Linda Harrower on Oct 29, 2015
Shipped on time, high quality beads and workmanship! My 2nd purchase from this shop!
Linda Harrower on Aug 31, 2015
Beautiful, expertly made bracelet--even prettier in person than in the pictures! Love it!!
Patricia Bublat on Jun 3, 2015
wonderfully wrapped. Beautiful jewels. Love it.
Everyone needs a back-up plan. I’m not sure I would call my life a back-up plan but that’s how it turned out. Being a singer wasn't going to happen.
All the while I was drawing, and crafting, learning to sew, taking every art class available to me. In college I took metal jewelry, oil painting, drawing, calligraphy, and I continued taking painting classes and workshops over the course of 30 years.
I was especially interested in clothing design. I had started sewing when I was a kid; having watching my Mom sew and bugging her until she would teach me things and let me use the machine. I learned quite a lot before taking sewing in school.
I started making my own clothes by the time I was 12, and by high school I was making most of my clothes. I started designing my own clothes by mixing up my pattern pieces and coming up with my own pattern designs that way. I finally learned a little about pattern drafting when I took a sewing class in college.
Even today I sew my clothing. Not everything, but when I need a new dress I make it. Sewing has made me develop a taste for a quality of clothing that I really can’t afford to buy. I’ve been sewing for so long now and have taken some classes and have picked up some high quality techniques that I like to use. I’m not saying that you can’t buy beautiful well made clothing from the major retailers, you can. But sometimes you just develop a taste for Armani...
When I was still working outside the home I worked as a manager of a Fabricland Store which has now become JoAnn Fabrics. Being in that heavenly, yes I said heavenly, atmosphere I couldn’t help but be inspired daily to sew and to craft. There were so many crafts and new ideas to try I couldn’t keep up. Just walking through the aisles of fabric I had to run my fingers through the fabric as I walked by, I never got tired of doing that.
I’ve continued to add arts and crafts to my repertoire. I got into macramé’ for awhile. I also loved doing papier mache’. Soon after I started painting I realized that my paintings needed frames and I decided to learn to build wood frames. After learning how to run a table saw, a router, sander, chop saw, and other various wood working tools, I realized there could be no stopping me in what I could build.
So I started building bird houses. I had left over red wood from a fence we had built so I started with that and built birdhouses and painted them. My neighbors started buying them right away. Speaking of birds I also make birdseed wreaths, I was going to put those on Etsy to sell, the birds love them and they are really cute. But…..I couldn’t find boxes to ship them in where they would be sufficiently safe against breakage; secondly, it makes a mess of my kitchen when I am making them. I decided I would rather not get into the birdseed wreath business.. Although I think they are a great product.
I also crochet I love to make pretty doilies. I made so many I didn’t know what to do with them so I decided to mount them on a contrasting board and then frame them under glass. I built the frames and I had the glass cut at a shop. I then mounted the boards in the frames under the glass and fastened them in. I painted the frames using a sponging technique, matching the colors of the doilies and backgrounds. The finished pieces were very pretty. I took them to a craft fair where I got a lot of “ooh’s and aah’s” but no sales that day. But later I sold almost all of them. I believe if I continued to make them I would probably sell them, they were a very pretty home decor item.
During all this time I had always been making my own jewelry. I had never tried to sell my jewelry before; it was just something I did for myself. To tell the truth I was always too busy making quilts, clothes, still playing guitar and singing (for myself), especially painting. I never considered my jewelry to be anything that anyone else might want. I did get a lot of compliments about what I would be wearing. It was a friend who suggested that I start selling my earrings on Etsy. I planned on opening a shop but I was going to open it with my baby quilts that I had been making. But my friend suggested that I start with something small since I didn’t really know anything about Etsy and I could always do the quilts later. It sounded like good advice so I took it and the rest is history. When my shop first opened it was called Marilyn1545, I recently changed the name to Back at the Office.
I changed the name to Back at the Office to better represent my product. I feel that my jewelry appeals to an audience probably 40+. Working in an office, maybe a professional.
My jewelry is both casual and dressy. I believe the business woman can wear it to work and go out to dinner after work. I think her jewelry is the element that helps her to be able to do that. My hope is that I can continue to provide beautiful, versatile, working jewelry for all women.
Owner, Designer, Photographer, Shipping, Etsy Team Captain
I am a 30 year old trapped in the body of a 60 year old woman. My spirit for arts and crafts far exceeds my time and endurance. Another way of saying there aren't enough hours in the day to do all that I want to. Here at Etsy I share what I do.
I hope you like my products. Being a business woman myself who happens to need to dress nice for work and wanting something different from the crowds, I created Back At The Office to provide the professional woman with quality, yet affordable jewelry she can wear with business type clothing and yet easily transform into something more eye-catching for that after hours party, or casual for the weekend retreat. Back At The Office you can accessorize for the promotion you deserve and soon you'll have it.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Forms of payment accepted: PayPal. Also I happily accept credit cards - which can be used automatically via PayPal I will also accept money orders. I also accept Etsy Gift Cards.
If after 3 days payment is not received and no communication is received regarding your order and/or payment, I will cancel the sale. Thanks for your understanding and prompt payments!
Items will be shipped via First Class Mail, depending on weight. My shipping time is usually two business days after payment is received. If for some reason it takes me more than two business days to ship your package, I will be sure to let you know.
A Note About International Orders: Please convo me about where you want me to ship to and I will let you know if it will be possible for me. Please expect a couple extra days tacked on to the normal waiting time as I will need to do the research and find out all the expenses incurred with the procedure. I will convo you back with the total cost of shipping when I have all the information, you have the option of refusing the sale if you feel the fees are too high. All fees, taxes, duties, tariffs, etc. are the responsibility of the buyer.
I am not responsible for items lost by the mail service. If you want insurance or any other special tracking service ask for this before I ship. Extra fee will be responsibility of buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
1) Returns and/or exchanges are processed on a case-by-case-basis and are available for goods which *arrive* damaged only.
If your jewlery arrives damaged, I will ask you to take a photograph and return it to me in the original packing if at all possible. Exchanges must be returned in their original, mint condition and in their original packaging within 7 days of arrival. Exchanges that are returned in damaged condition will not be honored.
2) Returns will not be accepted due to customs taxes, fees or duties.
3) All return shipping fees and postage costs are the responsibility of the customer.
4) Items *must* be returned in the exact condition received and when possible, in mint & re-salable condition. If an item is returned and expected to be returned in re-salable condition (via communication between myself and the customer) but is received damaged, not in mint condition and no longer salable, I 'm sorry, but I cannot honor a refund.