By Ms. Yvonne Johnson (Army Homepage)October 25, 2010
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A wide choice of seasonal, and not so seasonal, wares were available for Aberdeen Proving Ground shoppers during the Fall Bazaar at the Aberdeen Area
Recreation Center Oct. 7.
Vendors hawking everything from Fall-themed kitchen accessories to magic bubble shirts filled the recreation center ballroom for the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored event.
The first stop for shoppers was the FMWR table where they received tickets for door prizes and information about the Holiday Bazaar that will be held at the same location Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
"People can sign up for the Holiday Bazaar today," said Earlene Allen, FMWR special events coordinator who organized the event.
Allen thanked the bazaar vendors who donated the door prizes.
A display by Dawn Robey of Jarrettsville appealed to the sweet tooth. Robey's candy display featured candy eggs, chocolate-covered marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, brownie lollipops, chocolate pretzels and more. Robey said it took three days to prepare all the delicacies.
"I've been doing this over twenty years and I also can take orders."
The Magic Bubble Shirts display drew a large crowd as shoppers sorted through a large selection of crinkly tank tops, short-sleeved shirts and cardigans sized from toddler to adult. Sharon Jones, who operates www.bubbleshirts.com, said the items are popular because they don't wrinkle and stretch to fit most sizes.
"They're great for packing and traveling and you don't have to know a person's size to give it as a gift," she said.
"I love the bazaar, and I really loved the bubble shirts," said Angela Amadeo, a management analyst with the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command.
Accessory options included a Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry display by Jammi Howie. Items featured bold gold and silver-toned necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
"This business was twenty years in the making," Howie said. "Traci Lynn adds something to every outfit. There really is something for everyone."
Shoppers can order online at www. tracilynnjewelry.net/jammihowie.
Blankets by Blue Moon, presented by Lena Ruckle of Edgewood, featured place mats, blankets wall hangings and pillows covered with select themes from Baltimore Ravens logos to pink ponies.
"I just love to sew," said Ruckle, adding that she also takes custom orders. Contact Ruckle at 410-528-3766.
The Craft Boutique by Jill Foulke and Carol Price offered holiday themed reversible table centerpieces and stockings with Baltimore Ravens logos among its many items.
"We sell year-round but much more at Christmas," Foulke said, adding that she also can customize orders. The Craft Boutique will return to APG for the Holiday Bazaar, she said.
Thirty-One Holiday Organizers, by Renae Moran, featured colorful all-in-one organizers in the form of purses, thermal totes, utility bags and wallets.
"You can pick your color and patterns," Moran said.
Shop for selections at www.mythirtyone.com/cmygifts or call Moran at 410-303-0962.
Renee Main of Child, Youth and School Services, displayed her photographic talents with greeting cards and framed prints of eye-appealing nature scenes she photographed herself. The cards contain Bible scriptures and are blank inside. Main said she organized her hobby into a business
a year ago and named it "Godly Business."
"I love photography and I love nature and this is a way to share the beauty that's around us with others," she said.
Decorative Light Systems, custom light switch covers, by Paul St. Patrick caught the eyes of many shoppers. Just about anything that can be photographed - from pets, to logos, to scenery, can be turned into a decorative light system, he said, adding that he uses an Asian art form to create the light switch covers.
"It's basically photographs turned into digital illustrations," he said.
Photographs for custom orders can be e-mailed to St. Patrick at decofauxart@ yahoo.com or call 443-987-6380.