Stella Erwin was my great aunt and so much more. Her legacy includes amazing stories about her and her love for life. She has been gone for more than 50 years but her memory remains in my heart.
An amazing 5 years has flown by since Stella Erwin’s was launched in July of 2013. I had this little idea about turning vintage glass light fixtures into bird feeders to add a bit of Victorian flair to the garden. That became our flagship line and it’s going strong. Covered bird feeders and wind chimes made from tumbled vintage glass and vintage bedsprings came next. We just launched glass mobiles in June – a clever way to repurpose vintage glass flower frogs.
Who knew my love for outdoors and history would find me in the repurposing and up cycling business? I am outdoorsy – if that’s a word. My friends and I spend time together walking and talking every week. Love, love, love my veggie garden and back yard. There are shots of my little bit of paradise in the product, lifestyle photos. Lots of shade does make vegetable gardening challenging!
Once or twice a week, Ms. Miyata, my vintage partner in cycling, and I hit the country roads for a spin in the outdoors. She is a 1985 bright teal Miyata 310. We have logged some miles and seen some great places in the last 33 years.
“Everything vintage,” is a lifestyle, keeping me always in a nostalgic frame of mind. Follow along with us as we find new ways to repurpose lost glass from last century.
I could not do this without Team Stella. Read all about them below!
Stella Erwin’s has celebrated 5 years of business. It has been a wonderful journey made possible by Team Stella. Below is a little bit about each member.
Keeping Stella on the move has been Jessica’s motto from the very beginning. She was the first team member and came up with amazing efficiencies to production, shipping and storage. A place for everything and everything in it’s place describes her perfectly. So much time has been saved because of Jess’s early work.
Jeff’s hobbies include making beer and wine!
Nancy and I met more than 40 years ago and became fast friends. She is Stella Erwin’s glass beaded artist. The beautiful and OOAK glass beaded barware and other items are her original designs. She is about to gear up for the holiday production with lots of new and festive glass beaded products. She is also working on a new line of twisted metal bird feeder hangers to be released later in 2018.
Nancy is a talented stained glass artist. She has won awards at the State Fair of Texas and will be entering something for the 2018 fair.
Mark – a professional horn player – consults with Stella Erwin’s® in order to keep the inventory fresh and up to date with trending styles and colors. He is responsible for contrasting glass patterns and colors seen in wind chimes and covered bird feeders and powder coated hardware which adds a stunning finish. Look for some of his creative work in our newest line of Celestial and Woodland Mobiles.
Occasionally, Stella Erwin’s needs seasonal help. Earlier this year, Anna, who is studying in the medical field and happened to be completing an internship in the area, provided some “just in time” assistance. She assembled wind chimes for the spring line and put together enough hardware packets for bird feeders to take us through the busy spring and summer months.