Tips aplenty at Christmas showcase

November 14, 2012 • Local News

Visi[auth] tors to the “Christmas from the Heart” showcase explore different ideas for Christmas decor at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, Tuesday. Mark Wilson Photo

Members of New Mexico State University’s Extension Clubs gave tips and ideas for crafting fun and frugal gifts during its annual showcase Tuesday at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.

At the “Christmas from the Heart” showcase, Extension club members taught attendees various simple gift-giving ideas and how to make create inexpensive Christmas decorations and how to repurpose old items for new uses.

“The clubs are doing this as a community service,” said Shannon Wooton, Extension home economist.

The convention floor was divided into four different stations, with a lesson in each corner. Topics included simple sewing ideas, kitchen crafts, Christmas décor and easy gift ideas.

Attendees received a program booklet that contained patterns and step-by-step instructions of how to make gifts such as jewelry boxes and a heart pin cushion.

The booklet also has food safety tips and festive holiday recipes for entertaining.

Marty Garcia has been coming to the event for years. She enjoys cooking and said the recipes are her favorite part of the showcase — particularly one she learned for corn dip and seasoned crackers.

“They’ve got neat ideas and recipes,” she said. “There’s always fun and new ideas that even an amateur can do; even if you’re not a crafter, you can do it.

“You’re going to try at least one thing.”

Anyone who would like to purchase one of the booklets, priced at $5, can visit the Chaves County Extension Office at 200 E Chisum St., or call 622-3210.

Proceeds from the event and booklet sales will benefit the Books for Newborns program, which donates books and literature to new mothers and encourages them to read to their babies.

The funds also will be used to award the club’s scholarships to children and women pursuing higher education.

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