Handmade arts, crafts to fill shaded West Central Park

Handmade arts, crafts to fill
shaded West Central Park
One popular feature of Another Bloomin’
Festival is the broad assortment of hand-crafted products for sale in the shaded West Central
Park area. From woodwork to crocheted designs to jewelry, these booths have items to thrill
any age group.
Sewing, knitting & crocheting
Hand-sewn baby blankets and aprons will be
sold by Lindell Hall (Booth #105).
Crocheted baby afghans, cloth books and
more will be offered by Annette Toews and Martha White (Booth #116).
At booth #134, Georgian Mullins of Statesboro will have hand-towels, detergent aprons
and wooden crafts. She has been participating
in festivals for 20 years and first started in her
craft in Edwardsburg, MI, in 1981.
For monogrammed bath and beach towel
sets, onesies and tutu dresses, visit The Purple
Dotted Zebra Boutique (Booth #138). Anasia
Hixon of Statesboro started the boutique as she
developed an interest in making adorable items
for her two children.
Thanelia Collins of Metter will have crocheted
hats, scarves and more at her booth (#140).
Laila Hendricks Norton of Metter (Booth
#145) will have crocheted afghans and more.
She has been taking part in festivals for over
60 years.
Georgia fans will want to visit Booth #147,
where Terri Parlante of Augusta will have Georgia Bulldog items and more.
Ginger Conley of Lawrenceville (Booth #150)
will have crocheted pieces as well as hand-sewn
pieces, such as caryon rolls and hair bows.
Jewelry & accessories
If vintage jewelry is what you’re looking for,
visit Bobbie Tucker (Booth #101), who will have
an assortment of antique jewelry -- and small
antique pieces.
Jewelry pieces, as well as knit items, will also
be sold by Dana Davis (Booth #111), who began exhibiting a year ago.
Handmade hairbows and headbands will
be sold at Booth #124 by Kristin Durrence of
Hinesville. A stay-at-home mother, Durrence
took up this craft as a hobby in 2010 and has
been exhibiting in festivals for over two years.
For a unique spin on jewelry, with creations
crafted from antique silver plated spoons and
forks, visit James Ledbetter’s booth (#125).
Ledbetter, of Opelika, AL, learned the trade from
his father and has been taking part in festivals
in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama for ten
years. He purchases the silverware at estate
sales and auctions.
Hair bows, along with children’s clothing,
wreaths and solar lights, will be sold by Kitty Dix
of Hawkinsville at Booth #126. She first began
participating in festivals in 1995, when she exhibited at the Possom Hollow event in Dexter.
Renee Williams (Booth #128) will offer handmade scarves, along with hair accessories.
Jennifer Ferguson of Hephzibah will offer bracelets, necklaces, watches and belts, handmade from
paracord and using different types of beads. Ferguson has been making these paracord items for
about three years and has taken part in a number
of area festivals during that time.
For Southwestern style jewelry, visit Cobbtown
Country Girl (Booth #133), while Debbie Whitlock (Booths #135 & #136) will have wirewrapped pendants and matching earrings.
Personalized tote bags and more will be offered by LaRaine Blitch of Windsor, S.C. (Booth
#139), who has participated in festivals for 20
years now.
Shady Bluff Special Creations (Booth #102)
will have small wooden pieces, including trays
and sconces, while Ben Delacruz (Booths #103
and #104) will offer wood carvings from acacia
wood, including birdhouses. He begins his carvings with chainsaws, finishing off the detail with
For larger items, such as swings and arbors,
visit Jimmy and Sue Fuller’s booths (#106,
#107 & #108).
At Booth #115, Greg Aksdal of Pembroke
will have such wooden items as ornaments and
candleholders, while his wife will be displaying
beaded jewelry and paracord bracelets.
For wooden children’s furniture, such as
rockers, desks and toy boxes, visit David’s
Woodworking (Booth #121).
Cedar crafts and maple crafts, including
benches, tables, candle holders and more, will
be sold by Brian Cesario (Booth #131).
At Royal’s Wooden Creations (Booth #137)
you will find wooden swings, porch rockers and
adirondack furniture, along with outdoor furniture.
At the Art With Wood booth (#142), Jeanie
Merritt of Moultrie will have hand-cut and handpainted wood designs crafted from wood taken
from fences, barns and old cabinet doors.
Elmo Sr.’s Boards (Booth #144) will have
cutting boards, cheese boards, bread boards
and assorted wooden items.
Unique specialties
Debuting at Another Bloomin’ Festival this
year is Carmella Brown of Metter (Booth #109),
who has been taking part in area festivals for
about three years with her “reborn baby dolls.”
Her dolls are painstakingly crafted to give that
life-like look.
Once again, the Lollypop Lady (Booth #110)
will come to Metter from Central, S.C., to bring
her hand-crafted lollypops and lollypop arrangements.
Joe Sasser of Millen (Booths #112 &
#113) will bring his hand-woven wild grapevine
wreaths. A self-taught crafter, he made his first
wreath in 1985. Each design, he says, is one
of a kind.
Paracord survival bracelets and gun slings,
along with hand sewn crafts, will be offered at
the Crafts by Sue & Zoie/Paracord Survival Creations booth (#114). The paracord items are
made on site.
At Hodge Podge Crafts (Booths #117 &
#118), you can find gourd art, including birdhouses and baskets, among other items. Additional painted gourd crafts, carved and woodburned, will be offered at Booth #141 by Mary
Turner of Savannah. Turner began her craft
in 2002 when she joined the Georgia Gourd
Sprouts Patch in Springfield. She is also a member of the American, Georgia and Florida Gourd
For “terrific” caricatures, visit Dave Washburn
of Lawrenceville (Booth #119). “I draw like a
house a’fire,” he says. “I draw fast, accurate
caricatures of live models.”
Bonsai enthusiasts will want to visit Mervyn
Greenberg’s booth (#122) for pre-bonsai and
bonsai plants and supplies, as well as instructions and demonstrations on the care of the
bonsai. A ceramic tile installer, Greenberg has
studied this Japanese/Chinese tradition for over
10 years.
At Booth #127, Mickey and Joe Huber of
Palm Coast, FL, will offer hand-made activity
bags for children, as well as flopper hats and
bags for adults and children alike.
At The Cottage Doors (#130), home decor
items are the order of the day, as coat racks,
fabric covered boxes, and decorative cupboards
will be offered.
For kids’ tree swings, yard signs and more,
visit Norman Conrad’s booths (#148 & #149).
Jams, jellies & more
Homemade jams and jellies, pickles, vegetables and more will be offered by Joyce Prescott
and Elaine Ferrell (Booth #123).
At Studier’s Honeypot (Booth #129) you will
find a selection of Tupelo honey, orange blossom
honey, gallberry honey, beeswax lotion, body
butter, scrubs and much more. Owner Kimberly
Kidd’s family has been in the beekeeping business since 1940 and she enjoys experimenting
with products from the hive.