Saturday, August 19, 2017

We're Joining Etsy's First-Ever Labor Day Sale!
After working on the railroad all the live long day, a working man needs a break from the summer heat, a tall glass of iced tea, and a chance to rest and shop over Labor Day weekend! Eco-Friendly Freckles will be joining Etsy's First-Ever Labor Day Sale...but we'll be running our sale for an entire week! Enjoy 15% off store-wide from 8/28 - 9/4!
Also, I want to share the sale of our Etsy sister shop LaOohLaLa Boutique where you can also take advantage of the 15% off discount on everything in the store during 8/28 - 9/4 ...PLUS if you contact the shop via Etsy convo they'll email you the high quality 1947 pin-up printable image shown here with no purchase necessary! Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LA Ink's Kat Von D is a Vintage Etsy Fashionista!

Back in May, I was super excited when I viewed one of our customer order invoices in our Etsy "sister shop" LaOohLaLa Boutique and discovered that it was a vintage millinery fashion hat purchase from a famous celebrity: Katherine von Drachenberg...LA Ink's Kat Von D!
The vintage original 100% wool 1950s "Made in France" beatnik black beret french fashion hat from LaOohLaLa Boutique that Kat Von D ordered!

Kat looking like a superstar in a vintage style black beret hat! I'm still overjoyed and amazed that Kat found a vintage gothic inspired hat that tickles her fancy in LaOohLaLa Boutique!

Kat is one stylish vintage fashionista...and she loves supporting the handmade and vintage shops on Etsy! Check out her YouTube series "Kat's Kloset" where she shares many of her unique Etsy finds!

 Recently on Kat Von D's Facebook Page she shared one of her outfits and it looks like the 1950s beret from LaOohLaLa Boutique is enjoying some time in the spotlight!

Our newest vintage millinery addition to LaOohLaLa Boutique is a 1950s gothic style mourning veil hat that reminds us of Kat! It would be perfect for a veil fascinator for Gothic Wedding!

...and here's her Kat's Kloset YouTube episode on "mourning jewelry"! Auh, swoon!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Vintage 1950s Inspired Wedding: A Bridal Shoe...Something Old and Something Midnight Blue!

The beautiful California bride, Annette Summersett, in this photo is wearing a stunning pair of vintage original 1950s Sesto Meucci Italian designer shoes in midnight blue from our Etsy sister shop LaOohLaLa Boutique! It's such an honor to see these elegant pumps accenting the nostalgically glamorous mid century fashion style of this bride's dreams!

Reminiscent of a romantic Cinderella glass slipper fairytale, she said, "from the very beginning they were a part of my vision", as they beautifully complemented her fifties inspired wedding! I'm so happy that this gorgeous vintage pair of shoes found their sole-mate (pun intended) bride-to-be! They were with her as she walked down the aisle and as she danced with her sweetheart! 

In LaOohLaLa Boutique, we currently have another pair of vintage original 1950s Sesto Meucci Italian designer shoes in this very same style, with the peep toe design and art deco ruched bow embellishment; however the pair we have is in stock is black in color instead of midnight blue (we only have one vintage pair available in a size 6M)...their Italian leather exterior is so soft and lusciously luxurious! I encourage all vintage shoe fashionistas to take a moment to admire the other Old Hollywood heels in our boutique as well!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Renew & Reawaken: Breathing New Life Into Vintage
Me in my Aunt Mary Lynn's Hand-Cut Moon Geisha Zen Taoist Appliqué Denim Vest in my Etsy shop Eco-Friendly Freckles. I am constantly reflecting with reawakening aspirations, gaining inspiration from other Etsyians!

I am so amazed and impressed with this story that I have to share...a certified yoga teacher from Canada, Amy of Mystic Key Meditations, purchased one of my vintage beaded necklaces from my Eco-Friendly Freckles Etsy shop, a 1980s blueberry swirl necklace, and how she transformed it is truly amazing! Like Amy's alias name "Metta Morphosis", she has revived and enchanted these old beads, creating a profound metamorphosis in their aesthetic beauty and symbology by utilizing them as an element in her sacred, artistic craft. She removed the beads and constructed them into a yoga mala necklace and bracelet Prana Gift Set that includes a 108 mala, lotus bracelet, and swirl sunshine peace flags. Like a butterfly flying out of its cocoon for the first time, let's admire in awe the astounding transformation of the before-and-after images of this vintage necklace being altered into a sanctified creation!

BEFORE: As the vintage 1980s Blueberry Swirl Sorbet Marbled Necklace in my Eco-Friendly Freckles Etsy shop...

AFTER: As the beautifully transformed sacred 108 mala and lotus bracelet in the Prana Gift Set in Mystic Key Meditations...
Isn't it gorgeous?! I am so in love with this stunning transformation...Mystic Key Meditations utilizes vintage in this Prana Gift Set in such a creative and breathtakingly beautiful way by combining it with three silver lotus marker beads, a "be yourself" pendant, white tassel, natural white bamboo cord, and sacred blessings.

Mystic Key Meditations is hosting a free give away for the month of May! I encourage all admirers to check her Facebook for more entry details for this giveaway HERE! There will be 3 prizes and it runs May 2 - May 30th. The winners will be picked May 31st

As I bid adieu with farewell blessings, I'd like to leave similarly as I came with another one of my Aunt Mary Lynn's handmade feng shui creations...this one is a home decor piece in my Eco-Friendly Freckles Etsy shop, an Oriental Zen Geisha Tea Room Pillow...Namaste...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Generous Etsyians Show Support for NYC's UPCA Theatre's Broadway Film Showing of "On the Town" by Raffle Donation!

On behalf of our Etsy sister shop "LaOohLaLa Boutique", I'm thrilled that we are participating in New York City's United Palace of Cultural Arts Theatre raffle at their film showing of the 1949 movie "On the Town" by the charitable donation of one of our vintage 1940s romantic ads...a vintage original 1945 Manhattan Shirts advertisement from LaOohLaLa Boutique:

It's so exciting that their show is being nominated for Tony awards, and that there will be Broadway performers at the event! I'm delighted to see all of the other donated raffle items from fellow Etsy shops on the United Palace of Cultural Arts website. They all look like nostalgic gems and perfectly capture the theme of the film! Along with LaOohLaLa Boutique's donation pictured above, I'm pleased to present the other Etsy shop donated raffle items for this event here...

A vintage Frank Sinatra vinyl record like this one from Etsy shop "Timeless Tunes"!...I encourage readers to check out their other vintage Frank Sinatra vinyl records in their Etsy shop HERE!

...this vintage 1940s child's sailor top from Etsy shop MaryBethHale! There is an identical one available in her shop that is a size larger than the one donated and it can be admired HERE!

 ...this handmade articulated Gene Kelly paper doll from Etsy shop Pieces of Elise's!

...this vintage 1940s women's hat from Etsy shop Steele Hollow Vintage...I encourage all admirers to stop by her shop and check out her other stunning vintage millinery fashions!

 ...this set of vintage 1940s New York City tourism postcards from Etsy shop Debra's Attic! I encourage everyone to stop by Debra's Etsy shop to view her other New York souvenir postcards!

...this handmade etched metal Frank Sinatra wallet card by Etsy shop Madame Poindextra!

...and although my Eco-Friendly Freckles Etsy shop was not nominated to participate in donating into this charitable theatrical themed raffle, I have a vintage 1940s Frank Sinatra sheet music set that I think would be a perfect fit for the musical theme...

...and in LaOohLaLa Boutique, although I'm happy that we were requested to donate our vintage 1945 Manhattan Shirts advertisement (pictured at top), I think our vintage 1940s sailor themed sheet music set would complement the theme wonderfully!

...and lastly from our other Etsy sister shop "Storybook Artifact", I think this vintage original 1940s Talmack New York designer dress would be a perfect fit (although also not a donation) would even match with Steele Hollow Vintage's millinery fashion hat! My elegant twin sister Andrea, the owner of Storybook Artifact, is the pretty model wearing this haute couture World War II era relic from yesteryear!

United Palace Theatre of Cultural Arts film showing of the 1949 classic On the Town takes place tomorrow night!! I hope they have a packed theater and I wish them the best of luck with the show and raffle!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Whirl and Weave: A Welcome to Midsummer's Eve

I'm standing at a beautiful dewy creek with spring blossoms and my mother-in-law Beverly's hand-crocheted "Maypole" scarf which can be admired further in her Etsy shop "Maddie's Trinkets and Bobbles".

Tis the last day of April, and yesterday evening my husband Joe and I were delighted by the sight of new duckling hatchlings swimming on our nearby pond...Oh, I love this time of year! Spring is filled with whimsy and wonder...As we welcome in May with flower-festooned Maypole traditions and June with the ancient European folk song and fertility dance customs of Midsummer's Eve, I would love to take a moment to share some beauties of spring as we embrace the new life that it breaths into our souls. Without further ado, here is a small collection inspired by the whirl and weave...grandmother's crochet and knitted crafts and the dancing celebration of new birth that it cuddles with warmth and love!

My precious niece Lydia, born in April she is our blessed little spring chick! Here are some photos of her in Beverly's darling crocheted creations...
Little Miss Lydia LOVES bears! She is often found carrying around a teddy bear and at 2 years old now her favorite television show is Little Bear. Here is a hand-crocheted 3D Teddy Bear with Balloons baby afghan created by our talented Aunt Mary Lynn that can be found in Lydia's mother's (my twin sister, Andrea) Etsy shop Storybook Artifact...It's a work-of-art!!!

Lastly, I encourage all lovers of crochet and knitted crafts to stop by one of my favorite Etsy shops filled with an eclectic assortment of beautiful yarns and craft patterns: Suzie's "Mom's Vintage Books"! Here are some treasures found in her Etsy shop...
...and this gorgeous heather grey yarn...I just love this airy neutral shade...also found in Mom's Vintage Books!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LaOohLaLa Boutique's Charitable Donation to NYC United Palace of Cultural Arts Broadway Film Showing "On the Town"

On behalf of LaOohLaLa Boutique, I'm pleased to announce our participation in the United Palace of Cultural Arts theatre's upcoming film showing of the classic 1949 movie "On the Town" starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in the form of a donation of our vintage original 1945 Manhattan Shirts advertisement in their raffle of charitable items associated with the film.

We'll be joining other Etsy artisan sponsors who have donated unique handmade and vintage items from past classic film showings; including "King Kong (1933 film)" and one of my all-time favorite movies Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window"! I am honored that our charitable contribution will be credited in this non-profit theatre's program and social media sites as well as at the event. I love the movie themed Etsy contribution raffle items from past classic film showings...especially the vintage and handmade movie memorabilia for the Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window event, like this glamorous Grace Kelly Paper Doll from Etsy shop Paper Dolls by ER Miller!
The United Palace of Cultural Arts is a historic art deco architecture landmark in Washington Heights of New York City, New York...I can hear Frank Sinatra and the famous sailors singing ♩♪♫♬New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!♩♪♫♬ Along with the showing of the 1949 film "On the Town", members of the present Broadway cast will perform a concert of the score! This event takes place on the evening of Sunday May 3rd and admission is FREE to the public! The theatre provides work for the local Boy Scouts, and their goal is to raise enough funds so they can hire neighborhood youth to run the theatre which volunteers have been doing up to this point. This would provide great first jobs and a healthy source of pocket money. I'm happy to be able to provide a small contribution and support their efforts of bringing back art to a lower income neighborhood in desperate need.

As I mentioned, there will be actual Broadway performers reenacting this iconic American motion picture at this film showing...gathering their inspiration from legendary American dancer Vera-Ellen who stars in the film. In LaOohLaLa Boutique, we have a similar vintage original movie poster that also has Vera Ellen shown dancing, its from the 1945 musical Wonder Man in which she stars alongside Danny Kaye. Vera Ellen is best known for her starring roles in On the Town with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, and the 1954 film White Christmas with Danny Kaye whom she is cast with in Wonder Man...Vera Ellen is an adorable American sweetheart! Here is the 1945 Wonder Man movie poster in our LaOohLaLa Boutique Etsy shop!