Saturday, September 24, 2011

Aritsan Feature: The Gretchen Collection

The Gretchen Collection is an shop operated by Gretchen Krueger. A stay-at-home mom of 2, Gretchen got her start making artwork for herself and friends and since participating in a local craft fair, her art career has taken off. Gretchen creates decorative pieces on canvas using the art of decoupage to add a touch of whimsy to familiar woodland creatures, abstract objects, and depictions of nature. Most of her pieces are ideal for nurseries and children's rooms; among the artwork you will find custom letter wall hangings and hair bow holders. She offers a few pieces that would complement any space in the home as well. Her pieces are simplistic and modern. She also offers designs in college logo patterns. Current finds include her own alma mater of Appalachian State, NCSU, UNC, and ECU, perfect for decorating the dorm room. These would make a great gift for a student headed to college this fall. She would be happy to create custom designs in other schools as well!

Gretchen also offers some jewelry and accessories. She has adjustable chrysanthemum flower filigree cocktail rings. I am a big fan of these rings! I hardly ever order jewelry online but since these will fit any size finger I would purchase one knowing I wouldn't have to return it! I like the option of being able to choose different fingers to wear it on. She also uses the same flowers to decorate bobby pins for a cute hair accessories. 

For this review, Gretchen sent me her most popular item, an 8 x 8 Boutique Owl Multimedia Art Block, similar to the one she is giving away. I was very impressed with how seamless the owl is put together. The collage work looks very professional and smooth and I like the addition of ribbon to add a 3 dimensional touch. I am compiling a few girl items with hopes of having a baby girl one day and I think this piece would bring an adorable and modern decorative touch to a pink nursery. Gretchen accepts custom orders and loves creating pieces to match specific nursery or bedroom themes. You can currently order an entire custom set through her Etsy boutique (an example set is show below). She loves the feedback she gets from customers and has received many positive accolades. You may also find her pieces in Raleigh-area boutiques.

Visit The Gretchen Collection:



Enter to win this Boutique Owl Multimedia Art Block, a $15 value, by The Gretchen Collection 
in the North Carolina Artisans Event 


  1. How cute! Pink is one of my favorite colors! Stopping by from the blog hop and now following you thru GFC and Facebook. I would love a follow back when you get the chance. Thanks so much for your help and have a wonderful day!


  2. I'm a new follower from the alexa hop. Hope you will stop by my page as well.

  3. Super cute stuff! I'm stopping by from the Monkey Hop Monday from :)


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