DontBlameTheBacon

A Unique Mix of Handmade Toys, Art, and Everyday Items

Lancaster, Pennsylvania · 10 Sales

DontBlameTheBacon

A Unique Mix of Handmade Toys, Art, and Everyday Items

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 10 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Christi, Ren and Courtney

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Christi, Ren and Courtney

About

The backstory

We are three sisters who share a love for bacon and all things creative. All our items are handmade and many feature repurposed materials. We’re hoping this shop will inform our work — we want to learn from our customers — and take our creativity to new places.

A note on our name: It's awesome, we know, but we also understand it's a bit elusive. So, here's the story.

We started talking about opening an Etsy shop about a year ago, but took our time putting the pieces together and could not settle on an appropriate name. Names are important. And if they're good, they make people curious. And so when we were trying to label this thing that represents us and our work, we spent a lot of time over-thinking it.

Then this summer our dad had a heart attack. It caught us off guard and slowed us down. And, as we were processing what had happened, one of us suggested that our beloved bacon may have been a contributor to dad's heart issues. To that suggestion, Ren quickly responded, "Hey, don't blame the bacon."

Something about that line stuck. Ever a bacon-loving family, it wasn't just our allegiance that made us admire the quip. It represents an understanding that sometimes the reasons behind the things that happen in our lives -- the bad and the good -- aren't so simple. Even if our blame is justified, we shouldn't get stuck on it. Sometimes the healthiest way to respond is to move forward and to find outlets for processing and expressing the things we experience.

The week our dad had his heart attack and subsequent surgery, we all worked through the shock in different ways. As we spent our days in waiting rooms, a few of us found creativity to be an outlet and started to funnel some of that energy into getting this shop off the ground. And "Don't Blame the Bacon" became our moniker.

We hope our shop inspires you to keep your head up -- to recognize the good in your life, to latch on to it, and then to create some more.

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Shop members

  • Ren Albon

    Owner, Maker

    Ren Albon is a wife, bacon eater, and dabbler in all things artistic. She currently lives in Maine and is a recent Maine College of Art grad. Here at the shop she sells her hand knit items and her embroidered prints.

  • Courtney Albon

    Owner, Maker

    Courtney Albon is a writer and explorer. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she works as a journalist. Here at the shop, she takes old sweaters and coats and makes them into new things -- like potholders and laptop sleeves.

  • Christi Albon

    Owner, Maker

    Christi Albon is a musician, teacher and, yes, a recently converted vegetarian. She lives in Pennsylvania where she teaches social and behavioral skills to kids with autism. Here at the shop, she knits scarves and coffee cozies and hats for cats.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 9, 2014
We are three sisters who share a love for bacon and all things creative.

Christi lives in Pennsylvania, Ren in Maine and Courtney in D.C. We create to stay connected.

All our items are handmade and many feature repurposed materials. We’re hoping this shop will inform our work — we want to learn from our customers — and take our creativity to a new level.

Thanks for stopping by. We’ll add new items on a regular basis, so check back often.

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Payment
We accept payment through PayPal, which includes major credit and debit cards. PayPal account is not required, you can still pay with a credit card. When you check out, just select PayPal as your form of payment, don’t log in to PayPal when prompted, click 'CONTINUE' to pay with credit card.

Once payment is received, we will ship your order within 3 business days.
Shipping
We ship all items through the United States Postal Service to the address that is provided on PayPal. All shipping fees are listed with each item. The fee reflects the cost of sending the package, cost of the actual package, and delivery confirmation. When possible we try to package items using recycled materials (boxes, newspaper, etc.) Please let us know if you want any extras such as insurance or special handling at the time of order, the cost will be added to the final total.

Orders are shipped within 3 business days of receiving payment.
Refunds and Exchanges
We take great pride in what we do at Don’t Blame the Bacon and want your experience to be a great one.

If you receive a damaged or incorrect item please contact us immediately so we can work with you to correct any issues.
Additional policies and FAQs
We do our best to portray all of our items accurately but cannot control color variations from different monitors.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about anything you see in the store.