We’re so glad you took time to stop by our blog. We’re literally just getting started – we haven’t even opened our shop yet. But, we’re hoping to get set up on Etsy later this week.
We decided to go ahead and start sharing our designs on Facebook to get feedback – and it seems that we’re not the only ones who think our designs are groovy.
So, while we’re working out the kinks on our Etsy shop’s grand opening, we wanted to tell you a little about ourselves and what we do.
First, let me introduce myself. I’m Sarah – the daughter-part of this artist duo and the creative entrepreneur who dreamt up Hip Earth Designs. I needed a career change and I’ve always loved creating arts and crafts, so opening my own shop just seemed like the best thing to satisfy my urge to create.
And all that creativity was hereditary – a gift from my mom, Shelia – the other half of Hip Earth Designs. Shelia (I prefer to call her “mom”) is retired from a career in nursing and has a lot of free time and some really cool ideas – so I talked her into helping me out (don’t let her fool you, it didn’t take much convincing). 😉
Our medium of choice is polymer clay, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see us using other materials in the future. But, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the medium – polymer clay is a man-made, clay-like material consisting of polymer plastics. It starts out as a sort of rubbery substance – something like a mix between Play Dough and Silly Putty. Then, we condition it, sculpt it, shape it and craft it into a mini-artwork. Then, we fire each piece (or bake it) and the polymer plastics harden to a texture and consistency mush more easily recognized as plastic. Finally, we paint and add finishing touches to the design and coat each piece in a protective sealant.
So far we have a small inventory of wallets, cigarette cases and votive candleholders, but we’re adding new items and new designs very soon.
We’ll have our Etsy shop up and running later this week, but we can also process orders through Pay Pal – or hand-deliver if you’re nearby Grayson, KY.
Items listed in our Etsy shop are finished items ready for immediate shipping- expect delivery within 1 to 2 weeks after placing your order.
Here on the blog we’ll be keeping you updated on new designs, recommending other artist and crafters we dig and sharing crafting instructions you can do yourself. Check back often and join in conversation with us in the comments, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks again for stopping by, we’re looking forward to getting to know you!