6-11-14 Hi friends! I have set a date for my first of its kind, "Star Spangled Web Sale" where I will be offering a small collection of Americana originals here on my website. Mark your calendars for the evening of Wednesday, June 18th, just one week from today! For more information, including the start time, etc... please Join our Mailing List! See you then with flags flying!

6-2-14 Well, time sure does fly when you're having fun! I just reread my last post from January, and I have to say..... so much for making time for my website "re-do." I have been so busy designing new products for licensing, including a new line of vintage style wall art as well as new figurines and graphic patterns and designs for other potential licensing opportunities. I have been juggling these projects with volunteer work for the 40 West Arts District, creating pro bono art and signage to help bring awareness to the arts in our community. And all of the sudden, it's JUNE! Fortunately, I finally had a chance to start on a small collection of sculptures for an Americana web sale that I will host later this month. First, I must finish painting these characters, and then I can feel more confident about setting a date for the sale. The patriotic them is a rare one for me as I often skip from spring subject matter straight into Halloween. But, this year, I thought I would mix in a little red, white and blue for a change! You can visit my BLOG for a few behind the scenes photos of these characters in the works.

For those with Halloween already on the mind, I just updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a sneak peek of this year's latest offerings. And, while we are on the subject of orange and black, I am in the process of confirming this year's Trunk Show, date, etc... I will post the news to my schedule page when I get the official word.

Speaking of shows, JP and I have decided to take this year off and not host our annual Holiday Open House & Folk Art Show. I know this will be a blow to some as it has become such a special tradition, and I am sorry to disappoint. We love hosting it, but we also really need to focus on the various details that still need attention with our home renovation. As much as I love the show, preparing for it takes many weeks, and we really need those weeks to move forward on our projects. With any luck, we will be much further along in 2015, and then we can resume where we left off. Of course, I will still make a collection of holiday originals this year, but we will have to find other means of selling them. Perhaps a simple web sale will do the trick. I will keep you posted!

Here's wishing you a Happy Summer, and with any luck I'll have a little more time to pop in here and there with a Scoop Update! My track record isn't so great as of late, but life can be so busy at times! Thanks for checking in :)

1-28-14 Long time, no chat here on my Scoop page! I hope you all are enjoying a happy new year thus far. It's almost February, and once again the calendar pages are flipping at high speed! I took a little time off after the holidays to regroup and ponder what this year will bring. JP and I are finally getting serious about redesiging my website. I have had this look for 10 years, and I don't know about you, but I am ready for a change. So, we will be juggling that project with all our other creative endeavors, waiting in the pipeline.

For those of you that are looking to collect a unqiue one of a kind piece of my folk art, stay tuned to our February newsletter which will include a handful of original LoveBug pieces, up for adoption. With so little to offer, I am opting to host a spontaneous sale vs. a scheduled event. Make sure you are on our Mailing List in order to stay in the loop! Remember, you can often find me on my Facebook Page along with updates on my Blog...

Best Wishes to you!

9-24-13 Just popping in for a quick update! My Meet the Halloween Artist Gallery Event at Show of Hands is scheduled for Thursday, October 10th from 5-7pm and again on Saturday, October 12th from Noon to 3pm! I will be raffling off an original jack-o'-lantern art piece for those that attend. So, please stop by, see my collection of one of a kinds, peruse this special gallery of hand-crafted delights and of course, enter to win something unique!

Also, don't forget about Denver's 8th Annual Halloween Trunk Show at Leo's Garage on October 5th! I'll have a large collection of original works along with a medley of my licensed designs! Here's a peek at my latest Newsletter for ALL the details on my upcoming events.

9-9-13 Well, hello there friends! Thanks for stopping in to check up on me. I know, I know, I've been absent here for a couple months. Summer is just too short, and all the various projects I find myself involved in often leave little time to chat here on my website. But, I remembered today to say "hi" before I submerse myself in the Halloween workshop!

Speaking of, I just updated my Schedule Page! The 8th Annual Halloween Trunk Show at Leo's Garage is coming up on October 5th! I'll be there with my collection of originals and signed licensed designs! It's fun for the whole family on a fall day. I also just met with the owners of Show of Hands Gallery in Cherry Creek North, and they have invited me to do a 2-day, Meet the Artist Halloween Trunk Show! We are still working out the details, but it will likely be a Thursday evening and a Saturday afternoon event when I am there in their lovely gallery of hand-crafted gifts. I am working on a special collection of a dozen or so Halloween originals that will be available during those few days. Join my Mailing List for more details to come! And of course, we will be hosting our 11th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show in our home once again this year. But, that's in December, and I am NOT ready to even think about that just yet!!!! :-0

While building my collection of folk art originals this summer, I also led a local initiative via 40 West Arts District to rejuvenate Colfax Avenue via vibrant art! I tapped into my graphic design skills, and designed a program name and logo, called "Colorfax - where Color Meets Colfax." That evolved into designing a mural, and together with a group of enthusiastic volunteers, we completed the first whimsical mural in the area! You can visit my BLOG for images and more details on the project. What an exciting way to launch this reinvigorating program! I look forward to more colorfully creative opportunities along the corridor once my show season winds down.

Until then, I hope to SEE YOU at an upcoming event! Best wishes....

7-1-13 Happy 1st of July! Indeed, summer is here... This year is quickly flying by, and a medley of projects have me busy in my workshop, busy in my garden and busy at my computer! Perhaps one of these days, JP and I will take a day off and catch a little R&R, I hope! However, his focus has intensified on remodeling our old 1939 cottage house. And between my volunteer efforts with 40 West Arts District and my daily design work, it's often challenging to make plans for play. Fingers are crossed that the opportunity presents itself! I do have some great news for those of you who were aware of our intense efforts to preserve an open space habitat close to home. After an emotional community upset, the county realized that their development plans were not favored by the residents, and they haulted their project! Of course, we will keep a close eye on them, but much to our relief, Crown Hill Open Space park will remain passive. CHEERS!

So, there have been more than a few distractions that have kept me from my Scoop page. For those of you that occasionally check in, I apologize for being MIA. However, I did spend the majority of my Sunday, updating my website. So, look around to see a few fresh images and an updated Artist page. I have much more yet to do, including an update on my Gallery page with images from last year's collection, and a new Portfolio page. Those graphics are still in the works, so stay tuned!

Lastly for now, I invite you to visit my BLOG for a very special Charitable Best Offer Auction featuring my very first Artscape! The auction takes place July 1 - July 8, and 100% of the sale benefits Clatsop Animal Assistance, aiding abandoned cats and dogs. The winner with the best ofer will receive a tax deductibe receipt and of course, a very unique piece of art from yours truly! Please join me in making my donation count for homeless pets. Thank you so much!

6-6-2013 Just popping in for a quick HELLO and a reminder to join me this weekend at the Everything Recycled Art Market! Take a peek at my latest NEWSLETTER for the scoop! Hoping to see you soon :)

2-20-13 Happy 1st Day of Spring to you! The first two months of this year certainly flew by with no hesitation. And, a lot has been happening here on the homefront. The story is a long one, so I will not go into detail. But, let's just say that my focus diverted from my art to a neighborhood open space park. And, my husband and I along with countless neighbors have been moved to protect this wildlife habitat that we all love so dearly, from future development. It's interesting as I never considered myself an activist, but motivations can quickly shift when the thought of something so special and rare is under threat. We do feel that our message is being heard, and we are very optimistic that this divide will actually bring all those involved, much closer together.

On a lighter note, I am excited to share a special Printable Art Project with you! I created this illustrative Spring Tussie Mussie one decade ago, and I recently came across it again. JP reminded me that it was a shame to keep it tucked away, so why not share it! Inspired, I scanned the original painting, cleaned up my lineart, added some tips and instructions on how to assemble this cone, and now it is available to you! All you have to do is provide the paper and ink! You can see the final project on my BLOG along with ideas on how to decorate this festive spring hanger. Have fun and remember to share it!

2-7-13 Happy Month of Love to you! First of all, many thanks to all of you that joined me for my "SnowBeau" Web Sale this past Saturday. I am glad that I was able to pull off a small collection of Valentine's charactesr just in the nick of time! I boxed up these little sweethearts, and they've all shipped out! Also, for those of you that have a passion for owls, please visit my BLOG to meet "Romantic Romeowl". He's up for bids on my blog, and I am accepting your best offers through tomorrow mid-day. Please visit my blog for all the details.

Sending my Love......

1-10-13 Happy New Year! It's time to check and share my latest scoop as it's been too long. Thanks to so many of my dear collector friends, we had a stellar holiday folk art show & open house! Our "cottage in the works" was packed like I have never seen it before, and I only wish we could just expand those walls with the snap of a finger. Regardless, we were all cozy and smiles were contagious! If you missed the experience, you can capture it on my BLOG. I so appreciate those of you that travelled in from both near and far to join us for our 10th year!

After our open house, we took some much needed time to just slow down after the bustle of my holiday show season. I have been pondering what's next for Johanna Parker Design, making lists and thinking big. It's fun to dream, and now if only I could just focus my thoughts and decide which shows to do, what path to take, etc... I want to take them ALL! Well, whatever we may or may not decide, I will continue to create my one of kind papier mache sculptures, rest-assured :) I do want to expand upon my illustrative work as well, so I will continue to explore my options. And, I would love to redesign my website! OH, a new year always raises so many questions. Planning and trying to foresee the road ahead is a tricky one indeed, but luckily my business partner and husband JP is helpful in grounding me when I need it! I have so many ideas, I just don't know where to begin! Ha!

Over the next few months, I will be designing new products for both Bethany Lowe & Primitives by Kathy. Prototypes are due soon, so it's back to the drawing board for me in all facets of my business. And according to the calendar, Valentine's Day will be here in a month! Although it looks like I will not have the time to pull together a unique collection of one of a kind characters in this loving theme, I do hope to create one special piece that I will release on my blog. Stay tuned for that! I need to turn up the heat in the 'ol workshop and start sculpting again!

For those of you who have spring fever like myself, take a gander at my Folk Art Reproductions page for a peek at my collection of spring designs coming out this year! I have some sweet new figurines based off of my whimsical illustrations, guaranteed to please!

Best Wishes to you for a prosperous and joyful 2013! Thanks for stopping by to catch up with me. CHEERS :)

11-15-12 Just peeking in during my busy holiday season to say that I have been busy at work, sculpting and painting my collection of holiday characters for my 10th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House! I have so much yet to do, so I'll keep this brief. But, I hope you will join us for this special annual event! If you would like to receive an invitation, please Join my Mailing List. Best wishes and have a Happy Thanksgiving :)

9-24-12 Clearly, I have been consumed with my work as it has been over a month since I stepped one finger into my Scoop page here! Well, after several months of creative time out in the workshop, I am now counting down the days till Denver's 7th Annual Halloween Trunk Show! In less than a week, Leo's Garage will magically transform into a Halloween harvest shop filled with delights from myself and fellow artisan vendors. I willl be offering a Halloween medley of one of a kind collectibles, as well as my signed reproductions, notepads and more. Admission is free, and the fun kicks off at noon this Saturday. We'll be open until 6pm, so make sure to save a little spot for us in your schedule on the 29th! You can even join us for lunch or a sweet treat as homemade yummies will once again be available for your enjoyment.

If you cannot make it to this year's trunk show in Denver, perhaps you have a friend or family member in the area that would be willing to shop for you! You could send them on a treasure hunt, and I think they would thoroughly enjoy this special event!

Also, please note that I will be exhibiting at the highly acclaimed Ghoultide Gathering in Chelsea, Michigan, just one week after my Denver event! So, perhaps you can join me there! I've got some busy days ahead, so I'm off in preparation for the Halloween season! I hope to see you soon!

8-8-12 Well folks, it's August! No matter how hard I try to hold onto the time, the hands of the clock keep spinning round and round. That said, I have been busy-busy in the workshop sculpting a myriad of characters for my fall & holiday shows. This week, I am washing my hands of the sticky papier mache and have switched to the paint. I am enjoying this change of scene, but will soon have to switch back to the sculpting in order to offer a fun variety of collectible characters to you!

Finally, I updated my link for this year's BIG 10 Year Anniversary for my Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House! I seriously cannot believe that a decade has gone by since we started this tradition. If you've never attended, I invite you to JOIN US! And those of you that make it tradition, well, we look forward to seeing you again :)

And, I want to offer many many THANKS to those of you that fell in love with "Moonsong Moe." It was a pleasure to bring my Rhyme Time Original Series back to life, and your response was astounding! I was "over the moon" with the results, and I am humbled by your generosity and affection for my work.

Well, do Join My Mailing list for information on my upcoming shows as well as fun news and new works available. I will be in touch. For now, the workshop is calling!

7-21-12 Time certainly flies, and I must admit that I have not been very good at updating my scoop page here. Thanks for checking in and not forgetting about me :) As you can imagine, we're in the heat of summer, and that's about the time of year that I look at the calendar and start to worry about the days ticking away! Never fear, I have been very busy in my workshop working on one of kind characters for Halloween. Most are in the nude, and are at various stages of completion. I have many more in my imagination, soon to create. And then, the true fun begins when I add the paint! So, that's where I have been and where I will remain until it's show time!

Speaking of, stay tuned for a fun new Rhyme Time Original which I will be posting up for bids on my blog this coming week. I spent some studio time with this carnivalicious character yesterday, and he's a real howler! So, keep an eye out for this fun fella!

Also, it seems that Country Sampler Magazine has their eyes on Halloween too! I just received their September issue, and was thrilled to see my trio of Candlestick Spiders on pg. 12! Take a peek, and look for this issue at the store.

And for those of you curious about the 7th Annual Halloween Trunk Show & it's website.... Well, it's back up! While we are working on the new image for year 7, this year's show date has been updated, and YES, we are hosting it once again! Please mark your calendars for September 29th!

And lastly, let's not forget about the moment... It's summer time, flowers are in bloom and the days are sunny and warm! I welcome you to visit my BLOG and enjoy my "Poppies & Clover" post with a fun collection of images taken around our front yard.

ENJOY and thanks for stopping by :)

6-5-12 I'm finally coming up for air! ~ I have been gearing up for a really fun local gallery event, close to home! If you haven't heard about 40 West Arts District, you will after you read my latest Newsletter! It's a passionate project of mine that I am trying to help promote and grow while juggling my busy schedule. 3 of my Summer-Boo Carnival originals will be on display during the event this weekend. And later, they will be included in my June 24th Web Sale! So, mark your calendar and check back to peek at what I have been creating.... I look forward to seeing many of you soon :)

5-9-12 Hmmm, seems like I have been neglecting my Scoop duties! Wow, the month of May is already upon us, and I must admit, that April was a busy one for me in the garden. You can take a peek at some of our landscape projects on my BLOG. I'm back to the studio this week, working on originals for my Lucky List and also items to offer for my falls shows. I really HOPE to squeeze out another web sale in June or July, so please join my Mailing List for those details.

For those of you who enjoy collecting my licensed designs, I would like to welcome a new online vendor to the mix... Nordeen's Seasonal Home Decor has dedicated a page to me and my designs, and rumor has it, she has placed a large order of my collectible delights for this year. So, check back often to see what goodies she has in store. You can find her link and others that offer a variety of my reproductions on my Source Links page!

3-26-12 Wow, twenty-six days later, and it's almost time to launch my Spring Web Sale here on my Folk Art Originals page! Stay tuned for a sweet arrray of characters that will certainly bring a smile to your face. Many thanks for your support and your interest in the folk art I create!

Thinking of spring, I also just updated my Folk Art Reproductions page to reflect my latest licensed designs for this blossoming season. Enjoy!

3-1-12 March is here, and hop-hop-hooray to the coming of Spring! I've been telling many of you that I truly have Spring Fever! We've had our fair share of cold temps and snow here in Colorado this winter, and I am anxious to see the color green again. And, I believe my yearning for a warming trend has prompted me to create a collection of Spring originals. I was looking back, and it's been 4 years since I hosted a Spring Web Sale! So, this year I will release a collection of 10-12 originals during my Spring Web Sale on March 26th. Please Join my Mailing List for the full scoop!

OH, and Hop On Over to my BLOG for another dose of Spring Delights! There, you can enjoy 6 Ways to Bestow Spring in a Mug! This month, I've expanded my Zazzle Product line to include two sweetly illustrated spring characters that are marching across a variety of products, including mugs, Tees, aprons, bags, postage, etc... Enjoy those, and I hope you collect a few spring delights for you and your friends...

Thanks for stopping by, and THINK SPRING!

2-14-12 Happy Valentine's Day to you! The clock just struck midnight as I posted our latest silly-fun holiday fashion photos of Jack, our black cat, on my BLOG. We had a little fun with this latest shoot and introduced him to my reproduction Valentine lovebirds. Enjoy the photos, and may you have a LOVELY day!

Speaking of all things heartfelt, I wanted to thank ALL of my collector friends that joined me on Feb. 1st for my Valentine's Web Sale! I clearly should have made more than 6 pieces, but that is all I had time for. So, thank you for your passionate response, and I hope to have more to offer next time. And while I bring that up, I guess I will tease the idea of possibly hosting a Spring Web Sale in March.... Stay tuned for more details on that . . . .

And with Spring just around the corner, I suggest you also visit my Zazzle Shop for a few new Spring-themed designs! I have 6 new postage stamps now available to add extra whimsy and sweetness to your outgoing mail along with a couple of new mug designs. As time allows, I hope to continue adding a few new goodies here and there. So, please keep checking and supporting this fun online shop of mine!

1-29-12 Well, as promised, I finished a small collection of Valentines-themed folk art characters! I have a sneak peek on my BLOG, and the heart-themed Web Sale will begin on the evening of February 1st! Those of you on my Mailing List will receive an emailed newsletter with all the details, and that will be arriving in your inbox before and within the hour that the sale starts. Make sure to refresh my Folk Art Originals Page that evening to see my latest collection. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

1-19-12 I just updated my Schedule Page with this year's events so far! For now, I will be participating in the same 3 shows as last year. Mark your calendars for September 29th, the date for this year's Halloween Trunk Show in Denver! And as my favorite month rolls in, I will be exhibiting my Halloween originals at the Ghoultide Gathering, located at the Chelsea Fairgrounds this year on October 5 & 6! And, we will bring in December with a holiday drumroll for our 10th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House on December 1 & 2! I still need to update that show's page, but refer to my blog for now for a teaser and a taste of what this year will bring. If I choose to add an additional event to my schedule this year, I will certainly let you know! Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to seeing you this fall :)

1-10-12 Well, if it isn't a new year! Happy New Year to you! Thanks for stopping by to see what's up with me here on my Scoop page... After last month's home show, blog treasure hunt and ornament signing, JP and I started finalizing our plans to make a journey abroad to visit his family in Belgium! The two of us boarded a plane on Christmas day, and spent 10 days reuniting with family members that we had not seen in many years! It was a treat to reconnect, chat, eat, laugh and love together. And for me, it's always an experience to visit a foreign land with such ancient architecture and history not to mention new sounds to hear and tastes to try! We returned after the new year with a stash of Belgian chocolates that we are going through rather fast :) You can enjoy a fun series of photos from our visit on my "Journey Abroad" BLOG post!

It's been over a month since I have created anything, and I am getting that itch to start designing and making my folk art again! If all goes well, I hope to release a very small collection of one of a kind Valentine's characters. This would be a spontaneous sale in early February, so make sure you are on my mailing list as I will send out a newsletter announcement via email the day that the sale launches. Wish me luck as it may take me a few days to get back into the groove.....

Speaking of Valentines Day ~ I just updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a peek at my latest love-inspired characters. The standing love birds are the newest from my collection, and all can be found online by clicking on the vendor link offered.

I hope your 2012 is off to a great start! Thanks for checking in, keep in touch and best wishes for a bright January and beyond......

12-5-11 Let it Snow, Let is Snow, Let it Snow!!... Wow, I am still flying high after a delightful weekend, seeing so many smiling faces at our 9th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House! It was certainly a winter wonderland outside, but despite the chilly temps and treacherous conditions, we had a house full of happy shoppers. I pretty much sold out of my holiday reproductions, and my collection of wintery one of a kinds is down to just 5 goodies remaining. Since I prefer to offer at least a dozen-plus originals during a typical web sale, I have decided to mix things up a bit this year and offer a Treasure Hunt on my BLOG! So, please take a peek for all the details, and keep checking in to find my "Holiday Treasures" post, appearing later this week. Cheers!!

Oh, and locals, don't forget that I will be at Lakewood's Cultural Center this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4pm to sign little ornament cards that accompany my reproduction ornaments. A variety of ornaments from my Bethany Lowe Designs line will be available for purchase along with a small display of my wintery originals, those just for your viewing pleasure! Stop by and say hi, and if you need to pick up a few extra gifts, it's a great place to visit as Lakewood's Annual Juried Holiday Sale featuring over 45 artisans will be open from 10am - 2pm the same day & the same place! And, it looks like my reception made "This Week in Denver's" Event page! Surprise, surprise!

11-8-11 Well, the year is just flying by, and as usual, I have abruptly switched focus from Halloween spooks to winter's deights! The workshop is filled with naked sculptures for the Fa La La season, all awaiting their final sanding and then layers of paint to bring them to life. Wish me luck as I juggle this task along with transforming our home into a Christmas cottage. I should probably dust away the cobwebs first! So, if you don't hear from me much this month, you'll know why!

Please save the following last 2 Holiday Events on your calendar, and do Join My Mailing list for more details!

* 9th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House ~ Dec. 3 & 4

* Ornament Signing at Lakewood's Cultural Center ~ Dec. 10

See you next month!!

10-31-11 Happy Halloween!

10-27-11 Well, Halloween is fast approaching! Just 4 more days til the 31st arrives.... Are you looking for a little added inspiration or perhaps just some orange and black eye candy? Then, make sure to stop by my BLOG for my latest Collector Spotlight featuring the lovely home of Mona who resides in California. She has been collecting my Halloween folk art for over 3 years, and has a stunning collection of both my originals and those of other talented Halloween art designers. ENJOY! And stay tuned for one more spotlight feature, soon to follow!...

10-20-11 Just wanted to pop in and say THANK YOU to all of you who joined me last night for my one of a kind Halloween Web Sale! I so appreciate your enthusiasm for my work, and only wish I had more to offer those unable to capture a piece. You can certainly peek at what I had available on my Fok Art Originals page.

ALSO, my first Collector Spotlight of the year has just posted to my Blog! Long-standing collectors of my folk art, Gary & Sandy have opened their doors to us for an exlusive sneak peek at their collection! It's a treat, so enjoy!

10-14-11 Here's a Sneak Peek at my latest NEWSLETTER, via the owl image to the left.......Please Join my e-mailing list for future updates.....

10-13-11 Well, I am wrapping up a really great Halloween Art season with a super special Owl Egg Cup Auction on eBay! This unique character was made famous this fall by the folks at Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Halloween Magazine. This internationally-known publication is currently featuring my one of a kind Halloween folk art, and this original owl is pictured twice on page 23! Oh how I have wavered back and forth.... to keep or not to keep. Alas, he is now on eBay and accompanies a signed copy of this Halloween collector's magazine! Many thanks to all for placing a bid of affection for this sweet guy. Best of luck to you! And as his auction is winding down on the evening of October 19th, my last Halloween Web Sale of the year will commence! So, if you are not on my e-mailing list, please JOIN for the full scoop on the web sale details, official start time and all.....

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10-7-11 Wow, we're already 7 days into October, my favorite month of the year! The last fews weeks have been an orange and black blur of Halloween eye-candy... Last weekend we exhibited at the Ghoultide Gathering, and what a treat that was! Many thanks goes out to all the collectors who made the journey out to see us. Your support, smiles and compliments made the experience so worthwhile. The Smith & Rawson team once again knocked our socks off with their attention to detail and care to make this show so very special...... I feel quite certain that we will be back!

....and, TOMORROW is my local Halloween event for the year. Join us at noon for the 6th Annual Halloween Trunk Show in Denver. A dozen plus vendors including myself will be there with our fall-themed vintage style goods. The event is free, and delicious homemade eats will be available as well. Bundle up as there will be a chill in the air! Looking forward to seeing YOU!

PS... If you're not on my mailing list, then you missed my latest Newsletter. You can take a peek by clicking the top left owl image on this page. You are always welcome to JOIN!

9-25-11 Just sent out a fun-filled Newsletter to welcome in Fall! You can take a peek by clicking the owl image on my top left sidebar, here. And, I invite you to subscribe. Once you've arrived, you'll find the link at the top left corner of your screen. Thank you!

9-17-11 I must admit, this fall has been very fruitful for me in the magazine department! The 4th publication that I am featured in this fall for my Halloween folk art just came out on the stands, and JP and I found our first official copy at Target last night! Keep an eye out for Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween Magazine and turn to page 23 for a Designer Profile feature all about me! I am just thrilled! It includes a nice article describing my creative path to what I do today and year-round, and we took all the photos included. So, make sure to look for the Halloween magazine with the comical coconut cake on the cover. You can enjoy a sneak peek of the article by clicking on its thumbnail image at left too! Many thanks to the friendly editorial team at Celebrate for making this happen! OH, and make sure you check out my illustrated cupcake picks that I am sharing with all their readers. Details on how to download those print-ready files are on page 27. Have FUN!

9-15-11 Just a quick note of thanks to all for your inquiries regarding my original Halloween art! I am busily working on this fall's collection of collectibles which I will be taking with me to both the Ghoultide Gathering and Denver's Halloween Trunk Show. If you cannot make either event, I hope to host a Halloween Web Sale in October, so please JOIN my mailing list for those details. For now, if you you'd like a peek at the work I do, please visit my Gallery Page! And you are always welcome to join my Lucky List too. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you at an upcoming show :)

9-13-11 TOOT TOOT! It's time for a GIVEAWAY! Please visit Matthew Mead's Website and leave a comment under his "Halloween Giveaway!!" post for a chance to win a set of my vintage style novelty horns pictured on page 22 of his Autumn Magazine!

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Good Luck to you and thanks for playing :)

9-2-11 I have some very FUN News! I just received my copy of AUTUMN with Matthew Mead Magazine! When I turned to page 20, I was in for a real treat... Or shall I say "Trick~or~Treat" as that is what the title of my article is appropriately named. It truly has been a treat to have the opportunity to be one of Matthew's style contributors in his Autumn issue. If you haven't ordered a copy yet, I suggest that you do! Just click on the lovely fall-themed cover below to place your order to see my 8-page article amongst a diverse collection of autum-themed eye candy that will delight your senses. And, for a sneak peek, you can click on the magazine thumbnail image at left.....Enjoy!

If you're just visiting my website for the first time, I welcome you to Join My Mailing list! I send out an occasional newsletter with updates on my folk art available & related products along with upcoming events, news and giveaways! You can easily join by filling out the basic email address form on my Folk Art Originals page ~ just scroll down to find it. Also, if you frequent Facebook, please visit my Johanna Parker Design Page and stay in the loop by clicking the "like" button. I'll see you there & Thank You!

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8-27-11 Just updated my roster of "In Print" features, here on my Scoop Page! This month I am thrilled to be representing The Ghoultide Gathering via some fun images of my Halloween folk art! You can spot my one of a kind owl in Midwest Living Magazine, and a grouping of my black cats and owls, along with a candy container witch have made an appearance in A Primititive Place Magazine! For a sneak peek, visit their corresponding thumbnail images, right here in the left column, and make sure to snag a copy of each issue for some fall inspiration!

8-18-11 Guess what? Denver's Halloween Trunk Show now officially has a website! www.halloweentrunkshow.com ~This will be it's 6th year, and thanks to the help from my new found local Halloween friend, Mr. Bumble Bindlegrim, our site has officially launched. He's still working his magic and will be adding some images from Trunk Show's past. However, for now, you can enjoy an official list of vendors, including Bindlegrim himself! So, add this site to your list of favorites, check back for udpates coming soon and of course SAVE the DATE!.... October 8th will be here before you know it :)

8-10-11 Have you visited my BLOG lately? Well, you're in for a real treat. Take a peek at my "Autumn with Me & Matthew Mead" post! It's a sneak peek, including several photo extras from the Trick or Treat Halloween article that will be appearing in his AUTUMN with Matthew Mead Magazine. You'll want a to order a copy for youself, so don't forget to order it soon!

Those of you on my mailing will be receving an August Newsletter from me today. If you are not on the list, you can join by visiting my Folk Art Originals page and filling out the basic form there. For a peek at my newsletter, click on the owl image that resides in the top left corner of this page. Thanks for checking in! Now, I have LOTS of work to do!..... ta ta!

8-1-11 Welcome August (yikes!) Just learned that TODAY only ~ Zazzle is offering 15% off all tote bags, custom mugs, and light t-shirts. This offer includes quite a few of my product designs, so take advantage if you wish! Please use Customer Code: 15BEATDAHEAT when you check out. So, go visit my Zazzle Shop for some fun deals! Thank you :)

7-29-11 Just added a sneak peek of the dazzling ad for the 5th Annual Ghoultide Gathering on my BLOG! It's almost August, and I am truly frightened ~ ONLY beccause I am not ready yet! I have lots and lots of Halloween characters waiting for paint, hats, trims and wire accents. So, I'm off!........ But, I hope to see you in 2 months at this Halloween Artist Spectacular!

7-28-11 Looks like I was able to complete an original for July's EHAG Emporium! So, make sure to check the Emporium's site on this Sunday evening, July 31st at 9pm EST for a collectible Halloween piece from me along with other whimsical works by my fellow EHAG artist friends! And did you know that EHAG is now a Guild! YES! We are the Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild. Stay in the loop with what the EHAG artists are up to by following EHAG's Blog and also joining EHAG's Mailing List. And back to the 31st, I will have a few additional photos of my latest piece on my own BLOG. Please just send me an email if you are interested. I may or may not be available to take your requests at the start of the sale, so I thank you for your patience.

7-20-11 This Fall is looking quite promising in my little world of whimsical Halloween! I am honored to announce that I am a contributor in HOLIDAY with Matthew Mead ~ Autumn Magazine! Stay tuned for a fun story that both my mother, Kathy Parker and I are thrilled to share. It was her spooky sweet blend of Halloween decor and eye-candy eats along with my collectible folk art, all wrapped up into a very special event that captured Matthew's interest. The rest is history, and stay tuned for the other 2 Halloween Hot Shots that completed that unique October day. You may very well know these spook-loving souls!...... So, have I piqued your curiosity?

 

This limited edition issue is only available via Matthew's Website: www.holidaywithmatthewmead.com

It's destined to be a collector's book-azine and will release on September 1st. So, rush on over to order your copy today! Don't forget to bring your copy to one of my fall events, and I will certainly sign my article for you..... You are in for a real TREAT, from start to finish!

{THANK YOU Matthew Mead for this sweet honor }

7-12-11 Just an FYI for all you online shoppers, looking for my Halloween reproductions ~ I just added another vendor to my Source Page! Have you heard of The Vintage Halloween Store? Well they now have a direct, Johanna Parker page! (thank you VH!) They are carrying a fun sampling of some my latest Halloween collectibles from my Bethany Lowe collection as well as some goodies, like notepads and charms from my Primitives by Kathy collection. Check them out! They have a very festive, vintage-looking website that you will enjoy as well as a blog, Vintage Halloween Collector that is well worth frequenting for Halloween decorating ideas and such. :)

7-5-11 Well, after many requests I thought it was appropriate to give mouse-making a try, and the result is "Jerry Juggler" seen below. This collectible cutie is now on eBay, and his auction ends this Sunday night at 10pm EST. Many thanks for peeking at his listing where I have lots more images and descriptions to share! Thank you.........

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AND ~ Don't forget! My Door Prize Giveaway for my new Zazzle Shop ends tomorrow night at 11pm EST. There is still time to order some goods from me for an entry into the contest! I appreciate your support :) Want to know more.... just read my scoop entry below.

6-17-11 FUN NEWS! My Zazzle Shop has finally opened! Please stop in to see a variety of my whimsically illustrated images applied to various products that you can customize! So far, I am offering apparel for both people and pets, mugs, keychains, aprons and tote bags that you can choose from. See the sample collage of Goods below! AND, during these first 3 weeks, all of my supportive patrons who spend $25 on my products (before shipping fees) will be entered to win 3 wonderful Door Prizes, including an original folk art creation of mine! ALL the details are on my BLOG, including images of the prizes. And every time you spend $25, you will be entered again and again! Help me Celebrate this new marketplace of mine by sharing the news with your family & friends. Save the Link and visit often as I will continue to add new products and images each month.

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And speaking of Zazzle, I just added a flash panel here, to my Folk Art Reproductions Page that gives you a sneak peek at just some of the products offered. A quick CLICK on the images or the link below the panel takes you right to my Zazzle Shop. Have FUN!

5-25-11 I am feeling so very blessed after witnessing the outpouring of interest and requests during tonight's Black & White Delight Web Sale! It has been about 7 months since my last web sale, so I was not quite certain what to expect. But, you all certainly kept me on the edge of my seat! Thank you so very much for expressing a love for my creations, and again, like all my web sales, I am sorry to have to turn anyone away, and empty-handed. I will try my best to host these online events more often so more of you have the opportunity to enjoy one of my original characters! It is such a treat for me to create art that will bring smiles to you...... Many many thanks :)

PS....And, earlier this evening, I updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a peek at my Halloween designs, fresh for this fall! Take a peek and visit my Source page to find an online vendor offering my licensed designs. And if you were wondering.... why YES, my Halloween tin horns really do "TOOT", and the hat on Sweet Owlfred the owl certainly does come off to reveal a hollow container! ENJOY!

5-22-11Well, it's just a few days away from my Web Sale on May 25th. I don't know where the time goes, but luckily I have finished the pieces that I will be offering on Wednesday night. Now, I just need to complete the graphics. Once it's all said and done, it will be time to pack and ship, and then the process starts all over again! It's a bittersweet process ~ sweet in that my handmade characters will be happily joining their new owners and spreading smiles to folks from all corners of the map ~ but also bitter in that I have to part with each character, and once they are all en route, I am left with an empty work table and must start all over again. Luckily, my imagination is always busy at work, ready for the next creation, and I love what I do. So, when I say "bitter" I'm just being my fussy self! Haha!

Thanks for checking in, and perhaps I'll see you on Wednesday evening. For more details and start time, please Join my Mailing List. And for a wee little tease, you can visit my Blog.

5-11-11 Who changed the calendar page to May? Seriously, who did it?? Well, as usual, I am trailing behind on my list of to-do's, but I do have some fun announcements. First of all, I'm excited to say that I sent out my first official Newsletter last night to my mailing list friends. You are welcome to preview it by clicking on the Owl image, top left. It inlcudes the latest scoop, but I will highlight a few key points here too. And, if you like what you see, I welcome you to Join!

This week, a handful of artists from EHAG are participating in our May Challenge, Familiar Friends. Knowing me, I decided to create a black cat character, and his auction is now listed on eBay. Click on his image below for more views and details!

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And finally, Mark your Calendars for the evening of May 25th when I will be hosting my first Halloween-themed Web Sale of originals this year! Tune in for "Black & White Delight" and Join my Mailing List for the start time details...

4-28-11 Just popping in to so hello and offer my thanks to all of you that expressed an interest in my owl auction by placing a bid! I very much appreciate it. This month has just flown right by me. Between birthday celebrations, family medical scares and the daily list of to-do's, it's looking like I will have to sit this month's EHAG Emporium out. There is hope however... If I can pull it off, I would love to host a pre-Halloween Web Sale in May featuring my originals. Now, don't quote me, but I will try my best. I still need to investigate the issues I had when sending out my last emailed newsletter. Hopefully, I can resolve that soon so that I can contact my mailing list members with the Web Sale Scoop! If you are not on my list, please email me a request to join by clicking on the upper right arrow. Wish me luck, and I'll be in touch! PS: I still invite you to visit the EHAG Emporium on April 30th at 9pm EST to marvel at the other creations my fellow Halloween artist friends have been conjuring up!

4-24-11 It's Easter night, and am I hoping that you all had a lovely holiday weekend. Spring has certainly been a tease in our neck of the woods. It snowed last night as we were out visiting with friends, and the rain has been falling ever since. April in Colorado is always a mixed basket of sweet & sour treats.....

On a more personal note, our hearts have been heavy with concern for my Dad in Washington state. He spent his Easter in the ER, and this will be his 3rd rush to the hospital in the last week. A frightfully low red blood cell count was the cause for the initial visit which resulted in 4 blood transfusions. I won't go into details here, but a prescribed blend of meds causing an ulcer was to blame. He is still trying to find a comfortable balance since this scary episode, and today's visit was out of concern for his rapid, irregular heart rate and low energy. The level of severity this time is fortunately less, but we still wish we could be by his side to offer our strength and support, especially on Easter of all days. But after the rain, comes the sun, and that is the attitude we will take....

Otherwise, all is quite well here at home. JP's Birthday was yesterday, the 23rd, so we enjoyed the day both together and with friends. I made him a lucsious chocolate mousse and pampered him throughout the day.We have been together for 18 years, and he is a treasured gift in my life ~ I want him to know it! I made him a special owl to symbolize the obvious wisdom that he has gained through age.... :)

And Speaking of OWLS..... I do have a special one of a kind collectible owl on eBay right now. The auction for this egg cup character ends on Tuesday night, so please take a peek by clicking on his image below. I sent out a slew of emails to my mailing list friends on Thursday only to received a massive amount of bounce-backs. Email is my key way of connecting to my collectors, so needless to say, I was distraught. I am still trying to diagnose the issue, so if you did not receive a newsletter from me, I apologize. I hope to get to the bottom of this soon, but I have also been a bit distracted as you can see..... Many thanks as always for your passion, interest and support regarding the art I create! It means so very much to me......

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3-28-11 FYI for those of you that frequent my Scoop page... I will be offering a one of a kind in EHAG's Emporium on this Thursday evening. When the clock strikes 9pm EST, a variety of artists from EHAG, inlcuding myself will post collectible Halloween originals available to the first collector's inquiry received. Please check the website at that time to see all the one of a kind works available. Simply email me at the link provided if you would like to adopt my EHAG Emporium offering. And of course, thank you for your interest!

3-27-11 SAVE the Date! Denver's 6th Annual Halloween Trunk Show is moving to October this year.... that's right! We will be gathering at Leo's Garage once again for this fun event on Saturday, October 8th. So, mark your calendars and save the date :-)

On another note, I wanted to shout out a big THANKS to all of you who expressed an interest in my (first) Ghost auction! All I can say is that I promise to make more ghosts in various forms as Ghostie Boo proved to be quite popular! Wow! I so appreciate your excitement for my creations, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to design whimsical characters for you!

3-19-11 I'm happy to HAUNT you with my very first Ghost! I know, it seems a little odd that I have never made a ghost before, but it's true! Thanks to EHAG's Goblins & Ghosties Challenge this week, I was inspired to create "Ghostie Boo"! His auction ends tomorrow, so click on the following image to see more and perhaps place a bid if you so wish! Many many thanks for your interest and support in my collectible Halloween folk art :)

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3-14-11 For those of you who haven't read my most recent blog post, I wanted to let you know that you can now find Johanna Parker Design on Facebook. Eveyone else is doing it right? So, I gave in to the pressures of social networking and now have my own Artist Page. If you enjoy my work and want to stay in the loop, please click on the "LIKE" button once you are there. Updates on my work, behind the scenes photos, giveaway info, events and other tidbits of news from me will be viewable in your Facebook Newsfeed if you add me to your LIKE list. I appreciate your support and look forward to chatting with you there!

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3-3-11 Welcome to March ~ I guess we're marching right along; however, it still feels like it should be January! If you've noticed my absence, this time of year often becomes consumed with product deadlines for me. I just finished some spring horn and candy bowl designs for Bethany Lowe and have now begun designing a few new Halloween items for my 2012 BLD collection. These things always take time! Beyond that, I have been happily distracted with new designs for my soon to open Zazzle Shop! There, you will be able to customize tote bags, apparel, mugs, cards and more using the designs that I will offer! So, stay tuned for that to open soon! You can peek on my BLOG to see what I have been working on... This online shop will be a work in progress for me as the year "marches" on, but I hope to be able to offer new goodies each month.

Otherwise, I just updated my Schedule page. The show date for Denver's Halloween Trunk Show is still to be determined. But, it's looking more and more likely that it may fall on October 8th this year! I will let you know as soon as I get the confirmation.

I must admit, I am itching to get back to my Halloween originals! The days are sweeping by, and I want to be ready for my fall shows and hopefully a web sale or 2 in between. Many of you have been requesting to add to your collection of one of a kinds, and again, I thank you for your enthusiusm! I promise to get back at it soon!

2-23-11 Well, the clock just struck 1:00am, so it's lights-out for me! But, before I put the computer to sleep, I thought I would let you know that I just updated my Gallery Page which now includes a fresh link to sample images of some of the Halloween folk art originals that I created last year! Enjoy, and of course, feel free to join my e-mailing list if you like what you see! ;)

2-19-11 This month is certainly flying by fast! I have been preoccupied with designing new notepads and charms for Primitives by Kathy, but it looks like I can cross that off and finally move on to the next list of to-do's! With Spring just around the corner (thankfully!), I thought it was the appropriate time to update my Folk Art Reproductions page with a fresh peek at my latest spring designs! I'll be going back to the drawing board most likely for the rest of this month as I focus on additional upcoming product designs. For those of you anxious to adopt an original, I thank you for your patience. May you have a lovely rest of your February!

2-1-11 Happy February to all! With one month of this new year already behind us, I decided to update my Schedule Page and included new links for you to view. At this time, it looks like I will only be exhibiting in 3 events starting in September. The date of Denver's Trunk show is still to be announced, and I will update that information as soon as I get it. For those of you unable to attend my shows, but still intersted in adopting an original piece of folk art, please join my e-mailing list! I hope to host a few scheduled web sales throughout the year, a handful of eBay auctions and perhaps other online outlets where you can collect an original for yourself. So, stay in the loop by getting on that list. Thank you!

1-31-11 I Spy hints of Spring despite that arctic chill in the air! Mom called the other day with news that she spied my set of bunny and chick glass jars now featured in the March 2011 issue of Country Sampler Magazine! After hunting around town, I snagged myself a fresh copy, and she is certainly correct! What a fun surprise! For a quick peek, click on the magazine thumbnail at left. Thank you Country Sampler for yet another chance to share my folk art with your readers, and thanks goes out to the Holiday Barn for this striking product reference!

And in a thankful spirit, I wanted to offer my gratitude to those of you who saved the date and time to see our latest offerings at the EHAG Emporium tonight. As often as I can, I try my best to offer at least one more one of a kind on my personal blog when the Emporium opens its doors at the end of (almost) every month. As I've told some of you who missed out on the owl and / or jack-o'-lantern offered this evening, I hope to offer a larger variety of originals during an upcoming opening. So, fingers are crossed that I can pull that off soon. Again, thank you for checking in with me, paying attention to these dates and supporting my art! You're the BEST!

1-28-11 For those who love to collect Halloween folk art year round, I just wanted to let you know that I will have a couple of originals available on the 31st! EHAG Emporium will be updating once again with a fun variety of work from a handful of our artists. Included will be a piece from me. I will also have an additional one of a kind featured on my BLOG, so make sure to check both sites for a fun sampling of collectible Halloween folk art!

1-21-11 With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to express my affection for my dear fans and friends by hosting another Giveaway! I am offering a sweet signed collector's set of Valentine's Cherubs from my line of Bethany Lowe Designs. These two sweeties are debuting this season, so what a fun way to share them with you! Simply enter by leaving a heartfelt comment on my BLOG! And, there is more than one way to enter, so increase your chances. Best of luck, and thank you for entering!

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1-10-11 Hello collector friends! I'm introducing a fun new way for you to acquire an original folk art creation of mine, and you can thank JP for dreaming up this clever concept! By joining my new Lucky List, your name / email address will be added in the order received of folks interested in adopting a JPD original. Whether this may be your first or perhaps your 21st original, it doesn't matter to me. And when I have an item created specifically for my Lucky List members, I will begin to scroll down that list, starting with the first person who joins it! In a nutshell, you'll have 48 hours to respond if you are interested before I offer it to next collector on my list. So there is no pressure. But, if you love the piece being offered to you, then it may be your Lucky day! I know for some, the timing is difficult to acquire one of my originals. Traveling to my events may not be an option, eBay's not for everyone and my web sales may not work with your schedule. So, here is a fun way to perhaps adopt a one of a kind without much effort. Pleae click on the Lucky List logo below for a fun rhyme describing the process along with a link to sign up. Thanks for joining!

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And no worries, for those of you who have enjoyed my Collector's Catch series, I still plan on offering those spontaneously as well as posting an occosional piece on EHAG's Emporium.

I also wanted to thank the 12 bidders who attempted to win Charlie Cheers pictured below. I know all of you were anxious to adopt him, and I only wish I could offer him to all of you! Thank you for your determination and your generosity!

Also, it's a new year, so I have been updating my website here and there. I just added some fun Valentine's Day characters and items on my Folk Art Reproduction page, so go take a peek! To locate these goods, click on my Source Links banner in red. Enjoy!

1-4-11 And here he is! Meet "Charlie Cheers," my first New Year's themed Rhyme Time Original... You can visit his auction page, read the poem that I wrote to accompany him and see many more fun photos by clicking his image below! Many thanks for your interest & support! Best of Luck :)

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1-1-11 Happy New Year everyone! After a few weeks of taking it semi-easy, I am back to the drawing board, designing both products for reproduction and concepts for one of a kind collectible sculptures. Today, I finished a very special Rhyme Time Original piece which I will be posting on eBay this Tuesday. He's my very first New Year's themed piece, so I am excited to reveal him soon! Stay tuned..... I hope you all were blessed with a lovely holiday with friends and family, and you are off to great start in 2011! CHEERS to a new year!

12-19-10 My how the days fly by! Christmas is almost here, and then a new year to follow. I know I say it every year, but I swear this year has flown by faster than any yet so far.... It's been almost a month since I entered a post here on my Scoop page, so as you can imagine, I've been a wee bit busy!..

We were blessed with nice weather for our Holiday Open House / Folk Art Show, and luckily more happy shoppers were able to join us in our home. For those unable to attend, you can peek at a fun assortment of photos on my blog! Just follow this Holiday Home Show link! The exterior of our home has been under construction for a few months now, so I coined this year's event as our "Cone Zone Christmas" ~ hence the funny decorated safety cones along with this silly photo of me & JP to follow!

Thanks to my very supportive collectors, I am sold out of my one of a kind holiday collectibles for this year! I know many of you were looking forward to my annual holiday web sale in mid December, but this season snuck up too quickly. And, what I did have available, quickly found homes. Looking ahead, with the conclusion of Denver's Gifts for Yule Show, I feel pretty confident that next year, I will have more time to focus on my winter-themed originals and of course devote more attention to my Home Show. So, save the date!....(it's the first weekend in December each year!)

And, this may be a tease to some, but I did find a little time now that my show season is winding down, to update my Christmas Folk Art Gallery page with a sampling of works from this season. Again, all of these whimscial characters have already been adopted, but I know it's fun to at least take a peek! You can find my main Folk Art Gallery page from my Folk Art Originals page. Just follow the top arrow to the Gallery. I also posted some up close and personal teaser photos of some of this year's holiday collection on my BLOG! So, enjoy! And remember, you can always join my e-mailing list for advance notification of web sales, folk art events, auctions and more. Just send me an email to let me know you'd like to be added. As always, thanks for taking the time to catch up on my little folk art corner on the web! Happy Holidays to you!

11-28-10 Many thanks to ALL of you who left such kind comments on my Snowman Giveaway Blog post! You brought me lots of smiles, and I wish I had something to offer each one of you! In the end, our winner was Stephanie Sheridan, and Mr. Snowman will be flying off to Florida to live with her! Luckily, she "loves" snowmen :)

The end of the month is just a couple of days out! With my busy fall schedule, I was unable to participate in the last 2 EHAG Emporiums, but I did set aside one Halloween original to both finish and offer for the month of November! This collectible guy is new, so stay tuned to our EHAG Emporium on Tuesday night at 9pm EST for a peek! If you're interested in adopting him, please just email me at:

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Lastly, I am in holiday mode here at home! Our 8th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House is next weekend! I'm still finishing up a collection of winter originals while decorating the house and setting up displays here and there. JP's been busy preparing the outside, making a gravel path for guests and roughing in a landing where our new front-entry vestibule will soon be. This year, it's more of a "Cone Zone Christmas" so you'll have to use your imagination in order to see what lies ahead. We hope, despite the caution tape and cones, you'll have a festive good time! We look forward to seeing you soon!

11-17-10 In the spirit of the season, I am hosting a special GIVEAWAY! Simply visit my BLOG for more details and to learn just how you can win my sweet snowman candy cane stand. This collectible guy is featured in the current issue of Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Christmas Magazine, so he's a wee bit famous too :) The winner will receive this fun piece, signed by me and accompanied by 2 papier mache candy canes! You can take a closer peek at his feature by clicking on the magazine thumbnail at left. Best of Luck, and thank you for sharing my Giveaway with your friends too!

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11-4-10 So, my last entry was in mid October, and today it's already November 4th! EEEK! Halloween has come and gone like a bewitching dream, and now visions of whimsical snowmen and winter characters have pushed aside the orange and black characters that tend to occupy my imagination for the majority of each year. I spent most of the day signing and pricing various holiday reproductions and placing them in bins for the 13th Annual Gifts for Yule Holiday Fair in Denver next weekend - YES, next weekend! (not this weekend thank goodness as I have so many originals yet to finish!) Then, just three short weeks after that, we host our 8th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show at our home here in Lakewood, Colorado! Where in the world has this year gone to? Sometimes I feel like I am in the twilight zone with these odd schedules I keep, designing Halloween products in February and so on! It has certainly been one of my busiest years, juggling my art, construction at home and on and on... Fingers are crossed for a calmer 2011. For now, I must forge ahead and finish what I have started! I hope to see many of your smiling faces at my last 2 holiday events this year. Then, we start all over again and with a slower pace I hope....

10-16-10 OH MY BATS! So, I thought Connie Porcher was only joking when she had a hunch I would beat my record auction from last year's "as seen in Celebrate365" Halloween folk art feature. To my surprise, she was serious! Again, I am so very excited and blown away at the enthusiausm out there for original art. Considering the economy and all the woes of this nation, I am very grateful that so many of you passionate collectors find value and adoration for collecting one of a kind Halloween & holiday folk art! I know I speak for many of my artist contemporaries when I say THANK YOU for your support. It means a lot to all of us! Our creativity is given the chance to run wild because of you, and hopefully we are able to spread more smiles through the process! :-)

10-15-10 Just wanted say a big THANKS to all of my supporitve collectors who saved the date and time to attend my online web sale! Many of you were able to adopt an original, but I know some of you were disappointed to miss out on your favorite piece. I only wish I could offer something to everyone, but I thank you for your interest and your determination. Fingers are crossed for next time, right?!

Now, I am on a pack & ship frenzy. What a process, I tell ya! I hope to get the majority of your goodies out by Monday and will be in touch with your tracking details.. I do believe that I have one more Night Flyer Set available. Anyone interested, please email me as I will be filling up boxes all day long with Halloween delights!

And, don't forget, tonight my eBay Auction ends for "Sweet Billy the Bat Bowl" as seen in Celebrate365's Fall 2010 Magazine. You can click on his image below to learn more! Many thanks to all who have offered a generious bid, and best of luck to you!

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10-6-10 Can you believe that October is upon us?! I have been making Halloween originals ALL year, and my favorite holiday (and birthday) is just right around the corner........

After months, I am finally ready to host my Halloween Web Sale! So, mark your calendars for the evening of Wednesday, October 13th for a fun variety of Halloween one of a kind originals, straight from my studio! I will be updating my Folk Art Originals page, so make sure to refresh your browser when the fun begins. I am still finishing up a few pieces and have to photograph all the various characters and prepare their graphics for the sale. Wish me luck as I have LOTS yet to do. Also, I would like to offer a variety of Signed Reproduction Collector Sets, so again, I have my work cut out for myself! Please join my e-mailing list for more details and the official start time.

We just returned from the Ghoultide Gathering in Michigan, and WOW, what a wonderful show! My seasoned artist friends who have exhibited here in the past were not kidding when they said it was magic! All 23 artists represented had such unique handmade offerings and fabulous displays to delight the senses. It was an enchanting experience, and despite a few obstacles along the road ~ READ more on my BLOG ~ we had an enjoyable time reconnecting with many and meeting many more for the very first time! Thanks to all who made the journey to see this special gathering and to adopt some of my collectible characters. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.....

I also just added 2 new magazine features to the left column here on my Scoop page. I was honored to appear both in the Fall 2010 issue of Celebrate365 Magazine and the Fall 2010 issue of Prims Magazine by Stampington. You can click on their thumbnails at left for a peek and links to purchase these collectible issues. ENJOY!

9-17-10 Where does the time go? It's mid September, and I will be exhibiting at the 4th Annual Ghoultide Gathering in 2 weeks! I only wish I could say that I was completely ready for it, but I will be spending some long days in the workshop finishing up all the goodies I have in store for this wonderful Halloween collector's event. If you live in the Michigan area or feel like hopping on a plane or taking a road trip, this show will not disappoint! So, I suggest you find a way to see it for yourself... Rumor has it that there is a fun article about the Ghoultide Gathering in the upcoming issue of Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Halloween Magazine. So, keep an eye out for that article to further entice your senses!

I have been so busy with my work and construction hitting all in the month of September that I haven't had a moment to post about our local Halloween Trunk Show. Those festivivies were last Saturday, and it was a pleasure to see so many of my Halloween-loving friends come from both near and far to see us and adopt my Halloween folk art creations! There was a rush at the start, so I didn't get the chance to chat enough with many of you. But I can't say enough, thank you for your support and enthusiasm! I hope you are enjoying your latest finds. And, if you missed it, there's a peek at the Trunk Show on my Blog! Well, I have much to do, so off I go!

8-20-10 My latest Halloween reproductions for 2010 are starting to arrive! Now, I have the big task of inspecting each one, signing and pricing these various items in preparation for Denver's 5th Annual Halloween Trunk Show! I snapped a few photos of some of these collectible goodies and updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a peek at this year's products. If you'd like to see more, please swing by to see my latest blog post, "Stocking up for the Trunk Show!" Hopefully the images will entice you to mark your calendars for the 2nd Saturday in September! We'd love to see you there :-)

8-10-10 Yay! I just got my hands on a fresh copy of the new Fall issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine! And what a thrill it is to see both myself and several other fellow Halloween artists friends in this publication! There is a wonderful feature starting on page 101 that covers the studio spaces of several Halloween artists that will be exhibiting at this year's Ghoultide Gathering show in early October! I am honored to be amongst these talented individuals, and thrilled to be able to share with you a peek at my studio space. I suggest you look for a copy of this inspirational issue today! For a sneak peek, you can click on the Studios Magazine thumbnail at left! ENJOY........

8-7-2010 Here is something fun and exciting to share with your friends and family! News of EHAG's 1st Annual Next Generation Halloween Art Contest has just been announced...All you kids out there ages 10-14 have a chance at being our first young Halloween Artist Winner! Keep reading for more details........

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What: A Kid's Halloween Art Contest
Who: Children ages 10-14
When: Now thru August 31st, 2010. The winner will be announced by September 7, 2010
Where: Online at the EHAG Facebook Page and EHAG Blog
How: Parents email an image of your little ghoul's Halloween themed artwork to ehaagartists@hotmail.com along with the young artist's name, age, date, contact info, title of piece and medium used.
Prize: $100 gift certificate for art supplies from the winner's art supply store of choice.

Be as creative as possible and all artwork must be created solely by the young artist. We ask that no gore be depicted. Artwork will be judged based on originality and use of medium, and all mediums will be accepted. (All EHAG family members are excluded from participation.)

The artists of EHAG are obviously not the first generation to create Halloween art, and we certainly will not be the last. So, we decided to sponsor a kid's art contest that both celebrates our most favorite holiday and nurtures their creative spirit! And, as we know that there must be children out there that love both art and Halloween, why not begin to encourage them today!

Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your creative Halloween art entries!

7-25-10 Don't forget to enter to WIN a set of my new Garden Trays! Country Sampler Magazine is hosting this Giveaway, featuring my garden art, and the contest ends on July 30th. So hop on over to their website and enter your name! Best of luck to you!

I wanted to thank all of you out there that had such kind words to say about my most recent Rhyme Time piece on eBay! You continue to inspire me knowing that my creations excite and inspire you! I dearly thank you for your support.

Otherwise, I have been working on new hats for this year's Halloween orginals. You can peek at those on my BLOG! Looks like I have lots more to do though in order to prepare for fall's show season, so I'm off to the workshop! Thanks for stopping by :)

7-14-10 My RHYME TIME ORIGINAL #3 just listed on eBay last night! You can take a closer peek "Smilin' Simon"and also read the collectible poem I wrote about this cute character by clicking on his image below! Best of luck and thank you for your supportive bids...

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6-30-10 Reminder to all of you Halloween collectors... The EHAG Emporium opens once again tonight at 9pm EST. I will have an original piece to offer there and an additional one of a kind on my BLOG. Please check back this evening to see all the latest treasures!

6-15-10 ATTENTION: For all my collector friends making their plans for fall, please note that the 5th Annual Halloween Trunk Show in Denver has been bumped forward one weekend! The new show date is September 11th....same place, same time otherwise. I apologize if this change complicates your schedule ~ a conflict arose with the original date that could not be resolved without moving the event to an earlier date. Please tell your friends of the date change, and mark your calendars. We hope to still see you there!

6-9-10 My RHYME TIME ORIGINAL #2 just listed on eBay last night! Take a peek at "Bizarro the Bat" and click on his image below to find out just why he is so bizarre! :) Thank you all for your interest and best of luck!

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6-1-10 My my, can you believe it's June already?! Where does the time go? In just a few months it will be time once again for our 5th Annual Denver Halloween Trunk Show. I just updated this show page with the new date and times. For anyone planning on traveling to Colorado this year, I suggest you adding this stop to your itinerary! It's an initimate show held in a garage of all places, and offers a fun array of Halloween delights. I always stock my booth with both my signed Halloween reproductions and a collection of one of a kind originals. The 2nd weekend of September is a lovely time of year in Colorado, so I hope you consider a visit!

Also, many thanks goes out to those loyal collectors of mine who were excited to see what I had created for the EHAG Emporium Opening! I appreciate all of you who made an attempt to adopt an original, and only wish I had more to offer. If it was challenging to view my offerings on my blog, I apologize. There was some sort of technical glitch going on with Blogger, and I only wish I could have resolved that issue when the sale started. Darn techology!... Well, my witch and cat did find homes, and I'm thinking I better go sculpt some more :) Have a nice week!

5-31-10 I hope everyone is enjoying Memorial Day! Luckily, the sun is shining here in Colorado, and JP and I are getting caught up on a little house TLC, painting window trim in the shade.

It's also the last day of the month, and that means that the EHAG Emporium will be opening again this evening at 9pm EST. If you have a moment, please stop by to peruse the latest one of a kind Halloween folk art originals available from a variety of our EHAG artists. Again, I will have 2 originals to offer, and both will be pictured with details and extra views on my BLOG! See you there :)

5-25-10 The July issue of Country Sampler Magazine just came out, and they are offering a fun Giveaway, featuring my products! Turn to page 11 to see my set of vintage style garden trays, up for grabs. Simply visit Country Sampler's website, and ENTER to WIN! For a peek at my products, including my patriotic bird design, also pictured, please visit my BLOG! I am honored to have my summer folk art included in this publication ~ what a treat!

Speaking of patriotic, I have a handful of both my patriotic bird and my Liberty & Sam Candy containers, offered by Bethany Lowe Designs. I will be signing these and offering what I have available to my e-mailing list collectors. So, if you would like to be notified when this private sale begins, please email me by clicking the "Email Johanna" arrow above.

Wow, on another note, I was blown away by the positive response to my first "Rhyme Time Original" on eBay! I am so pleased that you enjoyed both this sweet owl character and his matching rhyme. Needless to say, I should probably continue this series. Stay tuned for another one of a kind with a special rhyme. :)

And, mark you calendars for EHAG Emporium's May 31st Opening at 9pm EST. I will have an original up for adoption and hopefully another available on my blog. Wish me luck as the date is fast approaching!

5-18-10 I dreamt up a new series of originals today as I was creating an auction page for "Owlexander Web." I'm calling them "Rhyme Time Originals" because a whimsical rhyme will accompany each of these pieces. Since I enjoy writing poetry to express the whimsical nature of each character I make, I thought it would be an extra treat to receive a poem to match! So, this limited series of one of a kinds will be exclusive to eBay and will pop up when time permits. First off is this sweet owl, "Owlexander Web!" Please click on his image to visit his auction page and read the poem included with the piece! Thank you for stopping by and for your generous bids :)

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5-15-10 For those of you looking for a unique way to bring hints of the garden into your home this spring, take a look at my current blog post: The Art of the Garden Indoors. Perhaps I am a little unusual, shall we say, for collecting rusty old garden tools, but I think my new use for these is certainly interesting and fun! So, enjoy, and please leave a comment if you have something similar to share, etc etc...

And speaking of the garden, I wanted to thank all the collectors who graciously placed bids on my spider candy cup auction! I am was so pleased to see that despite the creepy crawly character these insects are known for, you still approved of my more whimsical interpretation! So, thank you so very much for your interest. I guess I will have to make more!

5-2-10 The month of May is here, and that welcomes in the commencement of EHAG's Black & White Fright Challenge! During the course of this first week, you will be delighted by the various Halloween art offerings from our group. Stop in for a visit at EHAG's Blog where we will continue to update these B&W-themed creations throughout the week! Tonight, I will be posting my contribution, a frightfully-fun folk art spider candy cup! He's a first for me, so take a peek when his auction page starts!

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4-22-10 Well, I have confirmed all the dates for this year's events I will be exhibiting in. You can visit my Schedule page to take a closer look and mark your calendars. Rumor has it that this may be the last year for Denver's Gifts for Yule as the beautiful Phipp's Pavilion that we all set up shop in, is being sold. The show will go on as scheduled for this winter, but anything beyond 2010 is unclear at this time. So, save the date even though it's months out, as this may be the last hurrah for GFY..... . .

Yesterday, I sneaked in a Collector's Catch piece. Those of you who follow my blog may find it fun to read my last few posts and see how the wire wings I made a couple of weeks ago became the main attraction for this latest folk art bat. If you are curious about Collector's Catch, please visit my blog for details.

On a more serious note, today is Earth Day, and well, I really think every day should be Earth Day. But perhaps we need a special day to remind us to reflect on our relationship with this beautiful planet we live on. Take time to smell those flowers, revel in their beauty and appreciate all the living creatures that we share this world with. Avoid the use of poisons applied to our natural world and tell others to do the same for inevitably, it all transfers back to us through the cycle of life. If we all take steps to care for and appreciate nature, while teaching others to be more mindful of mother earth, perhaps we can find a better balance and reverse some of the damage that has been done. I am still learning and trying to erase bad habits. Awareness is key...

4-16-10 Today, I decided to reveal my works in progress! In my Blog Post appropriately titled, "Exposed," I offer a peek at some of my current papier mache folk art figures in their various stages of development. If you follow my work or perhaps collect the finished pieces, you might enjoy this glimpse in the making of my work. And while you're there, scroll down and visit my "Wired" post too!

I know I haven't been offering too many originals as of late as I am really trying to get a bit ahead this year. I've learned the hard way from year's past that waiting to build my fall collections right before fall can be a rather stressful sequence for me. So, if I start to stockpile now, I might have one or two moments to put my feet up later. But knowing me, it's highly unlikely.... Oh well........

And one more thing to take note of is that EHAG is hosting our first Black & White Fright! The fun starts May 1st and continues into that week. For those artists participating, you will have the opportunity of seeing and adopting one of a kind Halloween art in our bold theme of black and white. For more details, please visit EHAG's Blog at www.EHAGart.blogspot.com. I suggest you follow our blog to stay in the loop! Now, I have the difficult task of deciding which naked sculpture will become my Black & White Fright piece... hmmmmm??

4-3-10 It's Easter weekend, and of course another excuse to dress our dear Jack up in festive holiday attire. I just finished taking his photo, and this time he dons a handmade spring hat and a stitched, ruffled collar. You can see my favorite photos of Jack's Easter fashions on my blog! Please leave him a comment if he makes you smile! Thanks and Happy Easter to you!

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4-1-10 Happy April to you! It's a new month arleady! With spring in the air, I was inspired to snap a few photos of my sweet standing birds on our living room mantel. Fly with me on over to my Blog for a quick peek! Also, I wanted to thank those of you who promptly saved the date and time for EHAG Emporium's March opening last night. Thanks goes out to those who adopted one of kind creations and for those who attempted to. Sooner than later I would love to have a web sale and be able to offer a collection of delights. So,wish me luck!

With April here and the days warming up, my husband and I are starting on an endless list of long-overdue home improvement projects. I will try my very best to juggle my art along with ALL the things we want to accomplish and do to our 70 year-old home and yard. In the end, I should have a larger studio space, so that will help! I just have to get there :) Maybe I'll offer a few peeks on my blog along the way, so keep visting for little updates throughout the season.

Well, I better get busy! April is here, OH my!

3-28-10 For those a bit curious as to what I have been up to lately, you can peek at my latest blog post, "Halloween Tease." Designing products for the upcoming seasons and next year can certainly be a time-consuming process, but I am always excited to see them when they arrive! Six months to a year later, I have a little reunion with each design :)

For all of you Halloween collectors out there, don't forget that the 31st of the month is just around the corner, and that means that EHAG's Emporium will be updating with new original works of art available! Mark your calendars for 9pm EST on Wednesday, March 31st to view all of the latest goodies. I will be offering a collectible piece as well, so stay tuned.

And finally, after many years it seems, I updated my Links page to reflect the links of additional artist friends I have met via web or in person along the way. It's still in-the-works a bit, but at least it has been updated! I'm sure I probably missed a few, so please do not take offense. Hopefully, my next Links update will be more timely! Thanks for checking in, and don't forget that you are always welcome to join my e-mailing list for occasional updates on one of kind works, events and fun news! Simply click the arrow up top to send me a message!

3-20-10 Just added another lovely magazine to my "In Print!" sidebar list! This time, I have an original piece of whimsical crow art in the premier issue of Prims Magazine by Stampington & Company. They kindly invited me to submit a sculpture that in my eyes depicted Primitive Elegance. I enjoyed the challenge and even wrote a whimsical rhyme to go with my creation. To see a tad more, you can visit my BLOG, but to thoroughly enjoy this beautiful publication, please order your copy today!

3-11-10 Well, with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, and the color green on my mind, I set out to create a "Lucky" leprechaun-style black cat with a hint of Halloween! Why not make a kettle cup I thought with that bulbous shape so reminiscent of the 'ol iconic pot of gold! What resulted was a sweet, elfin-like cat wearing a whimsical hat. Well, see below for a better visual, and click on his image to visit his eBay auction link! The bidding ends on Monday at 7pm PST, and best of luck to you! Thank you for your kind bids :)

 

3-7-10 As I wait for my papier mache to dry, I just finished making the graphics and posting a new Halloween Gallery page for you to enjoy! The images depict a small sampling of the one of a kind Halloween originals I created last year along with one from this year. All these fun characters have been adopted, but you can still enjoy them here!

2-22-10 Fun news! I received a couple of complimentary copies of the new March / April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine on Friday. Last year, they had expressed an interest in my Spring products, so I had a few samples sent to them. A year later and much to my surprise, there is a delightful photo on pg. 8 of Paula holding an Easter basket. Guess what's inside her basket? Yep, one of my spring designs! Right in the center is my spring chick glass jar, and they have it filled with iced cookies. Looks so cute! I am honored and happy they included a little piece of me in their spring publication! Make sure to look for your copy today! For a sneak peek, you can visit my BLOG and also click on the magazine thumbnail at left.

On another note, my website here and my business email account were down for over 24 hours this past weekend. I apologize if you attempted to visit or make contact. My website hosts's server had a hardware failure, and I could do nothing to help fix the matter. Luckily, we are back up and running, but I have a feeling that I may have lost some emails along the way. So, if I do not respond to your messages, please resend them. All is working again, much to my relief!.......

2-19-10 There are just two days left to place your generous bids and dontate to PFATT's Penny Feather Tree Charity Auction! Thirty-six women including myself have created one of a kind ornaments in hues of red to adorn this very special tree. My contribution is the sweet ladybug bell ornament pictured below. Please click on our auction LINK to see all the wonderful goodies that are included along with this beautiful golden tree. Every bid placed helps us to raise money to find a cure for those suffering from Leukemia & Lymphoma and to bring smiles to our dear PFATT sister Penny McAllister who is currently undergoing treatment. The winning bidder will take home this most marvelous tree, laiden with original ornaments by a talented blend of artists. Please spread the word and consider donating with a loving bid today :) Thank you!

2-10-10 How about a little Spring with a Halloween twist?! This little black bunny candy egg cup was just born out of that very thought! I have been working on spring product designs this month, and yearned for a little orange and black. So, here ya go! He'e the first of his kind, and on eBay now. Click his image to see more photos and descriptions, and bid if you like!.... Many thanks :) Hop Hop hop along!

 

1-29-10 Just updated my Schedule Page with a list of the 2010 events I will be participating in! So yes, the news it out that I will be heading out east this October to exhibit with fellow Halloween artist friends in the spooktacular Ghoultide Gathering! I am looking forward to meeting many artists and collectors that I have only had the chance to chat with online, and of course reconnect with those that I have! If you can make it out to Northville, Michigan in early October, we would love to see you! Otherwise, I am still waiting on the official show dates for the two Denver events I participate in each year. And IF I decide to add one more show to my list of events, I will update my schedule page to reflect that. Please join my e-mailing list to keep in touch with my event schedule!

And don't forget to pop in and see what the creative Halloween artists of EHAG will have to offer on January 31st at 9pm EST when our EHAG Emporium opens!

1-17-10 Today, I updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a sampling of my new 2010 Garden & Spring Product lines! Sweetly painted serving trays that double as wall art, bird & watering spout round container boxes and a fun series of sentimental picture frames to match will soon be available through Primitives by Kathy! I am excited about this new collection, painted in a fun red, cream and soft vintage green palette! Equally exciting is my collection of illustrated CHARMS that offer double-sided scenes in various seasonal themes. Wear them as necklace pendants, as key chain adornments, hang them on your tree and the list goes on! Stay tuned for another sneak peek at these goodies on my blog, perfect for gifts to others and to yourself. You will also see a pair of whimsical spring birds, a new addition to my spring product line offered by Bethany Lowe Designs! I may offer a few of these signed goodies this spring, so join my e-mailing list to be notified. THANKS!

1-9-10 I have a fun announcement! The talented artists of EHAG * Eclectic Halloween Artists Group are opening their new marketplace this month! Please give a warm welcome to our new blogger site, EHAG Emporium! On January 31st, EHAG Emporium will be debuting its first sale of collectible Halloween delights from over 20 participating artists. Please join us at 9pm EST to see all the spooktacular one of a kinds available. Be sure to email the individual artist of the piece you wish to adopt in order to reserve it for yourself! And yes, I will be participating as well!

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ALSO, for those of you who would like a peek into my past and catch a humbling glimpse of how I got started making my folk art, you are welcome to take a Walk Down Memory Lane with me! ENJOY! I always love your comments, so thanks for those! :)

1-1-10 My OH my! Its a new DECADE! Where does the time fly to? I think I am going to call this new year "Twenty-Ten" ~ What about you? Anyway, all is well here, and we enjoyed a leisurely day celebrating this new year. To document our fun, I added some photos to my BLOG! Enjoy..... And, best wishes for a prosperous new year and decade to follow!!

12-18-09 I just received a fun email from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia congratulating all of their Doers of the Week for this year! "We have featured many movers and shakers during the past six months..." they proclaim, and fortunately, I was one of those honored as Martha's Doer! In celebration, they just posted a fun page showcasing the 19 Weekly "Doers" from this year! You can take a PEEK at all the talented women featured, and yes, I'm in the group! Again, what an honor :-) If you consider yourself a Doer, I would suggest joining Martha Stewarts' online community of Dreamers into Doers, and perhaps YOU will be in the spotlight too!

12-12-09 THANK YOU!!! Wow, again, I am just blown away with your positive response to my annual holiday web sale! My originals flew out the door the first 15 minutes, and I could hardly keep up with the incoming requests! I am so very grateful to those of you who saved the date and time and adopted a special collectible! I only wish I could offer even more to the folks who were unable to snatch something this time around. Don't give up as I will try to make some more originals here and there as Collector's Catch Pieces.... Unscheduled as they are, they pop up at random when you're not expecting it. So, just bookmark my Folk Art Originals page, and check for them from time to time. But, first I have to make some more goodies! Wish me luck! Gotta go pack boxes for now!

Looks like I have sold out on my signed Reproduction Collector's Sets as well. But, you can visit my Folk Art Reproductions page for a quick peek at just a few of my holiday designs, and click on the green bar to see an online list of vendors selling my holiday products!

12-9-09 For all of you Santa Collectors out there, I just posted a unique collectible Santa Bell Ornament on eBay! I only made a handful of vintage style Bell Ornie characters this season, and this guy is particularly special as he's painted in soft antique pink. You can click on his image below to visit his auction page! You may want to add him to your Wish List, so go take a peek and good luck! ALSO, don't forget to check back in on Saturday for my annual Holiday Web Sale. I will be offering over a dozen one of a kind holiday originals and several signed reproduction collector's sets! If you'd like to know when the sale starts, please email to join my mailing list! See you then :)

 

12-6-09 Just reminiscing over a wonderful weekend of friends and lots of smiles at our annual open house and holiday folk art show. At 3pm today we closed the show and will have fond memories from this year's event. Many thanks to all who attended and offered their support and affection for my holiday folk art. We really enjoyed seeing you all and perhaps had a record number of visitors, but I couldn't keep track as I was too busy wrapping up your goodies and catching up along the way. If you missed the festivities, please take a peek at my BLOG for lots of fun pics before we opened our door...... ENJOY!!

12-1-09 A very Merry December to All, and 'tis the season for holiday delights and whimsical winter-themed characters that enchant the eyes and heart.... Speaking of holiday delights, take a peek at my sweet one of a kind owl candy container pictured below. This little guy is the only holiday-inspired owl kettle cup of his kind to come to life this season, and I am now offering him on eBay this week! You can visit his auction page by clicking on his image below. Thank you for your interest and your kind bids!

 

11-30-09 My oh my, it's the last day of November! This year has flown by in a flash! And with December just around the corner, I am decking the halls so to speak with vintage Christmas delights and preparing for our 7th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show and Open House next weekend! Can you believe it's time once again?! I am in disbelief, but the calendar must be telling the truth, so you know where I will be - at home and very busy busy busy! We look forward to seeing all who plan on joining us very soon! And this weekend, in celebration of our 7th year, I will be rafling off a special one of a kind snowman ornament! For those who are able to attend, don't forget to enter this fun drawing! I will have raffle tickets for you to fill out in our back sunroom. See you there!

11-20-09 I am honored to have one of my original snowmen egg cups greeting visitors on the homepage of www.GreenDrinks-Denver.com! It's a new site providing an open forum for like-minded individuals interested in an environmentally-conscious lifestyle. I had the pleasure of meeting their graphic designer, Courtney of CG Design House at Denver's Gifts for Yule show last weekend, she enjoyed my snowmen, and viola! Thank you!!

11-18-09 Don't forget to enter to WIN signed holiday folk art, offered by both myself and my mom! You have until November 30th to sign up on Country Sampler's website, and perhaps you will be one of the lucky winners to receive a special collectible folk art piece from us featured in Country Sampler Magazine's Christmas issue!

11-11-09 I've been busily preparing for The Gifts for Yule Show this weekend! I am almost ready, but not quite... I still need to add mica, glass glitter and various trims to some of my originals, and then of course take their picures so I can remember all of the various one of a kind characters that I have made over the years! Oh so much work goes into each piece before each show. Looks like the weekend will be chilly and possibly wet, but I hope we still have a nice crowd! Please do join us at Denver's premiere holiday show!.... It's worth the trip, so just bundle up and join us on Saturday or Sunday!! :) We look forward to seeing you !

11-9-09 I just updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a sneak peek at some of my latest holiday product designs! Take a look......

11-4-09 I am just baffled at the thought that November is already here! So, of course ( as usual ) I am just frantic, painting the one of a kind Santas, snowmen and other holiday characters that I will have up for adoption at next weekend's Gifts for Yule Show... at least it's NEXT weekend, and not THIS weekend... phewwwww! But, I'm still way behind, so wish me luck! I will probably just be catching my breath when the doors open.....

10-27-09 I did a little Halloween decorating around our house and took some fun vignette photos late at night to capture the eerie mood! Take a peek at my Halloween decor on my BLOG!... Enjoy...

10-26-09 Calling all OWL collectors.... A local Gallery owner and collector friend here in Denver has decided to release one of my Halloween Owl Kettle Cups up for adoption! This original candy container is from this year's collection, and I thought I'd mention it here as so many of you have asked if I had any more one of a kind owls left. You can click on the image below to visit Frame by Frame's site! Hope he finds a great home!.....

UPDATE: Looks like my collector friends are on their toes as I hear this owl quickly found a home in California! Thanks for checking in on my Scoop page!.... You never know what may pop up!

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10-22-09 Just putting a bug in your year!--Our 7th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House are just around the corner! So, I just updated my website with details regarding this unique event. Visit my schedule page or click on the underlined link above :)

10-20-09 For those of you curious and thinking ahead to the holidays, please stop by my Blog for a holiday treat! My current post includes several teaser photos from my parents' home now on the stands in Country Sampler's November / December Magazine! There are 10 delightful pages covering my mother's colonial holiday decorating style, tips, folk art and more! And, both she and I are GIVING AWAY a trio of signed Santas and a snowman featured in the article! All the details are in my blog post, so hop on over for a dose of holiday cheer, and leave us a comment if you like what you see!...Cheers!

10-19-09 WOW!... I broke some pretty serious records last night with my Halloween folk art auction on eBay that I feel are notable and worth mentioning here...! :) First of all, I had a record number of page views and watchers along with making eBay's Halloween Collectible Pulse for several days during THE month of months! And, to top that off, the winning bid not only topped 4 digits, but went way over! I had to pick my jaw off of my keyboard when I realized what had happened! What a GREAT surprise!!! Then my mom called, and she could hardly breathe!.. hehe! THANK YOU to all willing to place bids and those serious enough to stick it through to the end!.... I think you were probabaly as shocked as I was..... What an amazing way to top off THE very best Halloween season I have had yet! Hugs and warm fuzzies to all who are so very supportive of my art! YOU Rock!!! And for those who are curious as to what the heck I am even talking about - take a peek HERE! ( and remember, this is MY Scoop page, so I can brag a little, right?! Honestly though, I am a humble artist and very grateful for what I have and where I am...Just have to TOOT a little when it's called for! )

10-14-09 Who's seen the Fall issue of Celebrate365 Magazine?! Well, if you haven't, it's a delightful read full of Halloween eye candy for both the ornament and folk art enthusiast! Fortunately, I am featured in the "Behind the Design" artist article describing my process from start to finish. You can see how I made a one of a kind papier mache folk art cat named "Howling Harvey!" And for those of you interested in this very special collectible, he is now on eBay! I promised (in print) that I would auction him off, and the winner will also receive a signed copy of this subscription-only collectors' magazine! For more views and desciptions, simply click on Harvey's image below to visit his auction page! THANK YOU, as I appreciate your interest and your bids..... And for another teaser peek at my article, you can click the Celebrate365 thumbnail at left.

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10-4-09 Surprise! I just posted my last Halloween Black Cat Kettle Cup for this year on eBay last night.... His auction ends the evening of my Web Sale, on Saturday, October 10th. Please click on his image to view his auction page. THANK YOU for your bids..... :)

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And, just a reminder to Mark your Calendars for this Saturday morning when I will be offering my last collection of Halloween originals for 2009! Refresh my Folk Art Originals page at that time to see what will be available. For exact start times and details, please join my e-mailing list!

OH, and I almost forgot to mention that I just posted a wonderfully fun series of photos on my BLOG from the Halloween & Vine event! I'm sure you will enjoy, so go take a peek! Perhaps these will entice you to attend next year if you haven't had the pleasure just yet :)

10-3-09 OH, so much to say and where to begin...? Well, first of all, I wanted to congratulate Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers for winning the Martha Stewart Favorite Doer of the Week award! Her prize money will help fund her heartfelt non profit organization, and she truly deserves this honor. Next to her goodwill, I am more than honored to have reached 2nd place! Thanks goes out to ALL of my cherished supporters for casting votes for me! I so appreciate your efforts!

Now, back to Halloween as it is that magical month! Mark your calendars for this coming Saturday, October 10th. I will be hosting my one and only Halloween Web Sale for this year. Expect around a dozen originals up for adoption along with a fun variety of signed Halloween reproduction collector's sets. For all the details, including the start time, please join my emailing list by sending me a quick email. Simply click on the "email Johanna" arrow up top!

September really kicked off my favorite season with a great start! We exhibited at 2 Halloween events, 2 weekends in a row. The first event, Denver's 4th Annual Halloween Trunk Show was great fun! We had an outpouring of support from our collector fans, friends and made many new friends as well! You can peek at my trunk show photos on my blog. And, JP and I just returned from the 14th Annual Halloween & Vine show in Petaluma, California. Again, what a fabulous event! We were so pleased to see so many eager collectors ready to adopt a special one of kind Halloween collectible! Many left with armloads of bags, so I can only imagine how much fun they are having, decorating their homes! Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm! I love that!... Check my blog for images of the H&V show, coming soon! :)

9-15-09 Get your CLICKING Fingers ready as it's time to VOTE! :) I am in the running among 9 other entrepreneurial women for Martha Stewart's Favorite Doer of the Week! This is a peoples' choice award, and I would be very grateful for YOUR vote! Simply VOTE by selecting my name in the right side column, listed under "POLL" at the following LINK! Or, if you'd rather, you can vote directly from my BLOG! It's that easy, and I really appreciate your support! The winner will receive $2,500 for her business, and I would love to apply that to expanding my teeny tiny workspace where I paint my folk art creations! Please, spread the word, and many many THANKS to you for doing so......

9-14-09 Just a reminder that this Saturday is Denver's 4th Annual Halloween Trunk Show! Of course, I am still scurrying around, finishing up one of kind Halloween folk art collectibles and loading my latest Halloween reproductions into bins for this event! Here is a sampling of some of the goodies I will be offering! For more info, you can visit this Link. We look forward to seeing you soon!

9-10-09 So, yesterday was quite an exciting day for me! The talented team at Martha Stewart's online community announced that I was their Doer of the Week! They love my Halloween folk art and find my story of following my dreams inspirational ~ Wow! You can visit my BLOG to read more and see an excerpt from their newsletter, featuring me! I am honored...... :)

9-6-09 Calling all Halloween & Vine fans: I am raffling off two free entry tickets along with a $10 off any Johanna Parker Design original at this year's show! Please visit my blog to enter to win! 2009 marks the 14th annual Halloween & Vine show celebrating one of a kind Halloween art by nationally recognized artists, and I will be exhibiting once again! If you LOVE to collect Halloween folk art, you will adore this show, located in Petaluma, CA... I hope to see you there!

9-3-09 Just updated my Gallery which routes visitors to various sample pages of my work! Of course, it's just a peek at what I make...

9-2-09 FUN news from Halloween-land!.. I just received my editor's copy of the new Celebrate Halloween Magazine by Phyllis Hoffman, and what a visual treat! They feature a generous variety of my Halloween products offered by Bethany Lowe Designs throughout this beautiful issue! You can see a peek at my features on my BLOG or click the thumbnail at left. From cover to cover, this publication is loaded with rich photographs, festive Halloween ideas and no ads! It's a must have for your Halloween library!

8-31-09 HEY! Caught you looking at my Scoop Page!! :-) As the Halloween season fast approaches, I invite you to join my mailing list by sending me a quick email! That way I can keep you posted when I will have new original Halloween collectibles available, where I will be exhibiting this fall and what other news, goodies, giveaways and offers will be coming your way! Just click "email Johanna" at top right to send me a quick note! THANKS!

8-25-09 I'm knee-deep in Halloween! A big shipment of Halloween collectibles from my two reproduction lines just arrived! Visit my latest blog post to see what I mean!

And a big thanks and congrats goes out to Patricia in Oregon for catching my "Moon-Star Max" ever so quickly! I know she has been wanting an original for quite some time, and today was her lucky day! Yay! For those of you curious about my Collector's Catch series need only to follow my blog and occasionally check my Folk Art Originals page for a spontaneous original piece of art, waiting to be caught! It's always a surprise and so very fun to see who the lucky collector will be...

8-17-09 Just added a new link with images and information about Denver's upcoming 4th Annual Halloween Trunk Show! It should be a great event, and I will be debuting my new line of Halloween collectibles produced by Bethany Lowe Designs! Beyond that, prepare yourself for new reproduction pieces and notepads of mine, produced by Primitives by Kathy. And for those of you who must have an original piece of folk art, well, I'll have those too! I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Also, I wanted to say THANKS to all of you determined to bid and win my latest owl kettle cup on eBay.... I appreciate each and every bid as each is a personal "high five" to me..... I thank you all for your participation and wish I could offer this owl to each of you! Thanks again....

8-11-09 It's Tuesday, and I had just enough time to photograph and post my latest Halloween Owl Kettle Cup on eBay tonight! I had intended on keeping him for the Halloween & Vine Show next month, but decided that it would be fun to put him up for auction instead.... I have so much yet to paint and sculpt for my upcoming Fall shows that it's fairly mind boggling, so this may be one of the last pieces I post on eBay until after September is here and gone..... Good luck to all who kindly place bids in his favor! I appreciate your interest and support!

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If my folk art collectibles interest you, I welcome you to join my e-mailng list for news on upcoming web sales, auctions and general news involving my designs.. I LOVE receiving your emails, and look forward to hearing from you!

8-4-09 I can tell fall is just around the corner as the latest magazines are revealing Halloween and holiday delights! Now just out on the stands is this year's issue of Holiday Crafts Magazine by Better Homes and Gardens, and again, I have two, How-To projects featured! This issue offers a delightful assortment of both Halloween and Christmas crafting projects including the instructions to complete each. This year, I decided to share a black cat Halloween candle holder design and a snowman lollipop ornament! You can click on the thumbnail image at left for a peek and visit my BLOG for more info and images!

7-28-09 Fun News!... My latest Halloween reproductions, offered by Primitives by Kathy have made an appearance in the current September issue of Country Sampler Magazine! It just came out, and I have some teaser pics on my BLOG. Take a peek for a taste of Halloween in July! Extra photos from this Halloween decorating article can be found on Country Sampler's online Inspiration Gallery. There, you can spot some more photos of my Halloween folk art.

Curious where you can purchase these latest Halloween goodies? My Source Page offers a list of online vendors for you to visit. THANKS! And you can now click on the magazine thumbnail at left for more details....

7-21-09 OH Bats!!!! Just posted a unique and special one of a kind Halloween bat on eBay. He's a collectible candy cup, and up for grabs this week... Take a peek by clicking on his image below, and thanks to all interested and willing to share a bid. :-)

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7-13-09 THANKS to all who stayed up late, or got up early to adopt the three originals I had available on Spooky Time Jingles' site. They honored me as their surprise guest artist this month for their 1 year anniversary event, and I'm giving back a portion of each sale to the ASPCA to benefit animal rights in the name of each buyer.... As always, I appreciate your support! Again, it was a surprise, so I had to refrain from emailing my collector friends, but I did update my BLOG at the stroke of midnight. That's always a great place to go in order to stay in the loop, and I encourage you to Follow My Blog ~ upper right side column on my blog page...

Otherwise, I just updated my Schedule page with the official dates for the 2 Denver shows I will be participating in this fall / winter. I hope to see you there! Now, I must get busy!!!!

7-4-09 Happy 4th of July! Guess what I just did?... I updated my Folk Art Reproductions page to reveal a sampling of my latest Halloween collectible reproductions, available this summer! Of course, I always have orange and black on the mind, even on red and blue day.... ha! Anyway, take a peek. If you are interested in ordering some for yourself, you can click and shop Johanna Parker Halloween reproductions on my Sources page.

6-30-09 Oh my Gosh, it's almost July!... HELP! I've been working on my inventory for the fall shows, but I'm not working fast enough. Hmm, I need some Halloween elves or maybe owls!

Speaking of Owls, I just completed a one of a kind vintage style owl candy cup which just posted on eBay tonight! He's a unique folk art find with lots of style. Take a peek at his photo below, and click the image to view his auction page. Many thanks to all in advance for placing bids and making this owl feel welcome!

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6-11-09 I just had the honor of designing a new logo for EHAG! If you'd like to see my steps in getting there, please visit my blog! I am happy to have finished it and believe that it suits our Halloween group quite well!

6-9-09 OK, so I'm thinking I should probably make more owls! Hoot Hoot!... Many thanks to all the dedicated folks who placed bids on my last auction. I so appreciate your interest, and it's clear that there are a lot of owl fans out there... me too! Guess you know what I'll be doing :) Have a great week!

6-2-09 WOWZERS!... Cheers to over 300 sweet comments you have left for me on my Blog GiveAway! I am blown away :-) I'm so happy that so many folks enjoy my art.. Yay! Well, don't forget, I need all entries in by Wednesday, (tomorrow) evening. So, hop on over if you haven't had a chance to peek in just yet. OH, and I added 2 more prizes as well ~ I was feeling generous....

And, for all you folk art OWL lovers, a new original Halloween Owl Kettle Cup just listed on eBay... Please take a peek by clicking on his image below, and thank you for each and every bid! Good Luck!

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5-27-09 YAY! Let the Giveaway Contest begin! I just posted "Lucky Lumina" on my blog for your chance to win him in my first ever Blog Giveaway. It's my way of saying thanks to ALL of my loyal and supportive collectors and artist friends. Click on the folk art Jack-o'-lantern image below for more details and to enter. THANK YOU & Best of Luck! :-)

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5-20-09 I just updated my Blog and actually figured out how to add an extra column for more images and links! Along with that, I created 3 new Folk Art Gallery pages that link directly from my blog. You'll find those links at the top right side of my Blog's home page. Let me know what you think! Next, I hope to add these Gallery images to my website.... One step at a time!

OH, and THANK YOU to all of my determined Halloween collector friends who placed bids on my first eBay Kettle Cup! I was blown away by your interest, so I hope to make more of these fun pieces!

Today, I am painting my upcoming Blog Giveaway piece along with a potential Collector's Catch goodie.... Stay tuned for both!

5-12-09 I've got something new for you! I just listed one of my new Halloween Kettle Cup originals on eBay this evening. Take a peek at my latest Halloween folk art piece by clicking on the image below. Many thanks in advance to all of you collectors, willing to offer a bid :)

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Want to see my first Halloween Kettle Cup? Then hop on over to my blog and visit "For my Halloween Mommy"......  It's a fun post!

5-9-09 Another Collector's Catch piece has been caught, and thank you to Amy in Tennessee for adopting him! You can sneak a peek at this fun, carnival style Halloween cat. Maybe you will be the next Collector to "Catch" a piece!

I know some of you are wondering, and I am still planning on hosting my first ever Blog Giveaway soon! Give me one more week, and I should be ready. The piece has been sculpted, so I just need to give it some paint and a name! Please email me to be included on my mailing list for more details........

4-29-09 Would you like a behind the scenes peek at what I illustrated today? You can visit my blog for a glimpse at the Halloween party hats I'm designing for my Halloween folk art characters this year! Enjoy...

4-28-09 A big thanks goes out to all of my determined collector friends who generously placed bids on my Halloween folk art - candy cup crow! I appreciate each bid and wish I could have offered him to each and every bidder. But alas, he is a one of a kind, and therefore can only go to one home.....

This week, I have been distracted by social networking sites... Oh boy! Yesterday, I blindly joined Twitter, and last week, I explored and found myself lost on Facebook! What will be next? I should probably refocus my eyes back onto my work so I can continue to offer my originals to you! Speaking of, I am hoping to offer my 1st blog giveaway piece once I have a special handmade something ready to share. So, stay tuned. I invite you to Follow my Blog and to Follow me on Twitter as your name will be entered at least twice in the upcoming giveaway :) It's my way of saying THANKS for your interest and support! I'll be in touch with more details once I am ready.

4-16-09 As promised, I finished that fun Halloween folk art - candy cup crow, and he's on eBay right now!.... His auction ends this Sunday at 7pm PST. A big thanks to all who have been placing bids!! :)

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4-11-09 Well, tomorrow is Easter already, and in my world of holiday visions, the start of spring, the blooming of trees and flowers and dance of the birds signals me to board the Halloween train! Of course on Sunday, I will join in on the family festivities with a gratitude toward spring and the amazing cycle of life, but my imagination will be thinking ahead to the delights and happy-spirited imagery of Halloween. If I don't, I may regret it later!.... As a holiday artist, it's certainly not a perk to always be ahead about 6+ months into the year, as I would prefer to enjoy the moment. But, luckily for me, I do have a passion for Halloween, and look forward to creating new characters in that favored theme. So, wish me luck in keeping the balance between the now and the future!

In January, I sculpted a crow candy cup intended for a spring palette, but the days flew by, and I am moving into the spectrum of orange and black. So, he is currently in the works and will hopefully post as my first Halloween creation of '09 on eBay next week.... Stay tuned....

For NOW, Happy Easter!!!

3-25-09 Don't forget, I still have a few Collector's Sets available featuring my latest reproduction lines! I welcome you to take a peek at my Folk Art Reproductions page. Simply click on the series of thumbnails for images and descriptions, and please email me if you'd like to adopt a set. Remember, these sets are unique as I've signed all of the papier mache pieces, and they are great for Easter gifts or to decorate your spring table with. And for those of you who have a beach house or just love the sea, take a peek at my beach-themed sets too! I think you'll be smitten! Thanks for looking!

3-21-09 Wow! Another Super-Great web sale has come and gone! Thanks to my loyal collectors who made a date with their computers this morning, I quickly sold out on my spring folk art originals! I really appreciate your time and diligence in adopting a special one of a kind piece. I never know what to expect, so you surprise me every time! My next web sale will most likely be Halloween-themed, but I haven't begun that collection just yet. Stay tuned......

3-16-09 Just got back from the Spring Fling and posted some fun pics from the event on my blog! Another big thanks goes out to all of my supportive collector friends for saving the date and stopping by to see my latest spring designs! I'm happy you enjoyed my new color palette and springtime characters for this season! LUCKILY, the spring fun is still on-going for my collector friends who were unable to attend. I ordered lots of my latest spring reproductions, both from Bethany Lowe & Primitives by Kathy and will be offering special Signed Collector's Sets this Saturday on my website! AND, I will have a fun offering of Spring one of a kind Originals available at that time to you as well! If you would like to join my mailing list for start time and sale details, please email me!

3-11-09 Another fun Collector's Catch piece was here and gone rather quickly today! Luckily, I made a few more standing birds for Denver's Spring Fling this weekend! Of course, they are all unique, and if you'd like to see them in person along with the rest of my spring collection, please stop by this Saturday or Sunday! We look forward to seeing you.

3-5-09 I can't believe it's March already!...Guess that's why you haven't seen too much of me lately. I'm working like mad to paint my latest collection of Spring one-of-a-kind originals for a show here in Denver. It's a week from this Saturday, so I may be pulling some late nights. Local collectors and friends ~ I invite you to come visit us at the Spring Fling on March 14th & 15th! I will also be debuting my new line of spring collectibles that I have designed for Bethany Lowe! It will be a treat :)

Online collector friends ~ be checking my website this month for a new Collector's Catch piece or two!... And if all works out, I may be hosting a Spring Web Sale soon. So, keep checking back & email me if you'd like to join my mailing list for further details.

Speaking of Spring, I will also be participating in TFA's Homegrown in the Gallery ~ A Spring Welcoming. It will be TFA's first themed online folk art show, and I along with several other craftsmen will be offering at least one original for sale. A percentage of the sale goes to keeping this unique directory of folk artists active and available to collectors like you! This online show will run from April 1 - April 21, with a special free shipping incentive!

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2-8-09 Just a reminder for those of you who are interested in adopting a signed reproduction or an original piece of my folk art to please send me a quick email and join my mailing list! That way I can keep in touch with you and keep you posted as to when and where I will have new goodies available. And no worries, I won't fill up your inbox :) I just try to keep in touch on average about once or so a month. THANKS, and I look forward to adding you to my family of cherished collectors!

PS: Just click on the "email Johanna" arrow up top!

2-4-09 Another Collector's Catch piece was here and gone in a matter of minutes! Thank you to the lucky (and speedy) collector who caught him.... This is so fun!... I guess I should make more soon, but that will be it for my Valentine's-themed creations for this season.... Thank you all for looking.. You just may be the next to catch a special piece!

2-2-09 It's the month of love, and the purrrfect time to debut my first Collector's Catch piece! You can peek at her here, but don't get too attached as a lucky collector friend of mine just snatched her up in less than 30 minutes after posting. If you missed her, stay tuned for one more special piece in the same theme coming soon! I can't tell you exactly when because not knowing is part of the fun :)

1-27-09 For those of you who check in often in search of one of a kind treasures, news, how-to projects, folk art giveaways, etc etc.. I suggest you FOLLOW my Blog! I've just added this feature to my external blog at blogger. Simply go to my Blog, and click on "Follow this Blog" located on the left side column. Then, you'll be in the loop when I create new posts and possibly a head's-up when I have a new Collector's Catch piece available...

1-18-09 I just added some fun pics from Bethany Lowe's BooFest Halloween artist signing event that I participated in at AtlantasMart. A series of silly artists in costume are on my BLOG!

I also updated several of my website pages today as we are now into a new year! The Schedule page has been updated for 2009, but you'll have to check back for a few of the event dates. A spring tease from my new line is now viewable on my Folk Art Reproductions page, and I even updated my own picture on my Artist page with a photo that my friend Sharyn Sowell took of me in Atlanta! As soon as I have an original made and ready, I will pop it onto my Folk Art Originals page as a special "Collector's Catch" piece..... Thanks for looking!

1-14-09 OH my, it's a new year since I last posted here on my scoop page!...I thought I'd check in with a quick update. JP and I just returned from a fun trip to AtlantasMart where we toured Bethany Lowe's amazing showroom and saw my product line for the first time in person!.....All I can say is WOW and how very excited I am! For a peek from our first day at the Mart, hop on over to my BLOG!

And for the new year, I thought it would be fun to start a new surprise feature on my website. I'm going to call it "Collector's Catch!" where at random, I will post an original piece of art without any notice. Above and beyond my scheduled web sales, this would be a special one of kind available to the first person who sees it, wants it, and contacts me via email to adopt it. So, check my Folk Art Originals page often as you might be the first Collector to Catch one of these originals..... Now, I just need to finish my list of to-do's and make something for someone out there to catch! :)

12-14-08 Again, I am so amazed and grateful to all of you generous collectors who showed up for my online Holiday Web Sale today! All 15 original goodies found homes in a flash, and I could barely keep up, so thank you for your patience....I am so pleased and honored that you admire my creations enough to bring them into your homes..... :) I hope they bring you joy for years to come!

12-9-08 I just posted my last 2 holiday candy cups on eBay tonight... Up for bids are 2 very sweet snowmen, pictured below. Click on their image to visit their auctions, and THANK You for your interest & your bids...... :) AND Yes, they are painted in holiday red hues even though they may look a little bit orangey on your screen........

 

Auctions end on Sunday evening & the same day as my last web sale for the year.

12-8-08 Well, we had great fun at our Open House over the weekend! Of course I want to thank all of my dedicated collector friends for saving the date and stopping in to see my latest designs and holiday decor. We really enjoyed visiting with you! For a peek at our annual Open House, hop on over to my blog...

And mark your calendars for this coming Sunday, December 14th when I host my last and only Winter-themed Holiday Web Sale for the year. If all goes well, I should have over a dozen pieces up for adoption. Please join my e-mailing list for the start time and details!

12-1-08 Welcome to December! My my how this year has flown by and of course, I'm trailing behing, trying to catch up!

I'm busily preparing for our 6th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show & Open House this coming weekend. For those of you Denver locals new to my Annual Open House and wishing to stop in, please email me for details and to be included on my invitation list. Here's a peek at last year's event....See you soon!

11-18-08 Whooooo's ready for "Wintry & Spooky Owls"..? Well, EHAG certainly is! Our group's challenge for November was just this theme. I invite you to visit eBay and search under "EHAG" too see all of the Owlish delights!.... My creation is pictured below, and you can give him a quick click to visit his auction page! Thank you for your bid!...

 

Also, for the curious at heart, you can visit my blog for some holiday inspiration!..... I posted some photos from last weekend's Gifts for Yule show in Denver..... enjoy!

11-6-08 Well, November is here, and oh my!!! Why am I always caught off guard by its arrival? I think Halloween and Christmas are a tad too close together, at least for a holiday artist like myself! HA, I can only laugh as I scurry about trying to make holiday goodies...

I'm preparing for my last 2 Shows of the Year!... The first event on November 15th & 16th is the 11th Annual Gifts for Yule Show, and this year it will be held at a new location - The historic Phipps Tennis Pavilion in Denver, Colorado. The 2nd show is our 6th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show which we host in our home in Lakewood, Colorado, the first weekend of December! If you'd like directions and more details, please email me to be included on my invitation list. I look forward to seeing you there!

10-20-08 WOW! I am overwhelmed in a happy way by your response to yesterday's Halloween web sale! When the clock struck 2, my inbox began to fill with haste as I quickly tried to decipher just WHO was first in line for each original piece. I want to THANK ALL of you who made an effort to adopt a piece yesterday afternoon!..... I wish I could have pleased you all as some folks came so very close. Anyway, I am grateful to those of you out there that support my artistic endeavors, and I feel very blessed...

Now, I do still have a few reproduction sets still available! The Hangers & Notes Set and the Black Cats & Notes Set are still looking for homes, so just send me an email if you'd like one.... Each comes with my signed reproductions and a fun collection of my illustrated notepads great for anything from making your to-do lists to great gifts for friends!

10-17-08 Have you heard of Celebrate365, a special magazine for the ornament enthusiast and the holiday art collector? Well, this season's issue is loaded with Halloween folk art including some of my creations! I've posted a peek and link to my interview featured amongst many other interviews of my Halloween artist friends. Check my blog and enjoy the preveiw!....

10-14-08 Hi there!...This week, I'm finishing up the last few Halloween folk art originals for my Web Sale this Sunday, and I should have at least a dozen pieces to offer...For those of you interested in knowing when the sale starts, please join my mailing list by sending me an email, and I'll give you ALL the juicy details :)

10-13-08 Just added an Autumn Inspirations post to my blog after hiking a beautiful trail in the high country!...Enjoy the fall color... And thank you many times over to the folks that placed bids on my last two Halloween cup auctions!!.....

10-7-08 On eBay this week are my last 2 Halloween folk art - candy cup creations for this year.... I know after this month, I'll be swamped with making holiday pieces, snowmen, etc.... so it's very unlikely I'll be making any more of the black & orange candy cup delights until the new year. You can visit their auctions by clicking on the image below, and as usual, I thank you for your bids! :)

 

10-4-08 Want to see photos from the Halloween & Vine show? Well, I just posted a fun series of pics on my blog, so go take a peek!

10-2-08 I've decided on Sunday, October 19th for my last Halloween web sale of this year! That gives me a little time to make a few more goodies and create the necessary graphics needed for that online event. And, I will still be able to ship in time for Halloween! If you are not on my email list and would like to know what time I will be starting the sale at, please email me to join & receive those details!....

Also, check back this Sunday for my last 2 Halloween candy cup originals of the year which will be up for bids on eBay.... :) ~Thanks~

10-1-08 Happy OCTOBER everyone! :) It's my favorite month of the year, go figure... So, we just returned from a wonderful trip to California for the annual Halloween & Vine Show! We had lots of fun, both on the journey and at the show visiting with collectors and artists! Thanks to all of my dedicated folk art fans who came early to see and adopt my latest offerings! By the end of the day, I only had a handful of goodies left. I will be making a few more creations and plan on hosting a web sale, mid October. So, stay tuned for that! Otherwise, you can visit my blog for some fun cross-country road-trip pics I took on our venture from Colorado to California and back! In a few days, check back for H&V show pics...... Enjoy!

9-21-08 Wow, what a great Halloween show we had yesterday in Denver! Thank you so much to all who came by to say hi, see what I've been up to and to adopt a special Halloween collectible! I just posted LOTS of photos from Denver's Halloween Trunk show on my blog, so take a peek! :)

9-19-08 Just one more day till Denver's 3rd Annual Halloween Trunk Show! I hope to see many of your smiling faces tomorrow at Leo's Garage where I will be exhibiting a fun collection including my Halloween originals, reproductions and illustrated notepads. Doors open at noon, and I hear there will be some yummy eats as well......

9-5-08 I have 3, FUN How-To Halloween label projects for YOU in this year's issue of Better Homes & Gardens Halloween Tricks & Treats! Click on the magazine thumbnail at left for more details and visit my blog for a peek!

9-4-08 For those of you interested in seeing MORE of my Halloween products available thru Primitives by Kathy, you can now search by artist to see my entire line of goods! To find my Halloween items featured in Paula Deen's Magazine and beyond, click here! There are 16 pages of products including lots of fun notepads that I have illustrated, so enjoy!

8-30-08 If I seem to be missing in action it's only because I am busy-busy working away on this year's collection of Halloween one-of-a-kinds! Here's proof!... :-) If you are new to my site and my work, please join my e-mailing list if you like by clicking on "email Johanna" above and sending me a quick note. That way you'll be in the loop when I have new works available! Thanks for checking in!

8-24-08 I have very exciting news!..There is a fun spread featuring my Halloween collectibles offered thru Primitives by Kathy in this year's Sept. / Oct. issue of Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine! Last year, their stylist contacted me, interested in my designs for a shoot. So, I sent them a box of goodies to play with and crossed my fingers. Fortunately, my items made the cut and are now featured in a very festive spread titled "Halloween Table of Treats!" Thank you to all the folks at Paula Deen magazine for making this happen!

There's a sneak peek of the feature along with links for purchasing these collectible items. Just click on the thumbnail at left! And for close-ups, please vist my blog. Enjoy and go get a copy!

8-18-8 It's a Halloween Carnival this month for the artistic members of EHAG, and in the spirit of this festive theme, I have created 2, one of a kind candy cups. They are available on eBay this week, so place your bids and good luck! Thanks for looking!

 

8-17-08 Just made a quickie graphic with show details for this year's 3rd Annual Halloween Trunk Show that I'll be participating in next month! See you there!

8-2-08 Well, August is here, and I just found myself a copy of the 2008 Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts issue! I've been looking forward to seeing this magazine as I have 4 fun holiday projects featured within its pages! You can click on the top thumbnail at left for a sneak peek and go to my blog for more close-ups, but if you want the instructions on how to make these holiday goodies, you'll have to get yourself a copy.... ENJOY!

7-9-08 Finally, I found some time to create a new one of a kind Halloween cat candy cup! She's on eBay this week, so please take a peek at her auction page by clicking on the image below! And thanks to all who may place bids.... I really appreciate it :)

 

7-1-08 Wow, it's July already! I can feel the panic setting in as I list out all of the one-of-a-kinds that I haven't made yet for the upcoming fall shows..... Oh well.... One day at a time. If you'd like to see what I've been working on, visit my Hats off to Halloween post......And take a peek at some of my latest Fall Notepad designs. I also just updated my Folk Art Reproductions page with a sample of my latest Halloween products from my Primitives by Kathy line. Enjoy and happy July to you!

6-19-08 Calling all garden lovers!!! I've posted some lovely photos of my happy perennial flower garden on my blog, so go take a stroll :) Say hi by leaving a comment as I'd love to hear from you!...enjoy!

6-5-08 I wanted to share my exciting news with you! I recently signed on as one of Bethany Lowe's new artists, and I am thrilled to be working with this very talented group! This week, I just finished my Halloween 2009 collection for them which will debut in January at the market shows. It's a fun mix of candy containers, holiday vases, party hats and other collectibles, and I can't wait to share it with you! In the meantime, I've posted a few teaser pics on my blog to entice you while leaving much still to the imagination. Next, amongst other things, I will be designing some winter delights for BLD. So, that's the latest in my world, and as you can imagine, I have been spending much of my time busy at work in my studio. I hope to get out one of these days......

5-28-08 My goodness! It was one month ago today that I last posted something here on my Scoop page... I guess you can tell I have been busy! I'm working on a big Halloween submission right now, and we'll see what's next. If you'd like to see some fun photos of my garden, please go visit my blog! It's been almost a week since I took the pictures, and it's already grown so much! So, check back for more! Happy end of May!

4-28-08 Well, it's a new week, and May is almost here! The days just fly by...Crazy, isn't it? Anyway, I wanted to thank those of you who placed bids on my latest auction, and I will try to make yet another candy cup character hopefully sooner than later.

I just posted a couple of fun pics on my blog taken from a good collector friend of mine. They will make you smile especially if you are a cat lover, so go peek!

It's back to designing Halloween prototypes for me. Ta Ta for now!

4-20-08 Wowzers! My Full Moon Sale was a moon-alistic success thanks to all of you who played along! I've found homes for all of my lunar-themed goodies, and appreciate all who called and emailed ready and willing to adopt! Well, the skies are clear here in Colorado, and I think I will thoroughly enjoy the moon's magical glow this evening! I hope you can do the same :-)

And for those of you who missed out on a piece from this collection, I apologize for not having more to offer! Next time I will try to have a dozen pieces or so, fingers crossed.... In the meantime, I do still have a really sweet Fool-O-ween black cat candy cup up for grabs on eBay! You can click on his image below to visit his auction page. THANKS AGAIN!....

4-15-08 As promised, I'm having a Full Moon Web Sale on the full moon of this month! I'll be featuring a collection of Halloween originals on Sunday, April 20th. That afternoon, I'll be updating my Folk Art Originals page with those adoptable items! Check back on Sunday!!

4-5-08 Happy April Everyone! Spring is fast approaching, and the robins are back in town, visiting our bird bath and nibbling on berries! I love this time of year when the green earth once again awakens with new life. Ideas and creative concepts tend to sprout in my imagination while nature's rebirth offers a bounty of inspiration.

You know me, always thinking about the whimsies of Halloween.... I may try to pull together a new collection of orange & black delights on or around the full moon of this month. Stay tuned for a web sale announcement, and email me if you'd like to be included on my emailing list! Have a lovely weekend!

3-26-08 I have some fun news to share on my blog.... My parents' colonial style home is once again in the magazines! Go take a peek at my mom's unique decorating style.....

And thanks again to all who placed bids on my 'lil Hallowgreen cat piece! I always appreciate your folk art collecting enthusiasm!

3-17-08 HAPPY HALLOWGREEN! Here's a link to my fun, holiday-fused collectible candy cup auction...Click on the image below, and thank you for your interest! :-)

 

3-16-08 Wow! It's already March....In fact, it's almost St. Patty's day, and in the spirit of green, I have just finished a special Hallowgreen candy cup, soon to post on eBay. Stay tuned for a link tomorrow evening.

Otherwise, I have been busy as usual, but I did find a little time to update my blog with pics of my studio, so go take a peek!

2-17-08 Well, with any luck, my "email Johanna"links here on my site should be up and working again! Send me a test if you like or just a note to say hi! I've been a hermit lately, working on spring designs, etc. Next, I hope to squeeze in the time to illustrate a few new notepads, and the list continues on and on.

Thank you all for placing bids on my Valloween Cat Auction! I appreciate your support and only wish I could offer one to each bidder, but I haven't tapped into that kind of magic just yet :-)

I just posted some fun photos on my Blog titled R&R.... I highly recommend making the time for such a soothing getaway..... Happy February to all!!

2-3-08 My special "Valloween Cat Candy Cup" just listed on eBay tonight! Right now, I am making these one of a kind collectible candy cups exclusive to eBay, and they will be occasionally available as I find the time to create them. Take a peek, and thank you for your bids!

2-2-08 ACK! I still seem to be having difficulty with my site's "email Johanna" button links. For now, please send ALL inquiries to: johannaparker@mac.com. It seems that folks emailing from my site are NOT getting a bounce back message, and I'm not receiving their emails. So, I apologize if I have not responded to your emails. I never got them. I'm in the process of fixing this....wish me luck!

2-1-08 Happy February! It's the month of LOVE, and so I have created a special one of a kind "Valloween" piece which I will be posting on eBay this weekend. You can currently search under "EHAG" on eBay to see other special Valloween creations that our Eclectic Halloween Artists Group (EHAG) members have lovingly created! Enjoy and spread the love :)

1-26-08 Update! All my "email Johanna" buttons on this site should be functioning again. Otherwise, I can be contacted at either of the following addresses: johanna@johannaparkerdesign.com and johannaparker@mac.com. Please update your address books and delete any entries for me that end in "qwest.net" or "qwestoffice.net."

The first of the year has been a busy one so far. I've been working away on new samples to be licensed. And, I have been preoccupied with organizing my upstairs workspace and figuring ways to expand my basement workroom.....

I am going to try my best to create and finish a special EHAG "Valloween" candy cup for eBay, so wish me luck in doing so.... I hope I can meet my deadline. Stay tuned!

1-20-08 It's a new year, and I have a NEW EMAIL address... oh fun! If the "email Johanna" button on my site is bouncing back emails to you, please send your inquiries to johannaparker@mac.com. I hope to get my contact links functioning properly asap!

12-20-07 For those collectors interested, I wanted to let you know that Frame By Frame here in Denver now offers a collection of both Halloween & Christmas one of a kind folk art. Currently, Rod who is both the owner and an avid collector, is offering a few originals of mine as well, so visit his website to see his latest available pieces!

Warm wishes to you and yours for a Happy Holiday! :-)

12-8-07 HO HO HO! My Holiday Web Sale just started today and it was a fruitful day! Thank you ALL who adopted a special holiday piece.... They've each found homes for this holiday season! Yay!

12-4-07 Just posted my last two collectible candy cups for the year on eBay! For all you Santa collectors, this Santa cup is quite dear, and the vintage white winter kitty cup is a sweet piece that can sit out all year! You can click on the image below to visit these last 2 auctions. Thanks for looking and placing bids! I appreciate it!

 

Also, don't forget to swing by my Folk Art Originals page this Saturday for my last Holiday Web Sale of the year! I'll be updating that page with my last collection of winter goodies for 2007. See you then!

12-3-07 Wow, it's December now, and we just hosted our 5th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show and Open House over the weekend, and what a great show! I've posted some fun pics on my BLOG so go take a peek! A warm thanks goes out to all who stopped by!

11-25-07 Just posted a fun, collectible candy cup snowman on eBay! Go take a peek by clicking on the image below...... Thanks for looking!

 

11-16-07 Well, that's one holiday show down and one more to go! I'm busy creating winter delights and preparing for my upcoming home show. If you'd like to be included on the invite list, just email me with your request. I'm also planning on hosting one more web sale in the earlier half of December, so stay tuned and join my e-mailing list if you'd like more details! You can go see that I just updated my Folk Art Reproductions page along with my Folk Art Originals page to reflect a peek at my latest holiday designs!

11-9-07 Denver's Gifts for Yule is tomorrow and Sunday! Oh my! Can you believe that the holidays are upon us?... They always sneek up so fast! I've included a newspaper clipping about this unique show on my blog. The article is in this week's Westword which celebrates the 10th anniversay of this very special event and includes a photograph of my art! I hope to see you at the show!

10-24-07 OK OK, I broke down and did it! I now have a BLOG! Let's just hope I can find the time to keep it fresh and fun.... Here's the link to my bloggy-woggy: http://www.johannaparkerdesign.blogspot.com/

10-16-07 My Halloween Web Sale is up and running!...Go Peek!

10-9-07 Last Halloween Web Sale of the year will be on Tuesday, October 16th! Stay tuned to my Folk Art Originals link to see what I will be offering to you!

Also, I'll be posting the following 3 Halloween pieces on eBay tonight! "Fergus Fowl the Owl" appears on pg. 44 of Better Homes & Gardens Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine, and is up for auction! Good luck...He's a HOOT! And the two adorable cats are from my one of kind line of collectible cat candy cups and exclusive to eBay at this time! ENJOY and click on the auction links via the photo below.....

 

10-8-07 Hi Halloweenies.... I just made a quickie collage of our fun time at last weekend's Halloween & Vine show. You can click on the image below to enlarge it. Again, I want to thank the talented and creative show promoters for putting on such an amazing event and all the kind collectors for attending and rewarding the artists with smiles and support! It was so good to see you all!

If you'd like to join my emailing list for event news and notice of upcoming online sales, just send me a quick email! THANKS! 

10-7-07 Just wanted to say thanks to all the kindred spirits who have sent me sweet thoughts after losing my dear Pixie..... I'll be ok, but I just miss my furry friend. I'm feeling better, and I hope to post a few pics from the Halloween & Vine show soon. Also, if all goes well, I will try to post a few Halloween delights on eBay soon! Stay tuned....

10-4-07 Well, we're home now from our road trip journey to California and back to Colorado. "Bittersweet" is all I can think to describe my emotions at this time..... The "sweet" part was the laughter and fun shared with fellow Halloween artist friends and seeing the excitement on the faces of so many cherished collectors.... I have to say that this was my best show by far, and I am still stunned by the crowds of Halloween fans who buzzed about my table and those of the other artists. Thank you for making our visit so special and memorable.

The "bitter" part is coming home to find that one of our dear cats had passed away in her sleep. Pixie, my little free spirit, was only 6 years old and one of my happiest joys. I am in disbelief that she is not here by my side as I type these words.... She would be purring on my lap and aching for pettings and love. Our home feels different now and is missing that special spark of whimsy that she constantly gave off... My tears are trickling down my face as I realize how very precious our pets and loved ones are..... Of course, my loveable Jack the black cat is still here by our side for constant affection, but his sweet sister will be sorely missed. Life is precious, so please go hug and love both the special people and animals in your life. You never know what tomorrow may bring or what and or whom it may take.......

 

9-24-07 I'm so looking forward to seeing many of you at the Halloween & Vine Show this Saturday! It's been a whirlwind of a week here as I've been working away to make a special Halloween collection of one of kind goodies for you! I think I am finally finished as I take a deep sigh of relief!

I wanted to thank all the folks who stopped in at our local Halloween Trunk show here in Denver! I appreciated and enjoyed all of your sweet remarks, and I hope you are enjoying your new pieces and having fun decorating for this spirited season!

9-13-07 This Saturday is Denver's 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk Show, and I'll be there with my goods. So, please stop by!

9-7-07 Hi Halloween enthusiasts!.. Thank you for all the inquiries!..... For those of you who are interested in my Halloween fireplace screen pictured in the magazine or my one of kind folk art, please JOIN my mailing list by sending me an email. If I decide to create a series of fire screens, you will be notified... :)

9-4-07 Tonight I've posted 3 Halloween collectibles from my Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine article on eBAY! I made these two jack-o'-lanterns and the black cat candy container for my Better Homes & Gardens photo shoot, and now they are ready for adoption! The auctions end the evening of Sept. 9th.......

Click on the photo below to view my auctions!..... GOOD LUCK!...and thank you for looking!

 

8-31-07 I will do my best to have at least one more web sale before Halloween and of course Christmas-related sales later in the year, so please click on the "email Johanna" arrow button above to be included on those updates and type me a quicky note! Thank you to all who have emailed in response to my artist feature in the magazine! It's so fun reading your excited remarks! PS... I will try to post a few goodies on eBay in September, so stay tuned.....And don't forget to check my schedule page and perhaps visit me at an upcoming show!

8-22-07 Oh my goodness!!!! My Halloween artist feature is already out in the 2007 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Tricks & Treats Magazine! And it's delightful! I'm so pleased! Click on the small magazine image at left to see a sneak peek, and go get a copy to read the article, see my Halloween folk art and decor and learn how to make my black cat party treat buckets! I hope you thoroughly ENJOY it :-)

8-15-07 Calling all Halloween lovers! Denver's 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk Show (formerly known as Bewitched with Lots of Kitsch) is officially set for September 15th from noon to 9pm at Leo's Garage on 1563 S. Pearl Street in Denver, CO. Along with lots of Halloween eye candy to add to your collections, patrons will also enjoy homemade yummies and bloody marys from 6pm - 9pm! It's one full afternoon and evening of spooktacular fun, so don't miss it! And of course I'll be there with my Halloween originals, signed reproductions and my illustrated notepads, so come down and mingle with me and my arty Halloween friends!

8-14-07 On eBay, I just posted a new collecctible black and white cat candy containter painted in a sweets and treats motif! Click on the preview image below to visit my auction page. I'm making these unique Halloween cups exclusively to eBay and my two fall shows. Thanks for looking and good luck!

8-7-07 Good news! A vintage-style snowman folk art design of mine made the cover of Better Homes & Gardens Creative Collection Holiday Crafts Magazine! It's out on the magazine stands today and through December... Click on the Holiday Crafts magazine thumbnail at left for a sneak peek!

Within this annual issue, I've shared my How-To Steps in making these "Vintage Charmers." You will also find another article featuring my "Timeless Trims" ornament set along with instructions to craft them... Go pick up a copy today for creative inspiration!

I hope to make a few snow characters in a similar style in the next weeks and months to come. So, check my site occasionally for more details, and email me if you'd like to be added to my email notification list. :-)

7-26-07 Wow and thanks for the overwhelming response to my latest Halloween folk art creations! You've left me with no where to turn but back to my workroom to create more black and orange goodies! I really appreciate your kind words and interest in my work! :-)

Want to see something fun?!!! Then, go check our new EHAG family album (short for eBay's Eclectic Halloween Artists Group) Once you're on the home page, click on EHAG Family Gallery under the hand, and click through some spooktacular images of today's great Halloween artists! I'm in there along with many of my EHAG friends! You can also view samples of our work and find links to artists' sites from the home page! ~ENJOY~

7-25-07 A NEW Collection of Halloween folk art collectibles is now available from me! Take a peek and email if you'd like to adopt one!

7-20-07 HALLOWEEN WEB SALE!! Mark your calendars for this Wed. July 25th! I'll be posting a new collection of one of a kind Halloween folk art available to you! Please return to my Folk Art Originals page on Wednesday to see the update....

AND...tonight I posted a new collectible black cat candy container on eBay. I'm making these unique designs exclusive to only eBay and the 2 Halloween folk art shows that I will be exhibiting at this fall. Below, you'll see the cat up for auction....Give him a click to visit the auction link, and please place a bid if you like him! THANKS!

 

7-19-07 I'm giving a warm thanks to ALL that participated in the Angels for Brianna auction! Together, the artists raised over $18,000! How amazing is that?!!!! Thank you again :)

7-4-07 I will be participating in an auction of Angel related artwork created by many of the top folk and collage artists across the country. The Angels for Brianna auction will begin on Sunday, July 8th at 10:00 a.m. pst, and will conclude on Saturday July 14th at 6:30 pst. Please email your bids to angelsforbrianna@gmail.com.

This auction is being held to honor the memory of a lovely girl named Brianna, whose life was cut short from a disease called MDS. Brianna was diagnosed with MDS in October of 2006, and fought the battle of her life for 8 short months. Unfortunately she lost the battle on June 15th 2007, but her spirit lives on, and she is a reminder to us all to cherish each day that life brings, and to love those closest to us with all of our hearts.

I am proud to be a part of this fabulous event, and I hope you will join us in bidding on an angel or two of your choice, and bidding high to help raise some much needed money for this family, and to honor Brianna’s memory. All of the angel artwork you’ll see is completely handmade by each artist, signed and dated, and will come with a special tag as a reminder of this event. We, as artists, were moved by Brianna’s story and all of us felt compelled to do something to help her family in their time of need, in a way that Brianna would have loved. This is why the auction was formed, and we want her memory to live on, as she does now with the angels above.

Thank you!

To read more about Brianna please visit;
http://iva-and-family.blogspot.com/

7-1-07 Wow! Can you believe it's July! I'm in disbelief! It just feels like yesterday we were shoveling 3 feet of snow from our sidewalks, but now we're sweltering hot here in Colorado with highs reaching 100 degrees! Fewwwww! But never fear, fall is just around the corner, and that means Halloween!.....

In between outdoor parties and BBQs, I've been sculpting and stock-piling Halloween originals for upcoming sales. I'm looking forward to my 4th trip out to California for the exciting and grand Halloween & Vine Folk Art show on September 29th! I'm serious when I say, "don't miss it!" It's an eye candy fest for folks with a passion in collecting all things orange and black.

Locally, here in Denver, I am waiting for the date and location to be disclosed for the 2nd Annual Bewitched with Lots of Kitsch, another fabulous Halloween art show. As soon as I get the word, I'll post the details on my Schedule page.

Please keep checking back for my upcoming web sale. I have to sand and paint the goodies that I've made before I can post them, but I'm hopeful that it will take place in the next couple of weeks. Also, be checking eBay under "EHAG" and "PFATT" for more of my original works!~~~~ Happy Summer and stay cool!

6-26-07 Just posted those 2 Halloween candy cups on eBay! Thanks for looking!

6-25-07 Hello everyone and happy summer!... For your info, I'll be posting 2 Halloween Candy cups on eBay tomorrow evening! I'll have a vintage style black cat and jack-o-lantern up for adoption, so stay tuned for the link. And, remember you can find my Halloween folk art and the unique art of other Halloween artists by searching under EHAG in eBay!

This month has flown by! In between gardening and visiting with family and friends, I just haven't had a chance to create a new, web sale collection of one-of-a-kind folk art collectibles just yet, but I'm working on it. So, keep checking back..... Thanks for your patience! :)

6-1-07 Happy June! I just added new images to my Folk Art Gallery page! Go peek!!

5-31-07 Thanks for the amazing response to my latest collection of Halloween folk art! I am happy to know that my collector friends are hungry for Halloween in May :) Me too!

Looks like I'll be working on new Halloween goodies, so stay tuned for the next web sale, and send me a quick email if you'd like a heads up for that! And for those of you who have missed out on my web sales, remember that I will be adding collectible Halloween candy cups to eBay each month, giving you more time and opportunities to adopt one of my special creations! I hope to list a a few more goodies in June. Keep searching under "EHAG" on eBay for my Halloween folk art and that of other talented artists! Happy almost June! :)

5-21-07 Since I'm in full swing Halloween mode here after the magazine shoot, I've decided to host a Halloween one of a kind web sale next week! Actually it will take place on the Blue Moon of this month, and that's Thursday, May 31st. So mark your calendars and check back then. I will be updating my Folk Art Originals page with my lastest creations.

If all goes as planned, I may also join in with the creative EHAG folks and post a "Full Moon Challenge" piece the same day on eBay. Keep watching, and feel free to email me to be added to my email notification list :)

5-13-07 Ok, as promised, I've listed a few Halloween one of a kind collectibles on eBay, and the auctions will begin this evening and run for 7 days! In all, I'm offering 5 auctions, and I wish you luck in the bidding game!

You can search under "Johanna Parker" or by seller jpwhimsy... that's me! I've also just been invited to join two talented groups of eBay artisans under the titles EHAG & PFATT. You can also keyword search by these initials to find my work and the work of other fabulous folk artists! Enjoy!

Thanks for looking and good luck!

5-1-07 Happy May! Although spring is flourishing outdoors, I have been busily making Halloween specialty pieces for an exciting photo shoot happening at our home this week! Our front room is decked out in festive orange and black, and if all goes as planned, this magazine feature will be out on the stands this fall, so stay tuned for more details.....

With all the latest Halloween creatures that are coming to life around the house, I may have a web sale soon or perhaps post some goodies on eBay. I'll keep ya posted! In the meantime, have a BOOtiful May!

4-1-07 On www.traditionalfolkart.com, I'm offering a sweet, one-of-a-kind sunflower-themed lady perfect for adding smiles and brightness to your home! Remember, a portion of your purchase goes to supporting TFA's wonderful online folk art directory! We all appreciate your support!

3-29-07 Take a peek at my latest collection of Spring-inspired folk art originals that I've just posted for sale today! Let me know if you'd like to adopt one for yourself!

3-27-07 Thank you to ALL who participated in my eBay auctions! Wow! That was fun! I hope to post some one-of-a-kind pieces on eBay in the near future. If you'd like a heads up, just send me an email, and I'll put you on my notification list! Thanks again for looking!

3-21-07 I just posted my very first auctions on eBay, and I'm offering two fun collections of my signed spring folk art reproductions! They will be ending on Sunday, and you can find them by searching under "Johanna Parker Folk Art" or my eBay user ID: jpwhimsy! Place your bids and good luck!

3-12-07 Thanks to all for coming out to the Spring Fling! We enjoyed seeing your smiling faces :) And thanks to Sam Robinson, we enjoyed yet another fabulous event!!

Many of you noticed that I will not be doing any summer outdoor markets this year. As much as I love seeing you all and experiencing the buzz of the summer fair frenzy, I have decided that I must take time to work on my portfolio. Of course, I will be back in the fall to share my latest Halloween and holiday folk art creations. You can visit my Schedule page for more information. And, in the meantime, I plan on hosting a few spring/summer online web sales featuring my one of a kind collectible folk art, so please send me an email for advanced notification regarding those sales if you are not already on that list! I'll keep in touch! Happy Spring to you!

3-9-07 The Spring Fling kicks off tomorrow! I've made some fun new one of a kinds for this event, so spring on over! I look forward to seeing you!

2-17-07 If you have spring fever like me, then please stop by my first show of the year! Check out Denver's Spring Fling, voted by Westword in 2006 as Denver's Best Gift Show! It's a fabulous mix of artisans and antique dealers in a festive spring-like motif! Don't miss it this March!

2-14-07 Happy Valentine's Day!

2-2-07 It's the month of LOVE, and in tribute, I've been creating a one-of-a-kind collection of folk art pieces! Collect one for a loved one, or treat yourself to a Johanna Parker original! My Sweet Heart Folk Art Sale posts on Thursday, Feb. 8th! See you then and enjoy!

12-5-06 FYI..! I have set aside some special creations for my online collectors and have a fabulous collection of holiday one of kind papier mache collectibles that I will be posting on my website this Thursday, Dec. 7th, so check my Folk Art Originals page on the 7th for my latest and last creations for 2006! Good luck and enjoy :)

12-3-06 Thanks go out to all you brave souls who stopped in at our house on Saturday while it snowed! Well, it was certainly nostalgic and people left with bags of goodies and smiles on their faces. We hope you enjoyed our 4th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show and hope to see you again next year. If you'd like to be included on my invitation list, just send me a quick email.

11-13-06 Thanks to all of you who made the trip to see us at this past weekend's Gifts for Yule Show here in Denver! Due to your enthusiasm and support, I am now frantically making more one-of-a-kind goodies for my 4th Annual Holiday Folk Art Show in our Home which is only a few weeks away! If you'd like more details regarding my last (and best) show of the year, please send me an email. Happy Holidays! :)

10-18-06 Just posted 8 new Halloween one-of-a-kinds. Let me know if you'd like me to reserve any of these collectible goodies for you! Enjoy :)

10-14-06 Last Halloween Web Sale of the season is this Wednesday, Oct 18! Check back then! Oh, and see how I decorate for Halloween!

10-13-06 We're back from our big journey to and from California for the annual Halloween & Vine folk art show! The new location was a big success! We all enjoyed sharing one big room together and watching the collectors swarm the tables of fabulous Halloween art! Take a peek at a few pics we snapped while there! If you missed it this year, I recommend checking it out next year. It's lots of fun! And for those of you who attended, thank you for spending your day with us celebrating Halloween! We enjoyed seeing you all!

10-1-06 October is here! Oh my!...If spooky fun black cats happen to be on your mind now, then please visit the online shop at www.traditionalfolkart.com to see one of my new Halloween pieces that is now available!

The Halloween & Vine is fast approaching as I finish the last few details on my latest designs. I look forward to seeing all of my fellow Halloween artist friends and my collectors friends in a week!!!

9-20-06 Many thanks go out to so many of you who spent your Sunday evening with us celebrating the art of Halloween at Devil's Food in Denver! The premier of Be Witched with lots of Kitsch was a huge success! I was so swamped that I didn't have the chance to take photos of the crowds, but we snapped a few shots before closing, so take a peek! If you missed it this year, we hope to do it all again next September!

9-10-06 Don't miss Be Witched with lots of Kitsch! It starts a week from tonight at 7pm at Devil's Food in Denver where you will find a whimsically fun array of Halloween folk art and decor from local area artists like me! We reopen for a full day on Monday the 18th from 9am - 4pm....Be there or beware!!!! :)

8-30-06 Please visit ShopTFA at www.traditionalfolkart.com on September 1 for a new Halloween piece that I will have available! Your purchase thru ShopTFA helps to maintain this wonderful American folk artist directory! Thank you!

Also, I will be exhibiting more Halloween folk art, everyday decor, notepads and Christmas goodies at this Saturday's A Paris Street Market located at Aspen Grove in Littleton, CO! Stop by to say hi and see what I've been creating!

8-18-06 Reminder! I'll have lots of Halloween and fall goodies tomorrow at Belmar's A Paris Street Market in Lakewood, CO! We'll be exhibiting from 8am till 3pm. See you there! Swing by to see my new notepad designs as well......

Also, I just posted details on an exciting new Halloween event in Denver: Be Witched with Lots of Kitsch....I'm really looking forward to this show and will have more unique Halloween folk art creations to share with you there. The theme is vintage Halloween fun offered by a handful of creative Halloween artists and decorators who love this spirited holiday! So, save the dates :)

Send me an email if you'd like to be notified of my upcoming shows & details, and I'll add you to my local area events list.

8-14-06 I've posted pics from last year's holiday folk art show that we host at our home each year. Please feel free to email me for more details regarding this special event! Again, we will be hosting a weekend of sweets and treats this December, so please inquire if you'd like to be added to our invite list.

8-6-06 Hi...I just discovered that two of my vintage Halloween reproduction designs are featured in the Sept. 2006 issue of Country Sampler Magazine under "Country Treasures!" See page 10. You can purchase these goodies through Primitives by Kathy or stop by my booth at an upcoming show for your pick of these and other fun Halloween folk art collectibles!

7-23-06 For those of you living in the Denver metro area, please mark your calendars for August 19th! I will be exhibiting at the outdoor Paris Street Market at its new and hip Belmar location in Lakewood. This time, I'll have Halloween collectibles, new notepad designs and some everyday goodies! See my Schedule page for more details.

Also, I recently updated my Gallery page. Go peek!

7-7-06 Next and last Web Sale for a while is this Tuesday, July 11th...Check back for new and original papier mache Halloween folk art!

6-7-06 Wow! I send warm thanks to all of you who made my June web sale a big success! It was my pleasure to read all your sweet comments regarding my latest pieces...For those of you who missed the sale or missed your favorite piece, I will keep you posted before I post another new collection of originals. I'm thinking Halloween may be next! If you'd like to be notified of upcoming web sales, please just send me a quick email, and I'll add you the list! Thanks again :)

6-6-06 Just posted a fun and festive collection of papier mache folk art originals on my site! Take a peek and enjoy!

3-13-06 I have finally added some new one-of-a-kinds to my site! See my collection of spring-inspired pieces and let me know if any interest you!

1-20-06 Mark your calendars for March 10th & 11th! I will be exhibiting my line of spring-themed creations at Denver's 1st Annual Spring Fling. Show promoters of the well-known Gifts for Yule Show are introducing this fresh new gathering of arts and antique dealers. I hope to see you there in March!

12-24-05 I just updated my Gallery page to reflect a small sampling of some of the fun one-of-a-kinds that I created in 2005.....Take a peek!

12-8-05 New one-of-a-kind holiday folk art pieces have just been added to my site. They are the last for 2005!

11-14-05 This morning, I posted 6 new Christmas one-of-a-kind pieces on my site, so go take a peek at my latest Christmas folk art originals!

11-10-05 Tomorrow and Saturday I will be exhibiting at the Gifts for Yule show in the historic Denver Turnverein located at 1570 Clarkson. Show times are noon to 6pm on Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. Please join me along with over 20 other artisans for a sampling of holiday cheer!

9-22-05 Guess what?!! My folk art is featured in another magazine! That will make 5 in the past couple of months! The October issue of Coastal Living Magazine features a special seagull-themed candy container of mine on pg. 30. Inspired by the nostalgic, colorful sand pail toys of the past, I created "Gully," and the gracious folks at Coastal Living loved him! Yay! This fun piece is available for order. Click on the corresponding magazine image at left for a sneak peek! Please contact me if you are interested.

9-14-05 Many thanks to ALL of you who placed bids and donated money to the Katrina Benefit Auction! My piece raised $500! Yay! And all together, the artists at TFA raised $11,787! Wow! That is cool :)

9-12-05 I've created a very special piece to benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Fund, and now"Gracious Gertie" is up for bids in an online auction at traditionalfolkart.com! The auction ends this Tuesday, and all donations will go to the American Red Cross. Please visit TFA's site to register and bid on a sampling of unique folk art from American artists. This is a wonderful opportunity to help the victims of the hurricane and acquire a special art piece. Now Hurry! Thx :)

8-27-05 Hi! I just added some available Halloween folk art to my Folk Art Originals page. 3 Party Jacks are up for grabs!

8-24-05 Violet Magazine, a new publication layered in artistic compositions, thought-provoking images and serious topics on family and relationships has chosen to publish my Halloween folk art for their third issue! The current fall issue just came out on the stands. The feature titled "Papier Mache" starts on pg 14 and also includes the work of 4 other talented artists. It's exciting to be selected for this magazine along with ALL the others mentioned below! You can take a peek at my "HallowQween" sculpture by clicking on the thumbnail at left.

8-20-05 The October '05 issue of Country Home Magazine is already out! The exciting news is that my whimsical Halloween papier mache black cat candy container is pictured on page 70! Click on the thumbnail at left for a peek and go get a copy! Please know that I will be making a numbered series of "Startled Salvador" candy containers, an open edition folk art piece. Please contact me if you want one!

8-18-05 On exhibit through October 1 is a special bust that I created. "Dorothy Do-Good", an angel-witch, will be on display at the Art Institute of Colorado's Alumni Exhibit. Open to the public, you can view her in the main floor John Jellico Gallery at 1200 Lincoln Street, Denver Colorado, and she is available for purchase.

8-2-05 Better Homes & Gardens Country Gardens Fall 2005 issue is now out on the stands and features our award-winning perennial garden! The article, titled "Artfully Done," starts on page 5, so we're the first story! You'll also see one of my fun butterfly hangers pictured and inspired by this garden we (try) to maintain. Whimsy Wings can be ordered on my site. You may click on the thumbnail at left to see a couple of garden photos that I took which caught this magazine's attention.

7-28-05 Guess what? The fall issue #74 of Cottage Style magazine features the interior of our home! It just came out on the stands this week and will be displayed until Oct. 31. The article, "Get a Retro-Spective View" starts on page 50 and features my vintage decorating style! Click on the magazine thumbnail at left for a tease... Go get a copy!

7-16-05 Great news! Country Home magazine will be featuring an original Halloween papier mache candy container of mine in their October 2005 issue! Yay! Check the magazine stands in August. It will be appearing on their October Calendar page!

Today, I updated my Folk Art Originals page with a new one-of-a-kind sculpture....Festive Izzy! She's a fun piece! You'll also notice two sculpted & illustrated hangers featured and available. Both the Faery Cat Hanger & the Baby Jack Hanger are retired designs from a limited line I created in 2004. Each is slightly different, and I have a few of each left. Please let me know sooner than later if you are interested. Thanks!

7-8-05 Hello to you all, and thanks for stopping in to visit my site! Today, I updated my Folk Art Reproductions page to show a small sampling from my latest 2005 Halloween line. These products will be available through Primitives by Kathy this August where they can be purchased with a wholesale license at www.primitivesbykathy.com. Otherwise, I hope to have them available at the September 10th Ballpark Market show, here in Denver!

6-25-05 If you collect one-of-a-kind patriotic folk art, I have a really special piece for you! Take a look at ShopTFA where my Patriot Sam is currently available. He is featured on www.traditionalfolkart.com, a wonderful folk artisan directory.

6-20-05 Thanks to all of you who were able to come out and visit us in Longmont this past weekend! We enjoyed chatting with many of you and hope that you are enjoying the treasures that you found! For those of you who were unable to make the journey, here is a photo of our booth at that show.

I just added a fun Halloween papier mache piece to my Folk Art Originals page. Take a peek at Missy Hissy, and let me know if you'd like to add her to your collection!

6-7-05 Oh my, it's already June! That means my first show of the season is just around the corner, and I still have lots to do between now and then! On the 17th & 18th of this month, I will be exhibiting at Old Glory's Country Fair in Longmont, Colorado. We've been working around the clock to design, build and paint an entirely new booth display! You'll have to stop in to check it out and also enjoy the fun mix of my original folk art, signed reproductions and illustrated notepads. I hope to see you there!

5-22-05  I just completed a very special angel sculpture which is now featured on my folk art originals page.  "Angel Azura" is hand-painted in soft, dusty blue hues, hence her name.  She is available for purchase, so let me know if you are interested.

It is official!  I will be featured in Better Homes & Garden's, Country Gardens magazine! Keep an eye out for their Fall 2005 issue which should be out on the stands sometime around August!  My colorful and creative perennial garden was selected as one of the winners for this magazine's annual garden contest.  Of course, my husband
helped a lot too, so I must give him credit for digging all of those holes and watering all of our precious plants!

5-10-05 Greetings! I am excited to announce that I have just joined traditionalfolkart.com! It is a select group of American artisans represented in a juried online directory. Please take a peek! I have my own page featuring a few examples of past work sold to collectors with links to my website, my show schedule and an exclusive page to shop my creations. Check back often as I hope to add more pieces to "Shop TFA." And enjoy browsing the unique and diversified works of the various artisans featured on this site!

I have been busy sculpting new creations for my upcoming show season, and will be selecting a few pieces to make available on my website. So, stay tuned! My husband and I have also been designing and building a new booth display which will make it's debut at Old Glory's Country Fair in June, so wish us luck in finishing it in time! It should be extra nice! We hope to see you there!

4-2-05 April is here! Happy spring to all of you! I am now
offering a few items for sale on my new “Folk Art Reproductions” page. There, I have a primitive patriotic couple set and a wonderful tabby cat that are all pictured in the current May 2005 Country Sampler Magazine! The article starts on page 18 and features my parents’ home and particularly, my mother’s creative decorating style! Take a look...You may need a magnifying glass, but they’re in there! I have a limited supply of these reproductions, manufactured through Primitives by Kathy, so send me an email if you are interested. I often retouch the pieces, and sign them all accordingly.

2-21-05 Yay!! My site has finally been updated thanks to the
generosity and patience of friend, Craig Barbic (webmaster
extraordinaire)! I designed and built all the pages, and he made
them work! I am excited to now offer a place on my Folk Art
Originals page
for viewing and purchasing my one-of-a-kind
creations! Take a look to see what’s available now, for this may be as far as I get on my spring creations this year. My to-do list continues to grow for reproduction prototype designs and other creative endeavors which I will be announcing later this season! You can view a small sampling of past works created and sold to collectors on the Gallery page, accessible via the Folk Art Originals page. For questions and comments, or to be added to my email notification list, please email me here or click on the “email Johanna” arrow located above! Enjoy!

2-8-05 Valentine’s one-of-a-kinds are now available through my Folk Art Originals page! You’ll find photos of 2 unique
candy cup designs in the spirit of love...

 

   

 

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