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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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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Vintage Holiday Blog Sale!

Ho Ho Ho my friends! Vintage Holiday delights are here! Although fleeting, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an assortment of samples from my screen printed Vintage Holiday collection of reproductions, and now I am releasing those to you! Each piece is SIGNED on the back or the base by me, the artist behind the design. A few of the sets also include an 8 pack of my matching Christmas cards! You'll see that with some sets, I have also included a snowman ornament in the mix. ALL of my designs being released here have been retired by their original manufacturers. 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 name, phone 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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Jolly Be Santas

~ Each Santa Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect all three Santas & a Bottlebrush Tree @ $56 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "Jolly Be" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 4" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Ho Ho Ho" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 7" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Jolly Be" Santa Stand-up
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 7.75" tall / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 small white bottle brush tree with mica shimmer
(from Bethany Lowe Designs)
Approximately 3.5" tall

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Frosty Frolic

~ Each Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect all three Snowmen @ $75 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "Frosty Frolic" Snowman Stand-up
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 8" tall  / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 "Frosty Frolic" Box Sign - Stand or Hang
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 12" tall by 1.75" deep / Screen Printed on Wood

- 1 Snowman Ruffled Ornament
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
*ONLY 6 ornament samples were ever produced by PBK*
Approximately 4.5" wide / Papier Mache & Paper

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Oh Christmas Tree!

~ Printed Trees, Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Collect all three Trees and a Pack of Cards @ $59 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 "Joy" Tree Stand-up
(from Johanna's retired Primitives by Kathy line)
Approximately 7" tall / Screen Printed on Wood

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

- 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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Peppermint Snowman Candy Bowl

~ Signed by the Artist ~ SOLD OUT!
Each Candy Bowl @ $72 plus shipping

~ INCLUDES ~

- 1 paper pulp / resin snowman candy bowl
(from Johanna's retired Bethany Lowe Designs line)
Approximately 9" tall

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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 

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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

CLICK image for a larger View!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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Later Today, Halloween Reproduction Array!.....

Stay tuned friends! I'm working on the photographs and graphics for my Blog Sale of Signed Halloween Reproductions that will be launching here, later today! The sale will commence with a newsletter announcement which will also include details about my Web Sale of originals next week on Oct. 13th. If you have not done so, please Join my Mailing List for ALL the details!

I'll be baaaaaack as sooooon as I can!  :)

Cheers,
~ Johanna

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Halloween at the Glens Art Walk!...

Many thanks to all that joined us on Saturday's 2nd Annual Glens Art Walk! It was a treat to see your smiling faces at a new location this time around! We were all blessed with a beautiful fall day, perfect for strolling the wooded and winding streets of the historic Glens neighborhood. More thank you's go out to Robert and Ann for their hospitality and for hosting us, as well as to hubby JP for putting up with me each and every year at this frenzied time and also to our friend Karen who wrapped and sacked for us at the show. That gave me a chance to chat more with my Halloween-loving friends! Included are some photos from our location on the Art Walk map. I will share more pics of some of the other open studios after I have a chance to sift through my images. The Glens Art Walk is slated for the first Saturday in October next year too! So, mark your calendars so you can experience it for yourself!

For those that have inquired and were unable to join us.... YES, I will be hosting a Web & Blog sale of Halloween delights this month! If you have not done so, please Join my Mailing List as those details will be included in my next newsletter, going out later this week!

Enjoy,
~ Johanna

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* There I am being goofy in my Halloween bling, bejeweled mostly by collectors that have gifted me these fun adornments! After a series of long days and short nights, I think I'm looking a little haggy.... :-0

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* A pic of my Halloween display... The old white cubbies were perfect for my new shelf sitter characters, candles and my originals too...

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* More Halloween delights cozied up on shelves and awaited collectors.... One of Ann's silk media art pieces is captured in the corner...

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* A wide image shows my full corner display! We were pleased with the layout and how we were able to tuck everything in its place, given the new space... Ann's lovely silks were opposite my display, and you can see some of Robert's metal designs in the back sunroom, Alfred Hitchcock included!....

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* More Halloween collectibles looked like candy for the eyes!

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* JP and I made a last minute sign post to help guide art enthusiasts to our location on the map!

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* A pic of Ann & Robert's front walkway which led visitors to our creations indoors..

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* And let the collecting begin!... Decisions, decisions.....  :)

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* A photo of Ann Lederer and her richly colored hand-painted silk scarves. We both shared the front room...


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* Robert Hickler, strikes a pose next to one of his imaginative sculptures...

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* More fishbone metallic sculptures from Robert hung in the back window where he displayed his creations. Their wooded backyard and picture window were the perfect setting to showcase some of his bold garden art designs. The burst of red off in the distance was one of two standing sculptures on display...

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* And me again! I pulled out the black and white striped stockings to match some of my new shelf sitters :)

If you attended, we hope you enjoyed the art walk and a unique peek into a variety of artist homes and whimsical backyard studio spaces.....

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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Gone Buggy!

Hi all! I'm just taking a moment to share a sneak peek reminder image for this Sunday's June Bugs Web Sale of originals. The collection is now complete, and on June 26th, I will be sharing a medley of whimsical folk art bugs with you. Stay tuned to my Folk Art Originals page for more details and the buggy update! Thank you for your interest in my one of a kind collectible characters.

Best Wishes,
~ Johanna


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Hi Friends,

Once again, it's been a while since I've been in touch, and that goes to show that I have been a busy bee! Right now, my sunroom studio is filled with wire wings and delicately curled antenna, all awaiting to be attached to their whimsical bug companions. I have sculpted a collection of 10 one of a kind folk art bugs, including bees, butterflies, beetles and more for my June Bugs Web Sale! With the garden in bloom and the pollinators bouncing from one flower to the next, I was inspired to take a moment (or, in this case, a few months) to celebrate and create my interpretation of these garden characters. It's been a fun diversion from my classic fall & winter holiday palette, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you on my Folk Art Originals page this month!

I invite you to join me, so please Save the Date: Sunday, June 26th
Please Join my Mailing List for the Start time and more details.

Happy Summer & Enjoy the Garden!

~ 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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Love is in the Air.....

Hi Friends!

It's actually me, here, on my blog! I know, I know.... it's been a while. And by the way, Happy 2016!

I'm just popping in for a very quick update to let you know that I will be hosting a Secret Love Bug Sale for my Mailing List recipients this weekend. It's not scheduled. It's spontaneous because it's a small collection, and I just finished them! I've been juggling this original character set with special orders and several different licensing projects. Therefore, I was uncertain when this collection would be complete. So, setting a scheduled date was a little too scary for me.....eek! Anyway, they are almost ready to release, winged and ready to flit and flutter their way into your hearts. I'm working on their graphics, Secret Links and Newsletter now.

If you are not on my Mailing List, you can simply join HERE. Keep an eye on your inbox over the weekend for my Secret Sale! I will eventually post the sale on my website for all to see, but the sale will debut as an email event via my Newsletter.

Thanks for your loving support!

xoxo,
~ Johanna

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My New Sunny Studio!.......

Our spring cleaning started early this year and right amidst my busy holiday show season. And, as  inspiration often arrives in spontaneous waves, it tosses time and schedules to the wind! So, that's where we found ourselves right after my Halloween birthday. A need for change and organization was in the air, and although I admit that I was reluctant to jump on JP's Project: Home-Overhaul, I am now so glad that I did. If you wondered where I disappeared to during the month of November, well, I was busy sifting through my art supplies, and reshuffling my garage workshop and house!

I distinctly remember a highly intuitive friend of mine pulling me aside in October to share her vision that we would soon be moving, and I would have a sunny studio with lots of natural light. The idea of moving had me puzzled and actually a little sad, so I just stored her vision away. However, within two weeks, JP and I were boxing up our things, carting furniture around and lifting heavy equipment up and down the stairs. It wasn't until after the grand reorganization plan began, that I recalled her words and realized the truth in her vision. I was moving out of my garage workshop space and into our back sunroom, with three walls of windows! Uh-Hah! Although we didn't have to change our physical address to achieve her sunny studio premonition, we pretty much MOVED a lot of stuff. In fact, we are still sifting through this and that, and settling in our changed surroundings, but all feels good and well!

In between this massive stuff-shuffle, as I like to call it, I have been sculpting frosty folk art friends for a December 13th Web Sale. Fortunately, settling in my new creative space came naturally, and I delighted in decorating my artist nook. The vintage red and green hues offered much playful musings while I painted my holiday characters. While it's not quite perfect, it's better and better each day. Here are a few photos of both my new sunny sunroom space and some folk art in the works!

Smiles,
~ Johanna

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* That's me in my tattered apron, smiling wide! JP made my beautiful workbench years ago, and finally, it has a chance to be seen! Now, if I can just keep the surface clean.. . .

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* My buddy Jack is now my creative partner too! He is excited to see me throughout each day in one of his favorite bird-watching rooms.......

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* My creative space from a distance is framed by our 1939 kitchen entry arch...

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* My workbench is clustered with a variety of projects in the works. I hung a vintage half apron and a  pair of table cloth corners in the lower halves of the windows for partial privacy and good cheer. Of course, Jack can still peek out, so all is good!

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* JP snuck up from behind to catch me painting a snowgirl! An old family handmade shelf was dusted off from storage and now serves as my brush keeper. It's a perfect fit! It's almost as if it's been waiting all these years to hang right here . . .

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* Here's a peek at some winter characters in the works for my December 13th Web Sale . . . It's just around the corner!

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* Eek, JP caught me licking my brush! I bet I'm not the only painter that does this in order to keep the fine bristles to a crisp point. . .

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* And look who's now watching me from behind! Jack on a colorful cushion of course! The old kitchen hutch now houses art supplies as well as a few pots and pans :)

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Thanks for stopping by to visit me in my new creative space . . . I'll take more photos after the holidays. For now, I'm wishing you much joy and many smiles!

( Jane, you were right! :)



Collector Spotlight: Mary & Frank in Washington!


Hello Friends!

I am honored to share another fun Collector Spotlight with you! For about 8 years now, Mary and Frank have been such sweet supporters of my folk art! Nestled in the Pacific Northwest, they traveled to a California art event years ago where I was exhibiting my Halloween folk art originals, and the rest is history! Since then, they've journeyed out to Colorado to experience one of our rocky mountain winters and collect a few winter delights. Most recently, I travelled to them at this year's Hallowbaloo in Washington state! They arrived early, and it was such a pleasure to reconnect! After last month's Halloween event, they decorated their home with their favorite seasonal delights and sent me a video clip of their festive mantel. I was so thrilled to see their display that I invited them to share more of their photos with you! Gladly they accepted! So, ENJOY a peek into their decorated home along with a fun Q & A. Many thanks to both Mary & Frank for sharing a glimpse into their home and for being such dear collector friends!


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* I love this selfie! Frank & Mary are always smiling bright whether it's in person, photo or via email :)

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* Here Mary arranges a group of my originals by color scheme. The folk art vintage whites and earthen hues from surrounding textural accent pieces bring out the natural charm of these two lumina jacks and the ghost sitter (.. the ghost they acquired this year!)


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* This dramatic vignette centers around one of the few taller pieces that I have created over the years. The sweet jack-o'-lantern vase looks charming surrounded by fall gourds, autumnal foliage and a hooked art piece.

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

Frank & Mary: We started collecting Halloween folk art work back in 2002. We went to Halloween & Vine in Petaluma, CA for the first time in 2007 and Mary was suddenly drawn to your display and character designs and became avid followers of your work ever since.


Johanna: Well that is definitely a perk of traveling to shows as we have the opportunity to make new friends that often fall in love with the art that we make. And the connections made inspire me to make more characters and dream up new concepts!


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* A trio of Halloween originals strike a pose on Frank & Mary's mantel. These two candy containers and a jack make for a fun cluster under the towering candles. "Witch Hazel" at left (and referenced below) captured Mary's heart, and the collecting began!

Johanna: How long have you been collecting my originals?

Frank & Mary: It all started in 2007 at Halloween and Vine when Mary purchased "Witch Hazel" which was shown in a magazine featuring your work.


Johanna: Well, "Witch Hazel" looks content in her WA home. She has certainly welcomed many more JPD cousins into her family since her arrival! And yes, she did appear in Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine by Better Homes & Gardens, the same year you started collecting my art!

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* Here's a wide of their lovely mantel where you can see many of their Johanna Parker Design folk art characters proudly displayed.

Johanna: What is it about my creations that captures your imagination?

Frank & Mary: Your creations highlight a special occasion or holiday, but the folk art details and care that go into each piece bring a sense of joy in looking at them anytime.

Johanna: Ahh, thank you for saying that. A lot of heart and attention to detail do go into every piece with the wish that they will be cherished, appreciated and bring joy to their new owners. For me, it's a treat to see those smiles in person too...

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* Speaking of joy and smiles, JP happened to capture this adorable photo of Mary grinning with glee after she snatched my one and only black cat folk lantern! From the looks of it, she found a prominent spot for this cutie in the center of their mantel!

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* I just realized that I named this piece "Happy Frank Folk Lantern!" This often happens when creating my pieces... I'll get the notion to name a character a certain name, and then the collector that acquires it will have a deep connection to that name. Well, here we go again!! Clearly, both Franks make Mary happy, and that likely makes Frank happy too! Hence, "Happy Frank!"

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* A tall green vase, filled with bittersweet, frames an end of their stunning mantel display. The soft vintage green accents on some of my originals pair well with the decorative objects, candles and nature inspired finds the Mary embellishes her seasonal settings with.

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

Frank & Mary: Our best luck in acquiring your work has been at shows, with an early arrival the best strategy. Web sales have also worked as long as I (Frank) was at a computer at the right time. The most fun was making a journey to Denver after it had snowed at one of your open houses in December when we were able to meet JP and your parents and take a side trip to Georgetown for a sleigh ride.

Johanna: Ah yes! We certainly enjoyed your presence at that memorable event! The flakes were falling and we were blanketed in sparkling snow, perfect for a holiday themed event. And yes, my parents who also live in WA, were in town visiting too! Thanks for braving the storm and being courageous to venture up into the mountains to Georgetown too :)

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* Here is a magical snapshot of the winter originals that Mary & Frank adopted during a past visit to our Holiday Open House in Denver. I do remember it being a very snowy weekend, so I'm sure these pieces bring back lots of fun wintery memories from their snowy trip to Colorado, sleigh ride and all! How fun and nostalgic!

Johanna: Do you have a favorite piece in your collection?

Frank & Mary: The pieces are like children so there are not any favorites - they are all loved equally.


Johanna: That's a safe answer!  :) I hear ya, it's difficult to pick folk art faves!

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* Here's a fun side scene of spooky characters! My 2 original jack-o'-lanterns (Johanna Parker Design) at center are in great company with 2 of Scott Smith figures from Rucus Studio...

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* A jolly JOL man by Jack Roads takes a seat next to a black feather tree trimmed in Halloween ornaments.. Mary has her tree tucked in an old firkin, cleverly tying in a little of the past with the present. Let's take a closer peek!

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* Ahh, yes, I spy 3 of my reproduction Halloween hanging ball characters from my Bethany Lowe Designs collection. Intermixed are other delights including a variety of Patricia Breen baubles.

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

Frank & Mary: We miss collecting the "mantle pieces" and bowls with characters done earlier in your designs - so bringing them back would be nice.


Johanna: Hmm, can you describe what you mean by "mantle pieces"?

Frank & Mary: I remember seeing large bust/head pieces (like shoulder and head) that you put on your mantle and shelf in one magazine featuring your work.

Johanna: Oh, I see! Yes, you are referring to my head and shoulders busts. I bet you are remembering back to my Tricks & Treats article as there was a witch bust pictured on a side table and a Jack bust on the mantle. I kept them both, and now they live on my studio shelf :) Thanks for your feedback! I should make a few busts for next year.


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* Speaking of busts, here is a mini bust that Frank & Mary collected during my 4th of July themed web sale last year. I'm glad you snatched an Uncle Sam, as I rarely have time to make summer season characters.

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* Beyond the Halloween & Holiday collecting, Mary & Frank enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day! They snapped this sweet photo of a heartfelt trio. Again, I'm in great company, as my two Johanna Parker Design V-Day snowman and love bird egg cup are cozying up to a precious Nicol Sayre angel.

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* And, let's not forget about spring! So far, Mary & Frank have adopted this original chocolate-hued bunny ball character of mine. If I could find the time to make more spring characters, they would likely have a few. But, one is certainly a happy start and may just "spring" forth others!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this peek into Frank and Mary's delightful home! I certainly did! I probably say this every time, but it is always a pleasure to see my folk art characters lovingly displayed in my collectors' homes. Whether they prefer contemporary modern, shabby chic, eclectic, vintage, or beyond, my folk art originals seem to fit right in! That always fascinates me! Again, I am honored to  see my creations carefully arranged and admired with love. Many many thanks to Mary and Frank for  supporting my artistic endeavors and opening their doors to us! Your home is lovely!

To leave a comment or question for Frank & Mary, please click on the "comments" link at the bottom of this post! Thank you!

I look forward to sharing more Collector Spotlights posts in the future. 'Tis the season, so before you take down your JPD holiday displays, send me some photos for next time! I look forward to honoring your support of the folk-arts!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
~ Johanna

Halloween Trunk Show Ten!...

Wow, really it's been 10 Years already?! My how time flies when you are having fun, creating Halloween art! Well, another Halloween Trunk Show has come and gone. We were blessed with a warm, sunny day and lots of happy collectors! I so appreciate all my peeps for coming out to say hi, visit and share in the Halloween delights. Thanks for being an integral part of this past decade. We all touch each other's lives in one way or another. I am honored that my art has brought us together, and I hope it always makes you smile :)

I snapped as many photos as I could before the garage door rolled up and the Halloween fans poured in. Enjoy a glimpse of yesterday's memories and until next time, Happy Halloween my friends!

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* You can see how excited I was to have everything all set up and in place just moments before the garage door opened :)

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* And look at the fun rusty wagon rig JP assembled for this year's limited edition crows! Some of you probably spotted him on Facebook, putting it together in our backyard :)

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* We added an old shelf prop to this year's display from our outdoor tent-show days. It allowed me to create more space for my originals!

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* Eye candy candles, owls, ornaments, ghosts and witches - oh my!

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* My new line of Halloween candles from Aunt Sadie's  added a fun new element and scent to my Halloween collection! We had one burning, and lots were loving the fall aroma, wafting through the air..

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* Pillows, totes and notepads with my vintage style Halloween designs were delighting shoppers. Can you spot Mr. Tinkles trying to eat one of my ornaments? What a crazy guy!

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* Black feather trees trimmed with owls and other spooks set a festive scene!

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* And once again, the lovely Kara Rosenberry was one of my trunk show neighbors!

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* Kara has a charming sense about her illustrative work, and she blends it with rustic vintage treasures for that nostalgic feel... Look at those sweet clever cards & whatnots...

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* And to my other side was Mr. Christmas (aka Mr. Tinkles - which I infamously coined!) along with his lovely lady, Mandy Yocom. Look how adorable they are!

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* Here, Mr. Tinkles tinkers with his mesmerizing miniatures...

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* A visit in person is recommended to see Mr. Tinkles' lively creations that light up, animate, twinkle and glow! They will bring the inner child right back out of ya!

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* I loved the art-on-a-line look of Mandy Yocom's display! From Fern & Sprout, her colorful, whimsical paintings pair well with her felt & fabric fashion accessories.

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* Mandy makes rosettes for the hair, shoes and lapel that really add character and vintage style to your wardrobe... And you gotta love a few creepy baby dolls to add a little spooky to the scene!

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* Monica Moonlight sneaks a peek while arranging her table of spooky fun clay creations and fabric delights... Look at all the fun pattern and color!

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* This year, Holly Kusterer of Paint Happy Designs and biz partner Barabara Stark joined us for some Halloween fun. Holly is a familiar face, appearing often on KUSA's Colorado & Co.'s show for design & crafting ideas!

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* And the Trunk Show was all the better with Bindlegrim himself, joining us once again from New Mexico. He's the talent behind the Trunk Show's Website design and this year's post card & poster graphic!

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* Bindlegrim brought along a new family of limited edition Beasties too! Love these!

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* Around the corner I caught Heide Murray of All Good Wishes striking a pose... or perhaps I persuaded her to! She makes the most delightful felted character with vintage charm!

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* Felted ghosts, bunnies, jacks, turnips and all sorts of imaginative guys were ready to greet collectors!

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* We had a slew of young entrepreneurs exhibiting their wares at this year's Trunk Show, and two of which were Heide's daughters grinning big with their "All Little Wishes" line of designs! Adorable :)

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* Next to the Murray girls was Zack sharing his woodworks! What a cutie he was with his long brown locks and stylin' fedora!

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* And the Robinson & McNeish daughters shared an imaginative collection of handmade robot style characters made from old kitchenware! FUN! I do love how the Halloween Trunk Show nurtures the budding imaginations of children. That's how I got bit by the crafting bug many years ago.... (thanks mom!)

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* Across from the crafty kiddos was an enchanting collection of papier mache characters from Cindy Habermann. She somehow escaped my camera this year, but I snagged some pics of her art! Even though she now lives in Minnesota, we had the pleasure of seeing her at this year's show in Denver.

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* Gourd guys, owls, cats and other spooks are just some of the fun characters that I spotted in Cindy's booth...

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* Jacks and bats on old blocks and vintage tins give an age-old flare to her characters.

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* And upon entering the garage, Sam Robinson of Manorisms had her Halloween inspired goods arranged like a general store! It's always fun to see what clever finds she has in store...

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* Decorated skulls with polka-dotted bows and bags of spooky bugs likely had the kiddos excited!

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* Jars topped with animals and filled with wooden game pieces just make you smile...

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* More handmade orange & black goodies greeted guests!

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* Smiling bright was Erica McNeish with all of her tasty treats and sweets! Shoppers gobbled up her goodies well before the end of the day...

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* And enter the collectors anxious for some handmade Halloween folk art collectibles!

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* As you can see, we were blessed with a warm, sunny day! Despite the fall theme, people were wearing shorts!

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* Again, many THANKS to all of you that came from both near and far to join us for Year 10!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
~ Johanna & JP