ArtLaBeau Studios Keepsake Ornaments
Q. What is a keepsake ornament?
A: A custom painted portrait of one pet on a wood slice. It's a great personalized gift for the animal lover in your life (even if that's you!).
Q: When will they be in your Etsy shop?
A: The final release date until fall of 2020 will be January 5th at 4pm and the listing will remain open until they sell out.
Q: What is the link to your Etsy shop?
Q. What size is the wood and how do you get it?
A: The birch slices are approximately 2.5-3 inches in diameter, have a charming raw edge, and are sustainably harvested from damaged or fallen branches in the state of Maine. They're shipped to Oklahoma so I can paint a beautiful custom portrait of your pet on the individual wood piece. Each slice of wood is different and unique, just like your pet!
Q: How do I order one?
A: Visit my Etsy page at the scheduled release date and time. The listing will be up for 15 minutes each time. These sell out very quickly, so please do not delay in your purchase. I have a limited number of slices and once they are gone, they're gone!
Q: Why do you only release a limited quantity at a time?
A: Though smaller than my canvas portraits, each piece takes many hours from start to finish. These are a labor of love that I only release a few times a year. Please note that artLaBeau Studios is a legal small business, so after 30% is directly put toward taxes, the cost of materials, shipping & packaging, time spent conversing with each client, painting, drilling, packaging, countless trips to the post office...whew, I do not make much money off of these. However, after several years of offering these ornaments, I know pet lovers adore them and they are some of the most precious Christmas gifts given (especially if it's a first year without a beloved furry family member). It means the world to me that a pet portrait can bring such joy to the most wonderful people there are: animal lovers!
Q: How much?
A: Each keepsake ornament is under $100 and ships for free. 10% of each purchase goes to OK Save a Dog to help rescue abandoned dogs. They are a small rescue with a huge heart, so your money goes straight to the sweet dogs.
Q: When do they ship?
A: During holiday months and due to an increase in orders this time of year, your portrait will be shipped 4-6 weeks after I receive the photo you'd like me to paint. However, every ornament is guaranteed to be shipped by December 16th even with the November release date. If ordering in January, expect your ornament to be shipped within 4 weeks.
Q: How do I send you a photo?
A: After your order is completed, please send me a photo via the conversation tool on Etsy or shoot me an email at Lauren @ ArtLaBeau.com. The best photos to paint from are taken straight on and at the animal's eye level in a well lit area. This allows me to see their face shape and eye color at the most flattering angle. You can send a few and I can pick the one that would translate best to an ornament if you like!