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Neighbors partner for rustic crafts enterprise

Dirt Road Divas

Photo by Clarke Davis
Megan Belveal, left, and Jami Heinen have created Dirt Road Divas and will hold an open house Nov. 1 to introduce their craft items on display at Mac’s Grill & Pizza in Valley Falls.

 

by Clarke Davis
One might describe what Jami Heinen and Megan Belveal create as country folk art. They will tell you they are not artists, but they enjoy making “crafty” things.
Those crafts are now on display in the back room at Mac’s Grill & Pizza in Valley Falls and the women are traveling weekends to bazaars and festivals.
The Valley Falls women, longtime friends, wound up living neighbors on the same gravel road. They had the same interest in making decorative items for the home and someone came up with the idea, “Why don’t we sell them.”
Thus was born Dirt Road Divas, which will hold its own open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the restaurant.
“We have a rustic theme,” Heinen said.
The inventory is heavy in lettered barn boards and they use old window frames for chalkboards and display panels.
For the fall shows, they have created a number of Christmas items. One barn board lists the names of all of Santa’s reindeer and there are wreaths made from burlap.
The women state that nearly everything they create is a one-of-a-kind item with few duplications. They don’t take custom work, however they can personalize items they have in stock.
They have a line of soaps with this month’s scent being pumpkin spice. There’s also a sugar scrub, an exfoliate for women that is less harsh than what a mechanic would use.
The women said their first show was at an Atchison festival Oct. 1 where they experienced great success. They also joined Jefferson County vendors at the Crooked Post Winery Oct. 15. After their open house they will appear at the Valley Falls Bazaar Nov. 14 and then on to holiday bazaars at Perry and Lawrence.
Jami and her husband, Nate, have three children, Paisleigh, 6, Benten, 4, and Paxten, 2. Nate is a co-owner in Heinen Custom Operations.
Megan and her husband, Eric, have two children, Cooper, 5, and Mason, 2.  Eric is a mechanic for United Parcel Service.

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