Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sweet Magnolia Designs

While searching Etsy for shops that might be willing to have their Mini's on my sidebar for the Month of December - I came across Sweet Magnolia Designs. Cathy has the most amazing wreaths! Guess what! All her Christmas Wreaths have FREE shipping now! I know you will find one you love :) Please check out her shop, and show a little Christmas Love!


My name is Cathy Dingman and I live in Fort Madison, Iowa. I am 49 years young and have been crafting, decorating, painting, and drawing ever since I was a little girl. I guess you can say it's in my bones.

For a number of years I owned a home interiors/gift shop by the name of Sweet Magnolia. For medical reasons I had to close the business. So as so many things in life, I was handed lemons, so I choose to make lemonade. While running my business, the amount of time I had to creating had become limited, so now I get to dedicated most of my time to doing what I love most, CREATING.

I dabble in many types of crafts. However floral arrangements and wreaths are my favorite. I also spend a good amount of time doing oil and watercolor painting, along with pastel and charcoal drawing.

Decorating is another passion of mine. I use to do this as part of my business but now I have limited it to working for family and friends.

I have a studio in my home. I converted a spare bedroom into an arts and crafts space. I don't let many people into it because it is too cramped and usually a MESS. Every now and then I will take the time to straighten and clean. I would love to invest in more storage units for the studio so that it would be easier to keep things organized. I also would love to have another studio room so that I can have one room for my crafts and one room for my art.

The item in my shop I enjoyed making the most is the hand painted wood Christmas sled, mostly because It required so many of my creative juices to make. I had to make the sled from wood, stain it, paint it, and add a floral piece.


8 comments:

  1. Wonderful. I just love that wreath, it is so beautiful.

    Willow

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  2. I love the "blessings" wreath because it is very flowing and abundant, and seems to transcend all traditions, in favor of one great big celebration of winter and life.

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  3. What a gorgeous shop! I love the wreaths and the vintage magnets are wonderful.

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  4. lovely wreath. we just hung ours on the weekend, but its not as nice as those ones.

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  5. Those wreaths are so elaborate! The free shipping is a great deal too, because I can imagine that it might cost quite a bit to ship them. Beautiful work!

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  6. beautiful wreaths! I also voted for you.......Melinda

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  7. Thjose wreaths are GORGEOUS !!!! Great find : )

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