Hey friends, sorry we haven’t been blogging like crazy, the shop has been ridiculously busy the past 2 months between getting press from all corners of the world, to broken umbrellas coming in left and right and orders piling up all over!
Hey, I’m not complaining! I love that upcycling is catching on and people are loving it!
WIN A HOOD!!!
Just wanted to let you all know that HerCatwalk, a super sassy fashion site that I’ve recently become somewhat addicted to is giving away one of our HOODs for FREE! Go win it! NOW!
And keep sending in your broken umbrellas!
Upcycling and Vodka; they aren’t exactly a match you think you could like, but lo and behold, the perfect blend of both has come in the form of an audition video that Taryn Zychal, the mastermind behind Recycling Zychal, has put together for the Stoli Originals Contest.
As one of the top 12 finalists, Zychal couldn’t think of anything that made her more original than the premise of the company she started a few years ago, in which she collects busted, broken umbrellas off the streets of Philadelphia and turns them into modern, stylish and functional softgoods.
Showcasing the charity-helping Organic Cat Nip Filled Cat Toy, the popular Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat and the updated upcycled Polish babushka Recycling Zychal calls simply, The HOOD, Taryn spouts out a concoction of catchy lines about her real life and social media do-gooding and, more importantly, her passion about upcycling.
Zychal says that if she wins, she plans on investing into Recycling Zychal and traveling around the world with the $25k reward prize.
You can help this upcycling heroine win by going to the Stoli.com website and clicking on finalists, her video is the first one.
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!
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Tagged broken umbrella, chihuahua, contest, giveaway, green, hooded, pawesome, rain coat, remmy, rescue, vintage lining
On a recent trip to the fabric market, I was struck with some amazing new ideas and inspiration for the Upcycled Umbrella Handbag idea I’ve been throwing around and I’ve decided to extend the contest until April 1st! and no this is no April Fools Joke!
To enter to win, leave a comment under our post telling us what you think, why you would like to own this custom made eco friendly handbag or any suggestions for the bag itself- a color a shape, ANYTHING! Be sure to vote in poll and thats it, you could be the next winner!
Don’t delay, go enter to win an eco friendly, custom, handmade upcycled handbag from your friends at Recycling Zychal!
Vote for our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat to be modeled on the runway at the 2010 Sewing and Stitchery Expo!
Recycling Zychal has been chosen as a finalist in the BurdaStyle Coats and Clark Red+Pink Fashion Show! Both our upcycled umbrella HOOD and dog coat have been selected for voting and we would absolutely love to have a dog model the coat on the runway in Washington for the Sewing and Stitchery Expo!
It only takes a second to vote and any vote will help!
Vote for the HOOD here
Vote for the Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coat here
(I believe you can vote for both, so please do!)
It only takes a minute to help get our upcycled fashion on the runway!
Let’s put the fashion spotlight on upcycling this year by getting one of our products on the runway!
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Tagged burdastyle, coat, coats and clark, competition, contest, dog coat, eco-fi felt, Fashion, fashion show, HOOD, recycling, runway, sewing, stitchery, umbrella, Upcycling, voting, washington
Congratulations to Andrew, the winner of our Better Off Soaked HOOD giveaway! he actually tied himself for first place on 2 different photos! Here’s my favorite one:
Andrew's winning caption
thanks again to Katie from Better Off Soaked for helping me organize this contest! If any of you have photos of broken umbrellas, please visit her blog and she might post yours up on the site! You’d be amazed at how many people photograph them, just be sure to pick them up and send them to me after the photo!
Win a custom made, eco-friendly, cruelty-free Upcycled Umbrella HOOD from Recycling Zychal!
(from Sexy Upcycling)
Philadelphia’s broken umbrella elite, Recycling Zychal and Better Off Soaked, have joined forces to put together an amazing photo caption contest and the prize is a Sexy Upcycled Umbrella HOOD! The HOOD is the epitome of Sexy Upcycling, and takes landfill bound broken umbrellas and gives them a stylish new life as a modern day babushka! The rules for the contest are simple, just visit the Better Off Soaked Blog and write a caption for one or all of the broken umbrella photos for the contest. Create and leave your captions from now until Midnight, Sunday, November 29th and then you, the readers and caption makers, will determine the winner by voting for the favorite caption on Monday and Tuesday! Get your friends and family involved, it could make an interesting Thanksgiving dinner conversation (imagine your father grumbling about those crazy broken umbrella collecting hippies). The winner gets a fully customized Upcycled Umbrella HOOD from Recycling Zychal! Thank you to all that participate and good luck! Oh and a big big big thank you to the folks at Stylestance who helped make this contest and partnership possible by featuring both Recycling Zychal and Better Off Soaked on their daily style blog!