By These Hands Designs

ABOUT By These Hands Designs

By These Hands, Designs was birthed in and operates currently out of our home in Belleville, IL. Our business is a product of hobby and is fueled by our desire to be creative and build a form of that creativity with our hands.

Handmade wreaths was the foundation of our business and gave us our start.  Carmelita Watson, has the ability to create these beautiful forms of art that truly speak to our buyers. She has created wreaths for every holiday,  and occasion and has received notable praise for her luxurious wreaths. Wreaths are more than door décor, they can be used to style any part of your home, office, and business to show off your love and personality and that is a piece of what Carmelita showcases in her designs.

Prior to and during the pandemic , Jeremy Watson worked as a hotel General Manager managing through some difficult times for the hospitality business. Fortunately, within the first few months of the pandemic, the world offered most of mankind an opportunity to be still, focus on what matters and change what needed to be changed. He took advantage of what the world was offering in its moment of stillness and quiet and  learned how to build furniture. Yes, he saw pockets in his professional life that offered opportunity and time to learn a new craft., so he did. As he began to do more building, people began purchasing those items. The more he built, the more people requested to have customized pieces for their own homes… and it became clear the avenue the Lord was opening up for them. For the first time in his life, he  owned saws and tools that he used to build dining tables, desks, patio sets, entry and coffee tables, wall décor, and much more.

"For my particular hotel, March 2021 was the month that began to show that the moment of quiet was long over. The hospitality business finally began to resemble its old self again. People were traveling, teams and events meeting again, weekends sold out and, like many businesses, I could not find enough staff willing to return back to an industry that needed them to survive. Therefore, the burden rested on me and I worked tirelessly to ensure my hotel survived and thrived. However, after months of seven days work weeks, days that start in the light and end with cleaning rooms till night, I realized that the energy I was using to build another man’s business I could use to build my own. So, in May 2021, my wife and I made the decision for me to leave my full-time employment and go into business for ourselves… by faith. The sweat of my brow simply needs to mean more.

Moving into July 2021, we are looking at commercial storefront locations and hope to house our business under one roof that people can come to and explore all that By These Hands Designs has to offer." Jeremy Watson

Our name ‘By These Hands’ epitomizes how we do what we do. Whether it is the writing of children’s books, building furniture, photographing your special day, creating the perfect recipe for body butter and crafting wreaths – the designs, and all that we do, are produced ‘by these hands’ with which adds a depth of personalization and character that is our own.


I love shopping with this business! This is my second time shopping with them and it has been a pleasure. Shipping has been quick with both purchases and the quality of the work is amazing.

Teyonna, Via EtsyShop

Love my beautiful new wreath and the shipping was super fast! Received item the day after I ordered.

Kaycoxx, Via EtsyShop

I purchased the African Pride Diva wreath. It is the most extraordinary and phenomenally gorgeous piece of an African artistic creation in my world. I'm so proud to own this amazing tribute to my African heritage. The clarity of design and color brings forth the pride I've always had in my African heritage. My beloved parents, family and friends would be and are so proud of your great achievements in the art creation and design of this African wreath TREASURE! It is truly stunning and a visual eye attraction. I proudly display this African Pride Diva Wreath in the entrance hallway of my home for all visitors to see and admire. KUDOS for this beautiful wreath creation and, so well done!!!

Willa, Via EtsyShop