The Littlest Helper

Crafted in Carhartt Fan Photos

It’s not the size of the helper that matters, it’s the size of their heart. Meet Dallis. She just turned one and loves to pitch in on her family’s farm in Hawaii. Dallis is wearing a handmade headband, crafted with love by her mom, Haley who writes Ripped Jeans & Glitter.

Like the overalls Dallis is wearing? Take a look at them here.

(if you have a Carhartt fan photo you’d like to share, submit it to craftedincarhartt@carhartt.com)

Jennifer Philipps of ERA Test, LLC in Montana

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt

ERA Test / Crafted in Carhartt Wake up early. Analyze lab results. Prepare reports for clients. Go to scheduled air inspections in commercial and residential environments. Submit samples to a lab in Washington. Then back to office work and equipment maintenance. That’s the typical day in the life of an Indoor Air Quality Inspector. Meet Jennifer Philipps of ERA Test, LLC in Montana. She and her mom, Lisa, own and operate the business. They test air to detect threats like mold, asbestos, radon, and methamphetamine. Together they are able to work across the entire state. The dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship in a work environment have brought the family closer together. They are able to lean on and learn from one another. It’s much more common to come across family businesses that are passed from father to son. I must say, it was really exciting to come across a multi-generational family trade that not only involves the women, but is entirely run by them. What an awesome gift of knowledge and skill to bestow. Jennifer’s work wear: Carhartt Women’s Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt & Women’s Sibley Denim Cropped Pant  

Call for All Fan Photos!

Crafted in Carhartt / Fan Photos
Crafted in Carhartt / Fan Photos

 

Take a look at this little Texan. Brennan is wearing Carhartt kids.
It goes to show that overalls look good at any age.

If you’re a Carhartt lover and you have a photo you’d like to share on the blog, 
email craftedincarhartt@carhartt.com and you could see your photo here. 

Andrea Eckert of Holding House

Holding House Detroit / Carhartt

Holding House Detroit / Carhartt

Holding House Detroit / Carhartt

Holding House Detroit / Carhartt

Holding House Detroit / Carhartt

Holding House Detroit / Carhartt

A leader is someone who steps up when they see a need that hasn’t been met. Andrea Eckert, Detroit artist who taught us about solar screen printing, is doing just that. She bought an old building on Motor City’s well-known Michigan Avenue and is in the process of gutting and refurbishing it into a studio and exhibition center for the surrounding area. Not too far from a few popular digs like Slows and Astro Coffee, this much needed community space will continue to add to the movement to revitalize downtown Detroit. Holding House will be an environment for all creative faculties, a place where multigenerational participants will engage, design, produce, and learn.

Andrea wears many hats. She’s an artist, a mother, a wife, a leader in her community, a groundbreaker who seizes opportunities to better the quality of life, and she’s a blast to be around. I think women often feel the need to multitask and fill as many roles as life demands. What’s cool is when those roles overlap in a beneficial way to urge creativity, bring people together, and breath a new life into the makers’ spirit. Stay tuned as Andrea continues to make progress on Holding House. We’ll keep you updated.

Check out what Andrea’s work gear. The last thing you want to worry about is stains or hurting your clothes when you’re on a nitty gritty job site. Get something sturdy, like the Canvas Dungaree. It’s mostly cotton with a bit of spandex, so it’s built tough and you can still move around easily. If you’re really going to be doing some heavy lifting, Carhartt Force is exactly what you need. It’s fabric is sweat wicking, stain repellent, and fights odors. When you need to keep warm, try the Clarksburg Sweatshirt. It’s comfy, durable, and slightly fitted. You may be working, but you’ll still look good. And don’t forget the gloves. We can all use an extra pair of gloves lying around. 

DIY: Solar Screen Printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing
Carhartt DIY solar screen printing
Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Carhartt DIY solar screen printing

Who says you need a printing press to make a screen print? You can just use the sun. That’s right, it’s called solar screen printing. Check out this demonstration by Detroit artist, Andrea Eckert, to see how you can bring an image to life. The print Andrea and her kids are working on is of Holding House, a great space on Michigan Avenue she plans to turn into a new studio and exhibition space for youth programs. Let’s see what we can learn as she takes her kids through the printing process.

What you need:
the image you want printed onto a transparency in black and white (make sure to use an ink jet printer), emulsion, a printing screen, cardboard big enough to cover the screen, tape, glass to cover the transparency, access to water, ink, an art squeegee, and paper

Steps:
1. Put emulsion on screen and allow it to dry for 2 hours.
2. Take the screen outside, covered with cardboard to prevent premature exposure.
3. Remove the cardboard and tape the transparency (with the image facedown) onto the screen (with emulsion side up).
4. Cover the transparency and screen with the glass. Allow it to expose in the sun for about 2 minutes.
5. Remove the transparency and rinse the screen.
6. Let the screen dry for around 30 minutes.
7. Now you’re ready to print! Place paper under your screen and secure everything in place.
8. Squirt ink onto the screen and spread it across the screen with the squeegee.
9. Lift up the screen and repeat steps 7-9 to create duplicates.

Andrea’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Force® Performance Quarter Zip and Relaxed Fit Canvas Kane Dungarees. Deck out your kids in Carhartt too!

Pumpkins are the Best Part of Fall

Carhartt pumpkin patch

Carhartt pumpkin patch

Carhartt pumpkin patch

Carhartt pumpkin patch

Carhartt pumpkin patch

Oh the wonderful days of falling leaves and pumpkin patches! Believe it or not, pumpkins are considered a fruit. They were named after the Greek word for “large melon.” Pumpkins are part of the gourd family, along with cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. Think of all the wonderful things we can do with this glorious fruit. Native Americans used it for food and and even made woven mats out of strips of the dried gourd. Pilgrims were known to combine hops, maple sugar, and pumpkin to brew a tasty colonial beer. Early colonists even used the shell as a template for hair cuts. (That’s why New Englanders are sometimes called pumpkin heads.) What’s your favorite pumpkin product? Is it pumpkin pie? pumpkin spiced latte? or adorable pictures from pumpkin patches?

I took my niece, Lily, to Calie’s Acre so she could enjoy the season in her new snuggly Carhartt outfit. Check out Lily’s look here: Carhartt Girl’s Redwood Jacket, Girl’s “Watercolor Horse” Long-Sleeve BodyshirtBrushed Fleece Pants, & Kid’s Acrylic Watch Hat. I was decked out in a fun fall clothes as well. This deep wine colored Marlinton Jacket is one of my favorites. The hue goes so well with everything. It might sound crazy, but I consider deep plum colors to be neutral, especially during fall. See my outfit here: Women’s Marlinton Jacket, Dartford Denim Shirt, & Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungarees.

Noel from Dog-a-holics in Chicago

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

dogs and Carhartt

Meet Noel. She’s a dog walker at the local Chicago dog grooming and daycare business, Dog-a-holics. It was a blast hanging out while she gave her dog, Addison, a bath. She’s not so fond of water. What I love about the service offered at Dog-a-holics is that it’s a cage-free environment with a great outdoor space. The dogs also get a lot of one on one attention.

Noel’s daughter, Penny, joined us for a bit as well. She was so precious in her Carhartt onesie. Like her mom, she loves dogs. She was mesmerized every time a dog passed by. If you’re looking for doggie daycare in Chicago, Dog-a-holics is the place for you. Check them out here.