RecycledSerendipity

Creating Happy Accidents with String and a Stick

Michigan, United States · 105 Sales

RecycledSerendipity

Creating Happy Accidents with String and a Stick

Michigan, United States 105 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Alicia C

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Announcement   ATTENTION! I will be deactivating all of my customized items on November 1 and will not reactivate them until after the New Year. Most of the Flower Clips and Kitty Toys are custom items. I am currently working hard to create as many ready to ship versions of these items as possible to have available during the holiday gift-buying "season". If you know you will be wanting to purchase a custom item, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can add your request to my holiday schedule. Please read more about requesting a custom order below, in the FAQ Section. I am sorry to limit custom orders during the holidays, but I was so busy with orders last year that I missed out on the holidays with my family. I am determined to make sure that does not happen again! :D
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Thank you for stopping by my little corner of Etsy! Please look around and, if you do not see exactly what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me. Have a BEAUTIFUL Day! ☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮

~~~ I ♥ CUSTOM ORDERS! ~~~
Do you see an item that you like, but would prefer a different color, size, or change in the design? Maybe you've been trying to find a particular crocheted item on Etsy, but can't. Click on "Request Custom Order" and tell me about it! (More information on how Custom Ordering with RecycledSerendipity is different in my FAQ section, below.)

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Announcement
Last updated on Aug 17, 2016

ATTENTION! I will be deactivating all of my customized items on November 1 and will not reactivate them until after the New Year. Most of the Flower Clips and Kitty Toys are custom items. I am currently working hard to create as many ready to ship versions of these items as possible to have available during the holiday gift-buying "season". If you know you will be wanting to purchase a custom item, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can add your request to my holiday schedule. Please read more about requesting a custom order below, in the FAQ Section. I am sorry to limit custom orders during the holidays, but I was so busy with orders last year that I missed out on the holidays with my family. I am determined to make sure that does not happen again! :D
_______________________________________________________________
Thank you for stopping by my little corner of Etsy! Please look around and, if you do not see exactly what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me. Have a BEAUTIFUL Day! ☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮☮

~~~ I ♥ CUSTOM ORDERS! ~~~
Do you see an item that you like, but would prefer a different color, size, or change in the design? Maybe you've been trying to find a particular crocheted item on Etsy, but can't. Click on "Request Custom Order" and tell me about it! (More information on how Custom Ordering with RecycledSerendipity is different in my FAQ section, below.)

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Alicia C

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Alicia C

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I have a field of SUNFLOWERS waiting patiently for their 'stems'. Some are for current orders, others will soon be listed in pairs with something NEW ~ Crochet Decorated Sunflower Organza Gift Bags!
Newest addition to RecycledSerendipity! READY TO SHIP!!!
READY TO SHIP! 48" Diameter Handmade Mandala Blanket in Rainbow color scheme. Perfect nursing/stroller cover, throw, meditation sit-upon, even makes a GORGEOUS shawl!
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About

Welcome! Grab a cup of coffee and learn more about Alicia and RecycledSerendipity...

ON CROCHET
Crochet, to me, has so many of the artistic characteristics that I am drawn toward. The different colors, fibers, and thickness of the yarns available make for infinite possibilities! You can crochet nearly anything - plastic, hair, thick paper… if it can be made to be long and string-like, it can be used to create a crocheted masterpiece. The forms that you can create with crochet are plentiful, too ~ Flat, textured, and even 3D sculpted pieces. You can hang it on a wall, wear it, cover a tree with it, and make innumerable useful objects! I always joke that, should I survive The Apocalypse, all I'll need is a stick to carve into a hook and I'll be set.

THE BEGINNING...
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 7 years old. I have a sneaking suspicion that she did it so I’d stop bothering her when she was working on her own knitting projects. ;) I didn’t “discover” crochet until after my middle son was born, over 7 years ago. I was frustrated just staring at the TV or reading a book for hours while nursing him. Unfortunately, knitting needles were just too long and pointy to have around a wiggly infant and writing and drawing were impossible. So, I bought a hook and taught myself to crochet from a small “crochet basics” sheet hanging among all of the free pattern sheets at the craft store. I’ve been in love ever since!

THERE'S MORE!
But, I don't limit my creativity to yarn and hook! I love creating all kinds of things from a plethora of materials. I get lost in dollar stores, hardware stores, thrift stores, any store with a clearance section, and (of course) craft stores. It is rare to find anything in my trash can that could possibly, someday, be turned into art. I probably have more toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, jars, old sheets, and plastic grocery bags tucked into cupboards and boxes than is considered mentally sane!

FAMILY LIFE
I’m a mom to 3 kids (4, if you count my husband!) I live in SE Michigan. My children are 3, 7, and 17 years old. My oldest son is currently away at college (an entire year early!), studying computer animation and a few other things - he's considering trying for one major and a double minor. My middle son attends an online public charter school from home. He has a few behavioral problems that would get in the way of his education at a brick & mortar school. My "surprise baby" is my 3 year old daughter. She is an amazing little one who is just as, if not more, creative than I am.

*From time to time, you will find RecycledSerendipity has a "Handmade by Kids" section. My 7 year-old son and 3 year-old daughter contribute to this section. The item descriptions outline exactly what each has done to contribute to their projects, where their profits will go (they choose a charity to donate 10%), and my son writes a brief description in his own words about the piece. You can learn more about these "child artists" in the Shop Members section.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!
I have had a rather... interesting life. I've gone from doing well to being homeless and everything inbetween. I was this |-| close to completing my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Counseling when my husband fell ill. He has chronic physical and mental conditions that require me to stay home. So, rather than fret over this, I chose to look at it as an advantage. It is a wonderful outlet for frustrations and calming to my mind.

CUSTOM ORDERING with RecycledSerendipity is DIFFERENT!
I love custom order requests! They often allow me to get creative and develop a new pattern for my customer. To learn more about how to request a custom order and why this experience is different than many other Etsy shops, please read my Frequently Asked Questions section.

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  • Alicia C

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I love creating. Whether it's cooking, writing, crocheting, drawing, painting, sculpting... Well, it doesn't matter what the medium - as long as I can creative express my thoughts and emotions, I'm happy.

  • Gordon

    Creator

    Gordon is a 7 year old 1st grader who loves trying new things. He had the idea of selling his creations in my shop while working on a project one day. You can see his creations in RecycledSerendipity's shop section "Handmade by Kids".

  • Molly

    Creator, Assistant

    Molly is an amazing 2 year old. Her favorite pastime, when she's not bothering her brother ;), is to "do projeks" of any kind - painting is her very favorite! She loves helping her big brother, when he "allows" her to hang around.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 10, 2016
Welcome!

RecycledSerendipity's policies are outlined here. If you do not find an answer to your question, please check my FAQ section. Still cannot find the answer? Send me a message and I will answer your question within 24 hours.

*All communications about orders must take place on Etsy.
I will only email you if I have unsuccessfully attempted to contact you via Etsy.

* After I have sent your order via USPS, I cannot control how quickly it moves toward its destination. I encourage you to CONTACT ME if you are concerned that your order has not been delivered. I will do my best to help you track down your package and find an estimated delivery date.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
If you are paying with a method that generally takes time to process, I cannot ship your order until your payment has processed through Etsy or PayPal.

ORDER CANCELLATIONS
* You may CANCEL your order for a FULL REFUND any time before the item has shipped.
* If you choose to CANCEL your purchase AFTER item has been shipped, please contact me. I will REFUND your money, LESS SHIPPING COST, after the item has been returned to me in unused condition.
* The item must be returned within 14 days of being delivered to the customer.
* Refunds can take up to 7 days to process.
Shipping
WRONG SHIPPING ADDRESS:
* If you place your order with the wrong address, CONTACT ME right away.
* I will REFUND (less shipping cost) or RESEND your item (additional shipping paid by customer) once the item has been returned to me as undeliverable.

INSURANCE:
* I purchase insurance for every package that I send out, at my expense.

ORDER RECEIVED DAMAGED:
* Please TAKE A PHOTO IMMEDIATELY of both the item and shipping package and SEND the photos to me as soon as possible.
* DO NOT throw out the item or the packaging! I may need the physical item and packaging to FILE A CLAIM with USPS to get your refund or replace your item.
* Contact me within 3 DAYS of receiving a damaged item. Insurance claims have time limits that I must abide by.

LOST IN THE MAIL:
* If your order is not received, CONTACT ME. I will do everything I can to help.
* If your package was STOLEN from your home after delivery, you will be required by USPS to file a POLICE REPORT. I will also need copies to file an insurance claim and REFUND or RESEND your order.

USPS PRIORITY and PRIORITY EXPRESS:
* Priority Mail is NOT GUARANTEED by USPS to be delivered within 2 to 3 days. It can take USPS up to 7 days to deliver Priority mail.
* Priority Express IS GUARANTEED by USPS to be delivered within 1 to 2 days from the shipping date. Be aware that the PROCESSING TIME varies on each item. Check the Shipping & Policies tab on each item's listing page for the "Ready to Ship" time before choosing Priority Express shipping.

***ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BUYERS***
* Buyer is responsible for paying CUSTOMS duties and any other import FEES/TAXES. Check with your country's customs office to see if you will incur any fees.
* Ask your local authorities about IMPORT RESTRICTIONS before making a purchase.
* If an item is returned to me due to import restrictions and/or the buyer did not contact their customs/postal authority in a timely manner to retrieve the shipment, I will REFUND the price of the order, LESS shipping costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
ALL REQUESTS FOR REFUNDS MUST BE MADE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF BUYER RECEIVING THE ITEM.

FAULTY/DAMAGED ITEMS IN UNUSED CONDITION:
* TAKE PHOTOS of the item right away and send them to me via Etsy.
* DO NOT THROW THE ITEM AWAY! I cannot refund until I have received the item back from you.
* The item must be sent, in UNUSED condition, within 14 DAYS of delivery to you.
* Once I have received the item and determine it to be in unused condition, I will issue a FULL REFUND for the purchase price, shipping, and your cost of shipping it back to me (keep your postal receipt.)

FAULTY/DAMAGED ITEMS IN USED CONDITION:
* Buyers will have 30 days to CONTACT ME.
* Send me a message and PHOTOS as soon as the problem has been discovered.
* Washing/care instructions, sent with the item, MUST have been followed in order to receive a REFUND or REPLACEMENT.

BUYER'S REMORSE:
* If you have CHANGED YOUR MIND about wanting the item and need to return it, I will REFUND in most cases.
* The item must be RETURNED to me in UNUSED CONDITION, at buyer's expense.
* REFUNDS will be given for the price paid for the item, LESS shipping charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
BULK DISCOUNTS
I am very happy to work with you on price, should you need a large number of items made. Please contact me about bulk discounts.

WHOLESALE/CONSIGNMENT
I currently do not offer wholesale pricing or sell on consignment. However, contact me with your inquiry. Wholesale and consignment requests will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Please see the FAQ's if you have any other questions. These can be found on my shop's main page (www.RecycledSerendipity.Etsy.com) and at the bottom of every item listing.

More information

Last updated on Apr 9, 2016
Frequently asked questions

How do I Request a Custom Order?

Simply click on "Contact Seller" or "Request Custom Order" on any page in my shop. Describe what you would like and ask any questions. I will reply with answers within 24 hours.

Custom Order Basics

1) I DO NOT require a down payment for custom orders, except in special cases. Contact me for more information.
2) Your item will be given its own Listing, complete with photos and full description, upon completion.
3) You will be sent the link to you custom listing via Etsy Conversation.
4) You will have 7 days to choose to purchase your listing.
5) Communication is key to creating a custom order successfully! Please, speak up if you do not like how the item looks or if I have misinterpreted what you requested.
6) If you change your mind and decide not to purchase your requested item, that is fine. NO pressure!

Care instructions

You may see care instructions for each item in its listing.
Each item will be shipped with a printed set of care instructions. Please leave a message in the "Note to Seller" section at checkout if you need more than one copy of these instructions.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Every item is wrapped in tissue paper or in its own box before packed in its shipping box.
Should you want your gift specially wrapped or a card included, please send me a message. In most cases, I can fulfill your request at no extra charge.

Pre-Washed Items

Some items in my shop have been pre-washed, particularly blankets and clothing. Please read item descriptions to learn whether an item has been washed.
I wash according to the care instructions that will be included with the item and only use a scent-free, all-natural laundry soap.
Please contact me for a list of ingredients in the soap.

We Have a Cat

It is important that I let you know that I live in a home with a cat. Though my supplies and completed items are stored in an area off-limits to Sir Thomas Rollercoaster Crenshaw, he does have access to all other parts of my home.
All wearable items and blankets that I create are washed with and all-natural laundry soap, dried, sealed in zip-lock bags and stored in a cat-free area of our home until sold.
Although I take great care to keep my items from coming in contact with my pet, THOSE WHO ARE SEVERELY ALLERGIC to cat fur and/or dander may want to look for a seller who does not have a pet.