calDESIGNOriginals

Heart-crafted by me, for you...

Memphis, Tennessee · 57 Sales

calDESIGNOriginals

Heart-crafted by me, for you...

Memphis, Tennessee 57 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Hand-crafted jewelry and components created from .999 Fine Silver, .925 Sterling Silver, Bronze and Copper. A love of nature and creating one-of-a-kind pieces led to this fantastic obsession. Welcome!

Didn't this shop use to be called... calDESIGN Naturals? Why yes, yes it did... visit my "About" section to learn about the name change.

First official "line"
"earth prints"...They have the look of plant fossils made from Silver (Fine, Sterling), Bronze, Copper and a mix of those. Grasses, herbs, flowers and buds as well as shells all find their way into my "earth prints" line. They are made into pendants, earrings and bracelets. The bracelet shown on my shop banner is Sterling Silver and a mix of grasses and herbs and was donated to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 2014 for their Incognito Silent Art Auction.

I also do open back simplified version of Russian Filigree - especially "mother's pendants" for moms, grandmothers, aunts, step moms, and lovers of 4-legged "kids" as well. Birthstones represent the children or loved ones.

Add to those two lines my love of all things one-of-a-kind - created using metal clay or classic metalsmithing techniques and you have the creative me! I take great pleasure in making these pieces. A bit of me is imparted into each piece - the creativity and love of materials comes from my soul - and it brings me the ultimate happiness to know someone loves the pieces enough to purchase and wear them! They are truly "heart-crafted by me, for you..."

Please check out my Facebook fan page to see all the pieces I have done or that I am currently working on. If you see something there that you are interested in, I can create a reserved listing for you in my shop! https://www.facebook.com/calDESIGNOriginals

Don't forget to ...
Friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calDESIGNOriginals
Read my blog here: http://caldesign1.blogspot.com/

THANK YOU for visiting - and allowing me to pass my passion on to you!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 19, 2016

Hand-crafted jewelry and components created from .999 Fine Silver, .925 Sterling Silver, Bronze and Copper. A love of nature and creating one-of-a-kind pieces led to this fantastic obsession. Welcome!

Didn't this shop use to be called... calDESIGN Naturals? Why yes, yes it did... visit my "About" section to learn about the name change.

First official "line"
"earth prints"...They have the look of plant fossils made from Silver (Fine, Sterling), Bronze, Copper and a mix of those. Grasses, herbs, flowers and buds as well as shells all find their way into my "earth prints" line. They are made into pendants, earrings and bracelets. The bracelet shown on my shop banner is Sterling Silver and a mix of grasses and herbs and was donated to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 2014 for their Incognito Silent Art Auction.

I also do open back simplified version of Russian Filigree - especially "mother's pendants" for moms, grandmothers, aunts, step moms, and lovers of 4-legged "kids" as well. Birthstones represent the children or loved ones.

Add to those two lines my love of all things one-of-a-kind - created using metal clay or classic metalsmithing techniques and you have the creative me! I take great pleasure in making these pieces. A bit of me is imparted into each piece - the creativity and love of materials comes from my soul - and it brings me the ultimate happiness to know someone loves the pieces enough to purchase and wear them! They are truly "heart-crafted by me, for you..."

Please check out my Facebook fan page to see all the pieces I have done or that I am currently working on. If you see something there that you are interested in, I can create a reserved listing for you in my shop! https://www.facebook.com/calDESIGNOriginals

Don't forget to ...
Friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calDESIGNOriginals
Read my blog here: http://caldesign1.blogspot.com/

THANK YOU for visiting - and allowing me to pass my passion on to you!

Cindy Lougee

Contact shop owner

Cindy Lougee

Updates

I love this tree. It's a Flowering Plum in my back yard that produces gorgeous flowers and beautiful maroon leaves. These are the flowers I used to create the mold for this piece. The pendant is so tactile - almost like a worry stone you will want to rub.
Prepping new items for local Artists Market - AND extending 25% off coupon good thru 12/15! Code: HOL2016
Visit my FB album to see all items for Artists Market!
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About

Creative Outlet... Keeps me sane - feeds my soul.

I started my little shop as a means to sell the pieces I made when I "just needed to create". It has evolved to a perfect outlet for my personalized Filigree Mother's Pendants and Earrings as well as my new line which I've been calling "earth prints".

And then... I realized I needed a name adjustment... read on:

It's just a name ... right?
Names... everyone has one... two... three... more!
When I was growing up one day I realized each of my brothers and sister were "named after someone". Older brother - Dad. Younger brother - Grandfather. Sister - Mother. Cindy? Negative. Nada... I wasn't. And one day after that realization, as we were driving to "Grammie Hoitt's" house we passed a dry cleaner called... yup... "Cindy Ann Cleaners". Oh. My. No!

I was named after a dry cleaner!! I was CONVINCED. No amount of denial from my Mom could change my mind. ::chuckle:: I literally grew up POSITIVE that I was named after the dry cleaner near where my mom grew up. EVEN as an adult when asked and Mom said "I always wanted a daughter named Cynthia" - I still believed. Weird? Yup!

But seriously Names... they can make you feel things.
If I heard "Cindy" it was usually family or friend.
If I heard "Loug" it was usually a college friend (or me talking to myself).
If I heard "Cynthia" it was 'Grammie Loug'.
::chuckle:: If I heard "Cynthia Ann" I was in SERIOUS TROUBLE!! ;)

But wait... Why am I talking about this?
Because my jewelry business name has been unconsciously causing me distress. Unconsciously? Yup. "calDESIGN Naturals" ... it fit.. It fit in my head for what I was making. It fit in my head for what I love - nature and creativity. I even created a jewelry line "earth prints" that fit that "Naturals" theme. Since naming my jewelry business I have learned many cool traditional silversmithing skills. HERE comes the unconscious problem. I LOVE just creating. pendants and bracelets and rings using the cool cabochons I have purchased. BUT - how do they fit with the "Naturals" theme? Do they? If they don't... can I put them in my etsy store? Time and time again I struggled and finally over the weekend I thought ...

"OMG Loug... Just change the name!!"

But to what?

It was right there the whole time. I had been using it already... for YEARS. You see, growing up I use to make cards for birthdays, Christmas, etc. And on the back I always put a mini "logo" ... 'Another cal Design Original' ... with the date somehow added. I still do this today! It goes on the back of my Christmas card now as it did when I was 12. It is what Dad still looks for... "Is this a cal Design Original?" he will ask? Well yes, yes it is.

When I made the decision to change the name... it was like the pressure on my brain started to release, The unconscious static, self doubt, worry - started to recede. It is now "OK" to just create cool pieces out of cool stones, beads, and more!

So I welcome you to my new name... calDESIGN Originals and gosh that feels good!!
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What is Filigree?
My filigree pieces are crafted by hand - or "from scratch" as one of my pleased recipients referred to it - from Sterling Silver wire and settings. Each piece of wire is hand cut, shaped and formed into my stylized designs. Man-made stones (lab grown and CZs) are used for birthstone representation as a way to allow you an affordable - yet beautiful - personalized gift.

"earth prints" ...
I AM SOOO EXCITED about about these - they are made from bronze, copper, sterling and fine silver metal clay using molds I created myself from herbs, grasses, and yes - even weeds - found in my yard and around Memphis as well as during my travels. Each "earth print" is individual - no two are the same. Some have rough semi-precious gems in crystal form, others are simply metal. Many are organic in design while others are refined and modern looking.

I have a blog - http://caldesign1.blogspot.com/
and a Facebook fan page - https://www.facebook.com/calDESIGNOriginals

Secret... I started the blog when I realized that my enthusiasm for my new found addiction (metal clay and jewelry design/creating) was making people crazy! It’s well... all I talked about! So one day on a plane for work I thought - "HEY! I’ll start a blog!" and then I can type it all out. I tend to write like I talk so I basically am talking to myself (not so weird if you know me) or anyone who wants to read it. Please hop on over and check it out - It gives information on projects I’ve created - projects as they were in the works - the meaning behind pieces I've created, the personalities that are receiving the pieces and the bits and pieces of me that go into the work. ~~ Thanks for “listening”! ;o)

Please visit both! :o)

Shop members

  • Cindy

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    A commercial artist by degree, marketing/graphic design/web builder by profession, turn SAP VC programmer now Salesforce.com Admin. Metal Clay media, Filigree, classic metal work and one-of-a-kind jewelry has become my creative outlet - my addiction.

  • Nubbles

    Supervisor

  • Sissy

    Apprentice

  • Shadow & Hannah Mae

    Support Staff

Shop policies

Last updated on November 26, 2016
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Payment
I only accept PayPal. If you wish to use your credit card for payment, you can do so by going through the checkout and using Paypal and your information will be encrypted/hidden/protected!

Payment is due the *same day as purchase*. Please contact me within three days or item will be re-listed.

I cannot ship your purchase until after PayPal have cleared you funds and notified me. All Tennessee residents will be automatically charged 7% sales tax during check out via PayPal. The tax will not show up as a separate line item on your Etsy invoice.

International buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Shipping
All items will be shipped using USPS Priority mail, usually within 24-48 hours (unless otherwise indicated on individual product listing). I ship Monday through Friday.

Your items will be mailed to your PAYPAL address. Please make sure your PayPal address is correct! I will not be held accountable for packages sent other than the Paypal address.
Refunds and Exchanges
It is my hope that you be 100% happy with your purchase. If you are not, you will have 7 days from the time you received your order to contact me concerning a return. Refunds will be made within one week after receiving the returned item, less any shipping/insurance fees, etc. Items must be returned in the same packaging and condition that it was originally sent.

No Refunds are given on Custom Orders. No exceptions.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note that calDESIGN Originals jewelry pieces are hand made and care should be taken when handling your selection - as you would any piece of fine jewelry.

I do my best to accurately depict all of my pieces. Please be aware that variances in computer monitors and lighting differences will affect the way a piece looks in actuality. I take all of my photos in natural light or under studio lights, and use minimal editing. If you have any questions about colors, sizes etc, please don’t hesitate to contact me prior to purchasing for clarification.