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Llewellyn Holiday Market spotlights creative crafts

This year's Llewellyn (Elementary School) Holiday Market featured several new items – including marshmallow launchers, carry-book pillows, marbled turkey feathers, and “re-sweatered” wall décor.

Market Chair Mindy Hawley, parent of a Llewellyn 4th grader, revealed, "We have about forty-five vendors, and about a third of them are parents of kids who go here. We start planning at the beginning of the school year, and advertise table spaces to area craft vendors through websites. Adult vendors set up in the gym, while kid vendors find tables in the cafetorium.”

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Former Llewellyn student Nicolas Avendano plays violin at the 2012 Llewellyn Holiday Market. Since the Llewellyn Holiday Market is one of the earliest of the season in the area, it helps set the tone for creative holiday gifts. In addition to Christmas mice, Hallowe’en Monster Mash T-shirts, and Thanksgiving-themed table runners, one booth this year even featured fabric trays and aprons with patterns for the Hispanic “Day of the Dead” celebration.

Notices for school causes were also evident in the main hall. A PTA Clothes Closet barrel welcomed gently-used clothing for children; a poster encouraged donations of Labels for Education; and Chinook coupon books were sold. A fifth grade bake sale in the front hall dedicated funds for the older students’ overnight field trip in the spring. “It’s sort of like Outdoor School for them,” explained a mom who was minding the store.

Crafty kid booths featured handmade jewelry, stationery, lip balm, and refrigerator magnets. A photo studio in one corner of the cafetorium did a brisk business – while mini-marshmallow shooters, similar to pea shooters, amused youngsters in another corner.

Hats, clothing, and household supplies – soaps, foot scrubs, and potholders – were for sale, while higher-end products, such as sterling silver jewelry and hand-turned wood kaleidoscopes, were also available. One enterprising former student played his violin for spare change, near his family's craft booth.

Several tables offered “up-cycled” items – arm warmers and woolen wall plaques made from re-purposed sweaters; Holiday wreath pins made of painted puzzle pieces; and jewelry made from buttons, hardware and Scrabble tiles.

The Westmoreland school’s fund-raising Market was rife with craft ideas to trigger one’s own creativity, such as fabric gift tags and chocolate bars decorated as snowmen. The inventive spirit was expressed in a multitude of ways at this Holiday extravaganza.