[caption id="attachment_10864" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/9.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10864" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/9-300x107.jpg" alt="Crafters and vendors await the arrival of holiday shoppers and parade-goers, who filled the aisles at the Holiday Craft Show Fridat night at the Opera House. Photos courtesy of David Moore." width="300" height="107" \/><\/a> Crafters and vendors await the arrival of holiday shoppers and parade-goers, who filled the aisles at the Holiday Craft Show Fridat night at the Opera House. <em>Photos courtesy of David Moore.<\/em>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nHoliday cheer was abundant at the Pocahontas County Opera House annual Holiday Craft Show Friday evening as parade-goers and holiday shoppers perused more than 30 crafters' tables topped with jewelry, knitting, pottery, primitive d\u00e9cor and more in search of gifts.\r\n\r\nDisplays of handmade Christmas d\u00e9cor \u2013 wreaths made from pine branches, ornaments, snowmen and more \u2013 dotted the Opera House floor.\r\n\r\nMarlinton-transplant Susan Gauntt's ornaments draw inspiration from nature.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese are made of out of pine cone scales,\u201d the retired art teacher explained, indicating her display of adorned and unadorned ornaments. \u201cYou can either leave them plain and let someone else decorate them, or you can decorate them using whatever you can find \u2013 berries, nuts, or seeds. I decorate with tiny acorns, beech nuts, and whatever other seed pods I can find while I'm walking the [Greenbrier River] Trail.\r\n\r\n\u201cI've only been here for two and a half years, so I look for all of my supplies at state parks, along the trail, and over at Sherwood Lake. I know I can get acorns and pine cones on the trail, as well as at Sherwood Lake. They're all over the little island in the middle. The rest is gathering whatever seeds you see when you're out and about.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to the seed pods, Gaunt waits for them to dry before adding them to her ornaments.\r\n\r\n\u201cSome dry better than others,\u201d she said. \u201cWinterberry makes a very nice berry. It keeps its red, and it dries hard rather than rotting like a barberry would. Rose hips are nice, but I've learned that they tend to turn black after a year or two, so I don't use those anymore.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo make her ornaments, Gauntt works off of the lid of a margarine bowl. Once the pine cones are disassembled, she glues the scales together in a ring on one side of the lid. She then turns the lid over and repeats the process.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don't try and gather all the supplies I need for one ornament,\u201d she added. \u201cI tear up a whole bunch of pine cones, then I start making a whole bunch of rings, and then I flip them over and make even more rings. After that process is finished is when I start decorating.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to her pine cone ornaments, Gauntt makes miniature woodland creatures using the fruit of sweet gum trees for the bodies and acorns for the heads. To transform the figurines into winter d\u00e9cor, Gauntt adorns the creatures with little scarves made from yarn, attaches craft \u2013 or popsicle \u2013 sticks like skis to the base of the sweet gumballs and places the figurines on a little snowscape made from styrofoam plates.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_10866" align="alignright" width="264"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/28.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10866" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/28-264x300.jpg" alt="Retired art teacher, Susan Gauntt, has been making these little woodland creatures for 20 or 30 years. The figurines are made from acorns and sweet gumballs." width="264" height="300" \/><\/a> Retired art teacher, Susan Gauntt, has been making these little woodland creatures for 20 or 30 years. The figurines are made from acorns and sweet gumballs.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cMy sixth graders used to make the skiers,\u201d she explained, \u201cand the wreaths were made by my eighth graders. I collected the supplies, and then we made them together. This is something I've been doing for twenty, thirty years.\u201d\r\n\r\nA newcomer to the crafting scene, Maxine Paulman manned a charming table of handmade snowmen and women adorned with tiny, handmade gloves, hats and scarves \u2013 each figurine nestled in a decorative winter wonderland. Made in a little over a month, the idea first came to Paulman while lying in bed one night.\r\n\r\n\u201cI got up the very next morning and started making them,\u201d she said, \u201cThis was my first time, and I used wool and a variety of other materials to make everything that you see here. I picked out the material, cut out each shape and sewed them together.\u201d\r\n\r\nHandmade goods were not the only items available at the craft show.\r\n\r\nSituated between customizable jewelry and scented goods, members of the Pocahontas County High School Future Business Leaders of America club sold a variety of pecans \u2013 plain and flavored.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe're selling pecans for Future Business Leaders of America to help send us to Charleston to compete in a business competition,\u201d senior and club president Samantha Collins explained. \u201cIt's a two day trip, and we're hoping to raise enough money to go down a day earlier and go out to eat somewhere nice.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_10865" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/12.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10865" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/12\/12-300x171.jpg" alt="Hand-stitched dolls and homemade chocolate bark are perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season." width="300" height="171" \/><\/a> Hand-stitched dolls and homemade chocolate bark are perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nAlong with Vice President Austin Ervine\u00a0and member Katie Buzzard, Collins sold bags of caramel clusters, cinnamon pecans, dark and milk chocolate pecans, and glazed pecans, as well as whole and halved pecans.\r\n\r\nThe FBLA state conference will take place in Charleston on April 11 and 12. Following States, Collins and her fellow club members hope to advance to compete in Nationals.\r\n\r\n\u201cNationals are in Atlanta, Georgia this year,\u201d she explained. \u201cIn addition to raising money for the conference in April, we're hoping to raise enough money to send us to Nationals if we place at States.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Holiday Craft Show at the Pocahontas Opera House has long been a part of the kick off to the Christmas season in the county.