Michelle Barnhart's Profile

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Hello and WELCOME!

My name is Michelle but lots of people call me Shell, or ShellB (That's a LONG B pronunciation by the way)....I added the B to the end to differentiate myself from what I later learned in that "There are a whole bunch of little business' out there that have ALSO used term "DESIGNSBY...SUCH&SUCH"..... yes, even SEVERAL "Designsbyshell"....and so, one very important day, when applying for a fictitious business name, I realized how very important it was that I stood out among the rest! And so, the B was added (Long B when pronounced... :)

Years ago, when I started my little Etsy business, I was just your average girl with a part time job, a house, a husband, a son, 2 cats and 2 dogs.
Never considering myself to be any sort of artist whatsoever...I have always…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 25
  • Joined November 9, 2008

Favorite materials

Porcelain, Ceramic, Acrylic, Resin, Broken China, Stained Glass, Glass, Porcelain and Acrylic Tiles, Flatback Pearls, Turning trash into Treasures

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About

Hello and WELCOME!

My name is Michelle but lots of people call me Shell, or ShellB (That's a LONG B pronunciation by the way)....I added the B to the end to differentiate myself from what I later learned in that "There are a whole bunch of little business' out there that have ALSO used term "DESIGNSBY...SUCH&SUCH"..... yes, even SEVERAL "Designsbyshell"....and so, one very important day, when applying for a fictitious business name, I realized how very important it was that I stood out among the rest! And so, the B was added (Long B when pronounced... :)

Years ago, when I started my little Etsy business, I was just your average girl with a part time job, a house, a husband, a son, 2 cats and 2 dogs.
Never considering myself to be any sort of artist whatsoever...I have always incorporated some sort of art or craft or hobby into my life and during my lifetime whenever possible tho, because I have always had a passion for creating beautiful things that invoke a smile and sense of serenity upon seeing them.
I am a firm believer in "Art Therapy" and the profound benefits it can have on nearly everyone, from very young children, to the senior citizen with very advanced dementia and/or Alzheimers...but also (or perhaps I should say especially) those with disabilities and mental illness, even your average man or woman who's got just a bit too much stress in their lives and need an outlet....I have always found that creating art is a wonderful form of therapy!...I myself feel incredibly content, and satisfied, and accomplished, and FREE while I am creating! And when I am making something with my own hands, the thought of passing whatever it is I am making, down to many generations to come, gives me even more satisfaction, because those are the types of cherished possessions that people love to hold on to, and keep in the family, and proudly display when guests come to visit, showing friends and family that beautiful cherished piece and proudly saying "my grandmother made this with her own two hands"

My love for mosaic art and my passion to find (or create myself) super unique and beautiful mosaic art tiles and gorgeous fine porcelain cameos only mosaic tiles but I have sort of accidentally fallen into the jewelry supply business by so doing, opened up a Pandora's box! No, It's no longer just mosaic and jewelry supply!

A good deal of my items for sale are created by a process known as sublimation...Learn about this process here...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dye-sublimation_printer
This is one of the most unique, innovative and amazing techniques to be introduced to mosaic artists and jewelry designers EVER!


~SHIPPING POLICY CHANGES~
My new policy on shipping has been put in place to better protect everyone and everything involved during a transaction within my store...
For all international orders, here is how it goes...

PACKAGES BEING SENT OUTSIDE OF THE US WILL NOW BE SHIPPED IN THE STRONGER POLY BAGS TO ENSURE AGAINST LOSS OR DAMAGE. I SHIP ALL INTERNATIONAL ORDERS WITH INSURANCE.

ALSO, I AM NO LONGER ABLE TO MARK A PACKAGE AS "GIFT" OR WRITE A DIFFERENT VALUE ON THE PACKAGE IN ORDER TO PREVENT YOUR OWN COUNTRY FROM CHARGING CUSTOMS/DUTY FEES TO YOU UPON RECEIPT. PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME TO DO THIS AS IT IS ILLEGAL AND I DO NOT WISH TO FACE FINES OR PENALTIES AS A SELLER.
I SINCERELY HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND.

I do my very best to estimate shipping costs. Occasionally shipping charges end up being more than actual cost. In that case, I make every effort to send you a refund. If you are concerned this has happened and you dont recieve a refund please convo me and i will be happy to check. But a word of advice....I cannot always answer every email the same day so, because some of my items are in limited supply, I reccommend going ahead and purchasing at that time and I will refund any overpayment in shipping. Life happens, and some weeks I get a bunch of orders and I just plain forget to make sure I have sent refunds out to any/or everyone who was supposed to get one. I assure you, I am not trying to make extra money on shipping! My shipping charges do include a very small amount for bubble wrap, envelope, and/or any other packing materials

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