My name is Amy, and I am a 40-something-year-old 4th grade public school teacher morphed into a stay at home mom to two beautiful babies, Jacob and Evelyn. I am married to the most amazing man in the world, Brandon, who is our Director of Operations, faith speaker, my number one supporter and father extraordinaire!
How Evy’s Tree came into my life is completely by accident; definitely what I would consider a God thing. When I decided to stay home with Jacob, money was VERY tight. In October of 2009, I was inspired by many wonderful and creative stay at home moms who could whip up these beautiful items for their families with practically no money. I felt like I couldn’t even take my kids’ hems up if I needed to, and that made me feel very inadequate as a mom for some strange reason. It seemed like everyone I knew could sew. So I borrowed my mom’s sewing machine and attempted to learn. In fact, I did a big post on my family blog regarding my feelings about being crafty right after I brought the machine home. The post is a bit of a joke now as I complained how I wasn’t creative, and yet here I am- creating for a living! You can read about that here.
Anyway, I started sewing a little for myself and then I took on the task, with help from some do it yourself blogs, of embellishing some hoodies from my closet for a trip to Disney World that my family was taking in December. I made a handful of hoodies and got gobs and gobs of compliments while in Florida. I posted some pictures of the hoodies on my family blog and almost immediately I started receiving emails from people asking if they could purchase one. A couple of weeks later I put up a Paypal link on my blog and sold 15 in 30 minutes. And my business was born…today we no longer make our items by hand, but mass produce luxury pieces from high end fabrics that we have found from all over the world. Our hoodies have been featured on popular sites such as The Weigands and Tori Spelling, and yearly we sell thousands upon thousands of hoodies across the world to teenagers, college goers, career women, moms and even grandmothers! Evy’s Tree is definitely well-loved around the globe.
I get asked often how we came up with the name “Evy’s Tree”…we call our daughter Evelyn, “Evy”, and on her first bedroom wall we painted a beautiful white tree with an owl sitting on the branches. When I was sewing my first “Hoot” hoodie, which had an owl face on the chest, Jacob walked up, saw the owl and asked, “Is that Evy’s Tree, Mama?” The name for the hoodies just stuck. You can see pictures of Evy’s room by clicking here.
Born into an entrepreneurial family- both her parents, grandparents and great grandparents were self employed- owning a business just makes sense to Amy. Although being creative was not initially something she thought she thrived at, it has become a way of life for her and to this day she considers creating for Evy's Tree one of the best jobs she could ever have found herself doing. Amy's number one priority is her family, and in any free time she gets, she strives to spend it with them. Other interests include getting lost in a good book, cooking anything from Barefoot Contessa or Giada, watching movies with her husband, redecorating her house, and spending time with her friends and church family.
Co-Owner, Director of Operations
Brandon has always been a part of Evy’s Tree, but officially joined our work team in 2013 when he realized that we needed a little extra support in our shipping department. More recently, he has taken to running the day to day details of our operation. His eye for detail, creative flair, and exceptional organization skills keep our warehouse running and our shipping team on schedule. A native Californian and former youth pastor, he loves his wife and two kids, the great outdoors, spending time with his close friends, rock climbing, and UFC. In addition to his time at Evy’s Tree, Brandon has written a book aimed at youth pastors entitled (You)th Ministry: 29 Challenges to Cultivating Health and Leading Well which you can purchase here.