Hobbies have filled Gisela Paul’s life, not to mention her home.
Basket weaving, quilting, crocheting, knitting and baking — and the resulting products — are evident throughout the Radcliff woman’s home and beyond.
Baskets of all shapes, colors, sizes and purposes fill Paul’s home, including her kitchen, dining room and living room. A tabletop quilt displaying leaves and fall colors adorns the dining room table, and she has many others stored in her home.
Annie Varnadore sat in a motorized wheelchair at a sewing machine in the back room of her Radcliff clothing store, stitching material onto the hem of a denim skirt.
The work was not so much about adding a decorative touch as it is about adding length.
Varnadore, 47, who lives in Vine Grove, specializes in creating modest clothing for women. Earlier this year, Varnadore opened her store, Titus 2 Modest Woman’s Apparel, where she sells clothing she makes as well as some from manufacturers.
For Melanie Parker, loss is gain. Training for the upcoming Color Run 5K in Elizabethtown, Parker has lost 50 pounds and gained energy and confidence.
Her first experience with The Color Run was in October 2012. She went with some friends to a run in New Orleans. She met a lot of people from all over the country among the 13,000 involved. There were young and old, women running with babies and co-workers running together.
“I thought, ‘What a fabulous thing to bring to E’town’,” she said.
At 71 years old, Trish Crandall’s volunteer efforts include building houses.
“I can still swing a hammer,” the Elizabethtown resident said.
Crandall was the recipient of a house from Hardin County Habitat for Humanity, for which she was required to put in a minimum number of work hours. But after she fulfilled her obligations, she didn’t stop volunteering.
In a home near downtown Elizabethtown, Marlin Carroll illustrates the passing of seasons with a department-store-window approach to decorating — and passersby have noticed.
The 81-year-old has lived in her home 52 years and in 1985 decided to do some redecorating. The front of her house used to be a wide open porch, and she extended the living room and added a bay window.
“I stood back and looked at that window and thought, ‘I’ve got to put something in there because it looks too big and vacant,’” she said.
Farming is a foundation for what Pem Buck teaches in her anthropology class at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
Though her class is not specifically about farming, Buck said, anthropology is about understanding how social structures work. Producing food is one of the basic foundations for that, so how a society organizes itself to produce food is important to the subject.
Producing food is among Buck’s personal background as is experiencing other cultures.