Cigar Box

When It Speaks to You

“Pursue what catches your heart…” ― Roy Bennett

A few weeks ago I went to the Holly Fair at the Reisterstown United Methodist Church. I was so smitten by some handcrafted ornaments that I may as well have been looking at fine art paintings at the Louvre. I kid you not! The vendor would tell you I could not pull myself away from the simple yet beautiful wares at The Christmas Cat vendor booth, and I changed my mind 10,000 times as to which ones I wanted to purchase because I loved them all and so infrequently buy for myself.

Well, rather than go on and on about the baubles which are, in part, made with fine art papers from around the world, I will show you my newfound treasures which are very special to my own unique sense of  what I value. I ask you, isn’t that what art is about? My small investment of $15 for the whole lot of them have found the perfect place in the photo below.

After the holidays the ornaments will not be packed away. There will be a place for them in my home in some sentimental crystal goblets passed down through the family which doesn’t get used frequently enough. They will be in plain view accentuating something else I value.

I also was drawn to the work of two other vendors. Although I didn’t buy, I came home with their business cards. They both have on-line stores. One artist makes earrings from repurposed tin boxes. Artist Lisa Tournello and I had a lovely chat about how I remember the tin boxes from the late 1960’s because my sister and I each had one. We got them at Pier1 right after they began retail sales in this country. The designs on ours looked very much like some of her earrings.

Another vendor, the Cigar Box Lady, had some repurposed treasures made from cigar and tin mint boxes which grabbed my eye such as the box featured at the top and these beautifully decorated small tins.

Don’t discount the wares that can be found at church fairs! And the joy is in the search –  finding what strikes your heartstrings. Continue scrolling below this next picture, so you don’t miss what some else found – it is the real treasure of the day.

Before I end this post, I hope my friend Margy from MZ Glassworks doesn’t mind me sharing how great her experience was as a vendor. She indicated the real treasure of the day was when the kind church ladies delivered lunch to her on glass plate, which was very unexpected. Marge, you are so giving in your service to your neighborhood church in Hampstead, I am so happy to know the favor was returned!

 

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