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Let’s get crafty

Camaraderie and creativity abound at Tallgrass Creek craft show

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November 20th, 2014
ladies at the craft show

Handmade quilts, wooden doll cradles, and lovely miniature paintings were only a few of the artistic creations up for grabs at Creek’s annual craft show held this fall. 

The event drew not only the artists who presented their handmade items but a crowd of others who took advantage of some fun, pre-holiday shopping for friends and family. The craft show took place in the clubhouse living room where about 20 participants displayed their creative wares.   

“Seeing all these beautifully designed items in one place makes you realize how many uniquely talented individuals live here,” says resident Elaine Alexander, an enthusiastic quilter and organizer of the Tallgrass Creek Quilting Club. 

Wonderful woodwork   

The craft show included handcrafted children’s toys such as doll cradles, miniature benches, and toy racing cars designed and created by Tallgrass Creek woodworkers. For the last few years, the group has created and donated about 20 cradles and toy cars to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, an organization that serves the needs of low-income people in the area. This year, they added the children’s benches to the lineup. 

Hugh McCreery is among the residents who enjoy working in the community’s spacious, stocked-with-tools-and-more wood shop located behind the Sunflower Bistro, a popular lunch spot. The group also hangs pictures, repairs lamps, and more for their fellow residents.

“There’s usually someone busy making or repairing something in the woodshop,” says Hugh. “We all like to work on different things, and the area is large enough to accommodate that.”

Among those “different things” at the craft show were beautifully handcrafted ballpoint pens which several woodworkers, including Dick Knapp, helped create.

“Each pen is individually turned on a lathe to provide a smooth finish, then sanded and polished,” says Dick. “From start to finish, they each take about two and a half hours to make.”   

Colorful, crafty array

Shoppers strolled among many unusual items such as trivets made from corks, colorful wristlet purses, jewelry hangars, and neck pillows. Resident Joan Smith enjoyed showing her patterned, three-dimensional greeting cards made of a collage of different papers, figures, and messages. Joan also designs and creates regular greeting cards inspired by different patterns and papers. Over the last few years, she has made about 700.

“I sold about 50 of my greeting cards at the show and some of my collage cards,” says Joan. “But it’s not about that. It’s just relaxing to create, and I enjoy it so much.”