StepTwinDesigns

magical adornments for the radically vulnerable in OR

Eugene, Oregon
| 126 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement    🍂🌬 happy holidays twins! 🌬🍂
it's me! your local queer witch bitch here to adorn you with jewels made for your zodiac sign with healing and protection.

be sure to check out the shop on BLACK FRIDAY! If you make a purchase of THREE ITEMS or more, you'll get 50% off your entire order!!

and remember step twin for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, and CYBER MONDAY as well!! <33

all designs are original and handmade and highlight love and intention, the healing properties of the crystals and gems that I use, astrology and the metaphysical, and reclaimed materials when possible.

most of my earrings use hypoallergenic surgical steel ear wires, unless specified.

thank you for stopping by to check out my shop!

keep your third eye open and find me on instagram, tiktok, twitter and facebook @steptwindesigns

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Last updated on Nov 24, 2022

🍂🌬 happy holidays twins! 🌬🍂
it's me! your local queer witch bitch here to adorn you with jewels made for your zodiac sign with healing and protection.

be sure to check out the shop on BLACK FRIDAY! If you make a purchase of THREE ITEMS or more, you'll get 50% off your entire order!!

and remember step twin for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, and CYBER MONDAY as well!! <33

all designs are original and handmade and highlight love and intention, the healing properties of the crystals and gems that I use, astrology and the metaphysical, and reclaimed materials when possible.

most of my earrings use hypoallergenic surgical steel ear wires, unless specified.

thank you for stopping by to check out my shop!

keep your third eye open and find me on instagram, tiktok, twitter and facebook @steptwindesigns

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About StepTwinDesigns

Sales 126
On Etsy since 2021

Professional chef turned jewelry designer

Hi friend!
I'm Dawn, your Step Twin Designs jewelry creator, photographer, gift wrapper, model, event manager, aestheticist... and that's just what I do on Etsy! 😅
I am actually a Chef by trade, but no longer serving delicious gourmet dishes to folks in my community. With a degree in Baking and Pastry and 14 years of experience in this field, I took a sharp left turn from the gourmet, bar, and bakery scenes after my dad passed in 2019. I took this loss pretty hard, as I am an only child, and he a single parent. I felt as though my entire support lifeline was gone in just an instant. This served me a few choices- continue down the often reckless path of a line cook with long hours and even longer nights, find a way to go back to school, or to pivot and use my skills in a new environment. I'm thankful to have chosen the latter, as the former would have destroyed me. I was able to land a job combining my passions for food and mental health, working as a Chef in a residential Eating Disorder clinic. I loved that job more than anything and could see myself doing it for life, but unfortunately was treated unfairly and paid incorrectly multiple times, on top of the unattainable expectations placed on the floor staff. The love for the work allowed me to stay there for 3 years, but I was sacrificing myself for what I thought was the benefit of the clients I was helping, but was actually sacrificing myself for a greedy money hungry healthcare corporation.
As some of you may have experienced, the world of food got turned upside down, (as many things did) in the beginning stages of the pandemic. At the start of it all, I was working as a Chef and Recovery Coach for E.D.'s in a residential mental health setting. Adjusting to the new normal was difficult, but a challenge I was up to facing with strength and resilience, as many line cooks and chefs are used to.
What at first felt like a superhero level of responsibility and resilience and essentialism, quickly spiraled into burnout while working for a for-profit healthcare giant, as we watched them neglect us (their largest facility in their network,) in favor to line their pockets. Watching this corporation monopolize and profit off of the welfare of real people, while not being able to pay their staff correctly was too much for me and many of my coworkers. I was so disheartened to see this from a mental healthcare agency, and continuously advocated for more and continuously grieved the rejection and lack of care and support for their staff.
At the beginning of the new year in 2021, I resigned and stepped back into the Culinary world as a Head Chef!!! I began to love this job even more than the last, as it allowed for expansive creativity, as well as allowing me to show up as a full human being. Due to the fall of many restaurants in my area, I was the only kitchen staff, along with one bar staff. The days were long, but I had a wonderful teammate and costumers by my side to make it all worth it.
Flash forward to January 2022, when all of that was taken from me in an instant. After getting sick with covid for the very first time, I was unexpectedly fired from a job of my dreams, due to issues surrounding their covid safety protocols and staff safety concerns.
With hardly an explanation, on my first day back from covid quarantine, I had to pack up my knives and go before I could even start my shift. This loss was absolutely gut wrenching. Did any of my skills or training over the past decade and a half matter? Was I a bad Chef? How can I be a successful Chef as a young, take-no-shit, neurodiverse queer woman?
Those questions still rattle in my head from time to time, but I will say that I am thankful (in a weird way) that I was fired that day. That day allowed me the freedom to begin truly considering what I wanted in my life. It allowed me the time and space to get to know myself again, after years of masking and working myself to the bone.
Now, nearly a year later, I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to create my own small jewelry and art business, to have completed my very first vending season, to have had my very first private chef client, and to have loved and lost.

All this is to say, it's okay to be loud about the things that aren't right in this world, like corporate greed, discrimination, micro aggressions, sexism, homo/trans/xenophobia, etc. Our voices matter, and they have an impact on the world around us. Not a day goes by that I regret speaking up for my staff, or for myself.
I am grateful. I am honored. I am free to run my business how I see fit, based on the principles of morality, inclusion, radical honesty and vulnerability, anti capitalism, and community healing.
So remember that when you chose to support Step Twin, you're also choosing to support a radical entrepreneur who will tirelessly stand up for herself, her community, and the otherwise marginalized, in this capitalistic wasteland.
Thank you for being

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