Hi! My name is Tessa! I started White Birch Handmade Goods while I was at home on maternity leave from my position at our local Optometrist office in Golden, BC.
The earring collection began with the large leaf earrings that were inspired from a design I saw on TV. I wanted to buy them, but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for locally and since I’ve always been a creative, crafty person I decided I would just make the earrings myself.
After many compliments, lots of interest and the encouragement of friends and family, I started my Etsy shop. My earrings quickly became very popular. I had great feedback with my first style, and soon I was getting requests for different styles. The collection has now grown and some of the styles have been directly influenced by my customers!
I attribute some of my success to my career as an Optician. It has given me an eye for detail and current fashion trends, so even though I'm new to jewelry designing, I have years of experience with what looks good, and what people like on or near their face. Eyewear is very similar to jewelry!
As a small-town girl, I’ve always preferred to shop small and I’m committed to having a small footprint on the planet. Keeping it as local and sustainable as possible, most White Birch Handmade Goods are made in small batches from genuine leather remnants sourced as close to home as possible. This means our leather varies by availability. Once a colour is gone, it's gone!
All goods are carefully packed in reusable muslin bags and shipped to you in recyclable envelopes (where facilities exist). We also try to avoid the use of any one-time-use plastics!
I hope you love your earrings as much as I loved creating them!