Katie Hill, founder and maker behind Rosehill Jewelry Design, creates beautiful, delicate handmade pieces, focused on featuring stones with healing properties and a propensity for detail. Her herkimer diamond necklace pairs beautifully with other delicate necklaces and enhances the properties of other stones it is paired with. And, her feminist boob earrings are so much fun! Read on to hear about her journey and how she opens up with her personal, vulnerable story of motherhood.
Q: Tell us a little about your company & journey to making it happen.
A: I have loved making jewelry since I was a child. When we decided that I would stay home to care for our two small children, I chose to fine tune my craft and love of making jewelry and start a small business to help supplement our income! Rosehill Jewelry Design came to life!
Q: Why is this mission important to you?
A: This mission is important to me because I started on it during the literal hardest time of my life; during my recovery from crippling postpartum anxiety/mood disorder after having our sweet daughter, Rose. It took everything in me to set a goal and work my tail off to make it happen. This small business represents so much more than supplemental income to me. It represents my determination and the hope I had that it could help me feel like myself again. The journey of creating and bringing my jewelry to the lives of others helped immensely.
A: I think one of my superpowers is my ability to put mental health first. It is such a hard thing to do. As mamas we so often put everyone else’s needs before our own. When I started on the road to PPA/MD recovery, every single one of my family members let out their held breath. Since then, making sure that my brain is functioning at a healthy state has been our biggest priority.Q: We're redefining what it means to be a "mama." Some mamas are traditional mothers; others are unbelievable foster & adoptive moms, devoted caregivers, selfless grandmothers, badass sisters, loving wives, or your very best friend. What does "mama" mean to you?
A: “Mama” is the sweetest word I could ever hear. When I hear my babies say it, it feels like they are also saying, “you’re my home”. Being their Mama makes me feel more at home than I could ever imagine. And it didn’t always feel that way. It took a long time to get to this place. For any mothers out there that are grasping for that feeling, know that it’s ok to not feel it all the time. Have hope in knowing you are a good mama, and the best one for your babies.Q: What change do you hope to see in the world through your business/ product/idea?
A: I have enjoyed making other people feel special, cared about, and thought of through my jewelry. Most of my pieces are purchased as gifts, which means they are used as a way to show someone they are loved. Some people buy my pieces for themselves, which is just as important; showing self-love and self-care. I hope that my pieces help inspire people to reach out to one another and to take care of each other.Q: Any advice to the next generation of #SuperheroMamas?
A: Mamas...your brains are so important. Your mental health is vital to the functioning of your family. Talk about it with each other, with your families, with the ones that love you most. My Postpartum Anxiety/Mood Disorder went undiagnosed, even after seeing 2 therapists, a naturopath, my OB, and multiple general practitioners, all because I wasn’t the text book “sad” that is associated so often with Postpartum “Baby Blues”. The prolonging of my diagnosis and treatment nearly wrecked me.
Also, when your friends or family members have babies, it is 100% okay to check in on them too much. We so often take new mamas for their word when they say they are ok. I would rather you annoy your new mama friend by checking in too much, rather than have her ever experience what I did. I am very fortunate for an incredibly supportive family and friend circle, and mine still went undetected. Annoy your sister-in-law, your “breast-friend”, your neighbor. Ask them even when they INSIST they are ok! If you see any indication that they might not be ok, be there for them and love them, like my friends loved me. We need one another in this crazy beautiful mess we call motherhood.Q: If you could be any #superhero, who would it be & why?
A: My darling husband LOVES all things comic books. Naturally, we have a lot of superhero pictures hanging in our home (I may stare at Thor more than I should). One day, my son (then 2.5, with a severe speech delay) pointed to Wonder Woman and declared, “Mama!!!”. It has stuck ever since!