It started with a wedding: We love weddings, obviously. We love making them uniquely handcrafted, memorable and personal. But we didn't always know we loved this...The seeds of Bleu de Toi started with our own wedding and the DIY-goodness we learned while planning it in 2009. A few short months after we said "I do", we started selling our original drawings on etsy.
In the past 7 years, BDT Handmade has grown from selling a few drawings, to providing simple and beautiful keepsakes for all types of major life events. The birth of our son in 2012, and our since growing family, have inspired even more products geared toward recording family gatherings and turning those moments into memorable artwork.
Bleu de Toi has been crafting hand-drawn guestbook fingerprint tree designs (and more) for weddings and events worldwide since March 2010. We are the originators of these unique designs and carry the widest variety of trees, balloons and more. We love working on fully custom designs, too, and can do many of our current designs in a variety of sizes for your event! Please contact us with your ideas or for custom additions and we will see if it can be done. We hope that these products will bring a little homemade sunshine to any special event you have and leave warm memories for every day thereafter.
Bleu de Toi is a French phrase that generally means "crazy for you" or "blue over you". It doesn't directly translate to English, but we love the sentiment behind it. Many years ago Hilary, our head artist and founder, was studying in Lyon, France and our company is named after her favorite restaurant and hang-out there. A little romantic, don't you think? We have noticed that the name may be a little hard to say... and even harder to spell. We refer to ourselves as BDT in much of our communication. We hope you will too, but now you know the story.
HILARY: Formally trained as a painter, with her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, our co-founder, head artist, designer, production manager and CEO runs the show, from sales and shipping to trouble shooting and Instagram. But what she really loves is creating new designs for our ever-expanding collection.
JOSHUA: This co-founder is a college art professor and professional fine artist, specializing in photography and painting. Josh oversees shipping, product photography, quality control and uses his critical eye to make sure everything we make is well-crafted and unique, when hes not teaching, hanging an art exhibition at The Yes Factory or painting. Josh has his MFA in Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University.