Wednesday, December 2, 2009



by Brown's Country Originals

You really must pay a visit to Brown's Country Originals!!  The whimsical, colorful pieces of art in this shop will surely make you smile. Here you will find delightful snowmen, old world Santas, Americana, jewelry,dry flower arrangements and more. It is the perfect time to collect a wonderful, handmade keepsake that can be enjoyed for years and years to come.

Mike and Donna, a husband and wife team, are the artists who operate Brown's Country Originals on Etsy.  Mike said he likes to work with wood, chalkware, clay, oils, water colors and papier mache. Donna works with dried, fresh and artificial flowers, concrete and basket reed.

Let's learn a little bit more about the talent behind these wonderful creations.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I started making furniture .... I soon realized it took a lot storage space. It was not eay to pack and unpack plus I needed a big truck to haul the furniture to shows. I decided I needed something that took up less space. For years I collected paper mache and chalkware Santa's, so I decided to try and make some myself.

I read various articles on ceating paper mache and chalkware ... experimented with various receipes and finally came up with one that worked for me.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

For years I collected paper mache and chalkware Santa's, so I decided to try and make some myself.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I enjoy working with the paper mache the most it allows me to use my imagination.

Oh, what a fun Humpty Dumpty!

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

The star fruit ... most fruits and vegetables are round or oblong but the star fruit is unique it is star shaped. My work is like the star fruit because it is very unique.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Wood because I love making furniture.

Country Holly Arrangement

This arrangement is perfect for a teacher, neighbor or friend. The arrangement consists of a new rusty paint can filled with pine greens, pine cones and rusty holly. The arrangement is 10 inches tall by 8 inches wide.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Handmade work is unique and one of kind .... it is not mass producted.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Try to think out of the box and never get discouraged!

Thanks, Mike and Donna for sharing your wonderful creative talents with all of us. 

To learn more about Brown's Country Originals, be sure to take the time to visit the links below.  Charming creations are waiting there for you!

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