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Emily on Apr 7, 20155 out of 5 stars
I love it! Shipped on time, delivered before I thought it would, and it looks just like the picture given. Thank you!
Hannah on Feb 4, 20155 out of 5 stars
The item was exactly as described and perfect, the delivery time was prompt as well.
Reviewed by Inactive on Jan 27, 20155 out of 5 stars
A fantastic high quality shirt with fast shipping! Definitely recommend this shop!
Christine on Jan 27, 20151 out of 5 stars
The bracelet has tarnished in just the first few times that my daughter has worn it. She is disappointed and I feel like I threw away $$. I understand its not silver but it's the cheapest metal ever.
Mary on Jan 14, 20155 out of 5 stars
Such a clever design. I bought this for my son's college room mate's birthday and he just loved it!
Katherine on Jan 6, 20155 out of 5 stars
Seriously great shirt! The design is so sharply printed, and the shirt itself is great quality. The seller sent this witty shirt to us SO quickly, and is a joy to deal with. Thank you!! and happy New Year.
A Leap and a Love of Geeks
Like a lot of Etsians, a lifelong crafty streak (fiber crafts, jewelry-making and more), obsessive creativity and desire to be my own boss led me to Etsy. In the beginning, the shop--then called Cold Hands Warm Art--was meant to be a pastime, since I intended to maintain my day job of 14 years as a communications and graphic design professional.
Six months after it opened, and with just a handful of sales, the Etsy shop became more than just a pastime. Severe burnout at my high stress corporate job took its toll and I needed a change. And so, with a parachute the size of a postage stamp, I took the leap, combining my Etsy shop with freelance graphic design.
Though I started out making only jewelry, little by little the shop has grown over the years. When Etsy seller Fluffshop decided to close, I bought out Fluffshop's blank t-shirt inventory and equipment and began to design and create original graphic tees out of my basement studio with the help of my husband, Erik.
Erik and I are huge readers and long-time fans of sci-fi, fantasy and science-y geekdom in general. It's great being able to bounce ideas and designs off each other. When we come up with an idea, it has to pass the "would we wear it" test!
We create each design on the computer, sending it back and forth between the two of us until we're both happy with it. When we get an order, the design is cut out of very thin vinyl. Then, we use a 300 degree F heat press to apply the vinyl to the blank t-shirt--one at a time, and only when they are ordered.
The shop name, Tanglethorne, is a reminder to Erik and me of our first home right after we were married. It was out in the country, on an old farm, and there was a wild rosebush that grew at the corner of our house. No matter how often we cut the bush back, every summer it grew like crazy and threatened to overtake our front door.
So far the shop has also grown steadily, but not quite at such a crazy pace. I think that's good. The shop's rate of growth really enables me to connect with customers, provide them with a great handmade product and personal service. I love working with customers to create one-of-a-kind pieces and having them return later for something new. I love, love, love connecting with fellow geeks and fans. Sometimes we end up discussing our favorite books and movies while messaging back and forth about a custom order.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Cook And Assistant Dishwasher
A book nerd and fangirl, Tess has created in crochet, knitting, watercolors, sketching, handspinning, jewelry and t-shirt design. She spent too many years in corporate communications and graphic design before launching her Etsy shop in 2009.
Maker, Designer, Head Dishwasher And Large Dog Liason
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