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‘Hey y’all,’ take a look at these Mississippi arts and crafts

picture1I recently attended the Handworks Holiday Markepicture2t at the Mississippi Trade Mart and saw a lot of interesting handmade creations that inspired me to begin decorating for the holidays and thinking of special Christmas presents that I could make for friends and family.

Here are a few things that stood out to me. At the end, you can see what I picked up at the event.

picture3I didn’t catch the name of the artist who creates these unique jewelry pieces by combining elements of vintage jewelry, but I think they are spectacular.

And I love how she attaches them to old photographs to emphasize their vintage appeal. I was hoping Santa would bring me the interesting necklace or pair of leaf earrings above.

Check out these wooden angels made by Mississippi craftsman Billy Lay. I love the colors he uses and his vision of using simple pieces of wood and cut tin to form the body of an angel. Perhaps that’s a door knob used for the head?

picture5Here’s a set of Mississippi-shaped pottery dishes by J.R. Webb Pottery of Madison. They also make Mississippi-shaped ornaments. (We’ll have a story about a variety of Mississippi-themed ornaments soon in The Clarion-Ledger.)

picture6Here’s what I bought at the event. On the last row, the wooden words “hey y’all” caught my eye. They were painted yellow originally, but I repainted them turquoise so they would stand out more and match another piece of furniture in my breakfast nook.

picture4I hung the words above the weathered wood farm table in my quirky Mississippi-themed kitchen.

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