Locally Made Creations
Artisan products to beautify Chesterfield homes are the specialty of various local crafters.
THE QUEENS’ JEWELS
Candice Cherry, was born and raised in Chesterfield. She calls herself the “chief jeweled officer (CJO)” of The Queens’ Jewels, a collection of jeweled wine glasses. Cherry is aided by her mother-in-law, Janine Vires, a 30-year Chesterfield resident and the “chief jeweled financial officer (CJFO).” Candice and Janine opened The Queens’ Jewels in November of 2014. Candice is a stay-at-home mom and Janine is retired after owning several businesses.
“The Queens’ Jewels was founded on the idea that wine glasses should not be plain and boring, but beautiful and full of sparkle to compliment life’s beauty,” Cherry says. “These glasses are created to represent individual personalities, moments in time, and serve as great conversation pieces.” Each piece is branded with their wine charm logo. They also customize their jewels to fit the glass accordingly.
“Our five-year plan is to have expanded across the 50 states and possibly tap into the international market,” Cherry explains. At present, they have customers in 24 states and Canada. The pair says it’s important to give back to the local community, and they’re proud to support Friends of Kids with Cancer, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They can be followed on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheQueensJewels and on Instagram@The_Queens_Jewels for their upcoming event schedule. Their jeweled wine glass collection can be purchased in Chesterfield at The Tack Trunk and Polka Dot Peonies, (online only) and in Ellisville at Veritas Gateway to Food & Wine, as well as Country Outfitter (a national online site). Their products are available via phone at 314.616.1904 or by email at JeweledWineglasses@gmail.com. The collection can also be viewed at www.thequeensjewels.net. Local shoppers can save on shipping by calling or emailing an order.
Amanda Tamme lives in Chesterfield and is owner of Pale Pineapple Design & Accessories, a home décor/interior design firm. “I went to college to study interior design and have always enjoyed hunting for cute home accessories,” she says. “Now that I am a stay-at-home mom with young kids, I wanted to find a way to still do something creative in the design field that might one day become a full time job and that’s how Pale Pineapple began.”
Pale Pineapple is about sharing ideas to help people design at home and offering accessory kits that can be added to any home decor.
“On my Facebook page, I offer design tips, explaining photos of decor and what goes into creating that particular look,” Tamme says. Anyone can click on the photos tab at the top of the Facebook page to see albums that show the accessory kits
that are for sale. “I shop at resale stores mostly and find great decorative items that I then put together into a design kit. What I love is the originality of each kit. There’s only one and no one else will have one like it.” For more information, shoppers can send her a message through Facebook.com/PalePineappleDesign &Accessories.
Sherry Devine is designer for her Simply Devine decorating company. She’s lived in the area for 40 years, graduating from Rockwood School District, as did her husband, his parents and her children.
“I started making deco-mesh, grapevine and other wreaths about a year ago after I was asked to donate some auction items for a couple of charities,” Devine says. “I would make a seasonal wreath whenever I was asked to donate and also started making gifts for family and friends. Before I knew it, I was being asked to make wreaths for charities and also individuals who had become familiar with my designs through word of mouth. I then decided to open Simply Devine and it has been non-stop since then.”
Devine also creates custom party décor, including custom banners, party favors, hats and centerpieces.
“I made 50 centerpieces for the St. Louis County Police Association and just completed Fourth of July party decorations for a Chesterfield resident,” she says. “The majority of my work involves the residents of Chesterfield, Ballwin and Wildwood, but I also have some as far away as Imperial.” Devine also works a full-time job in Chesterfield. She has recently started shipping creations to out-of-state locations. “I mostly sell through the Chesterfield/Ballwin/Eureka Swap site, my Facebook page Facebook.com/SimpleeDevyn and by word of mouth from repeat customers,” she says. “This fall, I will be doing several area craft shows, including Marquette High School on Oct. 17. I am in negotiations with two area consignment shops to feature my work in their stores.” Devine says her most popular wreaths are any with a monogram, a Fourth of July Uncle Sam hat and a St. Louis Cardinal theme. She also has conducted three classes on wreath-making, donating her time and some materials to teach others. “I think part of my success is the fact that I have never forgotten that my business started by being charitable and I have tried to remember that, conduct my business fairly and responsibly, and continue to donate many homemade items whenever I am called to do so,” Devine says.
Parkway School District graduate Donna Lovett says she thrives on creativity and has spent many years in the West County area sharing her artistic talent. Her skills are best displayed with her surface painting techniques that she uses when she re-purposes furniture and designs wall art and other home decor items. Additionally, Lovett encourages other artists through her painting classes offered through Wood Icing located in Chesterfield Mall. The paint brush is not her only art form as she uses her power saw to cut out letters and symbols from old Readers Digest books and wood. Donna sells her work at Fleur de Chic and Chesterfield Antique Mall located respectively at 16636 and 16635 Old Chesterfield Road in Chesterfield. “Every piece of furniture tells a story and I like to be part of the story,” Lovett says.
BARN AGAIN RECLAIMED FURNITURE
Derrick and Sheila Spalt are the owners/operators of Barn Again Reclaimed Furniture based in Chesterfield. They specialize in creating rustic tables and decorative pieces from reclaimed barn wood. It all started when they were sitting in their favorite Chesterfield restaurant, Babbo’s Spaghetteria, admiring the rustic tables and atmosphere, contemplating what to do with their spare time after recently becoming empty nesters. Explains Derrick, “Sheila said, ‘Why don’t you make us one of those cool tables?’”
With family and friends living in historic Ste. Genevieve, they had access to plenty of old reclaimed wood and began experimenting making tables and giving them away. Once requests started coming in, they decided to turn it into a part-time business, and Barn Again was born.
“I have always been very adamant about not wasting or throwing things away, whether it’s food, old wood, or anything,” Derrick says. “So using old barn wood to make tables that people love is very fulfilling for me.” The most challenging part, at first, was every time Derrick would make a table to sell, Sheila would find a place for it in their home and not want to part with it. Word of mouth quickly created a lot of business for Barn Again and even secured tables in several Dierberg’s Markets floral departments as display pieces. Barn Again tables are featured at Chesterfield Antique Mall at 16635 Old Chesterfield Road.