All my life I've loved crafting. My mom is a crafter of many talents and I seem to follow in her footsteps. Growing up I've painted ceramics, cross-stitched, latch-hooked, scrapbooked, sewed, made cards, and most recently I've taught myself to crochet. For me, crafting is a way to ignore the stresses of whatever is going on in my life and to create and allow my brain to be free. As a child, I would resort to crafting as a way to bond with my mom and my grandmother. As young teen, I used crafting and other hobbies to overcome the stress of my dad's near-fatal stroke. As an adolescent I crafted to hide from the unnecessary stresses of being a teenager. As a young adult I've used crafting to make friends and to allow my brain freedom from constant studying.
In the past few years I began to share some of my creations on Facebook. I was asked several times when I began cardmaking if I would sell my cards. I always responded with a absent-minded "maybe" then shrug off the request. In the past few months, I picked up crocheting. I've always loved the idea of being able to make hats and blankets and other heart-felt items that would be perfect for gifting. What really drove me to start was when I found out that a good friend of mine was pregnant with twins! I had started to learn to crochet a few years ago but dropped it almost as quickly as I had started. Well, I picked it up and within a few days I was already getting requests for amigurumis. My friends did not believe I had only been trying for a few days! After a few days of seeing my creations piling up with no homes to go to, and requests to sell... topped with the INSANE expense of school text books I decided it was time. It was intimidating at first, but I'm so pleased with my decision and in my first month of being open I've already made nearly $200, enough for one term's worth of textbooks! I'm hoping that my popularity will increase with my skill and that this is something I'll be able to maintain for several years.
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My name is Kate, and I'm a 25-year-old Navy Wife. I have one "kid," a schnauzer mix named Dennis.I recently finished my degree in Sociology, and I craft in my spare time. I also play video games and try to workout regularly.
I have been crafting for several years, and enjoy doing different things to keep myself occupied and free my mind from the constraints of constant stress. My shop will primarily carry handmade cards and crocheted goods, since these are the two crafts I do most consistently. Occasionally, you may find wall art, holiday decorations, and other random knick knacks in the shop depending on what I've chosen to spend my time on.
Currently I am not accepting commissioned work, so please don't ask for me to commission an item for you. As a college student I want to focus my attention on school, with crafting on the side. So, what you see is what you get.
I would also like to note that 10% of each sale will be donated to the Animal Education and Rescue of Libertyville, IL during the summer of 2012.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I do not offer expedited or rush delivery services. Please remember this when placing orders for birthdays or holidays. As noted below I bring all orders to the post office once a week for delivery, so your item could take up to a week depending on any delays at the post office or any last minute emergencies regarding my own life.
I will ship to APO/FPO, and to locations in the United States. Shipping to Canada is offered at a higher rate than the US. I apologize for any delay due to customs, but I can not control what they stop and how long they stop your package, so if you order from Canada please be patient.
**IMPORTANT** Please note that I will be going to the post office only once a week to mail out deliveries, so it make take up 7-10 business days for a purchased item to reach you if your order is placed the day after I make my weekly post office run.
Refunds and Exchanges
With that noted, I will happily attempt to repair an item that is damaged due to shipping or mild use without requiring additional payment. The item will need to be shipped to me on the buyer's dime but the repairs and return shipping will be free of charge.
If the item is damaged beyond repair and it is determined that the damage was made during normal use of the item, a refund may be granted upon the discretion of the seller.
Example of replaceable or refundable damages include: Unraveling, missing eyes or noses, and limbs or embellishments that have fallen off.
Additional policies and FAQs
Prices are based on the Labor times Material equation (This puts the item at a "whole sale" price. For a "profit" price, I am told to double this number, but I feel that it would make the price of some of my stuffed animals far too high to be fair or reasonable.) So, for instance, if it takes me 3 hours to create an animal (which is average at this point), I charge $10 an hour, and the cost of materials is roughly $1, that would bring the cost of the stuffed animal in question to $30. A fair price for a hand made toy, in my opinion.
While the eyes of the stuffed animals are commonly safety eyes (unless otherwise noted,) some items may include pieces that could be unsafe for children. I take no responsibility for any damage to the product caused by a child or for any harm that the product may cause to a child (such as choking on a button.) Please be aware of this when making a decision on a purchase.