Fibromyalgia took her teaching career, but not her creativity

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM.

"Everything in here is one of a kind," she said.

It starts with placing a stick in a foam base. She then decorates the tree with floral tape, ribbon and silk flowers.

If requested, she adds a personal touch.

"I can make a Hobo tree and Bulldog tree," she said, referring to the Laurel Hill and Crestview athletic teams’ mascots. She also fashions seasonal trees for Christmas and Valentine's Day. 

The work is time consuming — “the broomstick trees can easily take a couple of hours to do,” she says — and materials are expensive.

And she’s a stickler for quality.

"I have been known to take the arrangements apart and start all over," she said.

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