Fall & Christmas Decor Galore!

Here’s a small sample of the fall and Christmas decor that you’ll find on October 1. All of these are created by Holmstad residents. Find even more ideas in the Artisan section. 

One of many fall and winter wreaths. This one is 12″ and some are showy larger ones.

Hand embroidered 32″ square autumn tablecloth 


You can find a large variety of holiday trees on October 1. The cork trees are 18″, 16″, and 12″. The three yarn-covered trees are 12”, 10”, and 6″. The Swedish girl is sold separately. 


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

AND SMALL:  Gnomes to brighten windowsills, tables, and … wherever!  

Ceramic Christmas ornaments made by residents are painted with underglazes and both sides are finished with a protective clear glaze before firing in the kiln.


Crocheted Tree Skirt is 40″ in diameter. 


More decor for small spaces:   Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are 9″ and the wreath made of slices from tree branches is almost 12.” 

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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 & 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.   

Norwegian Hardanger Needlework by Allan Dempsey

Allan Dempsey

     Forty years ago, Allan was looking for another needlework challenge. He had enjoyed counted cross stitch as a relaxing hobby but was ready to try something new. While traveling in Minnesota, he visited a needlework shop, and his hobby took a very new turn: Hardanger.
     The owner introduced him to this Norwegian needlework art, and he was hooked. Allan will be selling several pieces of his work at The Holmstad Bazaar on Saturday, October 1 from 9 am-3 pm. Come visit Allan’s display. He would enjoy talking with you about the Hardanger process.

Allan has lived at Covenant Living at the Holmstad since July 2020. He is now teaching other residents this intricate art.

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A variety of beaded Christmas angels and other pieces will be for sale at the Bazaar.

Hardanger techniques

Hardanger starts with a plain even-weave fabric like linen, cotton, or synthetic. Then Allan creates an intricate lace-like pattern using counted threads and drawn thread work techniques.