Showing posts with label etsy recyclers guild team. Show all posts
Showing posts with label etsy recyclers guild team. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Interview with Jessica of Eco-Friendly Freckles

Jessica of Eco-Friendly Freckles is one of my fellow team members on the Etsy Recyclers Guild. We just started talking to each other this week and she's so cool. She makes really great one-of-a-kind gift items. Her shop announcement says, "All of my hand-painted items have a glossy black background and small white freckles; which unlike polka dots are not perfectly symmetrical, hence the name "Eco-Friendly Freckles". These delightful freckles create a texture that is pleasant to feel, and a look that is unique and fun".

Tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Jessica and I live in Bixby, Oklahoma on a miniature horse ranch with my sweet husband, Joe, and our two charming cats: Magnum (boy) and Nozomi (girl)…the miniature horses and our kitties all have such funny personalities and brighten everyday! I enjoy creating handmade items and utilizing materials that I recycle myself to make my art; thus whatever was probably going to end up in a landfill somewhere is now part of a beautiful masterpiece. All of my hand-painted items have a glossy black background and small white freckles; which unlike polka dots are not perfectly symmetrical, hence the name "Eco-Friendly Freckles". These delightful freckles create a texture that is pleasant to feel, and a look that is unique and fun!

Besides recycling and making art, I also enjoy organic-heirloom gardening, studying natural health, aromatherapy, and herbology; and partaking in yoga, cooking, long walks and talks, going to art galleries, bed and breakfasts, thrift stores, and garage sales. I also love spending time with my best-friend and twin sister Andrea (who is also has an Etsy shop; her's is called "Storybook Artifact"). My husband, Joe, and I share an aspiration of someday becoming somewhat “self-sufficient” and able to provide a large amount of our own food; having our own homestead where we can have a big garden, livestock, and a place where we can run and play with our future children.

When did you first start crafting?

About four years ago, Joe and I were noticing that we were going through a lot of steel and tin cans and Joe said that he wished that we could do something with the cans instead of throw them away, and I thought to myself, “Isn’t there something I could do with these to revamp and beautify them and maybe incorporate them into a future gift”. Before I knew it I was purchasing some black glossy paint and some bright white acrylic paint and I was creating my first few canisters. That Christmas I gave the canisters to family members and made candles to go inside of them or I placed black satin pouches inside and filled them with homemade coconut and hemp oil soap…it was a hit, my family loved them!"

Please describe your work in detail. What's your favorite type of crafting/art?

I create my decoupage canisters by spray painting cleaned and recycled tins (soup cans, coffee cans, etc.) with glossy black spray paint. Once the paint drys, I apply my desired magazine clippings, yogi tea tags, and other desired paper materials with collage glue in a particular way so the images as a whole are complementary and appealing, creating a cohesive theme. Lastly, I apply the freckles with white glossy paint, and then once completely dry, I apply the glossy Mod Podge to protect the images and serve as a sealant. My favorite part of this creative process is selecting and putting together the magazine clippings and yogi tea tag messages on the canister or tin to create the unique theme and truly make a one-of-a-kind piece.

How has your work evolved from your earlier work?

I used to paint large, blotchy, spaced out, white dots on the black background of my canisters and tins; I decided that I wasn't attracted to this style so I decided to make smaller, closer together "freckles" in various sizes like the freckles on a face. I think this technique looks more delicate, artistic, and appealing.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My husband, Joe, and twin sister, Andrea, have been wonderful motivators and continue to encourage my artistic pursuits. Although, Andrea's Etsy shop "Storybook Artifact" is still young and in bloom, her amazing talent expressed in her original acrylic paintings has inspired my creative side for years; before I even began creating my hand-painted decoupage canisters.

Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

I hand-painted upcycled decoupage canisters, vintage prints, exotic herbs, and other items are only found in my online shop "Eco-Friendly Freckles" on Etsy.

What advice can you give other crafters when selling their items?

My advice would be to express your own uniqueness through your craft because this will intrigue your customers. Have fun with whatever you are doing; you will find success in your business and work harder if you are enjoying yourself. If you love crafting: make more items for your shop (the more listings you have, the more your shop will be seen in the sea of Etsy). If you love writing: market your business on a blog while you share your everyday tales. If you love making treasuries: create them and you will receive lots of friends, a benevolent reputation, and promotion for your shop. If you love being social and supporting others, join an Etsy Team. The list goes on and on...create your own success by following your passion.

Describe yourself in three words:

passionate, nature-loving, artist.

Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

I think it is important to note that when people purchase handmade items on Etsy they are not supporting unfair labor practices or child sweatshops; instead they are most likely supporting individual families instead of the mammoth supercenters, department stores, and other stores of mass-produced goods that fit into this category. They also don’t have to worry about their money going into the pockets of big fat cats, since it will instead go to help an aspiring artist, crafter or creator.

You can find Eco-Friendly Freckles online at the following places:

Eco-Friendly Freckles on Etsy

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Meet Retreauxgirl

Sharon- Repurposed Jade Moonstone Necklace $50
Retreauxgirl is owned an operated by my friend Leslie. Leslie and I have never met, but we are both from Texas. I live in Houston and she lives in Nederland.

Leslie makes really amazing jewelry pieces from vintage jewelry, old door hinges, keys and whatever else inspires her. She typically incorporates faux pearls, rhinestones and ribbons into many of her pieces.

Charmed I'm Sure Repurposed Charm Necklace with Pearl Strands $60

There's something so feminine about this piece. The multi-strand vintage faux pearls with charms. Who doesn't love charms? They're so special and beautiful in this piece!

Leslie and I have gotten to know each other pretty well over the past few months. She and I are team leaders for the Etsy Recyclers Guild team. The Recyclers Guild is a team consisting of vintage shops and shops that sell upcycled/recycled goods.

Big Bertha-Antique Hardware Statement Necklace $75

You can find Leslie online at the following places:

Etsy shop

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Newspaper Mannequin head & porcelain glove mold by Ira Mency

If you haven't heard of Ira Mency aka Retro Chalet, you're going to hear about her now.

She's an amazingly talented artist, blogger, writer and vintage dealer. She's also the team captain for the Etsy Recyclers Guild.

She makes these really cool mannequin styrofoam heads and repurposes them with newspaper. She then glazes the top of the newspaper. I have some of these styrofoam mannequin heads and hers looks much better than my plain white mannequin heads. The newspaper adds a little drama and makes them look pretty cool!

She also does the same thing with some porcelain glove molds that she has in her stock. She and I did a gift exchange at Christmas and she sent me one of these porcelain glove molds. They are actually really cool. I've never had one in my possession before. I do have to admit, I like the newspaper added to the glove mold. You can find out more information about glove molds here.

You can find Ira Mency by visiting the following links:

Retro Chalet on Etsy
Retro Chalet Studio on Etsy
Facebook and

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Handmade accessories...Why be without them?

I think accessories can brighten up any outfit. Why be drab when you can be cute and sassy by adding handmade accessories to garments. Handmade items are unique and can make your dull, ordinary outfit spectacular!

The purpled up in plaid bloom pin by $18 by Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium
I love the combination of textures in this purpled pin as well as the top stitching and button details. It looks cute on a top and I also think it would be cute on a coat or tote bag.

Cream Infinity Scarf / Recycled T-Shirt $20 by Oh-Zie
This scarf is super cute and would dress up any t-shirt or sweater. It's made from an old t-shirt and has a cute brown flower detail to dress it up a bit. Great way to recycle an old item if I don't say so myself.

Vintage wool plaid button bobbies/hair pins $6 by Mattie Reid Chicago
These hair pins were actually made by me. I used to be a vintage button hoarder and started making things with them. I've made a lot of hair accessories with the buttons that had a matching mate. I think these buttons would look cute on anyone.

The Etsy Recyclers Guild Team has a lot of talented artists who make eco-friendly products. All products are recycled into something else, which is beneficial to everyone. Our team motto is basically, "We live green, we love to recycle, and that's what brought us together. Our team believes in Random Acts of Kindness, a movement to promote each other's shops and spread the word about living green." To shop handmade items on our team, you can click here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Let me introduce you to Retreauxgirl on Etsy

I'm a member of a great Etsy team called the Etsy Recyclers Guild. You can find our team blog here. Leslie from Retreauxgirl is a really great girl who makes super cute, unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. All of her jewelry is made from vintage keys, door hinges and vintage jewelry, which I love! You can find her blog here.

The Rusty Royal- Repurposed Antique Brooch and Pearl Necklace $65
I like how Leslie incorporates a variety of vintage pieces in each jewelry piece:

Green with Envy Repurposed Necklace $50

Leslie is a very active member within the Etsy community as well as her own community. She's always showing her jewelry at various places around Beaumont, Texas.

To raise awareness about our team and team blog, we are having a contest on our team blog. Please click here for additional details.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

$75 store credit for upcycled handmade items at Mattie Reid Chicago

I'm offering a $75 store credit for my Etsy shop when my Facebook page reaches 300 fans. My page is currently lingering at 98 fans. Please visit my Facebook page and become a fan today! Winner will be drawn randomly once our page reaches 300 fans! Spread the word!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One-of-a-kind hand embroidered baby infant onesies

A few months ago, my friend Tania had twin girls. I typically make and give onesies as shower gifts. I think they make nice gifts because they're completely one-of-a-kind. I do all the work by hand and they always turn out really cute! Here are the two onesies I made for Tania:

I can make anything I'm capable of drawing. I love special orders. Contact me for more info!