Jenny N on Jul 28, 2016
Adorable earrings! I just love them!
Jenny N on Jul 28, 2016
This is my fourth purchase from Natural Earth Craft and I am so happy with every single purchase. This bracelet is very unique and earthy and I just love it!
mlg321 on Jul 22, 2016
This necklace is more beautiful than the picture. The stone is amazing! Thank you!
anne mousseau on Jul 20, 2016
Item is packaged beautifully. Item is nice. I will enjoy wearing them. Fast shipping thank you
My products are inspired by my love of nature
Childhood summers spent playing with my cousins at beach gave me wonderful memories and a life-long love of playing with sand! I spent many happy days building sand sculptures and experimenting with sand crafts. My mother, LaRue Snyder Scheirer, was a talented artist and she often gave my sibs and me impromptu art lessons. We sat on the beach, all lined up, with our boards and our pastels or watercolors.
Hours spent beach combing also imbued me with a love of collecting shells and rocks. Because of this interest, I eventually became a geologist and I taught earth science at the University of Dayton for many years.. In my art, I enjoy working with earth materials and both my sand paintings and stone jewelry are designed to highlight their natural beauty.
I continue to relish “playing with sand” when I create my original sand paintings which use natural un-dyed sand collected from my international travels and those of my friends and family. I was recently appointed to the position of Sand Art Advisor to the International Sand Collectors’ Society (www.sandcollectors.org). I have been fortunate enough to receive commissions for my sand paintings from as far away as Italy and New Zealand.
As a child, rock collecting led me into jewelry-making and also to train as a geologist. For the past 17 years, I taught earth science at the University of Dayton. About five years ago, I began to make jewelry again because I really love handling the minerals and rocks. First I made jewelry for family and friends but, after giving jewelry to everyone I knew, I started to sell it. My jewelry is designed to feature the natural beauty of the stones. Most of my work features semi-precious stones and I often find myself using varieties of quartz (agate, jasper, etc.) ...which is also the main ingredient of most sands!
As a geologist, I appreciate the fact that rocks (and sand) have often experienced long and varied histories. I like the idea that we can investigate rocks to tease out clues about the geologic past. When I work with both rocks and sand, I try to incorporate the amazing history of these materials by using it to inspire my work.
Heidi Scheirer McGrew
Owner, Maker, Designer
A geologist, I enjoy working with natural earth materials in my sand paintings and stone jewelry. I have always been interested in the stories that rocks tell us about the past and I try to incorporate that story-telling in my work.
Printed notecards from sand painting photos supplied by Heidi McGrew
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders
Yes, I will customize anything: size, type of clasp, type of metal, and even design aspects. Just contact me and we can discuss details.
Yes, my goods are available for wholesale orders, please contact me for details.
Please let me know if you have any concerns about the size. I will alter to fit either larger or smaller, usually for a nominal fee, if any.
Gift wrapping and packaging
My jewelry is packaged in a small jewelry box and enclosed in a colorful organza bag. I do not include any information about pricing in my packages. Feel free to contact me about including a gift card.
Do you do custom sand paintings?
Yes! Just contact me for details. I have done custom pet and people portraits, landscapes and geologically themed paintings.