On my journey of selling the “magic” shampoo, Monat hair care line, I met an amazing and inspiring woman. We worked a Wine & Wash together and realized we had a lot in common. We are both moms, work in the healthcare field (I actually work with her husband directly) and clearly both love Monat. We became Facebook friends and that is when I became aware of her home business Healing Heart Designs.
I watched her post cute, customized t-shirts among many other items and quickly became a big fan. I tend to flock towards businesses that can customize items for their customers because – I mean let’s be real – we all want something that is original and designed to our liking, right? I have also watched her give back to the community or to special organizations with her business, and I think that is just awesome!
To give you guys a little bit more info about Brandi and her homegrown business, I interviewed her. Below you’ll find our interview and some photos of the items she most recently has made, or is most proud of. I hope that you enjoy and the next time you need a shirt for an event or just for fun, that you’ll shop small business and chat with Brandi. You can visit her Etsy Shop or connect with her on Facebook.
Here she is with firefighter, farming husband. Aren’t they adorable!?
When did you begin Healing Hearts Design and what is the story behind this business?
Healing Heart Designs started February 6, 2016 on our twins, Aiden and Parker, 1st birthday. They are the reason Healing Heart Designs began. We lost them at 32 weeks gestation to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. After they passed I found comfort in sewing and began making handmade baby blankets and burp cloths for friends. After several months of hearing how much their little bundles of joy loved their handmade gifts, friends and coworkers were requesting items to give to their loved ones as gifts. So Healing Heart Designs was born!
What did you do prior to Healing Hearts and what made you decide to take the jump to begin this as a business?
I am also a pediatric nurse, and have been blessed enough to be able to work part time for the last 3 years. The support of my husband, as well as the encouragement of my family and friends is what really helped my decision to turn this into a business. The idea of doing something I already loved to do and being able to spend more time with our first son while doing it was very appealing.
What all types of products do you currently offer?
Currently t-shirts are a hot commodity in my shop. I also continue to sew baby blankets and burp cloths, and decorate wine glasses and coffee mugs. I am constantly expanding items based on what customers are requesting or showing interest in.
Which three items have been your most favorite?
Only three, that’s tough! I have had so many recent orders that I’ve absolutely loved. I really enjoyed the Santa’s Cookies and Milk set I did last Christmas probably because I’m still a kid at heart and the magic of Christmas each year gets more fun with having children. The group of Disney shirts I made for my good friend for their family vacation last fall was a lot of fun. There were 9 of them and I made each of them a personalized shirt for a day at a Disney park and then one for their cruise. I guess if I can only pick 3, then my last one would have to be the team shirts I made for a group walking for the March of Dimes. It was an honor to be asked to make them, and it’s been fun designing them with my customer.
I know that you like to do events and popups, when and where can we expect to see you stationed next?
As of now, the next event I’m scheduled for is Matilda’s Heart Vendor and Craft Fair July 21st at First Community Church in Buckeye Lake, OH.
What has been one of your biggest challenges within this business?
One of the biggest challenges is getting your name out there, as I’m sure you can relate. Finding my niche and what people are looking for.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
You mean other than being highlighted in your blog? Oh man, this year has been amazing so far by the grace of God. I have been working with 3 boutiques for the last couple of months, 2 are local in the Newark area (My Mariah’s Boutique and MiahBella Boutique) and the other one is in Maryland (BellaBlu Boutique).
What are your plans for Healing Hearts in the next 5 years?
Continued growth. With my business only being 2 years old, it’s still a baby. Turning a hobby into a business has been wonderful, and if I could continue to be home more and more with my family it would be amazing. As far as new products, I’ve always been intrigued by embroidery so possibly incorporating that into some of that in the future. As well as t-shirt quilts and memory blankets/quilts made from baby clothes. The possibilities are endless really, I guess. I love incorporating new things into my business and hearing what type of items my customers are wanting. As always wherever God leads me with my business I will be blessed and pray I can bless others along the way.