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Tallgrass Creek craft fair always delights

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December 19th, 2018
Resident Julia Thornton’s philodendron cuttings were among many of the items available at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. The cuttings are from a philodendron Julia has cared for since 1956.

Resident Julia Thornton’s philodendron cuttings were among many of the items available at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. The cuttings are from a philodendron Julia has cared for since 1956.

The Tallgrass Creek lobby bustled with activity recently as about 30 creative community members showcased their handmade wares at the annual craft fair.

Browsers and buyers included Tallgrass Creek neighbors, family, friends, and staff who strolled among tables displaying hand-embossed stationery, beautiful paintings, hot-dish holders, crocheted shawls, and much more.

“This show is always fun,” says Judy Turner, whose hand-embroidered tea towels were part of the colorful array. “It’s amazing to see how talented and creative people are.”

Plants with deep roots

Nestled in the middle of the fair was a table of philodendron plants with roots that go deep into the past. The healthy vines, nurtured by resident Julia Thornton, are “related” to a plant she first saw as a child.

“The original plant was in my grandmother’s home and was the first thing I wanted to see when I visited,” says Julia. “For some reason, I was quite attracted to it.”

Julia inherited the plant in 1956 and since then the plant has continued to thrive under her care.

“I just give it a ‘haircut’ from time to time and put the cuttings in water,” says Julia. “They root quickly and continue to grow.”

For the last few years, the craft fair has also included Ann Brazil’s pretty pots of decorative plants, which she grows and nurtures throughout the year. The healthy plants are all cuttings from several plants that moved to Tallgrass Creek with Ann and her husband Jerry six years ago. She replants them in different pots she finds at estate sales.

“Quite a few of my neighbors have my plants,” says Ann.  “They know I’m available if any TLC is needed.”

Green thumb stationery

Pat McCartney’s handmade, pressed-flower stationery was also featured at the craft fair. The flowers come from Pat and her husband Rich’s patio garden where Pat grows daisies, cosmos, delphiniums, and more.

“Rich’s mother taught me how to press flowers, and I love doing it,” says Pat. “I use the older, very thick phone books I’ve saved and press the flowers between the pages.”

Pat occasionally gathers several of her Tallgrass Creek neighbors for a flower-pressing session.

“It’s fun and nice to preserve the flowers for posterity,” says Pat.

The craft fair brings out both creativity and community spirit. Each crafter donates 10% of their proceeds to Tallgrass Creek’s Benevolent Care Fund, which supports residents experiencing an unforeseen financial change. The Residence and Care Agreement has all the details.

“It makes the show even more fun,” says Pat. “It’s all for a good cause.”

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