SEBRING — Although most people consider crafts an old-fashioned hobby, Karen Lanier and her daughter, Krystal Turner, have created a profitable business by integrating crafts with technology.
The mother and daughter duo have a do-it-yourself art studio and boutique, called Grateful Hearts, in downtown Sebring, next to the Highlands Art League and Sebring Public Library. The boutique is filled with Dixie Bell paints, craft items, children’s clothing, jewelry, Southern T-shirts, spirit items for local high school teams and signs.
Painting is a focal point of the business. Lanier and Turner’s shop boasts over 62 colors of Dixie Bell paints, and they teach customers various painting techniques to use on craft items, wooden furniture and fabric.
For example, the pair teach customers how to paint a patina on a pumpkin or cauldron or how to use a crackle painting technique on craft items.
Customers can learn painting techniques by attending a scheduled class, or they can plan a private party with their friends. Private classes are offered for baby showers, family, friends, work groups or corporate events.
Patricia Ann Christopher posted a glowing review on Grateful Hearts’ Facebook page: “We have visited this unique shop for a few months now. We are always greeted with a smile and a helpful attitude. These ladies are always ready to answer your questions and to help you figure out what you want. Many times if they don’t have it they will try to find it for you.
“They have painting classes on real wood, pillows or just about anything you can think of,” Christopher stated. “Even if you aren’t that great with painting or have less than a steady hand I assure you that you will leave there, with a perfect piece of art, you will be proud of. This mother, daughter team is just that good. The night we went to our scheduled class we had (BYOB) lots of giggles and just plain old wholesome fun.
Christopher continued, “We scheduled two more classes before we left that night. You will become a repeat customer and love going back as much as my friends and I do.”
Elle Henley, along with 30 other Facebook reviewers, posted similar 5-star reviews. “We always have such a great time visiting this sweet local shop and had an even better time making memories together while creating signs for our homes!” Henley stated. “Thank you for being a wonderful addition to our small town!”
Diane Angell said, “They are sweethearts! We got together with a group of friends for a painting project. I have also purchased bracelets from their boutique.”
Grateful Hearts offers special painting classes to celebrate specific holidays. Ginger Adelstone commented on Facebook: “Went for the Mother’s Day breakfast and painting, never had so much fun! These ladies are terrific at this, and so very helpful! Can’t wait to do this again!”
The owners responded to Adelstone’s statement by stating, “Thank you, Ginger! So sweet, we truly enjoyed the event! We love this life our lord and savior has entrusted us with. His glory and love is why we do this; we absolutely love bringing this joy to others.”