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as she priced a shipment of jewelry, which still makes up the bulk of items sold at the store. The PLAINVILLE – Thirty-three Victorian-style cottage is brimyears ago, Martha Couture decid- ming with handmade items, and ed she wanted a hobby. the faint sound of wind chimes “I needed something to do to keep busy once my children had grown up,” she said. “So I started making jewelry.” Her husband, Jim Couture, built a small shop on East Street in Plainville. Martha named it The Silver Sun and sold her jewelry there, but soon decided she would like to sell crafts made by others as well. So Jim went back and built her a larger shop, which became Artisan’s Marketplace. Martha, who now lives in Avon, Mike Orazzi | Staff eventually stopped making jewHoliday gift ornaments from Artielry to focus full time on the san’s Marketplace in Plainville. business. She attended shows in Philadelphia and New York to find the best hand-crafted mer- and the aroma of potpourri fill chandise for her store. Now, the the air. shop sells items from 400 artists These days Martha’s daughter, from all over the country. Diane Couture, handles much of “We still have a lot of the the day to day operations. She people we have been buying from returned to the area 11 years ago for years,” Martha said recently after gaining extensive experience By DIANE CHURCH Staff Writer

in retail management in New York. Customers accustomed to lowcost mass-produced merchandise may be a bit surprised by the store’s prices for the handmade version. A lamp with a stained glass shade is priced at $196, a hand-painted wine glass fetches $28 and a clock that looks like a cat or dog is $52 (various breeds available). However, Diane mentioned some of the more affordable options that she feels would make great holiday gifts. Felted soap by Ten Good Sheep is $15, a baked brie dish by Kent Follette is priced at $30, an Original Comfy Cup by Clay in Motion fetches $24, a pair of mismatched socks by Soulmates is $22 and a Therapeutic Medicine Ball, which can be heated or chilled to relieve aches and pains, is $12. Nearly all the items are handmade in the USA. “Our motto is ‘handmade in America,’” Diane said. “That is our brand.” Martha’s other daughter,

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warm homemade treats. This is all part of the Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Holidays on Main, a winter wonderland event that brings over 4,000 visitors to the village to experience the best the season (and town) has to offer. A silent auction will bring the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s Webb Barn alive, featuring donated decorated trees, wreaths, garland, menorahs and table arrangements.

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BRISTOL — The St. Anthony’s Holiday Showcase of the Stars will be held Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at St. Paul Catholic High School. For tickets, contact Joan Pelkey at (860) 589-5692 or visit St. Anthony Church rectory between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or after Masses Saturday and Sunday. The Manross Memorial Library, Forestville, will offer an afternoon of holiday classics and popular songs with the O’Brien Strings Guitar and Violin Duo Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. There is no charge but registration requested. Visit the library, the library on Facebook or call (860) 584-7790.

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SATURDAY, SUNDAY St. Gregory Church The St. Gregory Christmas Craft Fair will be held at the St. Gregory CCD Center, 1043 Stafford Ave. Bristol, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be 39 vendors, basket raffle, breakfast and lunch served each day, Santa will visit for picture. No admission charge. For information, contact

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Newington Historical Society The Newington Historical Society invites the public to its holiday open house and Christmas boutique to be held from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Kellogg-Eddy House and Museum, 679 Willard Ave. Free to members of Derynoski School the Newington Histori“The Giving Back Girls” cal Society; non-members will hold a bake sale from donations appreciated. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. SaturChildren 12 years and day during Derynoski under will have the opporSchool’s Holiday Bazaar in tunity to create a ChristSouthington. mas decoration. Donations Donations of baked of non-perishable food goods welcome. List all items will be accepted to ingredients for anyone with benefit the Newington allergies. Baked goods can Food Bank be dropped off at The Arc of Southington, 201 W. DECEMBER 7 Main St., Plantsville, Nov. First Congregational, 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southington or Derynoski School Dec. A holiday auction will 1 at 9 a.m. be held at the First ConProceeds benefit gregational Church of Southington Community Southington located on Services to adopt another the Green on Dec. 7. The family in need for Christauction is held in conjuncmas. For more information, tion with Southington’s call Tricia Gibney at (860) Hospitality Night. The 681-7303. church’s doors will open ` at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and preview until

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Simple ways to bulk up your Christmas tree By AMY LORENTZEN Associated Press

The Christmas tree is the focal point of many homes during the holiday season, so if yours is looking less than lush, here are some tips from the pros for, well, spruc Whether your Christmas tree is real or artificial, placing it in the right spot can go a long way toward giving it a bountiful look. Avoid placing a thin-looking tree in front of a window or light-colored wall, which will highlight its patchy areas. Real trees should be kept away from heat sources and radiators, which can drain them of moisture and fullness. — Fluffing with Flourish Spend time fluffing your tree for a more voluminous look, says Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, a California-based trade group. She advises starting at the bottom of an artificial tree and working your way up, carefully adjusting each section as you go. To get the best coverage, tips that are closest to the center pole should be angled vertically and out to the sides to resemble a peacock’s fanned tail. Consider researching the natural bend of branches and tips that your tree should imitate.

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areas and show where ornaments or other items may be needed to create an ample appearance. — Trimming the Tree If you’re looking to create bulk or a new look, Soto says hot ornament trends this holiday season include unconventional colors such as pinks, purples and blues. Jewel tones and bright citrus hues are also popular, as are gilded and mercury ornaments that really “jazz up” a tree. Also popular are nature themes, and upcycled or recycled items. Karen Edenfield, a designer with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, suggests using feathers, pine cones or artificial pine stems for naturallooking filler, or floral stems and bushes for bulk, texture and color. Berry stems can be placed deep in the tree to mask gaps and give a glimpse of color. Reused and recycled items could include old sheet music, jewelry, and gift wrapping or bows. Other trendy themes include wine and grapes; seashore; and cupcakes and other sweets. Themes can be a great fix for sparse-looking trees: “People won’t focus as much on the tree as they will on the overall look,” Edenfield says. Ribbons are another simple way to fill out a scraggly tree, and can be found in an array of patterns. If placed horizontally, they should go on after lights and before ornaments. Or use a large, multi-bow ribbon at the top of the tree with ribbon streamers hanging down for a finishing touch. And decorations aren’t just for the tips of the branches. Remember to place lights, ornaments, garlands,

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Good Housekeeping picks top toys for holidays NEW YORK — Not all the testers for Good Housekeeping’s annual Best Toys list wear lab coats. Some are barely out of diapers. For its 2012 list, engineers reviewed hundreds of toys for safety and educational merits. But the true test comes from 140 kids, ages 3 to 13, who play with the top 135 new toys at the magazine’s product-testing laboratory in New York. There are more price-conscious choices under $25 to choose from this year, according to the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, along with toys that teach, including robotics for very young children and sophisticated

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United Way re-gifting program brings holiday spirit to 600 children BRISTOL — The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank are now accepting donations for unused items for Bristol’s Annual Re-Gifting Program. This program, formerly organized by Bristol Youth Services and in jeopardy of ending last year, allows over 600 children in lowincome areas in Bristol to learn the joy of giving by being able to pick out donated gifts for two special people in their lives. The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank stepped up and are now entering their second year of coordinating this community program. Everyone has received gifts in the past that for some reason or another were never utilized. Those unused gifts are the items that are being sought for this program. The gifts will be collected during November. In December, the donated items will then be distributed to select locations throughout Bristol where children can “shop” for a holiday gift for their loved ones. The Young Professionals and Webster

Bank understand that during this time of year, individuals may be asked to donate to a variety of causes. They ask that people keep in mind that they are only seeking items that individuals already own but do not have a need for. Items are needed for both men and women. Some possible gift items include grooming kits, gloves, scarves, mugs, flash lights, sports paraphernalia, games, perfume/cologne, household decorative items, jewelry, etc. Also, they are in need of holiday gift bags and tissue paper. This program has been a great success in previous years and with the continued support of the community, the children of Bristol will have yet another joyful holiday season. Gift items can be dropped off at the following locations: the Bristol Public Library, the Bristol Adult Resource Center, the Manross Library, the United Way of West Central Connecticut Office, and any Bristol Webster Bank location. Anyone questions can contact Keith Bernier at (860) 585-2945.

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Westfarms to give shoppers an early start FARMINGTON — Black Friday officially marks 32 days left of the Christmas shopping season. Westfarms shopping center has an unprecedented 41 stores opening at midnight, and others to follow in the early morning hours. Following are the stores that will be open at midnight holding early door buster sales to give customers a head start on their shopping list while saving money: Midnight (41 stores): 77 Kids, Aerie, Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Au Bon Pain, Bakers, Bare

Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, Champs, Designer Perfumes, Disney Store, Dunkin’ Donuts, Express, Forever 21, GameStop, GameStop Kids, Gap, Gilly Hicks, Gymboree, Hollister, Hot Topic, Justice, Lids, Limited, LOFT, Macy’s (both stores), Nine West, Oakley, PacsuN, Pink, Sabarro, Solstice, Subway, Teavana, Urban Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, The Walking Company, White House | Black Market, Zales; 4 a.m.: Aeropostale, Mrs. Fields Cookies 5 a.m.: Lord & Taylor All other stores will be opening at 6 a.m.

And closing time on Black Friday is 10 p.m. for the mall. “Black Friday, the traditional one-day shopping event, has morphed into the Black Friday season at Westfarms,” says Christa Allen, Westfarms marketing and sponsorship director. “Black Friday-type sales have already begun and are expected to stretch out into the early part of December and beyond.” Westfarms is considered the premier shopping center of central Connecticut and features more than 160 fine shops, including

anchors Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and JCPenney. The shopping center offers a mix of stores and restaurants, many unique to the trade area, including Apple, Bare Escentuals, bebe, Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, Coach, Free People, J.Crew, Janie and Jack, Louis Vuitton, Pandora, P.F. Chang’s, Rainforest Café, Restoration Hardware, Tiffany & Co., True Religion Brand Jeans and Th Route 9. For more information, call (860) 5613024 or visit www.shopwestfarms.com.

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NEW YORK — Buy a sheep, “adopt” a soldier or name a piece of rainforest. There are lots of ways to honor loved ones for the holidays with gifts through charitable-minded naming and adoption programs. Heifer International’s catalog at heifer.org offers shoppers a unique way to make giving more meaningful by buying cows, goats, sheep, llamas, water buffalos, bees, trees and more to benefit people in need around the world. A card of explanation goes to the giftee. The National Wildlife Federation has an adopt-an-animal program. The adoptions are symbolic and represent a general donation to the cause but do include certificates and small tokens of appreciation, such as a stuffed animal, depending on the amount spent. An array of endangered species are covered, from sea turtles to baby pandas. Order online at nwf.org. Or try one of these lesser known programs:

While some animal adoptions are symbolic,without a specific animal to bring the experience to life for children, the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui, Hawaii, offers the personal story of a specific dolphin or whale. And kids gifted a turtle get to name one! It means a lot to young recipients who might not be so jazzed by a more general donation made in lieu of a holiday gift in his or her name. Adoption packAP ages range from $25 to $75 and offer downloadable This photo from Heifer International adoption certificates and plush animal toys in the shows Penda Ndong with a goat in Diarhigher range. Go to pacificwhale.org. rere, Senegal.

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Cuipo, a preservation organization based in Newport Beach, Calif., has purchased swaths of Panama rainforest and allows supporters through its One Meter at a Time Foundation to help foot the bill. Pay $5 to $100 at Cuipo.org for various amounts of land or purchase gifts that come with codes on their tags where a meter of rainforest can be named through the website. New partner Sigg, the water bottle people, are offering Cuipo-branded bottles with the codes on tags for naming. The bottles are available for purchase at Whole Foods markets around the country.

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