Meet our Creative Team - The Amazingly talented group of artists that bring you inspiration and demonstrations of products in action!
I'm Nancy Watson of NancyBee Designs and I have been creating art for many years. I began painting furniture about 8 years ago and quickly started painting decor and updating treasures found at thrift stores and garage sales. Knowing I'm giving a new life to something outdated, unwanted and would take up room in a landfill makes me very happy. The first rice paper I ever used was Decoupage Queen rice paper and I was instantly hooked. I now incorporate rice paper into most of my projects and I find when the paper is in my hands it inspires me to create beautiful things. My style is definitely all over the place as I love everything from French country and old-world textured finishes to cottage style and industrial.
I'm married with two grown sons and live in the beautiful wooded suburbs of Pennsylvania with my husband, two dogs and an ever changing number of backyard chickens. About a year ago my mom and I began sharing a booth in an antique store in New Jersey and I feel so fortunate that not only do I now have a place to show and sell my creations, but I also get to work with my 80 (something) years young mom! It's funny, looking back at my childhood, I remember having an old school desk in the basement and I recall how I loved to play teacher. Now I find teaching has become one of the things I love about what I do. When I get a message from someone asking me how to use a product or how to create something specific, I'm thrilled to share what I've learned and realize I'm so lucky to not only have found my passion but to be able to share it with others.
I am Kristy Pitchford, owner of Kristy’s Crafty Cottage.
I’ve always been a creative and into arts, crafts and building things from as far back as I can remember.
As I got older I got into scrapbooking, junk journaling and making accessories, like jewellery, bows and ribbon sculptures. I’ve always been into doing things, being creative and up for an adventure. When I was younger I took dance, horseback riding lessons, acting school in Annapolis…and many more things to keep busy.
My husband and I met in high school and got married at the age of 18, right after we graduated. He soon after left for bootcamp for the Navy and then afterwards we traveled the world, including living in Italy for 6 years. We have 4 children together from age 6 to age 20.
He has since retired from the Navy after doing 20 years. In all of the many moves we’ve done as a family, I’ve always stayed busy with my arts. I took a painting class in Italy, which was definitely an amazing experience. I love to travel and love all things with being creative, making and repurposing items, small and large, like an item from the thrift store to furniture pieces.
Throughout the years I’ve taken college courses, gotten a degree and licensed, to work in animal healthcare and to become a nail tech as well, but about 2-1/2 years ago I realized that arts, crafts and making and teaching people how to make their own home decor was my absolute passion and what I was happiest doing.
At that time I started a small business called Kristy’s Crafty Cottage.
Since then I’ve grown so much in many ways. I do videos and live tutorials all of the time, I get the opportunity to meet many amazing people around the world and teach them all the DIY things.
I have over 22,000 follower friends that I try to connect with and get to know on a more personal level (as many people as I can) because I think being a community and building those friendships is so important in a successful business.
I love and make every kind of decor and my favorites are mixed media DIYs, anything decoupage, junk journaling, French chic, shabby chic, farmhouse chic, vintage, old world diy decor and more!
I am beyond honored to be apart of The Royal Court Design Team and looking forward to showing you all the creations I love making.
My name is Valerie DeVincent and I am the owner and furniture artist of Mariposa Creations by Valerie.
I am a wife, mother of two daughters and a son and step mother to two sons. We have seven grandchildren within our beautiful family. Our oldest grandson is 18 and our youngest grandson is 8. They all know me as Grammy or Grammy Val.
My life’s dream was to become a teacher. So I went back to college at age 36 to earn my elementary education degree. I taught first and second grade students for twelve years before retiring.
After I retired, I discovered a love for redesigning outdated furniture. A little over three years ago with the encouragement of my husband, I started Mariposa Creations by Valerie. Creating unique, one of a kind designs feeds my soul.
My business continues to evolve and grow which is so exciting! I can’t wait to see where this journey leads!
Hi Everyone, My name is Teri Lightsey.
I’m from the Central Valley in California. I’ve lived in California for most of my life, but have also lived in Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada.
I’ve always loved art. When I was younger, I had a vast collection of stickers, pens, pencils, paints and papers. It wasn’t until I took my first art class in school that I really found love for all things art but unfortunately never pursued it.
Funny enough I went to school and majored in accounting and have been an accountant most of my adult life and a mother to two amazing boys. It wasn’t until 2008 when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer that I turned to art to help relieve my stress and anxieties.
It was the best medicine ever. I started watercolor painting and making scrapbook albums. Then I found mixed media and art for me now is endless.
Whether it’s a canvas, a piece of scrap or re-doing furniture I love it all. I don’t have a particular style I just love to create.
I’m honored to be a part of The Royal Court Creative Team and look forward to sharing my art with you all.
Hello, hello, hello!
My name is Sarah!
First, the basics:
I have spent most of my life in the Cincinnati, OH area in the US. I focused on Chemistry & Psychology in college and am a Research Scientist at a large R&D company—the day job! I am a Momma to 7 (yes, 7!). My husband and I have been married for four years now (we met at the Kraken, and were married by Elvis roughly 6 weeks after we started dating ….yes, the details are juicy). We have an absolute blast raising our blended family—age 7mo to 26yr! The days are long, but my gosh are the years short!
Now for the artsy stuff (Sarah’s passion!):
I grew up around VINTAGE! My dad was a clock aficionado— antique clocks and vintage furniture were a way of life. My brother and I were inevitably carted to antique malls, flea markets, garage sale at the crack of dawn so many weekends of our childhood. I was immersed in the thrill of the hunt at a young age if you will. Finding vintage goodies to redesign and renovate to breathe some new life into diamonds in the rough!
I was so busy with life that I lost a little bit of the ME somewhere along the way. When I decided to paint my vintage oak dining set instead of tossing it, part of me woke up in that moment, a spark was lit!
I decided to fan that flame by starting my small business Vintage Luxe Design Co. in May of 2020. I fell in love with the artsy side of myself.
My business is centered around “Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary!”. I hunt down vintage furniture and home decor and redesign and recreate it as I see it my mind’s eye.
My style is heavy on Whimsical, Shabbychic, mixed with a bit of steampunk/industrial. I adore artists such as Van Gogh (my son is named after him), Escher & Dali—our home is filled with artistic bits in every room! Alice in Wonderland is one of my true loves in life ( I have almost a full half sleeve of tattoos dedicated to her world! I was fortunate enough to spend a total of 5 weeks living and traveling in France in 2018. Those cultural experiences along with some time spent exploring Italy have heavily influenced my artistic direction.
Bottom line….I love art! It is nothing but fulfilling to take a blank canvas and transform it via the creative process with decoupage papers, moulds, trims, all the paint colors, stencils, metal decorative pieces—-I light up inside!
I learned how to create and pour small batch soy candles as well this past year—I hunt down vintage glassware to pour my candles in—reuse & repurpose is a theme for the gorgeous vessels I find!
I am absolutely thrilled to be a member of The Royal Court Design Team and I am so excited to show you all of my creations!
As the owner of a Brick and Mortar vintage decor dream shop, Lynne Brundage from Ellen J Goods is always looking for unique ways to bring something new and different to her customers.
A creator as long as she can remember, from sewing to needle arts, painting furniture to painting miniature canvases, mixed media and decoupage, Lynne loves it all.
Her passion for teaching, in person or virtually, completes and compliments The Ellen J Goods Vintage style.
Find Lynne of Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and TikTok for her latest tutorials.