Holmstad’s Creative Arts Center is the “Happy Place” for Many Residents

Darlene Miller, Co-chair of the Bazaar’s Creative Arts Shop, is making a fabric book for toddlers.

From February through August, more than 50 residents create over 300 different items to sell in the Creative Arts Shop. Linda Anderson and Darlene Miller lead this team of residents who are generous with their time and talents to create items that bring joy to others. Linda Anderson shares, “For many residents, the Creative Arts Center is their ‘Happy Place’.”

You’ll find seasonal décor for fall and Christmas, several afghans, children’s toys, toddler fabric books, baby and children’s wear, a variety of adult knitted and crocheted hats, scarves, and gloves.

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Knitted, Crocheted, Stitched and Hardanger Needlework

Residents have been hard at work since last February, preparing children’s clothing, toys, hats, mittens, scarves, and afghans for you on September 30. Also look in the Artisans section for the feature on Allan Dempsey and his Hardanger needlework. He will have his own shop at the Bazaar.   

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A huggable variety of toys are being made for the September 30 Bazaar


Colorful stuffed toys — There are stuffed toys in several sizes at the Bazaar. 

   Penguin Stacking Learning Toy




There will be Turtle Matching Toys at the Bazaar. Each mother turtle has 22 babies tucked inside. Children can match the colors found on the babies’ tummies. There are 11 pairs included in each set. 

Turtle Matching Toy 


There is a lovely assortment of baby afghans in various sizes that would make treasured gifts.


Hardanger needlework – Resident Allan Dempsey learned Norwegian Hardanger needlework 41 years ago. Several of his pieces — such as various small hearts — will be for sale at the Bazaar on September 30. Each of the hearts start as a solid piece of fabric. Read more about Allan and Hardanger in the Artisans section of this website. 


These are samples of the knitted winter hats and scarves that residents are making for the Bazaar. The first is a sparkling red infinity scarf. Below are samples of knitted booties and sweaters. Both come in various sizes. 

Two of the styles of winter hats for adults and children

Around the Home











Embroidered dresser, buffet or side table scarf by Judy Larson is 16″ X 40″

There are a variety of shopping bags to choose from.

Find small children’s bags that are just right for carrying treasures.


Holmstad residents have not forgotten your pets! They’ve made reversible cat mats (16” X 20”) that are washable. There are Snuffle Mats to keep your dog busy finding treats you’ve hidden among the strips of fleece. Find several other creative pet toys. 

On September 30, find two sizes of mobile phone holders. These provide a convenient hands-free prop.

10″ Square Wine Cork Trivet


Fall & Christmas Decor


 Here’s a sample of the fall and Christmas décor that you’ll find on September 30. All of these are created by Holmstad residents. Some are one-of-a-kind. Explore the Artisans section to learn more about some of our creative residents. 

Wool Felted Pumpkins 

 Residents made these small wool pumpkins that are great fall decor for shelves or to sit on your Thanksgiving table. 


A Handmade Christmas Tree Skirt

Every year, resident Judy Larson stitches a sought-after holiday item that is snapped up at the Bazaar. This year, she crafted a felt Christmas tree skirt. Measuring 60″ across, it can also be used as a cover for a round table. Read more about Judy in the Artisans section.  Note: The skirt has been left uncut. Depending upon the wishes of the buyer, Judy will cut a slit into it to wrap around a tree base.  

Seasonal Wreaths

This year, resident Ellen Askren is offering her favorite fall wreath for the September 30 Bazaar. It is 30” and is constructed on a grapevine.  To the right is Ellen’s 24” Christmas wreath which she is also selling on September 30.  Ellen’s wreaths can also be found at a 3rd St. Geneva store.  Find out more about Ellen in the Artisans section.

On the left are two of the wooden snowmen you’ll find on September 30. They stand about 6″ tall. On the right is an 8″ ghost couple decked out for Halloween.  

BIG: This is one of the Christmas banners residents have available. It is 30″ X 45.” 



SMALL:  Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are 9″ and the wreath made of slices from tree branches is almost 12.”





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