Hi, I’m Dena the maker behind Oak + Pine.
I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, a catholic, & a raised in the out-of-doors homeschooling mama of 3 girls – 2 twenty-somethings, and a young horse-riding/piano playing wildling. My husband, I and our youngest live down a country dirt road on 5.5 acre little farmstead in the woods of the Davey Crockett National Forest, with a flock of laying hens, a horse, 2 dogs, cats and a garden…and we love it!
I have nearly always been in business for myself, it’s just always been what has worked best for our family. I also homeschool our youngest who is a rare epilepsy survivor. Being in business for myself for the last 20+ years has always pushed me to keep customer service and customer satisfaction in the top of my priorities of running my business. I’m very critical of myself and I believe it pushes me to produce the best quality product and service. It has also allowed me to make some wonderful connections with others, some who have ended up becoming dear friends.
I first learned to crochet at the age of 9 from my paternal grandmother, I can remember the day as clear as if it happened today sitting on our front porch she taught me first how to chain, then how to single crochet. She passed away not long after first teaching me and I didn’t pick up a crochet hook again until decades later! A few years ago when my family and I moved from our suburban neighborhood home to the country an hour away, our “neighbor” across our road crocheted and I asked her one day if she would help refresh my memory and she helped me make my first blanket. I then wanted to make more, so I picked up a couple of books, and I watched a few Youtube videos of some experienced crocheters whenever a stitch came up that I didn’t know how to do. I would practice the stitch until I grasped it and then go back to the pattern I wanted to make and my crocheting has bloomed from there. Crocheting makes my heart happy and fills me with joy and I haven’t put my hook down since…I have also developed a mad obsession to yarn along the way!
All items listed in my shop are 100% handmade by me and crocheted with sincere love and care. I take pride in my work and want the best for those who have chosen to purchase from me; this little shop of mine has given me a space that helps me to overcome my fear and not allow my joy in creating to be quieted.
I hope you enjoy looking around my shop and and I hope that your purchase you make for yourself or your loved ones makes your heart happy & fills you with joy!
Stay wild at 💛!
•crochet designs & handmade coziness for the wild at💛• handmade beneath the oaks + pines of the davey crockett national forest •