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Shelainesgems

There's always a treasure at Shelaine's Gems!

Berea, South Carolina · 4 Sales

Shelainesgems

There's always a treasure at Shelaine's Gems!

Berea, South Carolina 4 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Shelaine Spivey

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penstewpp

penstewpp on May 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and packaged great. Delivered as expected. Love it.

About

Saving up a little at a time, one craft at a time...

I started my shop a long time ago, but never really sold much that I made. I put it aside at the time because I was too busy working at two fire departments, a rescue squad and volunteering at another department. Then mom got sick and my life got really complicated and scary.
I'll fast-forward through the scary medical stuff with mom, the abuse at work at the hands of a horrid captain, and the broken relationships that left me a very different person.

Then I met the man I'd marry. I'd like to say that a fairy tale followed, and it did in our hearts, but our lives got even more complicated. We got married, six weeks later his dad died, then one thing after another pulled us out of a honeymoon period and into a hard life. He got laid off for several weeks, then I got sick with Meniere's Disease (a hearing and balance disorder) and lost my job as a firefighter. Our first wedding anniversary was my last day at a job I loved. I was disabled and told to expect to lose my hearing and mobility over time. We found out a few months later my mom had cancer. I graduated in March 2011 with my masters in Special Education and never found a job in my field. Momma died in June, and eventually found a job at a small city hall as their clerk. I took the job so we'd have insurance, and fell in love with the town, people, and food.

So to the title... I'm pushing 40 pretty hard now, and we don't have any kids yet. Turns out that waiting through 5 years of hell made it more difficult for us, and in turn more expensive. We haven't had it easy, and we are ready to have kids. The elephant in the room is the help we are going to need to make that happen. Insurance only does so much, and adoption is just as expensive upfront as the risky fertility procedures.
Crafting brings me a lot of joy and I'd like it to help bring in some extra funds for our quest to start a family.
We live in an adorable little house in sight of the mountains and our three kitties (Artemis, Orion, and Ares) keep us amused as we read our beloved history books and play D&D or Minecraft. (what? we are nerdy, nerdy, people).
After our family is started, (hopefully before I hit the big 4-0 in a couple of years)I plan on using the proceeds from this site to allow us to take our kids on the kinds of educational vacations (National Parks anyone?) I enjoyed as a kid. I'd love it to blow up and I get to be a stay at home mom, but one thing at a time, right?

That's our story for now. So shop, tell your friends, and let me know how much you love the shop. Oh and if you want something custom, let me know I might be able to make it for you!
Love,
Shelaine

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Last updated on April 10, 2015
Welcome to Shelaine's Gems. I opened my shop a long time ago but ended up selling my creations in person. I've expanded my world a bit since then, so you may see a lot of different things. That's okay, because I like to make lots of different things, it keeps you young, ya know? I do custom orders, but I do reserve the right to refuse an order. I won't leave you hanging as to why, but if I feel it is offensive, promotes hate in any way, or if it is beyond my skill level, I can not do it. Otherwise I welcome the challenge of a custom order and ask that you convo me so that I might try to make it happen!

Let me introduce myself. I am Shelaine, that red-haired jack of many trades and master of none. I love to craft. I was a firefighter for 11 years (7 in ARFF) before I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease (a hearing and balance disorder) and disabled out of the fire service. Although I have a BA in Education, a BA in History and a MS in Special Education, I have never found a teaching job. Now with Meniere's I'm desk bound by doctors orders. I love to craft, and used to craft in my down time at the fire station, much to the chagrin of the firefighters who didn't like finding yarn and thread in their pillows (I had NOTHING to do with that, it was the station prank).

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I do expect to receive payment within 3 days of the order, unless you and I have made other arrangements. If you need to cancel an order, please let me know before you pay. I don't create made to order items or order supplies for special orders until I receive payment. Any item not paid for (or arranged otherwise) before the three day mark will be re-listed.
Shipping
I can ship all over the US. I use the good 'ole USPS for my shipping unless otherwise specified or requested. Currently I do not ship overseas, but will make an exception for APO addresses. If you want it faster, by all means shoot me a line and I will quote you expedited shipping costs.
Our post office is closed more than its open currently, so please allow 3 business days for shipping on in stock items, two weeks on custom ordered items, and remember Christmas often means longer shipping times on the USPS end, so please plan ahead. I often ship faster than these times, but this allows me to figure out the secret codes on the post office doors so I can get in and ship. (I'd print labels but my cats eat them)
Refunds and Exchanges
Custom (also made to order) orders can not be refunded after they are created. If there is a defective item, I will happily replace it. Non-custom (not made to order) orders may be refunded if the item is returned in its original condition within 10 business days. Buyer is responsible for return shipping, and may be asked for a clear photo before a refund can be authorized.
But seriously ya'll, I
Additional policies and FAQs
Do you want a custom decal or other creation? Convo me and we can see if I can make that happen for you!
Oh, did I mention I have pets. Yea I have three cats. Any fiber art or textile materials will be kept away from the cats, but I know that folks with allergies may still have issues. It is what it is, and the kitties are my babies. Please keep this in mind when you order.