smoulderingfibers

Smouldering Fibers

California, United States · 305 Sales

smoulderingfibers

Smouldering Fibers

California, United States 305 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Angelina

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Announcement   Warming your soul and senses with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted wearables; original patterns; and one-on-one lessons in fiber and fabric.

Announcement

Warming your soul and senses with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted wearables; original patterns; and one-on-one lessons in fiber and fabric.

Angelina

Contact shop owner

Angelina

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Anonymous on Apr 22, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Just the right size for a bar of soap and the color is wonderful.

Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Ideal product for using soap bars! Thanks!

Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Ideal product for using soap bars! Thanks!

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About

Handmade creations, original patterns, and lessons in fiber and fabric.

When I was a girl, I was dragged by my aunt from craft shows to fabric stores, forced to wear my mother's hand-sewn costumes, and given plushies and blankets created on my mother's sewing machine and crochet hooks. As you can probably tell, I wasn't enthusiastic about these experiences.

Flash-forward to my first year of law school. I was going through the ritual hazing by Socratic method, endless reading of archaic (and largely irrelevant) case law, and discovering I was no longer one of the smartest kids in the room. Law school and life forced me to do some soul-searching and prioritizing.

I ultimately did decide to become a lawyer (a thrilling story that I'll save for another day), but, along the way, I re-discovered my creative side. I first picked up my Brittany hooks as a way to pass the time and keep my mind focused. But as I started accumulating finished projects, I kept hearing the same things over and over from friends, family, and classmates: 1) "you're really good at this", 2) "you should sell that", and 3) "can you teach me?".

The rest, as they say, is history. I opened this Etsy shop the second semester of my 1L year. The shop name at the time, was a play on an irritating fact of my life. My then-last name, Kastroll, was always being misspelled with a "C" instead of a "K". In a pregnant-brain moment, I decided to flip that quirk on itself, and "Kastroll Kreations" was born.

My first items were sewn baby layette sets that I designed on the fly, followed by crocheted items copied from patterns, and then, as my confidence grew, crocheted items that I designed and patterns I created. I was earning enough money to supplement my family's income, which allowed us to have some leisure in between work, studies, and parenting. My shop led to teaching gigs in the Denver area and a few juried craft shows. I was in love with the home-based, handmade business.

Law school ended, and the reality of commissioning in the Navy JAG Corps, studying for the bar, going to officer indoctrination school, moving to my first duty station, and losing and then finding love again forced me into a creative hiatus. That, and it's hard to find an audience for crocheted items -- generally cool-weather items -- in Sunny San Diego.

I'm now at my third duty station, across the country in a place that has four real seasons. I have a wonderful husband and a new shop name inspired by my most precious creations of all: my daughters. I've finally embraced my crafty heritage, and I'm having a blast doing it.

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  • Angelina

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    Mommy-wife, lawyer-Vet, and creative spirit, currently based in California's Central Valley (relocated every few years at the whim of the US Navy). Picked up her Brittany crochet hooks in law school for "milk money", and hasn't put them down since.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 14, 2013
Hello! My name is Angelina, and I am thrilled that you’ve chosen to visit my little corner of the web. All of my items are original designs that are born on my Brittany birchwood hooks. They are made with love in a smoke-free household, under the careful watch of my dogs and cats. I do my best to ensure a fur-free project, but some does occasionally slip by.

A large portion of my work is custom, and I am always thrilled to receive a custom order. You may use any of the items you see here or in my "Sold Items" as inspiration. Once you're ready to proceed, click on "Request Custom Item" in my store to give life to your idea.

For more on my creative process and works-in-progress, visit my blog at http://kastrollkreations.blogspot.com.

Thank you again for visiting. If you have any questions regarding my creations, patterns, or just need a little help with your own crafting, please feel free to convo me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
PAYMENT: Payment is due before your order is shipped. I accept PayPal and Etsy Direct Payments. I also love good ol' fashioned trading and bartering, but you'll need to convo me to do that. Sorry, but I don't take checks or money orders. I require a 50% non-refundable deposit for all custom orders, regardless of complexity.
Shipping
WHEN I SHIP: For ready-made items, I'll get your purchase packaged and in the post within 48 hours.
For made-after-purchase designs, I'll contact you for specifications, and once I receive them, I'll begin work on your order. Your item will be done and in the post within 7 business days.
For completely custom orders, here's an estimated time frame for the most common factors:
* Mutual selection of fibers, colors, and design: 2-5 days
* Ordering materials through mail-order supplier: 4-7 days
* Hand-crocheting, seaming, blocking, and finishing your item: 2-14 days
The average turnaround time for a custom order is two weeks, but this may vary depending on my workload. If you absolutely must have your item at the top of my work list, you may purchase a "rush order" from my shop.

WHAT I SHIP IN: I do my best to use all reused or recycled packaging: bubble mailers, tyveks, boxes, tissue paper, envelopes, paper, and zip-top bags. I ensure these items are clean and in good working order before reusing them. Reusing and recycling helps me keep costs down and keeps the Earth in good shape for my baby girl.

HOW I CALCULATE SHIPPING: All of my shipping is based on the First Class Package rate to your country and includes the cost of time and materials (shape-formed or fragile items have an additional surcharge added for handling). Upgraded shipping options are available for purchase in my shop; please purchase these if you need your order rushed. If there are any gross differences in actual and quoted shipping costs, I am happy to refund the difference.

SPECIAL SHIPPING NOTICE TO PAYPAL USERS: If you pay via PayPal, and the address provided at checkout does not match your PayPal address, and you don't let me know why (e.g. it's gift, you moved and forgot to update PayPal), I will contact you to see which address is correct. If I do not hear from you within 72 hours, I will ship to the PayPal Verified address.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I am happy to ship internationally. My international shipping method is USPS First Class International Package. There are variable timelines for this service, although the average has been about 7-14 days. Your country's customs may add some time to this estimate. I accurately declare the value and content of every package I send. Customs fees are your responsibility; I will not refund any customs fees that are assessed.
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS/EXCHANGES: Nothing is more important to me than your satisfaction. If for some reason, you are unhappy with the item you purchased, please email me so we can work out an exchange or return. I accept returns on every item I create, with the exception of custom work and patterns.
Additional policies and FAQs
TRIFs (aka TRADES & BARTERS): I love to trade, and will trade nearly any item in my store - even custom requests. Items marked with a "trif" tag are fair game for trades. I do *all* TRIFs through Etsy, not offline, because I firmly believe that not doing so is fee and feedback avoidance, and just plain bad karma. I will cover shipping for my end of the TRIF.

WHOLESALE AND CONSIGNMENT INQUIRIES WELCOME.