Second annual artisan’s market offers colorful flowers, home decor


Meghan Connell, Northern Star-Samanatha Schultz, junior radiology major at Kishwaukee College looks though handcrafted jewerly at the Second Annual Kish Artisan Market in Kishwaukee Hospital Friday afternoon.

By Olivia Willoughby

Around each corner of Friday and Saturday’s artisan’s market stood numerous booths of colorful nylon flowers and crafty home decor.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital‘s Roberts Conference Center, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, held its second annual artisan’s market Friday and Saturday. It gave passersby a chance to check out what the community’s crafters had in store for them.

DeKalb resident Maya Croslow began creating flowers from colorful pantyhose four months ago.

“I was at home with nothing to do,” Croslow said. “So I started making roses [using pantyhose] and taking them to the post office. And a guy said I should [sell them].”

Croslow eventually took the idea into consideration, looking online and seeing what types of flowers with different colors and shapes she could make.

“I don’t think I’m the best, but when people see [my flowers], they say it’s ‘unique’ and ‘amazing,'” Croslow said. “My goal is to make flowers for people who are sick in the hospital [or] for people who are allergic to flowers.”

Aside from buying and selling, the market provided an opportunity for giving.

“The event is sponsored by Kishwaukee Auxiliary and the purpose is to raise money for our health care scholarship,” said Paula von Ende, director of volunteer services at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. “Every year we gain between $20,000 to $25,000. The majority of our fundraisers are targeted toward that fund.”

Von Ende said this year was much better than last year, as profits increased by 3 to 4 percent than last year’s. She also mentioned this year’s market had 45 more artisans present.

Another one of those 45 artisans was Bristol resident Leanne Barry, who showed off her wine lights.

“I recycle wine bottles and make them into night lights, or wine lights,” Barry said. “It’s just fun and they’re great gifts if you’re young or old.”

These wine lights contain holiday string lights inside, giving them a “homey” feel, Barry said.

“It all started through the gift-giving of wine bottles,” Barry said. “I just think it warms up the home. All year round, I have lights that I think make the house welcoming and homey. I like it because it’s something people can enjoy for a long time.”

Another booth showed several items, such as fingerless gloves made from sweater sleeves.

“All my items are made from recycled material and the biggest sell has been my fingerless gloves,” said Sycamore resident Marilyn Hrymak. “People are very surprised to hear they’re made from sweater sleeves.”

Hrymak makes gloves, pillows and broaches to sell and said making these creations has a healing affect on her.

“It’s called crazy quilting and it makes me sane,” Hrymak said. “It heals my anxieties and my fears. Even with different zippers and vintage earrings, putting it together to make one piece of jewelry somehow heals me and makes me whole.”