About the Designers
I, Brenda, have been a Creative in one way shape or form since I can remember. Whether I was expressing myself through poetry like my father, knitting and sewing like my grandmother, or singing in the basement while my brother made music, I found I had to express myself in some imaginative kind of way.
When I was little and my parents would get ready to go out, I remember sitting with my mom while she chose what to wear and how to accessorize it. I think I was most inspired by her pearls and opals. I loved the pearls because of their history and the opals because they were so special to her. I remember her cautioning me to be very careful with them because they were so very soft and easily damaged. (That, of course, only added to my fascination with them! lol)
Fast forward to my high school teaching career many years later. I taught art, drama and English. I was in my 20s and had lots of energy, so I decided to teach night school too. One of the classes I taught was making jewellery and that was when my fascination was rekindled in a big way! Since then I have honed my craft and tried numerous mediums (I'm a Gemini so that was natural). What you see on these pages are some of the best of those designs!
I'll never tire of the look I see on the faces of people who find the right pieces of jewellery...the designs that speak to them just as they spoke to me when I was creating them. You'll know right away if the fit is right. And every time you put your jewellery on, that connection will be strengthened. Whether you find that piece on the website or we collaborate to make a custom design, this is the wish I have for you,
Socks by Sandy are handknit socks made by one of my besties. Sandy loves to knit and has made some amazing original designs over the years. She's also a very accomplished embroiderer and I am blessed to own a number of her pieces.
I can attest to the quality of these socks as I currently own over 30 pairs! There are many colours from which to choose. Because the majority of them are made from 75% wool and 25% nylon, you can throw them in the washer and dryer and they keep their shape! Of course, with owning so many pairs, mine never wear out! I simply rotate them according to what outfit I'm wearing! :D All teasing aside, they're of great quality and will last you for a very long time!
The other great thing about Sandy is that she has a huge heart and loves to donate to the SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). A bonus is that knitting keeps her fingers nimble and helps her pass away the time. We decided that it would be a great idea if we collaborated, so Sandy donates her time and talent and the profits from each pair of socks purchased go to the SPCA. That means that with every pair of socks sold, a $10.00-$15.00 donation is made to help with the care of cats or dogs who have fallen on hard times and the remainder goes back in to purchasing new supplies. The added bonus is that everyone's heart grows just a little bit larger! <3
If socks are your jam, check out Socks by Sandy!
just.a.tad accesories is founded by my good friend, Tracey. We've known each other since we were teenagers working in a fabric store together and I can attest to her workmanship. Her work is impeccable and her eye for detail and design is exquisite.
This is what Tracey had to say about just.a.tad: "Hand crafted handbags just a tad ott … because accessories should never be boring :) "
"A not-so-secret fabric hoarder, I enjoy making bags and accessories that have a bit of a twist. These limited-edition makes often feature my favourite fabrics designers, including Tula Pink, Alexander Henry, Kaffe Fassett, Robert Kaufman, custom panels and more."
If you love to accessorize then check out just.a.tad!