Annie Tighe of rural Blair says she has been making things all her life, and now has found an opportunity to sell her creations in her own store.
Her shop, called Tighe It With a Bow, opened in July at 1259 Lincoln St. in Blair.
The store offers an eclectic mix of jewelry, gifts and home decor and many one-of-a-kind items, Tighe said. Several items have a Victorian-era look.
"Most of my inventory is handmade by me," she said.
For years, she has sold her creations at craft shows, but always wanted someday to open a store. She recently found that opportunity and after looking at many places, set up her shop in the former home of the Willow Basket.
She carries some silk flower arrangements, but no fresh ones, she said. Most of the flowers in her shop are found on the prints of fabrics and paper adorning old pieces of furniture she has repurposed.
From large pieces of furniture to small side tables featuring fabric-covered suitcases for tops or decoupage, there is a mix of the old and the new.
Old light fixtures have been turned over to create bowls on stands. Crosses and wall hangings feature vintage jewels.
Jewelry she has made include saints bracelets featuring the medals she has collected and many styles of earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces.
She has also made large decorative frames with a metal mesh back for hanging earrings.
She took round hand mirrors and decorated their backs with paper and jewelry pieces and fashioned their handles from vintage silverware.
Wall hangings feature items such as a baby's picture, lace and a vintage white baby shoe.
Tighe said she sometimes does custom work, especially on furniture pieces people would like to redecorate.
When she opened the store, she set her hours so she could be open into the evening. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Tighe said she is excited that Blair seems to be "revitalizing its little-bit-smaller shops" and they are working together to make Blair a shopping destination.
Tighe also offers classes at her store on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons for people to make their own projects, with materials provided, such as fall wreaths and cuff bracelets.
She posts weekly specials and information on Facebook.