Handmade items offered at Christmas bazaar Nov. 7
by Elsie Hodnett
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From home-baked goodies to dolls, stuffed animals, and holiday decorations, the Pell City First United Methodist Church Christian Outreach Christmas Bazaar has a wide selection of hand-crafted items.

“All the items at the bazaar are handmade,” said Ann Day, a member of the Pell City First United Methodist Church Christian Outreach.

The Pell City First United Methodist Church Christian Outreach Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 7, at The Beacon at First United Methodist Church in Pell City. Breakfast items will be for sale at 8 a.m. Shopping starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m.

“The Christian Outreach Christmas Bazaar is our major fundraiser that we hold every other year,” Day said.

She said the Christmas Bazaar will feature a silent auction for a handmade quilt, an afghan, and hand-painted furniture items. The other items are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We will have a country kitchen, with homemade jellies, jams, pickles, casseroles, pies, cakes, candy, cookies, and bread,” she said.

Mary Alice Keitges, Janet Weldon, Doris Grammer, Joan Phillips and Linda Fowler spent about 300 hours working on the king-size Dresden plate and diamond quilt.

“We made the quilt top and then it was machine stuffed and bound,” Keitges said.

Keitges said the quilt is reversible, with shades of green, peach, burgundy, and off-white on the front and off-white on the back.

Day said she hand-painted a number of items for the Christmas Bazaar including alpine scenes from France and mountain cottage scenes on wine bottles with lights inside, watering cans, stools, chairs, a table, a rocking chair, a chest-of-drawers, and more.

“I painted Royal Copenhagen plate designs on the table and two stools,” she said. “That took me the longest to paint.”

Cindy Hallmark and Jan Alderman made a number of Chenille and hand-quilted stuffed animals.

“It takes about one hour to make each animal,” she said. “We have elephants, cats, rabbits, about six different ones.”

Day said Ann Self made “Bag Ladies,” which hang in the kitchen and hold extra plastic shopping bags.

“They each have different names,” she said.

Grammer said she made Raggedy Ann dolls in three different sizes for the Christmas Bazaar.

“It takes about 10 to 15 hours to make each one,” she said. “You have to make each piece and stuff it, sew the pieces together, make the clothes, and put on the hair. It took 6 hours just to put the hair on the large doll.”

Jan Smith said she organized a gourd-painting workshop.

“It took about 7 hours to make each hand-painted gourd,” she said. “We have Santa and turkey gourds in large and small sizes.”

Day said there are several hundred items for sale at this year’s Christmas Bazaar.

She said proceeds will benefit the Christian Outreach, which visits all the nursing homes and shut-ins in the Pell City area on a regular basis.

“We also donate to local organizations,” she said.

Day said Christian Outreach donates to the Christian Love Pantry, the YWCA, American Cancer Society, Spring Valley School, Leukemia Society Kathryn Reid, Community Action, Salvation Army, Pell City Toys for Children, Lakeside Hospice, and others.