Olive Manna // Natalie Jost
Olive Manna was born while I was pregnant with twin girls in the summer of 2007. I had been a freelance web designer, but it was clear this wasn't something I could personally keep up with if I had little ones running around all day.
It was at the same time that I had friends encouraging me to sell the seamless pattern images I had been creating for my own website backgrounds. I offered a few for sale and it amazed me how many people wanted them.
As word got out, people began asking for stationery and other products using these designs on them. So in 2008-2009 I slowly shifted over into physical (non-downloadable) products like note cards, journals, and eventually even fabric.
Word spread again and folks asked for more. In 2009 they wanted baker's twine and anything made with kraft paper. So 2009-2011 was spent making everything I could come up with, and curating a few select twines and ribbons that fit my standards for aesthetics and quality.
We also added vintage items around that time, particularly our blue Ball jars, which are native to our local area and difficult to find anywhere else.
Then, in 2011 I slowly brought in other home decor outside of Etsy to round out the growing brand. New items included wire baskets, cake stands, and other beautiful, functional home decor and storage, as well as a whole new line of SOLID baker's twine, which was totally new and exclusive to us at that time--we started that one!
I've also been an avid knitter since my English grandmother brought it to my fingers in the 80s. I have always made gifts for friends and family, but in 2012-2013 I began offering a few select pieces to the public.
In 2014 we opened a small brick & mortar shop in southern Indiana in a sort of co-op with a few other talented makers. Thank you for your continued support and please let me know if I can help in any way, either to customize something, or even to source a product for you.
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The name Olive Manna comes from a meshing of the three Jost girls' names: Olivia (Olive), Emma (M) and Audrey Anna (Anna). The biblical significance of olives and manna is important to us too.
In an effort to live up to the name, we seek to be the olive fruit by donating manna in the form of a percent of sales to Samaritan's Purse who work to rebuild communities from natural storms, political dangers and religious persecution around the world.
Designer, Creator, Customer Service
Owner and designer, Natalie was born and raised in California, and moved to Indiana as an adult, settling down to raise a family. The business started in 2007 and is still as fun today as it was day one!
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Please plan at least a week or two in advance for all online orders (a month or two for international orders). International customers are responsible for all outside costs associated with a shipment. We are not responsible for customs fees or other regional taxes and fees.
WRONG ADDRESS? If you've chosen the incorrect address during checkout, please understand, our shipping is automated based on the information given during checkout and for security purposes, we can not ship to an address other than the one provided on the invoice. The best thing to do is contact us to CANCEL the order and put it through again with the correct address. You must contact us within one hour of your order to be sure we can make the change.
Returns and exchanges
DAMAGES must be reported within 24 hours of receipt of your package. Please notify me directly via email at natalie [!at] olivemanna.com and include a photograph of the damage, including the box and packaging material. We will need this to file a claim with the postal system. PLEASE RETAIN PACKAGING as well in case the shipping company needs to inspect it.