Sammie's designs have been published in countless national craft magazines and she has authored seven books. She has appeared on Willard Scott's Almanac on HGTV three times and has had gourd ornaments on the White House Christmas tree three times. Some of her gourds have found a permanent home in the Smithsonian Institute's collections. She has also painted wooden ornaments for the Library of Congress and Smithsonian's Christmas trees.
Sammie enjoys travel teaching and has had the honor of teaching at national convention for the SDP. Her gourds like traveling, too, and some now reside in such places as Germany, Japan and Australia.
Sammie was born and raised in Benton, Arkansas, and she married her high school sweetheart, Harry, in 1966. During her working career, she has been an office manager and a landscape designer but her favorite job was as a commercial artist for an advertising firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. She began her painting career in 1987 and when her husband retired they moved from California to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1990. She now has a studio overlooking beautiful Lake Hamilton where she watches the Bald Eagles fly by at eye level in the winter.
Sammie Crawford, a professional teacher, designer, author and member of the Society of Decorative Painters and the American Gourd Society, enjoys painting on gourds so much that she has done it exclusively since 1993. She is just as addicted to gourds today as when she first started and she constantly draws inspiration from the endless variety of gourd shapes.