Emily Mastropietro on Dec 28, 2016
Love this wreath! Perfectly modern and adorable. Thanks, Jackie!!
Amy Myers on Dec 19, 2016
Katie Hancock on Nov 6, 2016
pancakes and...glue guns? what?
Pancakes and glue guns are two things I love and couldn't live without. Let me clarify, I don't actually love pancakes - in fact I've grown to loathe them - but I do love my husband, who might as well be a pancake. For as long as we have been together every birthday dinner has consisted of pancakes, most weekend mornings - pancakes, most mid-night snacks - pancakes. I'm not sure what it is that makes me tense up when I hear pancake, flapjack, slapjack, whatever. Glue guns, now that is representative of my half of the team. For our wedding we constructed a huge paper flower wall and in so doing, I became quite well-versed in the use of a glue gun. Now, let me tell you - those things fascinate me and can pretty much fix anything (except for the permanent skin loss on my finger tips). So together, it's pancakes & glue guns.
After our wedding, our paper flower wall received a lot of great feedback and as much as it surprised me, I kind of missed the endless nights cutting and swirling paper flowers. I also had spent years thinking I was heading into one career path, only to find out it wasn't going to work out. In the midst of that confusion, I knew the one thing I did love, bringing to life that huge paper flower wall. So, a little Etsy shop appeared.
When the shop first started I was a newlywed of almost four months. So I was still coming down from the high of wedding planning. I wanted to share details and help plan logistics, talk about flowers, the height of centerpieces, gifts for groomsmen, you name it. I began experimenting with small standing chalkboard signs that we had used for our dessert labels at the wedding and decided to market these specifically for wedding decor - table numbers, escort cards, etc.
Then the bridal showers started coming and I began making a few color combinations that matched the season of spring showers.
A few years later we found out our little family of two would be growing to three and I started creating gender reveal and baby shower decorations. When it came time to have our precious daughter dedicated I was inspired to create crosses from paper flowers.
Now I'm heading into a new stage, a potential new home, thoughtful gift giving for the ever expanding family around the holidays, and more things I'm sure that are in store that I'm unaware of.
Pancakes & Glue Guns hopes to add a whimsical touch to any special event in your life and to create a lasting relationship with you. We want to follow along with your life journey: your birthday, bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, first home, anniversary, baby's first birthday, and the list goes on! We want our party decorations and gifts to be your go-to stop for adding a unique and thoughtful touch or gift to any life celebration.
I started making paper flowers for our wedding and never stopped. Now, as a newly-wed and new mom, I love finding functional ways to use paper flowers in party decor for life celebrations as I experience them and sharing that with my customers.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Once you pay, your order goes into production.
• Can I cancel my order?
You can cancel your order within 6 hours of payment. Please keep in mind as soon as your item is purchased I begin the production process hoping to have it out well in advance of the 3-4 week turnaround.
All domestic packages are shipped US Priority mail which includes $50 insurance. International packages are shipped first class without insurance to keep shipping prices as reasonable as possible for international customers. If you are an international customer and would like me to price out priority shipping with insurance for you, I can do so – please ask before purchasing and I’ll create a custom listing for you with the updated shipping. Please also keep in mind the priority mail option for international orders is often double the price of international shipping. Message me if you’d like me to calculate it for you and help you make your decision!
• What will I do when items are lost or damaged in the mail?
If an item is lost in the mail, I first ask that you check the address the package was sent to. All domestic orders have a tracking number and you and I can both use Etsy to track the package location. In the past customers have accidentally used an old address and forgot to update. If this is the case, you’ll need to purchase a replacement item. If the package is marked as delivered, please contact your postal carrier to see if they may have left it in a non-obvious location for security reasons. It is only after you check with your postal carrier and bring the tracking number to your post office that I will fill out an insurance claim for the package and work with you to figure out an alternative.
I use USPS first class international mail to save shipping costs for my international buyers. The cost of shipping first class international is about half of the price of shipping priority mail. Because of this, I am not responsible for any lost or damaged products. If you would like insurance on your package, I can ship priority mail for you – however you need to let me know this BEFORE you purchase your item(s) so I can create a custom listing with the more expensive shipping option. Please message me with any questions about this. I love my international customers and want to send you items you love, and my decision to not purchase insurance mail is only because it is so expensive for you! If you purchase additional insurance for your items I will file a claim and send a replacement product. If you did not, contact me and we’ll see if there are any possible alternatives.
• What mail providers do I use? What shipping methods do I offer, and what are their average shipping times?
I exclusively use USPS and ship all domestic orders Priority Mail which ranges from 1-3 days and USPS First Class International Mail which ranges from 14-20 days.
• Will I offer expedited shipping?
If you need a package sooner than the estimated shipping dates, first please ask me about the estimated completion date on the product, then if expedited shipping is needed I can certainly do this but will create a custom listing for you with the calculated expedited shipping. Expedited shipping for domestic orders will not be much faster than the standard priority mail (1-3 days) – however international mail can be expedited and come much quicker, it is of course very expensive. So talk to me before purchasing so we can figure out if it’s worth it for you!
• Will I ship internationally?
Yes, I ship internationally. But please be aware that shipping internationally poses more risks than shipping domestically. I cannot guarantee an exact delivery date and because I use USPS exclusively, the tracking system does not allow me to see any type of activity after leaving the United States. To keep costs down for my international buyers I do not purchase insurance, if you’re interested in insurance please message me for a calculation of what this would cost before purchasing.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not accept returns if you are not happy with the size of the items. I provide exact dimensions of the chalkboards for you in the listing to help you make your decision. My listing pictures also show the size comparison between the three options. If you receive the items and they are not as described or ordered, please send a picture of the items and we can discuss how to fix the situation. The chalkboards sent are always very close, if not exact, to the pictures provided in the listing. If I do need to substitute a paper I will send a picture to you to ensure you are receiving what you want. If you are purchasing a custom order I will provide pictures of the papers and flowers selected before making your order so you can confirm. I want you to be 100% happy with the product, and I do my best to provide this level of customer service to you during the process of making your order so refunds or exchanges are hopefully not an issue!
Additional policies and FAQs
• What are my processing times?
All items are made to order and will take a maximum of 3-4 weeks. I can often get these out to you sooner, but I cannot guarantee a date before your estimated shipping date of 3-4 weeks unless you contact me PRIOR to purchasing. I’m certainly willing to help rush orders to get them to you in time, but dependent upon the situation and timing this request may incur a rush fee - please see this listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/157421402/rush-order-fee. Again, if you have any questions, please ask me about your date and let me know where you are located before you purchase the items.
• Will my items look EXACTLY like the pictures?
Hopefully yes! My goal is to use the exact papers shown in the listing. Sometimes if you’re ordering a larger quantity or if my suppliers run out of a certain paper and I can’t get it in time I’ll have to swap it out for a very similar paper. If I have to swap something out I’ll send you a message. Most of the time since the papers are wound very tightly to form the roses, it’s just the general color you can see and not too much of the detail. However, I’ll still contact you to make sure it’s exactly what you want.
• What if my chalkboards arrive and some are crooked or not standing up straight?
These little guys are adjustable. I assemble them in my shop and put a bit of hot glue to hold them in place, however if you want to – you can pop the chalkboard stand out of the small circular base. You can also adjust them slightly by wiggling them to stand up straight and you won’t hurt them. If any of them come detached, you can put them right back together and if needed just drop a dab of glue in there. (This usually isn’t necessary I just do it for extra good measure.) However, this rarely happens, I’ve only heard about them coming detached from one customer whose package sat out on her doorstep in the rain before she received it.
• Do I accept custom orders?
I’m happy to accept custom orders and really enjoy working on these. Please note that the size of my chalkboards are standard and I cannot customize the size for you. I can create flowers in virtually any color as long as I can find a supplier that sells the desired paper. If you are extremely particular about the color you are interested in, I will ask that you send me a paint chip with the color you’re looking for. It’s likely not possible I can get the exact color as I don’t dye my own papers, but I’ll work to find a paper that matches the tone and color as best as possible. I’ll send pictures of samples as I make them for you.
If you have any questions before purchasing, please message me!