One Company, Three Great Shops

Poverty Barn is the parent company of two other businesses: Roo's Remnants and 4 Left Turns. Between the three, we've got you covered when it comes to home decor, baby and kid items and anything related to racing. Visit the links on the left to find out more about what we have to offer.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tag, you're it!


(Disclaimer:  I have the same post on both blogs today, and I apologize, but this is one that really fit both places and I really wanted to share!)

This idea came from Pinterest, but for the life of me, I can't seem to get the link to go back to the person who originated the idea. I feel bad about that, because I don't want anyone to believe I came up with this on my own.

In the original pin, the artist took black and white photographs and cut or punched them into tag shapes.  The tags were then used on gifts for the people in the photos.  I thought that was really clever, and I wanted to find a way to use it myself, only with a little twist.

That's when I came up with this:




 These are the tags that will be going on the items we put in the shop and sell at upcoming craft fairs.  The photo is the one that we have been using on our web site (www.povertybarn.net) and was taken by my friend Michelle who knew I was looking for barn photos, happened to be doing a senior shoot, and snapped a few for me.  (Thanks, Michelle!)

To make the tags, I re-sized the image to the size I needed, converted it to sepia tone, then overlaid that with the text.  After printing out a page full of them on photo paper, I punched them with a fancy punch from EK Success, then used a small circle punch to make the hole.  I looped some string through the hole, tied a knot, and there you have it, a snazzy price tag!


I made about 75 of them so we'll have enough to last a while.  I may not know a lot about marketing, but I do know that branding is important.  This old barn is the image I get in my head of what a real business would look like if we ever get big enough to do it.  Until then, it's all about coming up with new product designs, growing our customer base, and trying very hard to make a go of this.

Of course, I have also been working on new canvases, which I always have to share with you here.  This one is for my brother and sister-in-law who will be celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary tomorrow. I hope they like it!




Saturday, August 13, 2011

Socially Speaking

Today has been a busy day here at The Barn.  After creating some fun new projects, I spent time updating our web site and Facebook page.  Then, I started a campaign to get 25 "Likes" on that page so we could get our own username.  We were successful, and now you can find us at Facebook.com/PovertyBarn.

Roo's Remnants and Studio Valerie have both opened Etsy Shops, and we've also made a couple of deliveries to Cottleville Crafts, Etc.  Our fall crafts schedule is starting to fill as well, so it looks like we're going to be a couple of busy gals!

Thank you to all of our friends and family for supporting this little venture.  We hope to make you all proud one of these days.

Val & Jess
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