Growing up in the country with very few other kids close by, many of my days were spent fixing up and playing in our barn’s hayloft, always drawing or creating something for that little space. Wandering through the woods collecting rocks, flowers, moss, anything interesting to bring back. Sewing pillows or crocheting little potholders. Stitching pictures of flowers for the walls. I would pick wild apples and blackberries for dessert for me and the many kitties we always seem to have that slept in the barn. Those early years influenced my lifelong love and appreciation for all things simple and handmade.
I am now settled and living in a small Pennsylvania town outside of Pittsburgh. Happily married, and mom to one sweet kid. I started Rabbit Hill Primitives and Vintage in 2005. Before that time, I tried many jobs… front desk clerk at a resort on the beach, manager of a trendy store in Santa Barbara, foundation work for cancer research, garden maintenance and design at a local nursery, and financial analyst for one of the countries biggest garbage companies….in that order! I enjoyed doing all of those things, but was never fully satisfied. When Lydia turned 3, the office I worked for closed and moved to Philadelphia. I was laid off. It was scary to be without work, but Dino and I thought it was a good opportunity for me to stay home with Lydia. It was tough but we skimped and budgeted and it worked. During that time I started selling antiques and handmades at a little antique mall in Ohio. A few years later, right before Lydia started kindergarten, the antique mall went out of business. I felt this was God giving me a chance to try it on my own. I began building my website the day Lydia started school in September 2005. 12 years later, I have never looked back. I have treasured that time dearly, knowing how lucky I am to be at home with her and still be able to do what I love.
In 2 years, Lydia will be graduating from high school. I am now already thinking about how different life will be as an empty nester. To fill that void, I want to expand my business a little. I am starting with baby steps. I will continue to make primitives but so enjoy using little found and salvaged materials to make one of a kind textile art pieces. I love the idea of giving the simplest of ordinary tired and faded things a new importance and meaning. I have changed my website name to Rabbit Hill, Handmades by Jenn Tavoletti (jenntavolettidesign.com). I am hoping when I finish setting up this new site, I will find a way to have the rabbithillprimitives.com redirected here also.
I want to start blogging again too! Sharing parts of my creations, my home and garden, my kitchen and everyday life. I hope you will feel welcome here as I share this new journey with you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”