The Old Man on May 3rd, 2010
Handcrafted Gifts Customized at The Mare’s Nest, Longwood
Tuesday May 31, 1983 The Evening Herald, Sanford FL.
The Mare’s Nest with its assortment of handcrafted gifts and decorating accessories is nestled in Historic Longwood. Located at 228 W. Warren Ave., just half a block west of the city hall, it was formerly in the Browsers Barn. The charming shop has been in Longwood for 2 yrs and moved into one of the sections quaint old houses on March 1st.
Most the items in the shop are the clever creations of the owners, Lois and Wendell Glisson who specialize in custom work. In conjunction with the shop. Lois operates a Doll Hospital where she lovingly restores, repairs, and re-dresses all kinds of dolls and does custom designing.
She is now teaching classes in Stenciling, Chicken Scratch, and Candle Wicking. This summer she is offering workshops on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons on such things as stenciling t-shirts and cross-stitch to youngsters 9-13yrs. preregistration is necessary. To register call 331-5546.
Registration is also being taken for the “Christmas in July”. Classes on ideas for holiday gifts and decoration to be held monthly begging July 5th.
Ever since Mrs. Piggy became a glamorous Star of Television and movies, folks have been going hog wild over things porcine- and you will, too when you see the adorable new “Pig Line” at The Mare’s Nest. There are stuffed Piggy Doorstops, Laundry Bags, Kitchen Magnets, and Magic Wands to wave over your food and remove unwanted calories (for the person who eats everything), to name a few.
Just as cute are Lois’ stuffed pelicans, mice, and “Sassy Cats”, and dolls. There are gifts for kids of all ages from the crib up. If you are looking for something different for dad on Fathers Day, Lois has a unique gift selection- a personalized wooden suit hanger, which can be painted with a variety of shirts or coats and dads name. She also has personalized gifts for graduates.
Wendell Glisson’s Specialty is woodworking. He makes Doll furniture- cradles, rockers and beds- ducks to hang on the wall, wooden weather vanes, plaques and country-rustic furniture.
They are also carrying some supplies and raw wood work for those who like to paint their own.
Some of the other items you’ll find at The Mare’s Nest including wooden bowls, baskets, pottery, ceramics, patchwork, stenciled or candle-wicked pillows.