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Farm work combines with art

Staff writer

The name of Sarah Krispense’s craft business is inspired by her dual callings as a feed mill employee and a farm wife.

She was working in a feed mill in Ohio when she connected with her future husband, Konrad Krispense, a young Marion farmer, through an agriculturally related social media site.

They were married in February 2018, and now she has a craft business named Feed Mill to Farmhouse.

She uses wooden pallets to create signs and other home décor. Konrad developed a special tool she uses to disassemble the pallets.

“Meeting Konrad was totally a God thing,” she said. “I was a home body and didn’t imagine living this far away.”

Most of her pieces have western themes. Others have sayings taken from contemporary Christian music lyrics.

She uses paint and stain to prepare the wood, and satin interior stain for the calligraphy. Some pieces are sealed with polyurethane.

Sarah has a social media presence and sells her products at various craft shows. She said she might try Art in the Park next year if she can build enough pieces.

Sarah had a taste of farm life before she married Konrad. She grew up in the country. Her father wasn’t a farmer, but she owned some cattle and pigs when she was in high school.

Sarah said she likes that her business allows her to be at home and help her husband on the farm while still being creative.

“With my signs, I hope people see Jesus through them,” she said.

Sarah and her husband live in Marion but are planning to build a home in the country in a few years.

Last modified July 25, 2019