Deborah Hufman of Grand Bay makes bird feeders. They are nothing like store-bought ones.
In her craft she calls "Flowerbird Feeders," Huffman looks for those mismatched vintage glass bowls and plates that most people drop off at Goodwill. She adds a Mason jar, a hook and a biddie feeder and upcycles the pieces to create beautiful, artsy feeders that no cardinal or blue jay can resist.
Deborah has been selling the feeders at $20 for a pint jar and $30 for a quart for the past five years at Port City Craftsmen Shows and she'll be there again this November 17-19 at Abba Shrine Auditorium.
Most crafters are talented at more than one thing, and in a completely different endeavor, Deborah makes decorative, cross-stitch pillows, usually 8"X10" or 5"X7."
Deborah and her husband Wayne are both retired and, she said, she does crafts for fun. As a city girl, she never envisioned living in the country. But her husband's great-great grandfather homesteaded the 40 acres in Grand Bay where the Huffmans live. And the variety of birds that flock to the feeders in her yard adds a special "Nature" quality to life on the farm.
About the show: The 45th Annual Port City Craftsmen Holiday Arts & Crafts Show will be at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road in west Mobile. Admission is $3 or $2 with one non-perishable item to be donated to Feeding the Gulf Coast. Children 13 and younger are admitted free, and parking is also free. The show runs on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Sunday, November 19, show hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m.