Meet Our Amazing Crafters!

My name is Pat Deacon.  I am a lifelong sewer and love many needlecrafts besides sewing.  My Mom taught me to sew when I was 12 and I never stopped, although there were times in my life when I took a break.  In 2008 I gave myself quilting lessons for my birthday and I fell in love with my sewing machine all over again.  Actually I have fallen in love with several more sewing machines and my collection includes modern and vintage machines as well as a long arm for quilting, most of which I can service myself.  Most of my sewing time is spent working on quilts but I like to do other projects to change things up.  It keeps things fresh and challenges me in other ways.  This year I made some pillows with prayers or chocolate phrases.  They make great conversation pieces in the living room.  I hope you like them.

My husband Jack & I have been parishioners at St. Francis for over 3 years.  We were delighted to find a small, intimate and friendly community here in Yulee and have gotten active in various ministries.  While I am a Brooklyn, NY native, Jack & relocated from his native Atlanta, GA.

Angie E.


I've been making knotted fleece blankets since 2013 when I made them for our grandkids and others. Each tied knot represents a prayer offered up for the blanket recipient. They are completely machine washable and dryable. St. Francis has been my home parish since moving here in 2012. Hometown of Cincinnati, OH.

This year I have created a variety of costume and decorative “Dickens” theme hats, and “Have a Heart” masks for our Boutique. Sandra Pineault, our coordinator, asked if I could make some, given that I made decorative Christmas snowman hats for last year’s boutique. Some are wearable, and some are decoration. The mini hats are all wearable and have a chin strap. If you are a Dicken’s on Center fan, these could be for you!

I’ve been making masks since the beginning of COVID-19. It has kept me sane throughout these last months and given me an opportunity to help those in need. I had some heart print fabric that gave me the idea for the Have a Heart masks. I used this for masks I made for the Council of Aging and have included it here along with several other colors and fabric designs. They are unique and give a heartfelt message.

My husband and I came to the area in 2006 from Maryland after I retired from the Federal government. I joined our church back before it became St. Francis — when we were using the UMC in Yulee for our Mass services. I participated in the building campaign for our lovely church where I now serve as a Sacristan, Eucharist Minister, and volunteer for various church activities. I love our St. Francis Family!

Hi!  I'm Kathy.  Originally from N.Y. we moved to Florida in 2004.  I have done many different crafts over the years to include ceramics, stained glass, pine-needle baskets, and making metal flowers.  Finally settling on floral design, I worked at Hobby Lobby in Tallahassee as their floral designer before moving to Fernandina Beach. A fun job for sure!  Now I make a lot of custom wreaths and swags for people on and off the Island.  My wreaths are also for sale at Coastal Cottage on Amelia Island.  We have been parishioners of St. Francis for about 7 years.  Call me if you need a special wreath for your door or if you'd be interested in a wreath making class!


I have been doing machine embroidery for about 15 years. I got started doing work for a local gift shop. My motivation is the joy of making personalized gifts for friends and family, especially my grandkids! These are linen towels, that I have created with designs from different companies. They make beautiful gifts for the holidays. You can display them for many years. I have been a parishioner at St. Francis since we had Saturday Mass across the street. Not from day one, but about five years. My hometown is Pensacola, FL. My dad was in the Navy, so we lived in a lot of places!



Susan Spicer


Susan S.

My husband Norm and I arrived on the Island from New England 14 years ago and along the way found ourselves another home at St. Francis Mission Church. Part of the small original group, our SF family has seen us through hard times with support and love. I am a second career artist after retiring from a long experience in nursing and health care management.  Norm and I worked alongside others in the Respect Life Committee, especially with Project Isobel. Norm started the chess club shortly before the Lord called him home. He was an usher, part of the Men’s Club, and more as well as on hand to help is any way he could.  This is my second go-around as Boutique coordinator and I am excited as a marvelous group of parishioners arose to the pandemic challenge making history with our new Parish online store.  It's first event: Dicken’s at St. Francis Boutique.  I keep my fingers in art by among other projects creating cards for the parish Heart to Heart Ministry.

Nancy H.


Hi, I’m Nancy and the creator of SEABLING.  SEABLING draws inspiration from the treasures the sea offers up every day.  With a shell as the focus of each unique design, I select pearls and semi-precious gemstones that best complement that shell.  No two designs are alike.


SEABLING necklaces allow the wearer to determine how to best display these pieces of art.  Some can be worn traditionally or turned so that the shell rests on the side of the collarbone.  Lariats can be simply knotted or draped first as a choker then allowed to drop.


SEACUPS, created from scallop, oyster, and cockle shells are the perfect resting places for any bling.


SEABLING necklaces as well as some other of my designs are available at Evelyne Tallman.


I have spent my entire professional career in the Arts and continue to be engaged in the arts in retirement.  Tom and I moved here from NJ in the summer of 2018 and have been happy members of this Faith Community ever since.

Jenny H. & Marilyn N.

“Our motivation for creating our bracelets was wanting to make bracelets that had a religious component. There are similar stone bracelets to be found online, but none or very few with a religious theme. The bracelets are hand-made with different stones, shapes, and colors.  Many have a cross/crosses among the stones, or have faith- based sayings.

Jenny and I have been St. Francis parishioners since it’s humble beginnings at the Yulee Methodist Church.  We both reside in Fernandina Beach.“


Hi, my name is Marcela Bowler.  Shortly after a friend taught me to knit, one of my first projects was an Easter hat and coat for my daughter and that was over 50 years ago.  I enjoy knitting gifts for people, especially babies and young children.  I also enjoy making scarfs and shawls for family and friends.

My husband and I have been St. Francis parishioners since shortly after we moved here 5 years ago from Long Island, New York.


I've sewed most of my life and have enjoyed making crafts.  Like our dog, Jasmine has gotten older I decided to make healthy treats for her.


Shortly after joining St Francis I joined a group weekly to make crafts for the show and remembered how much I enjoyed this and what a better way than helping our church. 


This year I made 2 sets of 6 reversible placemats and a matching runner.   One is a soft floral on whites and blacks.  The other is a fun Christmas pattern.  I  also made healthy dog treats with pumpkin and peanut butter. I tied the bag with a bandana.


I joined St Francis of Assisi 4 years ago when we moved to Yulee. 


I was born and lived most of my life just outside of Trenton,  NJ.  My husband Marty and I moved just north of Atlanta, GA in 2006.  In 2016 we moved to Yulee. 

Sue D.

Hi I’m Sue and I’ve been crafting on and off my whole life. I’ve always enjoyed this lifetime pursuit. 

I like to make a variety of items and this year is no exception! Decoupage, pineapples, clothespin crosses, crocheted scrunchies and towel holders, among other things. 

I’ve been a parishioner of St Francis since 2007 when we were across the street. I’m part of the Needlework Group and was part of usher ministry for many years (recently retired).

My hometown is Woonsocket, RI and we’ve been in Florida since 2004.

Susan B.


My name is Susan and I’ve been crocheting since I was a child. I started making these scarves in 2019 at the request of my daughter because she loved this unusual design and she wanted gifts for her friends. I thought it would be an interesting challenge. These scarves use a very thick yarn to keep your neck warm but be stylish in a new way.

I have been a parishioner of St Francis since last year when I began RCIA and was brought into the Church this year during COVID, My hometown was El Centro, CA but I have lived all over the US and even in England. I have been in Yulee since 2003 when my late husband was transferred here.

Cathy McK.'s cousin Marge is from from Erie, PA, She is a quilter, a retired nurse and did Prison Ministry for 17 yrs. in Cambridge Springs, PA.

Marge and her husband Ken attended mass in all the Catholic churches in the Erie diocese after he became a Catholic!

Her son and daughter-in-law own a golf course in Waterford, Pa, and hold a fundraiser for cancer survivors called "LINKED BY PINK"! She makes and donates a cancer quilt every year.

She attends St Boniface Catholic Church in Waterford, PA.

Every year she donates something special to our boutiques!


Linda V.

Linda and her husband Tony joined St. Francis in July 2019, having moved from Fairfax Virginia.  Linda enjoys painting and sewing, and has been making crafts her entire life.  Since retiring, she has even more time to get them done and often asks Tony to play with his power tools to assist her.  She likes to get ideas from Pintrest and then tailors them to her own tastes.  Projects provided for the Dickens Village include— table wreaths, cork wreaths, pine cone wreaths, and rustic pallet-wood wine racks, but together they have also made bird-fences, lighthouses, planters, and seasonal signs