Lippy Little Chickadee

Grand Rapids, Michigan · 22 Sales


Lippy Little Chickadee

Grand Rapids, Michigan 22 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Shop owner

M. Tower


Announcement   Fun and unique gifts from a lifelong crafter. Specializes in jewelry, paper art, and needlepoint.


Last updated on Sep 17, 2016

Fun and unique gifts from a lifelong crafter. Specializes in jewelry, paper art, and needlepoint.

M. Tower

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M. Tower

White and Shiny Copper Striped Peyote Bracelet
Black and Silver Colorblock Tube Earring
Bright Neon Cotton Candy Pink Peyote Bracelet
Multi Colored Peyote Tube and Leather Bracelet
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5 out of 5 stars

mvy15 on Jul 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Looks great with white camisole and denim overshirt. Nice craftsmanship in detail. I'm very happy with the look.


tigerbabyandfriends on Feb 24, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I am a return customer---for the fourth time! I absolutely love the Peyote bracelets that this artist has created for me. Each one is so unique. This recent creation will compliment any of my previous purchases from this shop. I love the sparkle of the silver beads!! I have enjoyed working with the artist. Her customer service is top notch and I highly recommend her wonderful shop. A most delightful shopping experience. Megan, thank you.

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Graphic designer by trade, but Crafter by heritage

I grew up just two miles from my paternal grandparents. I spent my after-school afternoons and entire summers at their old cattle farm, picking raspberries, swinging on tire swings, and giving my Grandpa tools as he fixed his tractors. Nearly every summer afternoon Grandma would clear the kitchen table of our "supper" and set my brother and I down with a new craft to enjoy. She had won homemaker of the year several times, more than anyone in my small farming town. It wasn't just canned tomatoes and cookies, but also needlepoint, painting, and woodwork. She seemed to know how to do a little bit of everything and wanted to pass that along to her only two grandchildren. We always enjoyed it, playing with the beads and the paint, making our own t-shirts and windchimes.

My mother could be crafty as well. When I'd come home from Grandma and Grandpa's, I still wanted to work with my hands. Mom wanted to work with her hands after a long day at the hospital, too. She was there beside me, making necklaces and bracelets out of beads and hemp and embroidery floss, and we sold them at local craft shows in my early adolescence.

I grew up crafting. I should have known it'd always be with me.

After a break in my later high school years and in college, I came back to it. I was trying to catch up on TV shows I had missed and found myself itching to do something with my hands again while I sat in front of the screen. I first went back to peyote, a handwoven beading technique done with a needle and thread, not a loom. This was something I had done with my mother as a teenager, learning together under a bad light in a tiny little beadshop in the neighboring village as a way to challenge ourselves.

After awhile, I wanted to try something new. I started making rolled paper ornaments called Polish stars. This was an entirely new realm for me as my paper craft experience as a kid had been almost limited to decoupage, but I enjoyed the meticulous detail I could put into rolling scrapbook paper. My Grandma was one of the first to know about this new craft as I knew she'd be just as interested now in her late 80s as she did when she was 65. Every time I talk to her she always asks about the new papers I'm using for these pieces.

Grandma was also the inspiration for my latest foray: cross-stitch. An accomplished cross-stitcher herself, Grandma got me into this one at a very early age. It didn't stick with me like jewelry making and macrame as I hated how long it took to finish a piece. However, when my beloved Grandmother was put into a nursing home, I asked if I could have her massive collection of embroidery floss. Just going through all the colors inspired me. As I approach 30 years old, I now find the long process of making a needlepoint therapeutic. They are nothing like my Grandma's complicated scenes made with a needle and thread, I think she'd still enjoy their whimsy.

My friends commonly call on me for gift giving and decoration making, telling me that they're thankful to have a crafter in their lives. I'm just thankful I had two wonderful women who were happy to watch me become addicted to working with my hands. Thank you, Mom. Thank you, Grandma.


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