Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Wednesday, July 12, 2006


"I really love your jewelry! Really fun stuff - thanks so much!"
Sarah P., Chicago, IL
purchased Love Birds, Shanghai, Pandora, and Fishdance necklaces (repeat customer)

"Tonight I wore the necklace and everybody was in awe. So I thank you again and please tell Tefi that they complimented her work all the way in Michigan."
Olivera J., somewhere in Michigan
recieved the Kirsten pottery shard necklace as a gift

Tefi made it into the blog, Snapshots From an Unmade Bed. Check it out!
purchased the Diana pottery shard necklace and matching earrings

"Just wanted to let you know that the Juicy Fruit ensemble made Mother's Day a smashing success! Thanks for doing what you do-contributing a bit of joy to the world."
Charles C., Mesquite, TX
purchased Juicy Fruit necklace, bracelet, and earrings for his wife

"Your work is beautiful and original. This is my third purchase and I am very pleased. Thanks!"
Jennifer A., Wylie, TX
purchased Black Rainbow necklace, She Sells Seashells necklace, and Juicy Fruit necklace (repeat customer)

"I totally have to go buy an all new wardrobe that goes with all the cool Tefi jewelry that I want to buy. The Phoenix necklace and the Moonlight necklace are absolutely gorgeous!"
Ashleigh H., Plano, TX
purchased She Sells Seashells bracelet and earrings and Peter Pan necklace (repeat customer)

"All of your items are so great! I really love your jewelry."
Amy, Oklahoma City, OK
fellow crafter

"Keep the good stuff coming!"
Holly H., Dallas, TX
purchased Chunky Turquoise and Arrowhead necklaces (repeat customer)

"My mom loves the necklace and earrings set!"
Rachel W., Garland, TX
purchased Magda pottery shard necklace and earrings for mom's birthday

"I love your creations. I am the owner of many pieces, and whenever I wear them, I get all kinds of awesome compliments!"
Constanza W., Garland, TX
purchased several Juicy Fruits, among many others pieces (repeat customer)

"I LOVE your website! You have such beautiful jewelry!"
Rebecca M., Alabama
Boutique Owner

"It's here! It's here! I got it last night...and you know I could not imagine not wearing it today...I was so freaking excited!! I love the clasp and the length is perfection!! Tefi rocks my socks!"
Sara H., Addison, TX
purchased Juicy Fruit necklace

"Oh, thank you so much! I am so excited! This necklace is beautiful!"
Ashley S., West Islip, NY
purchased Great Coral Reef necklace

"My friend in St. Louis LOVED the necklace I sent her. There’s something for everyone, I’ve found! Mostly ME….but I’d go broke buying all of the ones I wanted!"
Amber M., Dallas, TX
purchased Edi, Alice & the Queen, DahliaII, Large ArtsyDisk, and Monkey See Monkey Do necklaces (repeat customer)

"Good news: My wife loved...the necklaces. She likes the Tianyang necklace a lot."
Avery C., Washington D.C.
purchased the Sparkle necklace and Tianyang necklace

"I got my necklace today. It’s even prettier in person than on the web! I showed it to everyone when it arrived and they all thought it was beautiful."
Edi F., Dallas, TX
purchased Mermaid's Treasure, Bamboo Salad, and Ease Your Feet Into the Sea necklaces and Pinkie Loves Brownie ring

"I love it!!"
Kristi B., Carrollton, TX
purchased Mom's Little Treasures (custom order)

"Thank you so much for these beautiful necklaces!! They are perfect and I love them! You did such a good job and I already know exactly who is getting which necklace...I'm keeping them all...just kidding!"
Amber G., Dallas, TX
purchased the Cleopatra necklaces for her bridal party (custom order)

"I got the necklaces today. There are even more gorgeous in person. Thank you so much!"
Nicole T., Garland, TX
purchased Julia pottery shard necklace and Pomegranate Fairy necklace

"I absolutely LOVE my necklaces from Tefi! They can be worn with so many outfits. The prices are great too...can't wait to order more!"
Laurie C., Indianapolis, IN
purchased Fire necklace and Ebony necklace

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I buy your jewelry?
Tefi Designs accepts all major credit cards via PayPal at my Etsy shop. To complete an order, you must first create a login on Etsy, just like you would with any other shopping site. PayPal and Etsy are verified secure sites, with hundreds of thousands of users.

Do you sell items in the Dallas area?
Yes. I am currently consigning with Move Studio in north Dallas and the Coffee Haus Downtown in Arlington.

What about shipping and handling?
Tefi Designs boasts very low shipping and handling costs. This is because Tefi Designs ships First Class U.S. mail, which does not offer a tracking number nor include insurance. Mail upgrades are available upon request, for an additional charge. I also reuse packaging, when appropriate, to save on handling fees.

How long will it be until my order ships?
Depending on the availability of your item and whether any custom adjustments are made, your piece will be shipped within 3-5 business days after payment is received. This excludes weekends and holidays.

Will Tefi Designs resize items?
I make my pieces to fit the average-sized woman (like me). But since we all come in different shapes and sizes, Tefi Designs will resize an item, if possible, by adding silver-plated chain for an additional charge. If chain cannot be used to lengthen a piece, an additional labor fee will be added to redo the entire piece.

Are your photos a good representations of what the actual pieces look like?
No. Photographs do not do justice to my unique handmade creations. However, I do my absolute best to edit the photos so that they represent the true color of each piece as accurately as possible. Due to variations between monitors, colors may appear slightly different in person than on the web.

What is Tefi Designs' return policy?
Items must be returned within 30 days, and must be in the condition in which they were originally sent. Please contact Tefi Designs before returning a piece. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable.

What about repairs?
All items are guaranteed by Tefi Designs for up to six (6) months after purchase. Should a piece require repair due to a faulty part, there will be no chanrge for the repair. This is determined at the discretion of Tefi Designs. Repairs that fall outside this scope can also be made for the cost of materials plus a charge of $20 per hour ($10 minimum repair fee). Shipping will be covered by the customer. Tefi Designs cannot be held responsible for pieces that are lost or broken by their owners, and will not be covered for free repair.

Will you repair jewelry you didn't create?
Nope. Tefi Designs is not a repair shop.

Does Tefi Designs do custom orders?
I am currently not accepting custom orders.

How do you price your items?
Tefi Designs uses a professional pricing scale that is an industry standard. This formula includes parts, labor, and overhead. I always aim low so that you can enjoy beautiful, unique handmade pieces without breaking the bank.

The Really Small Print
Tefi Designs' creations are made up of small parts that may pose a danger to small children and pets. Customers are advised to keep Tefi Designs' pieces and all other jewelry out of the reach of small children. Tefi Designs is intended to be worn by adults only (unless otherwise stated). Tefi Designs is not responsible should an accident occur due to negligence, wear-and-tear, or faulty parts.

Click here to read what customers have said about Tefi Designs.

Questions still?
tefidesigns [at] gmail [dot] com

Friday, June 23, 2006


I'm forever updating this page. Send me resources if you have 'em!

Supply Shops
Auntie's Beads - beads and supplies
Beading Dreams - beads and supplies
Benno's Buttons - buttons, ribbons, trimmings
Passionknit - yarn and knitting supplies
Rock Barrel - beads and gemstones
Splendor in the Grass - beads and supplies
The Artful Bead - beads and supplies
The Shabby Sheep - yarn and knitting supplies
The Woolie Ewe - yarn and knitting supplies

Art/Craft Groups
Etsy Dallas
Oak Cliff Artisans

Classes & Workshops
Craft Guild of Dallas
Creative Arts Center
Paper Nerds

Local Indie Shops I Love
Abundance Boutique
bows and arrows
Coffee Haus Downtown
Crooked Tree Coffeehouse
Dolly Python

Indie Shops
Holy Cacao
Parts & Labour

Art/Craft Groups
Alamo City Etsy
Etsy Austin

Funky Finds (online)
Handmade Galleries (Los Angeles)
Purl Soho (Manhattan)
Urban Fauna Studio (San Francisco)

Earthernwood Studio
Green Girl Studios
Heather Wynn

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Below is a list of press I have received for Tefi Designs. To see a complete list of press for Etsy Dallas (I write all the press releases), make a clicky-click here!

Best of Texas - article and splash about my Juicy Fruit necklace donation

Advocate - article about a donation I made of my Juicy Fruit necklace
D Magazine - article about the 1st Annual Spring Bash, featuring my Big Balls necklace (below)

NBC DFW About Town - article about Etsy Dallas and the 1st Annual Spring Bash with a quote from me! (below)

Hello Dallas - article about Etsy Dallas and the 1st Annual Spring Bash

Quick! DFW - article about shopping localling featuring Etsy Dallas, including my Opah! bobbies (below)

Oak Cliff People - article featuring ME! (below)

Quick! DFW - article about Tefi Designs and Etsy Dallas (below) - Etsy admin chose Tefi's Dark Crystal bracelet to be featured on the front page of Etsy as part of a Storque article about a grant for Etsy Dallas, the grant request written by yours truly!

Etsy Profiles blog - Tefi Designs profiled!

Oak Cliff People - article featuring Larry Pile and Etsy Dallas -with a quote from yours truly! shopping blog - article featuring Tefi's Scotland Is for Me fabric ring

Funky Finds Blog - article about 2007 Deck the Halls show (Check out all the votes for Tefi Designs!)

Oak Cliff People - article about the 2007 OCA Studio Tour

Snapshots from an Undmade Bed blog - featuring one of Tefi's pottery shard necklaces
Click here to read what customers have said about Tefi Designs.


2nd Annual Jingle BashNovember 21st
Saturday, 1-7pm
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm Street, Dallas


Move Studio Trunk Show - June 20, 2009
Etsy DallasSpring Bash - May 16, 2009 Co-Organizer
Funky Finds Spring Fling - April 25, 2009
Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash - November 22, 2008 Co-Organizer
OCA 2008 Fall Show - November 15-16, 2008
Etsy Dallas Beer-B-Q - May 18, 2008 Lead Organizer
Urban Street Bazaar - May 10, 2008
Oak Cliff Earth Day Festival - April 20, 2008
Etsy Dallas Valentine's Day Show - February 9, 2008 Lead Organizer
Etsy Dallas Holiday Show - December 8, 2007 Lead Organizer
Deck the Halls - December 2, 2007
Urban Street Bazaar - December 1, 2007
OCA 2007 Fall Show - November 17-18, 2007
Urban Street Bazaar - May 5-6, 2007
OCA 2007 Studio Tour - April 21-22, 2007
RHS Vendor Fair - March 3-4, 2007
Urban Street Bazaar - December 9-10, 2006
St. Francis Vendor Fair - November, 2006

The Coffee Haus Downtown, 208 S. Mesquite St. in Arlington

Move Studio, Preston @ Campbell in North Dallas

2008 MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge - 75 swag bags featuring my Shaken, Not Stirred hairsticks
The Sampler - featured in May 2008
House of Dang - Bryan St. @ Haskell Ave., Dallas
The Soda Gallery - Bishop Arts District, Dallas
The Purple Tangerine - Arlington and Fort Worth
VIX Emporium - 5009 Baltimore Avenue, West Philadelphia
Shambhala Body Gallery - Bishop Arts District, Dallas
Fringeware - Austin, Texas

About Me, Tefi

I make things . I love stuff . My nickname is Tefi
Tefi Designs is a one-woman, Dallas-based jewelry design studio run by me, Stephanie Hindall. Formed in 1998 under the original name Velvet Frog Designs, Tefi Designs specializes in jewelry and accessories made with quality materials and craftsmanship. My favorite materials are: wool, sterling silver, gemstones, and fabric. Professionally, I work as a grant writer for a local non-profit serving homeless children, and am committed to serving the rescue efforts of local animal charities. Tefi Designs donates 10% of all net profits to local animal groups.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, I received my BA in English and Italian in 1998 and Bilingual Educator Certification in 2002.

My Crafty Life
Along with designing, creating, and managing Tefi Designs, I founded (in 2007) and lead Etsy Dallas, the original Dallas craft collective. Each year, I organize the Spring Bash and Jingle Bash, two distinct top-notch art/craft events in Dallas. I'm a published print writer and enjoy writing for several blogs, including Tefi Designs, Life With Ian, and Etsy Dallas.

Setting up my displays at the 2009 Spring Fling in Fort Worth (hello-o-o pregnancy weight!)

My Life in Oak Cliff
I live and work in the vibrant Dallas community of Oak Cliff with hubby Jason, baby son Ian, and dog Oliver.

Oak Cliff, a tight-knit artsy community just across the Trinity from downtown Dallas, is where I call home. I am an advisor for La Reunion, a local artist residency program in Oak Cliff and I sit on the Board of the Oak Cliff Artisans. Also (whew!), I am an active member of the North Cliff Conservation District neighborhood association, and recently began volunteering for the Jefferson Median Beautification Project.

On January 17, 2009 I became a first-time mother to Ian Alejandro, my darling boy wonder.

My Dreams
One day I will walk the highlands of Scotland, pick vanilla beans in Madagascar, and convince everyone to spay and neuter their four-legged friends.

My Handmade Philosophy
Handmade crafts are a testament to the people and times of a culture.

When you buy handmade, you support your local artist community and your local economy - when you buy handmade, you buy American. You can be sure that the piece you bought was made with love by someone just like you - not made in a factory, assembled by robots.

While many artists and artisans price their items fairly, remember that they are offering you a piece of their talent - made by their hands. So the next time you get ready to buy a gift for a loved one or yourself, choose handmade: choose a gift from the hands and the heart.

George (d. July 7, 2009) hanging out in Tefi's studio