Peggy Williams sells her creative vases during the Williams Lake Seniors Village Craft Fair Sunday.

Peggy Williams sells her creative vases during the Williams Lake Seniors Village Craft Fair Sunday.

SMART 55: Artistic creativity part of a senior’s routine

In her suite at the Seniors Village Peggy Williams keeps herself busy creating art.

In her suite at the Seniors Village Peggy Williams keeps herself busy creating art.

The 91 year old paints water colours and creates modge podge vases with fabric, using a little fold up table as her work station.

“I used to do oil paints, but my arthritis got the best of me so I changed to water colours because I can paint flat,” Williams said during the Seniors Village Christmas Craft Fair where she was selling her vases.

“I used to teach beginner water colour but now I find that’s too much.”

While she has painted for years, she began doing modge podge about 20 years ago, creating jewelry boxes for her grandchildren.

“I used empty oval shaped ice-cream containers, covered them with material, lace, ribbon and beads,” she said. “Before I gave them to them I put a pair of earrings inside.”

Last year she decided to make some vases for the Stampede weekend craft sale and friends and family were donating fabric for her to use.

Pointing to different vases she said the various material came from a dress, a sheet, scarf and blouse.

Modge Podge can be expensive but after researching on the internet, Williams learned Elmer’s glue and water works just as well.She uses 2/3s glue and 1/3 water.

She cuts out the fabric, arranges it and then begins glueing it onto the vases, which she finds in second hand stores.

Williams first moved to Williams Lake in 1972 when her husband David was hired on at Gibraltar Mine. David, 90, lives at Deni House and recently the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

They left Williams Lake after four years but returned to the lakecity in April 2014 to be close to their daughter Peggy Christianson.

Throughout her husband’s working life, they spent 16 years in Yellowknife, three in Great Bear Lake and one at Carcross, Yellowknife.

He also worked in metallurgy in Indonesia for a stint.

When asked how she enjoyed living in Indonesia Williams said it was good to return to Canada.

“It was a different world there with the military,” she said.

The Williams also have two sons.

Peter lives in Granisle, B.C. and Mark lives in Saanichton on Vancouver Island.

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