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About Me
 
Hi! I'm Kelly, the force behind Happy Shack Designs. I live in a happy little shack on the river in Jacksonville, Florida, with my husband and twin daughters. Happy Shack Designs is a dream long in the dreaming. I've wanted to create my own business doing some sort of artwork for as long as I can remember.

Before venturing into my current creative outlets, I spent countless hours working on various needlecraft and sewing projects, skills learned from my mom and my grandmother. I can credit my foray into jewelry to my girls. When they were born, I wanted a mother's bracelet. I saw several styles in catalogs, and all were approximately $100 for a simple double strand. That's when I decided to teach myself how to make jewelry. From there, I was hooked, Happy Shack Designs was born, and I am self-taught through trial and error.  My business was officially incorporated in 2005.

I use only the highest quality materials, including sterling silver, Thai silver and fine silver, gold vermeil, 14K gold fill, and 14K gold.  Color in my work comes from handmade glass lampwork beads, Swarovski crystal and Czech glass, gemstones and pearls. My husband and I both are learning the art of lamp-working and metal-smithing as well.

You may also see my photography, mixed media art, and handmade books included here. I've been a photo bug for as long as I can remember and have fallen in love with all the creative options digital photography brings. My fine art photography often contains layers of texture that add an added dimension to the works.  I started experimenting with mixed media art in 2009 and am enjoying that medium as well.  I often combine my photography into mixed media pieces and also into my jewelry lines by creating glass pendants from my photography.
 
On a personal note, I love the outdoors, play the guitar badly, play the piano fairly well, sing somewhere in the middle, love to bake, and have the most adorable red-headed twin daughters ever seen (comin' from a proud Mama); they are the light of my life.  I also work full-time in higher education in addition to my Happy Shack, so it gets a little crazy in our world at times. Visit my blog for how it all comes together!  Thank you for visiting Happy Shack Designs!
 
Privacy Policy (Last Updated May 2018)
 
You may have heard about the GDRP going into effect in the European Union. Companies that do any business with customers in the EU must comply with this policy which covers the collection of identifiable personal information through the internet. To date, Happy Shack Designs has not had any European customers, but who knows what’s around the corner, so here are my privacy policies!

This Privacy Policy explains how information about you is collected, used and disclosed by Happy Shack Designs. This Privacy Policy applies to information I collect when you use my website or when you otherwise interact with me as outlined below.

I may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If I make changes, I will notify you by revising the “Last Updated” date at the top of this policy and, in some cases, may provide you with additional notice (such as by adding a statement to my website or by sending you a notification). I encourage you to review this privacy policy whenever you access the site or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about my information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to Me

I collect information you provide directly to me. For example, I collect information when you participate in any interactive features of the site, subscribe to a newsletter or email list, participate in an event, survey, contest or promotion, make a purchase, communicate with us via third-party social media sites, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us.

The types of information I may collect include your name, email address, and postal address if your make a purchase, preference or interest data, and any other information you choose to provide. If you provide an email address to invite a friend to participate in our website, I will collect that email address and use it to send your friend such an invitation.

Information My Website Provider Collects Automatically

When you access the website, I may automatically collect information about you, including:

Log Information: My website provider (PappaShop) collects log information about your use of the site, including your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, web request, access times, pages viewed, web browser or mobile device operating system, and links clicked within the site.

Information Collected by Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies: My website provider uses various technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help improve my services and your experience, see which areas and features of my site are popular, and count visits. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in my site or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, and understand usage and campaign effectiveness. For more information about cookies, and how to disable them, please see “Your Choices” below.

Information I Collect from Other Sources

I may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information I collect through the website. For example, if you follow my social media sites, I will have access to certain information from those sites, such as your name and photos, in accordance with the authorization procedures determined by that social media site; I may also collect information about you when you post content to my pages/feeds on third-party social media sites.

Use of Information

I may use information about you for various purposes, including to:
• Provide, maintain, improve and promote my products and services;
• Provide and deliver the information, products and services you request, process
transactions and send you related information, including confirmations and
receipts;
• Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and
administrative messages;
• Respond to your comments, questions and requests, and provide customer
service;
• Communicate with you about products, services, surveys, offers, promotions,
rewards and events offered by Happy Shack Designs and others, and provide news and
information I think will be of interest to you;
• Monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with my website;
• Personalize and improve the website and provide advertisements, content or
features that match user profiles or interests;
• Facilitate contests, sweepstakes and promotions, and process and deliver entries
and rewards;
• Link or combine with information I get from others to help understand your
needs and provide you with better service; and
• Carry out any other purpose for which the information was collected.

I am based in the United States and the information I collect is governed by U.S.
law. By accessing or using my website or otherwise providing information to me, you
consent to the processing and transfer of information in and to the U.S. and other
countries.

Sharing of Information

I may share information about you as follows or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:
• When you participate in the interactive areas of my website, i.e. the Guest Book or my social media sites, certain information you provide may be displayed to other users, such as your name, photo, comments and other information you choose to provide;
• In response to a request for information if I believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, any applicable law, regulation or legal process;
• If I believe your actions are inconsistent with my user agreements or policies, or to protect the rights, property and safety of Happy Shack Designs or others;
• In connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of my business by another company; and
• With your consent or at your direction.

Social Sharing Features

The website may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools (such as the Facebook “Like” button), which let you share actions you take on the website with other media, and vice versa. Your use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the entity that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the entities that provide these features.

Advertising and Analytics Services Provided by Others

I may allow others to serve advertisements on my behalf across the Internet and to provide analytics services. These entities may use cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect information about your use of my website and other websites, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked and conversion information. This information may be used by me and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests on my website and better understand your online activity. For more information about interest-based ads, or to opt out of having your web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes by companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

Security

Happy Shack Designs takes reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Because I use Paypal for payments, I never have access to your personal credit card or banking information. 

Your Choices 

Cookies

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability or functionality of our Services

Promotional Communications

You may opt out of receiving promotional communications from me by clicking the unsubscribe here link included at the bottom of every email or by sending an email to kelly@happyshackdesigns.com. If you opt out, I may still need to send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your purchase, giveaway winner, or our ongoing business relations.

Contact Me

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact me at kelly@happyshackdesigns.com.