It all started with my sister Ellie and her husband. They were teachers and needed a way to make a little extra money during the summers. It was the early 1970's, the handmade movement was in full swing, and I started helping them while a college student. I was soon designing for them. My husband Tom and I built our own shop in 1997 in Kiel and created Heart to Heart. I design our line of signs, birdhouses, yard art and other decorative items. Ellie continues in her shop doing woodworking and laser engraving on wood signage for us. My sister Peg spent many years doing shows with me, and then started her own business cutting and welding metal. She cuts and welds our metal yard art. My brother Bob and his wife Karen, who live in Washington state, have worked hand-in-hand with us and have done shows for many years as Cascade Designs. They do their own line of metal art and carry signs in their booth at many shows out West. My husband, Tom, quit his "real" job and joined me full time in 1995. He's a mainstay not only in the wood shop, but at our shows as well. Thank goodness he does the books, too! We've done art and craft shows across the country for a long time; perhaps you've seen Heart to Heart at one of your favorite events. We've all had a grand adventure.


Shari Grenzow Mauer