North Carolina native Heather Ward-Migner wears many hats: wife, mother, childrens' book illustrator and, most recently, creator of Star House, an Etsy shop that custom-makes wooden sculptures designed to look like your brood.
To buy one of these charmingly twee creations ($170-$245 custom-pricing), simply order the family members you'd like represented ? two adults and two children, two adults and four pets, etc. ? and send in photos of your clan. Heather will then email you a drawing of her proposed design.
Next, she paints the images onto poplar wood (a fast-growing hardwood sustainably logged from a friend's land) and finishes the portrait with her homemade beeswax and jojoba oil.
Star House actually got its start with quirky wedding cake toppers, but quickly expanded when Etsy browsers began requesting full (non-nuptial) families.
We love them as gifts for friends and relatives or simply a clever alternative to traditional family portraiture.
Turn-around time is generally six weeks, but Heather can promise pre-Christmas delivery for PureWow readers who order by December 6.