11th Annual Holiday Marketplace Vendor: Designs by MoDa

Editor’s note: The 11th Annual Holiday Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Framingham High School Foundation. SOURCE is profiling several vendors from now until the marketplace.


Designs by MoDa

Owner: Donna Gath Criswell

First launched in: 2013

etsy.com/shop/designsbymoda and celebratingsharon.weebly.com

Why did you launch your business? This is a business started by a mother and daughter (Donna Gath Criswell and Sharon Marie Gath) as a means to help the Sharon deal with the struggles of having epilepsy.

Tragically, Sharon passed away just a few months after the business began early in 2013.

Donna decided to continue it in her daughter’s memory with 100% of all proceeds raised being donated to charities and scholarships created in Sharon’s name.

See http://celebratingsharon.weebly.com/what-weve-accomplished.html


What will you be selling at the holiday marketplace?  Hand crafted leather, silver, pewter and other metal jewelry.  Most pieces have a magnetic closure/clasp.


What makes your business unique? Our business is unique in the craft itself, leather and other materials as well as the magnetic closures on most pieces.  We are also unique in our mission, we do good things in Sharon’s name …Paying it forward.


Where do you get your inspiration from? My daughter.


What is your favorite thing about the holidays? Family


What is your signature item that everyone should buy at the marketplace and why? The petite Swarovski crystal and leather bracelets.

Photos courtesy

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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