Sunday, February 23, 2014

Coupon Tips from Ferry Creek Vintage How to Save Money Using Online Coupon Codes RetailMeNot and more!

Before you pay for your next online purchase, find a coupon code! Take a few seconds and save money. Ferry Creek Vintage shows you how:

Whether you are shopping on Etsy or another online store browse through the store's front page information for a coupon code. Don't see one and have time? Try contacting seller directly and request a code.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Aloe Vera Helps Hair Growth and More Ferry Creek Vintage Blog


History of ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera has been used for medicinal purposes in several cultures for millennia including Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and China.  Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes. Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers’ wounds. The first reference to Aloe Vera in English was a translation by John Goodyew in A.D. 1655 of Dioscorides’ Medical treatise De Materia Medica.  By the early 1800s, Aloe Vera was in use as a laxative in the United States, but in the mid-1930s, a turning point occurred when it was successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.  

The Aloe Vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties. The nameAloe Vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “Vera” in Latin means “true.” 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists regarded Aloe Vera as the universal panacea. The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.” Today, the Aloe Vera  plant has been used for various purposes in dermatology.

Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.


The plant has triangular, fleshy leaves with serrated edges, yellow tubular flowers and fruits that contain numerous seeds. Each leaf is composed of three layers: 1) An inner clear gel that contains 99% water and rest is made of glucomannans, amino acids, lipids, sterols and vitamins. 2) The middle layer of latex which is the bitter yellow sap and contains anthraquinones and glycosides. 3) The outer thick layer of 15–20 cells called as rind which has protective function and synthesizes carbohydrates and proteins. Inside the rind are vascular bundles responsible for transportation of substances such as water (xylem) and starch (phloem).
Active components with its properties: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.
  1. Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
  2. Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.
  3. Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.
  4. Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glucosyl chromone, has been isolated from Aloe vera gel.
  5. Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
  6. Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
  7. Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
  8. Others: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances penetrative effect of the other ingredients into the skin. Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.

Mechanism of actions

  1. Healing properties: Glucomannan, a mannose-rich polysaccharide, and gibberellin, a growth hormone, interacts with growth factor receptors on the fibroblast, thereby stimulating its activity and proliferation, which in turn significantly increases collagen synthesis after topical and oral Aloe vera.9 Aloe gel not only increased collagen content of the wound but also changed collagen composition (more type III) and increased the degree of collagen cross linking. Due to this, it accelerated wound contraction and increased the breaking strength of resulting scar tissue.10 An increased synthesis of hyaluronic acid and dermatan sulfate in the granulation tissue of a healing wound following oral or topical treatment has been reported.11
  2. Effects on skin exposure to UV and gamma radiation: Aloe vera gel has been reported to have a protective effect against radiation damage to the skin.12,13 Exact role is not known, but following the administration of aloe vera gel, an antioxidant protein, metallothionein, is generated in the skin, which scavenges hydroxyl radicals and prevents suppression of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase in the skin. It reduces the production and release of skin keratinocyte-derived immunosuppressive cytokines such as interleukin-10 (IL-10) and hence prevents UV-induced suppression of delayed type hypersensitivity.14
  3. Anti-inflammatory action: Aloe vera inhibits the cyclooxygenase pathway and reduces prostaglandin E2 production from arachidonic acid. Recently, the novel anti-inflammatory compound called C-glucosyl chromone was isolated from gel extracts.8
  4. Effects on the immune system: Alprogen inhibit calcium influx into mast cells, thereby inhibiting the antigen-antibody-mediated release of histamine and leukotriene from mast cells.7 In a study on mice that had previously been implanted with murine sarcoma cells, acemannan stimulates the synthesis and release of interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor from macrophages in mice, which in turn initiated an immune attack that resulted in necrosis and regression of the cancerous cells.15 Several low-molecular-weight compounds are also capable of inhibiting the release of reactive oxygen free radicals from activated human neutrophils.16
  5. Laxative effects: Anthraquinones present in latex are a potent laxative. It increases intestinal water content, stimulates mucus secretion and increases intestinal peristalsis.17
  6. Antiviral and antitumor activity: These actions may be due to indirect or direct effects. Indirect effect is due to stimulation of the immune system and direct effect is due to anthraquinones. The anthraquinone aloin inactivates various enveloped viruses such as herpes simplex, varicella zoster and influenza.18 In recent studies, a polysaccharide fraction has shown to inhibit the binding of benzopyrene to primary rat hepatocytes, thereby preventing the formation of potentially cancer-initiating benzopyrene-DNA adducts. An induction of glutathione S-transferase and an inhibition of the tumor-promoting effects of phorbol myristic acetate has also been reported which suggest a possible benefit of using aloe gel in cancer chemoprevention.19,20
  7. Moisturizing and anti-aging effect: Mucopolysaccharides help in binding moisture into the skin. Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled. It also has cohesive effects on the superficial flaking epidermal cells by sticking them together, which softens the skin. The amino acids also soften hardened skin cells and zinc acts as an astringent to tighten pores. Its moisturizing effects has also been studied in treatment of dry skin associated with occupational exposure where aloe vera gel gloves improved the skin integrity, decreases appearance of fine wrinkle and decreases erythema.21 It also has anti-acne effect.
  8. Antiseptic effect: Aloe vera contains 6 antiseptic agents: Lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols and sulfur. They all have inhibitory action on fungi, bacteria and viruses.

A. Uses based on scientific evidence: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven.
Conditions: Seborrheic dermatitis,24 psoriasis vulgaris,25,26 genital herpes,27,28 skin burns,5,29 diabetes (type 2),30 HIV infection,31 cancer prevention,32,33 ulcerative colitis34 wound healing (results of aloe on wound healing are mixed with some studies reporting positive results35 and others showing no benefit36 or potential worsening37,38 ), pressure ulcers,36 mucositis,39 radiation dermatitis,40 acne vulgaris,41 lichen planus,42 frostbite,43 aphthous stomatitis,44 and constipation.17
B. Uses based on tradition or theory: The below uses are based on tradition or scientific theories. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven.
Conditions: Alopecia, bacterial and fungal skin infections, chronic leg wounds, parasitic infections, systemic lupus erythematosus, arthritis and tic douloureux.

Side effects

Topical: It may cause redness, burning, stinging sensation and rarely generalized dermatitis in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions are mostly due to anthraquinones, such as aloin and barbaloin. It is best to apply it to a small area first to test for possible allergic reaction.
Oral: Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, red urine, hepatitis, dependency or worsening of constipation. Prolonged use has been reported to increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Laxative effect may cause electrolyte imbalances (low potassium levels).
Contraindication: Contraindicated in cases of known allergy to plants in the Liliaceae family.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Oral aloe is not recommended during pregnancy due to theoretical stimulation of uterine contractions, and in breastfeeding mothers, it may sometime causes gastrointestinal distress in the nursing infant.
Interactions: Application of aloe to skin may increase the absorption of steroid creams such as hydrocortisone. .

Reference:ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW  Amar Surjushe, Resham Vasani, and D G Saple
from the National Center for Biotechnology Information website

It's Fall! How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin by Ferry Creek Vintage

Carving a pumpkin is part of autumn celebration and Halloween. Below are 4 easy steps:

1. Cut hole in pumpkin at top big enough for your hand to fit comfortably.
2. Scoop out pumpkin and seeds. Leave thickness at walls to give structure to pumpkin.
3. Apply your paper design on outside of pumpkin and transfer your design onto pumpkin. Use an awl or X-acto blade carefully.
4. Carefully carve out your pumpkin's features with a mini saw, X-acto blade or linoleum carving blade.

That's it! Enjoy and Happy Halloween from Ferry Creek Vintage. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

NEW ETSY TUTORIAL Seller Post Sale -- What to Do When You Have Your First Few Etsy Sales- Step by Step Tutorial e-Book pdf 25 pages

"I am also an experienced educator and I have used my experience as and educator combined with my Etsy selling experience to create this easy to follow tutorial. It's full of useful information that I have discovered over the years." Isabelle Debrosse Hardesty, author



I remember having my first few Etsy sales and it was a love/hate relationship. I loved that I had the sale, but I hated the chaos and confusion that came with it.

As a seller, there is a lot of information out there on how to photograph, list your item on Etsy and other aspects, but I found AFTER THE SALE is rarely covered.

I finally had to create a plan, T.I.P.S. It helped me feel stress free and in charge. Now, when I have a sale, I fully enjoy it, knowing I am prepared.

When my sister was opening up her Etsy shop I wanted to help smooth the road for her, so I wrote a tutorial to help her have a stress free Etsy selling experience. As I was writing, I realized I should share my tutorial with other Etsy sellers, and I did!

Using my unique T.I.P.S. method, you too will be able to have an organized and easy to follow system after you get as sale.


This e-book explains what to do next after your first Etsy sale or after your first few Etsy sales as a new shop owner.

So, relax and know that you are not alone. I will help you on the road to being a confidant Etsy seller regarding these confusing areas.



-----> You will learn about the different options of printing receipts and which receipt option has a potentially embarrassing feature.

-----> You will learn how to create a Packaging /Shipping box full of the needed tools for a sharp look that simplifies packaging and shipping your new customer's order.

-----> You will see as sample of one of my jewelry cards that I use for my vintage jewelry and other important features of creating a professional looking package that is ready for shipment.

-----> You will learn about the different payment methods and how to transfer your PayPal funds into you account.

-----> You will learn many other important features that will get your Etsy shop streamlined and ready for sales!



How do I package? What are the different "Receipt Printing Options"? What is "Your Private Notes"? How do I get my money from Etsy if I used Direct Checkout? How do I get my money if I used PayPal? What is a postal scale and do I need one? What do I need to speed up my packaging process? What happens if my customer purchased a gift and forgot to give my the gift recipient's address?

There are SO MANY questions that pop up AFTER a sale and I will help you answer them. I had all of these questions and more!

This e-book was written in June of 2013 and is about the current Etsy format for sellers, not about the old 2009 layout.

This e-book is a quick read created in an easy to read format with several cute images that help illustrate key points.



✿ " This is a well-written tutorial that is very useful if you are a new seller and have the good sense to make use of someone else's experience! This is certainly worth the small cost! Buy it!" ~ C. Phoenix, AZ

✿ "Fast shipping, beautiful wrapping, brooch even more exquisite than imagined, love it! Great shopping experience, would buy again!"
~ H. Amsterdam, Netherlands

✿ "Wow, this is SOME NECKLACE!!! I can only hope to do it justice! Thanks so very much! Great seller everyone!!"
~ L. British Columbia, Canada

✿ "These earrings are so classy and stunning!"
~ A. New York, NY

✿ "Gorgeous item, as described only prettier in person! fantastic seller, thank you!"
~ L. Victoria, Australia

Read more of Ferry Creek Vintage's Etsy Customer Feedback here:


This 25 page e-book is in a pdf format works well in Adobe Reader. Go to the menu at the top of your Adobe page once you open the file and click VIEW then either select READ MODE or FULL SCREEN MODE.

I've included a worksheet to help you plan your shipping and packaging for future sales.

COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. Please know I've worked hard on this book and allow your friends and family to purchase this. It's priced for easy shopping . Thank you very much.


This book is a Ferry Creek Vintage e-book and is not an official Etsy book
This book was written June 2013 and has information on Etsy's NEWEST features.

THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN IN ENGLISH. This listing is translated in various languages, however the book's language is English. Thank you.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Preview Ferry Creek Vintage Newest Jewelry & Coupon Code FCVSTARCUSTOMER for 20% off

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ANTIQUE Skeleton KEY EARRINGS - Matte Gold Tone Earrings - Pearl and Gold Earrings - Faux Pearl and Gold Tone - By FerryCreekVintageAntique Silver Tone Pendant w/ Amethyst Colored Purple Crystals - Flower Pendant - Nature Pendant - Starburst Design  - By FerryCreekVintageCrystal Blue Teardrop Pendant - Deep Blue Crystal -Teardrop Pear shape - (2 inches ) - Checkerboard Cut Glass Stone -Lovely VINTAGE RICHELIEU Signed BRACELET - Vintage Richelieu Faux Pearl Bracelet & Gold Tone - Richelieu Pearls - Gold Tone Seashell ClaspsBLACK NECKLACE - Black Beaded Necklace - Abstract Elephant -  Glass Beads - 30 inch necklace  - By FerryCreekVintage
New Design with VINTAGE SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS Black Beaded Earrings - Gold Tone and Black Swarovski Beaded Earrings  - By FerryCreekVintageGold Tone Necklace with Vintage Beads - Champane Colored  Checkerboard Cut Vintage Beads -    By Ferry Creek VintageVINTAGE GLASS RING -Hand blown glass - Blue Glass Ring - Blue Gold Ring - By Ferry Creek VintageCAMEO NECKLACE - Cameo Pendant - Gray and White Cameo  - Traditonal - Victorian  - Cameo Necklace   - By FerryCreekVintage

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Monday, July 22, 2013



Everyone loves babies and so do we! Enjoy the wait as we watch and wait too!  Will the Royal Baby be a GIRL  or BOY? What do you think? Best wishes for mom and baby!