As the Crow Flies Studio

Chicago, Illinois

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Note from shop owner People of the Internet! I'm taking a break from Etsy, but not from art! You can find me on Instagram @atcfstudio, or on Facebook here,, for a list of upcoming shows and events, and updates on current projects.
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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

People of the Internet! I'm taking a break from Etsy, but not from art! You can find me on Instagram @atcfstudio, or on Facebook here,, for a list of upcoming shows and events, and updates on current projects.
Thanks for visiting!


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About ATCFStudio

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On Etsy since 2009

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Some Birds Can't Settle Down

I started doing Renaissance Faires just out of high school. For ten years I traveled the country in a dilapidated assortment of trailers, buses, campers and tents, learning how to do leather work, make jewelry, knit, crack bullwhips, eat fire, belly dance and appreciate the limitless kinds of knowing and intelligence out there, the truly epic beauty of the spaces outside cities and inside cultures.
I've also been everything from an electrician, to candy maker, burlesque dancer to bar tender. I've waited tables and made t-shirts, pulled espresso shots and modeled for artists.

With New Orleans and Chicago as my home bases, I've paused in my meandering for awhile to start this business.

Nothing I do is just one flavor. I combine all religions, mythologies and philosophies and with a little mad science and a lot of glitter, I do this thing I do. It's not one thing. It's anything. So long as it pleases my eye and is fun to do, I do it. And if I don't know how, I'll learn. That's why there's no theme here.
Or if there is one, it's "Wheeeee!"

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Shop members

  • Diana Gonzalez

    Owner, Creator, All Of The Things

    American, Latina, nomad, martial artist, autodidact, yogi, creator. Inappropriate, amused, irascible, snarky, and usually covered in glitter.

  • David Hoff

    Shop Monkey, Lamp Guy

    David is a data ninja for the Environmental Protection Agency by day. Formerly an electrician, he brings that experience and an eye for puzzling things together to his creations. He only makes a few, and they're all one of a kind. So come git some.

  • Matthew Clement

    Schlepper, Shop Monkey

    Chiropractor by day, by night (and weekends) Matthew is the goo that keeps the shop wheels turning. Moving heavy objects, set up, tear down, taxes. Keeping the artist sane. No small task, that.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Hi! Welcome.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
So please shop with care.

I stand behind my work though, and if you break it, I can probably fix it, so feel free to contact me. Repair rates are reckoned by the hour plus materials, and the customer pays the shipping.

Manufacturing failures, that is, unforeseen weakness in materials, glues, et cetera, will always be eligible for free repair.
I accept check, money order and pay pal.
Orders paid online ship within the week they're received. Very often next day. Please note, all purchases made with a check will not ship til the check has CLEARED. Which is not the same as RECEIVED. It usually takes two or three business days for my bank to clear your check once I've received it. Your patience is appreciated.

I'm happy to do layaway on just about anything. A 30 percent deposit will reserve the item for you, and we can work out a payment plan that suits.

Note: If checks or money orders are not received within seven to ten days without prior agreement between myself and the buyer for a longer time frame, I will void the transaction and relist the item. So please use a trackable method of mailing checks and money orders, such as Priority mail. It costs a little more, but saves everyone a lot of hassle.
When it's practical, I ship USPS priority mail. Cost is anywhere from $7 to $15 for most items. Larger, heavier items will run more. Because priority rates recently went up by a fair amount, I now ship first class for larger items unless specifically requested at time of purchase. If you don't mind the cost of priority for something huge, let me know before you buy and I'll adjust the shipping accordingly.

International shipping is crazy expensive, so those rates are not currently listed. If you live outside the US and want something so bad you don't care about shipping rates, contact me at time of purchase for exact shipping cost to your corner of the world.

Within the US I can track it, without I can not. If you don't trust your postal system or customs agents, you might want to consider the more expensive but more globally consistent FedEx as an option.
I always ship through the post office, and request delivery confirmation. Which means I can track your package all the way up to your door. But once it's out of the post office's hands, I *am not* responsible for it.
If you don't' trust your neighborhood, please give an alternative address or PO box at time of purchase. ***I will not be responsible for replacing items lost post delivery.***
Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the Priority Mail 2 day delivery is not a guarantee. So sayeth the post office. They can take up to five days to deliver a Priority package before it's considered late. I am not allowed to call them and open a case on a late package until FIVE DAYS after the expected delivery date. And that's business days. Sundays don't count.
Additional policies and FAQs
The minimum on custom work is $100.
Custom work tends to involve a great deal of extra running around and often materials I don't have on hand, so they need to be ordered or hunted down. The whole found object jam depends on me using what I find, when I find it. Often times people will want very specific themes for custom work and I don't necessarily have corresponding objects lying around. All this extra work costs me in both ducats and labor hours. Hence the minimum.

If it was purchased on the shop page it is a finished work and I WILL NOT alter it.

I guarantee what I make. If it malfunctions because of something I did, I will repair, or replace free of charge.
If it malfunctions because of something you did, I'll have to charge you to fix it, but fix it I shall.
The caveat being that some of the items are by their nature somewhat delicate, so if you are prone to destruction, have destructive children or pets, or are attacked by alligators, I can only say be careful, because while I'll repair it as long as it can be repaired, that'll get expensive after awhile, and I can't be responsible for acts of god/goddess/FSM or other.

Lots of my art is made using partly or completely recycled materials. Sometimes, various components of the collages will be dinged, scratched, warped, scarred, rusty, and somewhat decomposed. I think it adds character, so don't do anything about it. Beyond reinforcing when structural integrity is compromised, all unique markings on all recycled materials are left as I found them.
That goes for packing and shipping materials as well. If reused boxes and newspaper padding mess with your chi, all I can say is it's better to save the planet than to look pretty.

Disclaimer!: Some of my art is pointy. I use lots of broken glass and the occasional rusty metal bits. Please be careful with dangerous art and don't get stabbed or stab others. I am not responsible for how you handle pointy art. I warned you it was pointy. Please be careful.

Some of my art contains biological materials, that is, critter parts. Feathers, bones, antlers and the like. These are all acquired humanely, either through the natural moulting of feathers and antlers, or an animal that has died of natural causes, whose bones I then clean and dry for use. I never harm any critter that becomes art.