meredithdesign

Big & Blooming

Wilmington, Delaware · 6 Sales

meredithdesign

Big & Blooming

Wilmington, Delaware 6 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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About

Adventures in beauty.

What is beautiful? Why does it make us feel a certain way? How do we improve our surroundings to make it more beautiful? But will it be perceived as beautiful by the next door neighbor?

I don't have real answers for anything. All I know is beauty is important. Understanding (or at least respecting) the beautiful things we see everyday. And if I can make something that helps cultivate sense of beauty, great. If I can help someone see that it's not the accessory that makes them beautiful, the accessory merely compliments what was already present, that's even better.

Big & Blooming should be about taking the space around you and taking it to new levels. When I wear something or mount something on my wall that truly inspires me, that's what I feel. Lifted. Hopefully I can convey some of that through my work.

*How it all began
When I was young, I thought the creative gene had skipped me. My mother was a ballet dancer (for real) and my father flew helicopters for hospitals (but in his spare time, was a builder of everything from computers to carpentry). I didn't seem to carry either parents' sense of creative flow, among other things. It wasn't until middle school when I finally found some friends that inspired me to give drawing a try.

I was bad. I mean really bad. Two steps from stick figures bad. But I got better. I built my own creative flow from scratch. Year after year, I practiced (math class probably wasn't the best time...) and even though I didn't get much support in the beginning, I kept going. I even changed my plans about college to incorporate graphic design instead of science (wanted to be an herbologist, a healer).

College gave me something real to hold onto. Let's face it, the fine art field can be less than lucrative. I did some different jobs and then during a little hiatus between work I decided to teach myself something new (this seems to happen like clock work when I get bored). Kanzashi became an outlet for my flow. Then I was able to travel to Japan for a year (a long time dream) and was crazy busy, non stop action. When I came back to the States, I landed a good job and didn't have time for such childish things. Or so I thought.

No. I needed an outlet. And sure enough, here I am and it feels like fate has guided me back to my creative roots. Right now, Big & Blooming is just a little Etsy shop but with a little luck, I think it could be much more.

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  • Meredith Rowe

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    For me, everything starts and ends with beauty. I've traveled a fraction of the world and it seems like every person I meet has a different idea of what is beautiful. I want to help the world share these perspectives.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 16, 2013
This shop holds my kanzashi that are for sale. "Kanzashi" means "ornate hair ornament" in Japanese. I have observed and attempted to recreate traditional kanzashi used by geisha and maiko with my own style.

All pieces come from a smoke-free home. Though I have cats and a dog, all fabrics and supplies are sealed when not being worked on to help keep out any pet dander or hair that may try to tag along for the ride.

*Current Goal
Raise enough money to help a friend travel to Japan (for the first time)= $2500

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
If you need to cancel a transaction, please contact me immediately!

I am not giving out refunds at this time, but I will exchange a piece for another of equal price (or remake the piece from scratch) if the piece does not meet your expectations. If you would like an exchange, or a modification, however, please note that YOU must pay for shipping and return the undesired piece(s).

If an item arrives damaged, contact me immediately. If you pay shipping to me (Wilmington, DE), I will repair your piece free of charge. I will pay to ship it back to you. Repairs are free.
Payment
I accept paypal, Money Orders, and personal checks. Please send payment within the first three business days after purchasing an item. I will ship as soon as payment has cleared. Thank you!
Shipping
All items will be shipped the day following payment.

Pick-up is acceptable. I am in North Wilmington, DE. Please contact me for more information.

All pieces will be wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a sturdy cardboard box or envelope depending on size.

Mailing to another address? Just let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am accepting custom orders.

I am also open to discussing wholesale and consignment orders.