Susan Rye on Feb 2, 2014
truly a piece of art. I love my new scarf!!! thank you
Soooo soft! And bright violet color.
So sweet on my grandchild!!
This picture is not worth a thousand words. As I said in the other reviews, the colors are so much more rich. More red than purple. Wonderful silk and wool. Both soft and warm and stylish. Perks up any outfit. This one went to another friend who is a costumer who is very particular so I was curious to see her reaction. She loves it. Whew! Thank you again, Charlene. ;o)
Gorgeous bright colors that remind me of oceans and beaches in the tropics. My friend absolutely loves it. She helped me a lot this fall on a project so I wanted to spoil her for Christmas with one of Charlene's creations. It worked. Thank you Charlene!
When I gave this scarf to my friend it was at her dinner party with only women. They all immediately asked where I got it because it was so unusual and beautiful. All of Charlene's products have to be seen in person to really appreciate the quality and creativeness.
Finally I have a hat my husband will let me wear when I'm with him. The wool used in this scarf and hat are thick and warm. High quality and well made. Charlene is amazing with her color blend. And so creative in her design. It was hard to decide which one of her hats to get and I am so happy with this choice. Everyone comments on how beautiful they are.
Charlene’s Story and Journey towards being Mindful and giving Presents of her work.
"Born in South Africa, I spent my early years there, as well as in Europe, before emigrating to the United States thirty years ago. I incorporate many aspects of my multi-cultural background into my and creations; The vibrant colors of Africa, the simplicity and elegance of my English/Scandinavian family back-ground, as well the theatrical dynamic of my education in drama and costume design.
Working part time as a Registered Nurse, in Critical Care, I try to find time to express my creativity, including customized teddy bears, hand painted and embroidered prayer shawls, baby blankets and silk wall hangings. Most recently my theatrical roots have manifested themselves in the form of whimsical, exotic, fantasy crowns that can be worn for special occasions, dress up, or even weddings.
I would like all people to feel beautiful and special, transported to a magical world when putting one of these ‘Crowning Glories on their heads’, or a ’Sacred Shawl’ or hand painted silk scarf around their shoulders.
The focus of my work is really quite spiritual, especially when I am painting on silk. The work becomes a sort of meditation. The focus of my life is spiritual, meaning, a focus on kindness towards all life, and the understanding that there is something greater than us, which can take many forms. I would love to know that when people put on my creations, they think inward for a moment and experience a sense of peace and overwhelming love. My small part in trying to make this world a better place.”
Charlene lives in Mill Valley with her husband of 24 years, two beautiful border collies, and two new kittens. She has two wonderful children who are now grown and navigating this life and finding out more about how they can contribute to the world.
Thank you for reading this, which will hopefully inspire you to be all you can be.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Crown Maker, Seamstress, Painter, Bear Creator
A nurse by day, an artist in my dreams. Finally combining the two personalities in order to express myself passionately in this life. You never know what you can do until you try.
Curator, Quality Tester
“Marbles loves to test the various fabrics, by ‘making cookies’ with her paws on the fabric to check its degree of baby friendly softness and cuddle-ability.” Sadly, Our dearly loved Marbles, passed away In March of this year.
Jake and Gypsy
Jake and Gypsy keep me organized and energized. Gypsy cleans up the floor and eats anything left on the ground, so I have to be organized and tidy. Jake reminds me to have balance, forcing me to take a break, go out and breathe the fresh air.
Manager In Chief - My Husband
My other source of inspiration, My husband ALan, whose faith in me never seems to wane, who has been by my side through thick and thin for 25 years. My biggest fan and supporter. Now he is retired, he can manage me…..:-)
Spirit of Nature
The Spirit of mother nature, father sun, mother earth who guides me each and every day. This picture was taken on Maui just seconds before the clouds dissipated and the star disappeared.
Sandrena, my lovely nomadic traveling daughter, with an acute sense of what ‘works and what doesn’t’, lends me her critical expertise in discerning the wonderful from the terrible. I am eternally grateful for her honesty. She also makes me laugh,
Ander, reminds me that there are many aspects of life. He is the Jack Kerouac of 2012. A Jack of all trades. My Inspiration. You can find him hosting the Saturday night Classic Rock show on 107.7 The Bone 7p- Midnight Pacific time.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Owner/ Designer/ Maker/ Crafstperson
I have made ’things by whole life, but many years of working, and raising children caused me to put some of my creative energy on hold. Now with two grown children, I can once again explore the depths of my creative soul.
My goal is to spread happiness. I believe that if I do what I love people will fee it and respond in kind. Each item comes with a message, an inspiration, a mantra for you to make your life more meaningful and fulfilling. I like to know a little about the people for whom these items are destined.
Our world needs peaceful, loving images and thoughts these days.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
Refunds and Exchanges
I am also available to skype with you and demonstrate the product in question, showing you details.
My skype address is charlene.frischer
Additional policies and FAQs
Crowns, hats, tiaras head pieces
These take many more hours to make than my regular pieces as I try to fulfill your requests very carefully. I will require a 50% non- refundable deposit which will go towards the purchase of supplies to make your creation. We will convo, and skype each other back and forth with pictures, and I will do my best to make your creation the way you want it, with your budget in mind.
If there comes a point that your feel you are not getting what you want out of it. You may cancel your order. However I will keep the deposit for all the materials purchased and the time involved.
For the Baby blankets and Prayer shawls, I will send out a questionnaire, and will keep you informed every step of the way while I make your one of a kind creation, by sending you pictures. You can make suggestions during the creation. I will require a $20 non-refundable deposit prior to starting the project, because I have most of the items needed to create silk garments. Once the creation is complete. Usually about 4 weeks, I will mail you a final picture, and will mail the creation once the balance of the payment has cleared. If you choose not to purchase your item, you may rescind your order at this time. I will then place the item for sale on Etsy
My prices are based on the materials I use, and the amount of time it takes me to complete an item
Head pieces range from $25.00 to $150.00 and Bears are approximately $75.00 - $175.00. Silk blankets range from $250 - $500 ( occasionally more depending on size) Silk ties and scarves range from $35 - $ 50.00
Crocheted items vary . I do not do custom crocheted items, because i rarely if ever have a plan when I start, and my fingers just do the work, and what come out is always a surprise - even to me…
I will however guaranteed my bears. If a part comes loose, within six months of ownership, you may return it to me to be fixed free of charge.
If parts do come apart from aggressive use by a child or animal, they can be easily replaced. Remember, my bears are heirloom bears and must be handled with love and gentility.