About

Daggers and Pearls is a small business creating eco-friendly homeware and décor, handcrafting trays, candle holders, dishes, vases, trinkets and more. My husband and I came up with the name, and I feel it reflects the aesthetics of my products – raw and a bit edgy yet sleek and shiny.

I use a variety of materials, but mostly love working with Eco-Resin, a water-based, non-toxic composite resin system that is demonstrably green-​sustainable and eco-friendly with no harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

The designs are bright, modern and colorful – some items are purely decorative while others are practical for everyday life, and all make for beautiful one of a kind décor. Thank you for shopping small!

Meet the Maker

Annalisa

Who would think that my dad’s old military clothes would be my initial inspiration to create? I loved his service dungarees and coveralls, so I cut them up and sewed them back together, adding embellishments and appliqués. I wore them proudly -- they made a chic fashion statement, plus they fit with the whole ‘90s grunge vibe, so soon I was making one-of-a-kind pieces for my friends too. What started out as a fun project ignited a spark in me to create, and I’ve been doing that ever since, dabbling in different mediums and materials along the way.

After graduating college with a fashion merchandising degree, I became a buyer for a string of boutiques before opening my own boutique where I showcased upcycled vintage pieces I crafted. Yes, I was one of the OG DIYers!

Cupid intervened, introducing me to my future husband, who taught me a lot about this new thing called the Internet, and that led me down a wonderful career path as a graphic designer. We got married, had a baby and years later, in the middle of a pandemic, I realized how therapeutic crafting is for me and that I missed making handmade items. After trying various materials, I finally arrived at my happy medium, Aqua-Resin, which I love using to cast vessels of all shapes and sizes -- some functional, most decorative, all eco-friendly.

Being a small business, I wear all the hats – I do the pouring, casting, photography, graphic design and social media, and I love it! And while we closed the physical store long long ago, I’m very excited about my new online shop. I look forward to making and creating beautiful and unique products to share with you and hope you will join me in this journey!