WildThingsByLindaB

Textile art by Linda Fjeldsted Blust

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About WildThingsByLindaB

Sales 145
On Etsy since 2013

Welcome to my menagerie

Hi, I'm Linda Blust.

I'm a textile artist living in the high desert near Reno, Nevada, USA. I've been working with fabric my entire life, creating everything from clothing to handbags to ballroom dance costumes to elaborate custom Christmas stockings. Nowadays, I work almost exclusively with three-dimensional fabric sculpture.

My grandmother taught me to sew when I was a child, so I guess I can credit (blame?) her for my lifelong obsession with making things from fabric. She also shared with me her love of animals, nature and gardening. And when she passed on, she left me her collection of vintage buttons, lace and ribbons, as well as her antique Pfaff sewing machine, which is still one of my prized possessions.

I studied art in college, and dreamed of turning my sewn creations into artwork. But times were different then, and I was told by my teachers and fellow students that anything made with a needle and thread would never been taken seriously as art. Sewing, they said, was "women's work" and therefore worthless. So while I continued to take art classes for enjoyment, I changed my major to journalism, and after graduation I spent the next few decades working for newspapers in Northern California.

Journalism was a wonderful career that I will never regret, but I was happiest during off-work hours spent in my sewing room playing with fabric, making handbags, kitchen items, and clothing, which I sometimes sold at craft fairs and consignment shops.

Then one day a friend talked me into taking some ballroom dance classes., which gave birth to a new obsession. When we entered some dance competitions, I of course made my own costumes. To my surprise, other dancers offered me money to make costumes for them, and soon I had a nice little side business going. Eventually, I retired from journalism, moved to Las Vegas, and became a full-time ballroom costume designer. Here are some of my costume creations.

The ballroom world is a wonderful, busy, whirlwind scene, and I enjoyed being part of it until 2014, when my husband retired and we decided to move to Reno. I am now a happily semi-retired textile artist, finally able to set my imagination free and enjoy the sheer thrill of creativity for its own sake.

​I am inspired by the wildlife and natural beauty that surrounds me. Our house is located across the street from a creek, and not far from a wetlands sanctuary. Coyotes and wild horses wander through the neighborhood. Pelicans, Canada geese, ducks, egrets and herons nest nearby, and our backyard feeders attract quail, chickadees, gold finches, yellowhead and redwing blackbirds, and flickers, while hawks, owls and eagles fly overhead.

From my sewing room window, I can see the snow-topped Sierra Nevada range to the west, and the rugged Virginia Hills to the east.

These natural wonders are my daily inspiration as I mold, stuff and twist colorful bits of fabric and wire into animal shapes, and then embellish them with sparkly rhinestones, buttons, feathers, paint, silk flowers, and colorful string. These crazy critters seem to have minds of their own, and I never know how they'll turn out, so each completed work is a surprise.
I look forward to sharing my creations with you, and I hope they'll inspire you in your own creative endeavors.

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  • Linda Blust

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I love sewing. I also love nature. I am so thrilled that I found a way to combine both obsessions ​into my own unique style of textile and mixed-media art. I hope you like what you see here. You can view more of my artwork at wildthingsbylindab.com

Shop policies

Last updated on November 9, 2019
Welcome to Wild Things by Linda B.
This is where you'll find information about ordering, paying and shipping.
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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
ON CUSTOM ORDERS:
Full payment is required before I will begin your order.
There will be no refunds on custom-made items.
Once we agree on a design and I begin work, it will not be possible to make major changes like colors and shape. I may still be able to accommodate small changes, but please give me as much notice as possible.
I will email you photos as I work on the project, so you will have plenty of opportunities to approve or request minor changes. It is your responsibility to respond to my emails in a timely manner. If you delay responding, it may result in a delay in completing your order.
Since custom items are made to order, they are not returnable. So it is very important that you watch your email and respond promptly to questions and photos.

ON READY-MADE ITEMS:
If you purchase a ready-made item, you may return it within 7 days for a full refund, minus shipping.
Payment
I accept credit cards and PayPal.
Full payment is required before I will begin working on any custom orders.
Shipping
IF YOU LIVE IN THE USA: I offer free shipping via USPS. Tracking and insurance are included.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE USA: Please contact me before purchasing for a shipping quote. Your order will ship via budget-friendly International First Class Mail unless you request otherwise. International First Class is the most economical method, but it cannot be tracked, is not insured, and can take up to three or four weeks for delivery, depending on the customs policies in your country. If you order after Nov. 1, I cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas via International First Class Mail. I also cannot be held responsible for any items that are lost in transit, since they cannot be tracked.

If you prefer faster and safer delivery, I offer the following options:

• USPS Priority Mail (Canada) - $35 - 6-10 business days
• USPS Express Mail (Canada) - $45 - 3-5 business days

• USPS Priority Mail (everywhere else) - $50 - 6-10 business days
• USPS Express Mail (everywhere else) - $85 - 3-5 business days

I can also ship via UPS or FedEx on request.
Please let me know your shipping preference at time of purchase.

CUSTOMS FEES AND TAXES: Buyers from outside the United States are responsible for any customs duties, VAT, and/or other fees levied upon delivery by their own country.
I am not responsible for any customs fees, tariffs, VATs and handling fees that your country may impose on you. Those fees are your responsibility.
Every country has its own methods of determining how much to tax imported goods. Please educate yourself about your own country's tax system.
The following calculator can help you determine your approximate customs fees (but please note that the calculator doesn't include any additional processing fees that may be charged by post offices and delivery services): http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/
I mark true value on all customs forms and include a copy of the invoice on the outside of the package. It is illegal for me to lie on customs forms, and I will not do so. It is also illegal for me to pay your customs fees for you.
If you don't want to pay your customs taxes, please contact me before shipping so I can refund your full purchase price.
Once it is shipped, if you refuse to pay your customs taxes, the item will eventually be returned to me. I will not issue a refund until after I receive the returned item, which may take several months to reach me. If I receive it back in unused and resellable condition, I will refund the purchase price, minus shipping, including any fees that I am charged for return shipping.
For more information about customs fees, please refer to the following discussions in the Etsy forums:
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/11522474/
https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/11568150/page/1
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/11571142/
http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/11568150/
https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/11880583/page/1

SPECIAL NOTE TO UK BUYERS: If your purchase is over the UK limit of £15 (about $23 USD) you may be liable to 20% taxes and £8 handling charge before your package can be delivered.
These duties & taxes are set by the UK government. The handling fee is charged by Royal Mail on ALL parcels handled by them or by Parcel Force that attract import taxes, and it is non-avoidable and non-negotiable. There is nothing I, as an independent seller, can legally do to prevent either charge.

LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS:
I insure items for their full value (except in the case of International First Class shipping). This will cover items that are damaged in transit or that never reach their destination.
I will send you a tracking number for your package as soon as I ship it. Unless you opt for International First Class shipping, you will be able to track your package's progress, and you will know when it is delivered.
Insurance coverage ends once your package is delivered. If you won't be home, please make sure you have a safe place for the postal carrier to leave the package. Insurance will not cover packages that are stolen from your porch after delivery. If you don't want the package left for you, please let me know before I ship.
If your item is damaged in shipping, please email me ASAP with a photo of the damage so that we can seek compensation from the Postal Service.
Additional policies and FAQs
PLAN AHEAD! It takes many weeks to produce a one-of-a-kind work of art, and I usually have back orders waiting.