Nancy’s Concrete Creations, and more!

Showing stuffable tote bag
Making concrete in the garage

Nancy Robbins,

I’m the volunteer coordinator/manager of the Holiday Craft Fair, helping to raise money via vendor fees for the Harriet Alexander Nature Center (HANC). I love to make stuff and half the proceeds of what I sell during this virtual event will be donated to HANC.

If you care to explore making a purchase of anything you see here (all supplies are limited) or want to discuss a custom purchase, use the Contact Form at the bottom of this page, or email me using the address above. If you prefer, you can leave me a message with the nature center (651-792-7012) and I’ll call you back as soon as I can.

I can accept payment by Venmo, Zelle, Cash App, PayPal or the Square, or good old fashioned cash or check. I’m offering free delivery to a mutually agreed-upon location, within 5 miles of my home in Roseville (we can even arrange to meet at HANC); I’ll deliver further afield for a “convenience charge.” If you wish me to ship to you it will be at the price the USPS charges (and don’t forget – concrete is heavy!).

Remember, your purchase helps support the Harriet Alexander Nature Center!

Concrete Creations

Perfect little additions of whimsy to your garden. Plus, for inside the house, a Vase made with a plastic pop bottle (recycled, of course) in the middle so it’s ready for water. End-of-season zinnias not included!

Here’s my personal collection of pots I’ve made over the years (plus the hand!). We can talk about a custom order next spring when it’s warm enough again to work outside.

And more!

Jalapeño Jam

Half pint (8oz.) jars, $6 each
Sorry, no free samples as I usually do at the sale at Roseville (MN) City Hall (and at the nature center’s Wild Rice Festival in September). You’ll have to take my word that they’re good, with just enough “heat.” They are on a baked brie or in a peanut butter sandwich. Going to a party and need to bring something? Grab a jar of jalapeño jam, spoon it over a brick of cream cheese and add a box of crackers and you’re all set!

Jam Ingredients
: dried apricots, sugar, bell pepper, cider vinegar, jalapeño peppers and pectin.
Quad Berry: frozen 4-berry mix (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries), sugar, bell pepper, cider vinegar, jalapeño peppers and pectin.
Craisin/Wine: dried cranberries, red wine, red wine vinegar, jalapeño peppers, pectin and black pepper.

Tote Bags

“Stuffable” tote bags, colors vary, $5.00 each. They stuff into a little attached pouch which you can pop in your purse or briefcase or backpack. So when you are shopping and you forget to bring your bags in from the car, you always have a reusable bag ready to go! I carry two in my purse and often need both. They’re very sturdy – I’ve never had one fail. Click the “go” button to see a demonstration of this very useful object!
“Tent” bags made by recycling some old canopies from HANC (the nature center). Sturdy, water-repellant, and eminently useful! $5.00.
“Sand” bag (there’s just one), made from a bag that had sand in it (!). Very durable, water-proof, with longer straps. $10.00
“Seed” bags, specifically Nature’s Own brand birdseed bags.
• The 40# seed bags are very sturdy, reinforced plastic, $20. One measures 16″ x 15.5″ x 3″ and the other one is 16.5″ x 12.75″ x 6″
• The 20# seed bags are a heavy plastic, $10. Two measure about 14″ x 11″ x 4″ and one is 13.5″ x 10.25″ x 5.5″
“Peat Moss” bags, $5.00. Only the two shown are available.

Remember, your purchase helps support the Harriet Alexander Nature Center!

Dryer Balls

This summer a needlepointing friend gave me a huge bag of 100% wool yarn of various colors and lengths. I decided to sit and watch TV and make dense, felted hand-rolled dryer balls (about 3″ in diameter). Toss three or more of these eco-friendly balls in your dryer and forget the dryer sheets (that might be doing damage to your duct work, by the way) and your clothes come out soft enough and static-free, or at least pretty darn close. Colors vary. $4.00 for 1 ball, $10.00 for 3.

Garden Teacups

$5.00 for one of these delightful cup-and-saucers. Use purely as decoration, or add birdseed or an orange with grape jelly to try to attract an oriole (which I did this spring).

If you need a 1/2″ pipe, I’ve got some for $2.00 each.

Crocheted things

Crocheted Swiffer mop covers, $6.00 each. Made from cotton yarn. Just toss in the laundry. Designs as shown in below photo, with the possibility of more to come.

Crocheted-top hand towels, $6.00 each. I have a towel securely anchored to a kitchen drawer handle next to the sink so I always have a towel to hand! Designs as shown, with the possibility of more to come.

Remember, your purchase helps support the Harriet Alexander Nature Center!

Contact me!

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