Ellen Lydian of Bardstown sat Saturday at the Hardin County Extension Service office behind a table full of crocheted items she had made.
She was one of more than 40 vendors set up for the Hardin County Homemakers Spring Bazaar. Most vendors were selling hand-crafted items, and the event served as a fundraiser for scholarships for Hardin County High School graduates.
In addition to Easter eggs and keychains she crocheted, she also had Minions from the “Despicable Me” franchise and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for sale.
“I don’t have children, but I try to think of ideas for kids,” she said.
She has enjoyed crafts for more than a decade but has only been crocheting for a couple of years. Lydian, a breast cancer survivor, said she needed something to do that wouldn’t require a lot of energy.
“It’s just a way that I relieve stress, and I just enjoy doing different things,” she said.
Lydian doesn’t use patterns for her crocheting projects.
“If I see something and I want to make it, then I’ll keep working with it until it turns out right,” she said.
Lydian developed memory problems after undergoing chemotherapy and said she can’t remember how she made some of her early creations.
“It’s very grueling to get used to, but I’m a survivor, that’s the main thing,” she said.
Lydian donates whatever items she doesn’t sell to the breast cancer center in Bardstown.
J.R. Whitfield was another vendor at the event. He sells handmade pens, wine stoppers, bowls, seam rippers, ruler blocks for quilters, goblets and tea lights.
He makes his items from a variety of materials, including acrylic and various kinds of wood. He said a friend taught him to turn pens more than 20 years ago to give to the Emmaus Community and about 12 years ago, he “got into it really heavy.”
“I got hooked, big time,” he said.
Whitfield’s pens range in price from $25 up to $65 for custom motorcycle pens that he made the blanks for himself. He said he lets the inspiration for his future projects occur organically.
“It just comes to me, I guess, and you never know what you’re going to get,” he said.
Sam Davis and his wife, Jean, were set up selling baskets at the bazaar. Davis, of Elizabethtown, said he isn’t the kind of person that can sit and do nothing.
“So, when I retired 27 years ago, I needed something to do, and I never thought I would be into this,” he said.
His friend convinced him to try basket making, and for nearly three decades, that’s how Davis has occupied his free time. He and his wife brought baskets of all shapes and sizes Saturday to sell, although he said he gives most of the baskets away to friends and as gifts.
“If I sell enough baskets to make my material costs, I’m happy,” he said.
Seth Dukes can be reached at 270-505-1413 or [email protected].