Brooke Schepker's outlet for coping with the pressures of a full-time job and being the mother of two young, energetic sons? Sewbrookie, a line of handcrafted accessories that she launched just last year.
"It was such a release to me," says the Stratford Hills resident, who started with a single clutch purse and expanded to hair accessories and brooches, which Schepker crafts out of silk and organza before adding chic touches such as glass beads or pearls.
"I really love organza and the way it looks when you singe the edges," she says. "It made it look like a real petal." For more information, visit etsy.com/shop/SewBrookie .