Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Featured Vendor || The Chalk Shop + a giveaway!

Hi, friends!  I've got a FUN vendor to feature today, and this one's extra exciting, because it includes the first-ever Melanie's Wedding Services GIVEAWAY!  (More on that in a sec.) But first, let me tell you a little about  The Chalk ShopVintage chalk art & designs.

Owner and designer Jana (Barkman) Swartzentruber grew up in the Lancaster area, but moved to her Mister's (Anthony Swartzentruber of MusicForHymn) Georgia hometown after their 2012 wedding.  Earlier this year, Jana decided to officially make a business out of the chalk writing/drawing designs she'd been doing for fun.  There are quite a few people who are so glad she did!  She's got impeccable handwriting AND enviable artistic skills!  (Oh, and you might remember two of Jana's sisters, Claudia and Clarita, from earlier posts here at Miss to Mrs. Creative genes in the family?...check yes.)

Jana has done anything from Scripture/inspirational quotes and graphics, to baby announcements and wedding chalkboards, to plaques for women's seminars.  She welcomes custom orders of all kinds.  Wedding chalkboards have been some of her favorite commissions so far.  If you have an idea, or see something on Pinterest that you'd like to duplicate, she'd love to put it on a chalkboard for you!  Her designs make great gifts, too--for both men and women.



Here's what Jana has to say about her work:
I really love what I do because I can work from home, and the ideas for creating new things are endless!  One of my favorite things about the business is that I feel like my customers become my friends, and the relationship often doesn't only stay at a business level.  I feel so blessedI wish I could meet all of my clients!  I also feel like it's a great way to encourage people, to bless others' lives with Scripture or other inspiration.




Definitely check out Jana's Facebook page for many more designs than are shown here.  And her Etsy shop is chock full of options, too!  To order, you can purchase directly from Etsy, or contact Jana through Facebook about a custom order.

Whether you've got a great idea for some custom signage for your big day, or just neeeeeeed some new art for some corner of your little nest, The Chalk Shop is your one-stop-shop. And who doesn't love the feeling of supporting a small business in the creative field?

Chalk art is timeless, and you won't be disappointed with the quality of Jana's work. And by the way, The Chalk Shop artwork is sealed with an acrylic coating to prevent smearing and remain permanent.

Now, about that giveaway.  Jana has very generously offered to give away this lovely "Enjoy Today" piece to one lucky From Miss to Mrs. {the journey} follower.

Here's how to get your name in the hat...

To enter for a chance to win, you must complete ALL FOUR of the following steps:
  1. LIKE The Chalk Shop on Facebook.
  2. LIKE Melanie's Wedding Services on Facebook.
  3. Leave a COMMENT here (on this blog post) telling Jana either what your favorite of her designs has been so far, OR what you'd like to see her create in the future.
  4. SHARE the link to this post from the Melanie's Wedding Services page on Facebook. (Be sure to share the original Facebook post from my page, and change the privacy setting to public, so that I can see that you shared it.)
Anyone is eligible for this giveaway--not just soon-to-be-brides! The entry period will close at 5:00 pm EST on Monday, May 19. The winner will be announced here on the blog soon afterward, and once we collect the winner's contact information, this beautiful piece of art will be on its way to that lucky person's mailbox!

Questions? Hit me up in the comments or on Facebook. Leave Jana lots of love, too--be sure to let her know just how happy you are about this very first MWS giveaway!

As always, THANK YOU for stopping by...and I hope you're enjoying The Journey, no matter what stage you're in!   <3


  1. I love the bike chalk art!!

  2. Love the 'When I tell you I love you..."!!

  3. I LOVE the "When I tell you I love you..." sign - that is simply adorable!!! They are all so lovely. :)

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  5. I love them all, Jana! The vintage bikes, the scripture verses, and the "when I tell you I love you" sign. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  6. I like so many of them! ...the king and his queen, you will forever be my always, and love is not only something you feel are a few of my favorites!!

  7. So much talent, Jana! I'd love to see one with the whole 23rd Psalm on it - along w/ a rod or a lamb - something "shepherd-y" :)

    1. sorry ^ that^ was Julia Penner. not sure why it posted as "unknown"....

  8. They're all amazing! But I love the "When I tell you I love you" art!

  9. Love them all! Like the bible verse and deer one!

  10. My favorite is the when my heart is overwhelmed verse.


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