Jefferson Holiday Markets showcases talents, products and more

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Emma Meadows works on a piece of her beaded artwork at the Jefferson Holiday Market.

Boo’s Beads & Bunnies is the name of the entrepreneurial efforts of 10-year-old Emma “Boo” Meadows of Commerce.

She was perhaps the youngest participant in the Nov. 2-4 Jefferson Holiday Market held at the Jefferson Civic Center.

With her hot glue gun and her inspiration, the youngster was at work with her mother Brandi at her side.

After catching a bunch of beads in New Orleans, Emma said she decided to put her creative side to work, crafting designs in frames that would show off the colorful beads. She said her mother had gotten a small framed bead picture from a friend and she decided she would try her hand at the business world.

She also has some baby Angora bunnies which she is raising to sell.

For Ellen Rodgers, soft drink and beer bottle tops are the components in her designs of desktop caddies, wall hangings in fish shapes and even earrings. Living in Athens, Rodgers also has a Christmas tree design that uses green bottle tops for the tree background. Other color bottle tops service as ornaments.

Sara Harness shows off a gourd creation at the Jefferson Holiday Market.

When Sara Harness’ house began filling with the sculpted and painted gourds she fell in love with, her daughter suggested she try selling her work at the Jefferson Holiday Market four years ago. When her hobby of taking pieces of nature and bringing it indoors for a purpose such as a candle holder, a carved box or a fruit basket had become addictive, Sara’s Studio in Winder became a chance to market her creative designs. With husband Tom assisting her at the booth, she found this was another successful year. Sara’s Studio is at her home in Winder.

Mike Morrison was talking up some Crack on a Cracker from Redneck Brands. Redneck Chefs offered an array of salsas, sauces, jams and more. Morrison said he’s the chef and his son is the redneck, although the younger Morrison may tell the story a bit different. Morrison was full of short stories and one-liners aimed at getting folks to separate themselves from their cash. “One taste and you’ll be handing over your money,” said Morrison of the Cajun Candy, which he swears is highly addictive.

Opa’s Workshop brought over a number of handcrafted barn board furniture pieces made by Stephen J. Ferm of Winder. He gets his wood from Mt Yonah Lumber and uses the pre-beam one-eighth inch yellow pine boards to make chests, tables and even custom designed pieces.

Jefferson Holiday Market

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