Bottles create novel figurines for holidays


November 21, 1995|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHAT BEGAN as a stay-at-home mother's hobby 23 years ago has become a fledgling business for two Eldersburg women.

Rosemary Cushman and Deborah Weil are set to herald the holiday season with their line of carolers and angels crafted from wine bottles. The women use the bottles, foam, wood, fabric and plenty of imagination to create their unique figurines. The pair showed off their wares Saturday at a Christmas market at Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Hall.

Mrs. Cushman became interested in making the figurines when she purchased some pre-starched fabric and instructions in a Texas craft shop. She created a figurine for each of her children and then began to give the dolls as gifts to her family. A Nativity set made for her mother holds a special memory.

Each figurine is almost a labor of love, requiring up to five days to complete.

"There are several steps involved in the process and each must be done in a specific order," said Mrs. Cushman.

Although she passed along the basic skills for creating the figurines to Ms. Weil, their finished projects are very different in technique and style. The two women rarely work together on the figurines so an interesting mix of ideas has emerged.

While the holiday line features mostly traditional carolers and angels, Mrs. Weil used children in jeans and flannel shirts as inspiration for some of her spring line figurines. She will also accommodate custom orders.

The women have been "testing the waters" for their creations through area craft shows and have gotten favorable responses.

"People have really loved them," said Mrs. Cushman. "They say they've never seen anything like them."

Most of the current figurines stand nearly 18 inches tall, but Mrs. Weil is thinking of experimenting with smaller wine bottles for future dolls.

"I think there may be more of a market for a smaller size," she said.

For more information on these creations, contact Mrs. Cushman at 549-2826 or Mrs. Weil at 781-6856.

Holiday activities

Although we haven't yet eaten that Thanksgiving bird, local businesses are preparing for the Christmas rush. Carrolltown Center has planned events and services to help you get ready, too.

A gift wrapping station is set to wrap purchases in the mall's Center Court. It will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays; noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 24 and is sponsored by Boy Scout Pack 224.

Local Boy Scout troops will sell a large selection of Christmas trees in the mall's parking lot.

Cub Scout Pack 110 will sponsor a Gift Giving Tree. Members of the community are invited to select an ornament from the tree and make a needy child's holidays brighter by purchasing an item from the child's wish list.

Santa will make his first appearance during the Holiday Parade scheduled for Friday at noon. Santa will be in the Center Court 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays; noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. On Christmas Eve, Santa will be available for last-minute visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photos with Santa will be available for 99 cents each.

A train garden, courtesy of Billy Sprinkle of Davidson Hobbies, will feature a miniature town all decked out for the holiday season.

Holiday music will be provided by the Ellicott City Assembly of God's Children's Choir at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2; the Holly Berry Chorus on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.; the Old Line Statesman Chorus on Dec. 11, beginning at 8 p.m.; and the Liberty Christian School Children's Choir on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

Dance performances are scheduled from Talent Express on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. All That Glitters will perform on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Stepping Stars will dance on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Successful soccer season

The soccer fields at Eldersburg Elementary School and Freedom Park are empty now. The Freedom Optimist club's fall soccer program ended last weekend after a successful season in which more than 1,500 players participated.

Parents, coaches, volunteers and other adults are invited to the End of Season Dance at the Gamber Fire Hall on Dec. 2 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The music will be provided by Music Source DJs; beer, set-ups and soda will be available.

Tickets are $10 per person; tables may be reserved for groups of 12. For tickets or information, contact Joan or Wayne Spindler at 781-4285.

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