~Judy's Ribbons & Bells~

Joy platter, from the Ribbons & Bells collection.


South Dakota artist, Judy Westegaard, has been painting many years. She has also authored several painting how-to books. A few years ago, she was invited to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree.

Not long ago, Judy was approached by Certified International, to present a dinnerware design, for a future line. The result was Judy's beautiful Ribbons and Bells.

I met Judy, through online decorating board, Great Impressions. I was delighted to learn about Ribbons and Bells. The first photo shows the Joy platter, my first purchase in Ribbons and Bells.

Cheryl, another Great Impressions member, photographed this table, set with Ribbons and Bells, at a recent home tour. She was happy to share Judy's story with the homeowner. Visit Cheryl's gorgeous home, decorated for Christmas, at Southern Hospitality.

Pepperleaf is another design by Judy Westegaard, for Certified International. I found these dessert plates at Steinmart, during our recent trip to Kansas City.

After Christmas, I plan to display these plates in our breakfast room.

Judy is a very gifted and prolific artist. Her work also includes amazingly beautiful Santas among other subjects. She has rented/leased the Ribbons and Bells and Pepperleaf designs, to Certified International.

During a visit to his grandparents', Judy's 2 year old grandson kept saying "eat"! The Westegaard dining room table was set with Ribbons and Bells, so he thought it was time for dinner. Soon, Judy found him sitting at the dining room table, his Goldfish Crackers on one of the plates. It's clear, he loves his grandmother's dishes as much as I do!

Ribbons and Bells is available online at Target.com. This dinnerware and Pepperleaf can also be found at specialty shops across the US and the Certified International site.

A photo of our mailbox berm, after the recent ice storm. The temperatures are warming. We expect to see the ice disappear soon. We were among the lucky ones. Although we have several broken tree branches along our creek, we only lost electrical power, briefly. There are still several homes, in our area, without power this morning.