Bluebird Gardens Story
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"Our Missouri-based company is an extension of how we grew up, making gifts, cooking with local produce, re-purposing antiques, growing a garden, and helping one another." -- Charlotte
Bluebird Gardens Story
Hi, I'm Charlotte, founder of Bluebird Gardens Quilts and Gifts. I started Bluebird Gardens LLC in 1998, before the big online retailing boom, to help friends with their gift-giving. Since then, we have made literally thousands of personalized handmade quilts and gifts. From museums to interior designers, ecstatic grandparents, and "non-handy" husbands wanting to surprise wives and daughters, we have been honored to help you find, and make, gifts that reflect your aesthetic and spirit.
Why Handmade Quilts?
Handmade quilts are both practical and decorative, their presence an easy reminder of the memories they preserve. Handmade quilts are also warm and reassuring, reminiscent of hugs for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Handmade quilts can also be used as wall-hangings, adding a unique focal point to any room. I like to think we specialize in re-purposing memories, making handmade custom quilts from clothing, printed photos and mementos, as well as recycling precious items into handmade quilts, lap quilt throws and throw pillows.
Custom and Unique Gifts, Too
A few years after I started Bluebird Gardens LLC, a New York interior designer asked me to help her with her annual gift list. That launched us into combining unique, vintage items with new - our vintage sewing baskets with favorite or hard to find items have been a mother's day gift favorite. Since I enjoy treasure-hunting, we also have one of a kind vintage jewelry and who doesn't like something fun for their kitchen, where move love is shared through home cooking. We make vintage-inspired dish towels and have an eclectic collection of recipe books. These are all items I love to make and give myself.
Running out of time? You can also thank our New York customer, she inspired us to gift-wrap and ship for our customers. Don't forget to tell us what you want on the gift card, sometimes that's what takes the most time. We also carry my own favorite beeswax-based, made in USA Howard Furniture Care and Refinishing products, which have nurtured our family furniture for years and make great housewarming gifts.
Check My Blogs for Inspiration
To help you get inspired, I have 4 blogs featuring some of my favorite things:
Made Just 4 You features memorable gifts such as handmade quilts, gift flowers and easy home decor ideas;
A Teaspoon is my healthy-eating diary, featuring easy recipes, food facts and food fun.
Gardening Charlotte captures my gardening adventures including how I am trying to adapt to our changing environment and
What can I help you make today?
Bluebird Gardens Foundation
Proceeds from our sales benefit the Bluebird Gardens Foundation, sponsors of several non-profits including:
Phelps County Humane Society, currently helping to fund raise for a new animal shelter;
Rolla Public Relations Club, helping area public affairs and public relations professionals stay connected and
Rolla Bee Club, beekeepers learning how to keep bees.
In 2016, I was delighted to support my brother's 2016 Walleye Tank awards in Rochester, Minnesota - no sharks there, or so I hear - encouraging emerging entrepreneurs with business ideas.
Why the Name Bluebird Gardens?
Bluebird Gardens is located on Bluebird Lane in Rolla, Missouri USA and has a number of bluebirds, and honeybees, as regular residents.
Besides being Missouri's official state bird, bluebirds are also a sign of happiness, something I strive to bring website visitors and customers.
Thanks for Your Emails
We are thrilled when we hear back from a customer so thank you for telling us about your experience with Bluebird Gardens.
We also have a dozen or so specialists who help make some of the custom items we offer. They are proud of their work and I make sure they hear back from you, they love hearing your stories and comments. Thank you, it literally makes our day!
Focus on Customer Service
According to small business professionals who have asked to use our company as examples for other small businesses, our personalized customer service has resulted in "a very high percentage of return customers."
We sure hope so, we think of our customers as extended members of the Bluebird Gardens family. We want you to be satisfied with your experience here and to tell your friends and family.
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In answer to requests, I have started my monthly Garden Notes emails in 2017, a monthly note of gardening and gift-making tips to inspire you.
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