Jewelry designed to help animals in need

Ormond Beach, Florida

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About MindfulDesign

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On Etsy since 2011

Saving pets one piece of jewelry at a time

Shop closed 12/31/2014. Thanks. 100% of all proceeds were donated to local animal rescue organizations. Our furry pals thank you too. It's true, I'm in love with more than just one animal. Too many to count. I've loved numerous dogs, cats, and birds over the years. Gone to great lengths to save some, providing temporary or permanent homes to some, found safe havens for some. Fed a ton! They inspire me. I've even had a pet psychic do readings. Call me wacky, it doesn't matter to me. I know these creatures are incredible and worth the time and effort to help.

Making jewelry started out of necessity. Unable to find the perfect accessory and, or, unnwilling to pay what I felt was too much for pieces I did find, I decided to try making it myself. A modest effort went into creating personal pieces and soon realized I had decent ability. Who knew? Not me. The ability to imitate another's art grew into a desire to design my own. The entire process is exhilirating. Visualizing a picture in my mind, the search for just the right components, executing the design, to the final reveal, each step a journey. Ironically, I'm not a huge jewelry wearer, but, I am a huge jewelry admirer. So, what did I do with this new found love? Well, inundate female friends and relatives with gifts of jewelry.

It was years later, when I had an urge to adopt a special needs dog, Sabrina, a blind and deaf rescue Pom. She was only with us for a year before she passed, but, it was a great year. I found her through PetFinder, a national database showing available adoptive pets. They led us to a local shelter making an effort to save pet's lives. I was impressed with their work and made it a point to visit their adoption events at a local pet supply store. I'd quietly slip whatever I had on me in the donation jar. It was the least I could do considering the HUGE amount of work they do every single day for these precious animals. So many times friends would ask me why I didn't sell my jewelry and one day it occurred to me to open this store and donate the proceeds to help more animals in need. It took some courage on my part to expose my insecure ego to the public, but, I bit the bullet and got started. Over the years I've helped others run successful businesses, also ran my own rewarding business as an American Express Financial Advisor and District manager. Surely these experiences could help me run my little shop.

This allows me to contribute in more ways than ever imagined. For one, I'm doing what I set out to do, which is help more pets by donating all proceeds to help displaced and needy pets. Also, my clients, fellow artisans, suppliers, and supporters have become an extension of my family. They have impacted my life ways I never expected. When I receive a note from a client about how much they love their piece, I am overwhelmed with gladness. Or, a fellow artisan compliments me on my work, I feel genuinely honored. You know it's almost as great as the feeling I get when I donate funds to our local animal rescue organizations. Smiles all around. Like I said, it's a love affair.

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    Evidence of my love affair with pets. We have three rescue pets, 2 brother cats and 1 dog. They are the inspiration behind this shop. You see, all proceeds are donated to facilities caring for displaced pets. A passion with huge payoffs. Enjoy.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Policy #1 is providing you with a pleasurable purchasing experience. Your satisfaction is extremely important to me and I strive to provide it with every purchase. Vintage, reclaimed, and new materials are combined to create most of the pieces you will find at Mindfuldesign. This unique approach means that many pieces are one of a kind works of art and can not be duplicated. Having said that, you can expect some age related wear from vintage or repurposed components. The benefit of that same wear is the unique patina and character the piece reflects.

If you are not a lover of reclaimed or repurposed treasures, this may not be the shop for you.

If after purchasing something from Mindfuldesign, you find it doesn't fit or perhaps a vintage component requires mending, I will always work with you to either fix it if possible or allow an exchange. While I do offer a 30 day full refund or exchange policy, I will always try to work with you if you are not happy. Remember, I want this to be pleasurable, not a hassle.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, I urge you to convo me or email me at mindfuldesign [!at] yahoo.com. I am always happy to hear from you. Please enjoy the experience.

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FULL REFUND OR EXCHANGE within one year of purchase for any reason. If that time frame has lapsed, don't give up, simply let me know what's going on and we can most likely come up with a resolution. I want YOU TO BE HAPPY.
I respectfully request payment be made through paypal or money order. Don't worry if you do not have an existing PayPal account as you will be guided through opening one when you check out using PayPal.

If you prefer to pay with a money order, simply convo me advising me of your wishes and we can work out the details.

LAYAWAY PLAN - yes I do offer this option if you need to pay a little at a time. Simply convo me of your desire to utilize this feature and we can easily work out the details for this option.

Custom orders = My absolute favorite design project is to do a custom order. Perhaps you've seen a design you like but want it a different color or size, etc., or you have a piece you want to repurpose, there is no need to procrastinate. Let me know of your desires. I have many clients who have asked me to design something from scratch, or, redesign something from precious heirlooms giving it a new life. Some have a difficult time envisioning what they want but after getting to know you and asking a few simple questions, I must admit, I'm pretty good at interpreting your desires. I encourage you to consider this option as it can be a lot of fun and especially rewarding. You will receive an estimate so you'll know ahead of time what costs are involved. A small retainer is requested to get started but you will not be required pay the balance until you receive the item to your satisfaction.
I make every attempt to ship orders within 2 business days of purchase. USPS is my preferred method of shipment.

Want it shipped to a different address, just let me know.

Do you want the item GIFT WRAPPED? just let me know and I'll be happy to work with you to make it a wonderful surprise. How fun and easy.
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