Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet My Friend, Jenny From California

When I first started brainstorming ideas for a blog, I immediately knew I wanted to feature some of the local businesses that I love.  I have lived near Dallas most of my life, spent my junior high and high school years in beautiful Wimberley in the Texas Hill Country, spent a little time in the West Texas town of Abilene doing a little college, lived my early 20's near Fort Worth, moved way out to Del Rio after I married the love of my life, made a pit stop in the Waco area (before Chip and Joanna made it cool), then finally settled close to the metroplex to raise our family.  I love Texas and look forward to sharing some of my favorite places and people with you!

A few months ago I met "Jenny from California" through my monthly Bunco group.  I call her Jenny from California because we live in Small Town, Texas; and people from California rarely move here.  Years from now, when locals refer to her, she will probably still be Jenny from California.  With that said, Jenny we are thankful to have you here in Texas and hope you stay...forever!

Jenny and her husband, Adam, own Hanky Planky.  They are so talented, and I knew I wanted to feature them on Simply A Rough Draft ASAP!  Below is a little interview I did with Jenny.  Let's all give her a hearty Texan, Howdy!

How did Hanky Planky start?

My husband Adam and I run this business together. Adam has always been an incredibly handy person who has fixed and built things for our family over the years. So when my jewelry collection became a bit too abundant for the holder I had been using, I asked him to make me a rustic jewelry holder. I showed him some pictures from Pinterest and basically gave him an idea of my needs and wants. Adam happened to have a very cool pallet that he'd been "saving" (for what I don't know!) and he told me he was going to use that to build my jewelry holder. 

 So he built my jewelry holder and the finished product blew me away! We showed it to our friends and family and they were all so impressed and told us we should sell them. So we did! We started slowly just advertising locally on Facebook exchanges/garage sale sites and when they began selling, Adam suggested we start an Etsy store. Since he's the builder, it became my job to create and run our Etsy store. And once we started getting busier, I began helping him to sand, paint and collaborate on product ideas. 

What kind of products do you make? 

Hanky Planky has such an array of rustic home décor. All of our products are made from reclaimed wood (primarily pallets) because we love the idea of being able to reuse an old piece of wood and turn it into a new favorite.

Of course we started off just by making jewelry holders, but soon we branched off into different items. Currently our store carries mail carriers, coat racks, towel racks, knife blocks, hand painted signs, key racks, state silhouettes and other items. 

We also have done a variety of large projects such as building and installing pallet floating shelves, coffee tables, end tables, entry tables, shoe racks, benches, a dining table, entertainment center and a coffee cart. 

What are your best sellers? 

This fluctuates so much because one month, we'll sell a lot of one item. And the next month, it'll be something different. But for the Christmas season, our most popular products were our jewelry holders, knife blocks and coat racks. 

Where can people find/order your products?

You can find our Etsy store at
On Facebook at
And on Instagram @hankyplanky

What is something you haven’t created yet, but would like to? 

A pallet wall in a home!!

What’s the biggest difference in moving from California to Small Town, Texas?

The people! People in Small Town, Texas are down to earth, mannerly, friendly and welcoming. Southern hospitality is a real thing and we've been so fortunate to experience it. 

Thank you so much, Jenny from California, for your time!  Please check out Hanky Planky on their Etsy site, Facebook and Instagram.

I am so excited to announce that Jenny has graciously offered to give away $25 to be used towards a Hanky Planky product of your choice (not including shipping), to one of you!  All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter, and comment on the blog below (not on the Facebook link, but below).  The winner will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter.  I will announce the winner on Monday and email the winner their code to apply to Hanky Planky's Etsy shop!  Thank you Hanky Planky for your generosity! 

Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Love your blog and I love Jenny from California! 😊 I would love a sign with our name on it!!

  2. Love your blog and I love the stuff that Jenny is making at Hanky Planky! Can't wait to see more.

  3. Love the Hanky Panky things. I really like the Texas!
    Keep up the good work Em (;

  4. JennyFromCaliforniaJanuary 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    I love how this turned out. Thanks for the love Emily!!! :)

  5. Congrats to y'all on your business! It's been nice getting to know your family.

    1. Thanks for reading. I hope you'll check back again soon!

  6. How neat!! That rustic pallet coat rack and the his and her towel racks are now on my "need" list. Should I call you an enabler for showing me this cute store?? ;) HA!

  7. Good post! Sounds like Jenny from CA has a cool shop! I hope she gets lots of business as a result of this! Good on ya, Emily!

  8. Jenny from CA needs to open an actual store-front shop so when we come up to visit, I can spend some of your dad's money! LOL! Another great post!

  9. Love your recipes! Definitely not judging your oven, you should see mine! I love the jewelry hanger and the farm tables. :-) Great job, Emily!


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