Ann Marie Lenhart on Sep 20, 2016
Beautiful! Packaging was also great.
Sacheen LittleFeather on Sep 10, 2016
The earrings are beautiful and I love the colors. The earrings was sent in a bubble envelope and packaged very unique. Thank you!
The roots of SWD...
It's hard to define a clear starting date of South Wind Design because crafting has always been a big part of my life. At a young age, my mom and grandma instilled in me a love for crafting, second hand store scavenger hunts, and a true DIY spirit.
Because of these beautiful women, I've delved into all sorts of creative avenues which enabled me to supplement my income while working towards my bachelor's degree and teaching credential. I had an amazing experience teaching history for four years, but with the recent cuts to education, I was laid-off. In response, I expanded SWD, I established my second etsy shop, Artesenias.etsy.com and enrolled in graduate school. It was a sad situation but the stubborn optimist in me would not be defeated!
Although I started as a traditional beadworker, over time, I began experimenting with contemporary jewelry styles. Nearly all of the creations you see in my shop I learned to through trial and error experiments. My experience with traditional beadwork influences my contemporary jewelry because it taught me to focus on details, textures, and overall "flow" in the design. While contemporary jewelry dominates my shop, traditional beadwork will always have a significant place in my heart.
Giving back to my community is important, so I donate time to my school district's Title VII program for Native students and families. Through our program, I'm able to teach students the basics of beadwork, provide mentorship and promote education - things don't get much better than that if you ask me!
Things you should know about your SWD purchase:
1. You are supporting an independent, woman-owned business.
2. All sterling silver pieces are made with fair trade and/or recycled sterling silver.
3. Your order enables me to donate more time and resources to youth programs in my city.
4. It is an investment in my family's education goals as both my husband and myself are first-generation college grads AND graduate students, and my (step)daughter will begin attending college in Fall 2014.
5. You are supporting an artist that seeks fair trade elements to utilize in her designs. Additionally, she is transitioning to making all of her own ear wires and components to lessen the chance of supporting oppressive labor conditions in another country.
Where is South Wind Design heading?
Because South Wind Design is my "one woman show," the horizon of SWD is exciting as I will begin my second year of grad school in pursuit of a master's degree in education in fall 2013. Only time will tell where this road will take us, but that doesn't mean we slow down, stop, or turn around, it means we prepare for the possibilities that each turn will bring. With the continued support of my etsy shops, I will not only be the first university graduate in my family, but will soon be the first to have a master's degree. I consider myself blessed to have the ability to support my family, pursue my educational passions and have a crafty blast all at the same time. I am so grateful for your help in making my family's dreams come true! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
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A Native American beadworkin' woman, student of life, lover of all things beautiful, daughter of strong parents, wife to a wonderful husband and (step)mother to a remarkable young lady. <3
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Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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SWD does have sales. If a shopper wants to make a purchase at a sale price, then please make your purchase DURING the sale. Your payment price will not be adjusted if a sale, coincidentally, happens after your purchase. Want to be notified when a sale is going on? Follow us on Facebook to get all the SWD updates: www.facebook.com/SouthWnd
**California residents: Paypal will automatically add sales tax to your transaction
In an effort to reduce waste and help the environment, when ever possible, I reuse clean shipping materials such as bubble wrap, bubble envelopes, etc.
Purchases will be packaged and shipped within the time frame stated on the "shipping and policies" tab in the listing(s) you order. Most pieces, as described in the listings, take 2-3 business days to ship. All Native beadwork, as described in the listings, can take up to 3-5 business days to ship.
It is the customer's responsibility to ensure their shipping address is correct when placing the order. After the package is placed in the mail it is out of our hands. If the shipping address on the order is incorrect, USPS will typically send it directly back to us, however this process can take a long time to transpire. No refunds or replacements will be made until the merchandise is back in our hands. At that point the customer will have to pay for the merchandise to be shipped a second time.
Problems with lost mail are rare, but they do happen! I highly recommend you purchase shipping insurance. If you would like to pay for insurance, let me know in the notes to seller and I will send you an invoice. Once your package has been submitted to the United States Postal Service, the actual delivery time is out of my control. Refunds and/or replacements will not be made unless the buyer has purchased insurance.