, Muskogee, OK


November 22, 2012

Go handmade at craft show

Civic Center event offers 40 booths of crafts

The smell of spiced apple floats through the Grandview home shared by Rosalie Hyer and her daughter, Sarah Toto. They are busy getting ready for their first booth together at a craft show.

Hyer raised her children to try new things, especially crafts. Toto, 30, and Hyer, 63, have one of the 40 booth spaces at the Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday at Muskogee Civic Center. Admission is free.

Hyer will offer a variety of handmade items like afghans, embroidered pillowcases and aprons for mothers and daughters. Toto is creating candles and floral centerpieces. Hyer helps Toto with the centerpieces attaching silk flowers and greenery for Styrofoam rings. The candles, like the spiced apple scented red ones she is making, are placed in the center of the ring. The smallest ones are priced at $15.

Cassandra Gaines, Muskogee Civic Center director, said there is a good variety of vendors at the third annual show like Jada McWilliams of Taft, who makes disciple crosses with horseshoe nails and wire; Robert Pauvlinch of Muskogee, who makes greeting cards; and Myra Grayson of Pryor, who makes soaps and lotions with goat’s milk.

The crosses made of nails will bless those who see them, Gaines said. Some of the items on the vendor list, like aprons, remind her of her grandmother. Gaines is seeing dolls making a comeback at the show and a trend with a younger generation knitting and crocheting.

“It’s an art,” she said. “When people sit down and take the time to make these things, they are putting love into it.”

Hyer also does crocheting for fun. She is working with black and white yarn to make 115 squares that she’ll put together for an afghan. She taught herself to crochet when she was 26 by buying the “Learn How Book” for 10 cents.

“It’s how I relax,” Hyer said, her leg twisted under her as she sat on the corner of her sofa. “I’m not doing it in a rushed manner.”

She has done rush jobs on ceramics years ago when her brother stepped in to help her sell her hand-painted ceramic pieces when she lived in Arizona. That ended when he sold it faster than she could paint it. She doesn’t make ceramics anymore but still has pieces she’s made decorating her home. Many of them are displayed at Christmastime.

She’ll add a candle and floral centerpiece she and her daughter are making to her holiday decorating this year. Toto started making candles when helping decorate for her cousin’s wedding in Tucson, Ariz., in May. She did the candles and Hyer made the floral bouquets and centerpieces.

Toto buys large slabs of plain wax and melts it in a metal pot adding color and scents to make each one different. They have turned a back bedroom into their craft room.

“I get a kick out of it,” Toto said of making candles. “Sometimes there’s a little flaw. That gives it personality.”

Pillowcases embroidered with his and hers started as a gift Hyer made for her niece and nephew for their 10th anniversary two years ago. She’s made them for her sister and brother and is now making them to sell at the craft show.

The mother-daughter duo enjoy shopping together for their craft projects and share opinions on what works and what doesn’t.

“A lot of people are into making and buying homemade,” Gaines said. “It’s more sentimental, more personable.”

If you go

WHAT: Arts and Crafts Show.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday.

WHERE: Muskogee Civic Center.


INFORMATION: (918) 684-6363.

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