“I’ve always been very passionate about quotes,” claims Kasia, the owner of Little Olive Prints Co. “Ever since I was sixteen, if I saw a quote I liked, I would write it on a piece of scrap paper and stick it on my mirror.”
Even though those quotes were often no longer than a sentence, “That’s all it took to transform my day.”
Quotes also have a sentimental meaning for Kasia, who reveals that her mother used to leave little notes in her books or on her desk for Kasia to find, particularly when she was going through difficult times.
“It was just a regular piece of paper, and she’d write a quote and then decorate it so beautifully with pen,” Kasia relates.
“It just made me feel like that quote was special and made for me.”
Then, after a beat, she muses, “I think this is subconsciously why I love doing this so much.”
The this in question is her newly launched Etsy store, Little Olive Prints Co., which specializes in faith-based quotes printed on high-quality linen paper. Though the shop is barely four months old, Kasia has made quite a splash with her artistic combination of meaningful quotes and beautiful graphic design.
“My evenings are now filled with putting together orders and packaging them,” she says. “Once my daughter goes to bed at eight, you’d better believe I’m making myself a cup of tea and getting to work!”
But though she is candid about the reality of late nights and little sleep, Kasia insists,
“It’s been very fulfilling. When you really love what you’re doing, it’s a good trade-off. And I really enjoy it.”
Part of what makes her work so enjoyable is the way that her designs have the ability to impact others’ lives in a positive way.
“Words are powerful,” she claims. “And I think sometimes we forget that.” But faith-based quotes in particular are especially potent because, “They can really help enrich your spiritual life. Those little reminders throughout our home can make a huge difference.”
Her customers whole-heartedly agree, and they’re not shy about letting her know.
“I’ve had people write back and say, ‘This is just the quote I was looking for,’” Kasia smiles. “Someone said, ‘I pause to ponder this quote every day.’”
“So these little reminders are transforming people’s daily lives, which is amazing.”
Amazing, yes, but also entirely appropriate for a company that draws its inspiration from the Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Explaining the meaning of the company’s name, Kasia explains, “Little comes from the Little Way,” in which adherents are encouraged to keep their pursuit of God simple, looking for ways to serve Him through performing the little, ordinary actions of life well, motivated by love.
Olive, on the other hand, references a turning-point in Kasia’s spiritual life, prompted by a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
“I wasn’t very close to the Church at that time,” Kasia admits. But in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Something triggered in my heart. I remember crying and asking God to help me get on the right track, to live a good life that glorifies Him in which I can have a husband and child.” But despite the fact that these were her deepest desires, “At the end, I said, ‘Your will be done. If it’s not Your will, I’ll be okay with it.’”
Years later, Kasia can say, “The symbol of the olive is so dear to me because the Lord has given me all those things. For me, Olive is the yes that the Lord has given me, and also my yes to Him. It’s a mutual yes.”
A yes so powerful and life-changing that it became the inspiration for her daughter's name - Olivia.
That profound experience of closeness to God is exactly what Kasia wants for each and every one of her customers.
“For every single order that’s placed,” she reveals. “I pray for that person as I’m packaging that print.”
An action which clearly indicates that this is more than just a simple side hustle. It’s obvious that Kasia’s work with Little Olive Prints Co. isn’t motivated by anything less than a deep and sincere love for God and neighbor.
“I’m not doing this because I have to do it,” she insists. “It’s because I genuinely want to. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do… It’s a labor of love!”
Want more? You can read about Kasia and her husband Dominic’s love story here