Hi there! My name is Sara, and I am a speech-language pathologist by day and an aspiring jewelry-maker by night/weekend, working to find the balance between my creative and scientific brain. I’ve been making jewelry since I was little, carefully crafting macrame friendship bracelets or long-stranded necklaces full of ceramic beads. I took my first metalsmithing course in high school and quickly fell in love with the process and materials involved. My shop, the Littlest Friend, opened in June of 2014 and was named after one of my favorite sidekicks, a miniature dachshund named Maisie. In spite of her size, she is one of the bravest and most loyal characters I know, chasing down gigantic dogs that pick on her friends, driving skunks out of the yard, and breaking into gardens in search of corn.
“You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.” Nehemiah 9:6
My jewelry is largely inspired by my fascination with creation. I find myself in awe daily of the colors, forms, textures, and patterns that the Lord has placed in the world around us, and the simple complexity of it all. I never cease to be amazed by the green tones radiating across leaves as the sun filters through the forest, the vibrant colors of the sea creatures I see in photographs of coral reefs, or the delicate patterns etched across the backs of insects and layers of rocks towering in the desert.
While I seek to convey these discoveries into my art, I also hope to create jewelry that helps my customers reflect a little piece of themselves to the world. Whether it’s bright, bold, delicate, unique, quirky, or conventional, I hope you find something in these earrings and necklaces that highlight a piece of who you are.
When I first set up my shop on Etsy, I had planned to pick a name related to a favorite song, Bible verse, or book title, but instead settled on the Littlest Friend. Initially, I just saw it as a shout out to a favorite sidekick, but it has since evolved to take on new meaning. Back in college, I hoped to start some type of business where I would have the opportunity to donate a percentage of the profits to charities. Now that I’ve been able to make some ground with my jewelry making, I’ve decided to start doing just that, and I am so excited to be able to do so! The Littlest Friend seems like a fitting name for a venture that hopes to support the missions and goals of selected charities with the idea that no donation is too small, and that every bit helps. Keep an eye on the blog to see where 10% of each sale will be donated. This season, money from each sale will be going towards Compassion International, specifically towards providing for children who are waiting to be sponsored. Learn more here.