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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Etsy Love: The Lavender Tree

Sweaters aren't made like they used to be. I often find that one season's wear results in a worn-out pilled garment ready for the giveaway box. And while I have stored away two sentimental baby blankets, the rest did not stand up to the test of spit up or playground dirt, landing in the same "out" pile time after time. What is the fate of these textiles after they've been well-loved and worn out? Wisconsin-based Ann Tucker has found a crafty solution, turning wool sweaters, jackets and blankets found in thrift stores into pillows, pin cushions and a slue of other decorative items that are as adorable as they are environmentally conscious for her Etsy shop Lavender Tree.

The cute-as-can-be Bird Pillow is made from recycled felted wool sweaters and blankets.

Several own key chains, like this one, make an affordable but practical eco-friendly gift at $7.00.

The Flower Pillow 5 is, you guessed it, made from a recycled felted wool blanket and salvaged wool sweater scraps.

This recycled and felted wool sweater Strawberry Pin Cushion reminds me of a berry shaped pin cushion I had when I was a little girl.

Although Lavender Tree offerings are mostly made of recycled wool, these Recycled Rag Rug Heart Ornaments are an adorable exception.