I think one of the most fun things about gift giving is the wrapping of the gifts and I also hate buying things like wrapping paper and tags. So this year, we used every day kraft paper and our FREE downloadable gift tags to spruce up our presents.
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This Giving Tuesday, buy a swaddle for yourself and we’ll give one swaddle to Baby2Baby.
Baby2Baby provides low-income children the basic necessities that every child deserves.
And if you’re looking a place to donate today, head over to Heart’s Home. They are running a campaign to raise enough money to fund the gas they need to do their mission in Brazil, where I lived back in 2011/12.
In honor of Shop Small Saturday, I thought it would be a perfect time to answer some common questions that I get about how Be A Heart was started!
First of all, my name is Erica Tighe and two weeks from today I will be married to Paul and become Erica Tighe Campbell! I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and lived there until I moved away for college. My first year was spent at Marian University in Indianapolis until I transferred to DePaul University in Chicago where I got my degree in Sociology.
After college, I joined Heart’s Home and lived in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil for 18 months. Before going there, I read one of their publications that said that our job was to “be a heart - nothing but a heart.” I loved that concept and hoped to live it with my life. I made a blog called Be A Heart where I wrote about my daily life.
I moved to Brooklyn after Brazil and stumbled my way through trying to figure out what I was to do with my life.
After two years in New York, I decided to move to Los Angeles to be closer to my family in Arizona. While I was job searching, I started selling custom calligraphy quotes on Etsy - something that had become my hobby in New York. My brother also helped me build a website and we called this new business, Be A Heart (because I had 500 instagram followers, which we didn’t want to lose and it now makes me laugh!)
In February 2015, after not being able to find a job that felt like the right fit, I decided that I would try to be a full time designer. I had no idea what that meant or where the work would come from. I did a lot of small custom projects and when I didn’t have work, I made my own paintings. I put the few products on my website and made a few sales.
That summer, I taught my first calligraphy class and fell in love with teaching in this form. I made a calligraphy kit after that and taught more and more classes around the country. I LOVED meeting and connecting with people over the next few years.
In March of 2016, I was published in Elle Magazine and I think that is still one of my favorite moments of my career.
In October 2016, I signed a contract to write my first book, which came out in November 2017.
In January 2017, I hired my first employee and we were now a team of 2!
We worked on so many events, calligraphy classes, branding projects for other companies and products in our own shop!
In January 2018, we became a team of 3 - Chelsea is our design assistant and Kelly manages the shop! This year has been such a balance of trying to figure out how to plan a wedding and run a business! We launched our first swaddle blankets (!!) and the bathing suit that gave me so many gray hairs.
The Marian Bandana was a bigger hit than I ever expected and now we are working on producing more of our own products on top of our work for other companies.
In August of this year, we moved out of my house into a gorgeous studio in Silverlake, Los Angeles. We are now not tripping over each other and have some room to expand.
And soon enough, I’ll be a married woman and am excited to see how the change in my personal life affects what comes into my work.
We are so appreciative of you supporting this small business.
Y’all, if you’ve been following along on instagram at all, you know that more than anything this holiday season I am most excited about getting married in 17 days. I am working double time to prep our shop for holiday sales + finish the remaining wedding details.
The shop will remain open until December 19, thanks to our two assistants, Chelsea and Kelly who will assure that all orders get shipped and into your hands for the perfect holiday gift giving.
And I just want to thank you all for supporting this business by purchasing our goods - especially this year as I take a few weeks off to marry Paul and go on a honeymoon to Mexico City - the first time I will take more than 2 days off in a couple of years.
From now (Wednesday, November 21) until Monday, November 26, you will receive 20% off AND free shipping on all orders (plus! get a free Marian sticker sheet with every purchase while supplies last). no code necessary
And in transparency, we are awaiting shipments for a few products that are holding up shipments, but everything will arrive to your door within a few weeks!
Thank you again for your support,