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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Springtime Goodness!

We barn girls have had a busy couple of weeks. Not only have we added lots of new goodies to Etsy and the shop, but we've also added a new family member.

Meet Olivia Nicole, my daughter and son-in-law's first child, and mine and my husband's first grandchild.  Isn't she beautiful? (I know, I'm biased, but come on, she is beautiful, right?)

Olivia was born on her due date, which should bode well for her being punctual in the future, at least we're hoping.  She's a precious little addition to our family and the beginning of a whole new generation.

Being Grandma, I feel as if I am going through withdrawal on the days I don't see her. Thank goodness she lives less than a half an hour away! Today we snuggled on the couch and watched Mama Mia!  All I could think of was that the last time I watched that movie, I never dreamed that the next time I'd see it with my grand-daughter on my chest.  Wow, live moves at an unbelievable pace, that's for sure.

While Jesse is at home being Mom, I've been covering our shop hours and bringing in all kinds of new goodies.  I'll be putting up a whole album of pics on Facebook once I publish this post, but here's a sneak peek to whet your appetite.  Some of these items will be available in our Etsy shop, and some will only be available at Cottleville Crafts, Etc. and any upcoming shows.  If you see something you really, really want and don't live near us, drop us a line and we'll see what we can work out.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  We are so excited about the future of both our family and our business!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Making it Personal

There is something special about personalization. It makes a piece truly unique and "yours", doesn't it?  I absolutely love it when I get to turn one of my creations into a personalized piece, and when customers come to me with an idea of their own.  The challenge of re-working a previous design, or starting from scratch keeps me from falling into the hum-drum of making the same things over and over again.

These three canvases all started in different ways.  The Family Tree was a birthday gift for my step-Mom.  It is very close to my heart because our family may not be related by blood, but we were joined by God and we are truly blessed.  I have always been interested in genealogy, so this piece was just a natural outpouring of that fascination.  It's one of my favorite pieces to date.

The Pittsburgh canvas was one of those creations that was requested by a customer. I've done several cities in a series I call "See the City," but this one was the first that used a sports logo in the background.  The client chose all of the aspects of the collage, and I was able to put it together for them.  The process of creating a piece like this is so much fun for me.  I love interacting with the customer, and tweaking the layout, colors and placement until it's just right.  Hearing from them once they have received it is such a great feeling!

I've made many family name/initial canvases over the last year, but this one was to be used in a way that had never crossed my mind.  The bride-to-be requested this in a large (16"x20") size with lots of empty space around the writing so that her wedding guests will be able to sign it at their reception.  It will hold a place of honor in their home afterward, and I feel blessed to know that I will get to have a small part in their big day!

There are many other custom creations in my portfolio, and many more to come.  I welcome your ideas and would love to create a special piece just for you!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Barn Door is Open!

It took a while, but we have finally completed most of the process of re-branding our various social media outlets, web site and Etsy store with our new logos.  There are still a few loose ends to tie up and a newsletter to get out, but we're breathing a collective sigh of relief that we're almost there!

If you followed us on over from either Studio Valerie or Roos' Remnants, we would like to welcome you.  In case you don't already know, Valerie and "Roo" (her given name is Jess) are mother and daughter. We started our little business last year and are having the time of our lives watching it grow.  We started out keeping everything separate because it was easier for us, but after much thought, we decided that putting everything under one name would a whole lot less confusing for our customers.

So now we are off and running on the next leg of this journey and we can't wait to see what's in store!  Of course, it's all going to come to a temporary screeching halt when Jesse's little girl (my first grandchild!) makes her appearance.  We are chomping at the bit to meet this little girl and we will let everyone know when she does.

Thank you again for taking the time to "friend" or "follow" us on any of the social media sites, and for making or shop or any of our products your "favorites" on Etsy.  We are truly blessed to be doing something we love, and even more so to be doing it together.
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