• Hug-A-Smile Shoes

    Cherished Gifts

  • Exquisitely Detailed

  • Artfully Unique

  • Made in Michigan

    Each ornament is handmade to order.

Welcome to Hug-a-Smile

Two unique moments in life marked by love are a wedding and the birth of a child. These events are announced with great joy. A wedding or a birth announcement card is sent inviting the world to celebrate along. After they served their initial purpose most cards unfortunately end up forgotten, in a box or drawer.

I offer you the kind of gift people remember forever; a way to keep alive the memories of love these cards announced, by transforming the cards into a memento to keep for yourself or to gift to a loved one.

The wedding announcement card becomes an adorable little house; the birth announcement card a cute little shoe. NEW! Recently I have added heart shaped ornaments, which can be made out of a wedding invitation, birth announcement card, 1st communion card, anniversary invitation, a bat/bar mitzvah invitation or a family holiday card.

To keep the ornaments safe I package each Hug-A-Smile creation in a clear acrylic sphere. The gallery displays some examples of what you can expect.

Custom Designed

The house/home embodies and represents the heart of marriage and family life, therefore the house is a perfect gift for weddings and anniversaries.

Fun fact: the traditional 1st anniversary gift is paper!

Beautifully Crafted

Jack's Baby Shoe

The shoe stands for the first “steps” our soul (sole) takes in life: birth. Choose the shoe for baby showers, birth announcements or baby’s 1st birthday.

Mother’s day is a great opportunity to gift a shoe ornament as well!

Purely Elegant

The heart says it all; LOVE.

Choose the heart ornament for all occasions; a wedding, a birth, a christening/baptism, baby’s 1st birthday, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvah or 1st communion. Have one made of your family holiday card.

Words From Clients

This is the SWEETEST gift ever! I am so excited to give it to her next week.


I wanted to tell you that you do amazing work and that you are beyond talented! My sister in law gave us the house with our wedding invitation in December and my parents the shoe with my nephew’s baby announcement. These are the best gifts we have received and your work is remarkable! Thank you for giving us a gift we will cherish forever. Thank you so much!

B. T.

I have the ornament in my hands. It looks really great, thank you. I will be sending our announcement to you shortly – I am having the baby next week. Many thanks, as always.

J. S.

Thank you! I did receive the package. They look amazing! My sister in law, gave me one during the holidays and I loved it so much I wanted to pass it along. So she gave me your contact info. I will definitely have more for you in the future to make. Love the idea!

E. C.