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Saco, ME, United States
Welcome to Blackberry Hill Designs featuring eco-friendly art, jewelry, and home decor.
Arts and crafts, recycling, repurposing
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In December of 2008, I ordered a Scrabble tile pendant online only to find it quickly fell apart. The idea came to me that I could make the same pendant by using the best products that I could possibly find. For fun, I followed this first pendant up with six others and began wearing them to work. Much to my surprise, within three days, I had made several sales. Within one month, my pendants were being sold in stores followed by several arts and craft festivals. With the success of the Scrabble tile pendants, I ventured into making additional "green" products: typewriter key jewelry made out of scrap wood, reclaimed wine and liquor bottles into lamps, and repurposed vinyl record bowls. After falling in love with the simplicity of making something with my hands and being able to live off of it, I left my full-time counseling job to pursue my new passion. A question often asked is, "Where did you come up with the name Blackberry Hill Designs?" I once lived off of Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick, Maine, and always loved the name. Thus, Blackberry Hill Designs was born.
A New Beginning...
In October 2010, my life changed dramatically when I met my wonderful fiance, Gary McAuslin. Gary quickly embraced my work, and assisted me with sales at arts and craft festivals whenever possible. In April 2011, I showed Gary some design concepts I admired, asking whether he felt he could create them himself. He showed up on my doorstep the next day with a silhouette of a rabbit he had hand cut out of a vinyl record. It was then that Blackberry Hill Designs had established its business partner, as well as a new collection of whimsical products. In July 2011, I posed another challenge to Gary. "Can you make jewelry out of bullet shells?" Again, Gary came through, doing all the research necessary to make this unique product come to life. We love working together, and feel we have the perfect mix to make Blackberry Hill Designs a brand that will continue to be successful for many years to come.
At Blackberry Hill Designs, we offer repurposed and upcycled products at affordable prices, while maintaining sustainable and socially-responsible business practices. Through education of our product lines and the promotion of an emerging industry designed to offer earth-friendly and sustainable practices, our mission is to provide the consumer with the resources that enable them to recognize conscious alternatives in all areas of their life.
Our eight major product lines, Scrabble Tile Pendants, Typewriter Key Jewelry, Bullet Jewelry, Vinyl Record Bowls, Vinyl Record Wall Art/Clocks, Vinyl Record Smartphone Amplifiers, Bottle Lamps, and Vintage Wine Stoppers are very unique, whimsical, and make great conversation pieces. Each one of our product lines is designed and produced with the environment in mind. We use materials about to be discarded when we create, thereby preventing them from ending up in landfills by making them functional again in an unusual and creative way. We think there is something for everyone and hope you can find something you love!
At Blackberry Hill Designs, we believe the customer is always right and we also believe in exceptional customer service. We know that you have a choice as a consumer about where and how you will spend your money. Therefore, we want to earn your business, and make sure that you come back time and again. At Blackberry Hill Designs, we stand behind our products and guarantee your satisfaction (guarantees are with reasonable use. Scrabble tiles are not water resistant and should not be worn while bathing or swimming). Please always feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns either by email or phone and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Looking to the Future...
We have been so blessed in our endeavor to start this venture and would like to thank our family, friends, and customers who have been so supportive. It is our belief that a window opens when a door is shut. Our window was Blackberry Hill Designs. We hope you enjoy our pieces as much as we have enjoyed the process of getting them to you!
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Gary McAuslin, Co-Owner of Blackberry Hill Designs
Recycled Vinyl Record Bowls
Recycled Vinyl Wall Art & Clocks
Repurposed Bullet Casing Earrings