partyin on Broad after the 2008 World Series with some good friends and some perfect strangers!

 

I am a giant Phillies fan and that is an understatement. I became one in 2008 when we won the World Series against the Rays. Now, I understand that this is what constitutes a “fair-weather-fan”, but after I saw what happened to Philadelphia when we won; the craziness and insane amount of energy that surrounded me on Broad Street whist chugging a Miller High Life 40 in front of several Horse Cops in a city that I always thought had a stick shoved up its you-know-what for the 4 years I had been living here at the time had a very large impact on me and turned me into a Phillies fan, FOR LIFE.

I began watching every game, loving every player (except Pat Burrell, I never loved him esp after seeing his “Cribs” episode on MTV and I’m glad hes gone to tell you the truth) and when we went to the World Series last year against the Yankees, me and my boyfriend Aaron went so far as to write a rap song to help pump this city up. It’s called Cheesesteaks Over Cheesecakes.

ANYWAY- so mainly I just wanted to give you some of my background when it comes to the Phillies, because (and I hate having to use this word to describe my work) Crafts and Sports usually don’t mix well, and I know I have seen my fair share of terrible “compromises”…

 

Phillies Quilt... actually this is kind of nice, but you get what I mean about "Sports Crafts"

 

So this year I wanted to do something Phillies-ish but I couldn’t think of something that would utilize the water resistant properties of the umbrella nylon in a way that was super functional, UNTIL I made Phillies Beverage Cozies from  broken umbrellas that come right off the streets of Philadelphia!

 

 

Phillies beverage cozies are made to fit beer bottles or cans!

 

Now our Product of the Month, these bad boys only cost $5, are handmade by yours truly and keep your hands warm and your beverages cold, from the Fox and Hound to Broad Street, these Cozies are a must have for any serious Phillies fan! Features Phillies logo, eco-fi felt and insulation. We can also make them into Pint Cozies for your Ice Cream, just send us a message with your purchase!

 

Also available: Phillies Pint IceCream Cozies! Just send a message with order!

 

Limited quantities available, get yours today on our etsy store, located here:

www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com

Awesome Pug-Approved Vegan Dog Treats sold on Etsy!

When I was younger, it seemed like all the cool things came straight outta Compton, despite the fact that I lived in the rather quiet former coal mining town of Scranton Pennsylvania. Of course this was long before Dwight Shrute and his pals at The Office moved in with their beet stained teeth.

Yum Yum, these healthy dog biscuits are all natural and all vegan!

But now a days, it seems like the coolest little things are coming from the most unexpected little towns in the Midwest and South and these Vegan Dog Treats from Farm Dog Naturals are no exception. Hailing from Elmwood Tennessee, Rita Hogan and her ensemble of dog loving, heath conscious employees at FDN have been crafting these babies up for the past three years. Best yet, she insists on using local ingredients -I’m assuming this does not include Jack Daniels 😉 but they do boast- what I would consider- human-grade ingredients such as apples, chick peas and even her home grown vegetables, I know I’m getting hungry.

Great packaging, simple, easy to read and yes RECYCLABLE!

And just when you thought Rita Hogan couldn’t get any cooler, it turns out that the recipe is based off of a preservative-free bread recipe that women used to make for soldiers, and instead of testing her variation on soldiers, shes tested them on her 5 PUGS! Rita, you are awesome!!

One of five taste testing pugs that Rita owns, how cute is this face!!

At the great price of $8.99 for a 6 pack, I hope all of you order a batch from Farm Dog Naturals, there are tons of flavors to choose from and just knowing that each and every one of these treats is made with love and, most importantly, without animal bi-products, how can you resist!?

Our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats on Good Day Philadelphia

Our brand new standard size Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats are available exclusively at Just Dogs Gourmet on 19th and Chestnut

Our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats were recently featured on Thursday’s Good Day Philadelphia being modeled by some precious dogs up for adoption at the PSPCA. I am trying to get a copy of the extended clip, but until then, check it here!

Maggie is not only one of the cutest models we've ever had, shes also up for adoption! Please call the Philadelphia PSPCA if you are interested and I'll personally donate a coat to her!

Casper’s IZOD Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat

A good friend of mine and fellow designer, Andres, recently tipped his sister off to my dog rain coats and after being impressed by my work, she decided to order one! I love when friends order things because I like to put a little-bit-extra extra special love into them, just as like a personal thank you for helping spread the word.

I chose to use red contrast top stitching to pull out the red in the IZOD logo. I would have liked to put the IZOD logo somewhere on the back, but because of its position on the nylon, I wasn’t able to; but I think it came out looking great the way it is and so did Andres’ sister!

Casper modeling his new upcycled umbrella dog rain coat!

From rescued umbrella to rescued chihuahua

This coat was made for a little chihuahua who won the Pawesome Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coat Giveaway

A friend of mine told me that this was the best coat he ever saw me make. He's over alot and he has seen me make hundreds of coats so I was really flattered! FUN FACT: if you follow the world of Recycling Zychal on youtube, he's "the hands" in the "how to strip a broken umbrella" video tutorial.

Remmy was rescued from a home with over 100 chihuahuas who had never even gone outside, how sad! Obviously Recycling Zychal deals with a different type of rescue, but still, his story hit close to home,  and we were so happy to fashion him a rescued umbrella dog coat to keep his little body dry while it rains!

This guy is like the Ashton Kutcher of dogs, I love his face!

What a little angel!

The handle on this broken umbrella is…

this little pup was hanging out of the trash can, how could I resist!?

AMAAAAAAAAAZING!

Whoever would toss this GEM?

Looks like I scored a Scottish plaid broken umbrella AND a new Christmas Tree topper .. double upcycle/double WIN.

Perfect day for a HOOD!

Well Philadelphia, it’s MISTING, which means it’s not wet enough to carry an umbrella, but just over the line where your hair goes from manageable in a ponytail to uncontrollable frizz ball. And you know it always mists when we have something to do, so how can we live, ladies?!

Oh that’s right- with a HOOD from Recycling Zychal! I’m wore mine to go to the post office today and was stopped by 2 separate and, might I add, stylish women on my way, who all loved the convenience of the HOOD and wanted to know where they could buy one. I was out of business cards, so I wrote down my website with a code for 20% off a HOOD if they purchased one before the end of the week.

A grey, misty day calls for a brown dress and a HOOD

I wanted to be sure I extended the offer to you all as well!

Enter this special code in when you place your order for a 20% off discount: AQUANET1989

Some little pug babies just can’t stay away from a pile of clean umbrellas

Hurley hiding out in the pile of freshly cleaned umbrellas

They usually get away with it when we have a primarily large load of all black broken umbrellas

Jake and Hurley reinacting Saving Private Ryan