It all started with a wood heart and a story


The curtain raises, and the spotlight settles in on a couple surrounded by thousands of cotton stems. I’m totally kidding but I’m loving this dramatic entrance to this post!  😂 

Words can’t describe how much I love making things beautiful and part of that is making things beautiful in my life. The symbol of my life has always been a heart. 

…. spot light fades onto an Olivewood Designs heart 😂

In all seriousness though these hearts deserve a spotlight! 

 If you haven’t heard of my all-time favorite handmade shop Olivewood Designs, then clearly you’re living under a rock 😂😂

The story behind this amazing handmade shop is the definition of the American dream. 

        (Olivewood Designs original flag) 

Olivewood Designs started in a household garage in Arizona. They had an idea and a dream-that now has developed into a thriving company. What began as Julia hosting craft nights for her friends shortly turned into creative power house. Their creations are one of a kind. Each time you purchase from them you’re contributing to their American dream. 

Shopping small and supporting the handmade community is so much more than owning beautiful items. It’s about a community of artists sticking together to push each other up and truly empower everyone.

The handmade community inspire their customers by the creations they create. They encourage their customers to love one another but mostly to love yourself. 

Out of all the makers who have encouraged me one way or another, Olivewood Designs truly has taught me self acceptance and forgiveness. 


Get ready for the tissues, I’m not kidding. 

It was Mother’s Day weekend and I was helping a friend with their booth at Junk in the trunk. 

 For me Mother’s Day is hard. I lost my mother to suicide when I was 17. But that’s not what this post is about.

 That very heart above was made for me in remembrance of my mother. That’s just the type of business Olivewood Designs is; a selfless, humble, encouraging family owned business. 

Everytime I look at this heart I can’t help but think of my mother and how something so tragic, Julia helped me to see the light. She told me focus on my mothers love and know god loves me. She held me so tight and said my mother is looking down on me with no pain because god is with her. She asked me to open my heart to forgiveness and allow my mothers love to shine through this tragedy. With those words I will forever be greatful to her. After that day I forgave my mom and opened my heart to forgiveness. 

However you chose to style any Olivewood creation know that your buying a piece of this families heart. 

In closing I ask that next time you want to purchase something for your home I encourage you to buy handmade and shop small. So these inspiring artists can continue to spread their love around. 

From the bottom of my heart thank you Julia and Olivewood family. 

Have a great week y’all! 


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Photography in the cotton fields by:

6 thoughts on “It all started with a wood heart and a story”

  1. Oh my goodness! This story brought tears to my eyes!! Julia really spreads the message of God’s love and forgiveness so well! I’m happy to hear she helped you to forgive your mother. 😊 I’m hoping to snag one of her hearts soon!


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