There are many new vendors at the Arkansas City Farm and Art Market this year. One of them is The Hen House.

Photo by JENI McGEE

Rebecca Ware, owner of The Hen House, offers a plethora of handmade items.

“I sew custom burp cloths, stuffed sensory toys, crochet scarves, hats and hair ties,” she said.

Those are just a few items being offered on Tuesday afternoons at the market in Wilson Park, located at 701 N. Summit St.

Ware also makes pin cushions and wreaths.

“I also started making the wreaths for my own door decorations last year,” she said. “I posted pictures, and had five orders from friends and neighbors right away. I sell all my wreaths for $25.”

Wreaths might not be what shoppers are looking for, but they can be made for any season.

“(I) love decorating the wreaths and playing around with design,” Ware said.

She also said she uses crafting as a stress reliever. “I am a foster parent and it lets my mind get away when they are in bed,” she explained.

Besides finding it fun to craft for others, Ware also finds the work satisfying.

“(I) make odds-and-ends crafts, and will consider custom requests and orders,” she said.

Courtesy photo

Ware’s love of crafting is well established.

“I have always been crafty and my grandmother was a big inspiration,” she said. “She made pin cushions with me and I carry some of her creations to shows.”

Ware also has some flowerbed plants and herb plants available during the Farm and Art Market.

“The plants are starts from last year’s plants because I love gardening just as much,” she said.

Ware is a Kildare, Oklahoma, native, who has settled near Newkirk.

She can be contacted at (580) 716-7497 or TheHenHouseCrafts@outlook.com.