Bless Your Heart Folk Art offers an unique twist

BARNESVILLE – There are few folk art shops in the Ohio Valley that can offer customers as much as Bless Your Heart Folk Art in Barnesville.

With an array of products for home decoration, Bless Your Heart is a must-see for anyone looking to spice up their home with a bit of Americana folk art. The shop carries a plethora of goods – including primitives, Crossroads Candles and diffusers, Swan Creek Candles, barn stars, Amish-made soap, Willow Tree figurines, table runners and placemats, braided rugs up to 8′ x 11′, curtains, crocks, Berry Candle rings and garlands, wreaths, handmade quilts and furniture, wall hangings, lamps, framed art and decorative plates.

Bless Your Heart Folk Art is a family-owned and family-operated business, with a lot of their merchandise made on site at the shop.

“We make a lot of the things here ourselves,” said owner Margie McMahon. “My son David does a lot of the specialty furniture. He’ll use old doors and old windows to make (other) things. He makes a lot of farmhouse tables and benches. He actually even uses old solid wooden doors to make (kitchen) islands out of. We’ve actually sold quite a few of those. Some guy from New York even bought one.

“We have cupboards made from old shutters. He recycles a lot of stuff (to make new furniture). There are handmade quilts here also,” she said, explaining that she makes the quilts herself and can produce about four per year.

Margie’s son, David, explained how some of his work can hold a great deal of sentimental value with the customers for whom it is made.

“A guy had to cut down a tree in his mom’s front yard,” David said. “Growing up, he had played in the tree and whatnot. So, he took the tree to the sawmill and had them put it in big slabs, and I made a bar out of it (for him).”

Bless Your Heart also offers custom-built picture frames for art and portraits, ensuring that any old photos you may have can be hung with pride in a frame that will last for years.

The business is growing dramatically. Margie explained that their previous location was much smaller, but they have been working on the building at their current location for about a year and a half. They have undertaken various renovation projects to improve the space available to them and their customers, in addition to giving the shop a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.

Because David makes most of the furniture and has been having a hard time keeping up with all of the orders, Margie stated that she is planning to start offering Amish-made furniture as well. Additionally, the shop might be looking for a part-time employee to assist David with various projects for customers.

Bless Your Heart offers other services and products as well. For example, the shop carries wallpaper and borders that fit a country theme, which can be quite hard to find at larger home improvement stores such as Lowe’s. They offer bridal registry, floral arrangements, free layaway up to 60 days, special orders and custom-made furniture. The shop is also equipped to sell and fill helium balloons for parties, and it carries cards for all occasions.

Billy Jacobs – a self-taught artist from Navarre, Ohio – will be on site at Bless Your Heart from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The shop will have plenty of his art available for purchase, and Jacobs will be autographing his work. Cake and refreshments will also be served to those in attendance.

Bless Your Heart Folk Art is located at 157 E. Main St. in Barnesville. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, please call (740) 425-9289.

Scott can be reached at jscott@timesleaderonline.com.