Lindsay Letts on Feb 1, 2016
Arrived quickly. Just love them!
gumcrack adj.- kitschy, tawdry, cheap, flat, worn out? - kids room and nursery design
My work in kids room and nursery decoration came about in a rather unconventional way:
At a time when Ikea and monochromatic uniform clean interiors and matchy – matchy furniture sets ruled the interior design world and vintage was something you would find next to a dumpster, my lack of moolah forced me to get experimental in the DIY area long before there even existed an abbreviation for it.
For me, the inventive room styling on a low budget results in charismatic interiors that reflect the personality of each individual: own your home and don´t be owned by your home, if you get the idea.
I always believed this to be especially important for children, who need a stimulating environment, a kingdom where they can reign and fight against imaginative dragons without actually living in a castle!
Low budget doesn´t mean cheap or tacky, you don´t have to fill a children room with expensive designer furniture to make it look tasteful and put together, a pot of paint and an old iron bed, an online bought wall decal and some fabric and a plant can actually do miracles!
I have been creating handmade accessories for kids rooms for some years now, with my original paper Mache dresser knobs and coat hooks being my top sales product in the Iberian Peninsula.
Gumcrackkids on Etsy was born with the wish to expand market and become part of the global Artisan / Handmade movement that is visibly changing consumer’s behavior , shifting to a more sustainable and conscious one and I can say that I truly love the experience!
I thank you for your visit and hope you enjoyed the stay.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
With kind regards
For more information on the work process of my Papier Maché items visit the Additional Policies and FAQ´s in my shops Policies : https://www.etsy.com/shop/gumcrackkids/policy
Back to the storefront : https://www.etsy.com/shop/gumcrackkids
P.S. check out my other passion:
fun, funky, stylish and seductive handmade accessories for grown-up 'babes'
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Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, PR, Photographer, Accountant, Coffee Brewer
-detail-oriented, highly motivated, slightly ironic, imaginative catlady. lacking the cats. -multi-disciplined independant grafic- / interior- / fashion- / & anything else that comes to your mind-designer/artisan.
I design and create every item with utmost care and dedication in order to satisfy your wishes. All my pieces are crafted by hand exclusively by myself with my own original molds.
Next comes the part where the pleasure turns into business and I will explain all the transaction and shipping details.
I advise you to read everything with attention, in order to avoid any misunderstandings later on.
If you have any questions or doubts let me know by Etsyconvo or email ( gerardsteffi [!at] gmail.com ) and I will contact you as promptly as possible.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
You can do so via PayPal ( no need of a PayPal account ! Simply provide your credit card and email address. PayPal takes care of these transactions in a safe environment and guarantees the confidenciality of the data introduced. Etsy uses US dollars as default currency and it's conversion is handled automatically by Etsy's payment processing service. )
or Direct Check Out
Banktransfer in €uros ,if you are a Portuguese customer ( email confirmation is required )
If you are new to Etsy and need help figuring out checkout:
Custom orders can take up to 2 weeks until shipment (read more about this in the additional informations ) .
I send national and international orders with PIORITY by CTT (Portuguese official Post Service) and provide a tracking number.
Sometimes USPS and other countries do not scan the items correctly, so it can happen that tracking is not vivible.
If you prefer another shipping method please contact me before purchase.
( estimated ) Delivery time
PORTUGAL 1-2 business days
EUROPE 3 - 14 business days - depending on holiday season
WORLDWIDE up to 10 – 20 business days - depending on holiday season and customs
If you think the delivery time exceeded the bearable limit, please contact me and we will work out a solution!
» Have in mind that international shipping time varies, depending on the distance and country the item is shipped to. «
» Orders may be delayed by local customs and local import duties. The charges that may incur due to that matter are the exclusive responsibility of the buyer. «
»Please note that shipping costs cover packaging materials and the travel to the post office also. «
» If you want your order to be sent to a different location, be sure to include the shipping address at checkout or by email. There is no refund for items nore shipping costs sent to a wrong address. «
The Shipping rates are according to the weight of every item and are listed in the items description page, there is an automated shipping rate for multiple items.
Service transit time information is provided by the carrier and excludes weekends and holidays. Note that transit times may vary, particularly during peak periods.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are described as accurately as possible ( including sizes,,material and color etc. ) in the items description and the photographs are as detailed as possible. Due to monitor calibration the colors may vary slightly from the original.
» If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, you have the right to cancel your order and return the item in it´s original state within 14 days of reception. Prior to return please inform me in a written document ( etsy convo, email, letter or EUCancellationForm ) that you intend to do so!
I will fully refund the cost within 14 days of receiving the returned item ( there is no refund if the item is not in it´s original state! )
The return shipping cost however lies in the full responsibility of the buyer, meaning, you have to pay for the devolution «
» EUCancellationFormENpdf : https://etsy1.app.box.com/s/gaow2mrx67khgbqlqk9p«
»These rules DO NOT apply to CUSTOM-MADE orders and may therefore not be returned and refunded for any other reason than being defectuous «
BUYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY'S CUSTOM FEES OR TAXES AND RETURNS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED DUE TO ANY ADDITIONAL COST REFERING TO THAT MATTER.
FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CUSTOM SERVICE.
Additional policies and FAQs
Multiple orders have a discount:: see made to order items of 4, 6, 8 knobs as an example . If you want to purchase another amount, I'll inform you about the final costs as well as the accurate shipping costs.
There is a colorpalette on the item description page for you to choose from
or/and you may also add a picture with the coloursceme you would like the item(s) to fit in,but beware that the colors may differ from the original due to photography and monitor setting ( go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colors to get a better idea ):
3. gray( x11gray )
6. old lace
10. cadmium yellow
12. sandy taupe
13. pastel yellow
15. jasmin ( pastel yellow )
16. orange ( color wheel )
17. peach ( orange )
22. french pink
25. pink lace
27. pale turquoise
28. light cyan
29. gray blue
30. cornflower blue
31. pale cornflower blue
33. pale robin egg blue
34. caribean green
37. lime green
38. dark spring green
39. green yellow
40. hunter green
gold / silver / copper
The production of every piece is extremely labor-intensive and undergoes a sequence of operations:
• All knobs and hangers etc. are made with a mold made from an original prototype of mine and then left for drying. This can take up to one week!
• Then the backside is either evened out or, in case of the knobs, supplied with a wooden knob that is then coated with Papier-mâché.
• Once dry, I sand the objects to give them a smooth finish, still keeping their, for Papier-mâché characteristic, uneven surface.
• A water based primer is applied
• Finally some color!
• The objects are protected with several (4-5) coats of acrylic glossy varnish. Your orders have the option of a satin finish.
All my Papier-mâché objects are non-toxic, light-weight but sturdy and child friendly. You can wipe them with a damp cloth and from time to time .
As these are paper-based products, it is not advised to poke them with pointy objects or let Doggie or anyone else for that matter dig its teeth into it.
Due to the long drying period, objects made to order or custom orders may take up to 2 weeks until finished, but I will always try to speed up things when possible.
If you have any additional questions, I am always happy to help you out .
For interest in wholesale contact me under gerardsteffi [!at] gmail.com
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If you are happy with your order please don't forget to leave a feedback!
If for some reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact me before leaving a neutral or negative feedback.
Once again, if you have any question or doubt, don´t hesitate to contact me
Thank you for your patience
Stephanie Gérard / gumcrackkids