Handmade By eLIZabeth

Handmade By eLIZabeth

Jewelry created by local crafter Elizabeth Cruz.

Most of the kids who you know, in your family and throughout the neighborhood, are, like their moms and dads, doing their best to cope with the new "normal" during these uncertain times we're living in.

They have their plates more than full, with school, homework, and after-class activities, as well as doing their thing on social media. Not to mention hanging out with friends and family over the weekend.

But, how many kids who you're acquainted with spending part of their day running their own business in addition to doing all of the above? Not too many we'd venture

to say!

Meet enterprising ten-year-old Astoria resident, Elizabeth Cruz who recently founded her very own brand Handmade By eLIZabeth.

A 5th-grader who attends the prestigious and beloved Growing Up Green Charter School in Long Island City; Elizabeth Cruz has always had a deep passion and flair for the creative arts.

This bundle of energy finds real joy in creating something beautiful out of nothing. And when Elizabeth saw how much her decorative creations pleased family and close friends, she knew that she had something that was worth pursuing. Turning her passion into a business was a relatively easy decision.

Thus, Handmade By eLIZabeth was born!


gummy bear earrings


However, starting a small business isn't as seamless as most people think. There's a lot involved. That is if you are going to do things the right way. As far as this bright, young entrepreneur is concerned; there are no shortcuts in life!

Luckily for her, Elizabeth did not have to look far for inspiration and advice. In fact, LIz's mentor was living under the same roof.

Her mom is Elena Cruz, a successful businessperson in her own right. Elena is the founder of Career Proz, a brand that helps job candidates take their resume writing and interview skills to another level. In addition to Career Proz, Elena also works as an independent consultant for Touchstone Crystal Jewelry, the direct selling division of Swarovski.

Wow! Keeping busy just seems to run in the family!

Elizabeth started off making lip gloss, which proved to be a very popular item. The next and bolder step in the creative process saw Liz create various charm earrings such as gummy bears and sweet tarts, just to name a few. All the while, Elizabeth was perfecting her craft-making skills.

Now the time was right for Elizabeth to move forward on her brand's exciting new venture; gem and natural stone earrings. It was quite a challenge. But Liz was more than up for it.


pearl charm bracelets


Currently, this talented artisan is crafting a colorful and tasteful line of clay and pearl bracelets, with pearl charm and heart charm bracelets among her most in-demand products. There seems to be no end to Elizabeth's imagination. She is forever coming up with new designs and patterns.

It's hard to believe that this jewelry was made by someone who is just ten years of age and not a seasoned artisan. But, then again, genuine talent and hard work always rise to the top.

Handmade By eLIZabeth is also more than happy to do custom orders.

So, if there's something you have in mind, with regard to bracelets or earrings, get in touch with Elizabeth and she'll do her very best to make it happen.

The HOLIDAYS will be here faster than you realize. There has never been a better time to contact Elizabeth and place an order. Her carefully crafted products will definitely make that special someone in your life's eyes light up with glee !

And, hey, why not treat yourself? After all, you DESERVE IT!

It's never been more convenient to place an order. Just email Elizabeth at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and get this party started.


heart charm bracelet


If you prefer shopping in person, then stroll over to Side B Thrift and Gift Shop

which is located at 36-12 34th Avenue in Astoria. They are now showcasing Handmade By eLIZabeth's jewelry line.

As gorgeous as her jewelry looks in photos, they are even more impressive up close and personal. And so very Instagram-worthy.

Contact Info :

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Side B Thrift and Gift Shop

36-12 34th Avenue

Astoria, N.Y. 11106

Hours :

Monday Closed

Tues.-Thurs. 11 AM to 7 PM

Fri.-Sat. 11 AM to 8 PM

Sun. 11 AM to 6 PM

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