BarbziesCustomArts

BarbziesCustomArts---Handpainted Personalized Ornaments

Warsaw, Indiana · 1779 Sales

BarbziesCustomArts

BarbziesCustomArts---Handpainted Personalized Ornaments

Warsaw, Indiana 1779 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(699)

BarbziesCustomArts is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Barbzie's CustomArts will be going on a hiatus until we finish an extensive remodel of our home, which won't be done until January, 2019. I apologize for my customers who have made a tradition of giving my special personalized ornaments as gifts every year. Please think of me in the future when in need of a very special personalized gift. And please know how much I appreciate all of my customers, many of whom have become friends since I opened my shop eleven years ago. Have a wonderful autumn, a blessed holiday season, and I hope to hear from you in 2019 and beyond, dear customers! God bless you all!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 16, 2018

Barbzie's CustomArts will be going on a hiatus until we finish an extensive remodel of our home, which won't be done until January, 2019. I apologize for my customers who have made a tradition of giving my special personalized ornaments as gifts every year. Please think of me in the future when in need of a very special personalized gift. And please know how much I appreciate all of my customers, many of whom have become friends since I opened my shop eleven years ago. Have a wonderful autumn, a blessed holiday season, and I hope to hear from you in 2019 and beyond, dear customers! God bless you all!

Barb Bussell

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About

Etsy has given my dream the perfect place to come true.

I have always loved creating the perfect personalized gifts for friends and family. Having a fertile imagination, thinking outside the box, and being gifted in art made it easy to come up with wonderful, handmade, personal creations, and they were always well received, appreciated, and treasured. My problem was that my made-to-order creations were difficult to promote in brick and mortar stores, since I really had no inventory to display....everything was thought through and created on an individual basis, to the exact specifications and requests of the customer. Plus, my ability to tweak a creation in any way, to make it even more specialized was something that most people just didn't fathom.

I'd never heard of Etsy.com when I came to the website in 2007, to purchase an item that a friend had listed. I loved the site, and was so happy to see a community of artists from around the world, selling their creations in such a novel way. Why then, did it take me six months to realize that Etsy was the perfect place for a lovable oddity as myself, someone who loved doing the unusual, one-of-a-kind, customized artwork that really can't be marketed in the traditional way? Somehow, a lightbulb finally went off, and I realized that with Etsy, I had a home, and a place to offer the lovely keepsakes that I love to make...the more personalized, the better. I set up an Etsy shop in May of 2007, and my business has grown steadily. I hadn't realized until October of 2012, that my sales actually tripled from the year before, without me really promoting it in any additional way. People were just finding me, and spreading the word. I was dumbfounded, and amazed, and totally thrilled at finding this out.

I hadn't been willing to do much self-promotion, since right after I started my Etsy shop, our baby granddaughter came to live with us, and I became, in my mid-fifties, a full-time, in-house Grammie, and that became my top priority. Promoting my shop wasn't even close to what I was interested in doing. Last year, when sales went through the roof, I was scared, but thrilled, knowing that this year, with my granddaughter starting full-day kindergarten, I'd have my days free to create, and that has made me smile all year long. I can't wait to create more beautiful things, to get more personalized ideas, and to take any custom order that comes along. Life is sweet, God is good, and I'm ready to cherish it all.

Shop members

  • Barb Zielinski Bussell (Barbzie)

    Owner

    I'm a creative spirit, an imaginer, a dreamer. I loved being an art teacher for fifteen years, from first grade through highschool. I've always loved creating personalized gifts for friends and family, and now can do it for others, on Etsy!

  • Barb Zielinski Bussell..."Barbzie"

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Imaginer, Creative Spirit

    I've always loved creating personalized, customized, one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends, through the years when I was an art teacher, and a stay-at-home-mom. My kids are grown now, and I'm able, on Etsy, to offer my unique Keepsake gifts.

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Last updated on February 4, 2011

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