Greetings from Barn Owl Primitives!
While I never imagined my passion for crafting would blossom into a real business, I am so thankful for this amazing journey we’re on, and still can’t quite believe how far we’ve come. I started out in late 2009. I was a wife and full-time mother of two. Money was a little tight around the holidays and making handcrafted Christmas gifts seemed like a good way to make a little extra income. I started making hand-painted, door-hanging snowmen for my friends and family. They were well received and friends of friends started placing orders. That demand snowballed into Barn Owl Primitives and a little shop on Etsy was born.
Over the last few years we have had the great fortune to sell our signs to some pretty amazing companies and people. My We Can Do Hard Things sign is hanging in the Etsy Corporate Office in Brooklyn, New York and in the MTV Office in London. When I received an order for my Playroom Rules sign from Brené Brown, I screamed out loud and almost fell off the couch. But by far the orders that we are most proud of are from people you’ve never heard of. The daughter who purchased a sign for her dad’s 70th birthday with all the sayings he’s been repeating to her for the last 46 years. The mother who allowed me to see and paint the special and private poem that she repeats to her autistic son each night before he goes to sleep. The grandmother who ordered my Strength of My Love sign for her granddaughter, who spent almost a year in the NICU before finally coming home. My friend who lost her 12-year-old son to an unthinkable accident during a flood. These are just a few of the accomplishments that we are most proud of and the ones that make what we do so rewarding and worthwhile.
SouleMama: Since the last time you were featured on SouleMama, in what ways has your business grown or changed?
Kristi: Since the last time we were featured, my husband Sean has joined Barn Owl Primitives leaving his Vice President of Operations role at a very successful start-up to help me grow our business. We recently launched a new website and blog. We still have a shop on Etsy, too. We couldn’t be more excited about the future. Our sole focus is to continue to bring our customers new and better designs, and produce the highest quality products in the market. Words matter is not just our mantra, it’s our mission. Being granted the opportunity to craft products that memorialize our customer’s most important values, principles, memories, and sayings is a gift. And why we get up everyday.
This weekend, Barn Owl Primitives is generously offering the following gift to ONE lucky SouleMama reader:
a $75 gift certificate to our shop
In addition, Barn Owl Primitives is pleased to offer all SouleMama readers 15% off in our shop through 3/8/15. Enter code soulemama15 at checkout.
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