Because as long as I can remember, I've been in a love affair with all things vintage.
Colorful, ornate labels on tins that held everyday items. Translucent, antique tea cups and the substantial feel of a vinyl record. And the stunning styles of The Roaring 20's.
Around 1920, the striking beauty of Art Deco design began to appear in architecture, jewelry, and home decor. In the big city’s, people dressed to impress.
The new 'Flapper Girl' rejected earlier puritan fashions and morals that had been popular for a very long time. Challenging social norms, she reinvented herself in new and daring ways, and took part in activities that were previously only enjoyed by men.
Judged wild and disgraceful by the older generation, when most declined a new experience, the Flapper Girl said yes.
Family, Long Island & Legacy
My grandmother, Anna, was born on Long Island, New York in 1918. Over warm tea and toast, she shared with me her stories of growing up. I learned about my grandmothers own mother, Bobbie, who made 'Brown Soap' in their tiny kitchen.
Bobbie's homemade soap was a harsh concoction, made of rendered animal fats and lye-water, chopped into rough blocks. This soap was essential, and they used it for everything from scrubbing clothes, to washing little faces.
But my grandmother rejected her mothers homemade soap, and collected her own factory-made soaps. She kept the colorful soaps lined up neatly on her bedroom dresser. It was a simple prize in a pretty package, and as a kid, it drew me in every time.
Always an object of my affection, I learned how to make my own soap in 2011. Made in the traditional cold-process method, my handmade soap is made with a large portion of olive oil, and formulated to be mild, lather abundant, and great for your skin!
I never use animal products, only plant oils and butters. I prefer to blend essential oils with high quality fragrance oils to create the best smelling bath and body products possible.
And just like grandma, I love color! I use natural clays and cosmetic micas to achieve them. Cosmetic mica is what's used in eye shadow and other make-up, and commonly called "mineral make-up". Cosmetic mica is completely non-toxic, and chances are you're already using it, everyday. It makes me so happy to share this self-care with you!
I appreciate the labor of love that is anything handmade.
I believe that useful items, made with good intention, carry with them an energy of positivity.
I want to begin and end my days, with these lovely things.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find something here that makes you smile.
“Cut off all your hair
Did you flinch, did you care?
Did he look, did he stop and stare
At your brand new hair?
Flapper girl, flapper girl
Prohibition in curls
Hair of gold and neck of curls
It’s flapper girl.”
Flapper Girl - The Lumineers 2012
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