SnowflakeOrnament

Upscale Personalized Ornaments - Unique as a Snowflake

Fort Wayne, Indiana 588 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (116)

SnowflakeOrnament

Upscale Personalized Ornaments - Unique as a Snowflake

Fort Wayne, Indiana | 588 Sales

Beth Machall-Dwyer

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Beth Machall-Dwyer

Announcement    *** BUY 3, GET A FREE 16" X 6" X 12" VELLUM GIFT BAG imprinted with pearl white snowflakes ***

Ornaments aren't just for Christmas ... they're the perfect personalized keepsake for any holiday or special occasion!

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Last updated on Jul 6, 2019

*** BUY 3, GET A FREE 16" X 6" X 12" VELLUM GIFT BAG imprinted with pearl white snowflakes ***

Ornaments aren't just for Christmas ... they're the perfect personalized keepsake for any holiday or special occasion!

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Painting + Calligraphy = One of a Kind Snowflakes!

Snowflake Ornament Company first began as a home-based business in 1993, and is the result of designer Beth Machall-Dwyer's "long-standing love of color and interest in filling her Christmas tree with unique ornaments."

Beth has been creating handmade ornaments since she was a girl. By the time she was ten she was making felt Christmas tree ornaments for all of her family. She used felt to make teddy bears, stockings, Mr. & Mrs. Clause, reindeer - and even John, Paul, George and Ringo - The Beatles!

In the mid-70’s, Beth sold her first crafts to a local hospital gift shop. "I took blown-out chicken eggs and created every animal imaginable.” With felt, colored paper, markers and glue, Beth made pelicans, bears, giraffes, deer and even peacocks and crocodile. The creatures were made to stand upright, or hung on a branch. “I thought I was making ‘a killing’ at 50 cents per ornament!’ says Beth.

In 1979, it was an eighth-grade art class that inspired an on-going interest in the calligraphy style of handwriting. She created signs and addressed invitations for family and friends, and eventually did her own high school graduation announcements using a calligraphy kit her parents bought her. It was that love of calligraphy that would later inspire her to personalize her glass ornaments.

After obtaining a telecommunications degree in the late 1980’s, Beth purchased her first home. Money was tight at the time and it was almost Christmas. She didn’t have the extra cash for ornaments, so she made her own from glass and paint. “I feel like I have come a long way since those first ornaments. I have certainly refined the creation process over the years.” She cringes when she looks at her earlier creations, but at the time they served their purpose well.

The following year, Beth decided to combine her painting and calligraphy and sell personalized ornaments at local craft shows. She named her company, Snowflake Ornament Company, because like a snowflake, each ornament is unique and one-of-a-kind. “My first show was a disaster. The show was held at a school that lost electricity due to a nearby car accident.” Beth had to display her ornaments outside on a windy day. “It took all I had to just keep the ornaments from falling to the ground!” After a few years of shows, Snowflake Ornament had a local following. Her repeat customers appreciated the uniqueness of her work and that it could be customized with names and messages in gold or silver inks. “I purchase ornaments for my children and family every year. It’s always nice to have a keepsake with each of their names and the year it was given”, says one client.

Over the years, the ornaments have gained sophistication. She has moved beyond the typical green, red and white holiday colors and continually explores the beauty of color combining. “Everywhere I go I look for unusual color blending. I am not afraid to experiment – some of my favorites are the most unlikely combinations.”

The interest in Snowflake Ornament Company continues to grow to this day. Corporations, not-for-profits, museums, gift shops and individuals from across the country appreciate the beauty of this one-of-a-kind glass art. Beth values her regular clients and welcomes new opportunities whether it is an ornament for a baby's first Christmas or hundreds for a corporation's holiday gifts.

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    I am the Alpha & Omega of Snowflake Ornament Company! The Chief Flake in every sense of the word.

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