made by hand * madison, wi

Wisconsin, United States · 438 Sales


made by hand * madison, wi

Wisconsin, United States 438 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Hello and thanks for stopping by my shop. I will be adding listings regularly with the addition of my Fall/Winter 2015 fabric line. Please let me know if you are interested in a custom order!

Last updated on Sep 21, 2015

Hello and thanks for stopping by my shop. I will be adding listings regularly with the addition of my Fall/Winter 2015 fabric line. Please let me know if you are interested in a custom order!

Nicole Tupesis

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Nicole Tupesis


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

tinkatoy on Apr 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Too long of a wait but was refunded and the owner was good about it


cgwifetx on Mar 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The laundry basket is exactly what we were looking for. Thanks!

judi bistrian

judi bistrian on Mar 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I just LOVE this shop!! Nicole is on her third custom order for me and I couldn't be more satisfied with product and workmanship. Her prices are fair and well worth every penny. Shipping has been smooth and timely. Thank you Nicole! I can't wait to see what future items are.

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Holiday boot camp is underway! The studio is churning out zipper pouches to fill those holiday gift wish lists!

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Zipper Pouch - Zalktis Print


Handmade Items for You and Your Home

Nik J Designs came to be in the Fall of 2011. I, Nicole (Nikki) Tupesis, started this little business adventure after my family relocated to Madison, WI from Chicago. I decided to leave my chosen field of nutrition and stay home with my kids - who at the time were 2 and 3 years old. Speaking of...I have two wonderfully crazy kids, Talis age 9 and Mila age 7 1/2. As most parents can attest to (except those with perfect kids of course!) raising kids is the most precious yet insane task one can take on. Nik J Designs was born out of the need for a creative outlet to calm a little of the crazy. I inherited my grandmother's old Viking Husqvarna sewing machine and although she sadly never taught me to sew, I took up this hobby and taught myself.

This little hobby quickly became a business and before I knew what happened my home was taken over by sewing machines, fabric, etc. Thankfully I met a good friend, Emily Graf, with the same problem and we decided to get a studio space together (my very supportive husband was thrilled at the idea of reclaiming our home!). After falling in love with a space that was way bigger than we needed, our next business came to be. We opened Juneberry Studio & Marketplace in September 2014. This is our studio as well as a handmade marketplace featuring goods from talented folks around the Midwest.

As I have continued to grow and learn in this business I have refined my skills and interests. I am transitioning into designing my own textiles with the help of another talented friend and designer, Larisa Kins. Inspired by my own Scandinavian background and my husband's Latvian roots, we take inspiration from tranditional Latvian folk symbols to create modern prints.

I will end with a big thanks to all those who have supported me over these years (too many to mention but you all know who you are)! - Nik

Shop members
  • Nicole Tupesis

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Nik J Designs sews handmade items for you and your home. We use color and patterns in creative ways to elevate everyday items to something fun and unexpected.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 22, 2012

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
I accept payment through PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account to pay with a credit or debit card (Choose the Paypal icon and, when redirected to the Paypal site, choose "I do not have a Paypal account." This will allow you to make a one time purchase on your credit card through Paypal without saving your billing information). I will also accept personal checks. Your order will be processed once pay pal is accepted or your check clears my account. If your billing address is within the state of Wisconsin you will also be charged a 5.5% sales tax.

Please note that if your payment is not received within 10 days of placing the order, your order will be canceled and your item released for sale.
Currently I ship via USPS First Class or Priority Mail. Orders generally ship within 5-7 days. Currently I ship all pre-made items within 1-2 days of purchase. Current shipping times for custom made orders is 2-3 weeks. Please be sure to indicate the correct shipping address.

Shipping upgrades are available if you need your order to arrive faster. Please let me know if you are interested in rush shipping and I will provide the current rates.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase please contact me immediately after receiving your order. Return requests will be considered on case by case basis. Custom made orders are final sale. Shipping costs cannot be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
Some of the items listed are pre-made and ready for shippingand others are custom made when ordered. I will be accepting custom orders but since I am a small shop I order limited quantities of fabric. Fabrics that you see on my pre-made items may or may not be available. Please convo me for more information. I will be happy to work with you to find a fabric and item that you will be thrilled to purchase. If you live in the Madison area please convo me if interested in arranging for pick up and I will refund your shipping costs.