MidwestCottageUSA

Quality Handcrafted Special Occasion Gifts

Des Moines, Iowa

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Announcement    Welcome to Midwest Cottage USA! Quality, handcrafted special occasion gifts made just for you and your loved ones is my forte. I (Heidi) carefully choose quality, US suppliers, and in most cases, American made products as well. If you are looking for personalized, handcrafted greeting cards (all occasions), choose-your-own-custom-colors Christmas ornaments, Tree Toppers, and wire wrapped jewelry, etc., are just a few products I love to create for you! With over 30 years of experience in crafting and learning new techniques for a variety of gifts, I still love new challenges when you request custom orders! Your customer satisfaction is very important to me. Customer service is second to none. As of April 2022, I am now offering FREE US Domestic shipping storewide (Typically, USPS First Class is how your packages will arrive. Orders of 100.00 or more will be shipped via Fed Ex.) You can also look forward to a handcrafted, handwritten thank you card as well as a FREE gift in every order! Customers who help me reach milestones receive additional goodies!
Next milestones:
450 Sales
400 Orders
Gemstones listings are currently deactivated due to changing out the larger 10mm beads for 8mm beads. The timing on this is unknown, as I do not know when I will have the funds to purchase the 8mm beads to go with the smaller, 6mm beads for Mother Daughter Matching Gemstone bracelet sets and earrings.) Nevertheless, if you are interested in any particular semi-precious gemstones jewelry, please feel free to message me, and I will put together a custom order for you!
UPDATES to Yarn Variations:
"Pastel" is changing to "Light"
"Cotton" (CT) yarn variations swatches are moving to Acrylic (ACR) and Sparkle (SPK). This means, for Cotton choices, you will need to list those in the Personalization section. Solids and Variegated options are still available in drop down menus.
NEW Yarn Variations & Swatches Photos!
COMING in 2022 -- Gold Plated Necklaces for Custom Charm Necklace and Earrings Jewelry Sets Gifts!
The BEST part is that the chain necklaces have been purchased by fellow US Etsy sellers who do their own metal plating for skin sensitivities, higher quality, and tarnish resistance!
You can find our current listing with silver plated chain necklace and earrings gift sets here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/656439348/custom-charm-necklace-and-earrings-gift
Multiple Gift Sets (e.g. Mother/Daughter, sisters, BFFs, couples, etc.) are available in the majority of listings! I(f you do not see multiple options for an item you are interested in, just send me a message, and I will see what I can do!)
Personalized gift wrapping service is available. Mix and match your own Midwest Cottage USA items and send your beautiful gifts directly to your friends and loved ones. For just 4.00, your entire order gets extra special gift wrapping -- including a wrapped edible gift! You can look forward to:
All items in your order include:
*To/From Gift Tag
*Edible Wrapped Chocolates (subject to change based on season and availability)
*All Tied with Ribbon in Cello Bag (attached to each item)
Let us make your gift giving simple, easy, and fun!
Below you will find individual stories of how each of the Midwest Cottage USA sections began!
First of all, this year, 2022, marks 9 years since we opened our shop!
(Back story information: When our shop opened in March 2013, the name of our shop was, "Morrell Creations", and both my husband and a couple of our children were regularly contributing to the offerings in our shop. Now, our name, Midwest Cottage USA, expresses how I have been focusing on creating our shop to reflect my proud, American heritage! I go out of my way to purchase from US sellers, and I am continually on the lookout for American made products as well.)
We hope you enjoy our following story, and a little bit about what you can expect to find in each of my shop sections. Please feel free to message me anytime with your questions, suggestions, and comments, etc.
My earliest memories include me crafting in some way or another! Each Christmas, I joyfully include hanging the many handcrafted ornaments I made as a child; many others were loving gifts from wonderful Sunday School teachers! My first recollection of ever creating gifts to give myself were when my closest brother and I cut out white paper snowflakes! We carefully wrapped them in simple, lined notebook paper and tape and then proudly gave them to our parents and one another for Christmas!
At age 6, my grandmother taught me how to cross stitch on a stamped pillowcase. Later, around age 8 or 9, I began purchasing small stamped embroidery kits and completing them as gifts for family and my beloved teachers.
My teen years found me dabbling in fabric painting T-shirts, both to wear, and to give as gifts as well.
On New Year's Day 1992, Dean's mother, C, taught me how to stitch a plastic canvas cross bookmark. (Our families had recently met, and we were getting together for the first time for the holiday, when we all lived in the Mountain Time Zone.)
[Since then, I have created additional plastic canvas bookmarks, as well as ornaments and two different sizes of star tree toppers. (All of these remain some of my best sellers here and in-person!)
In time for Christmas 2015, I took on a huge couple of years' project that kept me pretty busy: personalized oval placemats for our children, nieces, and nephews.]
My first experience with creating products to sell began after my late, dear Aunt Lu, moved to our area. She worked in the mail room, and asked me if I'd create 4 or 5 fabric painted T-shirts, and she'd take them to work. She was able to display them on her rolling mail cart, and sold them for 10.00 each. One time, a gentleman requested a shirt with fish on it. Though that was far different from the hearts and flowers I was used to painting, he really liked it and bought it from my aunt!
When I was 16, Aunt Lu gave me her rubber stamp collection, and also taught me what she knew, including how to clean and care for the stamps; as well as how to create cards.
I really enjoyed learning how to create handmade cards for all occasions, and have saved several from those early years. Decades later, I fondly remember my dear Aunt Lu whenever I create cards, bookmarks for our local library, To/From gift tags, and envelopes, etc. I've learned much over the past 25 + years. If my aunt were still living, I know she'd be thrilled knowing I've already begun teaching my own daughters how to creatively create their own cards!
I continue to enjoy learning new techniques including embossing and die cutting using my Big Shot machine, as you'll see in my newest designs. My passion remains with embossing powders as well as coloring with watercolor pencils before "painting" the images to make them my own. Various ribbon (now organized on a holder my husband, Dean, made for me) abundantly appeals to me as well, and I try and incorporate ribbon wherever I can. Finally, paper brads and eyelets make their way into some of my cards to add dimension and "pop"! You can look forward to receiving a signed, handcrafted "Thank You note" in each of your orders!
The Christmas before I left for college, I decided to try my hand at something new. I purchased the supplies to create approximately 24 inch Christmas wreaths for my mother and a couple of other friends. I hot glued "Christmas picks" and tied festive ribbon around each one as well. The ladies loved receiving their wreaths then, and continue to enjoy them each year when they decorate their homes for Christmas!
While I was away at college, I no longer had time for hobbies. Then, in 1997, I married the love of my life, and we just celebrated 24 amazing/challenging years. For almost 21 of those years, we have been busily caring and training our four equally unique, and special, blessings. Now that they are getting older, we've been able to enjoy our hobbies more. More important than our hobbies, though, has been training our children to follow the Lord Jesus Christ's will for their lives. We have also begun to pass along our knowledge to our children of how to create our hobbies, and/or have encouraged them to branch out and take up their own! We invite you to look for our children's creations in our shop as well...when they're ready to try and sell them to you!
A little bit more about Dean, is that when he's not fishing and trying to catch "the big one", Dean enjoys reading books and watching documentaries; especially about WWII! Hobbies for Dean have been fixing computers (sometimes for a little bit of money on the side); and woodworking. Dean dreams of being able to turn the latter hobby into a profitable business. Dean first began woodworking at his late-father's knee. Over the past 2 decades, Dean has honed his skills, and now absolutely loves woodworking! He especially enjoys perfecting hand-cut dovetails! His interests lie with using mostly hand tools, and he is the main carpenter for our wood crafts and products. Dean hand makes all of the wooden switch plates, from standard to oversized. He has also done custom work, including room transitions and custom cabinets. For our home, he's built shelves, transitions, cabinets, and hutches. His crème` de` la` crème` , though, is the pie safe he built for me to store our homeschool books and supplies in! It took Dean 2 years to build that in between "life"!
Personally. I have loved reading for myself, (my favorite genre is Historical Christian Fiction) and enjoyed the honor of teaching each of our 4 blessings how to read as well! I enjoy playing board and card games with my family, baking, and gardening; especially tending my flowers. I also enjoy watching classic movies starring Doris Day, Jane Austen adaptations (Ahhhh, Mr. Darcy!), and older Hallmark movies! I'm "one of those crazy people" who enjoys Christmas in July (or watching a Christmas movie during Spring Break!)
Below you will find individual stories of how each of the Midwest Cottage USA sections began!
Awesome Anklets Gifts section began with the desire of mine to create a unique gift for my daughter's birthday. She enjoys her anklet to this day (as she has grown, I've needed to add a couple of extra jump rings to her anklet!) I also created a few for myself to match some jewelry that I already had. Our Midwest summers may be short, but I LOVE wearing my triple strand anklets as much as possible!
Aromatherapy Gifts came about as a result of a need for our daughter, Esther, to be able to smell "Basil" essential oil to help ease her suffering from headaches and migraines. Because she wanted to be able to wear her own jewelry, I converted locket pendants into pins/brooches. Additional styles and colors of pins have been added since then.
COMING in 2022: Lava Rock jewelry options for aromatherapy! A fellow small business owner, while we were chatting at a Multi Vendor Open House, suggested I might consider adding these to my shop. Special requests/custom orders are welcome to help get me started!
Beautiful Blankets Gifts section was born out of my love for making my own gifts, mending for my family and a couple friends, and a bit of sewing. At first, I created blankets with ribbon loops going around the outside edges. These were not only eclectically fun to create, but they were some of my first best sellers as well!
Then, a well-known company that temporarily holds the patent for the name and style of that particular blanket, informed me that I was not allowed to continue to create this particular style of blanket to sell. So…after several weeks of brainstorming, my husband and I came up with our current Baby Frame blankets. I now sew matching or contrasting lengths of ribbon on all four corners of one side of each blanket. Toys, pacifier clips, and links, etc., all are still able to be attached to these. (Many of my remaining looped blankets I gladly donated to our local crisis pregnancy center! The rest I've been gifting as our church family grows with each adorable newborn!)
Bold Bookmarks Gifts feature both plastic canvas cross bookmarks that I have created, as well as DIY kits that I've put together so you can learn how to create your own! (Simple instructions can be found in the listing instructions. However, if you need a bit more aid in completing creating your own bookmarks, just send me a message.)
Brilliant Bracelet Gifts came about after my dad requested a custom pearl birthstone Grandmother's bracelet gift for my mom for Christmas 2014. All 9 of her grandchildren were represented by colored glass pearls. My dad then chose silver for the Secondary color choice. This meant that I spaced silver glass faux crystal rondelles as well as silver glass pearls to complete the precious bracelet design. My mom loves her bracelet, and wears it quite often.
It has now been a year since my Dad went Home to be with the Lord the end of March. While we were visiting to be with my Mom and several relatives last year, my Mom asked me if I would add a pearl for the newest grandbaby. After our extended stay, I brought my Mom's bracelet home with me. At first, I thought to wire wrap on a new pearl. Then, I decided to re-string the bracelet, placing the new September Blue pearl in the center. We all believe it adds just the right "pop" in my Mom's Grandmother's bracelet! You can see the new bracelet photos in this section.
Candid Charms Gifts section includes custom silver, gold, and bronze/brass plated charm bracelets, as well as a` la` carte` charms! You are able to "candidly" create charm bracelets to fit your style (or the person you're wanting to gift them to)!
COMING in 2022: Copper custom charm bracelets!
Creative Cards Gifts section features a variety of all occasion and special occasion cards. Personalization is also an option. For custom orders, as well as most of the cards I make, each usually consists of a 14-16 step process. Yes, I literally work in "steps". A few of the elements that may be featured in your cards are: embossing (both with my Big Shot and with pigment ink and powders), stamping, cutting, colored pencil coloring and "painting" (using an aqua pen); as well as materials including: brads and eyelets; ribbon; stickers (made with my 1-1/2 inch sticker maker); etc. A lot of love goes into the process to create each card. At a parent/teacher conference we attended recently, I gave our high school daughters' teachers a gift package that included 4 handcrafted Thank You cards and a matching bookmark. [To view these, please feel free to look up my FB page, "Midwest Cottage USA"]
Crochet/Knit Tool Gifts feature my snag less crochet and knitting markers. Featuring either gemstones or glass pearls, I incorporate wooden beads in between as well. Various colors contrast with your yarn colors while you work on your projects! Lobster clasps for each crochet marker allow you to keep more than one place! Knitting markers feature round jump rings that are large enough for up to needles size 5.0 (US Size 8). Both markers sets come with a holder to prevent losing your markers when you need to walk away from your project/s for a bit!
DIY Gifts is new for 2022. When the zipper tag tore off on my canvas fabric wallet, that I have used for years, I decided to make a beaded zipper pull! I wire wrapped the beads and then affixed that section to my wallet with strong jump rings.
Additional zipper tags with lanyard clips are planned for 2022. You will be able to find these under Kool Keychain Gifts.
Elegant Earrings Gifts feature Nickel free metals in silver, gold, copper, and bronze/brass. Special requests for solid sterling or gold are available upon custom requests; daily price fluctuations will be included in those. Thanks for understanding!
Gorgeous Gems Gifts were a natural extension of my Mother Daughter Gifts after receiving several custom orders for non-metal jewelry. These folks needed jewelry that they could wear without fear of any skin reactions. Natural stones, semi-precious stones, and rocks have always fascinated me! I love the look, feel, and uniqueness of each stone and bead. I was inspired by my late grandfather, R., who had a great love for rocks and minerals. When living in his younger adult/post WWII days, he regularly hiked the mountains of Idaho and Colorado looking for and collecting "potential" beauties! After tumbling and polishing his "diamonds in the rough", he designed and created beautiful jewelry! Perhaps his passion for creating beautiful jewelry was passed down to me? For my tenth birthday, he gave me a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, heart shaped turquoise pendant. When I first began making jewelry, I used this pendant as a beginning "stepping stone" to creating necklaces. My own jewelry set using my special pendant from Grandpa R is still one of my favorites to this day! Turquoise earrings, bracelets, and an anklet have joined the turquoise heart necklace! I aspire to continue to grow the variety of semi precious gemstones available in our shop. Up until this point, I have focused on creating matching mother daughter bracelets. Sizes now include both children and adults, so please feel free to order multiple bracelet gift sets! You can still order these individually; many gemstones lend themselves to a "unisex" style.
Now that "stacking bracelets" are a current trend, you'll find that my semi precious gemstone bracelets easily lend themselves to this! If you don't see a particular gemstone, or need a different size of beads, please feel free to request a custom order!
COMING in 2022: Matching earrings and gemstone bracelet sets!
Happy Hair Gifts section includes custom loopy hair scrunchies created by Jenna. Additionally, I recently was inspired to try and come up with a way to use some of the larger buttons I inherited from my maternal grandmother. I've been able to use some of the smaller ones to add interest to both mine and my daughters outfits and purses, as well as craft projects for my children, etc. I've recently been able to use some to add to our church's 2 and 3 year old Children's Church craft activities!
After finding the perfect ponytail holders from Lima Beads, I decided to create some unique, hair accessories using some of my Grandma T's vintage buttons. Because most of the buttons are one-of-kind, most ponytail holders are unique. (Some of the buttons do have a few mates. You're welcome to inquire about multiples of any of the hair gifts we have in our shop).
Joyful Jewelry Gifts section features earrings (for now) appropriate for Valentine's Day; 4th of July, and all American holidays; Hanukkah, and all Jewish holidays; and Christmas. Gifts for family, as well as our children's teachers and youth leaders in their lives, have been given various gifts for special occasions.
Kool Keychains Gifts were born after a friend's recommendation. She suggested that keychains might make a nice addition to our shop! I have been enjoying creating a "little bit of everything": styles, colors, and different metals. Mixing those with gemstone beads and charms give each custom keychain it's own story! (Please note that the rings themselves for the keychains do contain nickel in the metals. If you are interested in keychains, but need Nickel-free, please send me a message, and I'll see what I can dol.)
Ornate Ornaments Gifts section features matching star and circle ornaments. These can be displayed on Christmas trees, home decor` hooks, and from car rear view mirrors, etc. Many Custom (you choose your own yarn colors) ornaments are available. Patriotic, Gender Reveal, and Wedding/Anniversary ornaments are just a few that are already available. Your special occasion can be added in any of the custom listings!
The story behind these ornaments is as follows:
Dean's mom worked tirelessly, the months leading up to our wedding the summer of 1997, creating dozens of Christmas ornaments for Dean and I as her wedding present to us. Her story, as she told it, is that she and Dean's dad's first Christmas included very few Christmas decorations. She greatly desired for us to begin our marriage - and 1st Christmas - with beautiful, handmade ornaments. We still use the ornaments she made for us every year. That's not all, though! Grandma Carol, as we have taught our children to refer to her (even though she passed away from cancer 4-1/2 years after Dean and I were married), created a very special, memorable decoration. Dean grew up with a plastic canvas angel gracing the top of their Christmas tree; Heidi grew up with a foil covered cardboard star that her dad had carefully cut out and created years' ago for his bride for their 1st Christmas. Keeping both traditions in mind, Grandma Carol designed and created a 3-piece Star Angel using plastic canvas, and an altered pattern. I was so touched that she went to so much work for us out of an amazing love for her first born and future daughter-in-love! Our Star Angel is one of our most precious Christmas decorations that we enjoy every year!
Mother Daughter Gifts were some of the very first items in our shop back in 2013! After coming across a beautiful poem online, I contacted the author to request her permission to use her poem so that I could create my own bracelets and include the poem. Her affirmation included a one time licensing fee, as well as a request that I include her blog name at the bottom of every poem. When you see, "tiedyedivadesigns.blogspot.com", I am giving her due recognition.
The first day of kindergarten mother daughter bracelet sets, tied with matching ribbon onto the aforementioned kindergarten poem card, continue to be some of our best sellers. I have gone on to create some variations of the original poem to fit custom requests. In 2019, I composed my own poem for mommies to be, available in pink, blue, white, or custom colors! The year prior, I was inspired to create matching bracelets for our young daughter and I when we found out she needed surgery involving a vital organ. She was thrilled to wear her matching bracelet, along with me, the day after surgery. I believe that this helped ease some of her anxiety and pain. I revised the original poem to fit our special circumstance, and thought that there may be others in similar circumstances who would appreciate a special mother daughter bracelet set for an upcoming hospital stay--with or without his/her mama being able to be there. I made sure that there are no metals at all used in these particular bracelets, so they won't interfere with any hospital machines/regulations. Additionally, the stretchy bracelets are able to fit easily over the hand that doesn't have wires.
RTS Super Sale Gifts feature a variety of discounted items from our shop. Not only Ready to Ship, but they're perfect for adding on to your order to achieve your 35.00 minimum order total for FREE shipping!
Special Sets Gifts section has come about primarily through custom orders - which I have a particular love and passion for! Being able to both design and create new items thrills me to no end! Each year, I strive to design and create special Mother's Day and birthday gifts for my mom. (Her special days happen to be close to each other; so I try and put together special jewelry sets for her!) An example of a special gift that you can choose your colors for, is a custom beaded bangle memory wire bracelet and triple link earrings set. Gold sets are available here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/612034317/custom-birthday-memory-wire-gold
Silver is available here:
www.etsy.com/listing/571923751/custom-2-piece-silver-jewelry-set
Trendy Tree Topper Gifts have become some of my most favorite, and best sellers as well!
The story behind these began when my children and I were working on putting up our Christmas decorations for the 2015 season. When I couldn't find our star tree topper for our small, 15 inch tabletop mini tree, I decided to make a new one! I stitched together two plastic canvas star shapes and left one end open to fit over the top of our tree! Wouldn't you believe that our other star was found within hours of my completing making that star tree topper! Our whole family decided that they liked the new one I made better, and so that old/found star was given a new place of honor. Special requests have led to me creating various colors of small, mini tree star toppers, as well as larger, 5 inch ones as well, that are perfect for larger, big trees.
Wonderful Wood Gifts features Dean's FINAL wooden switch plates. These are while supplies last only.

Please feel free to visit and like our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/MidwestCottageUSA
There, you'll be given the opportunity to "Like" our page. By doing so, you'll be able to receive regular updates on what's happening at Midwest Cottage USA! Most of the time, I share new and/or updated products as well as sales and coupon codes, especially around the holidays. Giveaways for new milestones are also announced on our FB page (our next one will begin when we reach 450 sales and 350 completed orders!) You'll also be able to find out when and where we might be able to represent "Midwest Cottage USA", locally, at a Multi-Vendor Open House or Arts and Crafts Show.
You can follow Midwest Cottage USA on Instagram: #midwestcottageusa
You can find all of our products on Pinterest, as well as a few Ideas I've picked up here and there:
https://www.pinterest.com/HeidiMidwestCottageUSA
No End Date Coupon Codes (You'll need to enter these where indicated on the order page; case sensitive)
TENOFF = 10% off 15.00 purchase
TENOFF60 = 10.00 off 60.00 purchase
If you are local to me, please message me before completing your order, and I'll share with you a special coupon code for FREE shipping/handling (no minimum purchase required). We'll then arrange a good time/place for you to pick up your orders once I have completed all of your quality handcrafted special occasion gifts!
ANSWERS TO TRIVIA:
A: 252 stitches includes the small square and cross to create just one bookmark!
A: A little over an hour is what it takes to cut, trim, and stitch all pieces of just one bookmark!
A lot of LOVE goes into each one, even if I will never know who will enjoy using their bookmark gifts for years to come! :)
June of 2021 I had the great honor of teaching some ladies from my church how to stitch these plastic canvas cross bookmarks on a Ladies Craft Sat (happened on a Saturday...we needed to sit most of the time to work on the bookmarks!) Those of us involved worked on creating bookmarks to gift to our missionaries. In spite of the pandemic, a couple of us were able to ship the finished bookmarks to every country but India. (Those bookmarks are still waiting to be able to ship -- once that country opens up their postal service.)
I'm hoping to be able to head up another Ladies Craft Sat in 2022!

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 12, 2022

Welcome to Midwest Cottage USA! Quality, handcrafted special occasion gifts made just for you and your loved ones is my forte. I (Heidi) carefully choose quality, US suppliers, and in most cases, American made products as well. If you are looking for personalized, handcrafted greeting cards (all occasions), choose-your-own-custom-colors Christmas ornaments, Tree Toppers, and wire wrapped jewelry, etc., are just a few products I love to create for you! With over 30 years of experience in crafting and learning new techniques for a variety of gifts, I still love new challenges when you request custom orders! Your customer satisfaction is very important to me. Customer service is second to none. As of April 2022, I am now offering FREE US Domestic shipping storewide (Typically, USPS First Class is how your packages will arrive. Orders of 100.00 or more will be shipped via Fed Ex.) You can also look forward to a handcrafted, handwritten thank you card as well as a FREE gift in every order! Customers who help me reach milestones receive additional goodies!
Next milestones:
450 Sales
400 Orders
Gemstones listings are currently deactivated due to changing out the larger 10mm beads for 8mm beads. The timing on this is unknown, as I do not know when I will have the funds to purchase the 8mm beads to go with the smaller, 6mm beads for Mother Daughter Matching Gemstone bracelet sets and earrings.) Nevertheless, if you are interested in any particular semi-precious gemstones jewelry, please feel free to message me, and I will put together a custom order for you!
UPDATES to Yarn Variations:
"Pastel" is changing to "Light"
"Cotton" (CT) yarn variations swatches are moving to Acrylic (ACR) and Sparkle (SPK). This means, for Cotton choices, you will need to list those in the Personalization section. Solids and Variegated options are still available in drop down menus.
NEW Yarn Variations & Swatches Photos!
COMING in 2022 -- Gold Plated Necklaces for Custom Charm Necklace and Earrings Jewelry Sets Gifts!
The BEST part is that the chain necklaces have been purchased by fellow US Etsy sellers who do their own metal plating for skin sensitivities, higher quality, and tarnish resistance!
You can find our current listing with silver plated chain necklace and earrings gift sets here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/656439348/custom-charm-necklace-and-earrings-gift
Multiple Gift Sets (e.g. Mother/Daughter, sisters, BFFs, couples, etc.) are available in the majority of listings! I(f you do not see multiple options for an item you are interested in, just send me a message, and I will see what I can do!)
Personalized gift wrapping service is available. Mix and match your own Midwest Cottage USA items and send your beautiful gifts directly to your friends and loved ones. For just 4.00, your entire order gets extra special gift wrapping -- including a wrapped edible gift! You can look forward to:
All items in your order include:
*To/From Gift Tag
*Edible Wrapped Chocolates (subject to change based on season and availability)
*All Tied with Ribbon in Cello Bag (attached to each item)
Let us make your gift giving simple, easy, and fun!
Below you will find individual stories of how each of the Midwest Cottage USA sections began!
First of all, this year, 2022, marks 9 years since we opened our shop!
(Back story information: When our shop opened in March 2013, the name of our shop was, "Morrell Creations", and both my husband and a couple of our children were regularly contributing to the offerings in our shop. Now, our name, Midwest Cottage USA, expresses how I have been focusing on creating our shop to reflect my proud, American heritage! I go out of my way to purchase from US sellers, and I am continually on the lookout for American made products as well.)
We hope you enjoy our following story, and a little bit about what you can expect to find in each of my shop sections. Please feel free to message me anytime with your questions, suggestions, and comments, etc.
My earliest memories include me crafting in some way or another! Each Christmas, I joyfully include hanging the many handcrafted ornaments I made as a child; many others were loving gifts from wonderful Sunday School teachers! My first recollection of ever creating gifts to give myself were when my closest brother and I cut out white paper snowflakes! We carefully wrapped them in simple, lined notebook paper and tape and then proudly gave them to our parents and one another for Christmas!
At age 6, my grandmother taught me how to cross stitch on a stamped pillowcase. Later, around age 8 or 9, I began purchasing small stamped embroidery kits and completing them as gifts for family and my beloved teachers.
My teen years found me dabbling in fabric painting T-shirts, both to wear, and to give as gifts as well.
On New Year's Day 1992, Dean's mother, C, taught me how to stitch a plastic canvas cross bookmark. (Our families had recently met, and we were getting together for the first time for the holiday, when we all lived in the Mountain Time Zone.)
[Since then, I have created additional plastic canvas bookmarks, as well as ornaments and two different sizes of star tree toppers. (All of these remain some of my best sellers here and in-person!)
In time for Christmas 2015, I took on a huge couple of years' project that kept me pretty busy: personalized oval placemats for our children, nieces, and nephews.]
My first experience with creating products to sell began after my late, dear Aunt Lu, moved to our area. She worked in the mail room, and asked me if I'd create 4 or 5 fabric painted T-shirts, and she'd take them to work. She was able to display them on her rolling mail cart, and sold them for 10.00 each. One time, a gentleman requested a shirt with fish on it. Though that was far different from the hearts and flowers I was used to painting, he really liked it and bought it from my aunt!
When I was 16, Aunt Lu gave me her rubber stamp collection, and also taught me what she knew, including how to clean and care for the stamps; as well as how to create cards.
I really enjoyed learning how to create handmade cards for all occasions, and have saved several from those early years. Decades later, I fondly remember my dear Aunt Lu whenever I create cards, bookmarks for our local library, To/From gift tags, and envelopes, etc. I've learned much over the past 25 + years. If my aunt were still living, I know she'd be thrilled knowing I've already begun teaching my own daughters how to creatively create their own cards!
I continue to enjoy learning new techniques including embossing and die cutting using my Big Shot machine, as you'll see in my newest designs. My passion remains with embossing powders as well as coloring with watercolor pencils before "painting" the images to make them my own. Various ribbon (now organized on a holder my husband, Dean, made for me) abundantly appeals to me as well, and I try and incorporate ribbon wherever I can. Finally, paper brads and eyelets make their way into some of my cards to add dimension and "pop"! You can look forward to receiving a signed, handcrafted "Thank You note" in each of your orders!
The Christmas before I left for college, I decided to try my hand at something new. I purchased the supplies to create approximately 24 inch Christmas wreaths for my mother and a couple of other friends. I hot glued "Christmas picks" and tied festive ribbon around each one as well. The ladies loved receiving their wreaths then, and continue to enjoy them each year when they decorate their homes for Christmas!
While I was away at college, I no longer had time for hobbies. Then, in 1997, I married the love of my life, and we just celebrated 24 amazing/challenging years. For almost 21 of those years, we have been busily caring and training our four equally unique, and special, blessings. Now that they are getting older, we've been able to enjoy our hobbies more. More important than our hobbies, though, has been training our children to follow the Lord Jesus Christ's will for their lives. We have also begun to pass along our knowledge to our children of how to create our hobbies, and/or have encouraged them to branch out and take up their own! We invite you to look for our children's creations in our shop as well...when they're ready to try and sell them to you!
A little bit more about Dean, is that when he's not fishing and trying to catch "the big one", Dean enjoys reading books and watching documentaries; especially about WWII! Hobbies for Dean have been fixing computers (sometimes for a little bit of money on the side); and woodworking. Dean dreams of being able to turn the latter hobby into a profitable business. Dean first began woodworking at his late-father's knee. Over the past 2 decades, Dean has honed his skills, and now absolutely loves woodworking! He especially enjoys perfecting hand-cut dovetails! His interests lie with using mostly hand tools, and he is the main carpenter for our wood crafts and products. Dean hand makes all of the wooden switch plates, from standard to oversized. He has also done custom work, including room transitions and custom cabinets. For our home, he's built shelves, transitions, cabinets, and hutches. His crème` de` la` crème` , though, is the pie safe he built for me to store our homeschool books and supplies in! It took Dean 2 years to build that in between "life"!
Personally. I have loved reading for myself, (my favorite genre is Historical Christian Fiction) and enjoyed the honor of teaching each of our 4 blessings how to read as well! I enjoy playing board and card games with my family, baking, and gardening; especially tending my flowers. I also enjoy watching classic movies starring Doris Day, Jane Austen adaptations (Ahhhh, Mr. Darcy!), and older Hallmark movies! I'm "one of those crazy people" who enjoys Christmas in July (or watching a Christmas movie during Spring Break!)
Below you will find individual stories of how each of the Midwest Cottage USA sections began!
Awesome Anklets Gifts section began with the desire of mine to create a unique gift for my daughter's birthday. She enjoys her anklet to this day (as she has grown, I've needed to add a couple of extra jump rings to her anklet!) I also created a few for myself to match some jewelry that I already had. Our Midwest summers may be short, but I LOVE wearing my triple strand anklets as much as possible!
Aromatherapy Gifts came about as a result of a need for our daughter, Esther, to be able to smell "Basil" essential oil to help ease her suffering from headaches and migraines. Because she wanted to be able to wear her own jewelry, I converted locket pendants into pins/brooches. Additional styles and colors of pins have been added since then.
COMING in 2022: Lava Rock jewelry options for aromatherapy! A fellow small business owner, while we were chatting at a Multi Vendor Open House, suggested I might consider adding these to my shop. Special requests/custom orders are welcome to help get me started!
Beautiful Blankets Gifts section was born out of my love for making my own gifts, mending for my family and a couple friends, and a bit of sewing. At first, I created blankets with ribbon loops going around the outside edges. These were not only eclectically fun to create, but they were some of my first best sellers as well!
Then, a well-known company that temporarily holds the patent for the name and style of that particular blanket, informed me that I was not allowed to continue to create this particular style of blanket to sell. So…after several weeks of brainstorming, my husband and I came up with our current Baby Frame blankets. I now sew matching or contrasting lengths of ribbon on all four corners of one side of each blanket. Toys, pacifier clips, and links, etc., all are still able to be attached to these. (Many of my remaining looped blankets I gladly donated to our local crisis pregnancy center! The rest I've been gifting as our church family grows with each adorable newborn!)
Bold Bookmarks Gifts feature both plastic canvas cross bookmarks that I have created, as well as DIY kits that I've put together so you can learn how to create your own! (Simple instructions can be found in the listing instructions. However, if you need a bit more aid in completing creating your own bookmarks, just send me a message.)
Brilliant Bracelet Gifts came about after my dad requested a custom pearl birthstone Grandmother's bracelet gift for my mom for Christmas 2014. All 9 of her grandchildren were represented by colored glass pearls. My dad then chose silver for the Secondary color choice. This meant that I spaced silver glass faux crystal rondelles as well as silver glass pearls to complete the precious bracelet design. My mom loves her bracelet, and wears it quite often.
It has now been a year since my Dad went Home to be with the Lord the end of March. While we were visiting to be with my Mom and several relatives last year, my Mom asked me if I would add a pearl for the newest grandbaby. After our extended stay, I brought my Mom's bracelet home with me. At first, I thought to wire wrap on a new pearl. Then, I decided to re-string the bracelet, placing the new September Blue pearl in the center. We all believe it adds just the right "pop" in my Mom's Grandmother's bracelet! You can see the new bracelet photos in this section.
Candid Charms Gifts section includes custom silver, gold, and bronze/brass plated charm bracelets, as well as a` la` carte` charms! You are able to "candidly" create charm bracelets to fit your style (or the person you're wanting to gift them to)!
COMING in 2022: Copper custom charm bracelets!
Creative Cards Gifts section features a variety of all occasion and special occasion cards. Personalization is also an option. For custom orders, as well as most of the cards I make, each usually consists of a 14-16 step process. Yes, I literally work in "steps". A few of the elements that may be featured in your cards are: embossing (both with my Big Shot and with pigment ink and powders), stamping, cutting, colored pencil coloring and "painting" (using an aqua pen); as well as materials including: brads and eyelets; ribbon; stickers (made with my 1-1/2 inch sticker maker); etc. A lot of love goes into the process to create each card. At a parent/teacher conference we attended recently, I gave our high school daughters' teachers a gift package that included 4 handcrafted Thank You cards and a matching bookmark. [To view these, please feel free to look up my FB page, "Midwest Cottage USA"]
Crochet/Knit Tool Gifts feature my snag less crochet and knitting markers. Featuring either gemstones or glass pearls, I incorporate wooden beads in between as well. Various colors contrast with your yarn colors while you work on your projects! Lobster clasps for each crochet marker allow you to keep more than one place! Knitting markers feature round jump rings that are large enough for up to needles size 5.0 (US Size 8). Both markers sets come with a holder to prevent losing your markers when you need to walk away from your project/s for a bit!
DIY Gifts is new for 2022. When the zipper tag tore off on my canvas fabric wallet, that I have used for years, I decided to make a beaded zipper pull! I wire wrapped the beads and then affixed that section to my wallet with strong jump rings.
Additional zipper tags with lanyard clips are planned for 2022. You will be able to find these under Kool Keychain Gifts.
Elegant Earrings Gifts feature Nickel free metals in silver, gold, copper, and bronze/brass. Special requests for solid sterling or gold are available upon custom requests; daily price fluctuations will be included in those. Thanks for understanding!
Gorgeous Gems Gifts were a natural extension of my Mother Daughter Gifts after receiving several custom orders for non-metal jewelry. These folks needed jewelry that they could wear without fear of any skin reactions. Natural stones, semi-precious stones, and rocks have always fascinated me! I love the look, feel, and uniqueness of each stone and bead. I was inspired by my late grandfather, R., who had a great love for rocks and minerals. When living in his younger adult/post WWII days, he regularly hiked the mountains of Idaho and Colorado looking for and collecting "potential" beauties! After tumbling and polishing his "diamonds in the rough", he designed and created beautiful jewelry! Perhaps his passion for creating beautiful jewelry was passed down to me? For my tenth birthday, he gave me a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, heart shaped turquoise pendant. When I first began making jewelry, I used this pendant as a beginning "stepping stone" to creating necklaces. My own jewelry set using my special pendant from Grandpa R is still one of my favorites to this day! Turquoise earrings, bracelets, and an anklet have joined the turquoise heart necklace! I aspire to continue to grow the variety of semi precious gemstones available in our shop. Up until this point, I have focused on creating matching mother daughter bracelets. Sizes now include both children and adults, so please feel free to order multiple bracelet gift sets! You can still order these individually; many gemstones lend themselves to a "unisex" style.
Now that "stacking bracelets" are a current trend, you'll find that my semi precious gemstone bracelets easily lend themselves to this! If you don't see a particular gemstone, or need a different size of beads, please feel free to request a custom order!
COMING in 2022: Matching earrings and gemstone bracelet sets!
Happy Hair Gifts section includes custom loopy hair scrunchies created by Jenna. Additionally, I recently was inspired to try and come up with a way to use some of the larger buttons I inherited from my maternal grandmother. I've been able to use some of the smaller ones to add interest to both mine and my daughters outfits and purses, as well as craft projects for my children, etc. I've recently been able to use some to add to our church's 2 and 3 year old Children's Church craft activities!
After finding the perfect ponytail holders from Lima Beads, I decided to create some unique, hair accessories using some of my Grandma T's vintage buttons. Because most of the buttons are one-of-kind, most ponytail holders are unique. (Some of the buttons do have a few mates. You're welcome to inquire about multiples of any of the hair gifts we have in our shop).
Joyful Jewelry Gifts section features earrings (for now) appropriate for Valentine's Day; 4th of July, and all American holidays; Hanukkah, and all Jewish holidays; and Christmas. Gifts for family, as well as our children's teachers and youth leaders in their lives, have been given various gifts for special occasions.
Kool Keychains Gifts were born after a friend's recommendation. She suggested that keychains might make a nice addition to our shop! I have been enjoying creating a "little bit of everything": styles, colors, and different metals. Mixing those with gemstone beads and charms give each custom keychain it's own story! (Please note that the rings themselves for the keychains do contain nickel in the metals. If you are interested in keychains, but need Nickel-free, please send me a message, and I'll see what I can dol.)
Ornate Ornaments Gifts section features matching star and circle ornaments. These can be displayed on Christmas trees, home decor` hooks, and from car rear view mirrors, etc. Many Custom (you choose your own yarn colors) ornaments are available. Patriotic, Gender Reveal, and Wedding/Anniversary ornaments are just a few that are already available. Your special occasion can be added in any of the custom listings!
The story behind these ornaments is as follows:
Dean's mom worked tirelessly, the months leading up to our wedding the summer of 1997, creating dozens of Christmas ornaments for Dean and I as her wedding present to us. Her story, as she told it, is that she and Dean's dad's first Christmas included very few Christmas decorations. She greatly desired for us to begin our marriage - and 1st Christmas - with beautiful, handmade ornaments. We still use the ornaments she made for us every year. That's not all, though! Grandma Carol, as we have taught our children to refer to her (even though she passed away from cancer 4-1/2 years after Dean and I were married), created a very special, memorable decoration. Dean grew up with a plastic canvas angel gracing the top of their Christmas tree; Heidi grew up with a foil covered cardboard star that her dad had carefully cut out and created years' ago for his bride for their 1st Christmas. Keeping both traditions in mind, Grandma Carol designed and created a 3-piece Star Angel using plastic canvas, and an altered pattern. I was so touched that she went to so much work for us out of an amazing love for her first born and future daughter-in-love! Our Star Angel is one of our most precious Christmas decorations that we enjoy every year!
Mother Daughter Gifts were some of the very first items in our shop back in 2013! After coming across a beautiful poem online, I contacted the author to request her permission to use her poem so that I could create my own bracelets and include the poem. Her affirmation included a one time licensing fee, as well as a request that I include her blog name at the bottom of every poem. When you see, "tiedyedivadesigns.blogspot.com", I am giving her due recognition.
The first day of kindergarten mother daughter bracelet sets, tied with matching ribbon onto the aforementioned kindergarten poem card, continue to be some of our best sellers. I have gone on to create some variations of the original poem to fit custom requests. In 2019, I composed my own poem for mommies to be, available in pink, blue, white, or custom colors! The year prior, I was inspired to create matching bracelets for our young daughter and I when we found out she needed surgery involving a vital organ. She was thrilled to wear her matching bracelet, along with me, the day after surgery. I believe that this helped ease some of her anxiety and pain. I revised the original poem to fit our special circumstance, and thought that there may be others in similar circumstances who would appreciate a special mother daughter bracelet set for an upcoming hospital stay--with or without his/her mama being able to be there. I made sure that there are no metals at all used in these particular bracelets, so they won't interfere with any hospital machines/regulations. Additionally, the stretchy bracelets are able to fit easily over the hand that doesn't have wires.
RTS Super Sale Gifts feature a variety of discounted items from our shop. Not only Ready to Ship, but they're perfect for adding on to your order to achieve your 35.00 minimum order total for FREE shipping!
Special Sets Gifts section has come about primarily through custom orders - which I have a particular love and passion for! Being able to both design and create new items thrills me to no end! Each year, I strive to design and create special Mother's Day and birthday gifts for my mom. (Her special days happen to be close to each other; so I try and put together special jewelry sets for her!) An example of a special gift that you can choose your colors for, is a custom beaded bangle memory wire bracelet and triple link earrings set. Gold sets are available here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/612034317/custom-birthday-memory-wire-gold
Silver is available here:
www.etsy.com/listing/571923751/custom-2-piece-silver-jewelry-set
Trendy Tree Topper Gifts have become some of my most favorite, and best sellers as well!
The story behind these began when my children and I were working on putting up our Christmas decorations for the 2015 season. When I couldn't find our star tree topper for our small, 15 inch tabletop mini tree, I decided to make a new one! I stitched together two plastic canvas star shapes and left one end open to fit over the top of our tree! Wouldn't you believe that our other star was found within hours of my completing making that star tree topper! Our whole family decided that they liked the new one I made better, and so that old/found star was given a new place of honor. Special requests have led to me creating various colors of small, mini tree star toppers, as well as larger, 5 inch ones as well, that are perfect for larger, big trees.
Wonderful Wood Gifts features Dean's FINAL wooden switch plates. These are while supplies last only.

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There, you'll be given the opportunity to "Like" our page. By doing so, you'll be able to receive regular updates on what's happening at Midwest Cottage USA! Most of the time, I share new and/or updated products as well as sales and coupon codes, especially around the holidays. Giveaways for new milestones are also announced on our FB page (our next one will begin when we reach 450 sales and 350 completed orders!) You'll also be able to find out when and where we might be able to represent "Midwest Cottage USA", locally, at a Multi-Vendor Open House or Arts and Crafts Show.
You can follow Midwest Cottage USA on Instagram: #midwestcottageusa
You can find all of our products on Pinterest, as well as a few Ideas I've picked up here and there:
https://www.pinterest.com/HeidiMidwestCottageUSA
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TENOFF = 10% off 15.00 purchase
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If you are local to me, please message me before completing your order, and I'll share with you a special coupon code for FREE shipping/handling (no minimum purchase required). We'll then arrange a good time/place for you to pick up your orders once I have completed all of your quality handcrafted special occasion gifts!
ANSWERS TO TRIVIA:
A: 252 stitches includes the small square and cross to create just one bookmark!
A: A little over an hour is what it takes to cut, trim, and stitch all pieces of just one bookmark!
A lot of LOVE goes into each one, even if I will never know who will enjoy using their bookmark gifts for years to come! :)
June of 2021 I had the great honor of teaching some ladies from my church how to stitch these plastic canvas cross bookmarks on a Ladies Craft Sat (happened on a Saturday...we needed to sit most of the time to work on the bookmarks!) Those of us involved worked on creating bookmarks to gift to our missionaries. In spite of the pandemic, a couple of us were able to ship the finished bookmarks to every country but India. (Those bookmarks are still waiting to be able to ship -- once that country opens up their postal service.)
I'm hoping to be able to head up another Ladies Craft Sat in 2022!

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Creating Midwest Cottage USA

It was around 2010 that a friend taught me (Heidi) how to make a toggle and clasp bracelet. After that, I began dabbling in making jewelry for myself and my Mom. Through word of mouth, local friends, as well as long distance relatives began requesting custom orders. I enjoyed gaining experience through creating gifts throughout the holidays and birthdays. I'm always learning and teaching myself new techniques and better ways of improving my designs and the quality of the jewelry, cards, and various sewing crafts I create. Online videos, booklets, and both trial and error have all been involved, not to mention lots and lots of practice! Teaching myself new techniques and designs provides enough of a challenge for me to remain enthusiastic about my hobby. However, I would love to eventually see that become a genuine, small business. I love being creative! Additionally, custom orders allow me to create a very special product just for you--and individuals with unique preferences, favorite colors, and styles. Often, after completing a special request, I find that I've so enjoyed creating something new and different, that I am inspired to create those items again! New listings often lead to new customers just like you!
As a family, we go out of our way to please our customers, and your purchases are 100% guaranteed. (The only exceptions to this would be that the following cannot be returned: earrings, personalized, clearance, and custom orders. Please see our shop policies.)
Rest assured, that Midwest Cottage USA products are all new (vintage items are the only exception, of course!), and in as much prime condition as we ourselves expect in items we would purchase for ourselves.
Due to allergies that I became acquainted with early on when I first began creating jewelry, I now only use nickel-free metals. (Zinc alloy, steel; silver or gold plated, and new in 2017--sterling silver) For those who, for one reason or another, need to stay away from all metals, I have several bracelets available that contain no metals, that you can find here: www.etsy.com/listing/499960913/black-and-pink-mother-daughter-matching
As for sewing, for years I stitched on a simple Singer machine that only offered straight and zig zag stitches. A couple of years' ago, now, I was able to invest in an upgrade, and I just love the decorative stitching options I now have! I love to use variegated threads as well; the top stitching really shows these unique features! I do aspire to one day create a special quilt for each of my four children, before trying my hand at quilting additional projects that may be added to our shop!
You can find my sewing creations here: www.etsy.com/listing/247334238/owl-bird-flannel-baby-blanket-baby-boy
When I'm not creating or teaching four different grades to our four blessings, I love to read! Inspirational Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Amish Fiction are a few of my favorites. I both enjoy reading a book that I can hold in my hand while drinking coffee--as well as reading from my tablet--with the larger font size that reduces eye strain!
To learn more about Dean and Esther , please feel free to refer to our shop announcement above .

Shop members

  • Heidi Morrell

    Owner, Jewelry Artist/Designer, Handmade Crafter

    I've been creating gifts since I was a teen. 2013 found me needing to design & create 4 my health. Family & friends encouraged me to open an Etsy shop. Handcrafted cards, ornaments, aromatherapy pins, Nickel free jewelry, & Personalized Gifts for you

  • Dean Morrell, II

    Owner, Woodcrafter, Designer

    Rather than electrical, I have a particular passion for hand powered tools. For over 20 years, I have created a variety of helpful items for the home: wood switch plate covers, shelves/cabinets, incl. a pie safe; window boxes, and Adirondack chairs.

Production partners

  • Amazon

    United States

    Some of my paper, card stock, stretch string, thread, tools, hair elastics, and yarn are purchased from here.

  • Art Beads

    Gig Harbor, WA

    Czech Fire-Polished and other beads are purchased from this company.

  • DAV

    Des Moines, IA

    I purchase some fabric, ribbon, yarn, and rubber stamps from here.

  • Ebay

    United States

    Certain hard to find beads such as semi precious are purchased from US sellers. Some lockets and pin backs are purchased from US Sellers, and I alter the lockets to create pins/brooches. Some yarn is purchased from US sellers. Some ribbon is purchased from US sellers.

  • Etsy

    United States

    Some lockets are purchased from US Etsy sellers, and I alter them to create pins/brooches. Ponytail holder blanks are purchased from a US Etsy seller.

  • Fire Mountain Gems

    Grants Pass, OR

    Stainless steel pin backs for aromatherapy lockets, seed, bugle, beads, etc., were purchased from this company.

  • Fusion Beads

    Seattle, WA

    Beads and other supplies are purchased from Fusion Beads.

  • Hobby Lobby

    Des Moines, IA

    Most of my yarn was purchased from here.

  • Home Depot

    Altoona, IA

    Some of the wood is purchased here.

  • Supplier

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Ponytail Holder blanks were purchased from here. NLA

  • Lowes

    Altoona, IA

    Some of our wood is purchased from here.

  • Menards

    Altoona, IA

    Some of the wood is purchased here.

  • Rio Grande

    Albuquerque, NM

    Some wire and chain are purchased from here.

  • Tandy Leather

    Des Moines, IA

    Our leather is purchased from this local mom and pop shop. I cut the pieces to fit inside my locket pins/brooches.

  • Supplier

    Altoona, IA

    Esther purchases some of her yarn from here.

  • Walmart

    Altoona, IA

    E6000, some yarn, and hair elastics are purchased here.

  • www.tiedyedivapatterns.com

    CA, United States

    The kindergarten poem's author has given me licensing to use her poem.

Shop policies

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
What kind of metals do you use?

Metals are nickel free* and are either made with zinc alloy, antiqued silver or gold plating, sterling silver, brass, bronze, or copper. Please see individual listings for specifics. If you need or prefer certain metals, please let us know that in the "Note to Seller" section of your order. We'd be more than happy to make any substitutes you need at little or no additional cost to you! (Please note that certain metals such as sterling silver & solid gold prices fluctuate based on current market prices, and their cost will be reflected.) *Please note: Kool Keychains only all feature nickel-based plated split rings. If this is a problem for you, but you are still interested in our keychains, please message us for a custom keychain w/o metals.

Are your items from a smoke-free and pet-free home?

All items come from our smoke-free, cat-friendly home, where Perry and Jasmine are well-loved by our family! (If you have any concerns regarding pet dander, please feel free to message me, and I'll share my plans to create/prepare your products away from our cats. However, I cannot 100% guarantee that your items will arrive without any pet hair on them.)

Gift wrapping and packaging

Complimentary gift wrapping is included in every Midwest Cottage USA order. (Heidi's Dad taught her the "art" of beautiful gift wrapping at a young age.)

Type of gift wrapping varies from product to product.
Most small items (jewelry, EO pins, charms) arrive in an organza or fabric bag.
All sewn, wood, cards, and craft items arrive wrapped in tissue paper and tied with ribbon. (FREE shipping items in 1st Class envelopes will arrive in a plastic bag.)
Jewelry attached to poem cards, are tied with coordinating ribbon, & ready for you to Personalize, if desired.
A 4.00 upgrade, for all items in your order, includes:
::Each Item Individually Wrapped In Classic, Kraft Paper Wrapping
::Ribbon Bow
::To/From Gift Tag
::Edible Wrapped Chocolate

Do you allow cancellations, returns, or exchanges?

Due to the majority of our products being custom orders most cannot be returned. In the event of a life-changing tragedy or similar, I (Heidi) will consider your request, & make every effort to work with you in a manner that is befitting your circumstance. Although I pride myself on quality packaging, in the event of product damage upon arrival, I will replace your product/s at my expense. Etsy is now protecting sellers against buyers who "change their mind", etc., and will not authorize returns in those instances. I do want your experience with Midwest Cottage USA to be amazing, & your special gifts cherished! My aim is your 100% satisfaction & consistent, 5 star ratings. Please feel free to message me with your questions. Thanks so much!

How do I use my essential oils on my leather disk pads that come with my aromatherapy locket pin?

To use, simply apply 1-2 drops of essential oil to the leather disk pad located inside of your locket. You can then enjoy the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy throughout your day! The disk pads can be reused many times, though it is highly recommended that you dedicate each pad to one oil or oil blend to keep from unintentionally mixing oils.
Additional replacement leather disk pads are available for each shape & size, in sets of 5: www.etsy.com/listing/287395709/aromatherapy-leather-disks-5-piece-set

Are you on Pinterest, Facebook, or Instagram?

Yes to all!
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/HeidiMidwestCottageUSA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MidwestCottageUSA
Instagram: #midwestcottageusa

Wholesale availability

Depending on the item/s and quantity needed, we may have access to the needed supplies and/or the time needed to invest in your request. Each request will be evaluated and considered based on the above factors and any others that you may wish to include in your request.
Wholesale prices are typically 50% of our retail cost. (Shipping charges will be assessed based on the final total weight of your package. Handling costs will be applied to your single order.)
Full payment is expected up front to make sure our supply costs are covered.
Please note that our policies state that there are no returns on custom or wholesale orders.
To begin your wholesale order process, request a custom order, with your proposition included for our consideration.

Do you offer FREE shipping?

Yes! Storewide shipping is now available to all domestic US addresses.

Can I add personalization to my order? How much does it cost?

Many Custom Listings Include Personalization as an option. Others are required due to the nature of the products themselves. (In those cases where you have no preferences, you may simply state Blank.) To add personalization to a product's listing with the option already in place, simply follow the instructions below the Personalization section on the product page. Most information requires a "," (comma) separating each name/color/size, etc.
For those items that you wish to have personalization added, where no personalization is offered, please message me, and I'll make every effort to include your special message/variation/color in or with your products.
At this time, there is no additional cost to personalization.

What if my package hasn't arrived by the estimated deadline?

We are not responsible for your order once it is received by the US Postal Service or other shipping company. Shipping issues are to be resolved between the purchaser and the shipping company. The best way to receive a delayed package is to take the tracking number down in-person to the postal or shipping company. The worker will be able to contact the locater service they use to find your package and have it delivered to you.
Thanks so much for understanding!