Smart Cookies: Family Opens Business

A family Christmas tradition has turned into a small business this year as two Bucyrus natives make ornaments that look good enough to eat.

Kelly Stockmaster and her daughter, Kymberlee Stockmaster-Wood, produce hand-painted clay Christmas ornaments for their Gingerbread Keepsake Collection.

“It’s heartwarming and family oriented, and the ornaments will last,” Kymberlee said from her home in Grand Junction, Colo.

Kelly works from her home in Lykens, where she raised Kymberlee and her youngest daughter Krystle (Stockmaster) Miller. All three went to Wynford High School.

For the holiday season, the women ready hundreds of decorated “gingerbread” ornaments for personal orders and craft shows. But these festively adorned boys and girls, snowflakes, snowmen, mittens and ornate houses are made of clay rather than the usual spicy brown dough.

“They are so much fun to paint, they each have their own personality,” Kelly said. “It really pulls at people’s hearts.”

Image from The Gingerbread Keepsake Collection.

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