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Celebrate Fall with Sincerely, Sticks Prints 0


We've got a lot of great new products rolling out right now, with even MORE to come!!


Our newest addition to our line up of Sincerely, Sticks products, is this scary cute printed pumpkin ornament!  We here at Sticks, and know you as our followers too, are big fans of autumn and all things Halloween so we added this little jewel to our offerings.


Don't forget we have super cute fall plaques as well!



Happy haunted shopping!

  • Lisa Stark

Save the Date: Sticks Gallery Trunk Show Oct. 5th-6th! 0


It's the perfect time of year to order a Sticks custom piece, come chat with our studio artists at our bi-annual Sticks Gallery Trunk Show!


We want to help you tell your story!  The trunk show is a great opportunity to collaborate with an acclaimed Sticks artist to create a custom Sticks piece!  You will meet with the artist in-person or chat through a phone call to talk through turning your ideas into Sticks art.  We bring your ideas to life, from wherever you are in the country!!

A few perks:

  • Custom design fees are waived for this exclusive event
  • Meet and work with the artist who will bring your idea to life
  • Complimentary artist sketches provided during appointment

This amazing event only comes around twice a year, make your appointment today to assure we set aside time for you.  Ideal times book quickly, don't wait - please call to schedule your appointment today at (515)282-0844!


See below how a customer's theme, coordinating furniture already owned, and color requests all turned into two rooms of show-stopping Sticks pieces!!






Follow our recipe for a perfect new addition to your home or to make the perfect gift guaranteed in time for the holidays:

  • 2-3 inspirational pictures
  • A pinch of history
  • Sprinkle in a few family nuts
  • Baste with favorite phrases
  • Add a crisp color palette

Mix it up with a Sticks artist and bake at the Sticks Studio until ready!  


Click here for more tools for creating your custom Sticks!


Give us a call to schedule your appointment today, even if you're out of town we can work through phone calls and emails - (515)282-0844

  • Lisa Stark

2019 Paper Calendars Are Finally Herreeee!! 🎉 0

It's one of our favorite times of the year, our 2019 paper calendars are almost here!


We've been getting calls for awhile now asking when they'd be in.  Well we're happy to report they're en route from the publisher and they're available for pre-order NOW!!  



Pre-order yours now to assure you're guaranteed our ever popular 2018-2019 16 month calendar!  Each month features artwork from our line of original Sticks Handmade plaques.  Spend the year with this collection of some of our most popular and best-loved designs and we're sure you'll find inspiration and enchantment the whole year through.  Sharing the messaging of our signature word list, every piece is enhanced with colorful and inspirational icons and images.  Enjoy these vibrantly painted reminders to Love Life Together each day!


While you're at it also check out our calendar frames!  We created them with the intention of a way to jazz up the paper calendar just hangin' on your wall, and they also double as a great cork board info center.  Keep your family's lives organized and in sync - pin notes, invitations, and appointment reminders right on the cork board.  If you purchase a calendar frame we'll also include a paper calendar free of charge!  


Find the 2019 paper calendars here!


And the Sticks Handmade calendar frames that include a paper calendar here! 





2019 is coming up fast, make sure you're ready for it with a beautiful Sticks calendar!!

  • Lisa Stark

NEW Sincerely, Sticks Growth Charts and Trays! 0

Have you checked out our new Sincerely, Sticks printed trays and growth charts yet?  There's so much value!!





First up on the docket, our new printed Sincerely, Sticks growth charts!  They'll make the cutest addition to your kiddos' rooms or even a family space like Rebecca's hallway shown in the photos above and to the right.  In a more public area it can be a great conversation piece and as with most Sticks, a great functional piece of art!  We came up with three great new designs to choose from ranging from fun and funky animals to inspirational phrases and icons encouraging your little one to grow and do their best. 


There's a keyhole on the back for easy hanging on a nail or screw - just make sure to line up the one foot mark one foot off the ground, not level with the floor!!  When writing your kiddos' heights, we recommend writing in permanent marker.  You can even have the kids write their own names so you can watch their handwriting progress as they grow!  We can't wait for you to make memories with Sticks growth charts in your home.❤️


You can find our new collection of Sincerely, Sticks growth charts to shop from on our website here!






Our other newly introduced Sincerely, Sticks product is a sweet new style of tray that is a change up from our handmade versions.  These new styles of printed trays have cute little wood feet to raise them up off of the surface you choose to set them on.  They're also embellished with beautiful iron handles on each side! 


These new trays are perfect as we're nearing the busy holiday season for two great reasons - first because you may already be strapped for cash entertaining and gifting so this lower price point (compared to our Sticks handmade trays) is budget friendly, and second because it'll be a stylish helping hand as you entertain!  We envision this being in your guest bedroom as you serve your loved ones weary from travel some water, tea, and treats as they retire for the night in your cozy home.  Or for serving part of your Thanksgiving meal on, an old family cookie recipe perhaps?  Even if it's not time for entertaining it makes a great centerpiece or accent on any surface in your kitchen or anywhere in your home really!  Put it in the center of your kitchen table to set your napkins and salt and pepper shakers on, put it on a coffee table or ottoman to set some magazines and remotes on, or set it up on its side for a stylish piece of art on an accent table or buffet - the possibilities are endless!!


You can find our new collection of Sincerely, Sticks trays to shop from on our website here!


How do you plan on using our stylish new Sincerely, Sticks products we just introduced?  Or have you already begun using them??  Send us photos to, we'd love to see how you cherish Sticks in your lovely homes!!

  • Lisa Stark

All New Sticks Character Counts Posters! 0

Remember our blog post from May when we talked about revamping the Character Counts poster designs..??

We finally got our stock of the posters in and we're ready to get them out to you, our dear Sticks friends!!  If you already pre-ordered them from The Robert D and Billie Ray Center/Character Counts, you're all set!  But if you're yet to jump on the bandwagon, we've got your back. 



Not only did we sell out of our last Character Counts poster set designs, but they just really needed a makeover.  We partnered up with Character Counts again to create a new and fresh set of posters sharing the Six Pillars of Character!

This new set of posters is a modern reinterpretation that is perfect for schools, civic organizations, businesses and leadership groups to use when implementing the Character Counts! program in curriculum, training, and education.




Sharing the message of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship is enhanced with colorful and inspirational icons and images. By teaching the Six Pillars of Character, we believe we can enrich and inspire the lives and minds of our youth.

A portion of the proceeds even goes to benefit Character Counts, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, and Drake University!  So pick up your poster set today!!



Get your set here:

  • Lisa Stark

Sticks Roots 2

(Re)Introducing Sticks Roots Collection!

We're thrilled to announce a brand new handmade offering called Sticks Roots! The collections showcases unique object art that pays homage to our one-of-a-kind origins dating back 25+ years.


Remember our one-of-a-kind mirrors like this bad boy?  We call this a fancy mirror.  "Fancy Mirror" simply means it strayed from our typical mirror structures you know well now, however they are anything BUT simple.  Each one is truly an original that can't be duplicated!  Even if we recreate an existing design, it's likely the embellishments like the logs and other unique additions can't be replicated.  They are created collaboratively and creatively as inspiration takes the artists on a journey while they work.  They also feature logs from our local Des Moines, Iowa area waterways and what we call "found objects" that we get from estate sales, vintage stores, etc.  It's all a fun, free flowing, and creative process!

This fancy mirror in particular was inspiration as we worked on our three new mirrors.  It's dressed to the nines - it has logs, it has doors, and even pegs and sculptural birds that are hand-carved.  Our artists looked at fabulous designs and top sellers from our early years such as this one when they worked on the new ones just released.  We then "softened" those ideas and designs just a bit and used modern and beautiful color palettes to create the collection you see today!



 Each item in the collection is truly one-of-a-kind, handmade, and sculptural.  Our artists poured special attention into each item, letting their creativity lead the way and shape how each product was formed into its final composition.  They're all unique from one and other and because they vary so widely, they're all individually priced based on the time and materials our artists used to create them. They're sold on a first come, first serve basis so make sure to act fast before your favorite is gone!!

We do plan on continuing to create and add new items into the collection as this first offering sells, hopefully expanding it subtantially.  In a few months time we'll be working on jaw-dropping Santas and snowmen for the holiday season!!  So make sure you keep checking in on this collection to discover more treasures being added!

Made in America -  artisan-crafted and well-designed art that lasts a lifetime!

What kind of "old school Sticks" would you like us to bring back or what other fun ideas do you have for us to grow this unique collection??!  Sound off in the comments, you ask and we deliver!


  • Lisa Stark