Crawling out of the Pages...

Even though it's still just July, I recently received a copy of Country Sampler Magazine's September issue! It's a reminder to all that fall and Halloween are just around the corner. I started flipping through the pages and came across a trio of familiar faces. The Country Treasures section on Page 12 begins with a splash of my Candlestick Spiders! What fun it is to see these whimsical characters featured, and I am grateful that Country Sampler acknowledged me as well. These eight-legged collectibles are practically crawling off the page, and if you would like to adopt a few for your home this Halloween, I would suggest visiting the various vendor sites on my Source Links Page! There are a handful of online stores carrying these curios, and I will also have them available at this year's Halloween Trunk Show. So, go find yourself a copy of this zine in preparation for the harvest season, and many thanks to the folks at Country Sampler for including me once again!

~ Johanna


"Double, double, toil and trouble - these adorable accents by artist Johanna Parker can serve either as spider-topped finials or quirky candlesticks. Depending on your decorating mood, outfit the candleholders with grubby black tapers and spread the spiders around your tablescape, or present a united front by keeping the pieces intact."

Magazine photography & excerpt, © 2012 Emmis Publishing LP



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Sights of Spring!....

It was a fun surprise for me to spot a pair of my Spring product designs in the current March issue of Country Sampler Magazine! Under the "Chicks Ahoy" heading on page 11, the magazine recommends grouping them as a set for your dining table's center piece, staggering them on bookshelves for retro pizazz or lining them up on the mantel! Whatever you do, make sure to fill them with treats, or in this case, Easter eggs and flowers will do. Be creative. And thanks goes out to The Holiday Barn for sourcing my vintage-style spring jars on their website!

* This fun set is from my Spring Bethany Lowe Designs product collection...

* Look for your copy of Country Sampler today and don't forget to visit all the various Country Treasures featured for March!

* Magazine layout & photography, © 2011 Emmis Publishing LP

WIN my Art in Country Sampler Magazine!

When Saturday's mail arrived, I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of the July 2010 issue of Country Sampler Magazine! I had a good feeling that a few of my summer-themed folk art designs could possibly be gracing its pages... So, I flipped to the Country Treasures section, and spotted my work! My illustrated watering can & bird garden trays, offered by Primitives by Kathy, practically jump off the page, and are pictured as one of Country Sampler's reader Giveaway sets! I must admit, I am thrilled that CS wanted to share my art with their readers, and so I urge you all to enter! It's simple, so click HERE for a chance to WIN! Also, rumor has it that the editors fell in love with the photo of my new patriotic standing bird, offered by Bethany Lowe Designs. So, they included him as a featured product, proclaiming him "America's Tweet-Heart"..... I am very honored and blessed for the recognition and the opportunity to share my work with so many others! Look for your copy at the store, and tell your friends about this fun giveaway...

* Here's a sneak peek!....

* I painted these sweet garden style trays, inspired by the cheerful colors in my home and my love for nature. I welcome you to ENTER to WIN this set for your home...
Best of luck!

And, if you would like to purchase these summer-themed goods and more, please visit my List of Online Vendors who offer my products.

* What a joy to see this little tweeter included in the magazine!
Soon, I will be offering a handful of these SIGNED USA birds along with a few pairs of my new Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty candy containers, signed as well! So, please join my e-mailing list to be included on that update as it will be a private e-mailing list sale.

Have a happy week!
~ Johanna

Magazine PHOTOGRAPHY, © 2010 Emmis Publishing LP
Photo of bird, Courtesy of Bethany Lowe Designs
© 2010 Johanna Parker Design *Designs are the property of Johanna Parker and may not be used without permission

The Art of the Matter & GiveAway!...



I know it is still October, and we are ALL feeling that Halloween spirit in the air. But, I have been anxious to share with you some very exciting news! Turn to page 18 in the current November / December issue of Country Sampler Magazine. It has been out on the stands for almost a month now, and I urge you to pick up a copy for yourself as soon as you can because my mother's holiday folk art and colonial-style decorating are featured in a 10 page article! It is just fabulous! We are both so pleased as the editors included so many fun images of our Christmas folk art along with all sorts of wonderful decorating ideas from mom. To continue the excitement, both myself and my mom are contributing signed, holiday folk art in a special GiveAway Contest offered by Country Sampler! Keep scrolling to see the Kathy Parker original folk art snowman that will be awarded to a lucky winner! As for my contribution, I am offering a signed Santa candy container from my Bethany Lowe Designs line, and a signed belsnickel from my Primitives by Kathy line - both appearing in the magazine! Below, you will only find a tease of what is featured in this inspirational article. ENJOY, and please find yourself a copy, a cozy chair, some hot chocolate and a little time to just pour over all the delights! Many thanks to the very kind staff at Country Sampler for sharing this article with so many. And, another big thanks goes out to my friends “photographer/stylist/writer” duo Donna Pizzi and Philip Clayton-Thompson of Blackstone Edge Studios who did my mom's photo shoot! It looks wonderful and so very inviting..... ~ Johanna

* A primitive wooden washtub holds a live tree, decorated with all sorts of handmade ornaments...

* One of my original Santa candy containers marks this page showing my parents' living room filled with holiday folk art collectibles...

* An earlier Snowman original of mine adds a festive touch to this page featuring my mom's colonial mantel and hearth, beaming with holiday spirit...

* A trio of my papier mache belsnickels offered by Primitives by Kathy proudly stand at center between two inviting pineapples... To order my belsnickels, CLICK here!

* A fun grouping of snowmen that both my mom and I have created over the years... Some go way back!

* Page 25 features our trio of GiveAway items! Sign up today by visiting the image and links below ~ Good Luck! :)

* All entries must be received by November 30th, so hop on
over to Country Sampler's contest page and sign up to WIN!

Hope you enjoyed the tease! As this is a 10 page article, there are lots more photos for you to enjoy, so look for your copy today :)

PHOTOGRAPHS, © 2009 Emmis Publishing LP

My Halloween in Country Sampler!...

Yes, it's true that Halloween is already making an appearance on the news stands, and fortunately, a sampling of my Halloween reproductions from Primitives by Kathy are featured! Keep an eye out for the current September issue of Country Sampler Magazine. On page 34, they feature the cozy fall-decorated home of decorator and shop keeper Christina Zimmerman of Buttermilk Junction. The photographer & photo stylist duo, Philip Clayton-Thompson and Donna Pizzi are friends of mine, and they composed the lovely pictures, graciously including some of my latest Halloween reproduction designs. And, it was an extra treat to see my name mentioned on the sidebar of the article, so thank you Country Sampler for that! You'll have to find yourself a copy of this fall issue. For now, here is a tease below, and to see additional photos from this article, visit Country Sampler's Inspiration Gallery where you will spot more photos of my Halloween folk art!.... ENJOY!

~ Johanna
* The first page of this Halloween home tour... Can you spot my jack-o'-lanterns?

* My latest Candy Corn Jack candy bowl, now offered by Primitives by Kathy, proudly sits on Christina's coffee table holding a batch of oranges....

* Well, there's Diamond Hat Jack, now also offered by Primitives by Kathy, and happy to be featured!...


*And the sidebar, mentioning me!

Thank you Christina for including my Halloween collectibles in your fall collection! It is a treat to see them in your home :)

PHOTOGRAPHS, © 2009 Emmis Publishing LP

A Spring Surprise!...

Whenever I see mom's cell number appear on the caller ID log, I know she usually has some juicy news! As much as I work, she gets out much more often to skim the various magazine racks for sitings as I call them. And, every once in a while, one of my product designs will make the editor's cut with a surprise appearance in one of our favorite magazines. This time, my "Spring Sign with Bunnies" is featured as a "country treasure" in the March 2009 issue of Country Sampler Magazine! How fun to see it in print and a treat to get a little complimentary exposure. I am grateful for that. Anyone interested in one of these whimsical signs can make their purchase through Primitives by Kathy, and as of today at least, they are selling for a super price.... just $5.00!....Snag one while you can!

~ Johanna

© 2009 Johanna Parker Design * Spring Sign in this post is the property of Johanna Parker and may not be used without permission.