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Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

There’s a local upcoming art festival this weekend that I have attended for years and this year I’m excited to take part in it.
The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival takes place in the heart of the sweetest downtown I know, a town that will always have a special place in my heart.

I’ll be there with a booth for my jewelry line, Corliss.


Now, here’s why Cedarburg is so special to me. Corliss was my grandmother’s name (my mom’s mother). My mom’s father passed away when she was young and Corliss eventually remarried a gentleman named Stephan Fischer
(growing up, we called him Grandpa Steve).

Grandpa Steve was the mayor of Cedarburg for three different terms from 1946-1982.
What I love about downtown Cedarburg is the small town feel and all the historic buildings.
Although it was unpopular at the time, Grandpa Steve was credited with saving many of those. His third run for office was out of a desire to save a 96 year old church. Once elected again, he refused demolition and it still stands today. A few years later, he went on to save the mill on the main street (Washington Ave) from becoming a gas station. The historic mill is now Cedar Creek Settlement, home to art studios, specialty shops and a winery.

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I’m not sure if he knew he was setting the foundation for what is now Cedarburg’s historic district, but it’s such a greatly preserved town.

A favorite comment of mine about Grandpa Steve is from the book;
Cedarburg, A History Set in Stone,
“Stephan Fischer would move Cedarburg into its future by preserving its past”

So, if you’re local – I hope you’ll stop out this weekend for this fun, free festival.
I’ll be behind the Cultural Center building, come say hello!




Categories: Design, home, shop, Things I like

The Love Project

Our youngest son is from China.
He waited for a forever family on a “special needs” list, as so many children do.

The sad truth is healthcare in China is vastly different than it is here and parents of children with medical conditions are often faced with the heart wrenching decision of either giving up their parental rights in hopes that their child will have a chance for life by someone else stepping in or to watch helplessly as they may not be able to provide the needed medical care.

Enter the Love Project.

When I first learned about this project, I was immediately touched that the goal behind it is family preservation and orphan prevention. Our family was completed with the adoption of our son and we are forever grateful to his mother for giving him life. But I often think of her and what situation our son was in.

Morning Star Foundation, Merdith Toering, and Ashley from Under the Sycamore just launched the Love Project, an online shop full of prints for purchase and download. Proceeds go to the Love Fund, providing assistance for families with CHD children that without help may be faced with some impossible decisions.

You can shop some amazing artwork and at the same time help to keep families together!


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Categories: adoption, art prints

New to the Shop – Tea Towels

Who else is excited for summer break to officially start?! Maybe it already has where you live, but here we are just waiting for our oldest (in Kindergarten) to wrap up his school year next week.

So, in the midst of planning summer “bucket lists” and waiting for consistent warm weather, I’ve been working on a product I’ve wanted to bring to the shop for a while now.

Flour sack tea towels!

HYMN_TEATOWELSI’m excited to announce these are officially offered in my shop and I chose two favorite hymns in fun, bold colors.

These tea towels are 100% natural raw eco friendly cotton (not chemically processed or bleached) and they make the cutest teacher gifts, hostess gifts, etc.

They are offered individually, or you can save when purchasing the set of two.



Categories: art prints, home, shop

Mother’s Day Prints

Just wanted to pop in to share some of the prints I offer in the shop that would make great gifts for Mother’s Day.

CallHerBlessed1All of them are parts of Proverbs 31….


and would make such a great reminder of truth for a special woman in your life.

PROV31whiteMother’s Day is May 10th!


Categories: art prints, holidays, shop

Corliss – Something New at Fancy That

Something new and exciting is coming to Fancy That Design House & Co.!

A little while back I cut up a vintage apron I had to make myself a necklace because I liked the little floral pattern on it.
Well, that necklace has since turned into many more and so Corliss was started.

If you know me personally, you know that I love perusing antique stores and digging for treasures at flea markets. I love family history, photos, and heirlooms. So the name, Corliss, came from family. It’s my grandmother, pictured below.


In this line, you’ll find lots of florals. Some are vintage inspired and some are bold and graphic. Each with beads that either accent the print or add a pop of color.


The news is that the shop is opening this Sunday, March 15th at 8:00 pm (Central)

You can help spread the word and by doing so, be entered for a chance to win a necklace!
Follow along on Instagram for the details


Categories: fashion, shop