Clothe Ohio – Review

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Clothe Ohio is a company that wears its heart on its sleeve. Literally. This clothing company operates under a simple, one for one deal:

For every order placed Clothe Ohio will donate a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need.

The name of the company, Clothe Ohio, is essentially what the company does. When someone purchases a t-shirt, tank or sweatshirt from Clothe Ohio, they donate a new t-shirt or sweatshirt to an Ohioan in need. They are actually clothing Ohioans. Pretty awesome, right?

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Clothe Ohio works with non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Ohio to give to those in need when they need it most.

Check out this short and sweet video that explains what Clothe Ohio is all about.

Not only is Clothe Ohio a local company with an altruistic mission, they also make really fantastic, Ohio themed, clothes. Clothes that allow you to proclaim your love of the big OH-IO.

I was asked earlier this year to review some of Clothe Ohio’s products. I had seen a few fellow Ohio bloggers wearing their clothes so I was excited to try them out. The website is easy to navigate, which is crucial because Clothe Ohio has a TON of options and even more designs to choose from.

There are t-shirts with “Ohio” written out in big, bold and blocky letters, and lots of designs using the state’s “o” shape as a letter in words like “love,” “local,” “homegrown,” and “OMG.” Whether your state pride arises from our history in aviation or space exploration, the prowess of The Ohio State Buckeyes on the football field or our agricultural heritage – there’s a t-shirt or sweater design you’ll love. They also have city-specific designs.

Needless to say, I had a very hard time narrowing my picks down to three!

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I ended up choosing three different designs, all of which were printed on soft, comfortable fabric.

Ohio Chic Racer Back Tri-Blend Tank Top
I’ll definitely be wearing this tank when the weather warms up again – the fabric is nice and light so it’s perfect for a hike or summer run.

Socialite Ohio Women’s Tri-Blend T-Shirt (it says in the description that it’s crazy soft and they’re not lying ?)
This is my favorite design and just what an Ohio-obsessed blogger needs when out exploring all our state has to offer.

Ohio Est. 1803 Women’s Off-Shoulder Sweatshirt (also crazy soft, and crazy cozy)
This sweatshirt is so comfortable! Great for Ohio’s cold winters (my least favorite thing about Ohio living).

In addition to being locally made and benefiting those in need in our community, each item Clothe Ohio sells is made to order. The company offers hassle free exchanges as well.

If you’re looking for some last minute gifts, I recommend Clothe Ohio for your holiday shopping! ?

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Address: 867 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone Number: (614) 813-4446

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter

Thank you to Clothe Ohio, a Columbus-based company, for sponsoring this post.

GLOW: Nature at Night

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In October I had the privilege of creating an art installation for one of my favorite places in the world: Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Dayton. The event was GLOW: Nature at Night and I created a display called Tree of Light.

Aullwood holds a special place in my heart. I first visited Aullwood when I was 12, as part of a field trip for Science Olympiad to study birds. After that first visit, I was hooked. I went to Aullwood  throughout junior high and high school, first to learn about birds and later to study trees. My mom and I took a spring ornithology class twice, complete with overnight field trips to birding locations throughout the state. My sister and I did the same with a summer tree identification class. During my senior year in high school, I went on a canoeing trip hosted by Aullwood to Michigan. This was the first trip I had ever taken that wasn’t school related and didn’t have my parents, sister or friends joining me. We canoed the gorgeous Au Sable river and went birdwatching. I learned a lot about myself on that trip, mainly that I can be independent and that I love canoeing.

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After graduating high school, but before going to Ohio University, I interned at Aullwood for three glorious months. I spent the summer teaching Summer Earth Adventures camp, working on the farm, and getting to know three amazing women who interned with me. Going to college that fall was rough, not only was I leaving home, but I was also leaving my second home, Aullwood.

Fortunately, I was able to continue my relationship with Aullwood throughout college. I volunteered as an animal character for Enchanted Forest and Breakfast with Woodland Santa (to date I’ve been a big brown bat, centipede, scarlet tanager and a southern flying squirrel) and for a few summers, I came back to teach Summer Earth Adventures.

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My sister, Brittney, was my camp assistant for several camps so we drove down to Aullwood together, listening to our favorite soundtracks (Chicago and Sweeney Todd). I actually adopted Olivia with Brittney after we finished teaching one afternoon. We stopped at the Miami County Animal Shelter, and after I fell in love with my little tuxedo girl, Brittney helped me dig up enough dollars and change to pay the $40 adoption fee. We didn’t check with my parents before getting a kitten (lucky for us Lou was as adorable as she was, my parents were only upset with us for a while). Brittney was very literally, my partner in crime, that summer and Aullwood was the backdrop of our adventures.

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After getting my Mom and sister involved with Aullwood, I convinced my high school sweetheart, Kenneth, to volunteer too. Kenneth was an assistant for Summer Earth Adventures and when I volunteered as an animal character he helped lead visitors on Aullwood’s wooded trails by lamplight.

Aullwood played such a big role in my life growing up, that Kenneth and I could think of no other place to hold our ceremony and reception when we got married after graduating from Ohio University.

On August 14th, 2010, we were married in a beautiful ceremony in a beautiful place. It did rain that day (I’ve heard it’s good luck!), so we were married indoors, but the rain stopped in time for taking pictures outside. It was a wonderful day and not only were we surrounded by family and friends (quite a few who work at Aullwood) but we were also in a gorgeous setting, surrounded by nature.

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While Kenneth and I lived in Columbus and the Cincinnati area, we didn’t make it to Aullwood as often as we wanted to. But since we’ve moved back home, we’ve both signed up again as volunteers. This summer we were animal whisperers, working with ducks and goats on the farm to make them more comfortable around people so they can be good ambassadors for their breed.

When Aullwood’s volunteer coordinator asked me if I would be interested in creating an art display for Aullwood’s new fall event, GLOW, I gave her an enthusiastic “yes!” I love volunteering at Aullwood and I especially love the challenge of creating art from recycled materials.

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Because Aullwood has had such an impact on my life, and because this past year after moving back home has brought on so many memories, I made that the focus of my installation. Memory, emotion, and dreams portrayed as light became my theme.

My artist statement below describes my vision for my display.

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My dad helped me take a large branch from an apple tree in my parent’s yard and turn it into the centerpiece of my display. This apple tree, which has long stopped producing apples, was one of my favorite trees to climb when I was a kid. It has one branch that is perfect for swinging a leg onto to help pull oneself into the tree. The tree is so big that you have to really look for the bare spot we left when we removed a large branch.

We attached the large tree branch to a shipping pallet to give it a sturdy base. While my dad worked on securing the tree to the pallet, I went to town trimming branches and shaping the tree to my liking.

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Once the tree was completed, I had a lot of smaller projects to work on at home. I pulled items from my stash of crafting tools to make “memory bottles:” glass bottles filled with beads, thread, and other small mementos that remind me of different periods of my life. In high school, I was very interested in beading and jewelry making so a few jars were filled with beads. When I worked at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, I used the 3D printer in the MakerSpace to make a glow-in-the-dark gnome. I’ve loved gnomes for years (my best friend got me one as a graduation gift from high school – yes I am that nerdy ?) and the fact that this little gnome was made from glow-in-the-dark plastic made him perfect for my GLOW display.

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Other items that were created for my display included a glass owl recycled from a coffee pot and a broken pair of sunglasses, faux mercury glass jars lit with battery operated LED candles, glass mushrooms, metal spheres, white pumpkins, and lambs ear. The mercury glass jars I made with old glass jars my parents had saved for future canning projects (don’t worry – I didn’t take their whole supply!) which I lightly sprayed with a solution of water and white vinegar before spraying with a silver/mirror effect spray paint. It gave them a nice silvery, mottled look which looked great with the LED candles we borrowed from a family friend.

The glass mushrooms were made with thrifted glass vases and bowls. After I glued them together to make a mushroom shape, I spray painted them with the same silver/mirror paint. I really like how these turned out – they will be going into our garden this spring!

The metal spheres I bought at Expressions of the Home in Troy – one of my favorite eclectic shops downtown. The lambs ear were dug up from the landscaping at our new home. They are often included in plans for night gardens because of their silvery leaves.

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In addition to creating and installing my Tree of Light, I also took on the role of Big Brown Bat for some educational character interactions in Aullwood’s bank barn. I performed a skit with another volunteer who portrayed the Luna Moth.

I had a wonderful time getting to know the other volunteers in between our performances, and I even had a few minutes to sneak out and see how my GLOW display looked in the dark. On the second night of GLOW: Nature At Night, my mom dressed up as a Southern Flying Squirrel while she and my dad volunteered with some children’s activities.

I always enjoy time spent at Aullwood and this year’s GLOW event was no exception! Happy Smilies

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Help Me Win My Dream Photography Studio!

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Darby Smart, my awesome source for everything DIY, is having a contest this week for their designers. The grand prize is valued at $5K and includes a Canon Rebel T5i camera bundle, Smith-Victor Light Box Kit and two classes from the New York Institute of Photography Online!

The winner will be determined by which designer gets the most clicks on their link to Darby Smart. Right now, I’m in the top ten! Can you help me win? Just visit Darby Smart by clicking on this link:

 

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Please share my link (or this post) with your friends and family on social media! I would love the opportunity to learn more about photography and improve my skills! I adore my little point and shoot Canon PowerShot, but I think it’s time to upgrade!

The contest ends in four days, so, please share share share and Happy Crafting! 🙂

Score a Chance to See Dreamworks HOME Early!

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HOME, the adorable looking movie from the creators of the How to Train Your Dragon films and The Croods, hits theaters Friday, March 27th. The movie follows the journey of human girl named Tip and a misfit alien named Oh (and Tip’s adorable cat) as they become friends and go on a series of adventures. The film looks like a perfect family night movie and is rated PG.

This Ohio Life readers in Cincinnati and Columbus have a chance to win passes to see HOME early on Tuesday March 24th. Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed. It’s recommended that you arrive early to increase your chance of entry.

Get the details below!

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Cincinnati

Join the comedic adventures of a girl and her loveable misfit from another planet! Enter HERE for your chance to win passes for HOME on Tuesday, March 24 at AMC Newport on the Levee theatre!

 

Columbus

Join the comedic adventures of a girl and her loveable misfit from another planet! Enter HERE for your chance to win passes for HOME on Tuesday, March 24 at AMC Lennox Town Center theatre!