Hi! I'm Amy, the designer and maker behind Saint Virginia, and I create beautiful, organic, healing textiles for you and your home.
If you or someone you love is in need of healing, and most of us are, you're in the right place. If you have sensitive skin, allergies, or you’re just concerned with your overall health, you’re in the right place. If you think organic shouldn’t have to mean boring, and that choosing a healthier lifestyle and avoiding unnecessary toxins and harmful chemicals shouldn’t be so hard, I agree! If you want more beauty in your life, and easy, natural style—amen, sister.
Whether you need help creating a healthier, more beautiful home where you can celebrate life with friends and family (the best medicine of all), finding the perfect "cancer gift" (ugh), or buying something soft and pretty for yourself to remind you that healing is always possible—and closer than you think—Saint Virginia is for you, love.
Saint Virginia started with a cancer story. When I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer back in 2011, my youngest daughter was only ten months old. It had a tragic start, but then a gift transpired, as sometimes happens with tragedies.
In recovering from major illness, I began to look more closely at the world around me, and it seemed everything could potentially be dangerous: food, makeup, hair color (no!), household cleaners, water, textiles. It was overwhelming. But then I began to see healing everywhere, too, especially in nature, and in God's abundance—which led me to a more natural, organic lifestyle, the way we are meant to live. I knew that healing would begin with me (darnit!), God, a little magical thinking, and making something beautiful out of this mess.
Toxins are real, and there is tons of research to prove it (or, at the very least, suggest it). I studied all of it when I went to work for the world’s preeminent cancer organization, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and then other cancer-related organizations after, like the Association of Community Cancer Centers. I will tell you this one thing I’ve learned above everything else: our bodies are unique and beautiful, and healing doesn’t come from doctors. Doctors can help, don’t get me wrong—I’m pretty sure some are angels—medicines can help, but you are the most crucial part of the equation. It all starts with you and the choices you make, and it’s never too late.
You can take steps now to help your body heal—body, mind, and spirit.
Choosing an organic lifestyle means a life made up of small choices that head toward healing: choosing to buy organic strawberries instead of conventional pesticide-laden strawberries for you and your family; choosing to get your hands dirty weeding your garden or using healthier soil practices, like planting flowers for the bees and other natural and sustainable options, instead of using Roundup; choosing organic fibers and colors for your clothing, accessories, and table linens, instead of irritating, polluting, and sometimes even carcinogenic synthetic fabrics and dyes.
Choosing beauty over affordability; quality over quantity; integrity over convenience. It all adds up, for good and for bad, either way you go.
Saint Virginia is here to help you make a better choice. Every scarf, every tablecloth—everything—is made from organic cotton and hand-dyed with natural, life-giving color, helping to support farmers who are doing the right thing by growing healthier crops and using farming practices to improve the health of the soil, water, and air in our neighborhoods, communities, and planet, instead of harming it—which in the end improves the health of every life, your life—your one and only precious life.
Here’s to your health, and thanks for stopping by!