Five years have absolutely flown by. Stella Erwin’s started with one glass light shade from my grandfather’s old farm house in west Texas. It sat on my kitchen counter for a few weeks when one day, a friend asked me a couple of simple questions: “What is it? A bird feeder?” Here’s a photo of it with a stunning painted bunting perched on the rim. It is currently hanging in my Aunt’s backyard, which seems appropriate since it hung in her bedroom as a young girl.
Though never for sale, it was the beginning of our flagship line, Vintage Repurposed Glass Bird Feeders. We have found and up-cycled 100s of these beauties, all from early last century. They come in a variety of designs, patterns and colors and really jazz up a garden paradise. In 2015 we were published in a national magazine, GreenCraft. Here are some photos from that amazing event.
Every year we add new lines – some have come and gone, but our tumbled glass wind chimes, added in 2014, are the most popular product right now. An expansion into a complete new product line came in 2016 when we introduced glass beaded barware. Created by Nancy, our glass beaded artist, they include wine bottle stoppers, bottle openers, canape sets, swizzle sticks and cocktail picks. The June 11 blog post was about our Summertime Fun Collection of barware. Nancy is busy working on the holiday line, which will be available at: www.StellaErwins.com in October.
Just this month we launched cut glass mobiles, repurposing vintage glass flower frogs. Up-cycling glass flower frogs from the past has long been a goal here. I first envisioned them as a top to a hummingbird feeder, but couldn’t come up with an effective design. Eventually mobiles came to mind, which also meant learning a new skill set – cutting and grinding stained glass. We started with 2 types – Celestial and Woodland – but watch for all kinds of fun and wonderful versions of this beautiful and subtle home decor piece.
Trademarks are an important part of maintaining the legacy. I am so proud of the full trademark acquired in 2016 for the bird feeder lines. We are in the process of acquiring 2 more with the U.S. Trademark and Patent office. They are for wind chimes, mobiles and all the hanging things current and future, as well as, glass beaded barware. You know it’s an original Stella Erwin’s, when you see this: Stella Erwin’s ®
By the way, just about everything in the shop is on sale through the 4th of July. Discounts range from 25-40%. I hope you celebrate with us and find some unique repurposed vintage glass for your home and garden.
The lovely woman in our banner and at the top of this post is Stella Erwin – my great aunt. The original photo (which I have framed and hanging in the office) was taken in the 1920s. Stella was an inspiration, attending college in the early 1920 (her college Algebra book has some of her random thoughts and notes scribbled in the margins and on the fly pages. It is also in the Stella Erwin’s offices.) Great women leave a lasting impression and everything we do is in honor of Stella and the other incredible women in my family.