Emily on Nov 26, 20155 out of 5 stars
perfect, exactly what i wanted and as described, very happy! prompt postage, great service, great seller, thanks
Julia on Mar 11, 20145 out of 5 stars
I am honestly crazy about the (silver and moonstone) ring I bought, it is so gorgeous- even prettier than depicted. The artist kept me informed step by step on the shipping process, and it arrived quickly. I really could not be more pleased and look forward to shopping here in the future!
From Mental Illness To Mental Wellness
Hi! I'm Sandra. I'm a 32 year old woman living in Australia with my husband, 4 year old son, three cats, and a terribly unhealthy obsession with chickens. (Don't judge me.)
4 years ago after my son was born, I was diagnosed with severe Postnatal Depression. I became suicidal, could not function or parent my child, and nearly had to be put in a psychiatric hospital. I'd always had mental health issues as a result of a violent childhood and had already been diagnosed with PTSD. The Postnatal Depression just brought it back to the forefront. I was sick all over again.
One of the biggest challenges facing my recovery was a lack of funds. I was so bad my husband had to take six months off of work to look after me because I couldn't even get out of bed. We went tens of thousands of dollars in debt and nearly lost our house.
I started to make jewellery. At first it was just to have something to do with my hands. I'd always been creative and I found making things to be quite therapeutic. In support - my husband Simon started to make forged copper pieces as well - we both became quite good at it.
I started selling my jewellery at local shops and markets and using the funds to pay for my therapy and medications. It didn't cover it, but it helped and I began to improve.
It's been a long road, I've had ups and downs and I still can't always afford therapy - but I'm getting there day by day, beautiful piece by beautiful piece.
Sandra is the principal designer and owner of Bead Bug Jewellery. She started making jewellery in 2010 as a means of therapy and to fund her therapy for her PTSD.
Simon is an occasional designer for Bead Bug Jewellery and Sandra's husband. By day he is a Python programmer but by night he enjoys making beautiful copper pieces.
Alexander is Sandra and Simon's 4 year old son and is Sandra's terribly helpful and adorable little assistant. He's inherited his parents creativity and can't wait to learn how to make jewellery himself.
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