karen arnold on Mar 7, 2017
Love it! High quality and so cute!
My daughter loves these clips!
Miriam Lopez on Mar 1, 2017
Mrs. Irving was so nice to communicate with. I needed a custom design and on a different type of pin and she did exactly as I explained and pictured it. Her shop was a day away from going on vacation and she still took the time to make this. Shows how much she cares about her customers. Pictures don't even show how pretty they are in person, because the detail is very precise and neat. Love it!
Stay at home mama to three little girls finding joy in making pretty things for others
I started making bows when I had my second daughter (February 2009) and quickly discovered that I loved doing it, and after lots of practice, I learned that I could be good at it! All I wanted to do in my spare time was make bows- and it wasn't long before I was making so many I could never use them all!
The next several months were a huge transition for me, as I stepped down from my job as a pharmacist (the one I have the really expensive graduate education to do...)- to stay home with my girls. It is such an enormous privilege to be their first teacher, the shaper of our household, and the keeper of our little "nest." But as any stay-at-home mom knows, having an outlet can become totally necessary for maintaining sanity!
Years later, My Little Pixies is still an outlet for me. It's something I can do to help supplement my family's income, and gives me a little space in my home to call "mine" in a very busy life season, where almost everything else I do is for someone else.
It has always amazed me how God has provided exactly what I need with this little shop. In a season where we were struggling financially, I had so many orders to make that I needed to pay for childcare just to keep up. In a season where I was struggling personally with finding value as a stay at home mom, and dealing with the heartache of infertility, My Little Pixies was a needed solace and escape. In other times, when family needs are high, I find that He allows my shop to be slow so that I can keep my focus on my first calling as a wife and mom. I'm grateful for God's provision in my life, and for the gift of being able to run this shop from my own home.
I've always been a creative person- a sort of weird cross between chemistry nerd and visionary artist. I love to use my hands to put things together, and every once in awhile, the winds of creativity just sweep through me and I can't sleep till I've tried something new! I love custom orders; these days due to time constraints, I don't have as much time to just sit down and create and market new styles as often as I used to. But when I receive a custom order, it's a wonderful opportunity to put my creativity to work to create the perfect item for the client's photo session, or other request.
I have been part of the Etsy community ever since I started my business, and I love how Etsy is an ever-evolving entity. It is a truly cool cooperative process that connects both buyers and makers, and it just keeps getting better! Hands-down, one of my favorite things about working on Etsy is the connection that my story has with others. The majority of my clients are moms, just like me. I feel a kinship with them in our shared motherhood, especially with the many I've "met" who've also walked the hard road of miscarriage and infertility. Today, on the "other side" of that experience (if it is really true that there is an "other side;" I think that the struggle shaped me in a permanent way)- I feel I can offer hope to those who are in that tough place. Whenever I'm contacted to make something for a "rainbow baby," it gives me especially great joy to work on that order, knowing how very special that little one is, following a loss!
I feel very blessed that God has allowed My Little Pixies to become part of the story of our family. It has been very clear to me from the beginning that any successes I have had can be directly attributed to His grace in my life.
So welcome to My Little Pixies- a shop run by a totally ordinary mom- trying to do an extraordinary job- in life, parenting, and business. I'm glad that I have been able to share some of my story with you!
I'm wife to a great husband, and mama to three little girls! We love all things Disney!
I do not generally do wholesale orders, as I have found that this takes away too much from time with family. I am delighted to put together larger orders for clients, but I do not offer volume-based discounts at this time.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I typically ship first-class mail. Shipping level upgrades are available at checkout. Rush processing is also available, which pushes your order to the front of my queue and guarantees that it will be shipped the following day.
You will receive confirmation from Etsy when your order ships, providing you with the tracking information so you can track your shipment.
If you are an international customer, I ship all orders via first class international mail. International mail typically takes about 2 to 4 weeks, but sometimes can take up to 2 months to arrive. Once I drop a package off at the post office, I no longer have control over what happens to it in transit. If you are placing a larger order (over $50), I recommend purchasing insurance. Please contact me if you'd like to add that to your order. I'm still working out the kinks in the international shipping cost calculation; rates have increased significantly this year- I do not intend to over charge for shipping, so if you pay more than it costs for shipping, I will refund the difference to you.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
I am frequently asked about wholesale; at this time I do not participate in any wholesale agreements, because I really prefer the direct, personal connection with my clients.
Rush Processing is an option you can purchase at checkout that will guarantee that your order will be processed and sent out the following business day. This is the best way to guarantee that you will receive a last-minute order in time for a short deadline; without rush processing, it may be a few days before I can get your order made and sent to you- when you purchase rush processing, I will rearrange my schedule to put your order in the front of the queue.
Frequently asked questions
Processing And Shipping
Almost everything in my shop is made-to-order. I'm a stay-at-home mom myself, and find that this helps me balance my shop and family needs. You'll find processing times listed within each listing so you can gauge how long something will take to ship. Most items ship within about 3 to 5 business days. If you have a time constraint, please contact me before placing your order and I will try my best to accommodate. If you have a very tight timeline, please purchase "RUSH" processing as a shipping upgrade at checkout.
Rush Processing and Shipping Upgrades
RUSH processing is available as an add-on to your order, here https://www.etsy.com/listing/192771093/rush-processing-must-be-added-to-your?ref=shop_home_active_2 or as a shipping upgrade at checkout. I recommend purchasing RUSH processing if you have a tight timeline (particularly if you need to receive your order within a week or less). Other upgrades available at checkout (like Priority Mail postage) may speed up the delivery of your order by a day or two and reducing the postal time, but RUSH processing is the best way to guarantee your order will be received as soon as possible.
I have an approximate headband sizing chart in each listing- but every baby's head will grow at a different rate, so some may need a larger size sooner than others. A good rule of thumb is that you want the headband size to be a little smaller than the head circumference, so that the headband will stretch a bit and stay on. Wider headbands have more "give" than skinny headbands, and will be less likely to leave a mark, even when they grow snug. I recommend choosing a bit more wiggle room for a skinny headband if you're concerned about a mark being left on baby's head. I can make custom sizes as well, so if you have a headband you know fits your baby well, I can match the diameter if you request it at checkout.
Clip "Side" or Orientation
I do clip orientation from the perspective of the person wearing the clip. So if your child parts her hair on her left side and sweeps her bangs to her right side, you would want a right-sided clip- even though the clip will be on YOUR left side as you are looking at her. f you'd like an example of what this looks like I can send you a picture.
Generally, the slip-resistant alligator clips tend to be the best for most types of hair. I use a "slip-grip" surface on the inside of the clip to help it hold better in fine hair. A child needs enough hair to pull some to the side, or up into a teeny ponytail to be able to hold the alligator clips in. The baby snap clips are tiny little snap clips that work best when baby has just a little bit of wispy hair. I also like these clips for use with headbands as they are small enough to hide completely behind the flower or other decoration and can make a seamless attachment with the headband (the alligator clips do show a bit on the side when attached to headbands).
I am happy to ship gifts directly to the recipient. I will gladly gift wrap and include gift note free of charge- just request this in your instructions to seller! I never include pricing information in my shipments (unless asked to do so).
For the most part, I don't really do wholesale. I don't really have the time to support wholesale production, and I really enjoy working directly with individual clients, so I prefer to keep my focus on what really gives me joy. :)
Occasionally, I do have specials. These will always be announced on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mylittlepixies
I try to keep my items priced competitively and in a reasonable price range; so I don't typically discount, except at certain times of the year as a way of saying "thank you" to clients.
Additions to orders
Yes! You can always add something to a pending order and not be charged for shipping. If you have a pending order that has not yet shipped and would like to add additional items to it, use the coupon code "combinedshipping" (all one word) to avoid additional shipping charges.
Local Pick Ups- Grand Rapids, Michigan area
I frequently accommodate local pickups at my home. If you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and would like to pick your order up instead of paying for shipping, please use the coupon code "localpickup" (all one word) and you won't be charged for shipping. I'll contact you with directions on how and when to pick up your order via Etsy convo.