Monday, August 9, 2010

Guess Who's Coming To Rural! KC WILLIS!!

I'm just so excited!! In a little over a month from now, renowned mixed media and fiber artist, KC Willis, is holding an altered book workshop right here in Rural. Right in my own backyard! YAY!!

The Storyteller-Handmade Fiber Collage Book Class - - September 18-19, 2010

I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of her fabric collage workshops in Colorado and I can't wait to see what she's bringing here to Wisconsin! You can check out all the details on her website HERE.

Sign up now before the class fills up! If you don't live close enough to drive here for each day, the workshop is being held at the beautiful Crystal River Inn, a lovely B&B in our quaint little Yankee Village on the banks of the Crystal River. Just a few miles south of Waupaca off Hwy 22. You can book a room or stay in the Little House on the Prairie with a group of others. Even if you live within driving distance you may want to book a room and stay here regardless. I promise it will be a weekend that will change your life!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And the Winner Is.......

Kathi, who said:

"I have a great picture of my 4 year old grandaughter, Sophia, riding a dragon on the merry-go-round at the Milwaukee zoo-it would make a great poster!"

Kathi has a wonderful blog - check it out!!!

Congrats, Kathi!! And many thanks to Uprinting for another great giveaway!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Here's the giveaway from Uprinting for July:

This month Uprinting is offering me and a lucky reader an 18x24 large format poster print
(Limited to US residents; must be 18 years or older)

Just leave a comment on this post by July 31st to be entered. Let me know what you would have printed if you win. Good Luck!

Check out the special rates Uprinting has for wholesale large format poster orders!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Old Blacksmith Shop

We've opened another room at Weller's and we've also opened the old blacksmith's shed next door! We have new goodies for you every day! As we clean and organize the shed we also have some freebies to give away from time-to-time. Right now we have some pieces of iron that you can use in your garden or to reinforce concrete. First come....

Here are some of the goodies waiting for you at Weller's:

We just pulled out a few beautiful garden statues, an old pump organ in excellent working condition, desks, wicker and more! Pictures to come!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So...What's New at Wellers?

Green glass, baby....

Green Satin...

Light Green & Vaseline...

Forest Green...

Tons of it!

Wait until you see all the RUBY RED glass that's coming in soon!


Congrats to Teri Springer! She wins the free postcards from uprinting!! I can't wait to see what she does with them!

teri springer said...

I would be making postcards promoting an art show put on by a group that supports various charities with the sale of the art.

Teri will be getting a special code via email from Uprinting.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I'm back from vacation and the store is open 7 days a week. Summer is starting to swing! I'll be posting pictures as soon as the dust settles. In the meantime, here's a giveaway from my sponsor, UPrinting, to get things started for the month of June.

The giveaway prize is 100 4X6 postcards - standard postcard size - that you design yourself. There are templates on the website to make things easy. Use your own artwork or photos to create something special. 14pt cardstock gloss with 4 color printing on both sides. Free shipping.

Simply add a comment to this post and tell me what you will do with the cards if you win. June 16th is the deadline for entries (UPDATE-THE DEADLINE IS EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY THE 21st as I won't be on-line until then) and I'll randomly pick one lucky winner. The winner and I will both receive the giveaway prize. I'm going to make my postcards with a picture of one of the old Yankee homes in Rural.

The giveaway is limited to US residents only who are at least 18 years old - GOOD LUCK!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy Mother's Day to my dear, sweet Mom! I love you sooooooo much!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

And The Winner Is.....

BEVIE! Congrats! You won the hang tags from Uprinting!!!

I will forward your info and Uprinting will send you a link to your prize. I hope you will let me see the finished product!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Win 250 Hang Tags From Uprinting!!

Uprinting has something new to giveaway to me and one of my readers! 250 2x3.5 hang tags. Just think of what you could do with these - price tags, gift tags, merchandise tags...

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 30th. Easy-Peasy!

250 - 2x3.5 hang tags
14pt cardstock gloss
3/16 hole drilling
hole location: top-center; top-left; top-right
1 Business Day Turnaround

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

Enter by noon on Friday, April 30th!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


March Giveaway Winner!

The March giveaway winner is Britt B! Congrats! Please send me your email address so I can get the prize link to you!

Monday, March 22, 2010


The biz card giveaway below is open until the end of March! Leave a comment to win~!~

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Who Doesn't Like Jewelry - or Cash!?!?

I found an easy-peasy giveaway today and I wanted to share it with my readers. This one is for cash from LuShae Jewelry. Every month they draw for $200 and a grand prize of $5000 every year. (Next yearly draw is October.) Click HERE for the details.

Business Card Giveaway! Free shipping!

My March giveaway comes from Uprinting again! Here's the scoop...

500 Business Cards for One (1) Winner (and me, too!)

Sizes: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 3”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.5 x 3.5” (slim card)

Paper: 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock

Specifications: Full Color Both Sides; Offset Press; 3 Business Day Printing

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

Check out the great Business Cards Online and the Promotional Printing that Uprinting has to offer.

How to enter:
After checking out the Uprinting website by clicking on one of the links above, leave me a comment about Uprinting. For 2 additional entries be a follower or become a follower of my blog. For 2 more entries become a Weller Store fan on Facebook. Leave separate comments for each.

Giveaway closes on Wednesday, March 31st at midnight Central Time.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Andee said:

dejablu503 said...

I would create a special poster for my daughter's boy friend who refused to walk away when she was diagnosed with MS. In fact if it were not for him she would not be able to afford medical care. He is quite a guy!


Congratulations, Andee! You can design a great poster with your prize from! Please send me your email address so they can send you a link to your prize.

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


One of my readers will have a chance to win a free poster from (they're giving me one, too!)

Just think of all the things you could do with a nice, high-quality poster! Showcase your favorite photo, band, or your own artwork - Make one for a special event or school activity - the possibilities are endless! Check them out HERE.

Here's the scoop:

Enter to win by leaving me a comment telling me what you will do with your poster. For additional entries follow my blog (one entry)and become a FB fan of the Weller Store (one entry). Send separate comments letting me know you follow me and/or are a fan of the Weller Store.

The winner will receive:

8x24 Poster Print for One (1) Winner

Paper Stock: High Gloss or Semi Gloss

Specifications: 1 Business Day Turnaround

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

Deadline to enter the giveaway is Sunday, February 28th. Be sure to give me your email address if it is not attached to your profile so I can notify you if you win!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

So...What Have You Been Up To?

Rather than hibernate completely this winter (again) I decided to get out of the house at least a couple of times every week. So far, I've been able to get out and do something worthwhile three or more times every week and I'm having a lot of fun.

Since we moved my MIL into an assisted living facility a little over a year ago, I've noticed that several of the residents always seemed lonely and just didn't know what to do with themselves. I thought I might try to make a difference by spending more time over there during the week. Every Tuesday I get some other women in the area to meet me there and we help residents play Yahtzee. Everyone knows how to roll the dice and we don't play "for keeps" (at least most of us don't play Killer Yahtzee!) so we laugh a lot and talk a lot and , of course, we have coffee/tea and something home baked while we're at it. On Saturdays we play BINGO. Everyone wins two prizes (fruit or candy) and, of course, we have an ice cream treat afterward.

My favorite activity is when I can help some of the residents create something beautiful. We started out with some simple magazine collages. Here are some pictures of the latest project we did just prior to Valentine's Day.

I think they did a GREAT job! Most importantly, we had FUN. Two of the ladies had so much fun that they worked together until 9:30 PM - which is pretty late for them to be so bright-eyed. I think we'll make some necklaces next!

Edna and Melba - up late and working on a free-form collage.

If you're looking for something worthwhile and rewarding to do, check out your local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteering to do ANYTHING at all there will be most appreciated! Bake cookies with the ladies, read to someone who is blind or nearly so, help residents with jig saw puzzles or simple word search puzzles, take a walk with someone, bring your pet to visit - the possibilities are endless. You won't be sorry you did!

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Cure For The Winter Doldrums - Take A Workshop Or Two

You may remember that I've mentioned the artist KC Willis and the workshops she teaches. I attended one last October and I'd love to go back to Colorado for another. When I heard she was putting a marketing workshop together on-line, I jumped at the chance to join in and I'm so glad I did! This is one of those workshops that is open-ended and you can sign up for it at any time. In fact, if you're interested, she has agreed to extend her special introductory price until February 1st. In addition to the workshop videos there are a lot of interesting discussions taking place on the site. If you're an artist who wants to market your art, you won't regret it.

If you're not at the point of marketing your art and you want to learn some new techniques, you may want to take a look at the other workshops she has to offer. Here's what KC has to say about them:

This has been an amazing year at KC Willis Studio. Wow. 170 students from 8 countries currently enrolled at the on-line workshop where I teach the basics of my techniques and inspire you to new creative heights. You have never seen anything like Collage Camp.

After Collage Camp there's Mixed Media Mania where you take what you learned at Collage Camp and in these workshops I teach Altars and Shrines, Altered Books and Works on Paper. Fun stuff.

And for those of you already making art and wanting to know how you take it to the next level and get yourself a regional or national audience, next week starts the super exciting Marketing Mindset. Check out the Main Page and take advantage of the Intro Price which will only last until January 8th.

And if video workshops aren't your about KC Willis Live! (assuming I've had my coffee.) Come take a multi-day class with me in my very sweet Victorian studio house in Longmont, Colorado. Check it out at

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Congrats to Stephanie who wrote:

What a very generous giveaway! I would use these to promote my new art business. I've been wanting to be an artist for a very long time. I plan to make my mark in 2010. Good luck to you in the new year.

Stephanie will be contacted by Uprinting shortly with a code to receive her 100 Post Cards!