Willy Nilly is a gallery shop specializing in art and craft for kids and kids at heart. November's featured artist is Linda Willard and her Dollhouse Lady Creations, a collection of rescued, redesigned and restored dollhouses. Each one-of-a-kind house is fully furnished and decorated in exquisite detail. The collection currently includes a Horse Barn; RV Mobile Home; Log Cabin; Fisherman's Cottage; Princess Play House Tower; Modern Gentleman's Classic Castle Home; and a pair of tiny 1/2-inch scale houses. Most of them will appeal to girls, while some are designed with boys in mind. Grown-ups will love playing with them and making up stories with their children and grandchildren.
Willy Nilly is also home to Deborah Willard Design, where Linda's daughter Deborah creates her line of colorful, whimsical hand painted clothing. With winter approaching, Deb has been busy painting sweatshirts and hoodies, some with zippers! All sizes are available, from infant-tiny to kids to adult-big to plus sizes. Popular design motifs include owls, penguins, snakes, frogs, iguanas, turtles, fluttery flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, seahorses, and lots more.
In addition, Willy Nilly offers quality handcrafted wooden toys by Keith Hartman of Raleigh, NC.; and etched copper and silver jewelry and accessories, including barrettes and belt buckles, by Man in the Moon Metal Artist Teresa Thames Johnson, originally from High Point.
Willy Nilly is open every day, 12:00 noon till 6:00pm, till 10:00pm during Gallery Hops (the first Friday of the month, year 'round) and special extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays in December.
If you haven't been to the Downtown Arts District lately, you are in for a treat. It is a pleasant, lively area of art galleries, unique shops, great restaurants, live music venues, and residential units housed in beautifully renovated, historic brick buildings. There are abundant street lights, convenient on-street and off-street parking, and an active bike police patrol to ensure a safe experience for all.