By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN “I enjoy doing it for the children in the neighborhood. Even though my children are grown, it’s such a tradition,” said Howard Lake resident Cathie Kielsa of her home on Greens Circle, all decked out in Halloween attire.
For 23 years, Kielsa has enjoyed being a crafty lady; making crafts, shopping for crafts, and decorating with crafts.
She began her crafting adventures after her first child was born.
“Another young mom and I went to craft shows all the time when my children were young,” Kielsa said.
One of the enjoyments Kielsa has with crafting is getting to know other crafters, she said.
And she is alaways on the lookout for new ideas to add to her crafting collection.
For instance, the other day she saw ghosts made out of old ironing boards. The board is painted white, and eyes, a nose, and mouth are painted on, then the board is stuck in the ground.
“I’ll be keeping my eyes open for old ironing boards, now,” Kielsa said.
Even though her children are now grown, they still expect Kielsa to change her decorations with each changing season and holiday, she said.
Her husband, Richard, notes in amazement that even though Kielsa has a hard time getting around (she has arthritic knees), she still finds the time to change her decorations.
Sometimes it will take her a full holiday season to get all the decorations put out before it’s time to start all over again for a new season, he said.
Kielsa’s favorite holiday is Halloween, followed by Christmas and the winter season, she said.
“I love winter because I love snowmen,” Kielsa said. “In the winter, there are snowmen throughout the whole house, everywhere.”
There is even a room in her house that remains decorated throughout the year with her beloved snowmen.