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Monkeys N Munchkins is inspired by my little monkey and my munchkin! I'm a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful kids (girl and boy) and am married to a great man. We live in a suburb of Chicago and--gasp--I drive a minivan! I swore I would never, EVER cross that line (sound familiar?). But once I witnessed the beauty of the "magic doors," I knew I could never go back to opening my own doors. ;)

While living in Chicago about 12 years ago with my then-fiance (now husband), I decided I wanted to learn how to make jewelry. So, with a $35 beginner's kit, I learned just enough to be dangerous (and believe me, some of my first pieces were dangerous). After practicing, practicing, and then practicing some more, I decided to try selling my pieces. Having my own personal website didn't produce as many sales as I hoped, so I moved over to Etsy. And it was the best move I've made!…

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  • Born on June 16
  • Joined October 7, 2009

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Monkeys N Munchkins is inspired by my little monkey and my munchkin! I'm a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful kids (girl and boy) and am married to a great man. We live in a suburb of Chicago and--gasp--I drive a minivan! I swore I would never, EVER cross that line (sound familiar?). But once I witnessed the beauty of the "magic doors," I knew I could never go back to opening my own doors. ;)

While living in Chicago about 12 years ago with my then-fiance (now husband), I decided I wanted to learn how to make jewelry. So, with a $35 beginner's kit, I learned just enough to be dangerous (and believe me, some of my first pieces were dangerous). After practicing, practicing, and then practicing some more, I decided to try selling my pieces. Having my own personal website didn't produce as many sales as I hoped, so I moved over to Etsy. And it was the best move I've made!

I love making jewelry, whether it's for adults or children, and consider it my stress buster. My husband is dumbfounded that I can block out any and all distractions while I'm creating. I get completely lost in whatever it is I'm creating--even if it's the 87th time I've made it!

♥ ♥ ♥ WHY BUY FROM MONKEYS 'N MUNCHKINS? ♥ ♥ ♥
I offer a great selection of products to appeal to all interests and tastes and fit into all budgets. I disclose exactly what type of materials I use in each item and never use incorrect terms that might mislead you (i.e., saying "crystal" when it is a glass bead that does not have the same sparkle as a true crystal). I've used each component for many years and am familiar with the quality of each item so you can be sure you're getting a great value for your money. I will NOT use inferior materials--just because some of my materials are inexpensive does not mean they are cheap.

I make each piece with the utmost care and attention to detail. If I'm not happy with a wrapped loop above a dangle, I start over with new materials. If I feel a very slightly rough edge on a finished part, I take the time to make sure it won't irritate or hurt the little one that will wear the jewelry! If there is a funky spot on a freshwater pearl (that goes above and beyond natural inclusions), I won't use it. Add to this the fact that I do my best to answer any and all messages within 48 hours, and you will definitely love your experience shopping here.

Each item (with the exception of some fan pulls) is packaged in a cotton-lined jewelry box that is tied with ribbon. I even have bridal and boy versions of my packaging... so you don't have to worry about your little man untying a hot pink ribbon from his box! The boxes I use are made from a minimum of 80% post-consumer recycled material. The boxes (which are sturdy enough to survive most travels through the mail-- DON'T pay extra for unnecessary shipping boxes!) are then wrapped in bubble wrap and packaged in a envelope that bears a PayPal/USPS generated shipping label so faulty handwriting won't hold up your delivery!

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