This week I am featuring a small business from Twin Cities, Minnesota; that is recently new to Great Lakes Made. Embellish By Sandra is a quaint company that can add a personal touch to just about anything!

Starting Out

Embellish By Sandra started about two years ago, when Sandra and her husband, Rick, wanted to create a business that they both knew a little bit about and enjoyed. Sandra wanted to create products that people would really enjoy and appreciate. That is when Sandra started embellishing simple items, and her vision took off!

“When I left the corporate world, my husband and I started a business in an industry with his background. I started making wine stoppers on the side, something fun for myself to focus on. I enjoyed it so much I reached out to local shops to carry my items and also started selling online.  Shortly after starting the business, I started making other items and expanded the business.”


Her Work

Sandra works with all types of items. She can wood burn and engrave unique designs on pretty much anything. She has mostly worked on wooden spoons, wine toppers, coasters and cheese boards. She also makes wine glass toppers, which I believe is her most unique and coolest creation. She also loves doing commissions, because she said there always seems to be a great story with deep emotion behind them. Sandra said that the possibilities of things that she can create are endless!


“Everything can use a splash of fun.”

Sandra is always brainstorming new ideas for new products and opportunities. She stated, “Whether it’s adding to my product line or finding another venue for selling.  It keeps it exciting!”


What Sandra Loves About Her Work

“I love that I get to be creative and make products that people can utilize. It makes me so happy when my items put a smile on someone’s face.  It’s such a great feeling knowing that I make something that people can take home and enjoy.”

Sandra told me that her quality is the most important thing to her when it comes to her products. She wants to make sure that her products come out exactly how she wants. If something doesn’t turn out, she’s not afraid to throw it out and start over. Her policy is that if she won’t buy it, she won’t sell it.

Sandra also stated that she doesn’t have a favorite piece, but really likes her wine glass toppers, because they are so unique and because she uses them so frequently. They are a great way to protect your drink from bugs when you are outside enjoying the Summer sunshine.

Where Can You Find Embellish By Sandra?

This summer you can find Embellish By Sandra at the Keg and Case Farmers Market in Saint Paul. During the holiday season, She’ll be at the MPLS Gift & Art Expo November 1-3 and the MN Christmas Market at Nicollet Island Pavilion on November 17.

Sandra sells her products in many shops and wineries in the Twin Cities area. Some of them are I Like You, I Like You Too, Gathered Goods Company, Homespun, Truly, and Digs. You can also find her on our site at Embellish-By-Sandra.


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  1. Paige

    This article is so cool, love reading about locally owned businesses!