Trees & Ornaments

Live Tree Sale

Check out our Facebook page Carol’s Carousel Creations for the Live tree sale. All of our sample trees, finished trees that we have in stock, are being sold at bisque prices. You can see the trees during the Live event and there is also a list on Carol’s Carousel Classes, look for the document. This SALE is good through the end of July.

Live Tree Class

We painted a small Christmas tree and a Daisy tree during the Live on Carol’s Carousel Classes two weeks ago. Check it out. You can also order bisque or finished trees at 20% of during the rest of July.

Live Ornament Class

We painted some angel bells in underglazes during the Live on Carol’s Carousel Classes earlier this week. Then painted Alberta ornaments, cookie-cutter ornaments, and others with stains. During the start of the Live we showed how to find the ornament pages in the online catalog on this web page. Bisque ornaments are half price during the sale.

Live Other Christmas Stuff

Join us this coming Tuesday on Carol’s Carousel Classes to see what’s up next. You can order any Christmas bisque or finished pieces by July 31st for 20% off. Again, check out the catalog tab at the top of the page.

To order Christmas items

send an email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com or a PM to any of the Facebook pages. Include a list of what you want, your address for shipping, and your email for billing. Make sure to get your order in no later that July 31st.

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Santa Sale

As part of our Christmas in July Celebration we are having a sale on our Santas.

  • Finished samples are on sale at bisque prices. Most Santas sell for $20 finished and $12.50 in bisque.
  • Finished Santas that you order are on sale at 20% off, so a $20 Santa would be $16.00.
  • Bisque Santas are on sale at 20% off. If on the shelf it will be shipped out right away. If ordered, it will take at least a week to pour, clean, and fire.
  • All sales are plus shipping unless picked up at the studio.

See our Facebook page for pictures of Samples and Bisque that is on the shelf.
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Tuesday’s Live on Carol’s Carousel Classes will be painting one of the bisque Santas. Join us at 7:30.

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Christmas in July

Wow! It looks like I have forgotten to post for several weeks. We had the Salem super Cruise and then the No Limits Yard Sale where we had craft booths. Then this weekend we just kind of recuperated. Then yesterday we had a Party Van Event at a local day care with sixteen painters. So yes, we have been busy, Also, had another birthday and apparently lost a few more memory cells as I keep forgetting to do things!

What to watch for in July:

Santa Sale

  • We have over forty Old World Santas in our collection.
  • Finished Santas will be sold at bisque prices.
  • Bisque orders paid for in July will be discounted 20%.

Tree Sale

We have twenty-six trees in a variety of styles and sizes.
Finished trees that are on the shelf will be sold at bisque prices.
Finished trees that are ordered and paid for in July will be discounted 20%.
Bisque orders paid for in July will be discounted 20%.

Ornament Sale

We have over two hundred and fifty ornaments in our collection, most are Christmas.
Finished ornaments will be discounted 20%.
Bisque ornaments ordered and paid for during July will be half price — most will be $1.00.

Sample Sale

Any Christmas items that are on the shelf as samples will be sold at bisque prices.
We may have an online Sample Sale on Facebook Live.
Finished orders paid for during July will be discounted 20%.
Bisque orders paid for during July will also be discounted 20%
This includes the African American Caroler Set and the Christmas Carousel Horses.

In the studio.

If you are a student and order a large number of trees, you can request them one at a time or you can take them home, either to paint at home or to store at home until ready to paint. We do not have sufficient space in the studio to store large numbers of trees.

Sale ends July 31. All orders must be paid for in advance.

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The Garden Center

It’s that time of year to pull the weeds, plant the flowers, and put some natural woodland animals or cute critters in your gardens. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of items that may be of interest (and we have updated our prices).

Garden Center

 WOODLAND CRITTERS  
Scioto 2085Mama Fox20”$35.00
Scioto 2087Kit Fox11”$18.00
Scioto 2073Sitting Squirrel9”$15.00
Scioto 2074Standing Squirrel10”$15.00
Kimple 1999Chipmunk For Log5¼’$  8.00
Kimple 2000Quail For Log $  8.00
Kimple 2002Pheasant For Log $  8.00
Nowell 318Garden Frog12”$12.00
Scioto 1496Garden Turtle9”$10.00
Scioto 2067Mama Raccoon13”$20.00
Scioto 2070Baby Raccoon8”$10.00
Byron 004Large Owl13”$15.00
VIP 1118Double log base (for critters)11”x 5”$  8.00
 RABBITS  
Scioto 1077Realistic Rabbit Left5”$  8.00
Scioto 1078Realistic Rabbit Right5”$  8.00
Scioto 1079Realistic Rabbit Standing6”$  8.00
Scioto 1080Large Rabbit Looking Left15”$15.00
Scioto 1081Large Standing Rabbit12”$15.00
 DEER  
Scioto 1194?Deer Lying Down Right18”$25.00
Scioto 1197Sleeping Fawn9”$15.00
Scioto 1201Deer Lying Down Facing Right10”$15.00
Scioto 1218Standing Fawn (Deer)13”$25.00
Scioto 1345Grazing Deer  
Scioto 1346?Looking Straight  
Scioto 1347?Looking Straight  
 FARM  
Scioto 1373Cow13”$15.00
Alberta 818Rooting Pig13”$15.00
 COMIC  
Clay Magic 2860Droogie Dragonfly12”$20.00
Clay Magic 3855Beetle Bug Car7½”$10.00
Clay Magic 3858Retro Camper8”$10.00
Clay Magic 3859Ziggy Chameleon13½”$20.00
Clay Magic 3943Baby Ziggy6¼”$7.50
Iandola 363Flat Lamb Grazing14”$15.00
Iandola 364Curly Lamb11”$15.00
Iandola 365Large Curly Lamb19 ½”$20.00
Iandola 367Little Bo Peep19”$20.00
 DUCKS  
Kimple 0863Small Yard Duck Standing9”$10.00
Kimple 0864Small Yard Duck Grazing10”$10.00
VIP 1109Mallard Or Wood Duck $10.00
Gare 818Large Duck Decoy12”$10.00
X-74Small Duck Decoy3½ 5½$  7.50
 GNOMES  
Alberta 36-42,44,52Small Flowerpot Gnomes & Snow White5 ½”$  5.00
Alberta 589Medium Napping Gnome9”$12.00
Alberta 504Large Standing Gnome17 ¼”$25.00
Alberta 679Large Gnome With Shovel16 ½”$25.00
Alberta 692Large Gnome With Watering Can17 ¼”$25.00
Alberta 693Large Gnome On Tummy13 ½”$25.00
Alberta 721Large Gnome Suzie17”$25.00
 STEPPINGSTONES  
Catskill 226Steppingstone Welcome Goose8”$10.00
Catskill 231Steppingstone Welcome Iris8”$10.00
Catskill 232Steppingstone Halloween8”$10.00
Catskill 233Steppingstone Thanksgiving8”$10.00
Catskill 234Steppingstone Christmas8”$10.00
Catskill 235Steppingstone Bunny8”$10.00
Catskill 236Steppingstone Valentine8”$10.00
No NameSteppingstone Mouse In Daisies8”$10.00
Clay Magic3960Heart of the Garden9 ½”$10.00
 FAIRY HOUSES  
Clay Magic 3951Charming Teapot Fairy House8×9$16.00
Clay Magic 3952Enchanted Teapot Fairy House11×8$16.00
Kimple 918, 968, 970Base, House + 3 Bunnies $20.00
Macky 5323, 5324, 5325Nibble Nook Mouse House: base, house, + 3 mice6 ½”$20.00
 HOUSES / FEEDERS  
Riverview 867Butterfly House (Or Birdhouse) $16.00
Duncan 213aHanging Ashtray / Feeder / Planter6 ½”$  9.50
Duncan 98aHanging Ashtray / Feeder / Planter6 ½”$  9.50
 LANTERNS  
Dona 493s,BPansies  & Ribbon Lantern10”$10.00
Duncan 102aPatio Lantern $10.00
 PLANTERS  
Duncan 679aTrinidad Harbor Shell Planter $10.00
Weaver 451Horse Planter13”$12.00
No NameStrawberry Shortcake Planter~ 8”$  8.00
Daddy 282Pipe Planter With Ship (+Lid)9×6$10.00
These are all bisque prices. That is, the cost to purchase the unpainted piece to paint yourself.
Finished pieces are typically 1 1/2 times the bisque price but that can vary according to the detail.

Give us a call.

These may or may not be available on the shelf so call ahead and order what you want. Allow at least a week for pouring, cleaning, and firing.

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So come on over and bring the kids. They can make things for the garden, too!

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New Live Schedule

Announcing a change in our schedule. Since Michael Harbridge has moved his broadcasts to Thursday evenings, we have moved ours to Tuesdays. Same time, same place, different day of the week,

Play with Clay Birdhouse

Tonight we started the new schedule with our clay birdhouse. It was a project from the IADCCT 2021 Virtual Convention and also won a trophy at the Midwest Ceramic Show last year. We used a soda pop can to mold the “house” wrapping clay around the can, then adding a bottom, and eventually a roof. We used texture mats to add designs to the clay cylinder and roof; then leaf forms to make leaves for on the roof; and a mini extruder to make decorative vines. After it dries for about two weeks, we will fire and then glaze the birdhouse. If you missed the broadcast, you can view the video at Carol’s Carousel Classes group on Facebook.

Underglazed Birdfeeder

Join us next week when we will use underglazes to add flowers and vines to a hanging birdfeeder.

In the Studio

It’s that time of year to make outdoor decorations. Besides birdhouses, butterfly houses, and bird feeders we have lots of realistic garden critters, lanterns for your patio, cartoon characters, gnomes, and fairy gardens. So come on over and get started on your outdoor decorating.

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Fashenhues Certification Class

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. nine enthusiastic painters joined Ruth Ann Jackson Butler here in the studio for an intense workshop learning all about how to use Fashenhues. We painted five pieces: a faux cement cross with rose & barbed wire and a garden stone with flowers & a decal saying (Friday), an eagle head figure and a colorful rainbow trout (Saturday), and a Santa Christmas wreath (Sunday). We had three out-of-town visitors, Tina from West Virginia, Steve and Diane from Elyria; three from our studio, Laura, Sheryl, and Linda; and three Warnekes, Jim, Carol, and Jesse.

Ruth Ann and her husband, Larry, traveled to Ohio from their home in Texas to do the training. Steve and Tina both became Fashenhues dealers as well as certified teachers and picked up their starter kits of supplies while they were here. Carol was already a dealer but took this opportunity to add to her stock as well.

Ruth Ann took pictures of the painters and also of each project which she posted on her page. I have shared the pictures from Friday and Saturday on the Carol’s Carousel Creations page. I am sure that there will be more taken on Sunday which we can post later.

Our Thursday Night Live on Carol’s Carousel Classes has a non-fired class the first week of each month. This Thursday we will be doing a Mother’s Day tree in Fashenhues so tune in at 7:30. We also do classes here in the studio where you can learn to use Fashenhues or have us bring the Party Van to your home or place of business such as nursing homes or day care centers.

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The Cookie Tree

If you missed this week’s Thursday Night Live, you need to go check it out on Carol’s Carousel Classes Facebook group. We replicated a project by Michael Harbridge where he showed a Shamrock Cookie tree that was done and demonstrated making a Snowflake Cookie tree. You can see his video by going to his Facebook page.

We showed some of our collection of cookie cutters: hearts, circles, shamrocks, and gingerbread men. Most are metal and come in an assortment of different sizes. The top edge is folded over and the bottom edge is sharp for cutting. We also have a variety of smaller plastic cutters. In previous videos we have used cutters to make our Brown Sugar Bears.

For our Cookie Tree we used an assortment of Easter cookie cutters; egg, carrot, bunny face, chick, bunny profile, and a flower. We also used a small circle cutter to remove the center of the flowers. The tree was formed on a medium-size clay puzzling cone form. First the cone is wrapped in paper. A strip of clay was attached around the bottom of the cone. Then each cookie was overlapped over the base strip or over other cookies. The clay was rolled out with a rolling pin on a foam sheet and cookies were cut and attached one at a time using a brush and compatible slip. The tree is then removed from the cone, and the paper is removed before drying and firing. It usually takes about a week for the clay to dry enough for firing.

The cookies can be decorated using underglazes or EZ strokes when still in greenware or with stains or glazes after firing. Using a textured paint such as snow or French Dimensions will simulate frosting. We are looking forward to decorating our tree and will post pictures when completed.

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So how about making your own cookie tree?
Bring your cookie cutter collection or use some of ours.

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Midwest Ceramic Show Spring 2022

MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers) had nine members attend the show this weekend, taking classes, demonstrating rubber stamps, and buying lots of bisque and supplies.

To see what we did go to Jim Warneke’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003334540599) to see his walk through on Friday. He videotaped the various booths and interviewed most of the vendors. It runs a little over and hour.

Saturday Jim videotaped our Live at the MVCT table. It is on Carol’s Carousel Classes Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/100003334540599/videos/3595413800582857). I showed painting the stamped designs, how to apply the stamps, and talked through the variety of stamps and samples on the display table. This video was also about an hour.

Throughout the show, there was someone at the table most all of the time. People were encouraged to purchase a piece of bisque with a large area for stamping from one of the many bisque vendors. Then bring it to our table and stamp whatever they wanted onto their piece. Some just stamped on a piece of paper, some stamped their design on bisque to take home and paint, and some sat and painted their design after stamping. After the paint dries for 24 hours so it doesn’t smear (we used Duncan Concepts), the ware can be clear glazed and fired. The gnome stamps were especially popular, and many people wanted to buy some from me.

The video Jim did of the demonstration is our Thursday Night Live for this week.

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Easter Eggs-Travaganza

Fired Products — Glazes & Underglazes

Last week we painted a dozen eggs with a variety of glazes during our Thursday Night Live. We used the following and you can see them finished during this week’s Live on Thursday at 7:30 EDT.

  • Specktaclear — a cleat glaze by Mayco with specks of color in it. It comes in four different colors. Because it is a clear glaze, we only needed two coats.
  • Semi-translucent glaze — this we used on an egg that has a swirly design as it fills in the detail. This type of glaze is good for detailed pieces such as trees, but an opaque glaze is better if you are looking for solid coverage.
  • Crystal Glaze — both Duncan and Mayco have crystal glazes and Duncan also made a product called Color Burst Crystals (don’t think Mayco is going to make them). We used a glaze with small crystals due to the size of the egg, trying not to get crystals close to the bottom. They run when fired and will cause drips that make little feet if you are not careful.
  • Shimmer Glaze — this is a sparkly glaze made by Duncan that requires four coats. For best coverage put over a base color of underglaze, which we forgot todo.
  • True Matte Glaze — matte glazes do not run so you need to be careful to get smooth coverage when brushing it on. This lack of movement makes it ideal for majolica, painting designs over the unfired egg. Because we did our design with Concepts which is glossy, it will be a nice contrast with the matte finish on the background.
  • Satin Glaze — satins are a little shinier than mattes and give a nice solid coverage finish to an egg
  • Art Glaze — there are several different specialty glazes in the Duncan line with a variety of different names, depending on the effect. All have something going on besides a solid color. A lot of our art glazes are in our discontinued drawers.
  • White Cascade — this produces a drippy white drape of color when applied over another glaze. We all remember the old brown mugs with the white flowing down over the edge of the cup. We put just a little on the top of our orange egg.
  • Clear Cascade — you do not see this glaze, but it makes the other glazes flow. We layered two different glazes with cascade sandwiched in between. The results will be a surprise.
  • Cobblestone — this is a texture glaze that shrinks when drying and even more when firing, causing the underlying color to show through. It is available in both black and white. We used white cobblestone over a dark blue glaze to get a good contrast. The heavier it is applied, the larger the cobbles.
  • Appli-Kate — this is a textured product that comes in many colors and produces a sandy effect. It is made by Marchelle Burnham and her husband. We used it to paint an egg that had an embossed flower on it. First, we base coated the egg with concepts.
  • Marbled Eggs — this is a technique rather than a glaze. We previously learned to use shaving cream to get this effect (with either underglazes or stains), but it is not really necessary, and this is a lot less messy to do. We placed several contrasting colors of Concepts on a piece of aluminum foil swirling but not mixing the colors. Then we rolled the egg in the color covering all of the surface. Quick and easy, it was done in no time and ready to fire. Since Concepts fire shiny we do not need to clear glaze the egg.

Non-fired Products

This week we are painting eggs with products that do not go in the kiln. Therefore, all eggs will be finished after they are sealed with a spray sealer.

  • Azure Dotting — we use Azure brand alcohol to apply dots of color to an egg that has been clear glazed and fired. You can do an overall pattern, different colors in different sections, or try and draw a design.
  • Azure Flowing — After applying color to our glazed egg, we drip alcohol over the top making the colors flow and run together.
  • Acrylic Stains — Duncan Bisque Stains and Mayco Softies are both acrylic paints used to paint solid coverage on eggs, add your own geometric design, or paint a scene.
  • Pearls & Metallics — We use Fashenhues brand paints to add what looks like a satin ribbon or metallic trim. They can be used alone or as added detail with stains.
  • Glitter — We use a gel glitter that we purchase from Glaser. It comes in many colors and is less messy than using loose glitter. Because the gel dries clear, you need to basecoat the egg with color before applying the glitter. Again, this can be an overall effect or used to add detail. Always add the glitter last because it takes a while to dry.
  • Mud — This is a textured product used to produce fine, lacy designs on your egg. It comes in white but can be tinted if you prefer color. The mud is applied by dropping several dots from a find tipped bottle, then using a liner brush to pull the dots into swirls and swishes, often creating flowers. The egg needs to be base coated, preferably in a bright color to contract with the white design.
  • Watercolors — this is a set of paints used just like you did in grade school to add color to your design. Works best for detailed pieces, rather than solid coverage.
  • Chalks — These are pastel chalk sticks that you might have used in art class. Color from each piece of chalk is applied to the piece with a brush. This technique gives a soft, delicate effect. It is new to me, but we have the chalks and will give it a try.
  • Fashenhues — This is a brand of water-based oil paints used to paint detailed pieces. First paint the egg with two coats of basecoat color, either white or cream or one of each. Then antique the entire piece, usually with brown. Do small sections at a time, wiping back consistently throughout the piece. Then apply color using a new brush for each color and wiping back as with the brown. The effect is to leave a darker shade of the color in the detail and a lighter shade in the foreground.
  • Antiquing — This is a technique using acrylics rather than a product and is used on detailed designs. First, you apply a base color to the egg. Then, using a mixture of 50/50 stain and water, you apply a darker color to a small area and wipe it back using a Viva paper towel or soft cloth. Or you can do small sections only, such as antiquing an embossed bunny.
  • Dry Brushing — This is another technique with acrylics used to bring out detail. First, base coat with a dark color, Then, use a lighter color to bring out the detail by brushing across the top of the design. Use a stiff brush that has not been wet with very little color. Wipe the color off on a paper towel, paper bag, or coffee filter before applying. You can start with a very dark color such as black and use several layers of dry brushing to bring up the color, e.g., charcoal, grey, Snowcloud grey, and white. This technique is time-consuming and takes patience but produces a beautiful, detailed design.
  • Egg Lathe — This is a new piece of equipment that holds your egg and lets it spin so that you can apply even banding, The technique would be used on a plain egg rather than one with an embossed design.

WOW! Another dozen eggs! I am not certain that we can get through all of these in an hour and a half but we somehow managed last week. (The additional time we were on the air was a commercial.)

Speaking of commercials — don’t forget to Follow the Carousel and do it before the start of class. At the upper right corner of this page is a box asking for your email address. Some lucky viewer will receive these two dozen eggs which can be mailed out right after those from Thursday’s session are sprayed.

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Video Updates

I just love bringing ceramic techniques to our followers as I am a teacher at heart and love to share. This “business” of ours has turned into an online shopping center, which was never our intention. Of course, COVID has helped to promote this and also caused in-studio classes to slow way down, technique workshops and party-van classes to come to a complete halt. So disappointing.

Help wanted with videos

  • Is there some way to make the videos profitable?
  • I have encouraged people to paint along with us but have only had a few purchases by viewers.
  • Some ceramic teachers also broadcast on a U-Tube channel which I know nothing about.
  • Help with the technology of using Facebook Live would also be appreciated. We always seem to have some kind of tech problem.

Upcoming Schedule

  • 3/24 For our GLAZE CLASS next week, we will be glazing some Easter Eggs. Some ideas are crystals, marbling, cobblestone, cascade, Spektaclear, satin, True Matte, and art glazes.
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  • 3/31 The following week, we will do more eggs but this time with NON-FIRED PRODUCTS. Ideas include acrylic stains, Azure alcohol markers, designs with mud, and watercolor paints.
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  • 4/7 This is the first Thursday of April and our week for non-fired products. However, since we did non-fired last week (5 Thursdays in March) and will be broadcasting from the Midwest Ceramic Show we will clue you in on what is going on.

    MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers) is demonstrating RUBBER STAMPS at the show using Duncan Concepts. We have a variety of stamps on hand including full-sheet texture stamps, strip stamps especially good for borders, shape stamps, and craft-store stamps. Paint is applied with a sponge dauber or roller.
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  • 4/14 During PLAY WITH CLAY we will be creating a “cookie tree”. If you watched Michael’s demonstration, he made a snowflake tree and had a Shamrock tree in the background. We will be making a tree with butterflies & flowers and hope to have our Easter Egg tree ready to show you.
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  • 4/21 UNDERGLAZES will be used to make handprint and footprint plates. Students often take the plate and some paint home to do the prints with baby, then bring them back to the studio for painting and firing. I find that most who do these make several … for Mom, Grandma, Aunt Betty, and so on. A great Mother’s Day gift and we also have our Daddy’s Grilli’n Plate for Father’s Day. You can do these with acrylic paints, it is just harder to wash off baby’s hands and feet.
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  • 4/28 OVERGLAZES will be added to a pre-glazed project. Options include 14K gold (real gold), white gold, Mother of Pearl, and decals. All are fired to a much lower temperature than glazes, typically 017-020 instead of 06
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  • 5/5 We will be STAINING our Mother’s Day tree using Fashenhues. We will be using what we call our logo tree because it is a better size than the small ones and we can add a greeting to the oval on the front.

Follow the Carousel” Drawing

When you log into our website CarolsCarouselCreations.com it will open to the blog page. In the upper right corner, there is a box asking you to enter your email address. This will get you each week’s blog sent directly to your inbox, so you won’t have to log in to see it. It is just once a week, and no other emails will be sent. If we make changes or additions to the web page, we will note that in the blog and you can tune in if interested in the update.

Those who choose to “follow” the carousel page will be entered into a drawing for the complete set of Easter eggs painted on 3/24 and 3/31. (Maybe as many as two dozen, it depends on the timing during the Live broadcast.) The drawing will be held during the Live on 3/31and the prize will be mailed out right away. Please sign up and Good Luck!

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Please print out the Live schedule for March & April and add the dates to your calendar.
Then go to the website and “follow the carousel” to enter the drawin
g for ceramic eggs!

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