Holiday Decor & Ornaments


Wooden Trees for Indoor & Sheltered Outdoor Locations

The trees are 32 inches and 18 inches. They are made of stained oak or pine and can be easily disassembled to store. The woodworkers, Dick Greenwood and David Anderson, are featured in the Artisan section. 


The 2022 Holmstad Bazaar Wooden Ornament

Resident Jack Franklin hand shapes the hollow wooden spheres and finials and inserts a battery-operated tea light. The light is on a six-hour timer and the battery is replaceable for many years of enjoyment. 

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In the Light


The popular Sea Urchin Ornaments are still available! 

Jack Franklin is also offering more of the sea urchin ornaments with turned wood finials. Find out more about Jack in the Artisan section. 

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Secondhand Treasures at Great Prices

The “This and That” Shop is a flea market chock full of collectibles, antique jars, small kitchen appliances and wares, office supplies, tools, toys, sports equipment, home décor. Look for vintage Tupperware and a lot of Halloween and Christmas décor.  Here are samples of the collectibles this year. 

Department 56 Collectibles

Dickens, New England, North Pole, and Alpine village pieces and accessories have been donated to this year’s shop.  

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Other Collectibles at the Bazaar

Snowbabies and many other collectibles have been donated by residents for this year’s Bazaar. 

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 created 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, knitted baby and children’s wear, a variety of adult knitted and crocheted hats, scarves, and gloves.

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Large Wooden Holiday Trees by Dick Greenwood & Dave Anderson

Large Wooden Holiday Trees 

This is Dick Greenwood working on one of the wooden holiday trees that will be available at the October 1 Bazaar. Dick and Dave Anderson made these. 

Dick Greenwood began furniture restoration at least 20 years ago. His expertise has been put to good use at The Holmstad. He refinished our community’s grandfather clock that had been water-damaged and is on-call to help with other restoration projects. 

See more information about Dave Anderson and other projects he has created for the Bazaar: Bandsaw Boxes, Bird Houses, and Charcuterie Trays.

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The trees are 32″ & 18″

Dick saw the concept at a landscaper’s display in Minneapolis. He and Dave made their own patterns. The trees are stained oak or pine and can be disassembled to store.


Christmas Tree Door Hangers By Mary Jane McFee

Mary Jane McFee 

Mary Jane has lived at Covenant Living at the Holmstad for three years. She loves to be creative and support the causes that the Bazaar revenue funds.  This year, Mary Jane is making Christmas tree door hangers and fabric coasters to sell. She is volunteering in the Jewelry Shop during the Bazaar. Drop by to visit with her!

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Another of Mary Jane’s Christmas trees 


Fall Pumpkins Made by Lois Nyberg & Other Residents

Lois Nyberg

Lois has lived at Covenant Living at the Holmstad for a year. Her friend invited her to come to the Holmstad Creative Arts Center. She did various jobs, including creating the pumpkins for the Oct. 1 Holmstad Bazaar. Lois says, “I enjoy the fellowship and the people I meet. I was amazed and happy to see all of the crafts that were being created for the Bazaar. They are clever, beautifully made, and make great gifts.” 

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Fall Pumpkins made by Lois & other residents

Lois and other volunteers created several sizes of these pumpkins to share with you at the Bazaar. The pumpkins shown are about 8″ tall and are covered in various yarns. The stems are made from natural tree limbs.  

Fall & Holiday Wreaths By Ellen Askren

Ellen Askren 

Ellen has been making wreaths for 18 years. Most of her work is for sale in a local Geneva IL gift shop. When Ellen moved into Covenant Living at the Holmstad, she realized her skills could benefit the Holmstad Bazaar. She is making seasonal wreaths that will be for sale at the Bazaar on Saturday, October 1 from 9 am – 3 pm.

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One of Ellen’s Fall Wreaths


Ellen’s Colorful Holiday Wreaths



Winter Trees by Sharon Hanson

Sharon Hanson

Sharon Hanson has lived at Covenant Living at the Holmstad for nine months. A lot of the people on her floor were active in doing crafts. Since she’s always enjoyed making crafts since she was a child, she joined them in Holmstad’s Creative Arts Center. People were making crafts to sell at the October 1 Bazaar. Sharon states, “I was handed Styrofoam cones, yarn, shiny beads and a glue gun and instructed to go for it!”  

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Three Sizes of Trees 

The finished trees are 12”, 10”, and 6″.  They are in the Creative Arts Shop at the Bazaar and will be sold individually. The Swedish girls and other miniatures are also for sale in the Craft Shop.