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PAGE 1 2 THE PRESS DECEMBER 26, 2012 business suffered and "slowly began dying?' It was at that time that she was told of a Canadian fashion competition. The fashion company Nygard In- temational, which is one of the largest women's clothing manu- facturers and suppliers in the world, was looking for a specialist and in order for Anna to receive the posi- tion she would have to go through a competition and if she won she would have to move herself and her family to Canada. After discussing it with her family she decided to en- ter the competition. "It was a very hard decision to make and I discussed it with my loved ones over and over," said Anna. In September 2000, she entered the competition with 16 other ap- plicants. She said that it was a big challenge since she didn't speak English or know Canadian tech- nology. In the end of the competi- tion Anna was one of the two ap- plicants who received the special- ist position. She moved to Canada where she worked for Nygard for seven years as a technical designer, fit specialist, and technologist spe- cializing on jackets. Then Anna worked for two years in Winnipeg in the same position for a different company by the name of JMJ In- genuity whose products are carried at the Squire Shop in Grafton. When she met her husband Kim who was stationed at the military base in Winnipeg she decided to give up her fashion career and fol- low her heart. She said that she feels very lucky because she gained a lov- ing family that includes four adorable grandchildren and she feels almost at home because of the large Czech community around. Her favorite part of living in Park River is of course her husband Kim, but she also loves living on a farm away from the turmoil of a big city. Anna's home gives her every- thing she loves and although she is constantly working she feels like she is always on vacation because she gets to be her own boss "Usually I am working hard about 12 hours a day but I am my own boss and I am responsible for my success or my faults. I can?t blamt:"anybody else," she said. Creating her craft Most of Anna's products are her handiwork, either baked or painted. When Anna was a younger she attended art school for three years but because of money problems she was unable to complete her degree, her stint at art school helped with her ability to for her paintings. "I love nature so I paint birds, flowers, animals or nature scenes on glass, porcelain and wooden boxes. Photos: Submitted Above: These gingerbread pieces are decorated for Easter. Right: This painted glass item showcases Anna's painting tal- ents. Of course, I make my gingerbread decorations which make unique gifts for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings and many other occasions." Anna is also preparing a little fashion line for her shop in the fu- ture because fashion is her strong spot. While Anna was still living in the Czech Republic she accidentally started a tradition. It was Christmas time in 1989 right after the "Velvet Revolution" and excited for a new fi'eedom Anna's family bought a very expensive Christmas tree. "It was a silver fir tree and it was so beautiful that I refused to put any other colorful glitter decoration on it because it would ruin its natural look," she said. So she decided to bake ginger- bread decorations and decorate the tree with gingerbread, red ribbon and real candles. Anna found a recipe for the gingerbread in a magazine. "We never had such beautiful tree like that and I'll never forget my sons' sparkling eyes," said Anna. Since that time, it became tradi- tion that Anna used to bake their decorations almost every year. "Well, the ging b ad can last for years fordecot Ve but the problem was that my boys al- ways stole some from the tree and in the end they would eat it all, so I had to bake it again the next year. I've also built a gingerbread house for them probably 18 years ago and my older son still has it," she said. Anna has changed the recipe a few times to find the best one. "It's a heritage passed from gen- eration to generation. The decora- tion is very intricate and it needs training, a still hand and a lot of pa- tience. Many badly done pieces end up in our tummies before some- body could see them," she said. "There is a special recipe for icing as well and it's not easy to make ex- act texture of it." The intricate details that Anna uses on her gingerbread and for painitng on glass or wooden boxes are very time consuming. One piece of gingerbread can take about 40 to 50 minutes to decorate and one bot- tle takes at least 2 hours of painting but before she starts she has to clean bottles of stickers, rub them with an alcohol and make a base because it is difficult to paint on glass. Tlien she has to bake the bottle to make :the enamel hard, clean it and wrap ff/'Bt'2 ' iiat/5 k ded;' sealed; painted and varnished. It's a lot of work and as an artist and crafter Anna is very proud of the products that she makes and wishes for her customers to appreciate the effort she puts into making her products. Anyone interested in Anna's work can see it in store, make an ap- pointment by phone at 701-284- 6477, or they can visit her online store, which will be opening very soon. I @l lq} ]Qb dolmql. I r tie Jon Field, Park River, ND By Jon Fjeld toes. This allows them to walk upside down on The Nuthatch is a friendly winter bird. tree trunks, one of the only birds that can do that. They will stash sunflower seeds into the bark Editor's Note: Jon Fjeld is a Park River artist of a tree and can remember where most of them whose artwork can be seen on buildings all are later when food is scarce. Most other bird's around Park River. He will be doing a month- feet have three front toes and one in the back. ly artpiece in the Press featuring North Dako- Nuthatches have two front toes, and two back ta's feathered friends. I u I # m nm mmm m m m |m m | mmimm mmmlmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmImmmmmmmmmmmm] m Advertise in Press today m m m m m imi iiii IN i i i i imiiiI~ mi mmn mmm~m mmimmlmm mmm mm mlmmmmmmmmlmmm for a UND Hockey Jersey. Must be ')k Cable IV prog per channel, place requirements on channel their programming, and have virtually requirements...and they are continuall, pricing. 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