Oxmoor & Grace Co.: From Past-Time to Passion
As many of you may know, finding and maintaining a job as a college student can be incredibly difficult, stressful, and, well, just awful in general. However, I am very fortunate to have found something that I thoroughly enjoy. I stumbled upon this hobby through my church community, and I would like to share my story in hopes that you, too, will become inspired to find your calling.
I should begin by explaining the nature of my business – I make jewelry! My interest in this industry was initially sparked by my church home in Birmingham, AL. In November of 2015, Shades Valley Community Church announced a fundraiser that would raise money to give the church a new roof.
The church asked willing members to take a sum of money from the church account and design a plan to multiply it tenfold.
Children took this money and made lemonade stands and cookies, and others produced various forms of artwork. Together, they began to multiply their funds and gave back to the church.
As a naturally creative person, I felt an innate urge to get myself involved in the fundraiser. I decided that making jewelry would be the best route for me –not only do I love jewelry myself, but I knew that girls everywhere would always be willing to splurge on a cute necklace or bracelet to add to their wardrobe.
Anyway, I began ordering beads of all kind, and marketing around my school, Samford University, via Instagram with GemsbyEm. Before I knew it, my products began selling like hotcakes. During the brief period from December to February, I raised roughly $1,300 for SVCC. It was truly redeeming to be able to use a personal talent and a passion in order to give back to a church that had given me so much.
When I headed back to school after Christmas break, I decided to continue my jewelry-making as a hobby. However, I decided to rebrand my business with a new name. I knew it needed to reflect its roots beginning on Oxmoor Road where my church makes its home and through Grace that I have come this far – and thus, Oxmoor&GraceCompany was born.
I worried that business would tank, and that I would slowly lose my following. However, what happened was quite the opposite. Currently, my business is booming. My Instagram (@oxmoorandgraceco) following is growing, Etsy sales are up, and I am very proud to say that I have just fulfilled my first few wholesale orders for two boutiques. I have recruited the help of a few gracious friends to help with production in response to the high demand.
My passion has only increased throughout the entire process. I have come to realize that crafting and creating are truly my calling, and this is how I glorify the Lord - by the work of my hands. Oxmoor&GraceCo. is truly an outlet where I find great joy and ultimately allows me to give back to a community from which I have gained and learned so much. I hope that my story inspires you to go out and discover your own calling!