Custom Hand Smocking, Embroidery and Applique Work

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


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The Tale Behind Tiger Swallow Tales

You may already know that the beautiful Tiger Swallow Tail is Virginia's state butterfly, or insect, if you prefer to look at it that way. But butterflies are also known to represent hope, kindness, love, happiness, freedom, and beautiful color, to say the very least! They celebrate a fresh new life; the newborn in creatures great and small!

So when I retired from a 35-year office career, I felt I had so much more to offer. I could not consider this time an end, but a beginning to many more beautiful years ahead. I was blessed with a beautiful grand-daughter that year and my exceedingly smart daughter reminded me how much she hoped I would smock for her little girl, just as I did for her. She said, "Mom, you really should open a shop and make these for other people too." And so, on a beautiful summer day, while enjoying the butterflies in my Virginia back yard, I felt the urge to capture some photos of the butterfly you see in my shop logo. That amazing butterfly followed me around all afternoon, as though it had a very important and compelling story to tell. And in an instant, I was inspired to name my shop "Tiger Swallow Tales"!

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." ~Hans Christian Andersen

Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. ~Author Unknown

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  • Esther Conrad Grant

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Always Happy To Take Your Custom Order And Complete It From Start To Finish With My Own Two Hands!

    Owner and creator behind custom orders for special occasions, outings and play! Love to custom sew, hand-smock, and embroider on the finest of fabrics and proudly stand behind my work.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 7, 2017
Tiger Swallow Tales Boutique offers hand-made custom creations for special occasions, outing and play, including, but not limited to, hand-smocked, applique, hand or machine embroidered, and personalized items, christening gowns, birthday, holiday and wedding apparel, as well as doll dresses. Hand-knit or crochet items also available for infants.

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Returns and exchanges
Tiger Swallow Tales Boutique strives to meet your expectations. Items may appear slightly different than pictured in listings when it comes to trims and finishing touches, depending on the availability of similar trims on the market (includes type and color of Swiss embroideries, laces, piping, and ribbon). Due to the custom nature of all work, ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Under extraordinary circumstances, and solely at seller's discretion, an item may be returned for a full refund, if the item is returned WITHIN 3 DAYS OF RECEIPT, IN IT'S ORIGINAL, NEVER-WORN-CONDITION, WRAPPER, GIFT BOX AND SHIPPING CONTAINER, less cost of shipping for the return. Monogrammed or personalized items are NOT returnable.
Tiger Swallow Tales Boutique specializes in hand-made custom orders for one customer at a time which precludes mass-production or wholesale pricing.

Pricing of each item is based on selection of fabric, notions and complexity of style. Please contact me for a quote.

Tiger Swallow Tales reserves the right to refuse custom orders and will refund any pre-paid amount if, upon further inspection, the completion of the project is deemed unfeasible. Tiger Swallow Tales also reserves the right to refuse a custom order and will return any fabric(s), pattern(s) and other supplies provided by the customer, if, upon further inspection, the received goods are insufficient, incomplete, or damaged.

Payment is due upon listing agreement. Due to the custom nature of all items, ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Please read Refund Policy section below.
USPS Priority Mail, providing a tracking number to both seller and buyer, as soon as an order has been completed and payment has been received. USPS Priority Express Mail, International shipping, and Insurance at extra cost as determined at time of shipping. Tiger Swallow Tales is not responsible for any delay, loss or damage caused during the shipping and tracking process.
Additional policies and FAQs
All text, photographs, graphics, ideas, works-in-progress and project proposals posted herein are the sole property of Tiger Swallow Tales Boutique.

Private information will not be stored and never provided, shared, or sold to a third party. It is used solely to complete any existing order(s) and/or transaction(s) between the buyer and Tiger Swallow Tales Boutique.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Tiger Swallow Tales Boutique will complete all orders within the agreed-upon time frame. It makes no warranties and is not responsible for the performance of materials or supplies used, or any loss or damage after every reasonable and appropriate steps have been taken to complete the order and transaction.