Monday, July 30, 2012

Lazy Susan Giveaway!!!


Y'all voted on our next giveaway and the consensus was nearly unanimous!

One of the most popular items in our entire collection "This Thing Called Family" and certainly the best selling of our lazy susans is this one: Count Your Blessings!  And we're giving it away!!!

It would look marvelous on your dining room table!

This lazy susan is 20 inches in diameter and retails for around $65!!!
And we're so happy to be sharing one with you!

  • Leave a comment here, telling us what you are "counting as a blessing" today.
  • For one extra entry, share this giveaway!  Facebook, blog, tweet or whatever!  One easy way to do this is to click the share button on this facebook picture of the giveaway!  Leave a separate comment telling us what you did.
  •  Be sure to leave a way to contact you!

We'll choose one random winner on Thursday, August 2nd at 10pm. 

*To be sure that you hear the winner announcement, "Like" our Facebook Page:!!!

Want to find out more about our line of wall art and home decor with DEMDACO called"This Thing Called Family?"  Visit our TTCF page for pictures of the entire collection and how to find retailers in your area as well as online.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

While the Youngest Winger Was Here...

While the youngest Winger Emmy was here visiting from Austin we were able to have several art days!

Emily has been creating Promise Cards as special orders for quite a few people lately.  They just keep getting better and better, and the orders keep coming!  You can pick the bible verses that you want or she has a list of truths and verses and she puts them together in a unique, one-of-a-kind 4x6 format.  Truth on the front, bible verse on the back. You can put them in your bag, use them as bookmarks, put them on your mirror, stick them on the refrigerator, put them next to your bed to read at night or in the morning, pin them on the bulletin board at work, stick them in your car, or give them as gifts.  TONS of possibilities! 

We got out our paper stashes and worked on some backgrounds for her to then use and run with.

Here's an example of one of her finished cards, front and back:

If you are interested in having her make a set for you, email her at
$25 for a bundle of 5. (If being shipped a couple of dollars will be added for shipping and handling.)

 Other projects we worked on together (or side by side!) while Emily was here:
Laura worked on a special order yarn wrapped "B"

One day we worked around Green Girl's kitchen island - showing Emily the magic of mod-podge and sharing some tricks of the trade:

So good for our souls!!! - spending this time together, creating and laughing! 

Maybe I'll wave my new "Be Kind" sign around as a warning when my kids need it.  ;-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brought To You By The Letter "B"

 I made several of these wonky houses for a couple of our art shows earlier this summer.

The middle one was purchased by Katie in Des Moines.

She asked if I'd make a custom letter "B" (for their last name) to go along with it.

So I did.

The End.

Monday, July 16, 2012


I've been working on some cuff bracelets - actually off and on for 2 or 3 years now - but maybe, just maybe I will be bringing them out into the public soon.  Here is a tiny peak anyway.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

June Gift Markets 2012

The next best thing to being at the gift markets:  seeing the pictures that Demdaco shares with us!

BIG THANKS to Demdaco!  Especially their enthusiastic sales force who are working hard right now and who believe in "This Thing Called Family" and to the talented display designers who bring in so many fun creative elements that catch people's eye at market and make the products shine!

Dallas showroom
Dallas showroom

Atlanta showroom

You can view individual pictures of all of these new items here.

Retailers who want to sell TTCF can find out more here.

Many of these items are already available online at Clever Shoppers and Gabby's Gifts. 

And here's a fun video that Demdaco put together of all of their summer releases.  So much goodness!  We're so excited for all of these fabulous artists!!!

DEMDACO Studio Summer 2012 from DEMDACO on Vimeo.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New Originals For Fall

Here are some new originals I just finished up for Fall. I like how they turned out!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Recent instagrams, for your viewing pleasure:

Hubby and I had the opportunity to take the band FFH out for dinner before they performed in our town!

the meaning of True Love + decoupaged cross we taught at our VBS

Recent walk after dinner

Stepped off an airplane after a 2 week family vacation to this "Welcome Home" rainbow!

 display at Kim's Kottage in Fairfield, Iowa - we did a "Meet the Artists" event

fun artsy sculptures

4th of July!

one of our newest TTCF pieces - now on my piano! available here!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"Room" Magazine, June 2012

We are so excited to see Laura's custom mirror frame featured in June's issue of "Room" magazine!  The Press-Citizen puts out this monthly magazine, featuring ideas and inspiration from homes in our area. 

The home is a beautiful retreat on Lake Macbride, built by Rocca Custom Homes.  The frame was commissioned by the owners to go in their kids' bathroom and is full of personal words, phrases and images that are special to them and their kids.  You can read more about the home in the "Room" magazine article.  It starts on page 11 and Laura's mirror is mentioned on page 21-22.

You can see many more pics of the frame, including lots of fun, close-up details and Laura's feelings on creating this piece by reading her earlier blog post.

Congrats, Green Girl!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Kim's Kottage

TONIGHT! 4-8pm

Join us at Kim's Kottage in Fairfield, Iowa for a signing of "This Thing Called Family!" Sign up for TTCF giveaways and join in all of the fun and atmosphere of First Friday Art Walk!

Kim's Kottage
59 S. Court
Fairfield, IA