“The product of the heart, head and hand is to be loved.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
On the first day of Advent a group of crafty people gathered at Mt Carmel United Methodist Church in Parkton, MD for their annual holiday craft sale and cookie walk. The vendors may not have been considered professional artists, yet their products were quality. Few are available on large scale basis. But, the wares were no less precious -much heart and soul was put into making them.
Stained glass, fiber arts creations, re-purposed products redesigned for new utilitarian or decorative purposes, hand painted signs, foods such as culinary spices, jams, salsa, chocolates and handcrafted marshmallows. There were also gifts especially for dogs and children alike. These days there is so much value placed on perfection found in “store bought” its difficult to find, even at church bazaars, one-at-a-time home crafted items.
Christmas songs played and the day long raffles added to the festive spirit. I got all wrapped up in it. Thank you to Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and to all who were in the background of planning and coordinating this successful event. By the steady stream of shoppers, this event has had great popularity over the years in the community.
I’d like to share some photos of this event and the offerings. I would have loved to have featured a photo of each and every vendor but space here is limited, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to gather the names of each of them either. What a lovely holiday fair. Thank you for including me in it!
Above: Jams, Salsas and Chocolates
Above: Hand painted signs
Above: Welded decorative items by Barb
Above & Below – One of a kind book sculpture by www.JodiHarveyArt.com
Below: Stained Glass by MZ Glassworks
The real gifts of Christmas aren’t found under the tree!