Local Teen Crafts with Compassion

July 24, 2014 | Janie

Today I’d like to introduce you to a special teenager from our community. Her name is Hannah and she makes and sells jewelry so that she can give to people in need. She will tell her own story and allow us to get to know her a bit. I think you will be encouraged to learn how one so young is already using her talents to make a difference. Thank you, Hannah, for all that you are doing. Be sure to check out Hannah’s store on Facebook!

I have lived in Pine City for four years. I was thirteen when my family and I moved here, and now I am seventeen—almost eighteen. I live with my mom, Jamie; dad, Pete; sister, Jessie; and brother, Caleb. That’s my grandma in the picture with us. I am the blonde on the far left.

Hannah's family at Easter

I am going to be a senior this school year. I am homeschooled. I have a passion for arts and crafts, reading, and butterflies, as childish as that may sound. I babysit for my neighbors once a week. They have two boys, a two year old and a four year old. It’s a lot of fun. I also play guitar.

Hannah and a butterfly

I make necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. I use several different materials to make my jewelry: glass beads, metal beads, plastic beads (once in a while), chain, wire, buttons, elastic string, all kinds of stuff.

Hannah behind table

I’ve been making jewelry off and on for a few years, I’m not sure exactly how long. I really started to get into it when one of my cousins showed me how she did some things. I started to find and figure out how to use all the different ways for making jewelry really good, professional. I’ve improved a lot since I first started, and continue to improve the more I work on it.

Hannah's table

I’ve sold my jewelry at my church twice to raise money for Rwanda, Africa. That is the only selling I’ve really done so far, but I opened a facebook store page on Thursday, July 17, and I’m hoping that will take off soon. The page is called Hannah’s Unique Boutique, and I guarantee that at least fifty percent of all profit goes to charity. I think it will usually be more than fifty percent that gets donated. 100% of this month’s profit will be donated to Our Response.

Hannah's sign

There are pictures of my recent jewelry on my facebook store page.

Hannah jewelry behind her

I heard about Our Response through my church, Pine City Evangelical Free Church, because it is partnered with Our Response to raise money for work in Rwanda, Africa.

I just want to help people. God has given me the abilities I have, and it is my responsibility to do something good with them. I will donate to Our Response, Feed My Starving Children, and other places. I might even use some of the money to do Christmas Shoeboxes at the end of the year.


  • Tracy

    What a wonderful selfless thing you are doing for others! The jewelry looks amazing – you are very talented :) Good luck to you! I’ll be sure to share your Facebook page.

  • Steve Fredlund

    Hannah… you are an inspiration. Thank you for using the talents you have to add to the beauty.

  • Sadie

    So glad to know you personally. Very excited for you and proud of what you are doing!