Nestled in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont is the small town of Reading. This rural scenic area provides the creative backdrop for local artist Ellie Tallon who began her own Christmas Ornament business over twenty five years ago. An art student in college, Ellie began looking for a home business and an outlet for her creativity shortly after the birth of her second child in 1981. After a short career in retail store display Ellie decided to develop a specialized craft that she would be able to design and produce in her own home.Ellie began her business by exhibiting at small local craft shows. Her original creations were made from bread dough. They were large in size and were once deemed affectionately as tree knockers. Despite the primitive styles, Ellie received great encouragement from show attendees for her personal creativity and unique designs. Although sales were modest in the beginning it was obvious that a successful business had been born. In 1995 a friend introduced Ellie to the new Polymer Clays and her creativity and business really took off. The increase in artistic quality immediately resulted in acceptance into much larger and more prestigious craft shows and also resulted in substantial financial success. Ellie now attends more than eighteen high-end craft shows, which follow the most strict jury standards for handmade crafts. Each ornament is individually handmade and personalized by Ellie. She is involved in the process from beginning to end, which is evident by the outstanding quality of the product. No employees or pre-cast molds are ever used to make the ornaments. A single ornament can contain as many as 95 individual pieces. Each one represents the artist’s commitment and dedication to product integrity and excellence. And now after twenty years of business Ellie is ready to join so many other successful people by launching her own Web site; www.JalinofVermont.com . This exciting venture is the result of the generous support and encouragement of the Springfield, Vt. Regional Development Corporation and a very technically skilled website designer from Woodstock, Vermont. We hope that you are ready to enjoy the wonderful and whimsical creativity of a very talented artist and crafter as you visit the site. Thank you for your interest in Ellie’s handmade products.