TheOakLeaves

Hand Made Goods

Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Announcement    Welcome to The Oak Leaves. We are a small family of makers and homesteaders, selling our handmade goods to support our dreams.






The domestic shipping costs listed are for USPS priority mail, only. If you wish to have them sent slower/faster just let me know and I will reserve a listing for you...

Wholesale and custom orders are more than welcome, please email me at ChrisiTheGreat [!at] yahoo.com for a price list...

Please don't copy my work, it is copyrighted, and it breaks my heart!
All content © 2007- eternity The Oak Leaves

" I'm not a copy cat serving second hand flavor, I'm not a parasite, I'm a creator"
~Max Normal

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 11, 2020

Welcome to The Oak Leaves. We are a small family of makers and homesteaders, selling our handmade goods to support our dreams.






The domestic shipping costs listed are for USPS priority mail, only. If you wish to have them sent slower/faster just let me know and I will reserve a listing for you...

Wholesale and custom orders are more than welcome, please email me at ChrisiTheGreat [!at] yahoo.com for a price list...

Please don't copy my work, it is copyrighted, and it breaks my heart!
All content © 2007- eternity The Oak Leaves

" I'm not a copy cat serving second hand flavor, I'm not a parasite, I'm a creator"
~Max Normal

Items

All Items

Shelf City

$55.00

Christina Leake

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Christina Leake

Reviews

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  • S on Jul 14, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    These are beautiful, so tiny and delicate! I can't imagine how fiddly they are to make, you are very talented. Thanks very much!

  • ktade on Aug 11, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    So beautiful and full of personality! I love it!

  • lindaswed on Jul 3, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    very beautiful and well-made they were a gift for my sister and she loved them

  • EclecticHarmony on Jan 13, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC!!! I have patiently waited for this talented artist to re-open her shop and I am thrilled that I did, it was so worth the wait >>> these are wonderful, exquisitely handcrafted teensy little buildings!

    I cannot recommend highly enough ordering from Chrisi: her communication is spot on and her work will transport you....

    I love my shelf city -- THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • OhVanille on Dec 29, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    The village and mushrooms are both so exquisite! So unique and I marvel at the skill of making ceramics so tiny. I truly adore them!

  • Till on Sep 11, 2015

    1 out of 5 stars

    do yourself a favour and never buy here. hidden info somewhere in the offer and blaming it all on the customer. really , HANDS OFF HERE!

    Christina

    Christina responded on Sep 14, 2015

    Unfortunately this customer didn't notice that thier order was listed as "made to order" rather than a ready made item. The order was completed within the allotted time, but prior to shipment the order was canceled and a full refund issued. This is the first time I've experienced this type of misunderstanding.

  • Till on Sep 11, 2015

    1 out of 5 stars

    never received the items i paid for instead some mom-zilla attacked me as a customer - after i opened a conflict...one month later(!!!) after never hearing smth. HANDS OFF!

    Christina

    Christina responded on Sep 14, 2015

    Unfortunately this customer did not read the item description prior to purchasing and so expected immediate shipment of two items listed as made to order. The turn around time for sculpting, bisque firing, glazing, and a final firing was four weeks. Just before that time the misunderstanding came to light and ended in a cancellation of the order and full refund. The customer was unaware that made to order items are sold on etsy.

  • kerismith on May 25, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    Even better in person! So much detail!

  • auntneenos on Feb 10, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    I couldn't stop giggling as I unwrapped my tiny city! It is so adorable!

  • Any on Feb 2, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    So, so beautiful. The buildings are even tinier and more detailed than they appear in the photos. I am blown away!

About TheOakLeaves

Sales 565
On Etsy since 2007

The Leake family homestead

Stephen and Christina live on a nine acre homestead in Virginia with their two year old son, Fisher. During the warm months they can be found milking goats, wrangling free range chickens, or tending the garden. Of an evening you'll find Stephen reading aloud or sketching as his wife mends, sews, or sculpts. Come the winter they spend time nursing a fire and working away at hand crafts to sell throughout the year to support their family.

The couple has always been drawn to creative pursuits, both having varied interests. Christina loves old world hand craft as well as traditional fine arts, but has recently focused on pottery and hand sewing. A jack of all trades with a love for the imperfection inherent in hand made goods. Stephen's latest plan is to carve bows from an old mulberry tree on the property, fashioning the bowstrings from wild yucca and fledging his arrows with turkey feathers.

Back in 2007, Christina opened up shop selling the first terrariums on Etsy. Wanting to complete the verdant scenes she began sculpting miniature ceramic houses. Eventually the "Shelf City" was born and she found herself selling the tiny homes, churches, and factories up and down the east coast at shows.

Things slowed down with the arrival of their son, raising him being a full time job. But come the winter of 2014 they'll be opening up shop again. This time selling whatever is made that day. You can expect to see old standbys like the Shelf cities mentioned above, as well as handsewn clothes, pottery, quilts, paintings, jewelry, basketry, inkle loom weaving, wood carvings and much more.

Shop members

  • Christina Leake

    Owner, Creator

    Christina is a stay at home mama, maker of hand crafts, and homesteader in Virginia.

  • Stephen Leake

    Creator

    Stephen is a nurseryman, artist, and homesteader living with his wife and son in Virginia.

  • Fisher

    Assistant

    Fisher is two and loves to help his mama and daddy with projects around the homestead. His favorite thing is fire trucks.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 12, 2014
hello there,
welcome to The Oak Leaves policies and procedures,
i hope you find everything in order!

Wholesale orders are more than welcome.
Just contact me through etsy's convo feature for pricing details...

I am also very open to custom orders...
Im quite versatile and would love to work on bringing your ideas to fruition...

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Refunds for gross misrepresentation on my part (and only for that reason) are excepted if you notify me within 5 days of receipt of item. Refunds only cover the price of the item itself and does not include shipping costs either way. Upon receipt of the item in its original condition i will send a pay pal refund to your Etsy email address.

If you have payed for insurance of an item, and it arrives to you damaged. You will be fully refunded your money through the post office (contact me for details).

I am sorry but i do not except exchanges at this time.

terrariums are very carefully packed, and securely shipped.
but should disaster strike during shipping, there are a few ways to remedy the situation.
if this should occur, contact me immediately and i will do everything in my power to work the situation out.
(by disaster i only mean if things are shaken up, i cannot replace broken jars. i provide the option to purchase insurance)
Payment
I prefer payments made through paypal, however...

if you need to pay by another method, just contact me and we'll try to work something out.

Please only pay via paypal unless otherwise agreed upon.
Shipping
I ship to the address on file with Etsy.
All Items are ready made unless otherwise noted within the item listing.

For pre-made items
I try to ship within 1 week...

For "made to order" items
i ship within 4 weeks...
This includes any item marked "made to order" within the listing... (The things i make take time and care to create)

All items are shipped domestically via USPS priority mail...

All items are shipped internationally via first class mail...

*please understand that i am the mother of an energetic toddler with a homestead to run, and sometimes can't meet the shipping dates precisely, if this happens i will do my best to let you know...

If you would like to upgrade or downgrade shipping methods please let me know prior to purchasing.

*International orders are sent as quickly as possible given the paid shipping amount...*

If you desire insurance or delivery confirmation on your order, please convo me for the slight price adjustment. These are not included.

Shipping prices are based on:

*actual shipping cost
*Price of shipping box and packing materials
*Price of item packaging if any
*transport to and from post office


I will use recycled materials whenever possible/available in my packing.
This may include newspapers, sale adds, shredded documents... Please understand that this is because I care about the environment and would like to find as many uses for these items as possible before they are recycled. In turn I hope that you will reuse or recycle all packing materials rather than throwing them away.
Additional policies and FAQs
*please realize that the terrariums are filled with living things which grow, change, spread, and can eventually die... i will provide a detailed and easy to follow care guide with each purchase... but beyond that the well being of the plants is out of my control.
if you have troubles i will work with you extensively to solve the problem...but cannot guarantee they will live forever.


Wholesale orders are more than welcome.
Just contact me through etsy's convo feature for pricing details...

I am also very open to custom orders... Im quite versatile and would love to work on bringing your ideas to fruition...

thanks so very much for supporting my shop and my family!