Handmade & hand painted personalized wood gifts

Portland, Tennessee

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Note from shop owner My shop will be closed because of family obligations. Please feel free to contact me. My shop will open back up on August 7, 2022. Thank you.

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

My shop will be closed because of family obligations. Please feel free to contact me. My shop will open back up on August 7, 2022. Thank you.


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Hand Painted & Personalized Wedding Keepsake Memory Boxes, Recipe Boxes and Gifts

My name is Becky. I was born and raised in upstate New York but eventually Tennessee became my home. I met and married my husband of 30+ years here in Tennessee and we have raised our 4 sons together and now have 5 beautiful grandchildren.

As I reflect back on my life, I have come to appreciate that I was raised by loving hard working parents who are both artistic and creative. I have fond memories of my grandmother encouraging me in my drawing and painting. She was a talented artist who loved to draw and paint. She loved being a school teacher and enjoyed helping her students and grandchildren to learn about and pursue art. So with my grandmother and my mother's encouragement, my love for drawing and painting grew and developed through the years. I have always appreciated the great beauty of God's creation and I love to paint the animals and flowers that I see around me.

As my sons grew I would draw and paint with them and for them. I realized the importance of priceless family memories, those moments in time that we all want to cherish and remember. I painted the things that my children loved on keepsake memory boxes for them. They still have their keepsake boxes to this day and treasure them very much. Thus was born my desire to hand paint keepsake memory boxes for others as a perfect way to remember those precious moments in time. I also wanted to custom paint and personalize gift items for others such as recipe boxes, tea boxes, picture frames, tissue boxes and more.

I especially love weddings, as my own wedding over 30 years ago consisted of handmade items that I still have and treasure very much. My keepsake boxes, recipe boxes and other gift items are painted / wood burned by me, one at a time, and so no two are exactly alike. That is what makes my hand painted / wood burned gifts so precious and memorable, they are truly one of a kind. You can't go to a store and find them.

These lovely painted gifts are charming in every detail because I can custom paint and personalize these wood gifts. These keepsake boxes and gifts can now become a lovely way to convey your love to that special someone and create lasting memories.

I also wood burn / engrave by hand my wood keepsake boxes, recipe boxes and more. They can be custom and personalized according to your needs so that your gift can send a loving message that will be cherished for years.

I enjoy life, love creation and I love and cherish my family and this comes through in my painting and wood burning. Come by and see for yourself. Please feel free to contact me and let's work together to make something very special and one of a kind just for you!!

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  • Becky

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Custom Painter

    I am a woman who loves life and values family and friends. I love to collect special things. I feel like others like special things too. That's why I like to paint. Painting gives warmth and love to an item and that makes it special and personal...

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Welcome to Essence of the South!
I offer custom & personalized hand painted or wood burned wedding keepsake boxes, recipe boxes, tea boxes, jewelry boxes, tissue boxes, baby keepsake boxes, picture frames & more.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I accept returns and exchanges.
Please contact me within 7 business days.
Ship items back to me within 10 business days and in the original shipping box and packing material.

The following items can't be returned or refunded:
Custom or personalized items.
Ready to ship items.

Conditions of return:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value. in the event of a refund - A restocking fee of 20% of the original order and the original shipping costs will be deducted from the refund.
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information. Accepted payment methods listed above.

I will only use your shipping and billing address, and contact information-

✓To communicate with you about your order

✓To fulfill your order

✓For legal reasons (like paying taxes)

If you need to cancel your order you will have 24hrs from the date of purchase in which to do so at my discretion. There will be a cancellation fee of 5% of the total order that will not be refunded.
Processing time:
The time I need to prepare an order for shipping varies. For details, see individual items.

I do offer a creative rush fee which means that I will have your order completed and ready to ship within 3-5 days for a wood burned item and 3-7 days for a painted item. For more information see individual items.

I ship via USPS. I ship using priority mail on most items such as wedding, tea, jewelry and recipe boxes. Priority mail ships within 2-3 days, but I can not guarantee this due to USPS time frames.

All orders will ship out with insurance and a tracking number and large orders will have a signature confirmation included.

We are not responsible for damaged or lost items due to USPS shipment but if your item arrives damaged or lost please contact me because your item was insured.

Undeliverable package:
If an item is returned to me as undeliverable, I will notify you with in 48 hours. I will request a new address to re-ship the item to you. If it was an error on my part, you will not be charged any additional shipping charges. If it was an error on your part, than I will request the shipping charges again. You will have 14 business days to respond. After that the item will return to inventory.

Customs and import taxes:
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Additional policies and FAQs
All my work is custom and is signed by the artist usually on the bottom of the keepsake box unless otherwise requested by the buyer not to. I am not responsible for misuse of my products after you have received them.