Karlande started on a full-time basis in 2008. It grew from Andrea’s passion for creating by hand, inspired by watching her father create and repair nets for fishing. After retiring from a teaching career, she spent hours combing local beaches picking up pieces of pottery and glass and making them into jewellery (Gems from the Sea). In 2009, she designed the original Sparkles of Hope Cancer Awareness Bracelet. This inspired her to create jewellery to support other organizations and individuals.