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seaweed4 on Sep 27, 2016
this was a special order that was crafted to perfection! more little treasures for our nature table...
Vanessa R. on Sep 22, 2016
Soo cute, I receive tons of compliments on it.
A Lifelong Love and Compulsion to Create
I have been a crafter all my life. My father’s parents were both artists. I did not inherit their ability to draw or paint, but I do have an eye for color and balance and a deep love for art and handmade items. My mother came from a family of crafters. I remember asking for yarn and crochet hooks one year for Christmas and having my grandmother teach me to crochet. I took Home Economics in junior high for fun and participated in an after school craft club. I made my first wood toy when I was in elementary school during a summer craft program. I cut a mouse out of wood using a hand saw and used a scrap of leather for the tail. The mouse was lost or given away years ago, but I still remember how proud I was of it.
I started venturing into serious crafting about 22 years ago when I saw a gorgeous quilt and thought “I can do that”. I took a few classes and became active with the local quilting guild. Unlike many quilters, I want the quilts I make to be used and loved, not put away in chests to be handed down to future generations.
I started scroll sawing about 13 years ago. My first projects were holiday decorations, but I quickly expanded into jewelry pendants, clocks, bowls, wall art and many other home décor items. Although I mostly cut wood, I love to cut clear cast acrylic (which requires no sanding!) and have starting experimenting with metal. I started making wood toys in 2011 when I discovered Toymaker Press. Many toy patterns are designed for table saws or band saws which absolutely terrify me. So, I was thrilled to find adorable, quality toy patterns designed for a scroll saw.
My wood shop is located in my basement nestled next to the furnace. I have an old Dewalt scroll saw and a 21” Excalibur. I also have a table top variable speed drill press, which is essential for drilling blade entry holes, eyes, holes for axles and dowels, and for making wheels. I have several power sanders – an oscillating spindle sander, a table top drum sander, and a belt and disk sander. I use them to smooth out wheels and uneven cuts, and to prepare the wood for scrolling, but I mainly finish sand by hand. I love to sand outside when the weather is nice. My cat likes to curl up in my lap while I’m sanding. My husband has an extensive woodworking shop, and I often use his chop saw and large drum sander to prepare the wood blanks.
I love all the wonderful wood choices available, with their beautiful grains and colors. Since I do not paint my wood items, I try to select wood which is durable and beautiful. I use a lot of oak, maple, cherry and walnut because they are readily available, but also love the many exotic species. I save even tiny scraps of wood and sort them by thickness into large Rubbermaid tubs. I use a beeswax polish with jojoba oil to finish my wood toys. This is an all natural polish with brings out the beauty of the wood, leaving it silky smooth with a warm glow. I finish the rest of my wood items with Danish penetrating oil or clear gel urethane.
I started selling my hand crafted items several years ago through my sister. She is a talented Teddy Bear artist and owns Agape Bears (www.agapebears.com) in Arlington Virginia. She gave me a pattern for a jointed crocheted teddy bear and then included them with her bears at a collector’s show. I started designing my own crochet toys because of difficulties in finding quality patterns by designers who allow sales of the finished items. After she entered a beaded bear necklace in a show auction one year, and it was well received, I started designing and selling beaded bear and animal jewelry. The first time I sold an item, I was just in awe that someone was willing to pay money for something I had made. I decided to open my shop on Etsy in July 2010 because my sister was going to be closing her store in a few years, and because I was making more items than I could possibly use or gift to friends and relatives.
Some of my other crafting passions include fused glass, needle felting, counted cross stitch, polymer clay, paper crafts, and mosaics. I took ceramics classes for several years, and even though I loved it, I learned I wasn’t very good at throwing pots! I am constantly pulled in all directions, wanting to try all the newest products and ideas in crafting. My Etsy shop was named by one of my sisters to reflect this inability to focus on one thing. My husband swears that the beams supporting my craft room are starting to bend from the weight of my supplies, and my oldest son has lost his bedroom to my jewelry supplies. When I'm not working on items for my store or dealing with the constant chores of daily life, I also love to read and shop. I'm a big fan of audiobooks, and listen to them while I do my housework and my crafting projects.
I have always loved to make things. I am constantly pulled in many directions as I find new crafts, techniques and products to try.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Shipping will be through the US postal service. Most items under 1 pound will be shipped First Class. Larger items ship Priority mail. Delivery confirmation and tracking are included for all packages. Priority mail automatically includes up to $100 of insurance. All items can be shipped using a faster service by selecting the shipping upgrades to either Priority or Priority Express (formerly overnight) during checkout.
First class mail can take 3 to 10 days to arrive. Priority mail generally takes 2 to 7 days, and is not guaranteed. Priority Express is guaranteed to arrive in either one or two days (depending on your location) or the postal service will refund the shipping fees. Both Priority and Priority Express fees vary by destination as well as weight. If you are closer to my location, I do refund excess shipping. I cannot guarantee delivery by a certain date.
Many countries restrict items made from certain materials, including wood. Please verify that the item can be shipped to your country before you purchase it.
International items less than 4 pounds will be shipped by International First Class Mail. Delivery confirmation is only available for a few countries. Registered mail and international Priority mail can be added to your purchase for additional fees if you contact me before you purchase so I can modify the listing. Delivery for most shipments is estimated by the US Post Office at 7-10 days. Although most parcels arrive in this time frame, there can be delays due to many factors including higher volume of mail, increased security concerns, weather, and time to clear customs. Shipping delays of 45 days and longer are not uncommon. If your order does not arrive within 30 days and was sent through Registered or Priority mail, I can place a claim with the US Post Office for a lost parcel. It can take an additional 30 days for the Post Office to investigate.
Customs, Duty Tax and VAT - I am not VAT registered so the statement that Etsy provides indicating VAT is included is NOT correct. Your parcel may be subject to a customs, duty or VAT tax. These are all your responsibility. The regulations concerning whether or not your order will apply vary by country and it is the obligation of the consumer to obtain information concerning these taxes and pay them if necessary. You can usually obtain this information by contacting your postal office or customs office. This link will also help you determine any import fees:
I will not falsify any information on the customs forms, so I cannot mark your package as a gift.
Crochet patterns are instant download. You can also find the link to download them in the order confirmation email from Etsy and on your Purchases page. You will need Adobe Reader to open the file. Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free here:
If you prefer to have a crochet pattern printed and mailed to you, please contact me before you purchase so I can set up a custom listing reflecting shipping and printing costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
If your item was damaged during shipment, please contact me and retain the item and all shipping materials. If possible, take photos of any damage to the packaging as well as the item. If the item was shipped priority, I will file a claim with the postal service. If the item was shipped First class, I will either email you a shipping label to return the item to me or let you know if you should throw it away. In either case, I will either refund or replace the item. Occasionally your item will be insured through Shipsurance and I will need your assistance in completing the necessary forms for a claim.
I stand behind every item I make. If an item breaks under normal use, I will be happy to repair or replace it. Please contact me with any problems or concerns.
Additional policies and FAQs
Because I cut on a scroll saw and do not have a laser cutter, I cannot personalize your items for you. You are welcome to take them to an engraver after you purchase and receive them. If you would like to write a message or name on them yourself, I recommend using Pigma Micron pens for wood items and fine tip Sharpie markers for acrylic items.