I am a self-taught artist who loves finding beauty in simple, everyday things... simple joys, I call them. I enjoy working with my hands and coming up with new designs to share with anyone that enjoys handcrafted folk art. I want to make things that make others smile. If I accomplish that, I am happy.

My family and I live on the Cumberland Plateau on the border of middle and east Tennessee. We enjoy rural life, the scenery, the fresh air, the wildlife... we are blessed. You may read more about the goings on around our home on my blog, Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joys.

My work in print:
Better Homes and Gardens Make It Yourself, FOLK, Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts, Romantic Homes, GreenCraft, Early American Life (several issues), Create and Decorate (several issues), Craftwork Home & Garden, Victoria, Arts & Crafts, Playing with Books by Jason Thompson

I am honored that my work has also been featured on several online home decor and wedding blogs.

Thank you for visiting my shop and please come again!

Lana Manis

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~*~ FRAGMENTS ~*~

a folk angel collection

This collection is called Fragments. While working on these angels and sifting through all the pieces of antique and vintage trims and laces... sometimes very small fragments... I thought of a passage in the Bible where Jesus had fed several thousand people with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes. After everyone had eaten, Jesus told the disciples to "gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." Now that fact that all those people were fed and there were even more leftovers that what they began with was a miracle in itself!

But for some reason what Jesus told them stayed with me. And I'll share with you what was going through my mind and heart while I worked with those fragments of laces and trims:
No matter how small or insignificant we may feel, or how broken or fragmented our lives seem to be, God loves us and wants to save us --- remember what Jesus said, "Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." He wants to gather us up and create a work in us that is beautiful and everlasting. Isn't that an amazing love?

So, that is why this angel collection is called Fragments. Maybe in some round about way, one of these angels will remind you, that no matter how small you feel, you are important to Him. Or maybe you can share that story and an angel with someone else that needs to know.

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