Green Living Expo, Part IV: Upcycled Chic

Meet Marly Elizabeth Ramstad: artist, designer and eclectic green fashionista! As you can see, she’s not one to shy away from colors.  In fact, the more colors the better!

Marly started her craft one day just for fun. She makes upcycled jewelry from vintage and found treasures.

Her main line of jewelry is her unique pairs of lace hoop earrings. She uses vintage lace as well as bits and pieces of from wherever she can find them: old sewing kits, tablecloths, discarded clothes, wedding dresses, vintage handkerchiefs, shower curtains…you name it!

“I prefer to use vintage lace. The pieces I found have a lot more character; the patterns are more interesting and tell a very intricate story.”

After selecting her pieces, she painstakingly washes and dyes the lace by hand with eco-friendly detergent and vegetable dyes (respectively): bright pink, turquoise, purple, yellow, green.

Her second collection is an array of bracelets and necklaces, pieced also from vintage treasures.  She cobbles together old charms, vintage jewelry, trinkets and fun little adornments and strings them to form a “funky and chunky” statement piece. Her jewelry is bold, contemporary and sustainable. Often she takes apart old jewelry she finds at garage and estate sales to make something new and modern. In addition to her eco-friendly jewelry, all of her displays are recycled: old frames, windows and mannequins! She finds things everywhere she goes and somehow, with her creative eye, manages to put them together in a chic-boho-recycled kind of way!

While she doesn’t currently have a website, and her Etsy profile is empty, you can reach her via email: Make sure to mention the blog!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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