Our Story

The creative joy from The Hen House is the inspiration of Joyce Ditz, R.N. Working in her basement, Joyce, out of her love for at home moms and her fondness for fun creations transformed her hobby into a flourishing business.

Joyce designed hand puppets for an educational children's program called "Dangers of Smoking" while she was serving as a board member of the local chapter of the Lung Association in 1979. In 1980, founded The Hen House. Today, it still embraces her philosophy of caring and nurturing with three generations of Joyce's family and scores of extended family artisans working with the business.

DITZ designs and Hen House creations are enjoyed around the world because of their imaginative, charming and heartwarming character, and quality. The great attention to detail adds to their realism as well as their ability to draw people into an enchanting world. Touches of humor permeate throughout the line with such items as bears serving as footrests, butlers and fisherman. Father Christmas Pieces make great gifts, and become treasure family heirlooms.

We hope you enjoy your Ditz designs products as much as The Hen House enjoyed creating them.

* The Now & Then Outlet is currently open by appointment only *

Behind The Magic

Debbie Ditz Ludwig is the daughter of Joyce Ditz, founder of Ditz Designs. Debbie has brilliantly upheld the standard of excellence behind the Ditz brand, and continues to design inspiring looks every Holiday season.

Ditz creations are enjoyed around the world because of the imaginative, charming, and heart warming character in every crafted piece. Debbie's attention to detail is what adds to the realistic charm that draws people in to the enchanting world of Ditz Designs.

Debbie Ditz Ludwig finds great joy in creating new designs, down to the finest detail. Bringing together the perfect fabrics, faux furs, garlands and accessories to make a one of a kind look only found at Ditz Designs.

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