Scarves handbags yarn pillowcases headbands boho rustic

Illinois, United States · 2515 Sales


Scarves handbags yarn pillowcases headbands boho rustic

Illinois, United States 2515 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Your expedition begins with wearable art infinity and winter scarves for women/men, bags for cell phones, felted wool purses, wide headbands, hoods, exotic pillowcases, table runners. Bohemian, tribal, rustic. 16 to 22 yarn skeins ship for $13.99...see FAQ's:

Last updated on Jan 17, 2016

Your expedition begins with wearable art infinity and winter scarves for women/men, bags for cell phones, felted wool purses, wide headbands, hoods, exotic pillowcases, table runners. Bohemian, tribal, rustic. 16 to 22 yarn skeins ship for $13.99...see FAQ's:

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Holiday Greetings from Life's an Expedition. Take a look at our unusual gift suggestions. We stand ready to ship your order pronto.


Life's an Expedition. And your expedition is about to begin.

I'm writer/artist dj runnels. If a casual glance at my shop suggests I cannot commit to one craft... well, that's because I grew up in a household in which my mother the art teacher filled every room with ongoing crafts. But much as I love papier mache, painting and collecting antiquarian books, my heart belongs to textiles.

I learned to knit when I was 8. I began sewing on a machine before my feet reached the pedals. I made a skirt and bolero without a pattern when I was about 14. I can't remember the last time I knitted a solid color anything and I don't understand why anyone would. And no one taught me to crochet; I just winged it.

But I didn't start out as an artist. My career path after college led me to be an ad agency copywriter, then creative director. (If you're a Mad Men fan, that means I was a Peggy Olson and later a Don Draper.) I was a freelance writer with six unpublished novels when September 11 hit. I re-evaluated my life and decided to follow my artistic whims. Life's an Expedition was born in 2003.

That first year, I was weaving handbags. My husband Roger and I were collaborating on the birdhouses he made. My mother Joan would sometimes provide hand knit components of a gift basket. Most of this merchandise went into our art shows. One day, I threw together an odd combination of yarns and listed it on eBay just for laughs. To my surprise, people pounced on it. Within months, I was a yarn powerseller.

We've reinvented Life's an Expedition many times as our creative muses changed. Lately, I am exploring multi-fiber scarves created from new and upcycled fabrics, dyes, beads, coins, etc. Roger is contemplating a series of fantasy houses. My mother is finding all sorts of fleece for me to wet felt or spin. And I use many of my own yarn blends in my winter headbands, hats and scarves for men and women. But I'm still perfectly happy to supply you with the raw materials for your own creative expeditions.

Life's an Expedition: Color. Nature. Texture. Culture.

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  • dj runnels

    Designer, Owner, Fiber Artist.

    Writer turned fiber artist. [My About Page tells more about my background.]

  • Roger


    Husband Roger makes birdhouses and stone castles, helps select really cool antiquarian books and is an expert at cramming huge amounts of yarn tightly into a box to save our customers money on shipping.

  • Joan


    Joan sometimes spins, dyes yarn and procures fleece for me.

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Last updated on Sep 24, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Changes in price? Shipping? Whatever?

Sorry. We do not negotiate prices, change listings, add photos or break up destashes for you. We only ship in the time frame and method stated, but if you order a lot of small merchandise that would ordinarily be shipped first class, you may be upgraded to USPS Priority Mail.

How will my order ship?

We use First Class mail for packages up to 13 oz., which includes most of our scarves, hats, headbands, table runners, orders of 1 to 4 yarns, pillowcases and small handbags; it usually takes around 5 business days within the U.S. We use faster Priority Mail for larger packages; it usually takes 2-3 days within the United States. And we use Media Mail for books, which usually takes 1-2 weeks in the US. We will always notify you of shipment and provide a tracking number, but the post office won't predict the exact day your package will arrive...therefore we can't either. We ship in 3-5 business days and have not missed a shipping deadline EVER since 2003, but allow extra time for arrival if there's a national holiday, blizzard or tornado.

Why does the shipping keep going up when I add yarn to my cart?

Don't panic. The nature of the USPS is to charge more to ship the first pound and gradually less for each additional pound, depending on how far you are from Chicago. So, yes, the cost of shipping gets higher the more single and double skeins of yarn you put in your shopping cart. Generally, if you buy fewer than 16 skeins, there are rebates built in to the price. When you order 16-24 single or double skeins from various listings, we can usually ship the whole shebang for a mere $13.99 within the United States; we calculate and process the rebate AFTER you pay, at the time that we pack your order. (Those "destash yarn lot" listings of 10+ skeins already have discounted shipping. Ditto for yarn cones.)

Are there rebates for all large orders?

If you order a number of things, you could get a rebate, depending on what you order, how big the product is, how much the package weighs, whether we offered shipping rates below our actual cost to mail it to you, what your zip code is, how far you are from Chicago, how fragile the product is, how much we have to pay for protective packaging, whether or not it fits in a flat rate box, whether we can put one of your purchases into the same box as something else you ordered without risk of breakage, etc. Lots of variables, eh? That's why we cannot predict combined shipping fees in advance.

Do you ship to countries outside the US?

Since the US Postal Service made some changes we cannot live with, we decided to suspend international shipping...probably permanently. If we ever do reinstate it, we will include Canada, Australia and some countries in Europe for about half of our listings. International buyers are responsible for any and all customs fees or import taxes. Life's an Expedition is not responsible for these fees or any delays due to customs. We will send you a tracking number, but please realize that your order will likely take weeks to arrive unless the package weighs over 4 lbs. Rebates, as described in FAQs, apply to your order if applicable.

Do you accept returns?

Only on clothing, as per instructions found in the clothing listings. Please follow those instructions to the letter.

What if I'm unhappy with my order?

We do not permit returns on any listing that doesn't specifically address the issue of returns because we take the time to give accurate, detailed descriptions and measurements with large photos you can zoom in on. But if WE make a mistake with your order or in the listing, we promise to make it right with you. Please contact us in a POLITELY worded email via Etsy (not the yahoo account) within a few days of delivery WITHOUT leaving adverse feedback. We will get it sorted out. Let's hope you never have to read this section of our policy page. We heart Etsy in a giant way and love making things that we hope you will love, too. Our very high feedback rating demonstrates that We Play Well With Others.

Wholesale availability

We don't offer wholesale arrangements, but we often have sale or bulk merchandise that you are welcome to resell in a bricks and mortar shop. Not on Etsy.

What is my tracking number?

Everyone receives a tracking number without having to ask for one and Paypal sent you an email regarding this. But the best way to TRACK YOUR PACKAGE is by logging into your Paypal account to look at your payment to Life's an Expedition. There is a column for shipping status. Click on TRACK. (If you are outside the United States and your package is small, we send you a tracking number via Etsy convo; however, as of August 2016, we had to suspend international shipping and probably won't be reinstating it. It has nothing to do with you or your country. It has to do with the US Postal Service. Sorry.)

Is my package lost in the mail?

Very unlikely. USPS tracking information is not flawless. Your package could be within a day of reaching you without any indications of this in the tracking data. However, if the tracking # shows delivery, yet you have not seen the package, ask other residents at your address if they brought in the mail, look in the shrubs around the mailbox and front door, etc. If those avenues don't pan out, contact your post office and give them the tracking number we gave you. Our 12+ years of experience have taught us that when a tracking number shows arrival, it usually means the package DID arrive but someone in the household or office forgot to tell you.