Saturday, September 5, 2009

{ olive & ollie }

I get asked a lot where the name Olive & Ollie came from, or what it means, so I thought I would share here again.

I have been crafting my whole life, but it wasn't until I became pregnant with my son that things really began to fall into place. As soon as my husband and I found out our first baby was a boy, we began to shop around for all sorts of things for him. Much to our dismay, there were not a lot of choices when it came to things for boys. So, I began to make my own.

That's where Olive & Ollie started. My philosophy is that every child deserves something made by hand. My shop is named after my Great-Grandmother Olive, and my Great-Great-Aunt Ollie. Both were strong, independent women who made all sorts of things with their hands, and shared my belief that handmade is best.

I now have two children; Aidan was born in August 2006 and Olivia came along in February 2008, and as you can imagine, they keep me quite busy. But, they are truly my inspiration. So, at night when they're both asleep, I create my goods.

{ Great-great aunt Ollie Belle Cox holding me as a baby }

{ Great-grandma Olive Brandeberry holding me as a baby }

{ today is the last day to enter and win }

your choice of one of my custom birthday tees from the Metropolitan Mama. Stephanie, the writer of that awesome blog, reviewed one of them for her newly-turned 3 year old, and we're teaming together for this giveaway. Just click here for your chance to win. The Metropolitan Mama

Good luck! The contest ends tonight at 11:59 PM MST.
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