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COVERED BRIDGEThe Kreidersville Covered Bridge Association is the beneficiary of the proceeds of a brass likeness of the bridge outside Northmapton. The 3 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch ornament is available in a gift box for $12 plus $2 postage. Call 620-262-9335 or send a check payable to the assocation care of Sue Irons, 223 Covered Bridge Road, Northampton, PA 18067.
STAINED-GLASS SNOWFLAKEStained-glass artist Cindy Hornaman of C&C Studios Inc., Wescoesville, has crafted a snowflake ornament with deep blue beveled glass jewels ($17 plus tax). She also makes Moravian stars and other home and garden items. Order at 610-360-4875 or at www.cindeescrafts.bix, where you can see more of Hornaman's work.
PERSONALIZED DOUGH ORNAMENTSIt's not quite Santa's workshop at the North Pole, but the home of Brian and Hermine Donovan in Easton every year about this time becomes a factory for the personalized salt dough ornaments the couple sells at craft shows around the region. "Most evenings are spent in the fall glued to the bench, cutting and pasting, but we love it," says Hermine. There are fanciful snow and gingerbread families, angels, teddy bears, cats and even dog bones. Expect to spend about $10-$12. To order: 610-253-3636.
FRAMED FABRICSD&D Custom Framed Fabrics covers frames with interesting fabrics for use as decorative wall pieces. Prices for 10- or 12-inch squares, or 20-by-11-inch rectangles range from $20 to $23; customers may supply their own fabrics and request other sizes. The business is the retirement hobby of Dick and Doris Giles of Macungie. To order, call 610-530-0301.
PRIMITIVE COUNTRY ANGELThis primitive country angel is made of pine with a worn, painted finish. She's accented with a rusty tin halo, wooden star, and a 6-inch twig wreath with a homespun bow, and comes in green, burgundy, mustard and blue for $18, plus tax. Measuring 17 inches by 171/2 inches, she's the creation of a Kutztown University art major and a carpenter; that's Diane and Gary Lindenmuth of Whitehall Township. As Country Creations, they produce handmade country accents sold at craft shows; their angel is also available at Linda Wehr's Country Corner, Coplay. To order from the Lindenmuths, call 610-434-1468.
OLD ST. NICKSentimental Santas are created by Jocelyn Bachert of Walnutport and her husband, Arthur. Their figures are bearded with lamb's wool and dressed in clothing made of salvaged fabrics ranging from quilts to shiny satin and velvet. Some are accompanied by Arthur's miniature wooden pull toys. Santa's clothing, toys and Christmas decorations can be made to order according to the preference of the buyer. This 17-inch-tall Santa is $79. Order at 610-767-1936.
MORAVIAN STARThis three-dimensional, beveled glass Moravian star from Jill Paules is $55 at Artisan Touch Co-Op. Other stars from this artist begin at $20. She's been working with glass for more than 20 years, including fused glass, mosaic tile, and stained glass. She also creates custom pieces, and repairs broken stars. Two-dimensional Moravian stars by another Artisan Touch member, Eileen Mihocko, are $15.
PINE CONE ORNAMENTA walk through the woods one brisk fall day led Brodheadsville sculptor Betty Jane Groff Bauer to ponder the possibilities of fallen pine cones. She came up with the idea of using them as a base on which to mount her paper clay sculptures of wildlife. Her ornaments feature a realistic head of a reindeer, wolf or mountain goat. Ornaments are $45. To order: 570-992-3043 or email@example.com.
PAPIER-MACHE SANTA ORNAMENTSPapier-mache Santa Claus ornaments are hand-painted to give each its own personality. Measuring 3 to 5 inches long, each costs $13.95. Santas and other ornaments hand-made by Carla Binder are sold at her shop, Creative Framing by Carla, 140 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues. through Fri., and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Info: 610-826-8401.
MORAVIAN STARThe ever-popular Moravian star and Star of Bethlehem are the speciality of Bethlehem resident Jamie Compos Covino of Bethlehem, who makes hanging versions in iridized, white and mauve stained glass. Stars come in three sizes: small (approximately 4 inches in length, $16) medium (61/2 and 8 inches in length for $26 and $27) and large (10 and 12 inches in length for $40 and $48). They're available at: Cocoon, 310 Stoke Park Road, Bethlehem; Cocoon Hallmark, 1530 Cedar Crest Blvd. (Crest Plaza), South Whitehall Township; and Early American Candle Shop, 5573 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville .
QUILLED ORNAMENTSThe delicate art of quilling -- in which tiny slips of tightly rolled paper are used to create fanciful ornaments or ornate invitations, jewerly or certificates -- is the speciality of Debbie Mackes of Bath, a member of the North American Quilling Guild. Her snowflake ornaments, dotted with glitter and on a silver cord, are $3.50 (small, perfect for scrapbooking), $5.25 (medium) and $7.75 (large). They are available at 610-837-7931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLD WORLD WOODEN SANTAThis handsome Santa is one of many styles hand-carved from bass wood by Jon Marks of Coplay, a retired Parkland High School teacher. Among his many other Santas in Old-World styles and colors are a Pennsylvania German Belsnickle and a Santa holding a pineapple, a traditional sign of welcome. Marks' primitive folk art animals include birds, cows, roosters, pigs and whales, each with a hand-rubbed finish. Prices range from $9 to $575. The Santa shown here is $395 plus tax. Marks' shop at 1454 Clearview Road, Coplay, is open by appointment and for an open house 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, and also Saturday and next Sunday. Contact him at 610-261-2840; email@example.com, or go to www.JonMarks-Woodcarver.com.
CHRISTMAS NAPKINSCircular, double-faced, cloth napkins in seasonal colors and prints fold into tree shapes for holiday place settings. Made by Mary Rose Mavis, they are $10 per pack of four, tax included, with free shipping and handling. Send checks payable to Mary Rose Mavis, to Mavis Designs, P.O. Box 688, Bethlehem, PA 18016.
DOG ORNAMENTKiln-fired, glazed earthenware ornaments are hand-sculpted, molded and painted by Marguerite McGrath of Lehigh Township. More than 70 dog breeds are available, including this skating English Springer spaniel. They're about 2-by-2 inches in size with 22K gold accent. Each is $15 plus tax and shipping. McGrath also sells figurines and jewelry at dog shows and on eBay under the seller name Whatfolly. Order at 610-760-8146, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. See other doggie items at www.foreverfriendsdesigns.com
STAINED-GLASS TREEStained-glass artist Carlene Morrow of Emmaus makes these 4-inch, hand-cut and fused tree ornaments wrapped with wire "tinsel" and decorated with beads. Her experience spans 27 years, and she has shown her work at craft galleries in all 50 states and in Germany and Japan. Ornament shown here sells for $12.95. Order at 610-797-2874 or visit her Isis Glass studio at 129 W. Susquehanna St., Allentown. Also see her work at www.isisglass.biz.
CHRISTMAS CAROLERSCarolers hand-crafted from landscape timber are available from Cindy and Paul Johnson of Bethlehem. He cuts the wood; she paints and dresses them in thrift-store apparel. Figures are weather-proofed and range in size from 2 to 4 feet. Prices range from $25 to $40. Also available are angels and snowmen in a variety of colors and sizes. The Johnson's new nativity scenes will be sold at this year's Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem. Order figures at 610-972-4044 or 610-691-3368, or by e-mail at Cind4Jesus@aol.com.
GOOSE EGG ORNAMENTGoose egg ornaments are decorated with decoupaged pictures by Kathryn Johnson. "We can put any picture on," she says. Wallet-sized photos may also be used for personalized gifts. Johnson has been crafting and selling decorated eggs for 25 years at craft shows and specialty shops. Goose egg prices start at $6.95 plus tax and shipping. Order at 610-252-8651 or e-mail email@example.com.
WOODEN SNOWFLAKESScroll-sawn from 1/8-inch birch plywood, these 4-inch snowflakes are perfect for hanging on a tree or in a window. Made by Lehighton's Crazy Countryboy Woodworks in various designs, they're $3.50 each. Snowflakes also come in "snow mobiles" with six different snowflakes hanging from one 11-inch flake ($25 and up) and up to 4 feet wide for outdoor displays. Snowflake earrings are $10 and up. Order at 610-681-6010, firstname.lastname@example.org. See more at www.ccbwoodworks.com.
HOLIDAY STREETLIGHTSAllentown's streetlight standards are fashioned in stained glass by Janet Stanley to recall holiday times when they were decorated with red and green bells and a big, white star. They are 11 inches tall, and also available with poinsettias and plain. Price with stand is $35 plus tax; without the stand (for hanging), $27 plus tax. Available at Janet's Stained Glass Studio, 1131 W. Linden St., Allentown, where you'll see many other stained glass items, including lamps, suncatchers and angels. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.; 610-820-9411.
STAINED-GLASS ANGELThis stained-glass guardian angel ornament is one of the designs of 28-year-old artist Emily Holmes of Bloomsbury, N.J., who studied design and art history at Duke University. It sells for $18 and is available by calling 917-428-1472 or going online at holmes-arts.com, where you can see other glass items including hanging candle holders ($48).
CHAIN-MAIL FOR THE TREEA budding civil engineer, Kevin Harney of Bethlehem is fascinated by geometric shapes and metal fabrication. The 21-year-old Bucknell University senior has combined in this ornament made of 96 hand-woven, anodized aluminum rings. Look at the inner rings and see a dodecahedron (12-sided figure). Look at the outer rings and see an icosahedron (20-sided figure). You can pick the colors for the inner and outer rings. Ornaments sell for $10. Ordered until Dec. 18 at email@example.com or 570-577-5888 and, after that, at 610-865-2682 until mid-January.
A CHRISTMAS ELFMerry Christmas elves are part of Lucille Gruppo's "Josephine's Family" of hand-made, one-of-a-kind soft dolls. Gruppo, of Bangor, has been making dolls for 15 years. She's a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and her work has been featured in "Soft Dolls and Animals" magazine. Elves are 30 inches long with hand-drawn faces (pen, pencil, chalk and paint), bendable arms and legs, and hair made in Italy. They are priced $175, plus tax. Gruppo will have her dolls at Bethlehem's Christkindlmarkt Dec. 7 and 10-14. You also can order by calling Gruppo at 610-588-7930, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS STOCKINGSShirley Green of Haycock Township hand-knits Christmas stockings in holiday colors, using the pattern her late mother-in-law used more than 50 years ago. Stockings may be personalized with names, or, for your four-footed friend, with dog bones and paw prints. In addition to stockings, which are $25 each plus shipping, Green also custom-knits Aran, Fair Isle, Icelandic and picture sweaters. Prices vary according to size and yarn. To order, call 215-529-0611 or e-mail email@example.com.
PINE CONE WREATHSHarry and Joyce Garis of Riegelsvile call themselves "The Pine Cone Fanatics," which, says Harry, is what people must have thought upon seeing them stopped along the side of the road collecting cones during their travels from Maine to Florida. The results -- including rustic pine cone wreathes ($45 for an 18-inch wreath) and whimsical ornaments ($4) -- are proof the Garises aren't completely mad. The couple also make traditional German feather trees and wreaths and other items using natural products, including nuts, moss and animal horns. Order at 610-346-8341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHERENSCHNITTE SNOWFLAKESnowflakes are a natural subject for Scherenschnitte, the traditional Pennsylvania German art of scissor cutting. Peter V. Fritsch, a retired teacher living near the Berks-Lehigh County border, has been snipping for more than 40 years. He offers 11-by-11-inch framed snowflakes for $38 plus shipping; other colors and sizes are available. Write or call him at 475 Centennial Road, Alburtis, PA 18011; 610-682-6433.
MAHOGANY TRELLISMillard E. Rohrbaugh, a retired manufacturing facility engineer, has engineered these mahogany garden trellises to look great either undecorated or trimmed with fresh greenery and lights. Trellises stand 48 inches high and are 16 inches wide at the base and can be topped with a star. The Belfast resident notes they can be used for summer gardens on porches indoors for hanging potted plants. The star-topped items are available undecorated for $34.95 or decorated for $39.95 at his workshop at 521 Debbie Lane, off Route 191 in Belfast, where his bird and butterfly hibernation houses and window boxes are also on display. To order, call 610-759-2674 or e-mail Belfastbarb@aol.com.
DER BELSNICKLEThis traditional Pennsylvania German Christmas visitor, Der Belsnickle, is 7 inches tall, hand-sculpted of polymer clay and mounted on a 4-inch wooden base. One-of-a-kind in Hellertown sculptor Jack Siegfried's "Olde World Santas" series, he costs $35 plus tax. (This year's Santa has a Bethlehem Steel theme.) Order at 610-838-9768 or e-mail email@example.com. See more of his Clay Critters and Characters (monks, fantasy folk, greyhounds, mopheads and "bearsonalities") at www.picturetrail.com/talevai.
WOODEN SNOWY SANTAHandpainted wood Santas in many styles and traditions are the specialty of Santa Legends of New Tripoli. "Snowy Santa" carries a lantern and stands about 11 inches tall in a white coat decorated with holly. Jack Silfies prepares the wood cutouts; Shirlene Silfies, a juried member of the Artisans' Circle and a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, does the final detailed painting before the figures are antiqued and varnished. Santas are sold at craft shows, Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, and at the Twisted Reed Holiday Shop in Lynnport, Berks County. Or call 610-298-2427.
WOODEN SNOWMANHandcrafted wooden Christmas ornaments are made by Jeff Tretter of Saucon Valley in hundreds of unique shapes, sealed with a high-gloss finish to sparkle. Prices start at $5, and other items such as wooden baskets are available. To order, 610-694-9323 or write to J.A.T. Scroller Enterprise, 1427 Illes Lane, Bethlehem PA 18015.
MINK BOARD SNOWMANThis decorative snowman holding a cat is painted in varnished acrylic on a reproduction mink board, used by trappers to cure and dry skins. This one costs $55; several other sizes and prices are available from John S. Weaver of Cherryville, who also offers folk art classes at his home. His specialties are santas, snowmen, angels and other designs painted on wood, slate, glass, tin, papier mache, or fabric, even gourds and ironing boards. Prices range from $15 to $150. Contact Weaver at 610-760-1619 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLATE SANTAFine and decorative folk-art painting on slate is a specialty of John S. Weaver of Cherryville. This Santa on slate is $35, tax included. Other sizes and subjects (angels, snowmen) are available on wood, tin, and papier-mache in varnished acrylics. Weaver also offers folk-art classes at his home. To order, call 610-760-1619 or e-mail email@example.com.
EGG ART FOR CHRISTMASNew crafter Kemi Turek of Catasauqua, a mother of four, including two foster children, creates fanciful ornaments from hollowed eggs, which she fills with scenes including miniature people, birds and animals. One of her recent innovations is to use brown eggs filled with gingerbread people. Order them for $10 each at 610-264-5574.
PINE SANTAPine wood ornaments are designed, handcarved and handpainted by Rick and Kathy Wright in many designs, including Santas, angels and animals. Prices are $5 and up. The Wrights also create carved commercial and residential signs, plus custom furniture. They're holding an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at their shop at 4736 Route 309 in Schnecksville. Contact them at 610-799-3878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FATHER CHRISTMASThis Father Christmas is created by Larry and Catherine Mouer of Yester-Year Collectibles, Northampton. The retired couple create one-of-a kind Victorian, patriotic, traditional or country-style Santas who stand 26 or 32 inches tall. Each figure is signed and dated and comes with an explanatory poem. This Santa is $150; others start at $60. Order at 610-262-2039.
BEARY NICE TREEA hand-made bear climbing a tree represents its creator's love of nature, nostalgia and conservation. Made by Penny Dennis of Bethlehem, it's $39.95 at Cottage Crafters. "Recycling is basic in my work," she says. The tree is made from a fallen branch, a discarded Christmas tree, pine cones from her yard and an old stone planter.
SCHERENSCHNITTE CHRISTMAS TREEA Christmas tree that is an example of Scherenschnitte, the Pennsylvania German scissor art, is cut from ivory parchment paper, mounted on heavy, acid-free green art paper, and framed with 8-by-10-inch cherry-stained wood. It's $25 from Cindy Fitzpatrick of South Whitehall Township, who also creates quilted wall art and wearable art. Many of her items are made from wool felt. She sells at both Cottage Crafter locations.
SLEIGH BELLS RINGSleigh bell straps created by Berks County leather crafters Steve and Marie Smith are adorned with solid brass rings. Cast brass bells are replicas of a 100-year-old pattern. Straps are hand-dyed belt leather, and other styles with fewer or more bells are available. This one is $78.