Monday, April 27, 2015

Handmade Wooden Art + a GIVEAWAY!

Have you ever walked into someone's house and seen something on their walls that just grabbed your attention and made you ask, "Where did you find that?!"

This was me just a few weeks ago when I was at my friend Lauren's house.

In her playroom, she had this wooden growth chart hanging on the wall:

It didn't look like something you could buy in a store- something about it looked handmade and unique. And it was!

Here sister made it for her, along with this wooden letter that she had hanging in a picture collage on a wall in the same playroom:

When I asked her about the things her sister had made, she said that she had starting making them as gifts for friends and was hoping to make and sell enough to pay for her mission trip this summer.

At that moment, a light bulb went off. 

I told Lauren that I would love to help her sister out and share her amazing handiwork with you guys because
a.) they're really impressive
b.) who doesn't love giving and receiving unique, personalized gifts, and
c.) how great would it be to buy a gift for yourself or someone else AND contribute to a great cause at the same time?!

So that's what today's post is all about. 

First, a little background on A.J. (Lauren's sister)

(Lauren is on the left and A.J. is not the right- and no, they're not twins) ;)

I am a Clemson University graduate, middle school teacher, and a lover of anything outdoors.  I originally got into woodworking because I wanted to make a friend a unique birthday gift.  I had an old drill, a hammer, and no idea what I was doing, but the gift turned out really well, and I found that I really enjoyed creating things and people really enjoyed receiving the things that I made. 

Trip Info: 
In June, I am going with a group of people from my church to serve at a camp and university in Israel.  For 10 days we will work with refugee youth who live in this beautiful country that has been filled with conflict for decades.  In order to fund the $3000.00 trip, I am building and selling handmade wooden items.  By purchasing from this store, you receive a unique handcrafted item, and 100% of your money will go towards funding this trip to Israel.  

Y'all, I love knowing that I can buy something unique and support a great cause. I can't wait for Matt and me to take our family on mission trips in the future and serve together as a family. But until then,  we want to support our friends and family who are giving their time and money to do just that. If you'd like to help A.J. fund her trip, consider purchasing one of the items below.

Items for Sale:

Pallet wood state signs- $20.00
state outline with heart on your city
stain or natural wood optional

Pallet wood tree art- $20.00
tree painting with standard verse "Like a tree planted by streams of water" or custom verse
stain or natural wood optional

Letter Frames- $30.00
custom made with your letter of choice and color of choice
stain or natural wood optional
typical size 13x12

Growth Chart Rulers- $35.00
6 feet tall
Stain options: summer oak, Medium brown (Early American)

Jewelry Cabinet- $50.00
Wooden frame, chicken wire door for hanging earrings
approximate size is 22x14, but can be made larger
Stain options: red oak, summer oak, medium brown (Early American)

Wine Bottle Welcome Signs- $20.00
word can be customed (welcome, blessed, peace, love, lake, etc.)
stain or natural wood optional

See something you like?! What's that you say- you want one of everything?! Perfect. :)

To Place an Order:

Email A.J. -

You can either mail a check or send money through PayPal.

Shipping costs will be between $10-$15 for small items and $20 for large items.
If you live in the Atlanta area, A.J. said she'd be happy to meet you to help save on shipping costs!

A.J. is happy to customize any of the items shown if there is something specific you have in mind. Just shoot her an email with your ideas!

And because A.J. is so sweet, she's giving one of you a $20 credit toward any of the items shown! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced Friday morning. Good luck!



  1. Oh my goodness! How cute is her stuff?!?! I love those rulers and have seen them on Pinterest...but buying one from AJ for her amazing cause is WAY better! Love all of it!

    1. Hey! Thanks for the kind words. I have a few rulers ready to go. Let me know if you'd be interested!


  2. I love the Blessed wine bottle sign. :)

  3. These are so cute! I love the state outlines.

  4. Can't wait to get one of those rulers! I've been debating making my own, but this way sounds much better! Might even get another one as a gift!

  5. Supporting a fellow Clemson girl AND amazing decor?!? Yes please! Sign me up :)

  6. A state plaque for Indiana would be fun!

    1. Amy, Indiana is possible! Just let me know if you're interested and what city you'd want your "heart" on.


  7. I love the state outline, I'd pick Ohio :)


    1. Hey Ashley. Ohio is definitely possible! Let me know if you're interested and I'd be happy to make it. It would be my first Ohio.

  8. LOVE all of these! I would love the growth ruler for my little guys room. He doesn't have one yet!

    1. Hey Sara Lynn. I have a dark stained and light stained ruler ready to go if you're interested. Let me know!


  9. These are SO cute! I love everything but especially the growth charts!! :)