Whimsical & Upcycled Home Décor

Wilmington, North Carolina · 536 Sales


Whimsical & Upcycled Home Décor

Wilmington, North Carolina 536 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

MicheleCordaroDesign is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello!
Thanks for stopping by my shop. I'm on catching up on some local custom orders so I've temporarily put my shop on "hold" for a couple of weeks. I am checking & returning messages though. See you real soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 21, 2017

Thanks for stopping by my shop. I'm on catching up on some local custom orders so I've temporarily put my shop on "hold" for a couple of weeks. I am checking & returning messages though. See you real soon!

Michele Cordaro

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Michele Cordaro


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

pchassing on Jul 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This wonderful artist is not only talented, but exceeds customer expectations! Thank you to Michele for going the extra mile to help me make a birthday very special! Once Michele found out that a birthday was only days away, she expedited availability to ensure a dear friend received her birthday gift in time for her birthday. Michele, thank you for sharing your talent and for your exceptional customer focus! P.S. My dear friend loved her gift!


nattrevor on Jun 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute! Perfectly done. As shown and on time.

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Holiday season in full swing! Ornaments going out the door!


I'm over 50 and finally figured out what I'm going to do when I grow up!!

It wasn’t until March 2013 that I became committed to being a full-time artist. I had spent 30+ years working various careers that required a great deal of office time. I never quite understood that I was the proverbial round peg trying to fit into the square hole!! However, I did appreciate that I was never completely fulfilled. I guess it was a culmination of events in my life that made me really think about what I was doing with my days….the remainder of my days.

I found it was becoming much more difficult to squeeze my creating time into the weekends. My daughters were starting to make a life of their own which allowed me the opportunity to redirect and focus more energy inward, & add to this the passing of my parents within a few months of each other which abruptly opened my eyes to the importance of taking the leap and fulfilling my desire to create.

Shop members

  • Michele Cordaro

    Owner, Designer And Creator

    Hello! I've very recently become a full-time artist and I love the freedom to create!!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2016

I am focused on making your shopping experience with Michele Cordaro Design as pleasant as possible. I put a great deal of effort into creating colorful, attractive designs that will last a long time to come! I want you to be happy with your purchase, about the way you were treated, about when your package arrives and what condition it arrives in. If you are not happy with any aspect of your transaction, I will do whatever I can do remedy that. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING, PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO ASK.

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Please remember, all Whimsie pots & coasters are hand painted, so no two items are identical. Please allow for slight variances between similar designs and from the designs pictured in the shop.

I hope you enjoy Whimsie Pots as much as I did creating them. Thanks, Michele

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I love my customers, and your satisfaction is my priority. If you have any problems with your order, please contact me immediately. I will be happy to assist you. Here are some general guidelines.

Items damaged in shipping will be replaced free of charge upon receipt, by email, of a clear, detailed photo (jpg or pdf) of the damaged item. This offer is good only for two weeks from shipping date.

If a buyer is not satisfied with the product, I will refund the cost and shipping fee of the item upon return receipt of the undamaged/unused item. Buyer is responsible for the return shipping cost. This offer is good only for two weeks from shipping date.
For payment, I accept PayPal and credit cards.
Shipping costs have several variables; weight & size of package, weather conditions, as well as distances. Here's how I deal with these variables.

The shipping & handling costs I listed in my shop are estimated based on actual experience shipping to different places. As estimates, the my charges may vary from the actual. In the event there is an overage of more than $1.00 on the shipping costs I'd be glad to refund! Please contact me and I will do so. My handling charges vary from $1 to $10 for custom order.

My goal is to make shipping the least expensive while ensuring your items gets to you intact! I may or may not be able to package several items into one package. I found the best practice is for you to contact me if you want to purchase 3 or more items. With your zip code, I can give you an accurate shipping cost and then create a listing reserved in your name with the items you selected and the shipping I quoted.

All items are shipped through the United States Postal service first class mail. Shipping normally takes 3 to 5 business days; however, please remember that many things can delay deliver such as weather or location.

Once an order is confirmed, items in stock are shipped within 24 hours. If an item is not in stock, I will send you a message giving you the date by which the item will ship. Shipping time on custom orders depends on the quantity and design requested. I will do my best to accommodate quick turnaround on custom orders.

I use recycled material for shipping whenever possible. Purchases are carefully wrapped and protected for shipping. I like to reuse like-new boxes when I can, however let me know if you would prefer a new box.

Please be aware that any potential customs duties, taxes or fees, are at the buyer's responsibility. If required, customs forms will be filled out with an accurate description of contents and value.

Follow the link below to check for any additional charges to ship to your country: http://www.dutycalculator.com/
Additional policies and FAQs

I've been painting Whimsie Pots since 1999 and have found, through trail and error, how to seal and prime the pots to avoid staining and bubbling paint. I learned the hard way that varnish or outdoor paints alone don't suffice! I now use a fool proof method and have a 12 year old Whimsie Pot that's just as striking as it was when I first created it!

I dip the terra cotta pots and saucers in a commercial grade, waterproofing agent. After a 24 hour curing time, I cover them with a mildew-resistant stain blocker. Once dry, I paint the Whimsie design, and then cover the pots with sealer. I take these steps because terra cotta pots are permeable and not stain resistant and I want you to enjoy your pots for a long, long time!

These policies are subject to change at any time at the discretion of seller.