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Penny McAllister's Paper Mache Greatness

Friday, March 03, 2006

Today I met Penny McAllister - she makes *the* most fabulous paper mache pieces.

I've seen her ad in the back of Southern Lady magazine, but today I chatted with her in person (she is great!) at Cottontail's Village, which is this weekend at the BJCC. Cottontail's Village has lots and lots of Easter things, but I go to it because they have hundreds of exhibitors from all over, and while there are lots of Easter baskets and bunny rabbits, there are also all kinds of just fun, Spring-y, happy things!

Anyway, when I saw Penny's booth, I recognized her things immediately. She does everything from bunnies to Halloween to snowmen and it's really distinctive - folksy, but not in that weird/bad contemporary non-craftsman, folkart-y way. Hers is folksy in the very best way.

I spent a lot of time in her booth - we chatted for a good long while (how can it be that she's never been in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion?) - and I bought this TOO adorable bear:

Penny McAllister Bear

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