Get To Know Us!

  The Velvet Lime Girls
                                                       (l to r: Laura, Marybeth, Rebecca)

Hi! We're so glad you stopped by to meet us.  
If you were here in our studio, we'd pour you a glass of southern sweet tea, a steamy cup of coffee, or some matcha green tea... yum, so good!  We'd just love to have you sit and visit awhile.  So, slow down, take a little pause, and get to know us. Pausing is so good for the soul.  
A short version of our story is right below. If you have a bit more time, 
the slower-than-molasses version is found little lower. 
Thanks for stopping by to visit. 

We're three southern girls whose lives have been forever changed by the grace of God.  We now live to encourage others through our original artwork and sentiments that are inspired by our daily relationship with God.

"The smallest seed of faith sprouts the impossible.”
© Velvet Lime Girls

We're three girls, a mother, a daughter and an “adopted daughter/friend”, who lived by the above quote and dreamed of doing what we loved most, creating inspirational art. We worked together at Rhodes Design Group, an architectural design/build firm, finding joy in our daily work, yet longing to pursue our hearts and create inspirational artwork. 
So, in the late summer of 2007 we formed a partnership to develop our dream, just the three of us, Marybeth Wydock, the graphic designer, Rebecca Rhodes Ladikos, the interior designer and Laura Rhodes, the co-owner of Rhodes Design Group.  When the company we worked for in our “real jobs” was impacted by the economic downturn, we decided to take the proverbial approach and turn our lemons into lemon meringue pie. The next four years challenged, tested and refined each of us, and like silver in a refining pot, our creative artwork began to flow and increase as the pressures of job uncertainty mounted. Our creative artwork became the bright spot during a very challenging time. The result was,  art that really could inspire, because it was born in the trenches of hard times. Our art had become food for our own souls and we knew it would inspire others.

Armed with this certainty, that our artwork would encourage and inspire, we began to develop art collections. Marybeth Wydock, the graphic artist, quickly emerged as the main creative artist and art director, Rebecca Rhodes Ladikos, the interior designer, brought great insight in color selections, trends and subject matter and Laura Rhodes served as inspiration director, helping to create ideas, words and sentiments that were brought to life by Marybeth through original artwork. We recognized our strength as a creative team and we continue to regard ourselves as a collaborative force, a synergistic team, one in which the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. We are most happy and most creative when we work together in our studio.

When not creating in our studio, we soak in some incredible inspiration and support from our families...

Marybeth, with husband Jim, who provides a great sense of humor and funny stories that create laughter for days;  two daughters, Madison and Katie, who supply original works of art and funny sentiments; and dog Maggie.
Rebecca, with Greek husband, Nick, who really knows how to cook and daughter Alexa, who’s cute little feet and face inspire blogs. 
Laura, with husband James, who provides amazing art direction and encouragement; grown children Caleb and Rebecca, who are so funny together they help us all laugh at ourselves more; daughter-in-law, Kelsey and son-in-law Nick, who remind us that prayers for our children are heard, and grandchildren, Sophia, Lilly, Alexa and Noah, who supply everyone with the recommended daily dose of giggles.