Welcome to my Etsy shop! My name is Summer McDowell, I'm married to my best friend, Jeremiah,a KCFD firefighter. We're the very proud parents of three kids, 18, 19 and 22 years old. I'm a full-time metalsmith, jewelry designer and small business owner in Kansas City, Missouri. I've been designing and making jewelry full-time on Etsy since 2012. Dakota Designs is my line of personalized gifts and handmade jewelry that I make here in the heart of America, in Missouri. I named my business after my daughter, Dakota, in 2004. I strive to use only American made, local products, local ethically sourced leather, American mined gemstones, and recycled packaging. We are a 100% handcrafted-American-made business.
I fell in love with working with metals and designing jewelry in 1st grade when I saved up and spent all of my allowance on a little jewelry making kit. I was seriously hooked and I've been sawing on metal, designing with beads and playing with tools ever since.
Designing and creating jewelry and gifts with meaning to others brings me joy. I put my heart into each piece, I say a prayer for each recipient of the memorial pieces I make. I love making something that brings a little smile, joy, or comfort to the person wearing it, it's my passion. Getting to use my own two hands to do that and playing with fire and metal means that I love going to work every day.
My designs have been featured in Seventeen Magazine, worn by Gina Rodriguez, as Jane Villanueva on Jane The Virgin, and worn by Juliana Harkavy, as Dinah Drake on the CW's Arrow, twice!!
A few of my favorite things are… spending time with my family and my dogs, cooking from scratch, gardening, sunshine, nature, hardware stores, reading, road trips, sunsets, and of course... making jewelry! Thanks for listening! Feel free to send me a convo to say hi or for special requests. :)
Thank you for all of your support in buying handmade in the USA. A portion of my sales goes to support organizations that provide shelter, medical and legal advocacy, and aftercare for victims of human trafficking. Your support of my handmade jewelry is helping make a difference in the world right now! You are helping survivors find hope and empowerment in their new lives.
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