Holiday Arts Tour Stop: Elli's Country Store

Elli's Country Store is a new destination on the Holiday Arts Tour map this year. Located at 3980 Hwy 822 in Dubach, Elli's Country Store is a charming place to visit that offers a variety of items, from lye soap and pillows to barn-wood items and quilts. Owner and artist Renae Dickerson says she built her cabin studio to make "a home for her many projects." She has items on site to use for unique photo opportunities, including a '66 Wildcat and antique farm implements. Renae uses her grandmother's lye soap recipe, which was used 100 years ago on the same land, and enjoys using recycled materials to create work that is both beautiful and useful.

Also at Elli's will be Kimberly Roach, a maker of embellished hair accessories and jewelry. Kim is a full-time pediatric physical therapist and calls herself "a local crafter." She makes ladies' jewelry and infant/girls' feather headbands and hair clips. Her jewelry is made using natural shell, freshwater pearl, and crystal in unique designs with silver tone and copper tone metal chain.  The feather hair accessories are made using beautiful colored curly goose feathers, shabby chic petite flowers, rhinestone and pearl accent flower centers, on either elastic or metal headbands or alligator clips.

Elli's will also be a Sprout Sunday destination on this year's Tour, with a handmade Christmas ornament project for Sprout visitors from noon-4pm. Be sure to visit Elli's and shop with Renae and Kim.  They'll be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.