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our story

Hi, and welcome to The Barn! My name is Kristi Quill and I am the Founder and Artist of 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.

Since snowmen eventually melt, I needed to add some things to my shop that would last all year. I started with You are My Sunshine and Family Rules typography word art signs . Things were slow at first, but after months of marketing my shop on Facebook and building relationships with fellow shop owners and bloggers, I started to see some steady sales. During those first few slow months, I educated myself on what it means to create a brand, and I set out to make BOP something that people would love.

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.

Demand has grown so rapidly in the last year I’ve had to hire additional staff to keep up. Most recently my husband Sean has joined the team leaving his Vice President of Operations role at a very successful start-up to help me grow our business.

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.

Thanks so much for dropping by The Barn! We hope you'll sit and stay awhile.