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From plants to paintings

Creativity on display at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair

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February 16th, 2017
Communications Specialist Tami Peckham (left) stopped by a table of thriving potted plants Ann Brazil grew in her Tallgrass Creek apartment home and sold at the community’s annual craft fair this year.

Communications Specialist Tami Peckham (left) stopped by a table of thriving potted plants Ann Brazil grew in her Tallgrass Creek apartment home and sold at the community’s annual craft fair this year.

There were cozy shawls, wooly hats, wooden stools, lovely paintings, cork trivets, homemade candies, quilted bags, and so much more at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. About 40 community members displayed their artistic wares during the creative shopping bonanza, which took place in the Sunflower Bistro. Craft fair shoppers included residents, staff, family members, and friends. 

“I enjoy this gathering so much,” says resident Mary Robison, who used her crafting ability for 30 years as a fourth-grade teacher. “I get lots of joy out of making different things but also from seeing what others make. It’s a very creative group here.”

Mary is known for her eye-catching, handmade chocolate matchbooks. Resembling actual matchbooks, the unique items are decorated with holiday or local sports themes and contain a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate. She sold more than 100 of the colorful gift items at this year’s fair. She also sells embossed cards and vintage refrigerator magnets. 

Crafty green thumb 

An oasis of greenery by Ann Brazil has greeted shoppers at the last two craft fairs. Ann creates small pots of thriving plants that she grows and nurtures in her Tallgrass Creek home. 

She has about 120 plants in her home, all from the four that moved to Tallgrass Creek with her and husband Jerry five years ago. Ann roots their trimmings and plants them in pots she finds at various estate sales.

“They are over the kitchen counters, plant stands (she has 16), and shelves around our home,” says Ann. “Plants just make a home feel more homey.”   

Ann’s family of plants includes philodendron, kalanchoe, jade, and Swedish ivy. To keep them clean and healthy, she bathes each in the sink three times a year and waters them as needed. 

“I keep music on for them too,” laughs Ann. “I think they like it.”  

Ann took a large table full of plants to the craft fair this year, and Tallgrass Creek neighbors took home almost all. 

“People often stop me in the hall to tell me how their plants are doing,” says Ann. “Sometimes I have to stop by and administer a little ‘TLC’ and that’s okay too.”

“The craft fair is something many of us look forward to every year,” says Ann. “It’s a lot of fun and all for a good cause.” 

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