My Story

 

Hello, I'm Emma...

I am a mum of 3 and I have been making and hand painting wood signs since 2011.

I design every sign, assemble, paint and distress by hand.  I use reclaimed/repurposed wood, which means each piece is unique thanks to the imperfections such as nail holes, dings, knots.  I make no attempt to hide or cover these as this is what makes our signs unique and perfectly imperfect.  Even with imperfections we can create something beautiful. They look stunning on the walls of your home or really do make that perfect special unique gift.

I am a small business yet I offer a huge amount of choice on products -  sizes, colours and even frame styles!  As most products are made to order they can be adapted to suit you.

The Beginning

It all began, originally under the name Jacques Designs, followed by Gracie Jacques, then changed yet again to Emma Jayne Handmade!  However, following a really tough 2018, and my children losing their daddy to a brain tumour, I felt an immense desire to find a purpose! 

The Imperfect Wood Company was born. 

Many of my makes are quote based. I have always loved quotes but didn't realise just how much I would need & apply them in my life! They help me enormously to cope with situations, whether it be because I'm having a bad day, full of anxiety or coping with grief. Words are powerful and I wanted to create a way these could be displayed, in a beautifully rustic way, in your homes, just as they are in my own!

Purpose

I use reclaimed wood and eco-friendly paints for most of my signs. The wood for my signs and frames have been used in another way before. My wood supplier is a community business who save wood from landfill and chipping, as well as providing volunteering opportunities for the community.

The way I see it, is that the reusing of the wood, making it into something better with effort, is the same as the reusing of our thoughts and turning negative thoughts around.  Trying to be open minded rather than having fixed mindsets.  It takes effort but is possible.  Going through the grieving process gave me a real insight into how difficult this is, and without the right support, it can feel like an impossible task. This is why supporting Mental Health means a lot to me.

I believe that a positive mindset is the key, and my signs are primarily designed to help us think positively.  If a few signs can make a difference to one persons mindset then that's enough for me.   This was definitely my key for moving forwards in life, no matter how small the steps, especially after trauma.

Supporting Others

Through my business, I donate a percentage of sales to three national charities close to my heart. The first is the Selective Mutism Information & Research Association (SMIRA), who were extremely useful when I was coping with my daughter’s Selective Mutism throughout primary school. The second and third charities were chosen in memory of my two eldest children’s daddy: Brain Tumour Research, because he passed away from a brain tumour aged 43 at the end of 2018; and Mind, because he had spent some time on a mental health unit, due to his brain tumour – providing me with an insight into his condition and mental ill health in a wider context.  I believe we, as humans, are here to help each other.  My way of doing that is by making these signs to be put up in your homes, to help you get through tough times, or simply to act as reminders - something we all need from time to time.

I specialise in bespoke signs, so please feel free to contact me if you have your own ideas

Thank you for being here.

More about our chosen charities

SMiRA - A Selective Mutism Charity | Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder which prevents those affected from speaking in certain situations, such as at school or in public. For more info head to www.selectivemutism.org.uk

Brain Tumour Research | Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer ... yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this and its vision is to find a cure for brain tumours. The charity is building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated UK Centres of Excellence and is also influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally. For more information about Brain Tumour Research, please visit: www.braintumourresearch.org

Mind | We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. www.mind.org.uk

Other Charities | We also like to support other charities throughout the year, such as The Poppy Factory - you can purchase our Remembrance Framed Sign and we will donate to The Poppy Factory.

If you are a charity and would like us to support you through our signs, please get in touch.  We will work with you to create a product, and will donate a percentage of the sales of this product to you.