beadkeepers

Art Inspired by Nature--Created By Hand

Florida, United States · 279 Sales

beadkeepers

Art Inspired by Nature--Created By Hand

Florida, United States 279 Sales On Etsy since 2006

0 out of 5 stars
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Note from shop owner Upon receiving Etsy's CEO email today, I am putting my shop in vacation mode until I decide whether or not I believe Etsy is the online community I believed it to be when I joined years ago. Unfortunately, I think Etsy has chosen to support whatever improves it's own bottom line over what supports independent artists and handmade art.

I truly am sorry to see this turn in Etsy's handmade arts commitment and ethics. Until I am given some sort of assurance otherwise, I will be boycotting the site. This decision wasn't made lightly, and hurts not only me as an artist, but also will hurt other Etsy artists I purchase from.

Feel free to contact me for more information, and I have included the Etsy email below. Till next time, please continue to support HANDMADE ART AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. You can find me on Facebook and online at www.beadkeepers.com, where I have started my own online shop. Please consider supporting me directly, without Etsy as a middleman. Thank you.

Dear Karen,

Over the past eight years, Etsy sellers have astounded us with their creativity, ingenuity and ambition. This is a marketplace we make together; we lay the foundation and you build on it. You’ve grown Etsy in ways we never predicted, but part of our foundation hasn’t kept up.

Sellers tell us that our policies for shops with handmade items have become confusing, intrusive and restrictive. It’s time to give those policies a renovation.

We believe Etsy’s foundation should be empowering to you. You should be able to run your shop in a way that works for you. We want to be clear about what handmade means on Etsy. It’s about having an idea for an item, taking responsibility for how it’s made, and being honest about it.

In our new, simpler guidelines:


You are welcome to hire people and collaborate from different locations.


If it makes things easier, you can use shipping or fulfillment services. You remain responsible for your buyer’s experience.


You can work with outside manufacturers to help produce your designs. We’ll ask a few questions about why you chose them and how you work together.


Re-selling — purchasing a new, finished product you had no role in creating and selling it to someone else unchanged — is still not allowed.


All manufacturers and any shop members who help make your handmade items should be listed on your About page, to foster trust with buyers.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 8, 2016

Upon receiving Etsy's CEO email today, I am putting my shop in vacation mode until I decide whether or not I believe Etsy is the online community I believed it to be when I joined years ago. Unfortunately, I think Etsy has chosen to support whatever improves it's own bottom line over what supports independent artists and handmade art.

I truly am sorry to see this turn in Etsy's handmade arts commitment and ethics. Until I am given some sort of assurance otherwise, I will be boycotting the site. This decision wasn't made lightly, and hurts not only me as an artist, but also will hurt other Etsy artists I purchase from.

Feel free to contact me for more information, and I have included the Etsy email below. Till next time, please continue to support HANDMADE ART AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. You can find me on Facebook and online at www.beadkeepers.com, where I have started my own online shop. Please consider supporting me directly, without Etsy as a middleman. Thank you.

Dear Karen,

Over the past eight years, Etsy sellers have astounded us with their creativity, ingenuity and ambition. This is a marketplace we make together; we lay the foundation and you build on it. You’ve grown Etsy in ways we never predicted, but part of our foundation hasn’t kept up.

Sellers tell us that our policies for shops with handmade items have become confusing, intrusive and restrictive. It’s time to give those policies a renovation.

We believe Etsy’s foundation should be empowering to you. You should be able to run your shop in a way that works for you. We want to be clear about what handmade means on Etsy. It’s about having an idea for an item, taking responsibility for how it’s made, and being honest about it.

In our new, simpler guidelines:


You are welcome to hire people and collaborate from different locations.


If it makes things easier, you can use shipping or fulfillment services. You remain responsible for your buyer’s experience.


You can work with outside manufacturers to help produce your designs. We’ll ask a few questions about why you chose them and how you work together.


Re-selling — purchasing a new, finished product you had no role in creating and selling it to someone else unchanged — is still not allowed.


All manufacturers and any shop members who help make your handmade items should be listed on your About page, to foster trust with buyers.

Karen McGovern

Contact shop owner

Karen McGovern

Reviews

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Anonymous on Aug 18, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

beautiful............great transaction.

Anonymous on May 10, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely earrings, great packaging and smooth transaction.

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About

Life is too Short for Boring Jewelry...

My interest in art and wildlife has been in my DNA since I was born. I grew up in Northern Michigan and Southern Florida, surrounded by beautiful landscapes filled with wonderful wild things. I turned my curiosity for all things animal into action by dedicating my life to preserving wild spaces. My art reflects that.

Beadkeepers came to life about 8 years ago, working with my sister, Lynn McGovern, an amazing glass bead designer. I branched out on my own, discovering my own voice in creating unusual art jewelry incorporating natural and collected found objects, antiquities, botanicals, anything that caught my eye. I am a collector of the unusual, including bone, hide, photographs, you name it, and incorporate all of this and more in my work.

I like to tell stories, and my designs are often inspired by a a short story or poem I have written. My influences are the natural world, and my work reflects my passion for wildlife and saving what remains of nature.

You can find out more about the work I do in the "real world" at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, www.rarespecies.org.

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  • Karen McGovern

    Owner

    I am a conservation biologist and jewelry designer. I create art and jewelry to raise funds and awareness for the wildlife conservation programs of the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, www.rarespecies.org.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 1, 2011
Welcome to my shop! The jewelry I create is inspired by nature--the ultimate muse. I am a conservation biologist and am lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the worlds rarest plants and animals. My designs reflect my deep respect for the natural world, and I donate most of my sales proceeds to the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (www.rarespecies.org).

I am also influenced by folklore and mythology, and many of my designs come with original short stories written by me.

Art and nature are one and the same to me--you cannot have one without the other. The designs you will find here are unlike any other and are usually singular pieces--one-of-a-kind or limited series. Thanks so much for visiting my shop, where every purchase helps support wildlife conservaton around the globe.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
I prefer payment through PayPal--it's fast, easy and secure.
Shipping
Within the United States I ship UPSP Priority, which usually arrives within 2-3 days. I ship internationally on a case by case basis and calculate shipping according to each order.

I use recycled packaging whenever possible, but rest assured, no matter how beat-up the outside packaging appears, I try to package each individual item as carefully as I can.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will do my very best to insure your complete satisfaction. I take great care to photograph and list each item as accurately as possible. Refunds and exchanges are on a case by case basis.
Additional policies and FAQs
I try to keep my online prices as low as possible. I can also create designs to specifically fit any budget--just contact me with your requests and we'll go from there!