Six Silent Auctions, Ending Soon!

Don't miss the 6 Silent Auctions on our Website featuring a selection of my collectible folk art originals, all appearing in the current issue of Where Women Create Magazine! Best Offers for each piece are being accepted until the auctions end on December 13th. Visit our Silent Auction page for a medley of photos and details about each piece as well as magazine snapshots of each character. ALL Bids are welcome, so don’t be shy! Jump on in with a bid so that we can update you with the latest best offer before the auction ends. THANK YOU for your interest and support!

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Best Wishes & Good Luck!
~ Johanna

Collector Candy Bowls for Halloween! * * * * * * * * Pre-Order by April 15th!


Hey Halloween Collectors! 

I'm now taking your orders till April 15th for my new 2017 Halloween candy container collectibles from my Bethany Lowe Designs line. Each will be SIGNED and shipped directly from me, the artist, in late summer / early fall of this year. All went smoothly with last year's orders & shipments, so we're doing this again! Please make sure you place your order & pre-pay by April 15th so your request will be included in the production count. I cannot guarantee that I will have extras of each piece after my fall show. So, jump on the Halloween Wagon :)

For more Details, visit my Website!

* Please EMAIL ME with your order *

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Add these unique, Artist-Signed Halloween characters to your fall decor this year! You'll be so happy when Halloween rolls around :)

Thank you!!!
~ Johanna
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Spring Giveaway Raffle * 3 Prizes!

Hi Friends :) We are celebrating the Grand Opening of my new Spoonflower Shop ~ a fun website where you can order my designs on fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap! You can help by bringing some attention and love to my new shop, and in return, I will mirror your efforts as multiple entries into our 3-Prize-Raffle. Liking a design, or in this case, "hearting" my art, leaving comments, following my shop and even making a purchase all go towards building my online store's credibility. So, let's create a Buzz :)


NOTE: In order to interact, you'll need to Sign In to Spoonflower

Play along by choosing as many ways as you wish to enter: 
(No purchase necessary) 

 - Click the Heart symbol next to some of your favorite swatches

- Follow my Spoonflower Shop under the Connect sidebar

- Comment on your favorite designs

- Order fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap from my Spoonflower Shop, and/or hop on over to the Roostery by clicking on the pillow icon underneath each swatch and order one of my many products, made & ready to enjoy! 

Spoonflower's notifications will alert me when you interact in my Shop.
 So, I'll be able to track my supporters & count your entries.


3 Winners will be drawn on March 31st!

* Good Luck & Thank You! *

~ Johanna ~

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Good Eggs for you!

Many thanks to those you on my Mailing List and beyond who have adopted a set or two of my Good Egg Sitters! These are truly sweet and unique folk art characters for spring. Line them a across a shelf or nest them in an Easter basket for smiles and delight. Developed from my illustrations, these guys are authorized licensed designs from my new 2017 Transpac, Inc. line. Only available this year, collect them while you can! I've ordered extras, and each will arrive signed and shipped directly from the artist (that's me!)  EMAIL ME to adopt your "Good Egg Sittin' Set Quartet"...

Happy Spring & Thank you for your support :)

~ Johanna

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Original Sweet Heart Sale...

Hello Dear friends & Happy New Year ~ I know, I know... it's already February!! That said, I'm popping in for a quick post and update. Next week, I will be releasing a handful of original Hearts & Love Bug folk art characters via Newsletter notice. Included will be a free Valentine Printable, so if you haven't done so, please Join my Mailing List. This will be my first V-Day collection, donning the traditional red and pink palette. I look forward to sharing them with you!

Also, many thanks to those that adopted last month's medley of New Year's Snowmen! What FUN!

Love & Hugs,
~ Johanna

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Holiday Blog Sale * Round 2


Fa La La my friends! Another festive round of Vintage Holiday delights is here! Thanks to all for joining me for last month's Vintage Holiday Blog sale. I did a little treasure hunting and have decided to release a few more limited edition goods that I have on hand. I am adding a couple new lit box signs that plug and GLOW. Although fleeting, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an assortment of samples from this screen printed Vintage Holiday collection of reproductions, so this is your chance to collect a few rare pieces, each signed. Please review the descriptions below each image for more information, and click on the photos for a larger view. To reserve your faves please EMAIL ME and include the name of the set or single you wish to adopt! Also include your namephone number and shipping address. When your order is prepared, we will send you an e-invoice to complete the sale. Thank you for interest in my collectible holiday licensed designs!


* Happy Holidays *

CHEERS!
~ Johanna ~

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Ho Ho Ho Light Box

~ Signed by the Artist ~ 3 Available

Santa Light Box @ $36 plus shipping


- 1 "HO HO HO" Lit Box Sign - Stand
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)

* Inner bulb allows word & dot cutouts to GLOW
in a soft, frosty blue/green hue!
Electrical cord includes on/off switch
Approximately 6.5" tall by 8.5" wide by 2.75" deep
Screen Printed on Wood

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Fa La La Fox

~ Each Fox Signed by the Artist ~ 2 Sets Left
Collect both Foxes and a Pack of Cards @ $58 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "Fa La La" Fox Stand-up
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 6.5" tall / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Fa La La" Fox Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 6" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 Pack of 8 Christmas Cards
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Cards include an illustrated full color scene on the inside too!

Inside Message:

Ho Ho Ho: "Wishing you a jolly holiday!"
Happy Owlidays: "Hope your holiday is a hoot!"
Jolly Be: "Frolic and glide along the ride!"
Warm Wishes: "May your den be cozy & bright!"

Each 4.75" x 7" with Envelopes 

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Ornament Plaques

~ Each Plaque Signed by the Artist ~ 2 Sets Left
Collect all 6 @ $54 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "JOY" Santa Ornament Plaque
- 1 "Fa La La" Fox Ornament Plaque
- 1 "Happy Holidays" Candy Cane Ornament Plaque
- 1 "Jolly Be" Santa Ornament Plaque
- 1 "Happy Owlidays" Owl Ornament Plaque
- 1 "CHEERS" Snowman Ornament Plaque
(all from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Each Approximately 5" wide / Screen Printed on Wood


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'Tis the Season!

~ Ornament & Box Signs, Signed by the Artist ~ 1 Set Left!
Collect a Snowman, 2 Box Signs and a Pack of Cards @ $74 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 retired Juggler Snowman Ornament
(from Johanna's retired Bethany Lowe Designs line)
Approximately 7" tall / Papier Mache & Resin

- 1 "Home for the Holidays" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 3.5" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Tis the Season" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 4.5" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 Pack of 8 Christmas Cards
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Cards include an illustrated full color scene on the inside too!

Inside Message:

Warm Wishes: "May your den be cozy & bright!"
Happy Owlidays: "Hope your holiday is a hoot!"
Jolly Be: "Frolic and glide along the ride!"
Ho Ho Ho: "Wishing you a jolly holiday!"

Each 4.75" x 7" with Envelopes 

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Johanna's Limited Edition Christmas Cards
* available *

1 Card Pack - $19
2 Card Packs - $32
+ USPS shipping - $6.50

~ Each Pack INCLUDES ~

- 8 Christmas Cards
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Cards include an illustrated full color scene on the inside too!

Inside Message:

Warm Wishes: "May your den be cozy & bright!"
Ho Ho Ho: "Wishing you a jolly holiday!"
Jolly Be: "Frolic and glide along the ride!"
Happy Owlidays: "Hope your holiday is a hoot!"


Each 4.75" x 7" with Envelopes

* Take a quick video tour of the Inside & Out of each Greeting Card design!



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Sweet Fox Hooked Pillow

~ SOLD OUT ~
each $44 plus shipping

- 1 Hand-Hooked Fox Pillow
(from Johanna's new Peking Handicraft, Inc. line)
Concealed Zipper on backside allows for
easy removal & cleaning of hooked slip-cover casing

Approximately 18" tall by 14" wide

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Home for the Holidays!

~ All Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect a Standing Snowman & 2 Box Signs @ $92 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 retired Juggler Snowman Figurine
(from Johanna's retired Bethany Lowe Designs line)
Approximately 10.25" tall / Papier Mache & Resin

- 1 "Home for the Holidays" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 3.5" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Tis the Season" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 4.5" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

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Joy Light Box

~ Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Snowman Light Box @ $38 plus shipping


- 1 "JOY" Lit Box Sign - Stand
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
* Inner bulb allows word & dot cutouts to GLOW
 in a frosty blue/green hue!
Electrical cord includes on/off switch
Approximately 6.5" tall by 11" wide by 2.75" deep
Screen Printed on Wood

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Happy Owlidays

~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect both Owls @ $60 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "Happy Owlidays" Lit Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
* Battery operated LED lights allow wreath berries to GLOW!
Right side switch includes on & off & 6 hour timer options
Approximately 12" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Happy Owlidays" Owl Stand-up
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 6.5" tall / Screen Printed on Wood

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Christmas Tree Santa

~ Box Sign & Santa, both Signed ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect all 3 with bottle brush tree @ $40 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "Oh Christmas Tree"Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 5" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 retired Santa Ornament
(from Johanna's retired Bethany Lowe Designs line)
Approximately 4.25" tall / Papier Mache & Resin

- 1 small white bottle brush tree with mica shimmer
(from Bethany Lowe Designs)
Approximately 2.75" tall

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Winter's Delight Web Sale!

Dear Collector Friends,

SAVE the DATE! In just one week, I will be debuting my 2016 collection of wintery original characters on my website. On the evening of Wednesday December 14th, I will be sharing a festive mix are bell ornaments, snowmen, penguins, Santas, and other fun folk art characters. If you haven't done so, please join my Mailing List for the start time and details.

Follow me on Instagram & Facebook for sneak peeks along the way!

Cheers,
~ Johanna


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Johanna Parker Halloween Giveaway!!


Let's Share in the Happy Spirit of Halloween!
~ with a GIVEAWAY and ~ 
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* WINNERS UPDATE *

We drew 3 names, and the Winners are:

1st Prize: Ruth in CA
* An Original ~ "Batty Jack Bandit" *

2nd Prize: Angel G.
* A Signed Reproduction Hooty Owl *

3rd Prize: Lauri T.
* A Candle wrapped in Johanna's Illustration *

You can watch me draw the names out of a vintage lantern on my Instagram or Facebook page.

VIEW all the PHOTO submissions 
here in my Flickr Album!

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All you have to do is take a photo of your Johanna Parker Design Halloween decor & share it with us! 
Just one photo please, and we'll do the rest. In sharing your admiration for my Oct. 31 creations, we will enter your name into our raffle. 
Three winners will be drawn on November 3rd!

Thank you so very much for your support! I truly look forward to seeing your photos as they inspire my creative spirit and bring me JOY!



To Play along, see the Easy Steps below....

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~ TO ENTER ~

Please submit ONE photo of your Halloween Decor that includes at least one Johanna Parker Reproduction or Folk Art Original or a Mix of both! Have fun, be creative and show off your collection! I can't wait to see how you've infused my designs into your home for Halloween :) 

SUBMIT a PHOTO:

(Title your email: "Halloween Giveaway" & 
Please include your first Name & Location in the email)

~ OR ~

Post your Photo to Instagram using Hashtag: #johannaparkerhalloween

I will share your images to a public folder on my Flickr page, here on my Blog and perhaps other social media avenues. This is all about SHARING the Happy Spirit of Halloween! Please play along :) Photo submitters will be entered into a raffle for the 3 Prizes, and 3 winners will be drawn on November 3rd. 

We would be grateful if you would SHARE the above Halloween Raffle graphic with your friends online. Choose whatever social media means you wish. The more the merrier for more eye candy * Share for Good Luck!
(All are welcome to join in.... including friends, family, ghosts and all)


Again, we want to THANK ALL of you that collect my Halloween characters and welcome them into your homes. It is a pleasure to imagine the smiles that we generate via holiday folk art. We shipped many of my collectibles out this year, and it will be a treat to see some of these guys displayed in your decorated dwellings. 'Tis the spooktacular season!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
xo,
~ Johanna ~


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Halloween Blog Sale Round 2...


Here we go again!.... HAPPY HALLOWEEN dear collector friends!  :) Please scroll down to see the last of of my signed reproduction delights that I am offering this season. Some characters cross over to other sets, so make sure you peek at each image before selecting your fave.

Please EMAIL ME with the name of the set or single you are interested in. We will be preparing your orders and sending out e-invoices after your package has been weighed and measured for a shipping estimate. Boxes will begin to ship out next week!

Many thanks for your interest in my 
Signed Reproduction Collectibles!

~ Johanna ~


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~ Each Signed by the Artist SOLD OUT!
Collect all three Jacks @ $80 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

-  1 Jack Box from Johanna's Transpac line.
 Approximately 9" tall

- 1 Glass candy jar with jack /cork lid from Johanna's Transpac line.
Approximately 7.75" tall

- 1 pumpkin scented Candle from Johanna's Aunt Sadie's, 
made in Vermont, candle line
Candle is 4" tall

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~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ Only 1 pair available
Two collectible Owls @ $110 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

- 1 Hooty Owl Candy Bowl from Johanna's
 2016 line of Bethany Lowe Designs
Candy Bowl is approximately 7" tall by 4" wide
Rustic fit, handle with care

- 1 Standing Owl figurine from Johanna's 2015  line of 
Bethany Lowe Designs
 approximately 9.25" tall by 8.75" wide

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~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ Order soon! Low on stock...
Choose a single or any combo @ $50 each plus shipping

~ CHOOSE FROM ~

- 5 different  Candy Bowl characters from 
Johanna's 2016 line of Bethany Lowe Designs. 
(Frankie, Bride of Frank, Happy Cat, Hooty Owl & Sweet Jack)

Each is approximately 7" tall by 4" wide
Rustic fit, handle with care

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~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect all four Franken-Love characters @ $125 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

- 1 Bride of Frank Candy Bowl & 1 Frank Candy Bowl from Johanna's 
2016 line of Bethany Lowe Designs. 
Each is approximately 7" tall by 4" wide
Rustic fit, handle with care

-  1 Frank Sitter & 1 Bride of Frank Sitter
from Johanna's new "Punkin Peep" Transpac line.
Each approximately 6.5 " tall

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~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect the Purrfect Pair @ $74 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

- 1 Black Cat Candy Bowl from Johanna's 2016 line of 
Bethany Lowe Designs. 
Each is approximately 7" tall by 4" wide
Rustic fit, handle with care

-1  Black Cat crepe paper ruffle ornament
(ONLY 6 pairs were made by Primitives by Kathy, and
then the product was discontinued. This is one of the few samples)
Approximately  4.5" wide

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~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect three Jacks @ $88 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

-  1 Jack Sitter from Johanna's new "Punkin Peep" Transpac line.
approximately 6.5 " tall

-1  Jack Ball character ornament  from Johanna's
2014 line of Bethany Lowe Designs. 
approximately 5.75" tall including hook

- 1 Jack-o'-lantern Candy Bowl from Johanna's
 2016 line of Bethany Lowe Designs. 
Each is approximately 7" tall by 4" wide
Rustic fit, handle with care

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~ Each Signed by the Artist SOLD OUT!
Collect these festive figures @ $45 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

-  1 standing black cat & 1 standing skelly
from Johanna's Transpac line.
Each approximately 7.5 " tall

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Quantities Limited
Collect all Five Illustrated Charmers @ $70 plus shipping

- 3 Fall Scented Candles from Johanna's Aunt Sadie's, 
made in Vermont, candle line

SCENT LIST: 
Black Cat = pumpkin
 Jack o' Lantern = pumpkin
Skelly = Cinnamon Spice
Candles are wrapped in Johanna's whimsical illustrations
 and signed on the underside. Candles are 4" tall

-2 Double-Sided Halloween Ornament Charms
from Johanna's retired line of Primitives by Kathy designs
(featuring an Owl/BOO & Crow/Jack)
Charms are 2" square

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~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Two collectible Ornaments @ $48 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES~

- 1 Black Cat & 1 Jack crepe paper ruffle ornament
ONLY 6 pairs were made by Primitives by Kathy, and
then the product was discontinued. These were samples.

Approximately  4.5" wide

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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Halloween Original Sneak Peek...

Hi Friends..... It's been a frenzied last few weeks, and now we are so close to this Saturday's Art Walk in the Glens Neighborhood! Thankfully, I have finished a fun medley of originals, and I even took some pretty photos of each :) I am posting a sneak peek of these one of kinds which will be up for adoption at the show on October 1st. I will also have a variety of signed reproductions for Halloween lovers to collect along with my candles and notepads. I hope to see you at:

The Glens Art Walk
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10 am  - 4 pm
Find me & my Halloween at 1690 Glen Dee Drive, Lakewood, CO 80215
More Details HERE

Enjoy & Happy Halloween!
~ Johanna

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Collector Candy Bowls for Halloween ************* Pre-Order by March 15th!


Hello friends! A while back on social media, I posted a teaser photo of this year's Halloween Candy Bowl collection that I created for Bethany Lowe Designs. Response was very enthusiastic for these sweet ball characters that also double as 2-part trinket treat bowls! Your inquiries for these special pieces have prompted me to offer you a chance to Pre-Order them before they sell out for the fall season. If I receive your orders by March 15, and all goes as planned, you'll be the proud owner of one or more of these collectible delights when they ship mid summer! Visit my Halloween Candy Bowl page for more details, price & payment info! EMAIL ME soon to place your Pre-Order and thank you for your interest...

Have a BOOtiful Day!
~ Johanna ~


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* See more at my Folk Art Reproductions page..


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Happy Hallowbaloo...

We're finally back from exhibiting at the Hallowbaloo in Washington! It was a long journey's drive across beautiful mountains and valleys, but we made it to and fro, thanks to JP and his mastery behind the steering wheel! THANKS to ALL my dear collector friends who made their own trek out to see us and adopt some special Halloween folk art characters. It was a pleasure to see you! It was also a treat to reconnect with fellow Halloween artist friends and meet others that I had only chatted with online. Big Hugs to the guys that wove the big Hallowbaloo web and created a memorable day for both artists and collectors alike! And, another big thanks to my parents for hosting us at their lovely home and for letting me borrow all those cool antique props! There's no way we could have stuffed all that into our VW beetle! hehe! As shows are always such a frenzy from A to Z, I did what I could to document the event from behind the camera. Below is a small collection of images along with a couple of photo collages that offer a glimpse of the Halloween magic at the Hallowbaloo. ENJOY....

(And don't forget.... I'll be exhibiting at the 10th Annual Halloween Trunk Show in Denver on October 10th! I hope to see you there!)

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* That's me smiling big before the start of the show!

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* A trio of jacks with overhead bats topped off my mom's cupcake stand. These guys were popular, and fortunately I made a few more for the Denver show! (I still need to paint them!!)

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* More of my Halloween originals were displayed in rustic antique cubbies...

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* BOO! An original ball ghost character and other sweet friends awaited collectors...

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* An arrangement of my pressed paper illustrated owl ornaments were popular at the show! I made a few more for the Denver show too...

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* Here's another peek at my Halloween folk art originals, perched and waiting to meet and greet!

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* That's me and mom all decked out for Halloween! She was truly donning the orange and black from head to toe! After all, she's my Halloween Mommy as I was born on October 31st!

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* JP sneaks a peek from behind the spooky window!

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* More Halloween characters brought smiles and delight!

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* Here's one of two collages, depicting fellow Halloween artists and their creations... I sure hope I captured everyone!

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* And this second collage captures more of the enchanting creations...

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* Lastly, here's a peek from Friday night after we set-up! Mom & Dad, living just minutes away, came to help!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all of YOU!




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Hallowbaloo Peek-a-BOO...

My oh My! My last blog post was 3 months ago! I guess it's about time I popped in for an update. It's evident that scheduling 2 Halloween art shows this year has kept me rather busy!! I think I spent my whole summer, crafting in the workshop! Now that September is here, the Hallowbaloo Show in Redmond, Washington is just around the corner.... I have been adding the final touches to this special collection and photographing them as I go. Although I have a few more to finish up, I thought I'd share a sneak peek-a-boo at some of these unique guys. I am taking over 30 one of a kind Halloween folk art sculptures as well as some handmade ornaments featuring my pressed paper illustrated designs. With my parent's house so close to the show, I will have my pick of some of mom's antique treasures to help prop my table and add interest to my display! (Thanks Mom!) So for now, I am focused on completing this collection and preparing for the journey. I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting online friends (finally in person) and making new friends too! See you soon!!!

For now, ENJOY this PEEK-a-BOO....

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*  A sweet cat plays Peek-a-Boo, peering out of a pumpkin jack...

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* A quartet of Jacks are topped with illustrated paper bats...

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* A pair of Halloween hued bulldogs promise not to bite....

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* Spooky fun egg cup characters raise their arms in Halloween glee...

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* Bees can Bee for Halloween too!

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* An autumn hued owl strikes a perched pose for Halloween...

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* We've got a few sitters, just sittin' around!

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* This Halloween carnival cat can balance!

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* A jack-o'-lantern's container base is painted with a jolly melon man & face...

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* Oh Bats!

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* Two black cats grin with illustrated hats. "Happy Frank" in the foreground is my first "Folk Lantern!" I had visions of making an entire family of these folk lantern characters. But, after realizing how much time it took to create this concept, I only made two. An owl folk lantern counterpart will be headed to Denver's Halloween Trunk Show in October. (He still needs paint!) WISH me LUCK!

I hope to see you at one of my Halloween Shows this season!

Happy Haunting,
~ Johanna




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Dear Robin ~ Silent Auction


I love Robins! These animated characters usher in spring, and always make me smile! In honor of these dear creatures, I was inspired to create my very first robin! I'm partial to this piece, and as it is difficult to place a value on him, I have decided to leave that up to you. If you are interested in this one of a kind robin, please EMAIL ME with your Best Offer. I will be accepting your bids through Thursday this week. On the morning of Thursday April 2nd, I will notify all bidders via email of the highest bid along with the option to place another offer. The winning bid will be determined that evening by 8pm EST on April 2nd, and the winner will be notified via email. I appreciate your bids of affection and support! HAPPY SPRING!

UPDATE!
This Auction has ENDED. The winning best offer is $1,082.00  THANK YOU so very much for your bids of affection! I am grateful for your support :) xoxoxoxo

My first Robin.....

- 5.75" tall x 3.75" wide x 6" deep (from beak to tail)

- One of a kind, hand sculpted and painted standing bird

- Accents include hand sewn vintage crepe paper collar and glass glitter hat trims

- Signed and dated 1/1

EMAIL your Best Offer to: johanna@johannaparkerdesign.com

You will receive an email confirmation. However, if you do not receive a reply, please try sending your best offer to: johannaparker@mac.com  During this auction, bidders & bids will not be revealed. This is a silent auction. Many thanks to ALL participants :)

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HUES: Ruddy orange, vintage sea foam green, hints of plum, chocolate browns, mustard and coffee cream

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What a Dear! Enjoy him on display ALL YEAR....

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Signed & dated...

Thank you for your interest!

Best Wishes,
~ Johanna

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Collector Spotlight ~ Martha in So Cal, Part 2...

Well, the pleasure is all mine to post the Part 2 portion of Martha's Collector Spotlight! As a follow-up to last year's holiday feature, we are sharing with you Martha's Halloween folk art collection. This season, she has graciously taken some stunning photos around her home, sharing peeks at how she decorates with the Halloween originals that she collects. And, I hear that he son Connor, had a hand in the photo-taking fun! Together, they took existing photos, and then played with alternative arrangements to offer additional decorating ideas for you! I am honored to see so many of my one of a kind characters, gracing this lovely home and treasured by the family that dwells here. It is touching to see handmade art being appreciated and loved in this way. Martha collects from a variety of folk artists, and you will some of those handmade works in her photos shared. I want to extend my hearty thanks to Martha for sharing her home in two, lovely Collector Spotlight features! What a treat! So, let's begin with an Artist & Collector Q&A that will meander throughout this Halloween post. Enjoy!

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J: How did you learn about my Halloween folk art?

Martha: I was sitting at my dining room table on my computer.  I have always loved decorating, for all seasons and holidays.  I was web surfing (this was before Etsy, Pinterest, etc) and I think I typed in Halloween folk art and found you!  I'm trying to remember if you were having a web sale at the time, or not but I know that I bought my first piece then!  I think that was 2006???


J: Yes, and I'm also thinking that maybe my feature in Better Homes & Gardens, way back when, could have led you my way as well. Whatever the magic was, we made the connection!


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* Speaking of the dining room table, I really love this tabletop centerpiece! A decorative lazy-susan serves as a rotating display wheel for a grouping of Halloween delights. Included in the mix is a Halloween cat ball character original and a reproduction spider candle stick by Johanna Parker Design along with a sweet faced pumpkin by Jo James of Cart Before the Horse. Off in the distance, we see other seasonal vignettes that we will explore more along the way!

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*And if we give that wheel a spin, more Halloween characters emerge! A spooky wire-winged bat with a #31 on his belly is an original by Johanna Parker Design. The pair of metal owls are from Pottery Barn and the winking jack-o'-lantern is another sweet piece from Jo James of Cart Before the Horse.

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* Martha shares a closer look at a festive coffee table display! A collection of grinning jack-o'-lanterns by Tammy Strum of Light and Shadow Studio, nest in a leaf-filled primitive dough bowl. Above, a crate makes a rustic roost for an original moon man sitter by Johanna Parker Design. A beautiful bundle of wheat offers a harvest touch.

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* A ladder-style shelf offers a high perch to group Martha's collection of my Egg & Kettle Cup characters. A ghost, bat, skelly and cats make for a fun family of little ones, lined up to delight!

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* Peeking beyond the autumn leaves, a grinning Jack by Johanna Parker Design, flirts a little with the camera :)

J: How long have you been collecting my Halloween originals?

Martha: I think my first originals are from 2006, or 2007 at the latest.  I remember I sent you an email and you were so kind and happy that I loved your work!   (You included that first email in my Christmas Collector Spotlight post.....still blown away you had it and could find it!)


J: I do have a tendency to hang on to emails, and it's fun to go back and watch a relationship bloom! I'm so happy that you reached out to me!


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* What a lovely corner this is for a pair of my original owls to call home! The warm fall hues of these feathered friends compliment the nostalgic framed typographic art. And Martha's autumn-inspired arrangements add a lovely texture and softness to this scene. Just beautiful! One of a kind owls by me at Johanna Parker Design.

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* High up in a nook, we see a yummy Halloween scene in rich hues of orange and black! My Jack ball character glances up to a candlestick pumpkin by Ginny Diezel. A pretty ceramic pedestal ties the group together ever so nicely.

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* Nestled amongst a collection of fabric pumpkins by Willow Creek Sparrow, one of my cat ball characters grins quite wide.

J: What is it about these characters that captures your imagination?

Martha: I just remember loving the feeling I felt when I saw them.  From the expressions on their faces to the current, yet retro feel.  The colors are always beautiful and I love the warmth they exude.  It's as if you can feel all the time and love that you put into them!!  I just love the holidays/seasons and each character that you paint, whether Halloween, Christmas, Spring, Vday, they all bring your whimsy to that season!  And they just bring me joy and make me smile!  :)


J: Well thank you for the sweet sentiment. I make pieces in a style and feel that I would be drawn too if I were hunting for treasures. I am happy to be able to capture that vintage charm and release that joy through my artistry. 


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* Speaking of smiles, this sweet Frankenstien ball character - my first Frank - offers a sweet little smirk. He is carefully paired with a vintage green pumpkin by Willow Creek Sparrow for a lovely color duet.

J: Where have you had the best luck in acquiring my original Halloween pieces;
shows, web sales, Collector's Catch, eBay, etc?

Martha: I have never had the pleasure of going to the Halloween Trunk Show, Halloween and Vine or Ghoultide.  But I have gone to your Holiday Open House twice and bought plenty at your home!  I have had amazing luck with the Collector Catch!  I think I have a Johanna Sixth Sense and get an impulse to check your website! HAHA.....lucky me!  I have gotten one piece from your lucky list.  I have found some originals as they pop up on Ebay every now and then.  And, I am pretty quick and usually grab one at each websale! 



J: Yes, I think at times, that JPD Sixth Sense of yours has been strong! All in all, it looks like you have found success down the various avenues where I offer my folk art. I must admit that I have been absent lately from posting Collector's Catch pieces and chipping away at my Lucky List. Thanks for reminding me, as I need to put those back on my radar :)

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* From Martha's mantel collection of Halloween cats, this close up reveals a trio of cats that date several years back. There is a noticeable difference (I hope) from my more primitively sculpted originals at the start of my career to the more refined work I do current day. It's fun to see the artistic progression.

J: Do you have a favorite piece in your Halloween collection?

Martha: Hmmm.....gosh I love them all!  Of my Halloween, one of my fav's is Dolly Crescent....she is the beautiful black and white candy container with the AMAZING moon on it. Not to mention the adorable mouse sitting on the moon.  I also especially love two of my shelf sitters: Full Moon Marcus (2008), probably no additional description needed of this moon man, and Vinny Vine (2012) a super cute JOL sitter with black and creme striped arms and legs!


J: I know, it's not a fair question. Each year, after making a collection of Halloween originals, it's always difficult for me to pick my favorite :)

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* Here, at center is "Dolly Crescent", one of Martha's faves! Dolly crowns a collection of cats on the mantel. Drift wood risers, a pumpkin and a candle stand, all act as clever perches for these fun folk art characters. A painting of pumpkins by Carrie Huber of 40th and Plum, makes for a bold, graphic backdrop.


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* At left along the mantel sits "Full Moon Marcus"once again. Another favorite find of Martha's, he sits with a companion carnival-style cat, both one of a kind sitters that I sculpted. I love the lantern style cabinet as both a display case and as an architectural backdrop for the scene.

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* And then there's "Vinny Vine," another favorite from Martha's collection. Gathered in a nook with two of my ball character JOLs and a sweet jack-o'-lantern painting by Diane Duda, they all offer harvest cheer!

J: Is there anything in particular you suggest I try making in the future?

Martha: Loved that I had said reindeer at some point and you did!  Love that I said elves, as I know others did too, and you did!  And that I got the first ones of those!!!  Hmmmm.....I would love a Christmas Skunk!  They were my fav animals growing up and I think the black and white would be cute!  Also a huge chipmunk fan.....love the stripes!  Oh, and foxes are awesome too! Additionally now you did foxes!!!  I missed out on those this season as I couldn't make it to your Halloween Trunk Show.  So I guess I'm still pushing for a skunk, a chipmunk, and now how about a white fox for Christmas!!! 


J: Hey, that's good news that I am listening to my collectors. I know I haven't attempted a try at all the various suggestions that I receive, but I do like a good challenge! And when time and mood permit, I will give it a go. Yes, skunks, chipmunks and white foxes would be sweet!…. 


In following, I will share a few more arrangement ideas from Martha's lovely home. You will spy some of my previous pieces making appearances in new arrangements along with the clever works of fellow artist friends….

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* It's a pumpkin patch, and props are certainly key to great composition. Here, Martha uses a vintage style cubby to display a line-up of my jack-o'-lantern ball characters below, while a sweet jack by Mandy Broome of Fiddlestix Studios perches above. A cart carrying a lumina Jack by Nancy Malay, tucks under a bundle of wheat. And, I spy my "Vinny Vine" sitter again, resting on the edge.

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* These arched nooks in Martha's home are the perfect stage for a Halloween scene. Above, a pumpkin painting by Diane Duda adds color and a harvest motif. Below, a sweet jack scarecrow by Melissa Valeriote rests next to one of my JOL ball characters.

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* OH Bats! These two bat originals by Johanna Parker Design get cozy with a carved pumpkin.

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* And a HOOT HOOT here and a HOOT HOOT there…. What a fun collection of owls from various artists from left to right: Pumpkin perched owl - Jo James, Cart Before the Horse, Sculpted Owl on a mound - Johanna Parker Design, ceramic owl - unknown, Owl bust - Johanna Parker Design, hanging Owl bucket - David Everett of Chicken Lips, large Owl sculpture -  Lisa Bivona
And…..Count your Blessings the sign says!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Martha's home for Halloween! I know I did! What a pleasure it is for me to see my handmade art and the wonderful creations of fellow artists living in harmony and all so lovingly arranged. Many thanks to Martha for opening her doors to us and inspiring many during this special season. I am honored to be a part of this lovely home.

To leave a message for Martha or myself, please click on the "comments" link at the bottom of this post. Thank you!

Happy Halloween,
~ Johanna





Mixing it up with Red, White & Blue!

Hello friends! I know it has been far too long since I have blogged. I miss writing and sharing photos of my work, and I miss having the extra time to do so. Thus far, this year has been a busy one, brimming with creative projects, family visits and volunteering for the community. I told JP that we really needed to snap a few quick pics in the workshop just to reassure folks afar that we are still alive and creating! So, today, JP captured a few photos while I added the final layers of papier mache patch to my in-progress collection of patriotic characters. The Americana-themed subject matter is a rare genre for me as I often jump directly from spring to Halloween. But, the requests from collectors to make a few red, white a blue guys have begun to echo more and more. So, I set the orange and black paints aside for a palette more reminiscent of 4th of July! I look forward to painting these pieces soon and watching them come to life! Currently, I have nine pieces in the works. The plan is to host an Americana Web Sale in mid to late June. So, stay tuned for more information to come! And Join my Mailing List if you have not done so. Enjoy the photos, and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!

Wishing you a Happy Summer!

~ Johanna

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* There I am filling in the voids and smoothing out the face of a Lady Liberty bust. Each piece goes through a process of many layers of papier mache between periods of drying...

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* More patching was also necessary for an Uncle Sam ball character underway. As I do not use underlying forms, manufactured spheres, etc… to build my pieces, each has a hand formed feel. I do try my best to even out the ball characters to balance their appearance. Some may notice that my folk art is organic in form.

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* Here is a sneak peek at pair of patriotic egg cup characters. JP just finished sanding these little guys, and they have been yearning for paint!

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* And of course, Americana art is not complete without a bald eagle!

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Spring Folk Art Delights...

My spontaneous Spring Folk Art sale debuted this evening, only via my e-Newsletter, and I want to offer my THANKS to all of you that adopted a collectible original. I know some of you were anxiously awaiting for the sale to start with eyes peeled on the 'ol inbox! Thank you for your perseverance and your patience. I wish I had made more pieces to go around, but I appreciate the interest of so many art-loving friends hoping to acquire a special piece! For those of you that missed this sale, you can peek at my "Spring it On" Newsletter for links to more photos of each piece. Prior to the sale, I snuck a few artsy photos of these blooming delights. So, Enjoy!

Happy Spring,
~ Johanna

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* A sweet tulip egg cup blooms from a vintage flower-shaped ice cream bowl! I love mixing my old pottery with my folk art....

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* A trio of spring folk art characters nestle together on an old green serving tray. McCoy pottery finds, turned upside down, make the perfect pedestals...

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* More pottery, in various shades of blue and green, complement the painted earth and sea hues of this sweet owl egg cup....

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* Folk art tulips blush while posing for another photo. A primitive garden trellis adds design interest to the background...

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* And, this sweet tulip bust was the perfect topper for a lovely antique Roseville vessel...

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* A chocolate brown bunny looks delish on this vintage pink serving dish...

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* And a pair of chocolate brown folk art cats take a spring sun bath together......
Purrrrfect :)


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Going Love-Buggy!...

Hello friends and Happy 2014! I just realized that it has been a whole month since my last post! After the holidays, I took a little time off from blogging as well as sculpting. The break was a nice change of pace after a very busy show season, but I am happy to be back and immersed in my creative bliss! Currently, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I am working on a handful of original LoveBugs. I snapped a few photos from the work shop, but remember, they are not quite finished yet... They still await more painted details, wire accents, buttons and trims. With just a few of these one of a kinds to offer, I have decided to release them within my next Newsletter which will go out in early February. As it is a spontaneous sale, there is no scheduled sale date. But, it looks like I will have about a week or so to finish this small collection of ladybug inspired characters, photograph and prepare their graphics. So, keep an eye on your inbox, and best wishes to you for a LOVELY new year!

xoxo,
~ Johanna

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* LoveBug mini busts and ball characters gather around my paint palette and await more details...

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* A peek at the back side of one of my LoveBugs reveals swirling patterns and spots!

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* Black, white and even a green-faced bug are included in the mix...

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* This LoveBug says "OH, I'm not ready yet!"...... I think he feels a little exposed :)

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