CatchingWaves

Ethnic boho and ocean inspired jewelry

Fair Oaks, California · 1327 Sales

CatchingWaves

Ethnic boho and ocean inspired jewelry

Fair Oaks, California 1327 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(637)

Announcement   Welcome! My jewelry is inspired by my love of the ocean (you'll see shells, coral, and lots of blues and greens) and also by my appreciation for the vibrant colors and bold designs of ethnic beads. And now and then, I like to put down the beads and pick up some soft merino wool . . .

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 21, 2017

Welcome! My jewelry is inspired by my love of the ocean (you'll see shells, coral, and lots of blues and greens) and also by my appreciation for the vibrant colors and bold designs of ethnic beads. And now and then, I like to put down the beads and pick up some soft merino wool . . .

Karen Anderson

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Karen Anderson

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(637)
Mc'Rocks

Mc'Rocks on Aug 8, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love the beads she sends me Every Time, carefully chosen to fit my needs, beautiful surprises, details that make me remember the old good times, a pleasure to deal with, fast shipping, all you can ask for and more, she always goes the extra mile to help. Her finished pieces are also refreshing and cool, make one feel years younger!

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Updates

I like seeing the tools other makers have used in my work space.
An old ladder found at a garage sale and my father's vises make a freestanding necklace display. It's what I see when I walk down the hall towards my studio.
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About

Making Things Makes Joy

To me, beading is an almost meditative process. It starts with the inspiration of a particular bead-its color, shape, or perhaps its history: where and when it was made and how it was used--to celebrate a wedding, perhaps, or protect against evil spirits. Then there is the process of exploring what other beads will "sing" with the first, make a harmony. Sometimes a design just comes together, almost on its own; other times, it's a more deliberate process of trial and error.

I always aspire to make pieces that will bring joy to those who wear them. I have done a number of custom pieces and really enjoyed collaborating with the customers to make something that reflects their personality. I LOVE searching for unusual stones and beads. I don't want to make jewelry that looks like everyone else's or follows any particular trends. I want to make jewelry that is beautiful and distinct, so when you buy something from my shop, it will truly be one of a kind.

Strength and durability matter to me. I use the best materials I can afford--49 strand nylon coated steel beading wire for strength and flexibility and sterling, gold-filled, or copper crimps. Those tiny beads are the only thing that keeps a necklace together, and the solid metals just do a better job of that than the alloys.

I hope my customers will be very happy with the pieces they purchase but I want to know if they're not--and how I can help.

I hope you will enjoy exploring my shop!

Shop members

  • Karen Schaafsma Anderson

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I only started crafting seriously (although it feels more like play) about 6 years ago. I didn't start out making jewelry, but with driftwood arrangements and needle felting. Then I gradually got drawn into the world of beads and fell in love!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 3, 2016
Welcome!
Thank you for stopping by. The jewelry and felt creations in my shop were a joy to create and it is my pleasure to share them with you here.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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Payment
I accept Paypal, Direct Checkout and all forms of payment through Etsy.
Shipping
Most items ship within 24 hours of purchase. I ship domestic items USPS first class or priority mail by request. Most international orders are shipped USPS first class international.

After the first item, all additional items ship free.

International buyers are responsible for any customs fees.

I use recycled packing material whenever possible (most of the time). This helps me keep my shipping charges as low as possible.
Refunds and Exchanges
You may return an item in original condition for a full refund of the item price for up to 14 days after receipt. The buyer is responsible for return shipping unless the item arrived in damaged condition, in which case I will cover the return shipping cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you would like a piece lengthened or shortened, or want a custom piece--feel free to ask. I will do my best to accommodate.