A Life Sustained Sponsor: Full Circle Creations

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor: Full Circle Creations

Holly lives and works on the family farm that her grandparents started in 1953. She hand-makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind furniture and home decor pieces out of recycled, repurposed, and reused items. She writes about her artistic process on her blog and has her items for sale in a retail shop as well as online in her Etsy shop. She also makes custom items; giving life to your vision.


Tell us about the beginning of your business...

It all started from a dream. Okay, that’s not really what happened. I will begin by saying that growing up I was always into art and had wanted to be an artist. Somewhere along the way I gave up that dream. After college I worked a variety of jobs and went back to school a couple of times. Then I went to work for a telecom company and began climbing the corporate ladder. In 2003, I was living in Colorado when my grandparents passed away and I had an opportunity to take the management separation package from my job. I was concerned that the farm would be too much for my aunt and parents to deal with and I was worried it would get sold off, which I absolutely did not want to happen. So, I took the separation package and moved to the farm because I thought it was best way to keep it in the family.


In January 2004, I left Colorado and moved to the farm in Iowa. It had a shop and tools. Having access to these and then watching programs like Norm Abram’s Yankee Workshop on PBS helped educate me on how to use them. I discovered that I could look at a piece of furniture and intuitively figure out how it was put together. My first piece was a window seat to go in front of the picture window in the living room for my dog Tucker to lie on and watch the goings on outside.

One Christmas, I decided I was going to make all my presents and it went over so well that I continued to do that for all gifts. Later, I found myself unemployed again. There isn’t much call for middle management in my area, but I didn’t want to leave the farm. I only worked harvest (about three months of the year) for several years and decided there had to be a way for me to make some money doing something that I loved.




So I made some items and went to my first craft fair. I did okay; well enough to try again the next year, adding a couple other fairs. I was able to secure a retail space in a beauty shop in Shenandoah, Iowa and this year I decided to add the blog and Etsy shop to my business.


What is the meaning behind the name Full Circle Creations?

The name came about because the name of my farm is Full Circle Farm, which my mother and brother came up with. It has several means behind it.  I live at the top of a hill and there are great views from every place you stand, giving you a full circle view. Also, my grandparents started the farm, then everyone moved away, but now have come back--full circle--to the farm.  I decided to use the name partly because the farm is where everything is made and because people give me so many items to re-use--wood, furniture, supplies--giving it new life, bringing it full circle to be a new piece of beautiful home décor.














What inspires you?

I get inspiration from everything around me. It may sound funny, but wood sort of speaks to me. I look at it and it tells me what it wants to be. I have several really cool pieces of wood that would make an interesting tabletop or legs for a table, but I haven’t used them yet, because I believe that’s not what those pieces are meant to be. So I’m waiting for the wood to speak to me. I read as much on blogs as I can and am both inspired and amazed everyday that there are so many others like me out there. Nature and the things and people around me inspire me. The farm equipment and parts and pieces that my grandfather saved bring their own inspiration.

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Holly is generously giving-away a hand-crafted "Family, where life begins and love never ends" sign!


This sign is made from a found piece of wood that is approximately 5 1/2" x 24" long. It is painted with a base coat of black and top coat of cream, lightly sanded with an antique glaze top coat. The lettering is hand-painted in reddish-brown and black.

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing for this give-away. Comments will be closed in the evening on Saturday, June 25 and the winner announced in this post on Sunday, June 26.

Thank you to Holly at Full Circle Creations!

And the winner is stacythemagnificentmommy!
love that sign! perfect <3

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The winner of last week's give-away from Rumpkinz by Jeanette is lyssamay88!
Send a message to cpcable (at) gmail (dot) com with your contact info. Thanks!

31 comments:

  1. I follow Holly at Full Circle Creations on her blog and I thoroughly enjoy seeing all of her creations!
    THANK YOU for the give away.
    Blessings

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  2. I too love holly's work, and her blog! :) Great giveaway!
    I'm going to tweet it! :)
    gail

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  3. Oh what a fun blog, love the sign! :-)

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  4. Her work is awesome. Thanks for sharing! I love the bottle piece!

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  5. I love the country feel of these!

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  6. this is such a neat giveaway!

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  7. Her work looks great. I wonder how much that Family sign weights though.

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  8. I REALLY love Holly's work and I hope I win because the sign would be perfect for my new house!!!

    redshadow1606@gmail.com

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  9. Love it!

    jcwga@hotmail.com

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  10. These signs are so pretty. I know my wife would just love one.

    jeremy.bolland@hotmail.com

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  11. ohh i would love one :)

    courtnut1990 at yahoo dot com

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  12. love that sign! perfect <3

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  13. What a wonderful giveaway...I know the perfect spot in our home for this if I win!!...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  14. I love Holly's work! Thank you for the chance to win! I love the family sign. It goes with my decor perfectly!
    Amy C.
    ames52782@aol.com

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  15. This would be so pretty in the entry way!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  16. These are beautiful:)

    natalie9103@hotmail.com

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  17. This would make a lovely gift for the bride-to-be in our family. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  18. What a lovely giveaway! thank you! I have enjoyed reading your blog.
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  19. what a great story- I love the signs- I'm a sucker for words and art!
    please count me in!

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  20. She is so gifted. I absolutely love her work. I am also happy I stumbled across your blog. You inspire me to be more "crafty" which I am not! :)
    madeforhisglory (at) yahoo dot com

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  21. This is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    giveaway.raes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. gorgeous work! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  23. LOVE this!!

    Early dot Erica at gmail dot com

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! This is cool!

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

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  25. Super Giveaway~Thanks!

    deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

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  26. This is so pretty. I appreciate the opportunity. Thanks!! joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  27. I just barely moved into a new house and this would be perfect in my living room! I love it!

    jaelynnbranch@gmail.com

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  28. This is such a great giveaway! Thanks for doing it.

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  29. Beautiful!! Love it. would be so happy to win, thanks for giveaway

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