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Hi! My name is Summer, I'm married to my best friend, a KCFD firefighter, and the best Dad in the world. I'm the proud mom of three teenagers. I'm a full-time silversmith and jewelry designer in Kansas City, Missouri. I am a full-time silversmith and an American Handcrafted business owner.

I started making jewelry when I was only 6 years old, I saved up and spent all of my allowance on a little jewelry making kit. I was seriously hooked and I've been sawing on metal, designing and playing with tools ever since. On trips I collected handmade jewelry and beads from all over the world, Madrid, Marrakesh, Venice, London, Jerusalem, Lublin, Vienna, S'Agaró, Taxco, etc. Growing up, I spent hundreds of hours making jewelry and gifts for friends and family with my little treasures.

Fast forward to 2009, a friend introduced me to Etsy a…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 20
  • Joined March 7, 2008

Favorite materials

Tools, Sterling silver, gemstones, metals, leather, stained glass, lovely textures, beautiful tiny things nature discards like butterfly wings, leaves, feathers, and antler tips, and just about everything sentimental and vintage

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About

Hi! My name is Summer, I'm married to my best friend, a KCFD firefighter, and the best Dad in the world. I'm the proud mom of three teenagers. I'm a full-time silversmith and jewelry designer in Kansas City, Missouri. I am a full-time silversmith and an American Handcrafted business owner.

I started making jewelry when I was only 6 years old, I saved up and spent all of my allowance on a little jewelry making kit. I was seriously hooked and I've been sawing on metal, designing and playing with tools ever since. On trips I collected handmade jewelry and beads from all over the world, Madrid, Marrakesh, Venice, London, Jerusalem, Lublin, Vienna, S'Agaró, Taxco, etc. Growing up, I spent hundreds of hours making jewelry and gifts for friends and family with my little treasures.

Fast forward to 2009, a friend introduced me to Etsy and helped me open my own Etsy jewelry shop. I was taking college classes, private silversmithing classes, working (making jewelry for a local jewelry company), and raising my family. I was praying every single day on my drive to work to be able to quit my day job, and work from home to be with my family more. In 2012, the first day of summer, my dream came true and I became a full time stay-at-home silversmith Momma. My Etsy shop literally took off, and I ended up outgrowing two different studios my hubby set up for me in our home. All 3 kids were helping me make and package orders, brand leather, assemble snaps, my husband was stamping bracelets, carving wax, running all over getting supplies, even our extended family was helping during busy seasons. My Etsy shop took over our house! So in 2015, my hubby designed and built me my own silversmithing shop. I'm still a stay-at-home silversmith Momma, but now being home with my family means being 100% present because I can shut the door on my studio and be done with work at the end of the day. I will admit, though, whenever the hubby and kids are busy... you'll find me in my shop with my dog. :)

Designing and creating jewelry and gifts with meaning, brings me joy.
Silversmithing is my passion. Using my own two hands and playing with fire and metal means I wake up excited to work everyday, (I almost feel guilty!) Thank you for your support in buying 100% handmade in the USA.

A few of my favorite things are… spending time with my family, my American bulldog, sunshine, nature, Indian food, hardware stores, my studio, reading, watching the sunset on the water, getting packages in the mail, traveling, and of course making jewelry! My inspiration comes from traveling, the beach, sunsets, nature, textiles, and God's creations. Thanks for listening! Feel free to send me a convo to say hi or for custom order requests. :)

Summer ♥ xoxo

Back to My shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DakotaDesignsJewelry
My Etsy Bio: https://www.etsy.com/people/DakotaDesignsJewelry
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