Bohemian Designs

Lubbock, Texas · 4 Sales


Bohemian Designs

Lubbock, Texas 4 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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notsofasst on Jan 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are the coolest things I ever bought myself. Definitely worth the wait. Thanks so much...and I recommend these highly. Very good quality. I'm actually wearing them at work now : ).

Anonymous on May 10, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Thanks!! i LOVE these earrings!

Anonymous on May 2, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

perfect and very fast arrival. Thank you so much :)

Shop policies

Last updated on December 8, 2015
Thank you so much for visiting my lively shop, here in Etsy! Every purchase you make here helps in the care of my colorful family of creative heathens and our travels in this world. Please take the time to read all my shop policies and a little about my approach to making what I sell . . .

Whenever possible, I do my best to utilize recycled materials and those considered to be sustainable & renewable. I only choose high quality knits to repurpose, and you might be shocked to know that about 60% of all the sweaters I chop-up still have the original tags on them, or show no signs of ever having been worn. I do my best to use only pure metals (silver, gold, steel, niobium, etc) in my jewelry and will only use plated metals when I know what metals have been used (i.e. plated copper or brass). Being a jeweler, I hate mystery metals or anything that says "alloy" in the description because I feel consumers should know what they are buying. All unplated metals are from reclaimed sources and not derived directly from ore. When I sell found object items, I will warn you if I do not know the content of a vintage component. Often times, when you work with "vintage" the items are not marked and thusly get deemed "mystery metal".

I am aware that I am not the only person in the world that repurposes recycled sweaters, makes resin jewelry, works with Swarovski crystals, makes yoni jewelry, jewelry in general, etc, etc . . . I do believe in the collective unconsciousness and ideas are bound to repeat themselves. However, I (like everyone else) dislike it when designs are intentionally copied down to every detail. My purses, hoodies, hats, arm cuffs, scarves, coats, dresses, earrings, pendants, etc may look similar to another's creation but I am just working with the medium I have before me and using the wacky jello mold between my ears to create with. My designs & the techniques I use will never be exactly the same as another's, and vice versa. The odds of finding the EXACT same sweaters or vintage components is astronomical!!! I believe in repurposing with all my heart, and if you do not see what you like in my shop I encourage you to look at the things that other sweater choppers, repurposers and eco-friendly jewelers are making. ♥ ♥ ♥

I have been sewing and repurposing knits since 1996, and making jewelry since 1999. I was never taught to sew, and have had to learn via a lot of failure. In the end, however, I gained a whimsical patchwork style that is riddled with crazy stitching. I learned to be free with my color pairings and how to make bohemian-style clothing from the mother of my best friend during my sophomore year in high school. Joanna and her mother were my first exposure to the "modern gypsy" lifestyle, and I am forever grateful that our paths crossed. When I returned to Art School in 2005, my jewelry was rarely praised because I incorporated nontraditional materials and my subject matter was often viewed as "taboo". I did listen to my heart and retained my often bold style, and have been happy ever since.

I hope as you sift through my listings here that you find something that makes you smile and brightens your day . . .


PS> I would like to take a moment to address the spirit behind repurposing, recycling and you the buyer. I have often heard "That is a lot of money for an old sweater" and many more similar comments . . . There is flaw in the mentality that something is useless, not worth anything and required to be cheap because it is recycled. I shake my head at this approach to purchasing because it makes no sense to me to pay $100 for a "vintage" brooch made with plastic pearls and mystery metal, and then to scoff at something that is $68 and made with recycled silk and sterling silver. Or, to prefer a $200 "vintage" blouse made out of polyester (PLASTIC) over a $150 repurposed coat made from cashmere, angora and wool . . .

Until recently, humans have always looked down on wastefulness and many things that we have prized (and still do) in our societies worldwide are humble things made from materials that have been salvaged and scraped together. The best example of this is a quilt . . . Families hold onto these until they fall apart, and they can sell for upwards of $2,000 - a blankie made from the scraps of grandpa's old dress shirts. If you would like to further understand what I mean, just take a look at the painting The Gleaners (Millet, 1857):

This painting depicts women gleaning in a field of freshly harvested wheat. Gleaning is the act of gathering up the remenants of grain leftover after the reapers have harvested in a field. This was a common act (and still is in many places) because the grain was so precious and nothing was to go to waste. Women like those depicted would stoop for hours picking-up single grains of wheat to grind for bread . . .

Those of us who harvest our supplies from that which is left behind actually have to work harder to make you quality items. The materials require hours of labor to make sure that they are clean and prepared to be reincarnated into something new. Remember Grandma sewing for hours to make that quilt? More love and effort goes into something made by hand - they have soul - and things created from repurposed materials are more so.

Love, Light and Peace to you all. ♥

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Payment is due upon checkout. Sales tax will be applied for residents of Texas at the current state sales tax rate of .0825%. I am only accepting payment via Paypal at this time.

I reserve the right to cancel a sale to a buyer I believe may be copying my designs, re-selling them for a profit without prior notification, running a scam, etc. Sales may also be canceled if payment is not posted, or if a buyer has outstanding negative feedback.

If you see something that you like but do not currently have the money to purchase it, feel free to contact me and I can make a reserve listing for you. All reserved items must be paid for within the time specified by myself during the creation of the listing, or I will be forced to relist the item for sale (I will contact you before I do this).
I ship all domestic packages via USPS flat-rate Priority.

Insurance is recommended by the seller, but up to the discretion of the buyer and must be requested BEFORE purchasing. Any package lost in the mail that has not been insured is the financial responsibility of the buyer.

Insurance with the USPS is as follows:

value of $0.01 to $50 = $1.75
value of $50.01 to $100 = $2.25
value of $100.01 to $200 = $2.75
value of $200.01 to $300 = $4.70
value of $300.01 to $400 = $5.70
value of $400.01 to $500 = $6.70
value of $500.01 to $600 = $7.70
value of $600.01 to $5000 = $7.70 plus $1.00 per $100 or fraction thereof over $600 in declared value

**IF you desire your package to be insured, please contact me before you purchase your items. I will alter the shipping to reflect the increase in shipping fees.**

Domestic packages are mailed every day of the week, unless priority handling is needed by the buyer.

International buyers must know that due to the high price of shipping extras, all packages will be sent at the buyer's own risk. I have not had anything disappear going overseas as of yet, but it is bound to happen eventually. International packages will be sent via International Priority Mail where it suits the package best, or more commonly via Parcel Post. International orders will be sent out every Wednesday.

ALL PACKAGES, whether sent to a domestic address or overseas, will be wrapped in packing plastic (made of a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste) and then packaged in a durable container with the recipient's name printed clearly on the label. I wrap everything in recycled plastic to avoid any possible water or moisture damage during transit.

**PLEASE take great care in opening your package and DO NOT use anything sharp to remove the plastic because it may damage your purchase.**
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not give refunds. I do my best to make sure that everything that the customer receives is of good quality, and each item goes through a meticulous inspection before being sent to the purchaser. If you find a flaw or construction defect that is beyond the design of the item, I will allow an exchange for another item if the following steps have been taken:

1.) The buyer must notify the seller of any possible defect beyond the design by email within seven (7) days of delivery confirmation.

2.) If it is determined by the seller that the item may be defective, the buyer will ship the item back to the seller for repairs/exchange and the seller will refund the cost of return shipping to the customer.

3.) The item will be repaired and re-sent to the buyer at the cost of the seller within fifteen (15) business days. However, if the repair needed will damage the design or quality of the item, the seller will provide a store credit to the buyer equal to their original purchase minus original shipping. Any credit may be used toward the purchase of another item within the store (no custom work).

4.) If the seller receives the defect item and it is found to be soiled, stained, smelling of smoke, covered in pet dander, torn from wear or abuse, stretched beyond original size from wear, or altered from its original state upon shipping to the buyer, the right to repair and/or exchange will be voided by the buyer and return shipping refund will NOT be provided.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not generally take custom orders because if I did I would spend all my time on them and little time producing things for sale in my shop. However, if you are in need of something specific due to health or sizing reasons, or are in need of something super special, feel free to contact me and I will see what I can do.

If you are interested in wholesale pricing, please contact me via email at Heartsail [!at] sbcglobal.net