KelseaEcho

Wearable Treasures for the Cute at Heart!

Seattle, Washington

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Note from shop owner We're closing up the shop for some time to pursue other interests. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us! <3

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 13, 2016

We're closing up the shop for some time to pursue other interests. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us! <3

Kelsea

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About KelseaEcho

Sales 128
On Etsy since 2009

From accounting to creative: the story of Kelsea Echo

Everyone's heard of creative block - artists of all different media lament those days where inspiration just isn't within reach. I've always had the opposite problem - anything and everything in the world around me is just begging to be my muse. Time constraints only allow so many ideas to animate, so I've learned to sift through, pluck out my favorites, and apologize to the rest.

Because of the nature of my creative inspiration, it was easy for me to fall wholly in love with polymer clay at a young age. The huge range of colors available became virtually infinite, once I figured out I could mix different colors to get that exact shade I desired. It was like holding freedom. With colorful clay, simple tools, and my own two hands, I could create anything. The possibilities were irresistible. Soon, I filled my family's house up with clay creations - usually gifts for my mom.

I've always had a hard time making anything for myself. I'd prefer, a million times over, making something for someone else. The desire to create for others, mixed with my mixed media tendencies, led me to further creative experimentation.

After clay, it was beaded and wire jewelry, then CD's decorated with Sharpie designs for friends. Later, it was card-making, illustrated story books and memory books for friends and boyfriends.

While studying abroad in Prague for my last quarter of college, a new idea sparked: I wanted to own my own creative business. However, I was just months away from graduating with an accounting degree. and had already signed on with an accounting firm to start work in the fall.

I spent most of the summer between college and work holed up in my apartment, happily and madly cranking out polymer clay and mixed media jewelry for my fledgling Etsy shop.

Then, work began. With the hours ranging from 40-70 per week, updating my shop was no longer sustainable. I was unhappy with the quality of my photos, the small window of free time I had for making jewelry, and my inability to ship out packages quickly. I switched to a less demanding job after two years, hoping that would provide me enough time to run my shop effectively. Still, I continued to be frustrated by the lack of time available for my shop.

Finally, after nearly five years of working as an accountant, the love of my life asked me why I wasn't doing what I really wanted. The question didn't make sense; I was working hard, hoping to eventually be promoted to management. I was "on track." He told me, "You are always talking about your jewelry ideas. I've heard so many times about the pieces you are going to make 'someday'. Names for your new collections. Pictures you're saving for the blog you haven't had time to re-launch. THAT is what you really want to be doing. Why don't you just do it?" I told him I gave up that dream a long time ago and listed all of the things that might go wrong. But even as I said it, I knew he was right. I had told myself I gave up the dream because hoping for 'someday' had become too painful. I thought I'd just forget about it. But, after five years, that dream just wasn't going away. If I didn't do it now, would I ever?

So, here it is. The culmination of years of dreams and ideas... and a lifetime of experience. Materials sourced from all sorts of places - some vintage or antique, some new, some hand-sculpted from polymer clay, some pre-made charms, but all in the Kelsea Echo style. And all made for you. Thanks to your support, I can continue to turn those ideas floating around in my head into real, tangible treasures. Thanks for reading my horribly long story and for supporting my little business! :)

To stay updated on Kelsea Echo happenings, find me here:
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/1ruKD
Blog: www.kelsshark.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kelseaecho
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kelseaecho
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kelseaecho
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kelseaecho

Shop members

  • Kelsea Echo

    Owner

    Hi! I'm Kelsea - a full-time jewelry artist and blogger with colorful hair living in the Seattle area. I design and make every piece in my shop, start to finish. For more info, check the "About" page on my blog at www.kelsshark.com. :)

Shop policies

Last updated on October 25, 2014
Hello! Welcome to my world of cute (and sometimes odd) creations! I've never been able to settle on just one medium or source of inspiration, so you can expect to see a range of materials and style elements in the various collections I release. However, you can always expect some of these things from me: unapologetic pieces, a variety of colors, attention to quality, cute or creepy cute, and the surprising or unexpected. :)

Every piece is handmade by me and most pieces are made in very limited quantities (some OOAK). For questions about custom orders, please see the "additional info" section below.

If you want to stay updated on shop news, sales announcements, and giveaways (some exclusive to specific social media channels), be sure to check out the following:

My blog: www.kelsshark.com
^ I share project tutorials, outfit posts, and the work of awesome indie artists I've discovered over the years. You can also find behind-the-scenes photos and giveaways (both my work and the work of other artists) hosted here!

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/1ruKD
To guarantee you don't miss any updates on new items or giveaways, sign up for the newsletter! I'll send you a little surprise on your birthday, too! I only send the newsletter occasionally - I hate spam as much as everyone else. :)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelseaecho
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kelseaecho

Thanks for visiting and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

<3 Kelsea

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
No cash refunds will be offered unless the problem is on my end. I include item measurements and try to include pictures to show item size, so please read and view all pictures in each listing before ordering.

I package all goods carefully to prevent shipping damage, but in the rare case that an item arrives damaged, please convo me (rather than leave negative feedback) and we can try to work something out. I want you to be happy with your item!
Payment
**PAYMENT TYPES**
I accept Paypal, credit card (via Direct Checkout), and Etsy gift card! Note that in accordance with tax law, 9.5% sales tax will be added to any sales made to a Washington address.

**RESERVATIONS**
You can request to reserve a piece for up to one week. Just send me a message! If payment is not made within seven days, the reservation will be cancelled and the piece will be available again to the public.
Shipping
**SHIPPING FEES**
You only pay flat rate shipping on your largest/heaviest item! All additional items in your order ship free. :)

**CUSTOMS FEES**
Please note that your country may impose customs fees on any imported items. As such, you may be charged an additional fee when your package arrives. I cannot be held responsible for customs fees. However, I want you to be happy and I know paying customs fees is never fun. If this does happen to you with any Kelsea Echo order, please send me a picture of your customs fee form and I'll send you a little surprise code! :)

**SHIPPING TIMES**
If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me prior to placing your order to ensure it will arrive in time (and determine if you need a shipping upgrade).

Your order will ship out within three business days (M-F) unless I send you a message (or you see an announcement) saying otherwise. You will receive a shipping notification when it has been packaged up and sent. Please see below for shipping times after item is sent.

**DOMESTIC (US)**
First Class Mail Domestic: Up to 8 working days after order ships.
Priority Mail Domestic: Up to 3 working days after order ships.

**INTERNATIONAL (NON-US)**
First Class Mail International: Up to 8 weeks after order ships. Unfortunately, shipping times can really vary and this form of mail is not the most reliable (some packages get lost). If you want a shipping time guarantee and tracking #, you will need to select Priority Mail International.
Priority Mail International: 6 to 10 working days after order ships. Includes tracking.
Additional policies and FAQs
**CUSTOM ORDERS**
I do accept custom orders on a case-by-case basis! I'm more likely to accept custom work that has more general guidelines, like a few favorite colors and a general theme (i.e. "pastel pink & blue dessert-themed cameo necklace"). I can also (depending on supply availability) make you something similar to a style that already exists in my shop, but that you prefer in another color scheme. Just send me a message with your idea and we'll see if it can be done!

**IMPORTANT**
Please let me know if you are unhappy with your order before leaving negative feedback! I would really appreciate it. I will do my best to arrange something with you. Your happiness is really important to me and I will do what I can to resolve it. Thanks!