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“I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” – Elsie De Wolfe

Art is many things. It can be baking a cake, writing in a journal, knitting, photography, collage or painting. Wrapping a gift beautifully. Making a card for someone you care about. Writing a poem. It’s non-judgmental. It is accepting. It’s getting out of our own way. It makes us happy. Art is what we love to do for ourselves and for others.

MADE WITH LOVE

MADE WITH LOVE

Pipka’s Original Almond Cake recipe book is a little handmade cakelet book filled with dozens of variations of my Original Almond Cake re…

Jake Baked A Cake

Jake Baked A Cake

Recently a friend gave me an old book entitled Jake Baked A Cake. The book is 24″ x 19″, published by Scholastic Big Books, copyright 199…

The Show Must Go On!

The Show Must Go On!

By Donna Johnson The Show must go on! This showbiz mantra became a reality a few weeks ago in Sturgeon Bay! Early on, all of the live pe…

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

For over 25 glorious years I designed Father Christmas figurines which were sold in fine gift and collectible shops throughout the country. After my sculptor, Gaylord Ho, retired, it was impossible to find anyone else who could produce such exquisite, detailed...

Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

The other day I spent a magical morning with Jill Harding at her Good Thoughts Studio. Teacher, author and artist, Jill is Mother Earth keeping watch over the land, literally, the 100 acres that she and her family live on in Ellison Bay. It was easy to see how her...

Sifting

Sifting

Poets seem to speak a different language. The language of the subconscious. They cut through all the clutter and give us a picture of what is deep inside of us, if we are willing to look. They can also just entertain us. Some poems speak to us in a personal way while...

How Can I Keep From Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing

Music is a universal language. It has the power to make bubbles of happiness rise up in our hearts. It evokes memories, taking us back to other times in our lives so much so that it's like being there all over again. Music can make us laugh with joy . It can soothe...

Folk Art Stories

Folk Art Stories

Many years ago, inspired by my German heritage, I began decorating furniture and household items with colorful flowers and folk art motifs. On one of my visits to my grandmother in Munich, I discovered Wallachs, a store devoted to carrying traditional art by regional...

When Santa Became My Work of Art

When Santa Became My Work of Art

Baking has always been my passion but so has creating art. After I left my hand-painted furniture business in Minneapolis to move to Door County, my life took an unexpected turn. One day, snowbound in my cottage studio, I painted a wood cutout Santa for my mother as a...

SHOP ORIGINAL ART

See what art projects I’ve been working on and maybe take one home with you.