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New wardrobes for American Girl dolls

Rosie Armstrong displayed new wardrobe items designed to fit the popular American Girl dolls many Winter Texan’s granddaughters have.

Christmas is coming soon and craft sales are often a great source for people seeking gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person who has everything. Even when not seeking Christmas gifts, craft sales are always fun to attend. Bit-O-Heaven RV Park in Donna held its monthly craft show On Friday, Nov. 10, and offered several sources of unique gifts of fun items to furnish Valley homes.

T-shirts are often popular wear among Winter Texans, who enjoy the warm weather in the Rio Grande Valley. Kathy Webber had a great variety of shirts with Valley themes such as “Winter Texan for Life,” for those wishing to advertise ­– or maybe brad a little – that they are vacationing in the warm Valley. She also offered specialized themes such as the one for quilters, “Quilter for Life,” a hobby many women (and men) enjoy during their leisure time. She had too many themes to list so look for her table at next month’s craft sale.

Rosie Armstrong had a table filled with clothes that fit the very popular American girl dolls. Many Winter Texans have granddaughters or great granddaughters just the age to play with American Girl dolls. The clothes Rosie was offering were much less expensive than those listed in the American Girl catalog.

Roger Ruggles of AR Creations had a table filled with all sorts of handmade pens. Some were outstanding because of the woods used such as olive wood from Bethlehem or the local mesquite tree. Others were outstanding because of the symbols on them such as anchor designed to appeal to boaters and Navy veterans. Pens come in thick and thin sizes.

Ruggles also featured wooden rippers that he said were popular with the quilters in the Rio Grande Valley. The ripper part is fashioned from stainless steel and is set in a variety of types of wood. It would make a great gift for a seamstress back home who has every piece of sewing equipment possible as this is a unique ripper few others would have.

20171116 Bit O Heaven CraftFair GREGu IMG 4846If that special person on your list does not like to write and is not a quilter, there were also pill cases and toothpick holders.

There were several tables of jewelry, but Betty Miller was offering snap jewelry. She sold magnetized bracelets and necklaces. Because they were magnetized instead of glued, the buttons could be popped out and replaced with another one.

Of course, she had an array of buttons in all colors with varying amounts of decorations. Purchasers could buy one bracelet and a dozen buttons and have a different colored bracelet to match each of their outfits.

Arne Hole was offering a variety of woodwork items for sale. New this year were cremation boxes for pets or people.

Another woodworker, Milton Voss, sold ornately decorated clocks.

Barbara Humphrey had some wood crafts, but also had gourds which had been painted to look like Christmas ornaments.

Artis Jensen offered crocheted items.

There were several tables of tools designed to provide just what tinkering Winter Texans might need.

And “Spiffy Cliffy” Spears had a table filled with waterless carwash products.

For those looking for unique gifts for Christmas or giving at other times, the Bit-O-Heaven Craft Sale is held the second Friday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast items are offered early in the morning.

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