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Handmade Polish Star Urchins™ Christmas Ornaments Decor

Michigan, United States · 1189 Sales

kissadesign

Handmade Polish Star Urchins™ Christmas Ornaments Decor

Michigan, United States 1189 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Note from shop owner Kissa Design Star Urchins™, modern Polish stars, as seen in The Wall Street Journal, Bust Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, HGTV.com and more! Independent artisan handmade in Michigan, USA.

Hello, I will be back soon!

For Press and other inquiries, please contact me via www.kissadesign.com . Cheers! Kathleen.

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Last updated on May 9, 2016

Kissa Design Star Urchins™, modern Polish stars, as seen in The Wall Street Journal, Bust Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, HGTV.com and more! Independent artisan handmade in Michigan, USA.

Hello, I will be back soon!

For Press and other inquiries, please contact me via www.kissadesign.com . Cheers! Kathleen.

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kissa design star urchins

Polish jeżyk or "hedgehog" ornaments are a traditional form of paper craft that dates back beyond 100 years. This style of ornament making became popular on and off during the last century in the United States, where they became known as porcupine ball ornaments, perhaps through a twist of translation to reflect our own resident spiky animal (there are no wild hedgehogs here).

To me, in a more modern context, they look like stars or sea urchins, so I call them Star Urchins™, which is now my unique product brand name. I have been making them for most of my life. My mother learned to make them nearly six decades ago, and I, too, was originally taught how to make them when I was a child during the Christmas holiday season, as a way to connect me to my Polish heritage. I reintroduced them to a new generation of artists and crafters on a larger scale via the internet when I began selling them here beginning in 2009. The interest has been astounding.

As their popularity grew, a new meme caught on, and these ornaments are now most commonly referred to as "Polish stars"; various forms can be found across the web. (I do not yet offer a tutorial for my ornaments, and please note that any tutorials or derivative works from such currently online do no reflect nor represent my work or techniques.)

My work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs, and has found happy homes with scores of collectors. My expansive line includes ornaments (including my signature hand-glittered Sparklers, and recycled newspaper and magazine ornaments), tree toppers, place card holders, magnets, bouquets and more, to be enjoyed as modern folk art, on or off the Christmas tree, any time of year. Each is handmade by me, in my Michigan USA studio, to keep the heart and soul and beauty within this traditional family craft. Please help spread the word about independent-artisan handmade. Thank you for your support.

Enjoy, from my home to yours,
Kathleen.
Kissa Design

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  • Kathleen

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Artisan

    This shop is the result of my experimentation with a handmade paper Polish folk art ornament called a jeżyk, or hedgehog, due to its spiky form.

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Last updated on December 30, 2015
Welcome! I'm Kathleen. Kissa Design is dedicated to creating well-made and thoughtfully designed handcrafted goods inspired by my hands-on connection to the earth through gardening and my family's many crafting traditions. All items in my shop are handmade by me in my Michigan USA studio.

Continue shopping in my handmade shop: www.etsy.com/shop/kissadesign

All items in my shop are independent-artisan handmade by me and will be ready to ship in:

3- and 4-inch ornaments and magnets/hair accessories: 3 to 5 business days /// larger sizes (tree toppers), place card holders and stemmed Star Urchins: 5 to 7 business days /// larger-quantity orders or custom orders: at least 7 to 10 business days.

DOMESTIC ORDERS: Please also allow 2 to 3 days shipping/transit time once your order has been shipped.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Shipping to can take as many as 4 to 6 weeks via standard first class international post. Upgrades are available before purchase at additional cost, upon request.

My paper Star Urchin ornaments are based on a traditional Polish star ornament, often called a porcupine ball (from the Polish word jeżyk for hedgehog), that my family has been making for more than half a century. I began offering them online several years ago, under my unique brand name, Star Urchins™, with the goal of reviving an interest in them and expanding their use to a functional and decorative realm beyond the Christmas tree.

It has been so meaningful for me to see the recent resurgence happening around this long-established folk art craft, and I hope to inspire those of you who wish to explore this art form. I hope that my passion for my craft is apparent in each piece that I create! Please note that any online tutorials do no represent my methods or techniques, which I have perfected over many years. Any of my images attached to such tutorials or DIY pages have been used without my permission.

Some fabulous vintage finds: www.etsy.com/shop/kissavintagedesign

Learn more about me and my work at www.kissadesign.com www.facebook.com/KissaDesign and http://kissadesign.blogspot.com

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
During checkout you can use a dropdown menu to select direct payment via credit card or payment via PayPal (using credit card or PayPal funds). Payments are in US Dollars. Michigan residents will be charged 6% MI sales tax on all items and shipping (applied at time of checkout). I ship using USPS.

International buyers are responsible for all customs charges, duties and fees (VAT, etc.); UPS and FedEx (if requested) may also charge additional brokerage fees on international shipments, to be paid by the buyer.

Payment is due at time of purchase and must be cleared before items are shipped. If you are having issues while checking out, please contact me immediately and I will try to assist you. Delays in payment will result in delays in shipping. I reserve the right to cancel any order if a problem with payment has occurred and cannot be resolved in a timely manner, generally within 48 hours.
Shipping
I ship using USPS, to the address you enter/select during Etsy checkout. Please make sure this "ship-to" address is correct within your order after purchase and contact me immediately if there is an error.

All items in my shop are independent-artisan handmade by me and will be ready to ship in:

3- and 4-inch ornaments and magnets/hair accessories: 3 to 5 business days /// larger sizes (tree toppers), place card holders and stemmed Star Urchins: 5 to 7 business days /// larger-quantity orders or custom orders: at least 7 to 10 business days.

DOMESTIC ORDERS: Please also allow 2 to 3 days shipping/transit time once your order has been shipped.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Shipping to can take as many as 4 to 6 weeks via standard first class international post. Upgrades are available before purchase at additional cost, upon request.

Certain items in an order, such as tree toppers, may be shipped separately, as noted. Insurance and signature confirmation upon arrival may also be required for larger orders; price will be included in shipping for the custom order listing. Because international orders can take several weeks to arrive, please purchase far ahead of any deadline, and by early November for the Christmas holiday.

International buyers are responsible for all customs duties and fees (VAT, etc.); UPS and FedEx (if requested) may also charge additional brokerage fees on international shipments, to be paid by the buyer. Contact me prior to purchase if you would like to set up a reserved listing and I will calculate exact postage costs (minus possible brokerage fees, etc.).
Refunds and Exchanges
Do not hesitate to ask me any questions before you purchase an item if anything is unclear or was not mentioned in the listing...

I value your feedback. Please contact me if you have any issues, and I will do my best to make things right.

RETURNS: Because my products are used primarily during the the holidays, I DO NOT accept returns AFTER Christmas, sorry! I also do not offer returns/refunds on CUSTOM orders, except under extreme circumstances. Other returns/exchanges will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If seeking a return, please contact me within 48 hours of receipt of goods. Returns, if allowed, may be subject to a restocking fee, applied at my discretion. Shipping will not be refunded, except under certain circumstances, at my discretion. In the event of a return, the item must be shipped promptly with proof of shipping (a tracking no.) and/or delivery confirmation that includes the date and recipient’s address (at least the city/state or zip code), for processing. Items must be returned in original condition, without damage or other signs of use.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS: Large custom orders may take several weeks to complete, please place large-quantity orders three to four months in advance of the busy December holiday season. Christmas orders placed early, in September or October, are greatly appreciated!

CONSIGNMENT: I am not taking considering consignment requests at this time.

WHOLESALE: If you are interested in carrying my ornaments, please contact me to be placed on my mailing list. Orders must be placed during the summer before the Christmas season. Please note that traditional wholesale discounts (50%) will never apply to my items because 20 ornaments are as much work as one times twenty; each ornament is very labor-intensive and handmade solely by me, to the highest standards (and I don't inflate my retail prices to the point that they will not sell in order to accommodate wholesale). Any volume discounts given will also reflect this. A small quantity discount will be applied upon special orders of six pieces or more (please contact me for additional information). Thank you for your support of an independent artisan.

TRADE requests: I do not trade.

Photos: With the exception of my OOAK (One Of A Kind) Star Urchins, the photos of items for sale in my shop are representational of the work you will receive. Photos of OOAK items are of the exact item you will receive. Please note that the colors you see may vary slightly due to your computer monitor. I retain all rights to all photos. I appreciate being notified for permission ahead of blog postings when my photos will be used. Any online tutorials do no represent my methods or techniques, which I have perfected over many years. Any of my images attached to such tutorials or DIY pages have been used without my permission.

Lots and lots of points: Each and every item in my shop is handmade by me (yes, it is a lot of work!). Expect a quality product. Please help spread the word about genuine independent-artisan handmade.

All creative materials (including photographs) ©2007-2016 Kissa Design. Trademark. Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Star Urchins are a Kissa Design brand name, handmade by me (Kathleen), aka Kissa Design.