Birthday

Birthday

My biggest little nugget turns 11 today!  I don’t remember being so excited for my birthdays growing up… they really weren’t a big deal at our house.  BUT here it is an event. I’m pretty sure my kids start planning their birthdays like the day after the last one ends.  I love their excitement but every time it gets brought up I cringe at the thought of how much money this will run me.   I try to let them decide how they want to celebrate and so far it works. After months of talking, planning and strategizing, here we are the big b-day and he’s got a few neighborhood kids coming over to play football in the yard, eat pizza, and play X-Box.. so its like any other Friday at our house plus Cake.

I am so proud of this guy. Two years ago his life (our life) changed forever.  After getting Strep – he ended up in the hospital and we didn’t know if he would be coming home.  It was the scariest week of my life. Long story wicked short.. his body barely had enough calcium to pump his heart.  Turns out my little red head, blue eyed, lefty likes to be RARE and has a rare lifelong condition – Pseudohypoparathyroidism 1B. We would learn all about PHP1b and still not really understand it and its constantly changing effects.. but he rolls with it.  He is like any other kid his age – kind and sweet and the funniest kid I know. He loves to play sports and hates to do the dishes. His meds cost more than most monthly mortgages for now but that load should lighten up soon

In our house, we celebrate birthdays for sure.. but we do our best to celebrate life everyday and how blessed we are to be together watching these kids grow into such amazing little humans.   Happy Birthday Mighty Quinn

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Making the most of it…

With the purchase of our new totally rad high-tech printer last year we have been able to utilize its’ capabilities to produce and offer more personalized products to enhance your Red Barn Experience.  Among our favorites is our new Custom Gift Wrapping Paper.  This stuff is top notch – it is thick, sturdy white paper.  Its opacity keeps the gift inside a disguise but yet is still quite manageable as wrapping paper.  Yes, it is true… having your own personalized gift wrap is a bit more expensive than the cheap, mass produced store bought wrapping paper, BUT it is way cooler.  Use Red Barn Wrapping Paper for that special gift, (ya know) the one your so excited to give you can hardly keep it a secret.

Or… customized Red Barn Wrapping Paper with your name, logo and brand colors for that Company Holiday Party.  The ideas are endless….

Having your own branded or personalized wrapping paper takes your gifts to the next level and makes them memorable.  It is a perfect compliment to your corporate branding or family tradition.  We print it in small print runs, keeping it affordable for any budget or need.  Grab a sample here

Love and Peace!

K&A

Wallpaper. commitment free

By now you have probably figured out we are stretching our skills beyond canvas (Ha..!  Pun Intended).  We are maximizing our totally rad printer and keeping it busy.  We teased our wallpaper products with wall decals for your home gym, and then perfected it and now we are offering different creative ideas for temporary removable wallpaper on our Signature Canvas styled wallpaper.

red barn wallpaperIf you have a flair for change and/or a fear of commitment our removable wallpaper is your match made in heaven.  We tested it by applying three different versions for several months and we have produced the golden standard of wall covering.  It is thick and easy to install.  We are offering it in 2 finishes.. one is a Dull Matte and the other is (obviously) a canvas texture.  The matte finish is removable/repositionable and the Signature canvas is removable . Both are fantastic options and a quick, easy way to change your entire wall or room.  This is a great product for anyone looking to make a change in their home décor, especially great for renters, RV’s or military housing families.  It has taken me awhile to perfect the design aspect but now that we’ve nailed that down I plan to redo every wall in my home.

Happy re-decorating!

 

A look back…

The kids are spending some much needed time with grandma while Andrew & I work on our 2019 goals and social media calendar.  This is the first year we have actually sat down together to intentionally strategize goals and plan our Annual “To-Do” list for the coming year. It feels really relaxing to know we have a plan in place.  We’ve grown so much in the last 8 years personally, as a family and as Red Barn Canvas.   While on our planning hiatus it has been fun to look back on where we started and compare then and now..
When Red Barn Canvas started I had a $500 used Mac laptop (ya know the white ones with the really small screen).  Although I am artistic, I had no real graphic design skills and several failed business ideas in my back pocket.  You could say I am a bit of a dreamer, but my personal determination finally paid off.!  I had fumbled through designing what is now our “original Family Story Canvas” for my husband Andrew as a Christmas gift.  He has all the printing knowledge and printed it on canvas for me.  He loved it… Friends loved it…  So with his/their encouragement I opened our first ETSY shop and launched our own website www.redbarncanvas.com.   While our Family Story Canvas is still one of our best sellers we have added several design options – still making custom projects our top priority.  Most of our best sellers start as an idea from a customer and we build on it from there.  Our customers are always our best asset, and they truly are part of the Red Barn Family.  We still have faithful customers now that we started with way back then..!   We worked our tails off and we’ve grown slowly (on purpose) and bit more each and every year.  We have 2 little ones and running a business from home with them has its challenges.  It was important to me to keep RBC at a level we could manage for the most part on our own with little outside help.
Our manufacturing was totally a grass roots effort.  Andrew started building our frames with a hand saw and an orange plastic Home Depot miter box and stapling/stretching our canvases with a hand stapler on our kitchen island in the evenings after the little ones would go to sleep.  We were making it work and as the business grew.. so did our equipment.  Today we use top quality Fredrix stretcher bars and run everything on our own high end printer.  We do it all right here in our home studio in North Georgia. We make quality and customer satisfaction our top priority. Nothing ships out of our shop without passing Andrews standards.   We grew slow but we grew strong.  We own 100% of our business.  Eight years in, we are ranked in the top 1% of ETSY shops, we have shipped over 10,000 canvases to over 7 countries and we’ve done over 1 million in sales.
It’s the start of the New Year and I usually get a few messages about how to start a new business.  It really is the perfect time to jump in. Find a cheerleader or supporting friend (your going to need this more than anything else).   I literally had no graphic design skills when I started RBC.. I am self taught and determined.  I knew Andrew had the printing knowledge we needed and I had the entrepreneurial spirit – and we went all in.
Love and Peace to you all in 2019!
Make it a great one

Kristy & Andrew

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