happiewitch

Please Don't Eat My Gingerbread House

North Carolina, United States · 58 Sales

happiewitch

Please Don't Eat My Gingerbread House

North Carolina, United States 58 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(24)
Shop owner

Karen

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Announcement   Hello! Is Fall here yet?
Thanks for stopping in at my shop, "Please Don't Eat My Gingerbread House!" This is a place where we celebrate the holidays each and every day. I love every holiday. As a little girl, there was a shop in Old Town Alexandria, in VA, very near to our home. We made a point of visiting a few times each year. That shop was called The Christmas Attic and it was my very favorite place on Earth to go. Set up in one of the old townhouses that were so common there, It was 2 stories of Christmas items, many of which even a little kid like me could purchase. I still have some of the many Christmas decorations that I bought there as a child!.

So, in thinking of that shop where you could go any day of the year and find Christmas, I decided to make this shop a place where the holidays are alive all year. Yup, you heard me correctly, ALL YEAR!

I try very hard to keep my prices low, even though I spend between six and fourteen hours on most of my work. I cut, felt, paint, embroider and sew BY HAND everything that I sell in My Gingerbread House. Let me say this again, each and every piece in my shop I made with my own hands. No sewing machines, no sergers, no die cutting machines. If the prices seem a little high as opposed to the pieces you see at large discount stores, in catalogs or online, take a moment to calculate the rate per hour, or even per day! 14 hours to make a garland that I've priced at $14. . . . . . . you get the picture.

I do this because it feeds my soul not because it puts tons of money in my pocket. I also craft because, like many of my fellow, crafters, artisans and artists and many of you, I love to create. The only thing that would make it better is if someone else loves it, too.

So, for those of you, just like me,who love the holidays so much that you can't bear to put them in a box, in the attic or a closet, Come on in, you are always welcome! So, come in, make yourself at home and if something strikes your fancy:
1.) please feel free to buy it
2.) ask about making changes to make it more yours
3.) ask about setting up a special order.

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 10, 2016

Hello! Is Fall here yet?
Thanks for stopping in at my shop, "Please Don't Eat My Gingerbread House!" This is a place where we celebrate the holidays each and every day. I love every holiday. As a little girl, there was a shop in Old Town Alexandria, in VA, very near to our home. We made a point of visiting a few times each year. That shop was called The Christmas Attic and it was my very favorite place on Earth to go. Set up in one of the old townhouses that were so common there, It was 2 stories of Christmas items, many of which even a little kid like me could purchase. I still have some of the many Christmas decorations that I bought there as a child!.

So, in thinking of that shop where you could go any day of the year and find Christmas, I decided to make this shop a place where the holidays are alive all year. Yup, you heard me correctly, ALL YEAR!

I try very hard to keep my prices low, even though I spend between six and fourteen hours on most of my work. I cut, felt, paint, embroider and sew BY HAND everything that I sell in My Gingerbread House. Let me say this again, each and every piece in my shop I made with my own hands. No sewing machines, no sergers, no die cutting machines. If the prices seem a little high as opposed to the pieces you see at large discount stores, in catalogs or online, take a moment to calculate the rate per hour, or even per day! 14 hours to make a garland that I've priced at $14. . . . . . . you get the picture.

I do this because it feeds my soul not because it puts tons of money in my pocket. I also craft because, like many of my fellow, crafters, artisans and artists and many of you, I love to create. The only thing that would make it better is if someone else loves it, too.

So, for those of you, just like me,who love the holidays so much that you can't bear to put them in a box, in the attic or a closet, Come on in, you are always welcome! So, come in, make yourself at home and if something strikes your fancy:
1.) please feel free to buy it
2.) ask about making changes to make it more yours
3.) ask about setting up a special order.

Karen

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Karen

Red Wool Stocking Ornament
US$3.00
Winter Mittens Felt Christmas Ornaments
US$1.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(24)
Maggie Little

Maggie Little on Jan 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Loved it! They were beautiful. My mother was thrilled with them (my fiancé and I got them for her as an early Christmas present). They arrived in a timely manner. They are even prettier in person! I highly recommend.

Stella Therese O'Donnell

Stella Therese O'Donnell on Oct 21, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This pumpkin is as lovely as the Orange one and I can't wait to give it to my daughter for Thanksgiving. Thank you. I love all the items I purchased from you and a special thanks for the pretty blue snow flakes. Stella

Stella Therese O'Donnell

Stella Therese O'Donnell on Oct 21, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This pumpkin is sure to be a favorite with my daughter. It is beautiful. I'm going to give it to her for Thanksgiving.

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About

Please, don't eat my gingerbread house.

I really love Christmas, the rushing around, the crowds, the lights, ribbons, cookies. . . . . I could go on but you get the picture. One of my favorite Christmas images, icon really, is the gingerbread house. Now, I tried making the real thing a few years in a row, w/out any true success. My mind understands how the process is supposed to go, but somewhere between my brain and my hands, it gets jumbled. So, I make do with smaller representations in more stable materials, like felt.
Summer 2015 is almost over. The autumn is creeping in, and with the heat of this summer, I really hope that autumn weather doesn't wait until December to show up.

The past 12 months has seen our family welcome 2 new grandchildren, both girls Sadie and Charlotte. I love being a grandma!

I've used the name Happiewitch for a good, long time. It was always a joke in my house while I was growing up, that one of our relatives, an older female, was a witch. At the time there was a popular little bit of kitchen decor and folklore called a kitchen witch. You were supposed to hang her on her littlej in your kitchen and in return, she would prevent burnt bread, boiled over pots, or bubbled over casseroles. She was modeled after the Italian Strega.

Well, I was never even close to being angry or grouchy. In fact I often joke about being the Chinese Water torture of happiness because some people find my endless cheerfulness akin to the torture of water drip, drip, dripping on their foreheads.

So, anyone who remembers the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel, knows about the witch and her gingerbread house and her plan to capture the two little orphans, fatten them up and cook them. in her oven.

I have always loved creative activities of any and every sort. I was one of those fortunate kids who had a fabulous elementary school art teacher and a fabulous art program. We did linoleum block printing, pinch pottery and pottery on the wheel, we did basket weaving, silk screening, pen and ink drawing, pencil, charcoal and oil pastel drawings. You name it, we got to try it.

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Shop policies

Last updated on January 4, 2016
Hello & Welcome to my little shop on Etsy!

Modern folk art is a mix of the quirky and the traditional. It's fun, beautiful and off-center.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to sell my naive art through my shop Please Don't Eat My Gingerbread House here on Etsy.

I enjoy folk art & music and the eras that they represent.are the simple times when music, stories and art were part of everyone's home, everyone's family, and everyone's community. Nowadays, we leave art, music and story to the professionals, and as a result, it's become the purview of the wealthy and the privileged. Although I do wish we could get back to those previous times, I also really love our modern access to the global and the way it allows us to creep in and eavesdrop on folk traditions beyond our own.

I love creating things that are not only pretty but also useful & entertaining. I paint, draw, & write, sew, felt & glitter. I knit. I'm just beginning to make jewelry. I also dabble a little bit with woodworking. I would love to get back into pottery, weaving, and basketry. There's just not enough time in one day.

Finally, crafting is my lifeline to a world beyond the home I share with my husband. I have had problems with my back for quite a long time. About 7 years ago, I ruptured a disk in my lower back, the L5S1, which is the last disk in your back or so I've been told. That rupture led to surgery which while it was successful, was only successful for about 3 months, when the symptoms returned with a vengeance. Long story, short Now, I am stuck in bed nearly every day of my life. The pain sucks but it does improve once in a while for more than a few minutes. This is my world, now and I have learned to make the very best of it.. . So, stop by and say HI every once in a while. I'd love to hear from you.

I hope you take your time and enjoy!

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Payment
We accept PayPal and Etsy gift certificates. You do not need to have a PayPal account to order, simply go through the PayPal checkout to use your credit card. None of your credit card information will be retained by PayPal unless you choose to open an account. Further details about PayPal's policies can be found on their website.

If you don't wish to use paypal, please contact me to 'convo' about alternative and we'll go from there.

Payment for purchased items needs to be made within 5 days of the purchase or the sale will be cancelled.
Shipping
Items are shipped, in most cases, USPS First Class Flat Rate in an appropriately sized envelope, padded envelope or box. Tracking info is provided If I notice that there is a problem with getting that information, I'll do what I can to correct that situation.

Most purchases will be shipped within 3 to 5 business days of receipt of your cleared payment. First Class usually delivers in 3 to 5 days.



If you need a rush order, or upgraded shipping, please contact me prior to making your purchase. I will do my best to accommodate your needs, as well as provide you with a quote for upgraded shipping.

If you need it shipped overnight, I can do that, but will need to be certain at the time of purchase that you are prepared to pay those fees.
Refunds and Exchanges
I am a solo folk artist, selling my work online. Each item I produce is a unique one, and most variations in product will be small. Items with major differences will be listed individually.

Refunds will not be given based on minor differences in product, particularly due to variations in color attributable to the differences in computer screens.

There will be no refunds given on custom orders.

To smooth the process, please let me know as soon as possible if you will be returning an item.

Apart from what is discussed above, I will be happy to accept the return of any item within 7 days of your receiving your purchase, if you are unhappy with your purchase. Your refund will be for the full cost of the items, minus the shipping charges. The refund will be processed after we receive the returned item(s).

Additionally, feedback is neither the place nor the time to raise an issue or complaint. I expect that you will contact me immediately if you have a problem with the item, or my service and give me a chance to make things right before you put me in front of a firing squad.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM AND WHOLESALE ORDERS:
I would be very happy to discuss custom orders. Please use my contact information as provided in my shop.
Wholesale pricing and policies can be made available on most of my items.
Please allow 48 hours for a response to this type of request.
MATERIALS:
Felt items are made of either 100% felt or 35%, or 20% wool acrylic blend
felt.
MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:
We don't smoke at all and we don't burn wood in our fireplace so there will be no smoky smell from our home.
We do have one small dog, she keeps me company all day when my back problems keep me pretty well immobilized in bed or in my recliner. We make every effort to keep the dog hair down and we give each item a thorough cleaning before it leaves the house. I go over the felt pieces with tweezers after I wipe them down with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any vestiges of dog hair. .