Sunday, April 23, 2017

Guests Artist: BEMBY YOCUM

Artist Bemby Yocum uses her years of experience as a greeting card artist to create fun and inspirational items for your home. This year Bemby added brightly colored birds to her pallet wood designs. The birds can also be purchased separately so you can perch them on your window sill, around your home or on other pallet wood signs that she will have at the sale. 
Bemby's bud vases on pallet wood can easily be combined with her inspirational wall signs to bring a bit of nature inside, encourage and bring joy to all who enter your home. 
Some of her new designs can be used as a chalkboard, or you can hang a notepad or important things you do not want to forget. Either way the natural branch will keep your chalk or pencil handy. Choose any number of Bemby's other designs, to pair with it to create a fun message center. 
Bemby's pallet wood signs are simply stated and designed to fit into any decor. Although Bemby loves color, you will find some of her birds simply done as well. Again, there will be some birds that will be available to purchase separately. 
You'll find a nice selection of Bemby's artwork at our spring Sale, HOME IS THE HEART OF LIFE. We're open Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday's through May, 10:00-5:00

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Nancy works with me in the art department at The Printery House.  One common interest we share is in the making of jams and jellies.  I am pretty much a jam freak but Nancy really loves the clarity of a well-made jelly and the resulting beautiful natural colors unique to each.  She makes the usual stuff but enjoys trying new varieties as as well.  Today she brought in these jellies made from lilacs. The darker color is made with purple flowers and the lighter champagne, from white lilacs.  The jelly tastes just like the flowers smell!  Yum..........

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 Kansas City Symphony Designer's Showhouse

The program book for the 2017 Designer's Showhouse was nicely put together by KC Homes and Style Magazine. All is in readiness for the opening to the public this coming weekend, April 22 running thought May 14.

Friday, April 7, 2017


2017 KC Symphony Designber's Showhouse

For this year’s s Symphony Designer's Showhouse we have taken a magical spin on a garden escape by creating a Fairy Sunny Spot.
The intimate backyard sanctuary provides a playful solace and calming refuge for this beautiful home. We created a whimsical Fairy Community Garden, set among a Fantasy Fountain, Face Pot Containers, Fairy Stakes and Magical Bottle Trellises.
The Showhouse is now ready and will soon be open to the
general public.
Tickets and more info:

Friday, March 24, 2017


Here's a fun project just in time for spring.  If you think you might need some help on this one, you can enroll in our springreative workshop and we'll show you how to make this house container.
Visit for more info and to enroll.

What you need:

Fresh batch of hypertufa using your favorite recipe.   Here is mine using recycled paper :
One- inch foam insulation board or recycled styrofoam packing containers
Plastic mixing container
Mud gloves
Two-inch common nails
Baking spray
Keyhole saw
Hot glue gun
Plastic drop cloth

What you do:

1.  Measure and cut out these dimensions from the one-inch piece of foam board using the keyhole saw:

      1 base piece- 14” x 10”

      2 side pieces:  8” x 10
 Position the rectangles so the 10 inch dimension is up and down.  Place a mark at 6 inches from the bottom up on both sides and draw a line.  Fin the mid pint at 4 “ and draw a straight line up to the top edge of these rectangles.  Connect the line from this center point at the top down to either side to get the angel for the roofline and cut with the saw.  
 2 front and back pieces:  6” x 14”

2.  Cut out  2” x 3” rectangles of foam for windows and a piece, 4.5” x 3 for a door. I didn’t want my windows and doors one-inch thick so I cut each in half vertically so they were only ½” thick.  This is easily done with the saw.  Use  a hot glue gun to attach them to the inside sides of your house mold.
3.  Put the four sides of the house together using three nails at each corner.  The nail will go through the 6” x 14” pieces and into the sides of the angled pieces.  Then attached the base pieces using nails all the way around the house shape.  Wrap duct tape around the house mold to help it stay together while you are working.
4.  Cover your work surface with the plastic drop cloth, put on the mud gloves and mix up your hypertufa.  

5.  Spray the inside of your house mold with baking spray.

6.  Beginning at a bottom inside edge build the walls of the house handful by handful, packing the hypertufa firmly against the mold sides.  Continue this process until you reach the top edges of the mold.

7.  The top edge or rim of your house container need to be packed and formed densely since it must withstand being picked up and handled,  Firmly press the top edge of the container all the way around with four fingers on the inside of the container and your thumbs on the outside.  Put in one or two drainage holes in the bottom with your finger. 
8.  Allow the new container to harden and cure for two full days.  Then take out the nails from the base and  sides.  Carefully remove the mold pieces. If you are lucky you will be able to reuse this mold.

9.  Smooth rough edges with a gloved hand  or your trowel.  Let the container dry out for a week and it is ready to plant up with your favorite container plants.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Letter forms are a popular decor item that are even more meaningful because they can represent our own intials or those of someone near to us. Here is a fun workshop whgere you can create your own cast concrete initials.
You will learn to make a mold of your initials and cast them in concrete. Take the cast mold home to cure and finish the same day. Your mold can even be re-used.
These are the dates this workshop is offered:
Thursday evening, March 16, 7:00-9:00
Saturday morning, March 18, 10:00 - 12:00
For more info and to enroll visit