Fall & Holiday Wreaths By Ellen Askren

Ellen Askren 

Ellen has been making wreaths for 19 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 has made two seasonal wreaths that will be for sale at the Bazaar on Saturday, September 30, from 9 am – 3 pm.

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Ellen’s Fall Wreath Will be Offered on September 30

Ellen’s Colorful Holiday Wreath


Visit the Holmstad Gift Shop While You’re at the Bazaar

The Holmstad Gift Shop is operated by resident volunteers. It will be open during the September 30 Bazaar. Stop in to purchase commercially produced and handmade cards created by residents. Also available are seasonal items, children’s toys and activities for quiet time. In addition to the regular merchandise, the Gift Shop will have a table of clearance bargains. Come and find that special gift!

Autumn gifts and decor are in stock. 


Several residents make cards that are popular in the Gift Shop. Commercial cards are also available at reasonable prices. 

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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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