A Spectacular Mess

Elburn, Illinois · 4519 Sales


A Spectacular Mess

Elburn, Illinois 4519 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   ++**WELCOME~!+++*** Handcrafted jewelry with little bits of this and that. Unusual pieces of whimsy that will make you smile. Welcome, and enjoy your stay.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Please, also be aware that all international items may be subject to custom fees upon receipt at your end.


Last updated on Jan 14, 2017

++**WELCOME~!+++*** Handcrafted jewelry with little bits of this and that. Unusual pieces of whimsy that will make you smile. Welcome, and enjoy your stay.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Please, also be aware that all international items may be subject to custom fees upon receipt at your end.

Kathy Semrick

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Kathy Semrick


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

leaha315 on Jan 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love these, they are perfect to the pic, and am wearing them now :-)

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Life IS A Spectacular Mess

Our family had a paper company which sold fine paper goods to printers for years and years. Almost 100 to be exact. Sadly, it went the way of Puff the Magic Dragon when the digital age came sweeping in during the 90's, and printing companies started to disappear.

Our store also sold an amazing array of gift wrap and ribbons, as well as paper items from companies like Beistle and Dennison. My favorites were the stickers and the glitter. In the back of the store it was dark and noisy. Sounds from the panel card press creating wedding announcements, and the huge whoosh of the blade on the electric guillotine cutter kept me company as I dug through dusty boxes filled with treasures. Dad would let me pick out whatever I wanted, give me bits of paper and I would sit at home for hours deep in thought and gluey fingers licking and sticking tiny pictures and ribbon onto scraps of paper.

My grandmother once said to me, "Kathleen, you were always a fairy tale child." Fairy tales coupled with a love of cast off treasures, old books, crazy ideas and I'm off and running with Alice and the white rabbit. My ideas can come from new books at the library where I work, as well as a trip to the flea market. Add an odd sense of humor and I'm in the Tardis with the Doctor, a dragon, Dorothy and Toto!

It's been a wonderful trip through this Etsy fairy tale. I've made friends and sent tiny pieces of my heart out into the world for others to have and to hold. Our small family paper company is gone, but it's soul is with me to this day. And if I had a place to have put that old guillotine cutter, I'd still have the background music to go with it.


Shop members

  • Kathy Semrick

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Librarian By Day, Mad Crafter Of Jewels And Fairy Tale Delights By Night.

    On a car ride with my daughter years ago, we were discussing family foibles and issues. She said, "You know what I think? Life is just one big Spectacular MESS!" I laughed and that line stuck in my head. Yes it is, and it is completely wonderful!

Shop policies

Last updated on September 30, 2013

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All items ship United States Post Office. Please convo me if you'd like insurance, confirmation, etc.

All Illinois purchases do contain sales tax.

US SHIPPING: Shipping on all US orders is done within 3-4 business days of purchase. In the event of weekend orders, Post Office holiday purchases, or the zombie apocalypse, your order will be shipped the next available business day. All US orders are sent 1st class. Please expect them to take up to 4-5 business days to arrive after shipping date.

-Note: International orders take 3-6 weeks to get to your local customs office. That's 15-30 BUSINESS days (Monday-Friday).
-All international orders are shipped first class international within 3 business days of purchase (unless it's a custom order). Please expect 15-30 business days for all international items to be received by your local customs office.

Please don't panic until the package is MIA (missing in action) for six weeks. If that happens, please see the LOST MAIL addendum below.


Please contact your postal service or go to with your tracking number and/or customs number for all your postal inquires. If an item seems lost, please contact me via Etsy convo AND go to to make a claim on the lost item. Shipping insurance is available for all orders and may be purchased by convo-ing me right here on Etsy. If your order is indeed lost, a full refund will be made. You are free to re-purchase the item at any time.

-Please convo me on Etsy for all questions, concerns, and comments.
Refunds and Exchanges
IF ONCE YOU RECEIVE YOUR ITEMS AND FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR PURCHASE, PLEASE CONTACT ME PRIOR TO LEAVING FEEDBACK, THANK YOU! I do not take returns after 10 days from shipping date. Any item returned must be shipped in the condition at time of shipment and shipped in the same packaging that was sent to you. I accept returns up to 10 days after purchase. I will refund the purchase price minus Etsy and Paypal fees back to your Paypal account once I receive the return. You are responsible for the original shipping costs and return shipping fees. I am not responsible for damaged or lost packages during transport via USPS or other method you choose.