|place settings and napkin rings|
I arrived at the Garden Guild's regular Monday meeting last week to get a sneak peek at some of the items that will be in the sale. The ornaments are always among my favorite holiday gifts, and so I looked through them first. The sale will feature all varieties, including the tenth year of their tobacco stick angels (this time with each holding an even tinier angel), tobacco stick Santa Claus dolls, painted Christmas bulbs, and creatively cut paper pagodas that would make an excellent addition to any holiday ornament collection. Beautiful dolls reminiscent of Japanese geisha made out of small gourds are some of the new ornament additions. And always popular are the ornaments crafted from dried flowers set against the opaque circle of a capiz shell.
|dried flowers on a capiz shell ornaments|
|paper pagoda ornaments|
|gourd geisha ornaments|
|tobacco stick angels|
Favorites from last year, purses upcycled from felted sweaters will come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Each purse is unique, and so soft to the touch. Buttons and pin embellishments further add to the intricate design that goes into each individual purse.
|Purses & brooches made from recycled felt sweaters|
Finally, back by popular demand and with more to choose from this year are the gourd birdhouses, each painted individually and coated with a lacquer finish. Whether you prefer flower shapes, geometric patterns or painted pictures, there is a gourd bird house for you!
|Gourd bird houses|
jewelry and key chains
|tobacco stick Santa Claus ornaments|
|butterfly pudding dish|
|Scarves in Duke colors|
|Upcycled decorative boxes|
|Beautiful printed fabric trivets, each one unique|
|Decorative bird house ornament|
|Traditional ornament varieties|