Olliebearboo Designs was created during a time in my life that I wished never happened. In December 2019, my husband and I lost our newborn baby boy, Oliver, at 6 weeks old.
I won’t get into all the details of what happened to our precious boy as I’m still living through it. Suffice to say we went through a terrible, tragic ordeal that left us both reeling. After what was supposed to be the happiest time in our lives, we were left with an empty bedroom in our house and no clue how to pick up the pieces and go forward with our lives.
While we were going through this, we got so much support from our friends, family, and the incredible team at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. I am forever grateful.
Slowly and unsteadily, we began to live with just the two of us plus our dog. One thing that really helped me manage all this pain and focus on something else was (and continues to be) creating jewelry.
I already have a background in art and design and have a successful career in Visual Effects. Even before this life event, I had dreamt about making jewelry to make people happy. So, this event pushed me to do so.
At the same time as I was in the thick of it all, two of my closest friends experienced life altering losses in their lives as well. It became clearer to me that we all need something tangible to anchor our feelings of love and loss. The giving of keepsakes through pendants, earrings, and more can help us connect and start to heal.
Now, not only do I get to play with my creativity and produce one-of-a-kind pieces for my lovely customers, but I also get to be a part of celebrating people’s lives no matter how short and help share the love for others. Through my jewelry, it is my hope that people can talk about grief and comfort each other.