Barn Owl Primitives & A Give Away!

Hi! My name is Kristi and I’m a mom of 2, wife of 1, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, friend and neighbor of many. I’m a day dreamer with a LONG list of projects yet to be completed. I’m a lover of coffee, breakfast for dinner and all things vintage. And I’m the creator of Barn Owl Primitives. I’ve been designing and hand painting typography word art for over two years and I have a little shop on Etsy.

I was so excited when Michelle contacted me about doing a giveaway with her!
I love meeting new people and I’m honored to be hanging out “across the pond” with you today!


I opened my shop, Barn Owl Primitives {BOP} on Etsy just over two years ago. Things were slow at first, but after months of marketing my shop on facebook, building relationships with fellow Etsy shop owners and bloggers, I started to see some sales. During those first few slow months, I read every article on the Etsy blogs about how to build a good business. I researched ways to improve the photographs of my products. I educated myself on what it means to create a brand and I set out to make BOP something that people would recognize. I focused my energy and efforts on designing new and exciting products and looked for big and small ways to set myself apart from my competition.


One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Jefferson.
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
I also believe that if you work hard and work smart, success will find you.


Owning your own business is hard work. It is leaning into that hard work that will set you apart from your competition and will keep customers coming back to you and your products. By far, my biggest challenge has been time management. I’ve learned that it is important to ask for help when you need it and it’s even more important to accept help when it is offered. Knowing my limits and working within them has helped me to balance my business with my home life. As a stay at home mom to a 6 and 4 year old, finding that balance was very important to all of us.


Most days you can find me sharing whatever strikes my fancy on Facebook.
Occasionally you can hear me sending up Hoots on Twitter.
And you can always find my latest crushes on Pinterest.


As we embark on 2012, may we find the good in each new day!
Wishing you all the best!!
xo ~ kristi

You guys. Is Kristi not AMAZING?!
She has been such a joy to work with!!!!
I was overwhelmed when she told me about the give away she’d offer my readers!

I’ve been drooling over her site for over a YEAR! It’s true.
But since I lived in England I assumed I couldn’t get any of her signs, boy was I WRONG!
I may need to save up to get one of those bad boys ASAP!

Here is one of my favorites:


How cute would this be in a bedroom?! Shoot – anywhere in the house!
I’m totally jealous of you guys.
Maybe we can make a deal :
You hang it up in your house 1/2 the year & then you let me have it the other 1/2.
I’ll even let you stay at my house in England for free.
Deal?! :)

Good luck everyone!
{don’t forget to click ‘read more’ to see the widget to enter!}

Give Away Winner for Living on Love Digital Prints: Sarah

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Gretchen Parker says

    I love all of the signs, but one of my favorites is the Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

  2. Heather hall says

    I LOVE fruits of the spirit but I LOVE everything you make!!! You amaze me & I pray your business grows as much as your heart desires!

  3. says

    I couldn’t choose! I love both the mealtime blessings sign and the opportunity quote by Thomas Jefferson :)

  4. Christina Whitaker says

    On a very cold day here in the Northeast! It only seems fitting that the sign ‘ baby its cold outside’ is my favorite! Love the message and love the warm colors of the design!

  5. Sandi says

    I love “baby it’s cold outside”. Need something fun for the new year. Love BOP and Kristi’s talents!!

  6. Ferne Emery says

    Ooops. I tried to put in which sign is my favorite, and I hit enter before I typed it in. My favorite(s) are the Jesus and Germs sign, which I just purchased, and I love the “Here Comes the Sun” sign by the Beatles. It’s amazing!

  7. Melissa says

    Gave my husband an awesome Photography sign for Christmas. He LOVED it!! All of Kristi’s signs are fabulous!!!

  8. AGiles says

    I love so many of BOP signs! I’m a long time follower on facebook. I love the one for the nursery about being the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside. But I also love Baby its Cold Outside, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas =)

  9. Meg says

    Really hard to choose just one sign… love Jesus & germs, the whimsical family rules and a Day at the Shore.

  10. Mary Feagley says

    I love the Jefferson quote. I am an English teacher and collect inspirational quotes and post them all over my room. My students really enjoy them!

  11. Whitney S. says

    I love all of the signs in the shop really! But right now I think I like the family rules sign. I liked her Christmas one too that said have yourself a merry little christmas! I love her stuff!

  12. says

    I love these signs!! I think my favorite is “every person’s life is a fairytale written by God’s fingers.” Definitely feel this applies to my little Ethiopian princess who just came home to be with us a couple of months ago :) But I love so many of them! Thanks for doing the giveaway on your blog Michelle!!

  13. Jessica Woolley says

    My favorite sign was the “Reindeer” sign she had at Christmas but currently I love the “Baby its Cold Outside” because it totally fits the season!

  14. Leslie Williams says

    I love the Family Rules Sign – In Our Home – Whimsical – Typography Word Art in Black with Red and White. It sums up my household so well, I need it!! :)

  15. says

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway! I love all of the Kristi’s signs! They are all amazing, I would love to have any of them in my home! The love never ends would be perfect for our bedroom!

  16. says

    I Love the family rules signs – I have been eyeing those forever! I cant wait until my kitchen is done so I can purchase one :)

  17. Jenn says

    I’ve been admiring Barn Owl Primitives for a while – I’m in love with the Family Rules III sign

  18. Krista says

    I have so many favorites – I think I love the “wash your hands sign” the most. It would look perfect in my bathroom.

  19. joy cagle says

    I really like the Hans christian anderson quote. Barn Owl primitives was already a fav. so I favorite’ the quote:)

  20. Abby Fox says

    I love the Family Rules sign “make a difference.” We adopted our 14 year old son in October through the state’s foster care system. He’s spent all his life trying to survive and now we’re helping him learn to give back to those less fortunate that we are. This sign really speaks that message to us.
    PS – Thank you for offering the giveaway!

  21. says

    I have a few favorites! Wash Your Hands & Say Your Prayers is hanging in one of our bathrooms. So obviously that’s one I love. I also love the Hans Christian Andersen Quote!! Would love to add a sign to my BOP collection!

  22. says

    I love “you are my sunshine” because it reminds me that I STILL can’t get through that song when I’m singing it to my little girl. And she’s 10!

  23. Janet says

    I have wanted the “You are my sunshine” sign since I found BOP. I sing that song to all my nieces and nephews so I would love to have the sign.

  24. says

    I have had my eye on many of her signs for months!! I love her beautiful high quality work. I love the This is the Day sign.

  25. says

    I love the “Oh the places you’ll go”. I remind my kids of this often. But I am also in love with “You are my sunshine”. Choices, choices! Love BOP!!!

  26. Mindy C. says

    I love the Strength of My Love with Bunting sign. I love the quote and the bunting makes it extra cute!

  27. Renea Pike says

    We can do Hard Things is my favorite. I need that hanging in my living room for a reminder. I also like the sunshine one :)

  28. Crystalyn says

    I need a layaway plan for I want way to many. Life is a fairy tail is my fave. Second is family rules

  29. says

    I am LOVING the Hans Christian Anderson Fairytales one…although I think I would have to have it in a different color LOL those wouldnt match anything in my house…

  30. jennifer says

    I love all of the signs in the shop! I really like “strength of my love” and “family rules”….such talent.

  31. laura dassance says

    there are so many cute signs it-s hard to choose a favorite, but im a sucker for the family rules sign!

  32. Jeanne says

    My favorite sign is the Hans Christian Andersen Quote – Every person’s life is a Fairytale written by God’s fingers. Thanks you for a wonderful giveaway. :) Jeanne

  33. Ferne Emery says

    I don’t know if I’m doing this right because I already entered a blog comment, but my fave sign is the Jesus and Germs sign, but I honestly love them all. I guess I should pick a new fave, since I bought the J&G sign already. :)

  34. Lisa Mac says

    I love all of Kristi’s signs. My favorite is her love story sign. Her Christmas signs are fantastic. Follow her on Pinterest. She’s a hoot!

  35. Debi says

    I love these signs- especially any of the family rules, playroom rules, and any that mention how our family loves :)

  36. Gina says

    ‘we can do hard things’ is something I say 50 x’s a day to my little ones. Love your inspirational art.

  37. alesha says

    I LOVE the family rules…would look so good in our new family room….fingers are crossed!

  38. Stacey Pinney says

    I’ve always loved the Family rules signs (all the versions)….. now I’m also really in love with the ‘take responsibility for the energy you bring into this room’ sign…. it’s so true! Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. says

    I love all of BOP signs, they are just too fun! I’m really into the You are My Sunshine one I’ve seen before & I’m loving this one above This is the Day Let us Be Glad! Fingers crossed. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. says

    I like the Summer Fun with the bunting! My husbands and I are both teachers with our summers off so when June rolls around we declare the summer “FAMILY TIME” and we pack our summer with one fun thing after another with our 3 kids. Your summer sign totally sounds like us – lemonade stands, BBQs, picnics, farmers markets…Super cool! You wrapped up a description of our summer family fun in one piece of art! :)

  41. says

    Two of my favorite ladies collaborating for an awesome giveaway?!? I couldn’t be happier!…unless of course I won ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. Jacqui =) says

    I seriously would love to win any of her beauties and would def proudly display anyone of them in my home but i love the Family Rules signs they melt my heart! <3 =)

  43. says

    Love BOP’s signs! Especially Please Take Responsibility for the Energy You Bring into This Space – Inspired by Oprah – Motivational Distressed Sign!!!

  44. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says

    I really like the “Love with you Whole Heart Heavily Distressed Sign in Black Vintage Style”

  45. says

    I can’t choose just one fav so I have 3 lol: don’t mess with Texas, a day at the shore and family rules live, laugh, love :)
    -Meesh :)

  46. Kristin says

    Kristi had up a photography sign for about 24 hours that sold… so sad… yep I have a sad face right now… I really LOVED that sign! Pinned that the second I saw it to my Pinterest board… I am always looking at Kristi’s shop… love her stuff! I also love the Family Rules sign: In Our Home… I really can’t choose just one! Family Rules sign: Live Simply… Oh wait! I love this one as well… Oh The Places You’ll Go! I really can’t choose just one…

  47. says

    I’m having a hard time deciding on my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the fruits of the spirit and this is the day. Also love the Spring and Summer Fun signs. These are great! Words are very important, and it’s lovely to have such beautiful concrete ways of concentrating on them.

  48. Erin says

    My favorite favorite is “We can do hard things.” I need that for somewhere in my house. But the one I will probably buy sooner is “I Am a Great Believer in Luck.” I feel like my American lit students need to see that sign often.

  49. Nikki hatfield wilson says

    I have a lot of favorites, but I really dig the family rules signs. Version v is my current love.

  50. says

    I LOVE the Wash Your Hands & Say Your Prayers sign … one of my favorites, for sure!
    I will be ordering it soon!

  51. Michelle says

    I’ve been drooling over these for quite some time and follow them on facebook! Way too hard to pick a favorite. I would have to draw out of a hat!

  52. Charlotte says

    I’ve admired Barn Owl Primitives’ signs for a very long time. It is hard to pick a favorite because so many of them touch my heart! Oh the Places we’ll Go holds a special meaning….

  53. Lindsey says

    I love the new “life is a fairytale” sign! Such a great color combo that would look fabulous in my entry way!

  54. Michele L. says

    I love The Laundry Room Typography Word Art in Weather Worn White with Red (and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas)

  55. cynthia riley says

    I have loved BOP for quite a while! The porch sign was my idea! I can’t wait to see the new signs she creates this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. erin says

    I love so many, but would have to go with the Family Rules sign. Thanks for the chance at winning!

  57. Miranda says

    I think I would have to choose my own Family Rules sign, but I do like the “Joy of Cooking” sign too…and the This is The Day, Let Us Be Glad. I would love to win a sign

  58. Char says

    My favorite is “love with your whole heart”. You only live once!:-) I love the BAP site and would love to win this awesome giveaway!

  59. says

    My favorite sign is the summer banner one because it reminds me of my family in the summer – all the things we love to do! Really cool artwork! Love it!

  60. joy cagle says

    I absolutely can’t say enough about Kristi’s signs!!!! I ordered her last one just a bout 3 days before Christmas I believe…. LOVE it!!!! Really want to win!!!! Crossing my fingers and toes!!!:)

  61. Deana Arnett says

    I absolutely LOVE the True Love sign and the Family Rules signs. Would be thrilled if I won!

  62. kelly says

    I like the thomas jefferson and the true love ones, but they are all super cute and could have a nice place in my home.

  63. says

    My favorite is her new Let It Be sign! I’m a huge Beatles fan and I love that song. It would be awesome to have a daily reminder to “let it be”…

  64. J Ortenzi says

    I am in love with the house rules sign and my next fav, is the it’s cold outside sign. Thanks

  65. says

    LOVE everything! My favorite is the strentgh of my love sign! I cried when I first saw it!
    Great work! Any piece would make me house better!

  66. says

    LOVE everything! My favorite is the strength of my love sign! I cried when I first saw it!
    Great work! Any piece would make me house better!

  67. says

    Oh my – such an amazing giveaway! Her signs have been on my “list” for quite some time! There are so many that I love – but my favorite is probably the family rule signs – in blue :).

  68. Nancy Thompson says

    I love all of BOP’s signs! I would love to have one to remind us everyday to be inspirational!

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