Hi! My name is Amy Olszak, and I’m the creator and designer behind zoo&roo. I was born and raised in the mountains of Vermont and had a rather fairy tale childhood making igloos in snow. I was an artist and creative spirit practically from the moment I was born. I’ve pretty much been creating & making things my whole life. Why buy it when you can make it! In fact, aside from being a mom, I’d say being creative is what I do best!
But not everyone has the creative bug. Even though I want to make all the things, sometimes we are pulled in too many directions juggling life to even find the time to think creatively, let alone go get all the supplies and sit down to actually make something. Let me help you find that creative spark with my DIY tutorials and free printables, or come to me for the perfect handmade gift when you can’t find the time or energy to make it yourself.
And speaking of energy… I know as a mompreneur I feel constantly drained, both emotionally and physically. That’s why I like to put happy, inspiring messages on my creations. Sometimes we just need to be reminded to keep going or that we are doing a better job than we think! It makes me happy to send happy thoughts out into the world. I like to say I handcraft happiness because sometimes all we need is something to make us smile to instantly improve our day.
I have degrees in Marketing & Art from University of Rhode Island. I moved to Texas, where I stole my husband’s heart, then settled in Raleigh, NC in 2003. I currently live in Holly Springs, NC with my husband and two boys, whose initials coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) are ZOO and ROO, as well as an old persnickety cat and 2 playful rescue pups. North Carolina is the perfect place for this mountain & beach loving adventurous girl who will always be young at heart.