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I make it my mission to create modern, attractive, and functional accessories that I hope will become go-to pieces in your busy life. I strive to offer excellent customer service, and believe in paying close attention to even the tiniest details in everything I make, because I’m a perfectionist – and I want you to absolutely love anything you buy from me.


A little bit about me…

My name is Kerry, I’m thirty-…something, and I live and work in my old-but-charming house just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East Coast.

I love to make stuff with my hands. Always have. If you came here and wandered around my house, much of what you’d see has been made or at least altered by me (the rest of the chaos is just stuff that’s waiting for me to transform. What can I…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 15
  • Joined April 7, 2008

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fabric, beautiful colours, graphic prints, cashmere, vintage buttons, thrift store finds

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About

I make it my mission to create modern, attractive, and functional accessories that I hope will become go-to pieces in your busy life. I strive to offer excellent customer service, and believe in paying close attention to even the tiniest details in everything I make, because I’m a perfectionist – and I want you to absolutely love anything you buy from me.


A little bit about me…

My name is Kerry, I’m thirty-…something, and I live and work in my old-but-charming house just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East Coast.

I love to make stuff with my hands. Always have. If you came here and wandered around my house, much of what you’d see has been made or at least altered by me (the rest of the chaos is just stuff that’s waiting for me to transform. What can I say, I love a project!)

My home and studio are smoke-free, and pet-free about 95% of the time. I sometimes puppy-sit an adorable yellow lab named Bella, who generally can be found lounging in her ‘spot’ on my bed, but occasionally hangs out at my feet while I sew.

In 2008, I was at a party when a friend commented on a clutch I’d made. She knew I also made jewelry, and asked if I’d heard of Etsy. The rest, as they say, is history! I stayed up all night setting up my Etsy shop, and sold my first pair of earrings at 5am, just minutes after I’d finally gotten those first items listed. I was hooked!

I moonlighted on Etsy for awhile while continuing to do the 9-to-5 thing, then in late 2009 got ‘streamlined’ right out of the corporate rut I’d been in since finishing University. In retrospect, it was the best thing that could’ve happened to me! Since then, I’ve been able to focus all of my time and creative energy on building this business, and effie handmade continues to grow. It’s hard work being a one-woman-show, but the freedom of working for myself is well worth it!

You may be wondering who ‘effie’ is… The original Effie is my Gramma. She is funny and kind and loving and awesome, and has been a huge influence in my life. She’s in her early 90’s now, but her sharp wit still keeps me on my toes. effie handmade is named in her honour.

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