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  • Have You Heard

  • We've all experienced it, for good and for ... uh-oh, what is this? Whether you dread or desire handmade presents, they are the embodiment of meaning at the holidays. Seeking the wisdom of women, Have You Heard? went out among master gardeners in Medford and the masterminds behind the Holiday Faire at the First Methodist Church in Ashland to learn more about handmade at Christmas.
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  • We've all experienced it, for good and for ... uh-oh, what is this? Whether you dread or desire handmade presents, they are the embodiment of meaning at the holidays. Seeking the wisdom of women, Have You Heard? went out among master gardeners in Medford and the masterminds behind the Holiday Faire at the First Methodist Church in Ashland to learn more about handmade at Christmas.
    Karen Freeman
    Medford
    I have a friend I've known for 35 years. About 1976, she did dough ornaments, including a dough cowboy Santa. They needed to be kept dry, and when we lived in Texas, it got too wet to keep them. The last one crumbled last year, but my dear friend has followed us to Oregon, and now I get to see her, instead of her ornaments.
    Kim D'Alena
    Medford
    I bought a really cute pig's face handmade by an artisan in Jacksonville. The expression on its face is so adorable, like it knows something. My 5-year-old son really loves it.
    Susanne Furlan
    Medford
    The best presents are the ones the kids make, the clay ones and the ornaments with their pictures. You can go out and buy anything you want, but once you have something from your kids "¦ those are the ones with meaning.
    Joanne Lescher
    Ashland
    I like to create things. I do homemade gifts every year. We used to trade names for Christmas, and people used to fight to get my name. One year it's flannel shirts; another year it's fleece jackets. This year it's preserved food: pesto, salsa and jams, along with some baking I'll do later. It takes time, though.
    Kathy Kern
    Ashland
    This year I've been making reindeer out of old-fashioned clothespins, the ones that you just push on. It takes three pins you glue together. Of course they each have to have a red nose, like Rudolph. I'm making at least 100. I'm a glutton for punishment.
    Janice Rakestraw
    Ashland
    I always make my cards. I try to put whimsy in my work. I take pictures of the animals, then put them in my work. I give the cards as gifts, with envelopes fixed to go with them. I get better each year. There are all kinds of things you can do, and if I had more time I'd do even more.
    Evelyn Moore
    Phoenix
    I love homemade. What I like is buying used things and re-doing them. Refurbishing and repurposing. I make gifts for my family and to sell at the church holiday fair: holiday arrangements, wreaths, topiaries and things. It's a great feeling to give something you made to someone who appreciates it.
    Peggy Heiner
    Ashland
    From the time I was a child, I received handmade gifts from my mom and dad. My mom would make doll clothes, and my father made me kid-sized furniture ... now my grandchildren are using those pieces. After that, my Christmas celebration always had handmade items and decorations. I think it made Christmas much more family-centered. More than that, we celebrated the true spirit of Christmas.
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