Southwestern Flair

Deck the Christmas tree this year with hand painted Southwestern flair. Southwest Ornaments, handmade by Brenda Schodt, are breathlessly beautiful ornaments to add to SWornamentyour expanding collection of tree goodies. With a passion for painting and a love for the beautiful desert sky, Schodt began by making gifts for her family and friends, then she and her husband Rick later expanded their horizons and made the leap, offering her ornaments to the public. Her ornaments can be seen throughout the Valley, such as at the Festival of Trees event to benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital and at Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden. Recently, the husband and wife duo  collaborated with the Collegiate Licensing Company and are now offering officially licensed ornaments for the Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. Visit their website at to get your very own hand painted ornament with the charm of our lovely desert landscape or one with your college alma mater logo. They also make great gifts! This member spotlight is written by Somlynn Rorie.